About Us

Ted Cottrell
UBT Founder
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Ted’s coaching career began as an Assistant Coach for the Women’s Team at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA.   He then became the Boys’ Varsity Head Coach at Palmer High School in Palmer, MA.  After being a Varsity Head coach for five years, He decided to go back to the college ranks and accepted a position as the First Assistant Coach of the Men’s Team at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA.   During the summer months, He coached in the Boston Professional Exposure League which developed professional basketball players from all over the world.   After coaching on the college level, he decided to go back to being a personal skill trainer.   As a trainer, he has had great success in helping players prepare for all levels of competition from teaching a beginner player to preparing a player to play over seas and in the WNBA.
Ted’s coaching style and skills are attributable to his combined experiences.  As a player, he experienced ten straight years of being on a championship team. Throughout High School and his College career, he has learned the steps to success.   As member of the 1990 Maryland 4A State Championship Team at Annapolis High School, Ted received both USA Today Honorable Mention All American and McDonald’s Honorable Mention All American and was invited to Nike ABCD All American Basketball Camp for the top 300 recruits in the country.
Following high school, he attended Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine where he was a part of an undefeated team which won the New England Prep School Championship.  Later he signed a letter of intent to play for Coach John Calipari at the University of Massachusetts.  Ted was part of the “Refuse to Lose” Era at UMASS and a part of five Atlantic 10 Championships, and five NCAA tournament appearances which culminated in a “Final Four” appearance in his senior year.   While at UMass, he received numerous awards but is most proud of being named the “Most Improved Player”.
After his college career, he went on to play in Austria and then returned to the United States to play for the Delaware Blue Bombers in Wilmington, Delaware for three seasons.
Throughout his coaching and professional playing career, he has always worked with youth outside of basketball.   Ted has over seventeen years of experience of working with children that are labeled as “at risk youth”. He also has had the honor and pleasure to work as teacher for children who were diagnosed with autism and severe behavior disorder. Ted’s goal is to train athletes who have the desire to learn and to watch them grow as a student-athlete and become role models in their communities.

Grace Amato

Grace is a graduate of Lesley University class of 2015. Basketball has always been a love of hers and to share that passion with others is fulfilling. Throughout high school she played on the Woodstock Union varsity team, often practicing with the boys to gain experience and to get an extra work out in. When school season was over she switched to AAU playing for the nationally ranked Twin State Titans and Vermont Thunderbirds where her work ethic was rewarded and consequently was the leading scorer and rebounder. Throughout college Grace learned how to perfect her coaching skills with the opportunity to coach at the Boys and Girls Club of Cambridge. While at Lesley University Grace broke the rebounding record for a single game while breaking the 30 point threshold several times. When Grace is not playing basketball she spends her time coaching the next generation of great players. She enjoys being able to share her knowledge and skills with the youth of the sport. In between all of the basketball she is training to play professional basketball.

“It’s the effort and time you put in off the court, when no one is watching, that makes you better”

  • Career Stats
  • High School Varsity

    4 Year Starter
    Played on the Varsity as an 8th grader occasionally
    Practice with the boys

  • Twin State Titans AAU

    National championship run (VA) 

    Leading scorer and rebounder 

  • Vermont Thunderbirds AAU

    Broke the single game scoring record with 32 points (for an AAU tournament)

    Won 6 tournaments with these guys being the leading scorer

  • Lesley University

    Held the best shooting percentage for a season at 58%
    Broke the rebounding in a single game record at 21
    Was very close to breaking the single game scoring record (35)
    Player of the week recipient  

Mike Gioia
Girl's Coach

Mike Gioia started coaching back when he was 18 years old.  He coached a 15 and under boys team in the Boston Neighborhood Basketball for a couple of summers.  After a long break Mike started coaching again in 2011, when he coached a Jr girls team to the Saugus Town Jr league Championship.

While Mike was coaching in the Saugus town league he became the head coach for the 2013 Saugus 7th grade ladies travel team and coached them to the North Shore Girls Travel Basketball League championship going 4 – 0 in the playoffs.  At the same time he was the assistant coach at the Our Lady of the Assumption school and parish teams.  In his 4 years as the assistant coach the OLA girls won 2 league Championships.  He was the assistant for the OLA girls teams (School and Parish) that won the 2014 league championships and went on to play in the CYO state championship game for both teams.

In 2015 Mike took over as the head coach for the OLA Varsity girls while also becoming the assistant Athletic Director and ran the OLA basketball program for the school and parish.  He coached the Varsity girl’s team to the league playoffs in the 2016/17 season and is the AD for the OLA Parish and coach for the parish Girls CYO Cadet team.

Mike joined the UBT family assisting Coach Ted in 2016 and in the last 2 AAU seasons and helped lead the 2017 7th grade Meerkat ladies to the MIBC\Middlesex Spring Bash championship and the 2017 8th grade Meerkat ladies to the Division III state Championship.

As the UBT/Meerkat program grows Mike looks to help Coach Ted and the UBT/Meerkat ladies reach their goals.

  • About
  • Assistant Coach – Our Lady of the Assumption School

    • 2010/11 OLA Parish Girls Bantam Team
    • 2011/12 OLA Parish Girls Bantam Team  – League Champions
    • 2012/13 OLA School Girls Varsity Team  – League Runner Up
    • 2012/13 OLA Parish Girls Cadet Team 
    • 2013/14 OLA School Girls Varsity Team – League Champion + State Runner Up
    • 2013/14 OLA Parish Girls Cadet Team – League Champion + State Runner Up
    • 2017 UBT/Meerkat 8th Grade Mass State Champions

  • Head Coach – Saugus

    • 2011 Saugus Town Jr Girls League Champions
    • 2013 Saugus 7th Grade Girls Travel – League Champions
    • 2014 Saugus 8th Grade Girls Travel
    • 2015 Saugus Town Sr League Champions

  • Head Coach – Our Lady of the Assumption School

    • 2013/14 OLA School Girls JV Team
    • 2014/15 OLA School Girls JV Team
    • 2015/16 OLA School Girls Varsity Team
    • 2015/16 OLA Parish Girls Cadet Team
    • 2016/17 OLA School Girls Varsity Team – 2017 League Playoffs
    • 2016/17 OLA Parish Girls Cadet Team – 2017 League + CYO State Playoffs