OUR COACHES

COREY HASSAN

Co-Owner

Corey is the Co-Owner of Seacoast Hoops Lab, overseeing the development of Seacoast Hoops Lab along with offering private trainings a few hours per week for high level athletes. Corey has vast experience at the highest levels of basketball including NCAA Division 1 and playing professional basketball in top European Leagues. It all started here in New Hampshire for Corey.  While New Hampshire public school basketball, like most things in life, has had ebbs and flows, Corey played high school basketball at Merrimack High School during a time that arguably had the greatest pool of basketball talent ever seen in NH since the Bonner era.

It's not unusual for top players from NH to go on to play at the Division 3 level, an accomplishment in itself as only about 7% of HS athletes go on to play collegiately at all. However, in a 2 year span from 2004-2005, the NH public school system had over 10+ players talented enough to receive full-scholarship offers at the Division 1 or Division 2 level. Less than 1% of high school players typically go on to make an NCAA D1 team and .4% receive scholarships. 

Corey Hassan was part of a powerhouse Merrimack High School team that won back to back Division 1 state championships, including in 2004 while in the same league as arguably one of the greatest high school teams in NH history, Trinity High School which at the time was top 20 in the country. While every night was a battle with enormous talent on the floor, Corey was named 1st team all-state as both a Junior & Senior.  Ultimately, after strong performances at the NH public school level and at national tournaments during AAU, he landed over 20+ NCAA Division 1 scholarships as well as being ranked as a top 200 player nationally. Corey went on to have an extremely successful career known most for his scoring ability and deadly 3-point shooting. He has gone on to be a nationally recognized trainer, with over 10k followers on instagram where he continually posts drills and tips for his following.

Corey has worked with hundreds of athletes ranging from elementary youth athletes to professionals basketball players.  Athletes Corey has worked with have gone on to play at Stanford (Pac 12, NCAA D1), Marquette (Big East, NCAA D1), UNC Greensboro (Southern Conference, NCAA D1), Charlotte (Conference USA, NCAA D1), Binghamton (America East, NCAA D1), Quinnipiac (MAAC, NCAA D1), St. Anselm (NE10, NCAA D1) and SNHU (NE10, NCAA D1) amongst others.

Corey also spent some time as an Assistant Coach at D2 powerhouse, St. Anselm as well as having started an AAU program C4, before stepping away to focus 100% on skill development. Corey has also consulted and run clinics for numerous travel programs and recreation departments throughout NH and MA. He was also recruited as an outsourced skill development lead for a large MA based AAU program.

It is his belief that ANYONE can play at the highest level with hard work & determination. He's on a mission to help as many athletes as possible achieve their basketball dreams.  He hopes in the process to help mold the next generation into amazing, hard working, disciplined athletes that will make the world a better place than it was before they entered it.

Below are some of his noticeable accomplishments on the court as player.

-2 time 1st-team all-state

-School record for points in a half (31)

-School record for points in a game (50)

-NH State HS Player of The Year, multiple outlets (2005)

-McDonalds All-American Nominee

-AAU Super Showcase National Champions, Orlando, FL (2004)

-Top 5 scorer nationally at 2004 AAU Super Showcase, Orlando, FL (2004)

-Top 10 at AAU Nationals (2004)

-Back to Back NHIAA D1 State Champion

-Top 200 Player Nationally

-Received over 20 NCAA Division 1 full-scholarship offers

-Boston University "Rookie of the Year"

-Boston University Freshman Record, made 3-pointers in a season

-Cable Car-Classic All-Tournament Team (1st freshman since Steve Nash)

-America East Conference All-Rookie Team

-Northeast Conference Scoring Champion (19.2 ppg)

-1 of 4 college basketball players featured in SLAM magazine as "Players that demand your attention"

-National Association of Basketball Coaches 1st-team all-district

-Northeast Conference All-Conference Team

-Top 50 in NCAA D1 scoring

-Top 10 in NCAA D1 in 3 pointers made per game

-Broke school record twice in one season for 3-pointers made in a game

-Played professional basketball in highly respected German Pro A league

-German Pro A leading rookie scorer

-Top 10 scorer in German Pro A league

-BG Leitershofen team record for 3-pointers made in a game

-Top 3 in German Pro A in 3 pointers made per game

-SC Rasta Vechta Pro A record for 3-pointers made in a game (8) and in a quarter (6)

-Won German Pro A Championship with SC Rasta Vechta

TERRELL HOLLINS

General Manager & Co-Owner

Terrell Hollins is Co-Owner & General Manager of Seacoast Hoops Lab and Head Men’s Varsity Basketball Coach at Concord Academy.


He graduated from Brandeis University where he was a standout forward for the Judges. He is the only player in Brandeis history to have 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 200 assists. As a senior, he was first-team All-UAA and All New-England Division III Basketball. He was selected as a starter in the inaugural NABC Division III Senior All-Star Game.


Coach Hollins returned to Brandeis as an assistant coach for three seasons, and then moved to The Rivers School where he became the head Junior Varsity Coach, before becoming the Head Coach at Concord Academy.

Coach Hollins takes pride in promoting the benefits of team sports through his work in his community. He has organized a number of local tournaments, and also served as Athletic Director for the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton in 2015.

Coach Hollins believes that confidence and commitment are the keys to success for every player.


