Friday, January 11, 2013

New Hampshire Has a New Basketball Family

Introducing New England Basketball Family - a merger of Bishop Elite, Granite State Gladiators and NH Titans AAU Programs

January 9, 2012 - Manchester, NH; The New England Basketball Family (NEB) announced today its official program launch for the spring 2013 AAU Basketball season. NEB is a merger of three of the most successful NH Boys AAU programs in the past 3 years combining for 10 state championships: Bishop Elite (7 time State Champions), Granite State Gladiators (2012 U14 State Champions) and NH Titans (2009 U13 and 2012 U16 State Champions).

The three program directors, Sudi Lett (Bishop Elite), Karl Lennon (Granite State Gladiators) and Gregg Dorman (NH Titans) will continue to serve as directors and coaches of the New England Basketball Family. Additionally, Tim Finnegan, former Londonderry HS JV Coach and Director of NH Fastbreak AAU will also join NEB. Tim Lambrou (Amherst MS & NH Titans), Terry Mann (Londonderry HS JV Coach), Frank Moreno (Bedford HS Assistant Coach) and Tom Dickson (Central High School JV Coach) will also join the coaching staff.

"All three programs have established strong relationships with their players," said Coach Lett. "We wanted to make sure we maintain those traditions, but at the same time ensure we can improve our ability to compete with the best teams in the country." All three programs sent teams to the AAU National tournament last year. The new Basketball Family has a goal of not just sending teams but winning at multiple levels.

According to Coach Lennon, "The combination of our programs will help to produce NH's most competitive boys AAU teams at every grade level. With so many small programs in the region, talent can often get diluted as well as quality instruction. NEB is not just for the elite players. Yes it allows us to bring the absolute best players in the area together, but it also allows the best coaching staff and resources to help every player in the program improve at a sport we all love. NEB will be a true basketball academy."

Coach Dorman added, "It can be frustrating for both coaches and players when talented players leave one program to play in another state. There is great basketball talent in NH, and recently much of it has been spread out amongst our three programs, which makes competing at a national level individually more challenging. This merger will bring that talent together under a program that will compete at a much higher level."

Information on spring tryouts will be posted shortly. There are plans for four types of basketball opportunities; National, Regional, Local, and skills based with teams based in the Manchester, Derry, Plaistow, and Bedford areas.

For more information contact Karl Lennon at 413-624-6677 or klennon@gladiatorbasketball.net

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