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A family Tradition
Our mission is to provide a quality program for girls and boys of all skill levels. We teach the fundamentals appropriate for each skill and grade level, and our emphasis is on learning, improving, and, of course, having fun. Campers will have opportunities every day to get individual help from our coaching staff, and each camper receives feedback on a camp report card that indicates his or her strengths, as well as areas that may need improvement. Many of our coaches are former campers who are now playing in college or who are coaching at the collegiate, high school, or elementary school level. While playing in a safe environment marked by positive reinforcement from strong role models, campers are given equal playing time regardless of experience or playing ability. As much as the camp is about playing and skill development, it is also about character formation and making lasting connections and friendships. Sportsmanship and fair play are expected of all of our campers, and we want our campers to understand that working hard to improve and having fun go hand in hand.
Ready for her 39th consecutive summer directing basketball camp, Coach Gela is the Athletic Director and Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at her alma mater, Moore Catholic High School. A native Staten Islander and member of three Hall of Fames – at Moore, Kean University, and Wagner College – Coach Gela has the unique honor of having coached at each of the schools she attended: St. Ann’s grammar school, Moore Catholic, and Wagner College. Additionally, Coach Gela (“Mrs. M” to her students) taught Physical Education at Our Lady Queen of Peace, St. Ann’s, and St. Clare’s before going back to lead Moore’s athletic department. Coach Gela, who spent 18 seasons coaching the Wagner College Seahawks before her current stint with Moore, resides in New Dorp with her husband Greg and their daughter Anna, who is a teacher at St. Ann’s School. She is responsible for UBC video and photography and also the co-owner of AO Visual Media, which offers photo, video, and graphic design services to Staten Island. The couple’s son, Christopher, is a car designer at General Motors in Detroit.
Beginning his 37th consecutive year as camp director, Coach Greg brings a wealth of coaching experience to UBC. Coach Greg began his coaching career at St. Anthony’s High School in Smithtown, Long Island as an assistant under legendary and two-time New York State Division A Championship coach Gus Alfieri (also the author of two published basketball books, Lapchick and Heart of a Champion). That coaching experience was the springboard to Coach Greg’s college coaching career in which he served as an assistant coach at both Division I Hofstra University and Wagner College.
The first camper to enroll in the storied history of UBC, Coach Mike, now one of the camp’s directors, enters his 29th year coaching at camp. The Athletic Director, Boys Varsity Basketball Coach, and an English teacher at his alma mater, Staten Island Academy, Coach Mike has led his varsity team to eight consecutive NYSAIS (New York State Association of Independent Schools) tournament appearances. The father of current camper, Georgia, Coach Mike lives with his wife Jamie and their kids in Castleton Corners and waits for the days when his two youngest children, Lily and Michael, are old enough to join him at UBC.
Mr. Michael Mazella is the former and longtime Principal of St. Ann’s School in Dongan Hills. A coach and commissioner in UBC’s youngest division for many years, Mr. Mazella serves as the eyes and ears of the camp. As the Assistant Director, he is a mentor to the coaches and staff, and he watches over the campers and the daily activities of the camp, affectionately coming to be known as “Mr. Everywhere.” He and his wife Pam live in Eltingville and are the proud parents of three former campers and the grandparents of three current campers.