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.