MEET THE COACHES AT HOOPS360
Coach Dana Simonelli
Coach Dana has an extensive basketball career as both a coach and a player, but what has remained a constant in Dana’s life is her love of the game. It’s this same passion that Dana brings to every session and game with her students.
Dana played basketball while enrolled in Providence College on a full athletic scholarship, and excelled as part of the Friars from 1995-1999. Upon graduation, Dana remained actively involved in basketball through coaching, playing, and the sports business world.
Her accolades and achievements include positions with the New Jersey Nets NBA franchise, Meadowlands Sports Complex, Seton Hall Women’s Basketball Program, Georgetown Women’s Basketball Program and the Washington Mystics WNBA franchise.
In addition, Dana has over a decade of coaching experience with positions as an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Felician College, Junior Varsity Girl’s Basketball Coach and Varsity Assistant at Jackson Memorial High School and Assistant Coach for Connecticut College Women’s Basketball.
On the court, Dana has played for the Gazelles semi-pro team, was a part of the 1995-96 Regular Season Co-Champions BIG EAST, was a BIG EAST Rookie of the Week and was a part of the 1997 BIG EAST/Nike Women’s Basketball All-Star Team. During Dana’s high school career at Toms River North she earned All-County, All-Shore and All-State honors. Dana was named to the NJ State South All-Star Team and is the 2nd all-time leading rebounder at Toms River North. In addition, Dana was the recipient of the Ocean County Athletic Directors Sportsmanship Award.
Currently, Dana works full time at Ocean County College as a Job Developer and she completed her Masters degree in Counseling in August of 2016.
Coach Lucie Fontanella Morse
Providence College Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
As a coach at Hoops360, Lucie draws from her love of the game and past playing and coaching experience to instill in her students the basics of basketball and values such as teamwork, cooperation and a positive attitude.
Lucie began her career as a 1990 Big East All Rookie Team selection. During Lucie’s high school career at Toms River East, where she still holds the All Time Leading Scorer record, she also received All-State, All-Shore and All-County honors. Upon graduation, Lucie received a full athletic scholarship to Providence College. She later was named third team All Big East in 1993 and 1994.
With talent, hard work and ambition, Lucie put together a brilliant collegiate career with the Friars, establishing herself as a force in the ever-competitive Big East Conference. Lucie was selected twice to serve as a captain at Providence College and received District 1 Kodak All American Honorable Mention accolades in 1993. She was also notably a member of the Big East All Star team that toured Europe and is a 1,000-point scorer at Providence.
After graduating from Providence College in 1994, Lucie played professional basketball in Lisbon Portugal. Immediately following, Lucie spent one season as an assistant basketball coach at her Alma Mater from 1995-1996, where she played a key role in numerous aspects of the college’s basketball program.
Lucie was a graduate assistant basketball coach at Northeastern University 1996-1998 where she was actively involved in all aspects of the game, including scouting, recruiting, film exchange, practice planning and on the court instruction. While attending the University Lucie simultaneously obtained her Masters Degree in School Counseling.
Prior to Hoops360, Lucie owned and operated House of Hoops where she offered individual, small group and team training.
Coach Lucie’s family is close to her heart and includes her son Nick, daughter Gianna and their lovable dog Teddy. Always in her heart is her late husband Jonathan Morse, who passed away in May of 2015. He will always be remembered by his family, friends, collegues and community as the man with the big heart.
Coach Jamel Thomas
Coach Jamel is a man with a plan. Professional basketball player, author of The Beautiful Struggle, and owner/trainer of Movement Thru Hoops, Coach Jamel is now sharing his vast experience and motivation with the students of Hoops360.
Always athletic, basketball is in Coach Jamal’s blood, as proven by his close childhood relationships with his half-brother, Sebastian Telfair, and his cousin, Stephon Marbury, who both went on to become NBA stars. After assisting his teammates in winning the state basketball championship in high school, Coach Jamel pursued his higher education and basketball career at Providence College in Rhode Island, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
As captain of his college basketball team, Coach Jamel became Providence’s star player, leading the team to the prestigious Elite Eight — the NCAA Men’s Division finals. In his senior year, Coach Jamel was the Big East Leading Scorer, averaging 22.1 points per game, and was a vital member of the 1999 All Big East Team. After college, Coach Jamel was not drafted by the NBA, but instead took his talents to the Continental Basketball League (CBA), which lead to a contract in the NBA with the Portland Trailblazers. Coach Jamel then took his playing career to Italy, where he played for nine seasons where he attained both an impressive record and strong following of fans.
Off the court, Coach Jamel is a published author and sought-after speaker, delivering keynote addresses throughout the East Coast. Most importantly, Coach Jamel never forgets his own childhood and what it took to reach where he is today. Currently, Coach Jamel lives with his wife Onika and their son Jamel Jr.