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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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Jerome Singleton, Asst. Men’s & Women’s Track & Field Coach