Staff

Mike Byrnes

CEO/OWNER

mbyrnes@swarmaaubasketball.com

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.

After taking over the Central Mass Swarm in January 2016, Mike quickly grew the program to 20 teams. He has now further expanded the organization into (13) States, with over 200 teams. The Swarm is now the largest Club Basketball programs in the Country. Mike's vision for the program is to teach players to play the game the "right way". He would like to continue to expand the brand all over the country.

In addition to the Swarm, Mike is also the Head Boys' Varsity Basketball Coach at Shepherd Hill Regional High School. In his first year in the winter of 17-18, Shepherd Hill took home the Clark Tournament Large school title. In addition, they were also crowned D2 Central Mass Champions, and advanced to the Massachusetts Final Four. Mike was also awarded the MBCA Central Mass Coach of the year.

Alice Mullen-Rusin

president

alice@swarmaaubasketball.com

Alice comes to the Swarm after a variety of success within the sports industry over the past decade.

Mullen is a four year letter winner from the Rhode Island College Women's Basketball team. She is six in all time most games played at Rhode Island College, Most Valuable Player in the 2009-2010 season, and was team captain her senior season.

A 2010 graduate of Rhode Island College, Mullen stayed on at her alma mater to serve as an assistant on the Anchorwomen’s staff the following year. She helped guide RIC to a program record-tying 20-7 record and the second round of the Little East Conference (LEC) Tournament for the first time in six years. Mullen had a hand in recruiting the Anchorwomen’s standout freshman class that helped them to the Little East regular season and championship titles in 2011-12.

In 2011, Mullen left RIC for Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts where she accepted the position as top assistant coach. After just one season, Mullen was promoted to head coach where she would spend the next five seasons. At the time, Mullen was the youngest NCAA head women's basketball coach at the age of 23 in her first season at the helm. Mullen guided the program to post season action twice and coached numerous all-conference players during her tenure. Her squad was also recognized for receiving the highest team GPA on campus in nearly every semester under her guidance. In May of 2017, Mullen stepped down from head coach to accept a full-time faculty position at the College

In addition to her dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and women’s studies, Mullen holds an MBA from Nichols in May, 2014. She is currently a doctoral student Troy University pursuing a Ph.D. in Sport Management.

Mullen is a 2011 graduate of the Nike/WBCA So You Want to Be a Coach program and has coached at several regional camps, including the Blue Star Exposure Clinic, Boston College Women's Basketball Camp, Hoop Mountain Exposure Camp, and the Batastini School of Basketball Camp.

KASEY AYER

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS/ REGIONAL DIRECTOR - SOUTH

kasey@swarmaaubasketball.com

Kasey was a Marketing Major and Sports Management Minor at Nichols College, graduating with a 3.9 in both programs of study. She also graduated Magna Cum Laude and received designation for being enrolled in the Honors Program, Emerging Leaders Program, and Zeta Alpha Phi Academic Honors Society. Kasey worked for three years at Mohegan Sun as a Marketing Representative and completed an internship with Boston College in their Athletic Fundraising department. Kasey was a four-year letter winner with the Nichols College Softball program and was named captain in the 2017-18 season.

mike rapoza

regional director - New England

mrapoza@swarmaaubasketball.com

Mike Rapoza has joined our staff  as the Director of our New England teams.  Mike has been coaching several of our Central Mass teams over the last few seasons and we are thrilled to bring him on board in a full time role. Mike was the GNAC Rookie of the Year (2016-2017), GNAC Defensive Player of the Year (2017-2018), Anna Maria’s all-time leading rebounder, and currently 6th all-time in scoring. Mike also completed his undergraduate degree in three-years, graduating with a 3.95 GPA and double majoring in secondary education and history. He is now working on his master’s degree in Education, and will play his final season with the Amcats this winter.

Ben Badeen

 Regional Director - Tri-State

BenB@swarmaaubasketball.com

Ben Badeen is a former NCAA Divison II Collegiate Basketball Player coming from Holy Family University in Philadephia, PA. He went from walking on to the team to a scholarship player, despite only standing at 5 feet tall, making him one of the smallest players in NCAA history. He proved others wrong his entire career by mastering the skills and fundamentals of the game.

Badeen has a wide range of coaching experience, including the AAU level, Philadelphia 76ers Basketball Camps, middle school, high school, and collegiate levels. He is also a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine with a specialization in sports performance. His mission going forward is to pass his passion for the game of basketball on to today’s youth so he can help them find their passions, and achieve all of their goals on and off the court.

Kurt Steiner

Regional Director - Midwest

Kurt@swarmaaubasketball.com

Kurt Steiner has a long history of basketball experience, starting during his childhood years. He began playing in Worcester, Massachusetts for the Friendly House League and traveled to different states through AAU basketball. Steiner also had the opportunity to volunteer for the Seven Hills Coyote’s Special Olympic Team, where he saw the impact basketball had on people’s lives and expanded his views on the game. Along with this, he was able to watch his father and Bryan Reagan coach at Assumption College.

Steiner continued to play in high school, where he was a part of the Worcester Friendly House All Star Team and was named captain his junior and senior year at Whitinsville Christian Academy. After school, he was recruited to play for Elms College in Springfield, Mass. His freshmen year, the team won the conference championship and continued onto the NCAA’s for the first time in history. Kurt was named captain his sophomore year at Elms.

A serious foot injury that year make him unable to play, however, his recovery led him to transfer to North Western in Iowa after receiving an invite from Coach Korver. After realizing it was not the best fit for him, he settled in at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, where he finished his college career.

Steiner now lives in Massachusetts where he has trained over 500 players, from youth to professional athletes. His life experience has opened his eyes to new perspectives of the mental and physical aspects of training and helps him to share his expertise with his players. His future plan is to continue investing his time in training and making sure that basketball and family are his priority.

Corey Jacques

Senior Director - Long Island

Cjacques@swarmaaubasketball.com

marsha fasolo

account manager

mfasolo@swarmaaubasketball.com