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Men’s Basketball

The Tigers Men’s Basketball program has a rich history of winning not only on the state and regional levels, but we have the honor of being the 2000 NJCAA National Champions. RCC Men’s Basketball has produced a significant amount of Regional team members, Regional All-Stars, NJCAA All-Tournament team members, NJCAA All-Americans and Coaches of the Year. In recent history, the Tigers have made national tournament appearances in 2010 (5th place) and 2012 (7th place).

Head Coach

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Jelani Townsell
, Men’s Basketball Head Coach

Coach Townsell started working in college basketball at the NCAA Division I level as a basketball manager at Temple University under Hall of Fame Coach John Chaney from 2002-06. After graduating from Temple University, Coach Townsell started his coaching career at Regis College as an assistant coach from 2007-08, under the direction of current Head Coach Nate Hager. Coach Townsell continued his career as a Graduate Assistant for the Men’s Basketball Team at the University of Connecticut from 2008-2011 under Hall of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun. During his time at the University of Connecticut, he was apart of 2 final four appearances, 2008 & 2011, and also on staff when they won the 2011 Men’s Basketball Division I National Championship. Prior to his arrival at Roxbury Community College, Coach Townsell spent the past 5 years as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Newbury College. During his time at Newbury College he became the all-time leader in wins as a coach. He also, during the 2012-13 season, led the Nighthawks to their highest conference ranking in program history, finishing second in the New England Collegiate Conference(NECC) and earning a first round bye in the conference tournament with another program-best, 12-4 conference record. He also coached six of the top ten leading scorers in school history.

Coach Townsell received his Bachelors Degree in Sports Management from Temple University in 2007 and completed his Masters Degree in Sports Management from the University of Connecticut in 2011. Coach Townsell currently resides in Brighton, MA and also works full-time for a non-profit called Tenacity where he holds the title of Post-Secondary Services Support Coordinator.

Women’s Basketball

The Lady Tigers Women’s Basketball team has a rich history of winning on the State and Regional levels. RCC Women’s Basketball has produced a significant amount of Regional team members, Regional All-Stars, NJCAA All-Tournament team members, NJCAA All-Americans and Coaches of the Year. In recent history, the Lady Tigers have made national tournament appearances in 2011 (2nd place), 2012 (2nd place) and 2013 (3rd place).

Head Coach

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Mark Leszczyk, Head Coach
Birthplace: Providence, RI
Family: Married with three children
High School: Johnson High
Post High School: Coast Guard, 4 years
Years Coaching: 20+

Coach Mark Leszczyk is entering his tenth year with the Roxbury Community College Women’s Basketball Team. Last season, Leszczyk led the Lady Tigers to a 25-2 overall record, a MCCAC State Championship, Region XXI Championship and the women’s program’s first NJCAA National Championship.

Throughout the past 9 years at Roxbury, the lady Tigers have been nationally ranked in the top 10 the last 5 years and in the top 5 the last 4 years Leszczyk is a Johnston, R.I., resident with several years of coaching experience. He came to RCC in 2007 after three years of coaching Dean College’s Women’s Basketball Team, which he guided to a 55-21 overall record and back-to-back appearances in the NJCAA Region XXI Div II Championship Games.

During his Dean tenure, Leszczyk helped two of his players earn Academic All-American honors and several players earn scholarships to Division I and Division II colleges that play at the NCAA level. Six players received Academic Achievement awards from Dean.

Leszczyk founded Rhode Island’s Ocean State Pride Amateur Athletic Union program. He is also the Region I Northeast Representative for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

During his tenure at RCC, Coach Leszczyk has had an overall record of 142-45. His Lady Tigers have had 5 consecutive Undefeated MCCAC seasons. (09, 10, 11, 12, 13), 3 straight Regional Championships (10, 11, 12), 3 appearances National Tournament reached finals (10,11,12) and have produced 4 All Americans: Jesika Holmes (2010), Tyler Kimball (2011), Shannon Samuels (2012) and Amanda Hoover (2014). He has also received coaching accolades such as, Region XXI Coach of the Year (2009), Rawlings National Junior College Coach of the Year (2010) and District F Coach of the Year (10, 11).

