WU BASKETBALL STAFF/COACHES
Sean Rose, M.Ed. is the General Manager and Founder of Worcester Union Athletics. Sean has been coaching youth teams for over twenty years. He is a resident of Worcester, and has coached competitive basketball and softball through such organizations as Girls Inc., Schwartz Little League, Rising Stars Basketball, Crushers Softball, Huskies Basketball, and Rockets Softball. Previous to his coaching in Worcester, Sean Rose was a Program Administrator for the Town of Barnstable Recreation Department. He was also instrumental in co-creating the largest therapeutic sports league in Massachusetts for at-risk youth and has been influential in helping sports become a clinical modality.
For 5 years Tony Smith has been Co-director of the AAU Rising Stars Basketball League, and oversees all the aspects of the league: organizing schedule games, recruiting coaches, reaching out to the community for sponsors, working with parents and their child as well as coaching a team himself. There are over 150 members in the Girls Inc. basketball league, and he has been involved in the basketball program for past 19 years. He was the Head Coach for St. Peter Marian's Freshman Girls team from 2006-2015, The Assistant Coach at SPM for Varsity Girls. The Assistant Coach for the AAU Worcester Shamrocks, Co-Director and Head Coach for AAU Central Mass Tar Heels Girls 6th/7th Grade, and is a Certified Official and Referee for IAABO in the State of Massachusetts.
His Community Service is vast. Running the Christmas Toy Drive to purchase toys for disadvantaged families and each year Tony has a back to school community BBQ to raise funds and have people donate school supplies.
Tony received the Key to the City from the Mayor of Worcester in March, 2018 for his dedication to the youth at Girls Inc. He has over 20 years work experience in the social service field, he worked in Specialize foster care for 18 years as a Clinical Supervisor. Tony is also employed by Girls Inc., Girls Inc. is a national non-for-profit organization, they has a network that serves 136,000 girls ages 6 - 18 annually across the United States and Canada. Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold is their motto, words that Tony Smith live by.
Debbie Sweeney was born and raised in Worcester and started playing basketball in the Sacred Heart League and Worcester Central Catholic. She continued on to be a force at Holy Name Catholic High School.
Deb continued on to Becker Junior College (1990-1992) and during her freshman year, she was a second team All-New England selection, averaging 13.4 points per game. She was the starting point guard on the 1992 NJCAA National Championship team. She averaged 6.3 assists and 8.7 points per game, while shooting 38.7 percent from the three point line and converting 59.2 percent of her free throws. Sweeney’s efforts earned her First Team All-New England and All Colonial State Athletic Conference honors. She finished her career with 302 assists, two time All New England Selection, and was inducted into the Becker College Hall of Fame.
She then continued her education and basketball career at Bridgewater State University (1992-1994) where she was named captain both years and earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts.
Deb is a past Assistant Coach under Jen Ford at St. Peter Marian Central Catholic High School and she has recently coached the past 3 seasons for the Charlton Wildcats AAU Basketball Program, Auburn Town Basketball, and the Summer League at Venerini Academy.
Najee Muhammad's basketball knowledge and experience spans over 15 years. He was the assistant coach for the Women's Varsity Basketball Team at Quinsigamond Community College for 10 years before being awarded the head coaching position in 2016. He is the 7th and 8th grade coach for the Worcester Union AAU Girls Program as well as the Girls Inc Winter League Team. Najee incorporates skills training with film breakdown to girls ages 4th - 10th grade.
Najee was also the Assistant Camp Director of the Central Massachusetts Basketball Acacdmy girls and boys skills development camps. He currently coaches the 7th & 8th Grade Worcester Union AAU girls team. He has proven to be very successful in the preparation and implementation of both practice and workout plans, assisting in the success with players of all ages.
Jamal Smith was born and raised in Worcester, MA, and has been around the game of basketball since age 2. He played his high school basketball at St. Peter Marian High School where he helped lead the Guardians to WPI his Senior Year to the Conference Finals. Jamal also was a very active AAU player for both the Worcester Shamrocks and the Boston Warriors Basketball Programs. Jamal went on to play for Worcester State University.
Jamal spends countless hours doing Skills Clinics with girls and boys of all ages. For the past 5 years Jamal has been a youth coach for the Worcester Union Basketball Program and also Girls Inc. He has given his players the success they need to reach several championship games. Jamal has incredible success (40 wins, 2 losses) in past two years while coaching the St. Peter Marian Junior High Team.
Tina (Oliveri) Seabury: Special Instructor / Skills Clinic
Tina Oliveri Seabury grew up in Worcester. She was named to multiple telegram and conference all star teams in all three sports and was recognized for scoring 1000 points in basketball.
Tina went on to play for Anna Maria College noting to have played Field Hockey, Basketball and Softball starting in all three sports beginning her freshman year. She was recognized as a CCC all star on multiple occasions as a third baseman,second baseman and shortstop and also a CCC all star during her basketball career. Tina also scored her 1000 point at Anna Maria College in 2007. She was named female athlete of the year at Anna Maria College in 2007 and also received the Stephen Washkevitch award for leadership and excellence in the community and athletics.
After graduation from Anna Maria in 2007 Tina went on to be an Assistant Coach at Anna Maria in Basketball, Softball and Field Hockey. In 2011 Tina left Anna Maria and has been the Assistant Varsity softball coach at Holy Name High School in Worcester where she has helped coach the infield to a district title, and appearances in the district playoffs each year since taking the position. In 2017 she accepted the job as Head Coach of the Nashoba Girls Varsity Basketball program. Tina was recently inducted into the Burncoat Athletic Hall of Fame and the Worcester Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame.
She is a 2016 graduate of Vanderbilt University where she received her Masters as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 2016. She is currently a psychiatric nurse practitioner in the city of Worcester specializing in pediatrics.