14 ATTACK 9th Grade - Fresher 8th grade
Head Coach Connecticut ATTACK AAU Basketball
Born and raised in Torrington Connecticut as a two sport athlete, Dean has been sharing his passion for Basketball with young athletes for 30 years. A firm believer in the values a positive athletics setting can instill, he uses Basketball as a catalyst to build a culture emphasizing respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness.
A four year letter winner for Oliver Wolcott Technical High School, Dean lead his team to consecutive appearances in the Connecticut Boys Basketball State Tournament. As a senior he was among the best in the Berkshire League in scoring, assists, and rebounds, and was the league leader in 3 point made field goals.
Dean became involved in coaching through a local organization, and later became the Assistant Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at his alma mater, where he helped guide them to a birth in the Connecticut Boys Basketball State Tournament. After a short hiatus he returned to coaching to head up the Torrington PAL Boys Travel Team for three years, as well as lead the 5th/6th Grade St Peter / St Francis Boys Basketball Teams.
Dean is currently serving as a head coach for the Girls Class of 2017 Connecticut ATTACK Blue Team. Additionally, he is head coach for the Torrington PAL 7th Grade Girls Travel Team, and lead coach for the Torrington High School Varsity Boys Basketball Fall Team.
One of the pioneers in the northeast for the Read & React Offensive System, Dean is leading its implementation with the Torrington PAL Girls and Boys Travel Teams, Torrington High School Girls and Boys Basketball Teams, and Oliver Wolcott Technical High School Boys Basketball Team. Additionally, he developed and leads the Torrington PAL Skill Development Clinics. He holds a Connecticut High School Coaches Certification along with module 15 – first aid and CPR certification.
Dean resides in Torrington, Connecticut with his wife Sherrie and their three children Luke, Brie and Leah.
16 ATTACK 11th Grade - Garcia (Black) 11th grade
Director & Head Coach Connecticut ATTACK AAU Basketball
Born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut and once identified as an at-risk youth, Ulysses Garcia believes all kids are at-promise. As president of The Garcia Group, he helps various organizations identify opportunities for growth through implementation of visionary and relational strategies that unify and empower teams of all types. Passionate about kids, he also works with students, mentoring and connecting them to a greater potential.
Prior to his current consulting role, Ulysses served as senior consultant for Breakthrough Education Strategies, an innovative provider of school reinvention methodologies. There he advised district and building leaders on the implementation of school reform strategies, and provided coaching to staff that strengthened organizational performance and improved adult-student relationships. Before that Ulysses served as a leadership consultant for The Flippen Group, a Texas-based leadership development company that provides models and processes to schools and corporations across the country that improve relational capacity and increase performance. While in that role, he guided hundreds of schools to more effective classrooms and improved learning environments, and provided companies including UTC – Power and Fuel Cells, Hamilton Sundstrand, and White Hat Management with tools and support that improved individual and team performances and enhanced organizational culture.
Ulysses received his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Hartford, and has since been inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame, in honor of his many accomplishments as a four-year scholarship athlete on the Men's Basketball Team.
He also served as a three-year member of the National Basketball Team of Puerto Rico.
Ulysses takes great joy in transferring his love of athletics to today's youth as a coach for boys and girls of varying ages and abilities. He has inspired kids to believe and achieve on teams that have competed from a local to a national level in basketball, football and lacrosse, and strongly believes in the many benefits that the athletic setting provides kids as they develop critical life skills that will be necessary for tomorrow's leaders.
Some of his coaching highlights on the hardwood include guiding the transformation of the South Windsor Girls Travel Basketball Program into one of the state's leading contenders, and for years leading highly acclaimed girls AAU teams for the Connecticut Spirit. As co-director of the widely successful summer basketball skill development program now known as the Connecticut Attack Summer Hoop School, he plays an integral role in the growth of aspiring young basketball players from across the state.
Now serving as director of the Connecticut Attack, and head coach of the Girls Class of 2015 Connecticut Attack AAU team, Ulysses is extending his reach in the basketball community and quickly becoming regarded as one of the leading coaches and valued resources in the East.
Ulysses resides in South Windsor, Connecticut with his wife, Kelly and their three children, Haley, Quentin and Payton.