Staff

Mike Byrnes: Owner/ Director

Mike has had a wide variety of success through the game of basketball. After spending three years as an assistant coach at WPI and Nichols College, he stepped away from the college game and began to focus on youth basketball.

Mike began coaching for the Central Mass Swarm in 2012. In January 2012, Mike took over the reigns as the program director, quickly growing the program to 20 teams. He has now further expanded the program into the Metrowest area; creating the Metrowest Swarm who will be run directly out of the M-Plex in Mansfield, MA.

In addition to the Swarm, Mike is also the Owner/CEO of 1 Stop Basketball which is a full time program which offers training, conditioning, camps, clinics, leagues, after school programs, and much more. 1 Stop Basketball opened their own facility in Webster, MA in November 2016 and will also be moving into the M-Plex this spring. For more information regarding the Swarm or 1 Stop Basketball, please contact Mike directly at mbyrnes@centralmassswarm.com or 508-826-5233.

Dean Packard: Program Consultant

Dean has a variety of coaching and playing experience through the game of basketball. A standout at Bay Path High School, Dean went on to play Division 2 basketball in Florida at Saint Leo University. Dean spent 12 years as the Head Boys’ Varsity basketball Coach at Shepherd Hill High School. In addition, he also found and directed the Dudley-Charlton summer basketball league from 1992 to 2013. Dean has had an enormous amount of success coaching for the Swarm. He took a team to the Sweet 16 at the Maryland Invitational in 2013, and took an 8th grade team deep into the Division 2 Nationals in Orlando, Florida. Dean is currently the principal at Charlton Middle School and spends his spare time coaching and following his children’s games.

Dan Peretti: Assistant Director

As the Assistant Director of the Central Mass Swarm, Dan brings over 20 years of experience in AAU coaching, player development, and program growth. Dan’s AAU coaching resume includes Assistant and Head Coaching positions with a number of premier programs in New England. These programs include, Rhode Island Breakers, Rhode Island Hawks, CT Nike Elite, Team Mass, and Central Mass Swarm.

Dan is assisting the Swarm expansion to the Metrowest area, and also serves as the Owner/President of 1 Stop Basketball. 1 Stop Basketball opened their own facility in November 2016, and will be moving into the M-Plex this spring for their second location. Dan’s passion for basketball shows in the work he puts into developing both his players and their teams.