Mass Hoop Academy

Coaches

Pat Ferdinand
Head Coach

Coach Pat Ferdinand is entering his 8th year as Head Coach at Watertown High School. In that time the program has won four Middlesex league titles, two North division titles, one Eastern mass title, and one Mass State runner up title. Coach Ferdinand was selected 2x Boston globe division coach of the year, 1x MIAA, and last year selected coach of the year by IAABO Officials. Prior to Watertown Coach Ferdinand helped build Cambridge School of Weston into one of the top NEPSAC teams for Class D in his time at the helm, he also spent 2 years as an Assistant coach at Regis College. In his twelve years as a head coach and director for ASA Wildcats  Coach Ferdinand has guided and helped develop players to play collegiately from D3 to D1.

 

Mitchell Hercule
Basketball/Skill Development Coach

Coach Mitch Hercule truly brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Mass Hoop Academy. Coach Mitch is well known in Boston for his relentless work as Director of Ruby Hercule Memorial Building Success in the Neighborhood Initiative. Since 2004 Coach Mitch has dedicated education and social skill development for inner city youth in greater Boston. Coach Mitch is a positive force in his neighborhood by providing youth with an opportunity to succeed and the resources to aid in that success. His organizations goal is to emphasize the importance of education and community by helping students succeed not only in the classroom, but also in life. Coach Mitch will be lead coaching the Varsity section of the camp.

Coaching Experience
Coached at Umass Boston (Assistant Women's Coach) 2004
Coached at East Boston High School (Associate Head Coach/Head   JV Coach) 2005-2012
Coach at New Mission High School (Assistant Coach/Head JV Coach)
2014 Division 2 State Championship Coach
New Mission Girls Varsity Head Coach
USA Basketball Certified Coach
MIAA STATE CHAMPION 2015-2016 DIVISION 4 GIRLS

 

Maggie Mulligan

One of the Atlantic 10’s top post players. Maggie Mulligan has high level footwork and excellent shot blocking timing. Maggie started at center in all 30 games this past season, averaging 32 minutes. She was one of four players in the A-10 to average a double-double (11.3 ppg, 10.6 rpg). She finished her career with 33 double-doubles, which is second at UMass dating back to 1999. She had 68 blocks which tied a single season UMass record  and ranked fourth in the conference and top 20 nationally in total rebounds (318) and rebounds per game (10.6). Before UMass: Four-year letter winner for Boston Latin School girls basketball. She was a two-year team captain, and finished her career with 1,010 points, 803 rebounds and 525 blocks. Maggie was named 2013-14 USA Today All-Massachusetts selection, 2013-14 ESPN Boston MIAA Girls Basketball All-State Team,  two-time Dual County League All-Star and named a "Player To Watch" by the Boston Herald ahead of the 2012-13 season. Maggie played AAU for Coach Ferdinand as a Mass Wildcat and Mass Husky.

Career Honors

  • Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference Third Team (2017-18)
  • Captain (2016-17, 2017-18)
 

Nicole Lanzo

Nicole Lanzo was a three year starter for Raiders and four year varsity player. In that time was part of one of the most successful four years in the state. Nicole was a phenomenal two way player who sacrificed her body by leading the team in charges in her four year span and defended great on and off ball. Offensively Nicole was an excellent jump shooter, who attacked the basket strong. The trait that she will be most remembered for is her toughness. Nicole put team first, hit screens, boxed out, communicated, and did all the little things that added up to make major impacts. Nicole’s value as a leader is unmatched and is a great role model for campers. Nicole is continuing her education at Regis to become a Nurse.

 

Katelyn Rourke

Katelyn Rourke was a four year varsity starter for the Raiders. In that time was part of one of the most successful four years in the state. Katelyn Rourke is the reason we started to track plus minus sheets. Katelyn on a nightly basis would fill up the star sheet and led the program in positive points in her four year time span. Katelyn was a high IQ player who was skilled and helped us create matchup issues. A player who could post up, but we also used as a point forward. An excellent  passer as well. On the defensive end Katelyn could defend 1-5 and could dominate a game without scoring. Katelyn was selected Middlesex league MVP twice. Katelyn continued her career at Suffolk university and had an outstanding freshman year. Katelyn’s legacy as a complete, selfless, leadership and all around player is a welcome addition to Mass Hoop Academy.