2020 Black Team/6th Grade
2014 Head Coach
Matrix 2020 Black
General Background. Coach Tom grew up in Endwell, NY, where he spent much of his youth developing a love of team sports, playing any and all available: basketball, baseball, football, soccer, tennis, swimming.
Coach Tom attended Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton, NY, where he played on the varsity football, track, tennis, and baseball teams. Coach Tom graduated with a degree in Biomathematics from The University of Scranton. There, he continued to participate in numerous intramural activities. His first experiences running youth activities came as a summer camp counselor for The Arc (National Association for Retarded Citizens) and returning home during college breaks to assist his high school level CYO program.
Coach Tom came to Arlington in the fall of 2007 and currently works as a Computer Application Specialist for the Treasury.
Coaching experience. Coach Tom joined the Matrix in 2012 season and this is his third year with the 2020 Black team. He began coaching in 2008 as the 5th grade girls White (B) coach in the St. James CYO program. Tom has progressed with these girls now in 8th grade for the 2011-2012 season and has twice led them to their divisional championship game.
Last spring, Coach Tom joined the Northern Virginia Patriots, a club that competed in local AAU tournaments, as a coach, working with their high school, 8th grade and 6th grade teams. As the team’s head coach, Coach Tom led the 6th Grade team to a season ending tournament victory at Thomas Jefferson, finishing one game with only four players.
This year, in addition to his 8th grade CYO duties, Coach Tom is the head coach for the 6th grade Division II team for Arlington Travel in the Fairfax County Youth League. He also assists Matrix Coach Phil McConnell and the JV staff at Bishop O’Connell in Arlington.
Coaching Philosophy. Coach Tom asks two things of his players: effort and focus. He believes that you should only worry about what you can control, both on and off the court. If each player knows and takes care of their job, trusting their teammates will do the same, the TEAM will have success.
Strategically, Coach Tom likes to pressure the ball while closing off intermediate passing lanes, creating fast break opportunities. Offensively, he wants each player to contribute to a similar attacking approach: drawing in the defense and working the ball around for the easiest possible shot.
Last Updated: January 26, 2012.