Connect with Coach Hollins: seacoasthoopslab@gmail.com

NICOLE SKEES

Basketball Coach

Nicole is a former high school basketball and softball standout.  She played four years of basketball at UMASS Dartmouth (DIV3) and was a Captain her senior year.  After college, she played in basketball leagues throughout Massachusetts as well as in Portsmouth.  Her coaching began at her former middle school and high school holding clinics and scouting for the varsity teams.  She gained a vast amount of experience from top DIV1 high school head coaches when she coached AAU 12U teams at Stonehill College.


Nicole’s passion is basketball.  Most recently, she coached the New Franklin 5th grade girls’ basketball team to the Championship in 2020.  She brings a great deal of knowledge from a player and coach perspective that stresses the importance of team sportsmanship.  Her favorite aspect of the game is defense!

Nicole lives in Portsmouth with her husband, Joe, and their two kids, Adeline and Jack.  In addition to basketball, Nicole enjoys doing activities with her family, working out and being outdoors.

ALEX TAVARES

Basketball Coach

Coach Alex had his basketball career start right here in his home city of Portsmouth, NH. He graduated from Portsmouth High School in 2019 with all four years of varsity play and five years of AAU play. Three NH state championships, three all-state team selections, and 1,000 points later he found himself at Plymouth State University for the 2019-2020 season where he was restricted play due to injury. After transferring to Great Bay Community College for the Spring 2021 semester, he currently still stood with all four years of his NCAA eligibility. He currently plans on playing for the Great Bay Herons come time for the start of the Yankee Small Community Conference October 2021.

As soon as Coach Alex heard about the Seacoast Hoops Lab in Portsmouth, he knew he had to utilize this new space to get better. It was not long before Coach Corey Hassan introduced him to his first formal experiences coaching and training on the basketball court. He quickly began to see an entirely new perspective of the game that means so much to him. He now takes a deep pride in being able to translate his playing experience to others in a way that benefits them and his community. Anytime he can make someone better at this game, he is bettered too, making for a fun and progressive regimen. Coach Alex is truly a tremendous asset to the Seacoast Hoops Lab and genuinely loves to help our athletes get better. 

CHRIS SPARKS

Basketball Coach

Coach Chris has a tremendous amount of coaching experience and is a true asset to the Seacoast Hoops Lab coaching staff.


He has 10+ years of Division I collegiate coaching experience, ranging from a position at the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, and Central Connecticut State University. He is the Former Director of Hoop Group Elite (Eastern Invitational). He developed & mentored over 100+ student-athletes to play college basketball, at Harvard, Cornell, Northwestern, Standford, Northeastern, Williams College, Amherst, Yale and many others. He also spent 6 years as the Head Coach at Wilbraham & Monson Academy.


Coach Chris currently trains all levels of student-athletes ranging from the WNBA, NBA, College as well as all levels of youth athletes, as young as beginners. Book a 1:1 with Coach Chris at the Hoops Lab! 

KENNY SMALL SR.

Basketball Coach

Coach Senior is a co-founder of Boston Elite Basketball and head of youth skills development. With his patience and old school teaching style, Coach Senior is able to attract the attention and excitement of kids who range from kindergarten to 8th grade.


Coach Kenny Senior’s enthusiastic coaching style drives kids to love the game and develop skills at a high level. Coach Senior grew up in Bridgeport, CT., where he graduated and played college basketball at North Carolina A&T University.

SHAWN MURPHY

Basketball Coach

Shawn played high school ball at Exeter High School and he is now a Business major student athlete currently playing in his second year at Great Bay.


Shawn is working hard as an athletes in hopes to play overseas after he completes college. He enjoys working with youth athletes and he prides himself on pushing players to work hard bit also working with athletes to help build their confidence as they train with him.

CORY VARRELL

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Corey was a 2006 graduate of Portsmouth High School. During his time at PHS, he excelled on the basketball and track team, while also competing on the football and baseball team. His senior year was selected to the basketball senior game, being one of the top twelve players in the state, later that year qualifying for the New England track meet in the long and triple jump events.

After graduating from PHS, Cory attended the University of New Hampshire where he competed for the track team all four years. Along with competing in track, Cory studied Athletic Training and during his time at UNH worked with the school’s varsity Men’s basketball, Women’s field hockey, Women’s soccer, track & field, and a semester at Dover High School. Cory graduated from UNH in May 2010 with a degree in Athletic Training.

Cory previously worked at various private schools, most recently Groton School.  At Groton, Cory led their weight room programs and ground based training for all sports.  He was also the assistant coach for the Varsity Basketball team.  Cory is a NSCA and NATA member with extensive knowledge in both fields and was a member of the USA National Team Handball Team.

Cory is currently the Head of Sports Performance at Powerhouse Sports in Seabrook, NH.  He specializes in weight training/sports performance, corrective exercises, and injury resistant exercises.

Coach Cory runs our Strength & conditioning classes at Seacoast Hoops Lab in collaboration with Powerhouse Sports.

KERRI HASSAN

Marketing Director

Kerri and her husband, Corey own and operate Seacoast Hoops Lab alongside Terrell Hollins. Kerri handles email marketing, graphic creation & website management. 

In addition, Kerri runs her own social media management business, Kerri Hassan Social where she helps small businesses grow via her proven social media strategies. She also has experience working as a Top Realtor for Coldwell Banker Realty & experience working as a Marketing Professional. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT with a B.S. in Business Administration/Marketing. Kerri is originally from the Hudson Valley in New York but loves life on the seacoast of New Hampshire now! 

Kerri loves working with her husband, Corey to bring all Seacoast Hoops Lab has to offer to athletes in Portsmouth and surrounding areas. She also has a life long passion of horseback riding as well as spending her summers at the lake & spending time with her family, including her two daughters, Addilyn & Payton. say