Coach Hazelton was a standout during the 1998-1999 season, leading Central Catholic High School to the Division I State Championship and averaging over 30 points and 11 rebounds per game. After that season he was named Massachusetts’ Player of the Year by both Gatorade and the Basketball Hall of Fame and a McDonald’s All-American.
He went on to play at the University of Connecticut as well as at the University of Rhode Island where he was named the team MVP and a member of the Atlantic 10 All-League team. Scott averaged 16 points per game and finished with the fourth-best free throw percentage (80.7) in the school’s history making 159 of 197 free throws in his Rhode Island career.
Upon graduation from URI in 2005, Scott began a professional basketball career in Europe playing in both Sweden and Luxembourg. As a member of the Black Star Mersch in Luxembourg, Scott was named the league’s Most Valuable Player averaging over 30 points per game. Scott is now the head coach at Bradford Christian Academy. His experiences on the basketball court, his knowledge of the game, and his outgoing personality make him an inspirational and lovable coach.
Scott also runs the Scott Hazleton Basketball School, which is recognized as one of the most competitive clinics in Massachusetts and brings together some of the best talent throughout New England.
Vin Pastore is a former coach at Malden High School and Malden Catholic High School and is currently the director and coach of the Rivals elite boys high school program. Vin has coached the likes of McDonald’s All-American selections Scott Hazelton who is now returned to be the coach and director of the Lady Rivals Elite program. Other Alums include 6-year NBA veteran Noah Vonleh, Sacramento Kings forward Wenyen Gabriel, New Orleans Pelican guard PG Jalen Adams, and several former Mass Rivals that are currently playing overseas. Vin’s teams have gone on to win the adidas Gauntlet and the adidas Summer Championship and he was recognized by adidas as the grassroots coach of the year for the 2016 season. Vin’s recent and current Rivals elite teams are considered the best in the country and have been frequently ranked as such in national polls. He has a reputation for developing some of the best New England prospects in the area has seen and currently has over 25 young men playing on a division 1 college basketball roster. Vin’s Mass Rivals has also had seventeen Top 100 national prospects in the last decade according to ESPN, Rivals, Scout, and 247 Sports.
Coach Gonzalez is a 2002 graduate of Holy Cross High School in New York City where he was a four-year member of the basketball team. During his senior season, he served as a team captain and led the Knights in scoring (22.6 ppg), rebounding (4.3 rpg), assists (5.0 apg), and steals (2.5 spg). Miguel earned a division II scholarship and went on to be a three-year starter for Southern New Hampshire University, scoring over 1,400 career points for the Penmen. He led the program to a combined 86-36 record and three NCAA Division II Tournament appearances over his four-year career. A two-year captain, Miguel scored in double figures 48 times and averaged 15.0 points a game, and became the first player in program history to be named Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Miguel went on to play five years in the Puerto Rican Professional League for both the Cariduros de Fajardo and Cangrejeros de Santurce.
Mike Trovato played his high school basketball career at Central Catholic High School and college basketball at Bentley College. Coach Trovato currently teaches in the Lawrence Public School system. Mike served as the boy’s varsity coach at Haverhill High School where he coached both Noah Vonleh (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Saul Phiri (LaSalle University). Mike currently serves as the assistant coach at Andover High School.