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Meet Our Spring/Summer 2023 Season Coaches!

3rd Grade Coaches: 

Julie Osbeck (formerly Sailer): Julie was an All-American scored 1,910 points in high school, which was the most points in Bucks County (girls) history. She was a 1,000 point scorer at The University of Delaware (NCAA Division I) and an Academic All-American. She has ten years of coaching experience at the middle school and high school levels. 

Kathryn Pearson: Kathryn began playing basketball in the 4th grade, played for four years at Council Rock North and four years at Fairleigh Dickinson in North Jersey (NCAA Division III). She began coaching her 3rd grader in 2021 and loves teaching kids this age new skills, how to compete, and enjoyment for the game.

4th Grade Coaches:

Danielle Oxley: Danielle graduated from Council Rock North in 2003 and continued her playing career at University of Hartford (NCAA Division I). She then coached at the high school level for five years, and has also been coaching youth basketball for both boys’ and girls’ teams over the past 4 years. She is currently the Women's Varsity Assistant for Council Rock North High School.

Brett D'Andrea: Brett graduated from Holy Ghost Prep and Fairfield University. Brett is in his second year coaching of in the UMNB program and serves as an intramural age group program coordinator. Outside of basketball, Brett has years of experience coaching both soccer and baseball in the local community. 


5th Grade Coaches:

This season, the team will be in excellent hands with some of the best talent and brightest high school basketball minds in Bucks County! Our regular 5th grade coaches (Thompson and Boyle - see 11th grade bios below) will return in 2024 to retake the helm. This season our coaches will be six graduating 2023 HEAT Hoops AAU standouts who are currently playing for Central Bucks East and Council Rock North high schools: Bella Haurin 5'9" forward; Kendall Gregor 5'9" swing/forward; Erin LeRay 5'5" point guard; Shayne LeRay 5'7" shooting guard; Keira Shea 5'8" swing; and Ella Cairone 5'7" shooting guard. 


6th Grade Coaches:

Jamie McCafferty: Jamie has been coaching travel basketball for the past eight years, primarily with Langhorne Athletic Association. Jamie's areas of focus are on development and having fun!

Alan Jett: A football player at Missouri University (NCAA Division I), Coach Jett, co-director of HEAT Hoops AAU, has been a coach for many local high school programs for the past 30 years. He is the founder of our AAU program and has coached hundreds of girls in basketball over the past few decades. We wrote his bio for him and consider him a “local coaching legend” though he will say he’s just been rattling around for a while.


7th Grade Coach:

Kari Cairone: Kari has been coaching AAU for 12 years and is co-director of the HEAT Hoops AAU program, as well as a board member of Upper Makefield Newtown Basketball intramural and HEAT travel programs. She played for four years at Lafayette College (NCAA Division I) where she served as captain.


8th Grade Coaches:

Mitchell Akright: Mitch is an experienced basketball coach with over 10 years of coaching experience. He is currently the basketball coordinator for St. Andrews School. He also coaches the A level Region teams for 8/7th grade girls and 6/5th grade girls. He has a passion for the sport and understanding of the technical, strategic, and tactical aspects of the game. He has led St. Andrews girls’ basketball recently to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia city playoffs and Region Championships. Building a strong positive winning team culture along with individual development are his top priorities.

Julie Cruz: Julie is in her fourth season coaching competitive basketball. She suffered a knee injury that prevented her from playing high school basketball but has still been a lifelong student of the game and enjoys finding ways to help every player with their personal skill development.


9th Grade Coaches:

Sandy Penner: Sandy has been coaching AAU basketball for over a decade. He played in high school and can still be seen on the courts several times a week in a local men’s league. He loves teaching the game and is excited to share this coaching experience with his daughter, Mara.

Mara Penner: Mara has been playing basketball since she could walk. She started her AAU career with our club, “playing up” as a 2nd grader, and finished her final AAU season last summer as a member of HEAT Hoops. She is a graduate of Council Rock North where she played basketball all four years. She attends Bloomsburg University and is the president of the club basketball team.

10th Grade Coaches:

Kari Cairone: Kari has been coaching AAU for 12 years and is co-director of the HEAT Hoops AAU program, as well as a board member of Upper Makefield Newtown Basketball intramural and HEAT travel programs. She played for four years at Lafayette College (NCAA Division I) where she served as captain.

Danielle Reckner: Danielle has many years of experience coaching basketball, field hockey, softball and soccer at both Council Rock and Central Bucks middle and high school levels. She has coached at Upper Makefield and Heat Hoops for five years. She also coaches a 5th grade boys' travel team. Danielle also played field hockey at St. Joseph's University (NCAA Division I).

Jason Metrick: Jason has been coaching youth basketball for a decade on both the boys’ and girls’ sides. He has been assisting with HEAT Hoops AAU for the past three years.

11th Grade Coaches:

Heather Thompson (formally McGinty): Heather graduated from Neshaminy High School as the all-time leading scorer for both boys’ and girls’ basketball. She played for four years at Drexel University (NCAA Division I). She serves as the Assistant Coach for Rider University (NCAA Division I) basketball program and has dedicated her time to supporting the development of youth basketball for over 27 years, supporting clinics, CYO and AAU organizations.

Lisa Boyle: Lisa was the four-year starting center for Temple University Women’s basketball (NCAA Division I). She went on to coach JV at Conwell Egan Catholic for two years. After having seven children, she started coaching at the AAU/Travel level, and has been coaching for the past ten years.

We occasionally have openings for coaching positions, both volunteer and paid;

Please inquire with Kari Cairone 

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