OUR COACHES

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.

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.

GERARD GRAY JR

Basketball Coach

Coach G is from Washington DC playing in the DMV area. Four- year letter winner in basketball at Suitland High School, named Offensive Player of the Year in Sophomore season, league MVP Junior & Senior season. Also, ranked 9th in the country for AAU program Future Players out of Forestville, MD. After his Senior year, Gerard committed to Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH D2 program. Was a 3 year captain and went on to graduate in 2019 with Bachelors in Mass Communications & sports media. 

Coach G looks forward to coaching & training athletes at Seacoast Hoops Lab! 

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.