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Club history


The 2011 season

  • Founders Jim Schwalbe and Mike Onett step down as Directors as their sons have graduated from the program. They are now taking on a role as Consultants to ensure a smooth transition to the new management team. Andrew Corey is taking over as President/Director of Operation after his introductory role last year as an Assistant Director.
  • Paul Constant has been added to the management team as Assistant Director of Operations after his initial year with the program last year as Team Manager for the 10U team. * Scott McKinney (as Director of Finance) and Tim Finnegan (as Director of Coaching) stay on in their present roles.
  • This is the transition year for Boys AAU Basketball Divisions from age-based (10U-17U) to grade-based (Grade4-Grade11).
  • The goal again for this year is to field one team from Grade4 to Grade11.
  • All practices again will be held at the Derry SportsZone.
  • The teams will participate in 5-6 tournaments including our same two tournaments at the Derry SportsZone.
The 2010 season

  • Due to irreconcilable differences, it was decided to split the organization back into two organizations, both based out of the Derry SportsZone; the NH Fastbreak and the Spartans at the SportsZone. The NH Fastbreak will be a non-profit elite-player organization only. The Spartans at the SportsZone will continue to be a for-profit organization.
  • The management staff of the NH Fastbreak will be as follows; Jim Schwalbe (Director of Operations and Logistics), Mike Onett (Director of Business and Marketing), Tim Finnegan (Director of Coaching and Player Development), and Scott McKinney (Director of Finance and Administration).
  • Tryouts dates will be forthcoming.
  • The goal is to field one team from each age division from 10U to 17U, all of elite players only.
  • All practices will be held at the Derry SportsZone during the week in the evenings.
  • Two tournaments will be held at the Derry SportsZone. All others will be competitive tournaments giving National and Regional exposure.
The 2009 season

  • Director Mike Onett temporarily took up residence in Maryland and Director Jim Tomaswick withdrew from the organization for personal reasons.
  • It was decided to merge the NH Fastbreak and the NHHDS Spartans (from the NH Seacoast Region) to form one organization, the Fastbreak Spartans, out of the SportsZone. The new organization was mainly run by Chris Coates from the Spartans (Director of Finance and Administration) and Jim Schwalbe (Director of Operations and Logistics) from the NH Fastbreak. Mike Onett (Director of Business Development) continued to be involved with the organization from afar, and Jason Campbell (Director of Marketing) played a role as well. Larry Lessett played a role as Coaching Administrator.
  • The organization was expanded again to 16 teams from 10U to 16U (including 4 teams at the 13U level). Rather than add more coaches, several of the staff coached multiple teams.
  • Tryouts were held at the Derry SportsZone (1/31, 2/10, 2/21) after which the 16 teams were selected. Over 180 players turned out overall.
  • Practices began on 3/13 and were held at the SportsZone for all teams. No outside school’s gyms were used this year.
  • The teams entered tournaments throughout New England and New York, including the NEAAU Super Regionals and the NH State Tournament. The 13U-A team won the State Championship. This year, 5 Boys AAU tournaments were held at the Derry SportsZone.
The 2008 season

  • NH Fastbreak became the official Boys AAU Basketball organization sponsored by the Derry SportsZone.
  • In addition to the 3 Directors from last year, a fourth Director was added; Director of Coaching, Larry Lessett, also the head coach of the Manchester Mill Rats ABA team.
  • We expanded the organization to 12 teams; and “A” and “B” team from 10U to 15U (except 11U, which had one team and 13U, which had 3 teams) becoming the largest Boys AAU program in New Hampshire.
  • Many new coaches were added to the staff including David Cooper from the Manchester Mill Rats, Matt Fava from Connecticut College, Vin Sparacio from Daniel Webster College, and Houston Green from NHTI in Concord, NH.
  • Expanded the High School recruiting for coaches as well by adding Dave Feinstein and Tom Tierney from Londonderry.
  • Tryouts were held at the Derry SportsZone (2/5, 2/7, 2/19, 2/20) after which the 12 teams were selected. Over 160 players turned out overall.
  • Practices began the first week of March and were held at the Derry SportsZone and many of the surrounding town’s school gyms.
  • For the first time ever, 2 Boys AAU tournaments were held at the Derry SportsZone. Both were very successful.
  • The teams entered tournaments throughout New England and New York, including the NEAAU Super Regionals and the NH State Tournament. The 15U-A and 14U-A teams lost by 1 point in the State Championship games. The 10U-A and 12U-A teams won the NH State Tournament.
  • Some of the teams stayed together for the summer in the SportsZone summer league.
The 2007 season

