Staff

“The force behind it all”

NLSLA has an unparalleled coach/teacher for every 3.5 student-athletes. Our coaches include current and former collegiate athletes, captains, and coaches from around the world. Many have continued to play beyond college at a professional level. Also on staff are resident sport psychology consultants as well as specialists in college admissions, leadership, and speed and agility.

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Our Director: Colin Hutzler

Born and raised in Andover, Massachusetts, Colin has spent the better part of his life dedicated to the pursuit of excellence on and off the field – as a player, coach, teacher, and mentor. He played three sports (soccer, basketball, and track) at the Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Massachusetts, where two of his school records still stand. Colin was then recruited to continue his soccer and track careers at the college level, ultimately deciding on Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he worked as an EMT while majoring in Child Psychology and minoring in Chinese. He also played international soccer for the Hangzhou city team while studying in China at Zhejiang University of Technology during his junior year.

Immediately upon graduation from Colby, Colin was hired by the prestigious Collegiate School in New York City, where he has had the opportunity and privilege to pursue his passions teaching and coaching. In his fifth year at Collegiate, he leads the middle school Chinese language program, is a student advisor, and the 8th grade leadership faculty advisor. When not in the classroom, Colin can be found coaching the Varsity soccer and middle school basketball teams. Under his leadership, Collegiate’s Varsity soccer team has won three state championships. And, on any given Sunday, Colin is still on the pitch, playing competitively in New York’s Cosmopolitan Soccer League.

Aside from teaching and coaching, Colin is also a devoted and enthusiastic tutor/mentor. Students and athletes have come to depend on Colin for his thoughtful and disciplined guidance, whether for brushing up on a Mandarin Chinese lesson, navigating the nuances of the SSAT, or actively developing athletic skills through core workouts at Riverside Park in New York City.

A lifelong advocate and practitioner of developing the total athlete, Colin is a firm believer in supplementing sports-specific physical training with mental strength exercises, nutrition, discipline, cross training and confidence. A big subscriber to the conviction that success is not merely a measure of strokes in the win column, he strives to teach all of his students and athletes that excellence can be achieved through hard work, accountability, making good choices, and seeing opportunity where there may be barriers.  Colin is excited for the summer and looking forward to helping athletes bring their game to the Next Level!  Colin@nextlevelsportsacademy.com

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Darryl “Truck” Bryant

Born and raised in New York City, Truck’s basketball accolades started to mount early in his career while playing at St. Raymond’s High School, where he is the all-time leading scorer with 1,399 points. As a standout player at the Gatorade Invitational, Big Apple High School Challenge, and multiple AAU tournaments with the New York Gauchos, Truck received attention as a highly touted guard, and ultimately took his talent to West Virginia University.

During his stellar senior year, Truck averaged 16.9 points per game and was selected as a member of the Big East All-League team, as well as a Big East Academic All-Star. After graduating from West Virginia, where he became the 48th player to score over 1,000 points, Truck continued his basketball career professionally in Europe with stints in Belarus and Austria, and most recently signing with Geosan Kolin in the Czech Republic. A true student of the game and advocate of holistic athletic development, Truck is excited to be a part of the Next Level team!

 

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Greg French

Greg was born and raised in North Andover, Massachusetts, where he could always be found with a soccer ball at his feet. He attended St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts. During his back-to-back seasons appearing in the State Sectional Finals, Greg contributed eight goals and eleven assists from his position at outside back. Greg also played club soccer for eight years, with two state title winning teams, completing his club stint with MPS Knights.

Recruited to play Division III soccer for Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, Greg started in all nineteen games his freshman season, logging the most minutes on the team. He contributed two goals and three assists from his defensive role. At Clark, Greg is a focused Biology and Pre-medical major while contributing his time at the local Boys and Girls club as a mentor to local youth, ages five to eighteen.

After being a part of both winning and losing teams, Greg says he has “learned first-hand what it takes to develop a complete athlete. I understand the mindset which propels growth on and off the field.“ He lives by the attitude that anything can be done with the right combination of proper planning, persistent commitment to work harder than required, and the mentality that anything is possible.

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Matthew Heslop
Matthew Heslop was born in Kingston, Jamaica and started playing soccer at age 8.  He immediately fell in love with the sport and has been playing, watching, coaching and studying the game ever since.  His career started in the streets, where he and his friends would play barefoot on the asphalt with anything they could use for a ball, from tennis balls to rolled-up paper.  Growing up, he was selected to multiple all-star teams, but it was his experience at the FIFA World Cup in 1998, where he was a flag bearer for Jamaica, that really proved to him that the game he loved was the greatest game in the world.

He left Jamaica in 2002 to finish his last two years of high school at the Kent School in Kent, CT.  While at Kent, Matt played for the varsity soccer team in one of the most competitive leagues in the country. After graduating, Matt matriculated at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he played for the club soccer squad.  Post-grad, he returned to Kent School as a math teacher and soccer coach.  Despite playing all positions on the field, excluding goalkeeper, Matt is a midfielder at heart.  He draws passion and inspiration from his favorite player, Zinedine Zidane. Matt eagerly anticipates sharing his experiences and talents with campers this Summer.

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Matthew Locke

Matthew was born in Evanston, IL and started playing basketball at the age of 7.   He attended Thornton Fractional South High School in Lansing, IL, where he was named team captain of the Varsity Basketball team during his senior year.  Matthew went on to attend Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, on a full academic scholarship and member of the basketball team.

