Boston's Finest Basketball Teaching Camp since 1993

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Kevin O'BrienKevin O'Brien, founder/director

Veteran college coach Kevin O'Brien is the founder of the Rising Star Basketball School and has directed the program since its inception in 1989. A Reading native who played collegiately at Tufts University, O'Brien (pictured at right with his sons Garrett and Colin) was a head coach at Brandeis University (1986-95) and Stonehill College (2000-04) and an assistant at Brandeis, Harvard and Boston University. He also was a baseball standout who played two years in the New York Yankees minor league organization. His father, Fran O'Brien, is a New England basketball and baseball coaching legend. Kevin's mission is to teach the game in a thorough and enuthisiastic manner, and he seeks top high school and college coaches to assist in this endeavor.


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Coaches hired to teach

At Rising Star Basketball School we take the hiring of our coaching staff very seriously. Our goal is to have the finest teaching staff in New England. Why? Because we want to have the best camp, and the quality of the staff is directly related to the experience of the player. We want coaches who want to be there to teach with passion and encourage the improvement of players attending. It does not matter if it is a high school star or younger player attending their first camp. We hire based on this. Many of our coaches return every summer because they believe in this approach. At Rising Star effort and enthusiasm is expected every day. We take great pride in our basketball camp.

We value creating a quality experience in which to teach and motivate, and keep a low coach-to-player ratio to ensure this occurs. Additionally, we divide our players into different divisions based on age and ability. This allows our coaches to challenge players at an appropriate level. Our desire is to help our players improve their skills, learn more about basketball, and have a positive experience!

"The Rising Star Basketball School is a terrific opportunity for players to learn from a staff that is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals and learn the game in a competitive atmosphere."

— Newton North High School head coach Paul Connolly

Current and past coaches


Mike Kasprzak, Melrose High School head coach
Sean Mulkerrins, North Attleboro High School head coach (pictured at right)
Brian Caira, Salem State University associate head coach
Dennis Doherty, Wayland High School head coach
Matt Droney, Suffolk University assistant coach
Andrew Ferguson, Sharon High School head coach
John Fleming, Winchester High School head coach
Rick Grady, Dover-Sherborn High School head coach
Michael Ingram-Rubin, East Boston High School head coach
Jack Loughnane, Saint Anselm College player
J.J. Oliver, Norwood High School head coach
Kevin Perry, Bridgewater State College player
Justin Ventura, Emerson College player
Mike Wilder, Waltham High School head coach


Tunji Awojobi, Record-setting former Boston University center, former professional basketball player (Europe)
Chris Bartley, WPI head coach
Jean Bain, Columbia University associate head coach, former Northeastern University all-conference player
Edson Cardoso, Charlestown High School head coach
Hugh Coleman, Brighton High School head coach
Dave Clay, Newburyport High School head coach
Adam Cluff, Noble and Greenough School head coach
Paul Connolly, Newton North High School head coach
Michael Crotty, Director of Middlesex Magic AAU program, former Boston Celtics Director of Player Development
Luke Day, Former Brookline High School head coach
Tom Devitt, University of Hartford assistant coach, former Wentworth Institute of Technology head coach
Sam Doner, Natick High School head coach
Jerry Etienne, Concord Academy head coach
Sean Foster, Salve Regina University head coach
Chris Fraioli, Dedham High School head coach
Matt Freeman, Former Bishop Feehan High School head coach
Tom Glynn, Rhode Island College head coach
Andy Greer, Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach, former Northern Illinois University head coach
Larry Greer, Minnesota Timberwolves scout
Steve Harrington, Watertown High School head coach
Reggie Hobbs, Lexington High School head coach
Dan Hunt, Concord Academy head girls coach, former Bentley University women's assistant coach
Joe Killilea, Former Newton South High School head coach
Paul Liner, Needham High School head coach
Tim McCarthy, Salem State University assistant coach
Peter Mugar, Framingham State University head coach
Mike Normant, Lincoln-Sudbury High School head coach
Adam Pritchard, Belmonth High School head coach
Tom Ryser, Former Medford High School head coach
Ryan Sheehan, WPI assistant coach
Brendan Smith, Boston Latin School head coach, Director of A Step Ahead AAU program
Mike Tarlin, Former Framingham High School head coach
Brian Walmsley, Wheaton College head coach

Guest speakers

In addition to an impressive lineup of coaches, Rising Star Basketball School brings in the best so our players can learn from the best. Some current and past guest speakers include:

Dana Barros, Former Boston College and Boston Celtics guard, 1995 NBA All-Star with Philadelphia 76ers (pictured below)
Paul Biancardi, ESPN National Director of Basketball Recruiting, former Wright State University head coach
Bob Bigelow, Former NBA player (Celtics), author, advocate for improving youth sports
Bill Coen, Northeastern University head coach
Ed Cooley, Providence College head coach, former Boston College assistant coach
Bill Curley, Emerson College head coach, former NBA player
Howard Eisley, New York Knicks assistant coach, former Boston College and NBA player
Andy Enfield, University of Southern California head coach, former Boston Celtics shooting coach
Andy Greer, Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach, former college head coach
Greg Herenda, Fairleigh Dickinson University head coach, former UMass-Lowell head coach
Billy Holden, Middlesex School head coach, former Harvard University and Colgate University assistant coach
Dave Hopla, Detroit Pistons shooting coach
Rick Kilpatrick, Acton-Boxborough High School head coach
Dave Leitao, DePaul University head coach, former Northeastern University head coach
Mike Longabardi, Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach, former Boston Celtics assistant
Jim O'Brien, Former Boston College and Ohio State head coach
Jim O'Brien, Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach, former Boston Celtics head coach
Alex Popp, Vermont Academy head coach, former Holy Cross assistant coach
Lamar Reddicks, Milton Academy head coach, former Harvard University and Boston University assistant coach
Bo Ruggiero, Cohasset High School head coach
Frank Sullivan, Former Harvard University head coach
Orlando Vandross, University of Virginia assistant coach
Michael Vaughan, Mansfield High School head coach
Brian Walmsley, Wheaton College head coach
David Wesley, Former NBA player (Celtics)
Jamie Young, Boston Celtics assistant coach