Basketball University Staff
Bill Callahan has been coaching for the past 20 years. He has coached the JB Hoops 17u team for the past 4 years. In addition to coaching AAU, Bill has coached for 19 years at the high school level. He started his head coaching career at Bermudian Springs High School then moved on to Berwick High school before finishing his head coaching career at Hanover Area. The last 3 years he has been an assistant at Wyoming Seminary. Over the years he has worked many camps throughout the country including camps with the Hoop Group, Auburn University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Clay Basalyga, an Abington Heights Grad, spent four years on the varsity team. During his time there, he made the AAA state playoffs three times, making it to the elite eight twice. In his senior season, he led his team in points and assists as his school earned their first ever AAAA state play-off win. Clay is currently junior as Wilkes University and saw 20 minutes per game making 19 starts in his first two years. After spending seven years playing JB hoops, Clay spent the last 3 years as a head coach for Backcourt Hoops and Electric City Voltz AAU. He also spent time as an assistant coach for JB hoops girls teams with a focus on individual skill work. He served as an assistant for Abington Heights Junior High girls team. While with Abington, he focused on skill development with both guards and post players. Clay has been responsible for coaching Backcourt hoops summer camps ( Grades Pre-k through 4th).
Carrie, a Dunmore native, is in her 18th year of coaching local youth & high school basketball. After starting off as an assistant coach at Bishop O’Hara, she has spent the last 10 years coaching Dunmore youth basketball. The current Dunmore Biddy Basketball President, she has coached all ages at the recreational & all-star levels for Dunmore Biddy League, Green Ridge League, and NEPA Flames AAU. and Franklin & Marshall College. A 1,600 point scorer and 1,000 rebound player while playing her high school basketball at Dunmore, she later went on to be recognized as a Division III All-American her senior year at Franklin & Marshall. Carrie then signed professionally to play with the Sheffield Hatters (England) of the Women’s Premier British Basketball League. She is a 2012 Inductee into the Northeast Pennsylvania Hall of Fame.
A native of Dunmore, Lauren Carra is entering her third season as head coach at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, DE. Prior to her coaching career, Carra was a four-year member at the University of Delaware. Playing alongside the 2015 WNBA MVP and 2016 gold medalist Elena DelleDonne, Carra was a part of Delaware’s historic 2012-2013 season, which included a 32-4 record and the school’s first-ever trip to the Sweet 16. She became 23rd player in Blue Hen history to register 1,000 career points and finished 10th all-time with 1,275 career points. She named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013. An All-CAA Second Team selection her senior, Carra was also selected as a Third Team All-CAA member as a sophomore and junior. Carra was a four year starter at her alma mater, Dunmore High School and finished her career ranked second in school history with 2,117 points.
Natalie Winters, a Carbondale native, is starting her first season as head coach of the Western Wayne girls’ program. She also spent two seasons as the head coach of the Forest City girls and most recently was a volunteer assistant at the University of Scranton. As a player, she was a four-year starter at Carbondale Area and led the Chargerettes to the 2005 district championship. Natalie is the all-time female leading scorer in the school history and was an all-state player in 2005. She would play collegiality at West Chester University where she was a three-year starter.
Taylor (Greene) Coleman is currently in her first season as an assistant coach for The University of Scranton women’s basketball program. Greene came to Scranton after serving as an assistant over the last four seasons at two NCAA Division III schools – DeSales and Susquehanna. Coleman served as an assistant for two seasons at DeSales, where the team posted a 40-15 record over that span.Coleman also served as an assistant at Susquehanna from 2013 through 2015. There, she was a part of a staff that won the Landmark Conference’s Coaching Staff of the Year award after the 2014-15 campaign. Coleman joined the coaching ranks in 2013 after a successful playing career at DeSales. Coleman also coached 7th grade girls AAU in the spring of 2017 with program based out of New Jersey called United. Coach Coleman is available for private training. Contact Backcourt Hoops for more information.
Coach Sheehan has coached with the NEPA Flames and JB Hoops Girls programs for 5 years. He coached 10+ years with the Dunmore Biddy program and has worked BCH Camps and Clinics and Individual Training the past 3 years. Coach Sheehan also worked with coaches and players in the very successful Lady Storm non-travel program this past AAU season. Besides his coaching responsibilities, he is the assignor of officials for all Backcourt Hoops Tournaments and Leagues.Joe enjoys working with our players to help them develop their basketball skills and take their games to the next level. He was an all-star athlete in high school playing football, basketball and baseball at Bishop O’Hara.
Emily Sheehan is both a JB Hoops alumna and now a coach at Backcourt Hoops. She has been an instructor at both BCH camps and clinics and this past spring, a coach in the Lady Voltz program. Emily is beginning her sophomore season as a member of the University of Scranton Lady Royals. She averaged 3.5 points per game and played 18.7 minutes per contest. Emily was a three-year starter at Dunmore High School.
Since 2009, Gerry Rose has been involved with coaching youth sports along with the NEPA Flames and JB Hoops basketball teams. Coach Rose played basketball at Pocono Mountain High School where he was a two-year starter. After high school he enrolled in the United States Army as an Infantryman for 3 years where he served in Texas and Korea. In 2001, Coach Rose walked on at Lackawanna Junior College and was named team captain and earned Academic All American honors his sophomore season. Coach Rose transferred to Delaware College as a junior where he was named team captain. After the completion of his junior year, he was activated by the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and deployed to Bosnia from 2002 until 2003 where he played basketball for the base team who played games against local teams in Bosnia. He has been a PIAA basketball Official since 2014.
Madison Ashby, a Scranton Prep graduate, spent three years on the varsity team. During her years as a Prep Classic, her team was the Lackawanna League Division Champions for three years, PIAA 2015 AAA District Champions and PIAA AAA state quarterfinalists twice. Over her three years on the varsity team Madison helped Prep to a 79-8 overall record. Madison is currently a junior Electrical Engineering major at the University of Scranton where she was a member of the Women’s Basketball team for two years. During those two seasons, the Lady Royals were two-time Landmark Conference Champions and qualified for the Division III NCAA tournament. Madison currently helps coach Backcourt hoops camps (Grades Pre-k through 4th) and helps with individual skill work.