Sam grew up in West Medford where he went to elementary school at the Hervey School and middle school at the Brooks+Hobbs. He was a Varsity Basketball player at Medford High School and followed that up by heading to Emerson College where he played for 4 years. During his college years Sam wrote for SLAM magazine on hoops and also directed the West Medford Mens Summer Basketball League in honor of Brandon Bolden, who passed away while Sam was growing up. Following college, SJNB got his start in the NBA working for the Boston Celtics during their NBA Finals run in 09-10. Since then he spent 8 years with the Minnesota Timberwolves (most recently as a Coaching Associate) and a year with the Atlanta Hawks coaching in their G-League system. Currently, Sam is the Head Coach of the Iowa Wolves (the Minnesota Timberwolves G-League Affiliate). Sam is a big advocate of helping his community and remembering those people who meant a lot to him, which is why he has dedicated himself to developing this yearly Hoops and Hope event.
Andy is a former New York City high school and college basketball player, a former high school coach (at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School) and college scout who loved to play his basketball outside at the park. He is a West Medford resident for over 30 years and in his work life is the executive director of School & Main Institute, Inc. a national nonprofit organization that works with organizations across institutional lines in “uncommon coalitions” to support to at risk youth and the communities in which they live.
Brian CollinsFormer WMCC Presidentt/WMCC Board Member/Leadership Team Member
Brian is the former President of the West Medford Community Center and current board member who proudly supports the community in which he grew up in. Brian has lived in West Medford his entire life and still does today. As a child he grew up shooting hoops at Dugger park and even earned his nickname of “Ice” because he loved then NBA player George “Iceman” Gervin. Brian is looking forward to bringing the community together in this 1st ever Hoops and Hope event.
Lisa CrossmanExecutive Director WMCC/Leadership Team Member
Lisa is a long term board member and newly appointed Executive Director of the West Medford Community Center. Lisa, who has years of experience working in non-profits has hit the ground running. Most recently Lisa has been quoted as hoping to turn the Community Center into a “resource for everyone”. Lisa is committed to helping youngsters with new programs based around education, reading, photography and of course athletics (basketball specifically). Lisa is also a proud mom of her son Grant who attends school in West Medford.
Justin ClaytonCelebrity Liaison/Leadership Team Member
Justin (pictured left), who grew up in West Medford is currently in the world of marketing and promotions for an exclusive Boston nightlife company. Justin and founder Sam grew up together and have always been dedicated to giving back to their community. Justin’s family (The Claytons) have roots in West Medford dating back hundreds of years. Justin has been integral in helping to secure and manage all of the celebrity coaches during their time at Hoops and Hope.
Loring GreeneFormer WMCC Board Member/Leadership Team Member
Loring (pictured right) moved to West Medford at the age of 7 and has been living there ever since. For the last 3 years Loring has managed the summer recreational basketball tournaments and clinics for men, women, boys and girls at Dugger Park. Loring is also on the board of directors at the West Medford Community Center and is chair of the fundraising committee.
Malinda ReaganWMCC Board Treasurer/Leadership Team Member
Malinda Reagan grew up in Medford attending the Hervey and Hobbs schools in West Medford. Her love of the community brought her back to West Medford in 2014 when she took on her professional role as Branch Manager for the West Medford Office of Brookline Bank. It was through that role where she became involved with the West Medford Community Center, curently serving on the WMCC Board of Directors as Board Treasurer. She is proud to support the great work done by the WMCC, made possible in large part by amazing events like Hoops and Hope! Malinda and her husband reside in Haverhill, MA, but she loves Medford so much she comes back every day.
Trent HeadleyLeadership Team Member
Trent, who was born in Boston and grew up in West Medford in the 80’s and 90’s is a neighborhood fixture in the West Medford community. The former school resource and D.A.R.E. officer is currently a Malden police sergeant in the patrol division and has been with the department for over 29 years. Trents WMCC roots run deep as his first ever job was at the West Medford Community Center as a teen.Trent, also helped to run (along with Sam and Loring) the West Medford Brandon Bolden summer basketball league in the late 2000’s. Trent loves to give back to his community and has been integral in overseeing the basketball portions of Hoops and Hope.