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 CollinsPresident WMCC/Leadership Team Member
Brian is currently the President of the West Medford Community Center and 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.
Nathalie JeanExecutive Director WMCC/Leadership Team Member
Nathalie, who was brought on full time in 2021 as the Executive Director of the West Medford Community Center has been an integral part of Hoops and Hope. Nathalie, who lives in Boston – commutes to Medford daily to do what she loves – helping the community of 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.