Ushearnda Stroud (Coach U) a Georgia native received an athletic scholarship to the University of Tennessee and later Sacred Heart Univ. During her junior year, Ushearnda and one of her teammates were struck by a car breaking her leg and shoulder. After intense rehabilitation and graduation, she was able to return to the court playing basketball professionally in Germany. Once returning from overseas she focused on mentoring and coaching, with positions at Watertown High School, Notre Dame High School, Salem State University, and Lawrence High School. Ushearnda has coached and trained athletes who have gone on to play and continue their education at, Fairfield, Marquette, San Jose State, St. John’s, Univ of New Hampshire, Trinity College, Syracuse, St. Anslem, Univ Hartford.
Air force Base (Germany) to train the children of our serviceman and women. Ushearnda received recognition of service by the U.S. Military Stars and Stripes News. Also, she was the founder of the United Conquerors Basketball player-development organization working with girls K-12 providing academic assistance and basketball skill training. This service to the community has been recognized by the Mayor of Malden MA, U.S. Senate, Massachusetts State Senate, and House of Representatives. Most recently Zonta International awarded Ushearnda the 2019 “Woman making a difference” recipient.
Ushearnda is currently in her second year at Brooks School (North Andover MA) as the girl’s 1st basketball head coach.
Middle School Girls Director
Joe played high school ball for the 1998 MVC champion Haverhill Hillies. He then played junior college basketball for Northern Essex Community College. While there Joe was selected as a First Team Pre-Season All-American, was a two-time 1st Team All-Region, a two-time 1st team All-New England, finished his two-year career scoring over 1000 points, and was selected a 3rd Team All-American. A two-year captain, he was second in the country in scoring with a 26.7 point per game average. Joe has since been the President and co-owner of the MV Roadrunners. He is now an assistant coach at Bradford Christian Academy, the Director for Player Development for Lady Rivals middle school, and will be coaching with the MS futures teams. Joe has been coaching youth basketball in the Haverhill or Pentucket school districts since 2002. Joe is married to his wife Lindsey, and has 3 children Aliana, Jordan, and Brady.
Don grew up in Haverhill and played a multitude of sports at Whittier Technical High school. He’s been coaching youth basketball since 2000. Don started coaching youth basketball when his daughters (Ashley and Nicole) showed an interest in the sport. Don brings an abundance of energy and discipline to the Rival program. Don was co-owner of the MV Roadrunners AAU program. Besides basketball Don has coached youth football and soccer. He is married to his wife Lynn.