Director of Athletics
Coach Pablo Gentile is the Director of Athletics and boys soccer coach at The Cushman School. He has been part of the Cushman family since 2001. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pablo moved to Dallas, Texas, at the age of nine. He played soccer at Newman Smith High School, earning All-District and All-Region honors. After playing at Richland College for two years, Coach Gentile transferred to Florida International University. His FIU team was ranked as high as number one in the nation and was one of the top four seeds in the NCAA tournament. Six players from his FIU team were drafted by Major League Soccer (MLS). After earning his bachelor’s degree in physical education, Coach Gentile played for the Miami Breakers in the Premier Development League (PDL). He was named “Best 11” and invited to the Umbro-Select Major League Soccer Combine in 2000. Pablo was selected in the 5th round of the MLS Superdraft by the Miami Fusion. After the Fusion, he went on to play for the Syracuse Salty Dogs of the A-League and won a national championship with Uruguay Soccer Club. He has coached club soccer with Miami Shores Soccer Club, Plantation FC and Weston Soccer Club. Pablo also coached Chaminade-Madonna Prep School to the first two district titles in the school’s history and consecutive regional semifinal appearances. Sixteen of his former soccer players have earned college scholarships. He currently holds a National “B” License from U.S. Soccer and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Barry University.
Coach: Middle School Girls Soccer, CAD Soccer
Coach Christina Balseiro has been a part of the Cushman family since 1988. She always loved playing sports. She grew up playing soccer, softball, basketball and tennis. After graduating from Cushman, Coach Balseiro attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale. There, she was on the cross-country team as well as the basketball team. St. Thomas won the State Championship in Cross Country the two years she participated. They were also ranked second in the state while she played basketball. Coach Balseiro has played soccer since age five and played club soccer throughout her high school years. While studying at UCF, Coach Balseiro played in the intramural soccer program. She is currently the Head of the girls Middle School soccer team, which she has coached for 9 years. She is also a coach in Cushman’s CAD program, as well as the after school soccer club. Coach Balseiro continues to motivate students to become involved in after school sports and finds it rewarding when student athletes work hard and improve their athletic skills.
JV Basketball Head Coach, Varsity Assistant Coach and P.E. Teacher
Coach Kodhamus Llong Bey has been part of the Cushman family since 2014. He was born in Chicago, and his family moved to Robbins, Illinois, where he attended Harold L. Richards High School. During his senior year, he led his Bulldogs basketball team to a 26-3 record, including a school record of 20 consecutive wins to begin the season. In high school and AAU, he competed against current NBA players Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, Jrue Holliday, Evan Turner, and Isaiah Thomas. After high school, Kodhamus attended Stoneridge Prep in California. In order to improve his craft of basketball, he attended school for a post graduate year. Coach Llong Bey then went on to play for Moraine Valley Community College, where he was named to the All-Conference team both seasons. He transferred to St. Thomas University in Miami for his last two years of college. St. Thomas was nationally ranked (#10) and finished with a 28-3 record, making the second national tournament appearance in school history.
Director of Basketball Program, Basketball Coach and P.E. Teacher
Coach Michael Bradley is currently the Director of Basketball Operations and a PE teacher at Cushman. He has been a part of the Cushman family since 2004. A 1994 graduate of North Miami Beach High, Michael earned a football scholarship to Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and recreation in 2001. He played both football and basketball with the Wildcats. Coach Bradley accepted an invitation to training camp with the Buffalo Bills and went on to play for three different Arena Football League teams, as well as with the NFL Europe in Germany. After his playing career, he returned to South Florida, where he moved into the coaching ranks as an offensive and defensive line coach at Miami Country Day School. He also coached the junior varsity boys basketball team and assisted with the varsity.
He resigned from MCDS in 2005 to return to his alma mater, North Miami Beach High, where he filled the same roles with the Chargers, coaching the junior varsity boys basketball and assisting in football as the line coach. When the opportunity arose, he shifted over to the Charger varsity squad in 2007 and led them to a 28-18 record over the next two years.