After graduating from Washington and Lee with a major in Politics and minor in Philosophy, Matthew started working for Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City, where he has had the unique opportunity to have a positive impact on children’s lives.  In his second year at Success, he is now a fifth grade math teacher and coach for both boys’ and girls’ basketball and soccer teams.
Outside of work, Matthew loves to watch N.B.A. basketball (he is a huge Chicago Bulls fan)!  Matthew is also passionate about family (he has 6 brothers and 3 sisters) and loves to be around people with a positive mindset.  He is very excited for the summer and looking forward to bringing his talents to Next Level!
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Billy  Hawkey

Born and raised in Pennington, New Jersey, Billy attended the Pennington School where he played football, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, swimming and graduated as an NSCAA Academic All-American for soccer.  Billy went on to study psychology and sociology at Connecticut College where he was a four-year starter on the men’s soccer team. Billy was a two time 1st team All-NESCAC striker, and in his senior season as captain of the Camels he was honored as NESCAC Player of the Year and an NSCAA All-American.

Upon graduation in 2014, Billy decided to take his psychosocial education and combine it with two things he loves – soccer and traveling.  The result was traveling to Peru, India, and Nepal with Coaches Across Continents, a non-profit organization that uses sport for social impact and leadership development. Billy is a firm believer that sport has the ability to positively impact individuals and communities in ways that nothing else can.  Mental toughness, confidence, communication, accountability and hard-work are some of the key attributes that he has developed through a lifetime commitment to athletics. His experiences on the field have shaped him into the person he is off the field.
Coaches and teachers have been instrumental in his development and now he aims to have that impact on young student-athletes at Next Level.

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Bobby Humphrey

Bobby Humphrey, a Michigan native is a former Spring Arbor University baseball player, having played four years as a catcher under coaching legend Hank Burbridge.  Since finishing at Spring Arbor University, Humphrey has coached all levels from Little League through the collegiate level. Currently, Coach Humphrey is an assistant baseball coach at NCAA Division III Southern Virginia University.  He works with all areas of the game with heavy focus on catching.  Throughout his involvement as a coach, he has worked numerous camps across the country, serving as lead clinician, evaluator, and speaker.

He has also been a professional scout since the spring of 2009, evaluating players from the mid-Atlantic region as well as coverage of the Valley Baseball League.  During this time, Coach Humphrey has evaluated a plethora of talent from some of the top Division I schools in the nation.

In July of 2013, Coach Humphrey released his first book, “The Tools of Greatness,” which details the catching position.  In the spring of 2015, the second edition is set to release with additional information on scouting, recruiting, and a modern throwing program.  In this edition, Coach Humphrey highlights the brutal reality of recruiting and various hot-button items that pertains to all levels. Coach Humphrey resides in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and teaches fifth grade public education near Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Menya Hinga
Born and raised in Medfield, Massachusetts, Menya has been playing recreational and competitive sports since childhood. As the son of two Kenyans, he quickly fell in love with soccer and running, and naturally excelled at both. As a senior at Medfield High School he was a three-season captain, leading the Warriors to state and regional championships in both Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field—a sport in which his Decathlon school record still stands. Although recruited to run at Colby College, Menya only competed during his freshman year, after which he decided to explore other areas of interest including vocal performance (a cappella, gospel choir, & chorale) as well as a variety of intramural sports ranging from rock climbing to ultimate frisbee.

Months after graduating from Colby, Menya packed his bags and set sail for the Land of the Rising Sun, where he has lived for the past 5 years. Currently living in Tokyo, Menya is a certified NSCA-CSCS personal trainer and operates his own practice, has appeared on television, been featured in a fitness DVD, and worked as a fitness model for one of Japan’s biggest brands, Yonex. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, reading, performing with his band, and playing competitive soccer in the Tokyo Metropolis League.

During his formative student years, Menya spent his summers playing sports and attending summer programs as both a camper and counselor, namely Christian Youth Conference, Needham Track Club, and Yager Youth Leadership Conference. Looking back, it was during those summers that his faith, confidence, and leadership ability grew most—experiences that he looks forward to sharing with athletes ready to take their game to the Next Level.

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Nick Turi
Nick was born and raised in Goshen, New York, about an hour north of New York City. He attended Goshen High School, where he played varsity football, basketball, and baseball. As a senior, Nick was named a captain for all three sports. He then went on to play baseball at Dean College for two years before transferring to St. John’s University in Queens, New York, where he graduated with a Sport Management degree. He also holds a Master’s degree in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University.

Growing up in a coaching family, educating through athletics has always been a big part of Nick’s everyday life. He has never wavered in his ultimate goal of assisting in student-athlete development as a career. He believes passionately in developing the individual athlete physically, mentally, and emotionally to become a positive contributor to the team, school, and community. He’s thrilled to be at Next Level!

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Charlie Rice

Charlie is a 2012 Graduate from New England College where he played Midfield helping his team win a North Atlantic Confrence championship advancing to the NCAA tournament. Charlie’s college career started at SUNY Delhi where in 2010 he was a All Mountain Valley Conference Selection and chosen to participate in the NJCAA Region III Senior All Star game.

Currently, Charlie is a teacher in Peekskill, NY and is the Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach and Offensive Coordinator  at the Riverdale Country School. Charlie has spent his last few summer teaching lacrosse at the US Sports Institute as well as part of the Top Side Lacrosse staff.

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Ryan Nemetz

Ryan Nemetz is a member of the Eastern University (PA) Men’s Basketball coaching staff. Ryan was a scholar-athlete at Kutztown University from 2007-2009 and later graduated from Temple University in 2012.

Nemetz has been involved with the AAU and prep circuit, most recently at the House of Sports in Westchester, N.Y., where he served as the Director of Player Development. Prior to House of Sports, Nemetz worked as a senior coach and recruiting coordinator at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He has been active with Philadelphia basketball camps, working with the Pete and Jameer Nelson Foundation, the Hoop Group, and Temple Basketball camps.  Ryan is excited to be a part of the Next Level team!