  • The organization is run by the 3 Co-Directors: Mike Onett (Director of Business & Web Development), Jim Schwalbe (Director of Operations & Logistics), and Jim Tomaswick (Director of Finance & Administration).
  • We expanded to 4 teams; 13U-Black, 13U-Gold, 12U-Black, and 11U-Black.
  • We added an all-new coaching staff; Paul Nimblett (13U-Black), Tim Finnegan (13U-Gold), Dave Simpson (12U-Black), and Scott McKinney (11U-Black).
  • Tryouts were held at the Derry SportsZone (2/15, 2/26) after which the 4 teams were selected. Over 40 players turned out for the 13U age group.
  • Practices began on 3/6 at the Derry SportsZone. Besides the SportsZone, practices were also held at area school gyms.
  • The teams entered tournaments throughout New England, including the NEAAU Super Regionals and the NH State Tournament. The 13U-Black team lost by 1 point to the Merrimack Hawks in the State Championship. The 12U-Black and 11U-Black teams also came in 2nd in the State Tournament.
  • The teams stayed together for the summer in the SportsZone summer league.
The 2006 season

  • The organization expands to two teams (decided at meeting on 1/22), and 12U-A and 12U-B team. Mike Onett heads the organization as Director. Jim Schwalbe heads up Operations as Assistant Director and Jim Tomaswick handles Finance as Assistant Director.
  • Tryouts were held at the Derry SportsZone (2/21, 2/23, 3/8) and we picked two teams of 10 players each.
  • Bobby Shilling (Senior, Londonderry High School) was added as the coach of the 12U-B team. Mike Onett and Jim Schwalbe coached the 12U-A team.
  • Practices began on 3/14 and were held at the Derry SportsZone and the Windham and Pelham secondary school gyms.
  • The teams entered 7 tournaments (Maine, NH, & Mass). The 12U-A team won the NH State Tournament again.
  • The teams stayed together for the summer in the SportsZone summer league.
The 2005 season

  • Matt Crompton moved to Florida. Mike Onett took over as Head Coach, and Jim Schwalbe was the Assistant Coach.
  • Mike Onett created the team’s first website on 2/14.
  • Tryouts were held at the Derry SportsZone (2/24, 3/1) and 11 players were selected from the area for the 11U team.
  • Jim Tomaswick joined the staff as the Team Manager responsible for finances, equipment/uniforms, and statistics.
  • Practices began on 3/9 and were held at the Derry SportsZone and the Windham secondary school gyms.
  • The team entered 5 tournaments (Maine, NH, & Mass). They came in 4th in the NEAAU Super Regionals, 2nd in the NE USSA Championship, and won the NH State Tournament.
The 2004 season

  • Matt Crompton and Mike Onett (Atkinson) merge with Jim Schwalbe (Londonderry) to form a 10U AAU team playing out of the Derry SportsZone. Tryouts were held (2/28-2/29) and 10 players from the surrounding towns were chosen for the team.
  • Matt Crompton was the Head Coach and handled Finances. Mike Onett was the Assistant Coach. Jim Schwalbe handled Operations and kept scoring and statistics.
  • Practices were held at the Derry SportsZone (beginning 3/9) and the team entered 4 tournaments (Maine and Mass).
  • Attempted to enter NH State Tournament, but no other 10U teams entered. Declared NH State Champions (by default).