Here at AXIS, we are all about YOU BETTERING YOURSELF. Our trainers (listed below) have a wealth of basketball experience. Through those experiences, we have gained knowledge which we are excited to pass on to our players. Get to know us below. If you like what you see, come check out a program or sign up for a private lesson!
Coach Barboza is the owner of Axis and the North Shore Blizzard. He is the godfather of the program. Kevin has dedicated his life to fitness and basketball over the past 30 years. Currently he is the Freshman boys coach at MASCO High School.His name is synonymous with basketball on the north shore of Massachusetts. Over the years dozens of his players have played at the college level. Some other honors include: Cape Anne MVPs, Boston Herald All-Scholastics, GNAC All Conference teams, and State Champions to name a few. As Coach Barboza loves to say "Only skills and conditioning survive!!"
Coach Colin Halpin has been in the coaching industry for a decade now. Following a State Championship at BC High and 1300 points at Suffolk University, Halpin now loves to share his passion for the game. Following coaching stops at Suffolk University, KIPP Academy and Emerson College, he is now in his first year as Varsity Head Coach at Wakefield High. Over the last several years, Halpin has trained Cape Anne League All-Stars and numerous college players. If you know Coach Halpin you've heard him say "Hard work is the only way!!!"
Coach Tommy McDonald is known for his intensity. Upon meeting McDonald, it is easy to see how much he loves the game of basketball. It is also easy to see why his players love to compete for him. Tommy had a very successful career at Cushing Academy, followed by scoring 1000+ points at Norwich College. Currently, Coach McDonald works full time at Axis as a trainer, coach, and spin instructor. He is all about two things: Hard work & Discipline!
Coach Matt Barboza comes from quite a basketball background. He played on three State Championship teams at Bishop Hendricken before playing at the college level for Division 2 Franklin & Pierce before finishing at Johnson & Wales University. Coach Matt specializes in the player development, helping tons of kids on the northshore develop their game. Currently he is the Head JV coach and Assistant Varsity coach at Wakefield High School.
Coach Branden played his high school ball at East Providence HS going on to play at CCRI, JWU and Suffolk University. Since that time Branden has been training middle school and high school athletes in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He most recently was the head JV and assistant Varsity coach at East Providence High school. Coach Branden brings a wealth of knowledge and great passion and energy to every session he coaches.