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Breakers Elite - Western Mass Director
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Coach George Hardison has been coaching at the collegiate level for close to ten years, spending the last six as a head coach at the helm of a successful program. With an overall college head coaching record of 79 - 49, he will be returning to his current position in the fall of 2019. The program has won back-to-back regional championships, made back-to-back national tournament appearances, had several All-New England Region and All-New England Tournament selections, two All-American selections and Coach Hardison was named Coach of the Year in 2015, 2018 and 2019.
Prior to this, he was an assistant coach at the Community College of Rhode Island for the 2011-2013 seasons. During the 2011-2012 season, CCRI compiled a record of 19-12 with a Region XXI NJCAA Championship, and also won the Super Regional XV/XXI NJCAA Championship. In 2012-2013, CCRI was 25-7, won the Region XXI NJCAA Championship, were named the District N NJCAA Champions, and made an appearance in the Division II NJCAA National Tournament in East Peoria, IL.
Coach Hardison has been coaching in Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island for the past 17 years, with a strong background in camp and clinic work, recruiting, and player development. He has also spent several years coaching in the Eastern Connecticut Conference (ECC) and the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL). He has coached at Wheeler, Stonington, Westerly, and New London High Schools over several seasons, with many postseason conference and state tournament appearances.
Coach Hardison is the founder and co-director of The Hoop Academy Basketball Camp, which has been in operation since 1999. The Hoop Academy has camps and clinics throughout Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island year round.
Coach Colleen Hardison will be coaching the Grade 4/5 Breakers West Team, and has quite a bit of experience in coaching and in recruiting at the college level. In 2016-2017, she was an assistant coach at UConn-Avery Point, mainly dealing with recruiting and operations for the program. Prior to this, she was the Head Coach at East Lyme High School where the team did much better than anyone could have anticipated, going 10-13 with appearances in both the ECC and CIAC Tournaments. Coach Hardison coached at East Lyme from 2013-2016, and during her time there the program saw success.
In 2012-2013, Coach Hardison was the Women's Assistant Coach at the Coast Guard Academy, and in 2011-2012 she was the Women’s Assistant Coach at Rhode Island College, and was deeply involved in recruiting and player development during her time at both schools. During her time at RIC, the program saw it’s first Little East Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.
Coach Hardison was Head Coach with the Connecticut Storm AAU Girls' Basketball club from 2009- 2015, and was 3 year Assistant Coach for the CT Starters who won the 14U National Championship in 2008. She has been a director of the Hoop Academy Basketball Camp since 2009. As a player, she competed at Southern Connecticut State University (Conference Champions) and Western Connecticut State University (Team Captain). In high school she was a 1000-point scorer, MVP, achieved All-State Honors and was an All-American Nominee.
Coach Hardison teaches History at the Marine Science Magnet School in Groton, CT, and was recently named the Assistant Principal at the school.
Jamie LaRose, played for the RI Breakers from 1993-1998 and returns this year to the organization as a head coach. This RI native, attended the University of New Hampshire where she competed as a division 1 athlete in the sport of tennis. She graduated from Plymouth State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. A strong background in skill development aided her several years serving as co-director of the Summer Hoops Camp in Northern RI. Her love for community motivates her to give back serving as the Town of Glocester Recreational Commission Chairwoman, Glocester LIttle League Board member at large, and Instructional Coordinator and travel coach for the Ponaganset Girls Basketball Association. Additionally she has volunteered as a coach in the West Warwick Girls Basketball outdoor summer league for over a decade.
In 2003, she was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame for being a member of the Ponaganset HS Girls Basketball Team of 1995-6. This team had an overall record of 25-2, ranked 4th in the “New England Top 10” on NESN. The Journal Bulletin named Ponaganset Girls Basketball from the 1990’s as part of the Top 100 Best of 20th Century in Local Sports for over 150 straight wins and 10 straight State Championships. She was inducted into the Ponaganset Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
Coach LaRose has been coaching youth sports for the RIIL and RIPCOA for 18 years in Basketball, Tennis, and Fast Pitch Softball. As the head coach of the Ponaganset Middle School Girls Basketball Team between 2003 and 2018 she amassed 180 wins and only 55 losses for a 77% winning rate that included 5 Division Championships(2008, 2009, 2010, 2017, 2018) and 1 RI State Championship (2010).
The philosophy developed in her experiences as an athlete and coach in a variety of sports is based on the idea that success is related to effort and found in the journey of hard work striving toward victory. Success is the equivalent of learning valuable life skills, enjoying the game, and learning from mistakes. Sportsmanship, team chemistry, and playing with class are of the utmost importance on all of Coach LaRose’s teams.