Celtics Camps Staff:
Joe Amorosino, Director, General Manager/Supervisor:
For more than 50 years he is known as one of the top fundamental and motivational lecturers. Known for his individual and team defensive lectures, he is truly an outstanding teacher of fundamentals in all aspects of the game of basketball. Joe brings a passion to the court that is inspiring and at the same time teaches the mind set needed to become a better player. Joe is one of the longest running basketball camp administrators in the country and has coached basketball at all levels. He has been inducted into four halls of fame including: Sharon High School Athletic Hall of Fame where he played both basketball and baseball, Quincy High School Basketball Hall of Fame where he coached for many years, Plymouth State University Athletic Hall of Fame and the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Executive Director Emeritus. Presidential Service Award recipient for his over 50 years of dedication and commitment to high school basketball.
James Bakeman, Camp Director:
James Bakeman is Head boys' Varsity basketball coach at Stoneham High School. His team is coming off a successful year in which they competed in the Division 3 North Quarterfinals. He is also an English Teacher at Minuteman High School in Lexington, MA (2003-Present). James has 20 years of high school basketball coaching experience under his belt, and was the 2007-08 Massachusetts Coaches Association Division 4 North Assistant Coach of the year. He is a graduate of Salem State College (MAT - English), is a Site Director at Celtics Camps since 2012, and the Director of the Spartan Basketball Clinics (2015-Present).
Christiana Bakolas, Camp Director:
Christiana Bakolas is a proud native of Manchester, NH where she was a four-year starter for Manchester Central High School. She earned a full scholarship to Bentley University and was a four-year member and three year starting point guard for legendary head coach Barbara Stevens. Christiana was a part of teams that won four consecutive Northeast-10 regular season titles, four consecutive NE-10 Conference Tournament Championships, reached the NCAA Elite Eight, Final Four and Sweet Sixteen, and amassed a four year record of 124-11. She served as a senior captain during the 2013-2014 season helping lead the team to an undefeated 35-0 record culminating in winning the NCAA Division II National Championship.
Upon graduating Christiana was hired as a graduate assistant at Bentley and within a year was promoted to an assistant coaching position, which she still holds today. In addition she is currently in her third year of working in the Lexington School District. She strongly believes that teacher/coaches have a unique ability to connect with and share the game of basketball with young athletes. She has had the opportunity to learn from several New England basketball greats, most notably her uncle Stan Spirou, the highly successful longtime men’s coach at Southern New Hampshire University, as well as 1000+ win and Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Barbara Stevens. She is passionate about perfecting fundamentals as well as teaching young athletes how to become great teammates as well as great basketball players and is looking forward to bringing her passion and energy back to the Celtics Camps.
Rich Cormier, Camp Director:
Rich Cormier was born in Rockland, MA and graduated from Rockland High School in 1999. He graduated from Boston University in 2003 and earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Psychology from Boston University in 2004. He served as Social Studies teacher at Norwood High School in Norwood, MA for 12 years along with serving as a Dean of Students for his final two years. Additionally, Rich was the Boys Varsity basketball Coach at Norwood High school for 9 years. His team won the MIAA Division II Sportsmanship Award in 2012-13 season and also won the Bay State League Herget Championship in 2015-16. Rich was the Athletic Director at Foxborough High School for three years and is now the Athletic Director at Hopkinton High School.
This will be Rich’s 6th summer in a leadership role with the Celtic’s Camps.
Ed Callahan, Camp Director:
Ed played for Quincy H.S. and coach Joe Amorosino and was elected to the Quincy High School Basketball Hall of Fame. Ed is a U.S.A.F. veteran and has been in public service for over 35 years. Ed has two sons who are Iraq war veterans and one is still active duty as a Captain in the U.S. Army serving in Korea. He received a Bachelors Degree from Bridgewater State University in both Secondary Education and History. Ed received his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership in 2012 from Cambridge College
He has coached baseball and basketball at Middleboro H.S. and Holbrook H.S where his teams routinely made the state tournament and is currently a coach at the Middle School level in Somerset. Ed has coached at the Celtics camps for over 20 years. He taught 7th and 8th grade history in Franklin MA. for 11 years and has been an Assistant Principal at the middle school level for the past 4 years in both New Bedford and Somerset MA.
Tom Cavanaugh, Camp Director:
Tom Cavanaugh is entering his 9th year as the Head girls’ basketball coach at Mt. Alvernia High School. The team has made the MIAA State Tournament 5 of the last 8 years, including the last 4 years. His teams have won one tournament game in all but one of those years. Tom is a member of the board of directors and finishing his third year as President of the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association. Prior to coaching at Mt. Alvernia he was an assistant at Xaverian Brothers, Don Bosco and Blue Hills Regional as well as a 10 year stint as head coach at Don Bosco.
Tom is in his 40th year coaching high school basketball. He is currently in his 21st year as Dean of Students at Blue Hills Regional after 12 years in the same position at Don Bosco and has been teaching since 1980. Tom is also a member of IAABO and the Chair of the Legislative Committee and Board of Directors at the MSAA. Coach has been working and directing camps since 1975. He has a Bachelor’s degree from The University of New Hampshire and a Masters in Educational Administration from Emanuel.