Coaching Record by Year


Years

W

L

Notes

2015-2016

25

2

NJCAA Tournament, 1st place, Coach of the Year

2014-2015

25

2

NJCAA Tournament, 2nd place

2013-2014

11

10

Won State Tournament

2012-2013

19

7

NJCAA Tournament, 3rd place

2011-2012

28

5

NJCAA Tournament, 2nd place

2010-2011

27

3

NJCAA Tournament, 2nd place

2009-2010

26

4

State Championship

2008-2009

21

6

State Championship

2007-2008

10

10

 

Overall

142

45

76%

Assistant Coach

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Kisandra Ayanbeku, Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach (5th year)

Coach Ayanbeku completed her undergraduate studies  in business administration at Montclair State University in May 2011. While attending Montclair State, she was a two-time captain for the women's basketball team and received the school's Female Student-Athlete of the Year award in 2010. A two-time NJAC First-Team All-Conference selection, she scored more than 1,000 points in her career.

Coach Ayanbeku completed her Masters degree in Sports Administration from Canisius College in May 2014, while serving as a graduate assistant to the women's basketball team. Some of her responsibilities included making travel arrangements, creating practice plans, and handling game film exchange.

Coach Ayanbeku served as assistant women’s basketball coach at Roxbury Community College during the 2011-2012 season. As assistant coach, she took the role of recruiting coordinator and also helped with player development. During that season, the Lady Tigers posted a 27-4 record and won the NJCAA Division III Region 21 Championship.

 

Track & Field

RCC Track & Field has been extremely successful. As one of only a few community colleges in the region with a track team, RCC has been consistently producing NJCAA All-Americans (6 total). We have also had 3 NJCAA National Champions in their events, including an NJCAA record-holder in the 200m dash. The team has also had an NJCAA Academic All-American.

 Head Coach

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Tommie Campbell,Jr., Men's & Women's Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field Head Coach
College: University of Rhode Island
Years Coaching: 13

Tommie Campbell, Jr. is entering his eighth season as the Head Coach of the Men's and Women's Track & Field Team at Roxbury Community College. He is certified as a USATF Level 1 Coach.

During his years at RCC, Coach Campbell has produced 6 NJCAA All-American's including 3 national champions.

Campbell joined RCC after four seasons of coaching the Track & Field Program at the John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science in Roxbury, MA. He also previously coached at Brighton High School (Brighton, MA). During his tenure at RCC, he has coached two National Champions and six All-Americans.

Coach Campbell earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical and Secondary Education from the University of Rhode Island (URI), where he was nationally recognized as a Track & Field athlete. In 1991, he was named the New England Track & Field Athlete of the Year, and the following year became the URI record holder in the Long Jump. He was a six-time New England Collegiate Triple Jump Champion, and, in 1993, Campbell was a United States Olympic Festival Participant and a World Champion Trials Qualifier in the Triple Jump.

A resident of Boston, Campbell currently teaches at UMana Middle School Academy.

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Sherman Hart, Track & Field Coach/ Recruiter

After a brief retirement, in 2013, Coach Hart took on a new challenge and started coaching at Roxbury Community College.

At Northeastern, Hart has led the women’s squad since 1988-89 and transformed the team into a perennial conference and New England power. The program was ranked 20th in New England when he arrived on the scene, and three years later the team won its first America East title. In America East indoor meets from 1990-2005, the women’s team won indoor titles in 1993, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’98, 2003, ’04 and ’05. In outdoor championships from 1989-2005, NU’s women’s track & field team was champion in 1991, ’92, ’94, ’95, ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99, 2002, ’03, ’04 and ’05. In addition to the conference titles, the team has been a force on the New England stage, capturing indoor championships in 1996, ’97, ’99 and 2003, while taking outdoor titles in 1996 and ’99. Hart was named America East Coach of the Year a total of 11 times, five indoor and six outdoor. In 2002, the award was changed to “Coaching Staff of the Year” and his staff swept both the indoor and outdoor awards in 2003, ’04 and ’05.

