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Cushaman School Coaches: Gentile, Pablo

Gentile, Pablo

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.  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.  Pablo coached Chaminade-Madonna Prep School to the first two district titles in the school’s history and consecutive regional semifinal appearances.  He currently coaches club soccer for Plantation FC.   He holds a National “B” License from U.S. Soccer and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Barry University. 

Baena, Mauricio

Cross Country & Soccer Coach

Mauricio Baena begins his first year with Cushman coaching cross country and soccer. Originally from Colombia, Mauricio grew up playing sports such as baseball, basketball, swimming but soccer was his main sport. Mauricio played high school soccer in New Jersey where he was named All-League, All-County and All-State First-Team in 1996. After moving to Miami, Mauricio played two years at St. Thomas University (NAIA). After his career at St. Thomas, he competed with the Miami Breakers, a semi-pro team that played in the USISL. Mauricio has been coaching soccer for the last nine years (Club, Middle School and High School) and holds U.S. Soccer Federation Licenses “F”, “E”, and “D.” In addition, he earned the Advance National Diploma from NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America). He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Saint Thomas University and a Masters Degree in Sport Management from Barry University. Having the opportunity to intern with Univision TV Network and NBC Universal Sports department led him to help young athletes to create their video portfolios for colleges and professional recruiting purposes.

Cushaman School Coaches: Balseiro, Christina

Balseiro, Christina

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.

Cushaman School Coaches: Bey, Kodhamus Llong

Bey, Kodhamus Llong

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. 

Costaregni, Mark

Golf Instructor

Mark Costaregni started the Cushman golf program in 2016. Mark spent the first half of his childhood in Greenwich, Connecticut, near his Uncle Tony Manero, winner of the 1936 U.S. Open, before moving to Naples, Florida. After attending the University of Florida, Mark began playing professionally on the South American Tour, the Asian Tour, and numerous mini tours in the United States.  He began his teaching career as the teaching professional in 1995 at the Beaver Creek Golf Course in Beaver Creek, Colorado.  In 1995, Mark began working with Jim McClean at Chelsea Piers Golf Club in Manhattan.  In 1997, he began teaching at the Jim McClean Golf School at the Doral Resort and Spa.  In the summers, he has worked at prestigious private clubs including:  Maroon Creek in Aspen, Colorado; Century Country Club in Purchase, NY, and The International in Boston, MA.  Currently, he is the Teaching Professional at the prestigious Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, NY.  Some of his career highlights include:  PGA Member since 1990, won 2005 and 2007 Sankaty Head Invitational, qualified for the National Club  Professional 10 times, low competitive round of 64, nominated 4 times for Teacher of the Year in the New England Section of the PGA, 2007 Massachusetts Chapter Teacher of the year, Played in 2013 US Senior Open.

Cushaman School Coaches: Cunningham, Rodney

Cunningham, Rodney

Track and Field Coach

Coach Rodney Cunningham is currently the head coach of Cushman’s track and field team. 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. 

Cushaman School Coaches: Gatti, Marcelo

Gatti, Marcelo

Swimming Coach

Coach Marcelo Gatti began coaching in 2009 for FLA Aquatics as the Miami Age Group Coach. He offered private swim lessons on technique and coached Masters swim teams. He has attended 4 ASCA World Clinics and 2 USA Swimming Clinics. He completed the ASCA Level 4 Certification, achieved by only 5-8% of swim coaches nationwide. He was selected annually by Florida Gold Coast as an All-Star age group coach from 2010-2015, open-water coach from 2011-2013, and All-Star Southern Region age group coach from 2011-2016.  During this time, his swimmers achieved 30 High-Points Awards in major championships, 1st place FGC age group team awards for 11/12 girls at the Junior Olympics in March of 2013, and 1st place FGC Team Awards for girls Under-14 at the Junior Olympics in July of 2013. He is proud to have coached swimmers to the following USA Swimming national rankings: 1st place (14), Top 3 (23) and Top 10 (46). Marcelo brings his vast experience and expertise to the Cushman swim team.

Cushaman School Coaches: Hernandez, Pedro

Hernandez, Pedro

Assistant Athletic Director, 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.

Holcberg, Marcelo

Cross Country Coach

With over 36 years of competitive experience and 20 years coaching, Marcelo begins his first year at Cushman as the cross country coach. His competitive athletic career began in 1981 when he specialized in running 5K & 10K distance races. Soon thereafter, Marcelo started competing in spring triathlons. He was fortunate to have trained by the best of the best in Brazil, Professor Wanderlei de Oliveira, the famous “guru” of track & field and road racing. Wanderlei de Oliveira worked with European Olympic level runners and world record champions from Portugal in the 80’s. In this training environment, Marcelo was surrounded by Olympic and National level athletes for over 10 years. After years of competition, he decided that his desire to help others exceeded his desire to compete, and he began coaching full-time. In 1998, Marcelo became part of the 1st group of USAT Certified Coaches. Most recently in 2016, he became an Ironman U certified coach. Now, Marcelo brings his expertise to the Cushman family.
 

Rossi, Brett

High School Athletic Director

Brett Rossi has been at Cushman for eight years and has been involved with Cushman athletics since his inaugural year. Rossi started at Cushman after attending Barry University for four years as well as being a member of the baseball team in the sunshine state conference. After playing at Barry University, he continued his involvement there with coaching the baseball team for four years as an assistant coach while earning his Master’s degree in sport management. Since getting his Masters, Brett has coached at Cushman as well as other programs throughout the years. Rossi is currently the High School Athletic Director at the new high school campus. He is excited to be a part of a family of team members where the culture is to embrace and foster quality people and student athletes.

Vega, Brandon

JV Boys Basketball Head Coach

Brandon begins his first season as the JV boys basketball head coach. He played basketball and graduated from North Miami Beach High School. At NMB, he earned all-county honors and was named MVP twice. He began his collegiate career at Snow College in Utah, where he was a two-year starter.  As a freshman, he was named All-SWAC second team and earned All-Region honors. He averaged 9.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 2011-12.  He averaged 11.3 points and 3.1 rebounds a game as a sophomore.  He led the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) in assists per game (6.4) during the 2012-2013 season. Brandon led the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) in assists per game (6.4) during the 2012-13 season. He transferred to Winthrop University in South Carolina for his junior year. He appeared in 32 games for the Eagles, averaging 13 minutes, 3.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He had a season-high 13 points and nine assists against Barber-Scotia and finished third on the team with 61 assists. After his junior season, he transferred to Fairmont State University in West Virginia. In his senior season, he appeared in 33 games and made 10 starts at the point guard position. He averaged 3.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and was tied for second on the team with 69 assists. He also recorded 23 steals, averaging 15.0 minutes per game.