Chris Danielson, Camp Director:
This will be Chris Danielson’s 8th year returning to Celtics Camps. Chris has been a teacher at Minuteman High School for the last 18 years. While he is a social studies teacher, Chris has a strong background of working with students with learning disabilities and a master’s degree in special education. He has also been coaching girls’ and boys’ basketball, at all levels, for almost 20 years. Chris’ personal teaching/coaching philosophy is to build individual skill development at all levels through teamwork and fun!
John Fusco, Camp Director:
John is a 25-year education veteran, teaching math at Minuteman High School, a Career Technical school in Lexington MA. As a basketball coach, John has 37 years of coaching experience working with both boys and girls. He believes that teaching/coaching is a way of educating young learners on the path to building successful life skills. His career incudes Boys’ head coaching positions at Hudson Catholic, Medford High School, and Minuteman High School. His girls’ head coaching positions include Minuteman High School and Winchester High School.
John’s philosophy is building fundamental skills within a team framework, while working with players to reach their potential. This can attribute to program success with multiple league championships, tournament appearances and 4 State Vocational Championships with both girls’ and boys’ programs at Minuteman. John is a member of the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association, and former Membership Chairperson and District Representative. He attributes his success to mentor coaches, Joe Amorosino, Nick Papas, Jim Byrnes, and Jack O’Brien. This will be John’s eighth year as Celtics Camps staff member.
Cori Hughes, Clinician/Lecturer:
Cori Hughes is the head women’s basketball coach at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. In her nine years at Salve, Hughes has lead her Seahawks to three NCAA Tournament appearances, won three Conference Championships, coached six 1,000 point scorers, and has been named Coach of the Year by both The Commonwealth Coast Conference and Cox Sports RI.
A former Division I/four-year scholarship basketball player, Hughes was the first junior in Boston University Women’s Basketball history to be named a captain.
She has been coaching for over 20 years at the collegiate and high school levels; and over the past 25 years, has both instructed and lectured at countless camps and clinic throughout the Northeast.
Roger Kvam, Camp Director:
Roger played basketball at Quincy High for Coach Joe Amorosino from 1975-1977. He is also been inducted to the Quincy High School Basketball Hall of Fame. He then played at Wheaton College in Illinois graduating in 1981. For the past 38 years he has been a classroom teacher and coached high school basketball at five different schools, including Hull High (1985-1988) and Scituate High (1989-1996). For the past 23 years he has coached in the Atlanta area. Coach Kvam has had over 30 of his players go on to play in college including: Walter Brown (Holy Cross/BU), Chris Brown (UNH), Chris Singleton (FSU/Wizards), Kevin Young (Clayton State/ 76'ers Asst Coach) and Shawn Kemp, Jr. (Washington). Coach Kvam and his wife Robyn, also had all 4 of their children go on to play college basketball at Wheaton College. They are the proud grandparents of Myah, Brady, Benaniah, and Jonathan.
I'm very excited to be working the Celtics Camp this summer in Quincy for my high school coach, Coach Amo. He was a great influence on me and I look forward to sharing my love of this great game with all the campers.
Amy Lepley, Camp Director:
Amy Lepley was born and raised in Norfolk, MA. She attended Bishop Feehan where she graduated in 2009. She then went to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA on a full scholarship to play basketball. While at Holy Cross, she scored 1000 points and was a four year starter. She captained her senior season. She was also named to the Patriot League All Rookie Team her freshman year, and was named to the Patriot League All League Team her junior and senior years. During her junior season, she earned a spot on the All-Academic Team for the Patriot League and Patriot League All Tournament Team as well. During her final two years, she was chosen to be a part of The Jansen Holy Cross Leadership Academy 360 Group which was a program to improve leadership qualities Amy graduated Holy Cross with a degree in mathematics, and also completed the Teacher Education Program.
After graduating in 2013, she took a full time math teaching position at Norwood High School. During her first two years, she served at the JV girls basketball coach. In 2015, she took over as the Varsity coach and is heading into her second season. During 2015-2016, she led her team to a 15-7 record and a spot in the MIAA State Tournament where her team went to the sectional quarterfinals.
Amy has worked in various camps for the last 10 years and extremely enjoys sharing her passion of the game of basketball with players at all levels, especially youth.
Scott Mackenzie, Camp Director:
Scott MacKenzie is a six year Celtics Camps staff member. He is in his 18th year as a Guidance Counselor at Lynnfield High School in Lynnfield, MA and 13th year as the Varsity Boys Basketball Coach. He is a two time Cape Ann League Coach of the Year and 2012 Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Division 4 Coach of the Year. Scott has guided his teams to two Cape Ann League championships and a spot in the Massachusetts Division 4 State Championship game in 2013. With 17 years of high school coaching experience in both basketball and baseball, Scott has instructed at player camps across the state.
Scott has both a B.A. degree In History/Secondary Education and a Masters Degree in School Counseling. He is passionate about the opportunity to teach and coach young players of any and all ages and levels.
Jim Quatromoni, Camp Director:
Jim Quatromoni was the boys' varsity basketball coach at Hull High School for 16 years. The Pirates qualified for the tournament in 13 of those 16 seasons, winning over 200 games. Jim also served as the Director of Athletics at Hull High for 11 years.
Jim is active with the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association, having served as the President in 2012. Jim has been involved with camps, clinics and high school coaching for each of the last 25 years.
Currently, Jim is the Director of Athletics at Hingham High School.