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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.
Regarded as one of the most successful and decorated University of Hartford Men’s Basketball players in history, Ulysses was named MVP during three seasons, and is one of only two players in Hawk history to lead his team in scoring all four seasons of his career. In honor of his many accomplishments and records on the court, he was inducted into the University of Hartford's Athletic Hall of Fame. Ulysses was additionally invited to join the National Basketball Team of Puerto Rico, and gained invaluable experience competing on an international stage for two years.
Ulysses has since channeled his passion for the game into coaching. For over 20 years his teams have competed nationally, and are trademarked by his unique brand of highly skilled players and fast-paced, exciting play. He is a leader in individual player development, having trained hundreds of athletes through highly acclaimed clinics, camps and training sessions at the youth through professional levels.
Ulysses also serves as a consultant for teams, offering distance learning and hands on support to coaches at the youth, high school and post secondary level.
Heather brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to aspiring young athletes as a former collegiate and semi-professional athlete as well as a head coach at the youth, travel, high school and AAU levels, and an assistant coach at the college level.
During her playing days as a Division I scholarship athlete for the University of Wisconsin, she was a member of Badger teams that were nationally ranked, battled for the Big 10 title and competed in the NCAA Tournament. Following college she was a member of the Connecticut based semi-professional team, the Nor’Easter Storm where she continued to compete at the NCAA level against Big East, America East, Metro Atlantic, Patriot, Ivy, Northeast 10, NESCAC and other teams during the college pre-season exhibition schedule, and in select women’s open tournaments along the East Coast.
As a coach, Heather has grown and developed players from the beginner level through advanced collegiate athletes. Her programs and teams are known for their skill, intensity and strong understanding of the game, and have achieved notable success at local, regional and national levels. She has additionally led and assisted with individual player development through many of the top camps, clinics and training sessions throughout the northeast.