Hart was named women’s District I Div. I Coach of the Year for the fourth time during the indoor 2002-03 season. He was also named District I Div. I indoor and outdoor Coach of the Year from 1994-97. Under Hart, Husky athletes have been named All-America 12 times, All-East over 100 times and have won countless conference and New England titles.

Northeastern’s men’s program has continually improved under Hart since he became its leader during the 1998-99 season. During the 2000 indoor season, just a year after Hart started coaching the men, the team won its first America East Championship since 1996. He added indoor and outdoor conference titles in 2001 and won both again in 2002. After a run of second and third-place finishes, Hart got his team back to the top with a win at the 2004 America East outdoor title meet and the team continued its success by defeating favorite Albany for the 2005 indoor title. Hart won conference Coach of the Year honors for indoor track in 2000 and 2001 and his staff won “Coaching Staff of the Year” honors in 2002, ’04 and ’05. The team won the New England Outdoor Championship in 2002. Northeastern began competing in the highly-competitive Colonial Athletic Association in 2006 and has a pair of fourth-place finishes and one fifth-place showing in three meets.

Northeastern has been a regional track & field power for decades but in the past several seasons, the Huskies have broken new ground at the national level. Under Hart’s watch, 10 Huskies have competed in NCAA championships a total of 24 times between them since 2002. Most recently, Hunter earned All-America status in both indoor and outdoor shot put competition. Hunter cleared 61’4.75 for seventh at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championship and followed it with an eighth-place performance of 60’5.0 at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championship. Northover placed 10th in the shot put at the NCAA Championship in 2007, her fifth NCAA Championship appearance. She went on to compete for Jamaica in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Before he came to Northeastern, Hart coached at UMass Boston and turned the program into a powerhouse on the national scene. The Beacons won four NCAA Div. III titles, were national runners-up 3 times and ECAC champions seven times. From 1985-88, Hart’s UMass Boston teams competed at the New England Championship against Div. I, II and III competition and never finished lower than third. He coached 85 Div. III All-Americans and earned NCAA Div. III National Coach of the Year four times while at UMass Boston. Hart was inducted to the UMass Boston Hall of Fame in 2006. All four of his NCAA champion teams have been inducted to the UMass Boston Hall of Fame as well as six of his former athletes.

Besides his work at the collegiate level, Hart founded the Boston International Track Club while he was an NU student in 1974 and has been director ever since. It was founded as a way for local youths to get involved in athletics. Hart also has extensive experience as a social worker in the Boston area.

Hart lettered in football at NU, graduating in 1974 with a degree in economics and humanities. He attended Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington D.C. where he participated in football and track. Archbishop Carroll was ranked as one of the top HS football program in the country late 60’s and early 70’s.

Men's Soccer

The RCC Men’s soccer team is one of the most internationally diverse teams at the College. Last season the team consisted of students from various backgrounds such as Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Trinidad, Jamaica and the US. Two seasons ago, we also had the honor of having the first female athlete that competed on a men’s team as well. Over the past 7 years, the RCC soccer team has produced 8 Regional team members.

Head Coach

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Chris Suchorski, Men's Soccer Head Coach
Hometown: E. Bridgewater, MA
Years Coaching: 8

Coach Chris Suchorski is entering his 2nd season as Head Coach of the Roxbury Community College Men's Soccer Team. Coach Suchorski also works for America Scores, which is a program that integrates soccer and poetry.

Suchorski, a former athlete at E. Bridgewater HS and Mt. Ida College, has previously been an Assistant/ Goalie Coach at Newbury College, as well as worked various soccer camps.

Assistant Coach

Andrew Goittlieb, Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
This is Coach Gottllieb’s 2nd season as the Assistant Coach at RCC.

 

Track & Field

RCC Track & Field has been extremely successful. As one of only a few community colleges in the region with a track team, RCC has been consistently producing NJCAA All-Americans (6 total). We have also had 3 NJCAA National Champions in their events, including an NJCAA record-holder in the 200m dash. The team has also had an NJCAA Academic All-American.

