With help from Project Coach, Springfield's Loeb Rosario learns from professional coaches with USA basketball

Fred Contrada July 7 2013


It might not take a coach to know one, but coaches seem able to sense leadership when it’s nearby. Thus, Loeb Rosario.

Rosario, now 19, was an eighth-grader at Chestnut Accelerated Middle School in Springfield when his gym teacher picked up on his talents and steered him into Project Coach.


“He said, ‘I guarantee it will be the best opportunity ever afforded you,’” Rosario recalled as he prepared to depart for Colorado and a stint with USA Basketball, the national team that competes for the U.S. in the Olympics.


Project Coach Honored by Sports Management Association

May  2013

Last year, Western New England University students had the opportunity to travel to the Olympics as part of the Center for International Sport Business' Seminar Abroad program. On May 8, six students that participated in the London Olympics trip hosted Project Coach at its annual spring banquet. Project Coach is a Smith College based program that teaches high school students from Springfield's north end to be sport-life coaches for hundreds of elementary school children in the city's urban center.

Meet Our Newest Partner Member: Project Coach
February 2013



Coordinator of Mentoring



Colee Asia has been teaching in the pioneer valley for the last decade. She is an arts integration curriculum specialist and has dedicated her career to the empowerment of young people. She is currently serving with Americorps as the Ambassador of Mentoring for Project Coach, with a special focus on supporting the wonderful Academic Coaching program of Smith College undergraduate volunteers.