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 direct care provider in special education. The WINS For Life workshops he created
and facilitates serve as professional development hours for teachers and child care providers across New England.
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 much success and the best four-year record in the 65-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. In 1996, his 15u team finished 13th in the country at the 72-team D1 Nationals.
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 8th grade (14u) team was 27-7 and won four
tournament titles. Six students made their varsity basketball as freshmen. In 2014, the 15u (9th grade) team started
the season with a 24-4 record, won three tournament championships, and earned a bid to the D3 Nationals. In 2016,
the 17u team won the Silver Medal at the CT. State Tourney and finsihed 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.
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.
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".
Coaches (camps, clinics, and AAU):
David Vasquenza: Director (former college & high school coach; D2 basketball player at Keene State)
Andrew Pisati: Boys Basketball Coach, Windsor Locks H.S. (2001-14), Vice Pres. East Granby Travel BB, Syracuse grad
Brandon Gage: former Head coach, Womens Basketball, University of St. Joseph's
Brittany Whiteley: Suffield High School Girls Varsity coach, High School teacher, former player atEastern CT. State Univ.
Deanna Mayza: 2016-17 captain, University of Hartford Women's Basketball,
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. Freshmen 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, former college coach at Leigh University
Jonathan Myette: East Hartford H.S. Assistant Girls Varsity coach, E.H.H.S. school social worker, Masters Degree NYU
Jordan Richard: Varsity Boys basketball head coach, UConn Avery Point Men's Basketball captain,
Masters Degree: Southern New England Univ, Bachelors Degree; Univ. of Conn, educator at Wheeler Clinic.
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
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.
Ryan Aeschliman: East Granby Varsity Basketball coach, educator at EGHS, former college player at Kean Univ. (NJ)