Awards & Honors

2016 Individual Awards

ATHLETE

SPORT

HONOR

Alyssa Stewart

Women's Basketball

NJCAA Player of the Year, NJCAA All-American 1st Team , Region XXI 1st Team

Taj Lewis

Women's Basketball

NJCAA All-American 1st Team, Region XXI 1st Team

Ryia Newsome

Women's Basketball

Region XXI 1st Team

Amariah Brown

Women's Basketball

Region XXI 2nd Team

Mark Leszczyk

Women's Basketball

NJCAA Coach of the Year

2015 Individual Awards

ATHLETE

SPORT

HONOR

Taj Lewis

Women's Basketball

NJCAA All-American- 1st Team

Morgan Belanger

Women's Basketball

NJCAA All-American- 2nd Team

Alyssa Stewart

Women's Basketball

NJCAA All-American- 3rd Team

2014 Individual Awards

ATHLETE

SPORT

HONOR

Amanda Hoover

Women's Basketball

Region XXI 1st Team

Amanda Hoover

Women's Basketball

NJCAA All-American- 3rd  Team

Tyrus Weaver

Men’s Basketball

Region XXI 1st Team

Tyrus Weaver

Men’s Basketball

NJCAA All-American-2nd Team

Elizabeth Bray

Track

NJCAA All-American

Nicole Spaulding

Women's Basketball

Region XXI- 1st  team

Lia Bass

Women's Basketball

Region XXI- 2nd  team

David Riley

Men’s Basketball

Region XXI- Honorable Mention

Tirru Larode

Men’s Soccer

Region XXI- 2nd Team

Chisom Udengwu

Men’s Soccer

Region XXI- 1st Team

 

2013 Individual Awards

ATHLETE

SPORT

HONOR

Shannon Samuels

Women's Basketball

Region XXI 1st Team

Shannon Samuels

Women's Basketball

NJCAA All-American- 1st Team

Paul Becklens

Men’s Basketball

Region XXI 1st Team

Paul Becklens

Men’s Basketball

NJCAA All-American-Honorable Mention

Elizabeth Bray

Track

NJCAA All-American

Tyrus Weaver

Men's Basketball

Region XXI- 2nd team

Theresa Mitchell

Women's Basketball

Region XXI- 2nd team

2012 Individual Awards

ATHLETE

SPORT

HONOR

WALLAH RANDOLPH

SOCCER

Region XXI 1st Team

KENDY VALBRUN

SOCCER

Region XXI 2nd Team

FIDEL MARTINEZ

SOCCER

Region XXI- Honorable Mention

TYLER KIMBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NJCAA All-American- 2nd Team

TYLER KIMBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WBCA All-American- Honorable Mention

TYLER KIMBALL

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Region XXI 1st Team

SIARA LOWRY

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NJCAA All-American- Honorable Mention

SIARA LOWRY

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Region XXI 1st Team

MIESHIA REYNOLDS

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Region XXI 2nd Team

SHANNON SAMUELS

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Region XXI 1st Team

PAUL BECKLENS

MEN’S BASKETBALL

NJCAA All-American-Honorable Mention

PAUL BECKLENS

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Region XXI- 1st Team

GABRIEL FUMUDOH

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Region XXI- 1st Team

CHARLES NEDD-ARAUJO

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Region XXI- 2nd Team

JASMINE BIEN-AIME

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

NJCAA All-American/ 1st place in 100m

JASMINE BIEN-AIME

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

NJCAA All-American/ 1st place in 200m

SHELDON JOHN

BASEBALL

Region XXI- Honorable Mention

JORGE GERONIMO

BASEBALL

Region XXI- Honorable Mention

EDDIE CARTAGENA

BASEBALL

Region XXI- Honorable Mention

JAQUAN THOMAS

BASEBALL

Region XXI- Honorable Mention

2011 Individual Awards

ATHLETE

SPORT

HONOR

JIMM GUERRIER

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

NJCAA All-American/ 2nd place in Triple Jump

OSAWARU JOHNSON

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

NJCAA All-American/ 2nd place in High Jump

JESIKA HOLMES

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NJCAA All-American- Honorable Mention

