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Cushaman School Coaches: Marcel  Archer

Marcel Archer

Marcel Archer graduated from Cushman in 2002. He played basketball, baseball and ran cross-country for the Cougars. He attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School from 2002 to 2006. During his high school career, he ran for 1,835 career yards and 17 touchdowns. In 2005, he collected 896 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead his team to a 13-1 record and also helped St. Thomas Aquinas to back-to-back Florida class 5A state runner-up honors in which they were nationally ranked #10 and #3 respectively. Marcel went on to play college football, earning a full scholarship to Central Michigan University. The Chippewas made it to back-to-back MAC (Mid-American Conference) Championships, two Motor City Bowl appearances and two Championships. A two-year letterwinner at CMU, Archer played in 12 games as a true freshman in 2006 and tied for the ​team lead with seven rushing touchdowns. He rushed for a career-high 70 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Chippewas MAC West Division-clinching win over Western Michigan, earning the league's West Division Offensive Player of the Week honors. Marcel transferred to Scared Heart University where he ran for 1,073 yards and 17 TDs in his last two seasons. He graduated from Sacred Heart with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management. 

Cushaman School Coaches: Chris  Balseiro

Chris Balseiro

Chris Balseiro graduated from Cushman in 1996. He played soccer and ran cross-country for the Cougars. After Cushman, he attended St, Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale.  He played varsity football in his senior year. He finished the season as an All-State selection and received a scholarship to the University of Arkansas. During his tenure, Chris finished 7th all-time in scoring as a kicker for the Razorbacks. He was a three-time All-SEC selection from 2003-2006, leading Arkansas in scoring with 195 points during that span. In 2003, Chris made ESPN SportsCenter by kicking a game-winning field goal against the Alabama Crimson Tide in double-overtime. He set an Independence Bowl record with four field goals in a victory over Missouri 27-13, scoring 14 points in that game. In his career at Arkansas, Chris connected on 75% of his field goals and 97% of his extra points. Chris graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. In 2007, he went on to play Arena Football for the Lubbock Renegades. In his first game, he kicked a game-winning 46-yard field goal as time expired. He was a candidate for Rookie of the Year in 2008 after leading the league in extra point percentage and finishing third in field goal percentage.  

Cushaman School Coaches: Joey Bosa

Joey Bosa

Joey Bosa graduated from Cushman in 2009.  He played basketball and baseball for the Cougars. He went on to star at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. He won the Class 7A state championship in 2012. A 4-star recruit, he was ranked as the #56 overall recruit by ESPN and was named Under-Armour All-American. He received offers from Boston College, Florida State, University of Florida, Notre Dame, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State among others. He chose to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes and made an instant impact. He had 44 tackles and 7.5 sacks and was name Freshman All-American by the Sporting News and College Football News. In his sophomore season, Joey recorded 46 tackles and 13.5 sacks, leading the Buckeyes to their 9th National Championship. He was named the Big Ten Conference's Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year and the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year. He was also a finalist for three major awards: the Bednarik Award, the Lombardi Trophy and the Ted Hendricks Award.  

Cushaman School Coaches: Monica  Burgos

Monica Burgos

Monica Burgos graduated from Cushman in 2004. She swam, played volleyball and played soccer for the Cougars. After Cushman, she went on to Ransom Everglades, lettering in swimming all four years. She was All-County all four years, and captain her junior and senior seasons. She was named All-State as a junior and All-American as a senior. Monica attended Harvard University and competed on the Harvard swim team. As a freshman, she won the 200-medley relay and the 50-free in her collegiate debut in the season opener against Cornell and Dartmouth. She was part of the winning 400-medley relay squad that set an ECAC Championship record in the event (3:48.06). As a sophomore, she helped set meet record in the 200 free relay, capturing the event title at ECAC Championships. The following year, she led the Crimson as they took the 400 medley relay title and set a new meet record with a time of 1:34.47 at 2011 ECAC Championships. Taking a break from swimming after her impressive accomplishments, Burgos studied abroad her senior year at Crimson. 

Cushaman School Coaches: Nick  Castellanos

Nick Castellanos

Nick Castellanos played baseball for the Cougars and graduated from Cushman in 2004. In 2009, he represented the United States and won the gold medal at the Pan-American Games. He attended Archbishop McCarthy, where he was the Gatorade Florida Baseball Player of the Year in 2010. He turned down a full scholarship offer from the University of Miami and turned pro after his decorated high school career. He was the 44th overall selection in the Major League Baseball Draft by the Detroit Tigers. Prior to the 2012 season, Baseball America ranked him as the second best prospect in the organization and 45th best in baseball. He was the MVP of the 2012 All-Star Futures Game. He was called up on September 1, 2013 and made his debut that day. In 2014, Nick became the starting third baseman, batting .259 with 11 home runs and 66 RBI’s in his rookie season. He hit a home run in the American League Divisional Series Playoffs against the Baltimore Orioles. After the season, he was named “Detroit Tigers Rookie of the Year” by the Detroit Tigers Sports Broadcasters Association.

Cushaman School Coaches: Ryan  Castellanos

Ryan Castellanos

Ryan Castellanos attended Cushman since he was three years old. He attended Archbishop McCarthy High School in Fort Lauderdale. In 2011, Archbishop McCarthy finished 29-3 and won the Florida Class 4A state championship. Archbishop McCarthy was recognized as the 2011 high school national champions by Baseball America, Perfect Game, USA Today and the National High School Coaches Association. Ryan was named Honorable Mention All-Broward County by the South Florida Sun Sentinel in 2011. His senior year, he helped Archbishop McCarthy to an unprecedented third-straight Florida state title when it won the 2012 Class 6A championship. He was selected in the 34th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago White Sox. Instead of turning pro, he accepted a baseball scholarship to attend the University of Illinois. In two years there, he went 7-5 with a 5.29 ERA. After his sophomore campaign, Ryan transferred to Nova Southeastern University.  

Cushaman School Coaches: Max  Fink

Max Fink

Max Fink played baseball for the Cougars and graduated from Cushman in 2004. He went on to play high school football and lacrosse at Gulliver Prep. Max recorded 18 sacks junior year and 15 as senior. He made First-Team All-Dade County and Third-Team All-State junior year, and First-Team All-Dade County team defensive MVP as senior. He also earned Scholar-Athlete honors the last two years. After high school, Max went on to play defensive end at Yale University. He will graduate from Yale with a degree in Economics in the Spring of 2015.