Mr. David Vasquenza is owner and director of WINS For Life. He has a range of valuable work experience and knowledge
in teaching, training, coaching and motivating individuals and groups of all ages. For over thirty years Mr. Vasquenza has
served adults and students for public schools and various educational organizations. He was employed at Oak Hill School
for over 20 years as a staff trainer and counselor. The WINS For Life workshops and staff training events that he created
and facilitates serve as professional development hours for teachers, child care providers, and various other businesses.
Mr. Vasquenza is a guest speaker and clinician at the Basketball Hall of Fame He has successfully coached basketball
at many levels (college, high school, AAU, middle school). From 1996-2000, Coach Vasquenza assisted Worcester State
College to the best four-year record in the 70-year history of the Men’s Basketball program. During this time, the Lancers
earned the only regular season MASCAC Championship title in school history (1999-2000) and two ECAC berths (1998,
2000). From 1994-96 "Coach V" led Connecticut Starters AAU boy's teams to three consecutive D1 State Championships.
Coach Vasquenza has worked at summer camps hosted by legendary coaches Lute Olsen, Don Nelson, Gary Williams,
Rick Barnes, and Jim Calhoun. For 9-years he was Asst. Camp Director and coach at Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun's Camp.
In 2009, Mr. Vasquenza established the successful WINS For Life All Stars AAU Basketball program. The program grew
quickly as players elevated their skills. By the 2013 high school season, 20 freshmen and sophomores were playing on
their varsity team! In the 2013 AAU season, Coach V's 14u team was 27-7 and won four tournament titles. Six players made
their varsity team as freshmen. In 2014, the 15u team started the season with a 24-4 record, won three championships,
and earned a bid to the D3 Nationals. In 2016, the 17u team won the Silver Medal at the CT. State Tourney and finished in
third place at Zero Gravity Nationals. In 2017, four members from that 17u team earned High School All-State honors, and
nine players were selected All-Conference. Nearly 30 former WINS players have advanced to play at the collegiate level.
Mr. David Vasquenza has led a multifaceted career in education, human services, and coaching with a commitment
to helping others. His career focus has been to assist and lead individuals with their physical, intellectual, social, and
moral development. The mission statement is "to help as many people as possible, in as many ways as possible".
David Vasquenza (click here for full professional bio)
Lisa Johnson, Administrative Assistant
Kelly Coleman, Athletic Trainer. PhD, ATC: Head Athletic Trainer, Doctor of Philosophy (UConn '20), Masters, Exercise Science (JMU, '12)
Coaches (camps, clinics, and AAU):
David Vasquenza: Director (former college, high school and middle school coach; former college player at Keene State)
Collin Keane: Tolland High School Assistant Boys Varsity coach, 2019 graduate ECSU.
Ethan Burke: Men's Basketball manager, College of Charleston, 2017 All-State (Class S), 7-year WINS player
Emily Savino: Graduate Assistant, Western New England College Womens BB captain 2012-13, 2010 CCC Rookie of
the Year, First Team All-Conference. 2011-12, 2012-13, WNEC Coca-Cola Female Athlete of the Year 2012 & 2013
Gary Burke: Canton High School Asstistant Varsity coach, retired 25 years USAF, Central Conn. State Univ. graduate,
played basketball for Myrtle Beach Air Force Base
Frank Mansella: Coventry Travel Basketball (President),
Jesse Peterkin: Ridgefield High School, Freshmen Boys Basketball coach, teacher at Ridgefield HS, Master Degree at
University of New Haven, D3 Varsity Crew member at Ithaca College
Jevon Williams: East Hartford H.S. Varsity Boy's Basketball coach, educator East Hartford Public Schools,
former college player at Univ. of Connecticut (Storrs), and UConn Avery Point, UConn graduate.
John Cessario: Southington High School Varsity Boys Head Coach, 24-year high school coach, educator at CCMC School,
Bentley College Graduate, led 2013-14 East Windsor High School to NCCC conference Championship & 23-2 record.
One of Connecticut High School Basketball's top Varsity Coaches.
John Winer: CREC Athletic Director, NIAAA Certified Master Athletic Admin., former college coach at Leigh University,
and Univ. of New Haven, Masters Degree (Education), Clark University, 2004
Jonathan Myette: East Hartford High School Girls Varsity coach, E.H.H.S. school social worker, Masters Degree NYU
Jordan Richard: Bolton High School, Boys Varsity head coach, UConn Avery Point Men's Basketball captain,
Masters Degree: Southern New England Univ, Bachelors Degree; Univ. of Conn, educator at Wheeler Clinic.
Karey Peterson: Life University (Marietta, Georgia), Academic & Operations Coordinator, former coach at Brewer-Parker, Bachelors in Sports Management (Univ. of Georgia), Masters Degree in Sports Adminstration (Arkansa
Kristin Sitek: former player & senIor captain (SUNY New Paltz); 3x All-Conference player & 1,000 pt. scorer (Ellington HS)
Lisa Oriard: former college coach (Univ. of Washington, Boise State, Whitworth College), two-time All Pac-10 player
(University of Washington), two-time All-Academic Pac-10, selected Pac-10 All Decade Team Women’s Basketball,
2-year captain, Univ. of Washington Women’s Basketball, 1,000+ point scorer, 4 NCAA appearances , 3 Pac-10
conference championships (98-20 record), named "Top 10 Pioneers in Sport for the 20th century" (Spokane, WA.)
Mark Corey: Conard High School Assistant Varsity coach, UConn graduate, three sport captain at Hall H.S
Matt Gionfriddo: Hall High School, Assistant Varsity Coach, educator at West Hartford Public Schools; ECSU graduate
Meghann Morhard: Conard H.S. grad '19, Captain, All Conference, school record (3-pters season), attend Villanova Univ.
Mike Morhardt: former Stafford H.S. Boys Varsity coach & Windsor Locks Girls Varsity coach, 2015 Teacher of Year
(Stafford Public Schools) Former player at University of Hartford, educator at CCMC School.
Rashamel Jones: Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Univ. of St. Joseph's, 1999 co-captain at UConn (Jim Calhoun’s
1st national championship team), member of three Big East title teams, named to All-Big East Tourney Team as a junior,
played professionally in Australia, three-time CIAC All State player at Trinity Catholic (Stamford, CT).
Ryan Aeschliman: East Granby Varsity Basketball coach, educator at EGHS, former college player at Kean Univ. (NJ)
Scott Curtis: former Ellington High School Boys Varsity Basketball head coach, teacher at Ellington Midddle School
Tim Flint: Coventry High School, Varsity Boys Basketball coach