JESIKA HOLMES

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WBCA All-American- Honorable Mention

TYSHIA CARMICHAEL

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

NJCAA All-American/ 1st place in 200m

2010 Individual Awards:

ATHLETE

SPORT

HONOR

Paris Amado

Men's Basketball

NJCAA Region XXI Honorable Mention

Jeff Cannon

Men's Basketball

NJCAA Region XXI First-Team

Jeff Cannon

Men's Basketball

NJCAA Third-Team Athletic All-American

Ravon Dunbar

Men's Basketball

NJCAA Region XXI First-Team

Ravon Dunbar

Men's Basketball

NJCAA National All-Tournament Team

Darnell Martin

Men's Basketball

NJCAA Region XXI Honorable Mention

Willeen Capehart

Women's Basketball

NJCAA Region XXI Second-Team

Jesika Holmes

Women's Basketball

NJCAA Region XXI First-Team

Jesika Holmes

Women's Basketball

NJCAA Honorable Mention Athletic All-American

Jesika Holmes

Women's Basketball

WBCA Honorable Mention Athletic All-American

Christalee
Lynch

Women's Basketball

NJCAA Region XXI First-Team

Jasmine
McNeil

Women's Basketball

NJCAA Region XXI Honorable Mention

Sequetta
Samuels

Women's Basketball

NJCAA Region XXI Honorable Mention

Nia Howard

Women's Track & Field

NJCAA Nationals - Placed 1st in Long Jump

Nia Howard

Women's Track & Field

NJCAA Nationals - Placed 1st in 100M Dash

Nia Howard

Women's Track & Field

NJCAA First-Team Athletic All-American

2009 Individual Awards:

ATHLETE

SPORT

HONOR

Mike Horgan

Men's Baseball

NJCAA Region XXI Honorable Mention

Jeff Cannon

Men's Basketball

NJCAA Region XXI Second Team

Zwelky Cruz

Men's Basketball

NJCAA Region XXI Second Team

Willeen
Capehart

Women's Basketball

NJCAA Region XXI First Team

Christalee
Lynch

Women's Basketball

NJCAA Region XXI Honorable Mention

Jasmine McNeil

Women's Basketball

NJCAA Region XXI First Team

Jessica Underwood

Women's Basketball

NJCAA Region XXI Second Team

Abdi Ibrahim

Men's Track & Field

NJCAA Nationals - Placed 10th in 1500M Run

Shanna
Ellison

Women's Track & Field

NJCAA Nationals - Placed 7th in 100M Dash

Nia Howard

Women's Track & Field

NJCAA Nationals - Placed 1st in Long Jump

Nia Howard

Women's Track & Field

NJCAA Nationals - Placed 3rd in 100M Dash

Nia Howard

Women's Track & Field

NJCAA Nationals - Placed 8th in 200M Dash

Nia Howard

Women's Track & Field

NJCAA First-Team Athletic All-American

Nia Howard

Women's Track & Field

NJCAA Academic All-American

2008 Individual Awards:

ATHLETE

SPORT

HONOR

Quinton Wilson

Men's Basketball

NJCAA Region XXI Honorable Mention

Ashley
Murchison

Women's Basketball

NJCAA Region XXI Second Team

Jerome James

Men's Soccer

NJCAA Region XXI Honorable Mention

Jean Stevens Leveillard

Men's Soccer

NJCAA Region XXI Second Team

Waderthon Saintloth

Men's Soccer

NJCAA Region XXI First Team

Track & Field

RCC Track & Field has been extremely successful. As one of only a few community colleges in the region with a track team, RCC has been consistently producing NJCAA All-Americans (6 total). We have also had 3 NJCAA National Champions in their events, including an NJCAA record-holder in the 200m dash. The team has also had an NJCAA Academic All-American.

Men's Soccer

The RCC Men’s soccer team is one of the most internationally diverse teams at the College. Last season the team consisted of students from various backgrounds such as Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Trinidad, Jamaica and the US. We also had the honor of having the first female athlete that competed on a men’s team as well. Over the past 3 years, the RCC soccer team has produced 6 Regional team members.