Men's Basketball Coaching Staff

Nick Couluris

Our Head Men's Basketball Coach, Nick Couluris, began his journey into the sports industry as an Undergrad at St. John's University; where he majored in Sport Management, with a minor in Business. Nick was looking to follow his dreams of "making it to the NBA"; and what better way than to attend a school a short train ride from the NBA league offices, and remain focused on sport specific business strategies.

While at St. John's, Nick dove into Power 5 conference athletics as a member of St. John's Athletic staff. Nick began honing his craft of executing an event, from creation and development to finality. He also was tasked with starting the St. John's Sport Management Association, at the request of Glenn Gerstner, Dean of the College of Professional Studies. Nick obliged, and grew the program from an association of 1 to over 200 by the first Symposium, which saw speakers from the NY Islanders, Ny Knicks, NJ Devils, MSG Network and a number of other professional league affiliates. By the end of his junior year he was ready to pass the torch on to the next class of willing students, after he provided the student body with on last guest speaker, then NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver. Nick's reason for passing the torch was so he could focus on an internship he had accepted with one of the most prominent, grassroots basketball entities in the world, Five-Star Basketball. 

Upon completion of his studies, he accepted a job offer as Director for Five-Star Basketball, becoming the youngest Director in the company's 50 year history; a feat that Five-Star's Hall of Famers like John Calipari, Rick Pitino and Roy Williams hadn't been able to accomplish. For over 6 years, Nick traveled across the country recruiting and training over 10,000+ players, from more than 30 countries. He has helped thousands go on to play college basketball and is now seeing a number of his players achieve their dreams of playing in the NBA. nick's list of NBA players includes Emmanuel Mudiay, Myles Turner, Karl Anthony Towns, Dwyane Bacon, Jonathan Isaac, Jordan Mickey, and Isaiah Briscoe. 

In his short stint at DME Sports Academy, Nick transformed a floundering 5-25 program provided huge national and international dividends; with his extensive background and knowledge of grassroots basketball. He had begun to extensively recruit for the DME HS National Team, the first of its kind at DME, as the General Manager of Basketball; while he has also provided them with their first summer of National Basketball Camps. He has set up a schedule to host camps in California, Texas, New York and Florida; he had secured some of the top basketball talent, both players and coaches, throughout these regions to come and participate. 

In his three years of preparatory school coaching and recruiting he has placed more than 18 Division I athletes and a number of others across the NCAA/NJCAA/NAIA levels; with the hope of continuing to do so here at SCA, while restoring the men's program to its former glory, under now UMASS assistant Tony Bergeron, whom Coach Nick views as a mentor.

Head Coach

PJ Lupien

PJ Lupien has been coaching athletes of diverse backgrounds for 25 years. He joined the SCA Men's Basketball Coaching staff as an assistant for the Prep Team in 2017. He is glad to serve this year as an Associate Head Coach for all 3 teams. 

Prior to joining the SCA coaching staff PJ was the Boy's Program Director for Mass Fusion AAU Basketball Club from 2011 - 2017. He was the Head Coach for Chicopee High School as well as the Varsity/JV Assistant Coach at Northampton High School for the 2013/2014 season as well as Assistant Freshman Coach at Chicopee Comp High School during their 2014/2015 season. PJ looks forward to sharing his experience and drive with the SCA community as he helps bring the Tornadoes to victory.

Associate Head Coach

Brode Hopkins

Brode Hopkins is a 22 year old recent graduate of Lincoln Christian university where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. During college he was privileged to play starting point guard for the Red lions for four years in the All Conference. Brode has a love for young athletics, having worked with Junior High and High School athletes in camps during college, an opportunity he really grew from as a leader. This is his first year coaching his own team and he is very excited to help his athletes to excel in every way. In addition to coaching the SCA Prep Men's Basketball team, he also teaches Public Speaking and Sport's Management.

Assistant Coach

Colin Johnson

Colin Johnson is a coach and educator entering his first year at SCA. Originally from El Dorado Hills, California, Colin graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 2009. he then attended Sierra College where he played basketball before transferring to Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts, where he continued to play basketball and studied business management. Colin was a two year starter at Wentworth and received an all CCC honorable mention and a CCC second team award. He then went back to Sierra College to start his coaching career. He served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator during this period. He then took a graduate assistant position at the University of West Georgia for the Men's Basketball team. He graduated with a Master's in Business Administration in December 2018. He is look forward to coaching at the highest Prep Level of basketball and getting to know his team and leading them to success on the court. He will also be teaching Middle and High School Math and living in the dorm with our boarding students.

Assistant Coach

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Telephone: 413-237-4427 |  Fax: 413-363- 2874  | 1 Ames Hill Drive, Springfield, MA 01105 info@springfieldca.org

 

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