Coach: Girls Volleyball Team
Coach Stephen Cousins currently coaches the Cushman girls volleyball team. He first started playing pick-up volleyball in high school. None of the boys had any formal training, and there was no men’s volleyball team; so they played against the girls team, which was the division 5 champs in Monroe County. They defeated the champs, and this inspired Cousins to continue playing regularly.
In college, Coach Cousins played intramural volleyball, which led to club volleyball. He played middle hitter and outside hitter for the University of Rochester’s Men’s Club Volleyball team. They were the number one team in the state west of New York City and played in numerous tournaments from Buffalo to Syracuse.
During this time, Coach Cousins started playing beach volleyball with a former high school tennis partner at Charlotte Beach in Rochester. They were consistently number 1 or 2 on the beach. Coach Cousins was also the assistant coach at Churchville Chili High School for the men’s team. After he got married and moved to Buffalo, Cousins continued to play in leagues four nights a week. He played in six-man leagues, six-person co-ed leagues, two-man beach leagues, and two-person reverse co-ed leagues in the grass.
Head Coach: Boys Varsity Basketball
Coach Rodney Cunningham is currently the head coach of Cushman’s varsity basketball team, teaches club basketball and assists in the CAD basketball program. He has been part of the Cushman family since 2006. He graduated from Miami Jackson Senior High in 2006. Rodney played varsity basketball for 4 years and ran varsity track for 3 years. He earned Honorable Mention in 2006 for basketball. In 2005, he finished 4th in state for the triple jump and was named First-Team All-Dade. Two of his former track athletes have gone on to run track in college.
Head Coach: Boys Soccer
Coach Pedro Hernandez has been part of The Cushman School since 2004. He grew up playing pee wee football for K-Land in Miami. In middle school, he went on to play football, soccer and lacrosse. He was captain of his football and lacrosse teams while playing for Trinity Episcopal School, which later became Palmer Trinity. While at Palmer Trinity, playing the weak side line backer position on defense and special teams, his football team went on to win districts in the 3A division during his 11th grade year. That same year, while playing defense, face-off man and string man in lacrosse, the team went on to win the State Finals. For six years, Coach H also played the sweeper position in soccer. While living in St. Louis, Pedro played in various club soccer leagues. Sports has always been an important part of Coach H's life, which has led to his passion for coaching. About six years ago, Coach H was the co-founder and Vice President of South Miami United (SMU), a local youth soccer program that remained in existence for 5 years. The program amassed a total of over 880 youth soccer players for recreational and competitive play. While helping run the program, he also coached several recreational and competitive (division 1 and 2) travel teams over his tenure with SMU. After the program had ended, many players went on to play division 1 soccer for some of the top clubs in Miami and represented some of the top soccer schools in Miami. While at Cushman, Coach H co-founded and organized the Cushman Athletic Development (CAD) Program which has been in affect for six years now. Coach H, with the help of others, has successfully created a learning platform for children to develop their skills in team sports such as soccer, volleyball, baseball and basketball. Coach H also co-founded what is now known as Cushman’s Blue and White Day, which has been a tremendously successful program instilling pride to students, teachers and parents through games and physical activity. Over the last decade at Cushman, Coach H has coached basketball, baseball and soccer. Currently, he is Head Coach of boys soccer.
Coach: Girls Volleyball Team
This is Edwin Jean’s third year with the Cushman athletics staff. He is the coach for the girls volleyball team. He spent the year 2014 training with a semi-professional soccer team “Miami United FC” as they went undefeated and in the regular season but lost in the quarter finals of the playoffs.
From 2009-2013, he was part of the men’s soccer program at Barry University under Steve McCrath. He walked on in 2009 and earned and a spot on the team. He graduated with a major in Broadcast Communication and minor in Sports Management.
Prior to college, Jean varsity lettered in soccer and volleyball and graduated with honors from Atlantic Community High in Delray Beach, Florida, in 2008.