The House of Sports and Swarm AAU Basketball haved announced a strategic partnership to launch boys basketball teams based out of the Ardsley, NY facility starting Spring 2019. In this year-around partnership, Swarm AAU Basketball, the country's second largest AAU basketball program, will absorb the House of Sports' boys club basketball teams, and look to attract more local Westchester youth players that seek excellent coaching, great direction and a first-in-class sports facility.
"We have seen a tremendous amount of success in growing Swarm AAU
Basketball nationwide by featuring over 250 teams throughout the country," Swarm CEO Michael Byrnes said. "Our main plan for Swarm at the House of Sports is to teach players to play the game the right way and give young basketball players the opportunity to play at all levels."
While the Swarm will handle the team side of basketball programming at the facility, the House of Sports will continue to offer year-round basketball programming for children ages 3 years old through High School including classes, lessons, holiday camps, summer camps and youth developmental leagues.
"We are very excited to welcome Swarm AAU Basketball to the House of
Sports. They have a proven model of creating very success basketball teamprogramming throughout the country and we look forward to seeing this in Westchester." HOS General Manager Frank Lombardy said. "This partnership also allows the House of Sports basketball staff to focus on youth training, camps and developmental leagues."
This partnership will launch this Spring as the Swarm will hold AAU Basketball Tryouts the first week of March. There will also be other basketball-based events leading up to tryouts where community members can meet theSwarm staff and better understand their program goals.
Our program aims to teach players the game of basketball by solidifying their fundamental skills. In addition to teaching fundamental skills, we will guide our players to reach their highest potential as an individual player as well as a teammate. Players will understand terms such as respect, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and commitment. In the end, it's our hope that each player will get maximum growth as a player and a person; and additionally, grow to love this great game of basketball.
Developed by former college coaches, our Swarm System has been designed to maximize the potential of our athletes while creating consistency throughout our program. Each coach emphasizes the importance of fundamental work while exposing their players to high level drills when appropriate. We believe that mastering the fundamentals is paramount, and is the foundation to any great basketball player. At Swarm, we have a unique method of incorporating training sessions with team, strategy, and conceptual instruction. We approach skillful work with focus and enthusiasm, stressing to our players that development takes time and commitment. We attribute our unparalleled player retention rates to our system, and our drive to provide the best basketball experience for our players and families.
USA Basketball Coaches
Every coach in our organization is USA Basketball Certified, which entails
undergoing educational, and safety training provided by USA Basketball.
Coaches are guided by the rules and regulations of the organization and
strive to uphold the highest possible standard of professionalism. USA
Basketball and Swarm AAU Basketball are committed to teaching proper skill development in a positive and inclusive environment.
Spring AAU Tryouts Announced!
Boys Grades 3rd-12th are invited to our spring AAU tryouts located at the
House of Sports. Click Here for More Info.
Mike Byrnes, Swarm CEO/Owner:
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 has been running the Swarm program, which has grown to over 150 teams in the New England, New York, and Ohio. 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, Swarm Director of Operations:
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. Mullen was an assistant coach at Rhode Island College. In 2011, Mullen took the top assistant position at Nichols College. 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. 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 from Rhode Island College, Mullen holds an MBA from Nichols and is currently a doctoral student at Troy University pursuing a Ph.D. in Sport Management. Mullen oversees the day to day operations of the organization.
Kasey Ayer, Ast. Director of Operations:
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.
Ben Badeen- Tri State Regional Director:
Ben Badeen is our Tri-State Regional Director who oversees our programs in NY and NJ. Ben is a former NCAA Division II Collegiate Basketball Player. He played his college ball at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, PA. He went from a walk on to a scholarship player despite only standing 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 details of the game. Every time Ben steps on the court his passion and intensity go unmatched. His attention to detail really sets him apart from other coaches. He carries a myriad of coaching experience from the AAU circuit in Philadelphia, Philadelphia 76ers Basketball Camps, Middle School, High School, and college level. He is a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine with a specialization in sports performance. His mission is to pass his passion for the game of basketball on to today's youth helping them to find their passions, and achieve all their goals on and off the court.
Kurt Steiner, Regional Director:
Regional Director Kurt Steiner has a variety of experienced all levels of the game. Kurt's love of the game came from his father, who coached collegiate basketball in New England. He developed a regime of hard work, discipline, and teamwork to achieve his goals. While playing at Whitinsville Christian Academy in high school, Kurt was named captain his junior and senior year. After high school, Kurt continued his playing career at the University of New England where he has a standout career for the Nor'easters. Kurt has trained over 500 players in the New England region before taking his talents and experience to the Midwest.