Mike Byrnes: Owner/CEO
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. In November 2016, Mike created the Metrowest Swarm which serves as an expansion to the Central Mass Swarm. The Metrowest Swarm will be directly run 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-826-5233.
Joe Dicruttalo: Director
Over the past ten years Joe has had the opportunity and privilege to work with players all across the youth development spectrum. From directing an instructional league for second and third grader players, to helping college players maximize their potential, and find opportunities to continue their careers after college, Joe has gained a unique view on the best tactics to maximize development for players of all skills levels and ages. Serving multiple years as a college, high school and youth basketball coach, as well as serving on multiple town recreation and travel boards, has really given him insight into the basketball development pathway.
Paired with a degree in Elementary Education, Joe strongly believes in teaching the game of basketball, with a high focus on both character and player development. A long time advocate for creating and fostering a safe and positive environment for players to utilize the game of basketball to empower their lives both on and off the court, Joe hopes to use this platform as a way to generate awareness about the importance of positive role models throughout the youth basketball landscape.
Anthony Fortes: Director
Anthony comes to us from Providence, RI where he began his basketball carer and developed his love for the game. Anthony was a standout high school player for four years at the prep school level where he attended Proctor Academy in Andover, NH. While at Proctor, Anthony was a two year captain and went on to score over 1,200 points in his career.
Following high school, Anthony returned to his hometown and was a freshman starter for powerhouse Rhode Island College. He went on to win Rookie of the year in hisconference in route to a conference championship. The following season, Anthony transferred to Bridgewater State University where he was able to win another conference championship. In his three years at BSU Anthony was a two year captain and went on to score over 1,000 points in his college career.
Since graduating from BSU with a degree in Exercise Science, Anthony has stayed active in his community volunteering and specializing in basketball training and strength and conditioning.