Brian Rosen

Program Director

Brian has been involved in coordinating and coaching youth sports for over forty years, having coached youth basketball and soccer teams in Texas and New York.  In leading the Chappaqua Youth Soccer Club, a competitive travel soccer program, Brian increased participation by over 400% and, through the training provided enhanced the development and success of the Chappaqua scholastic teams.  For Castle, Brian has grown the program from one team in 2008 to the current fourteen teams, providing academic and social enrichment to thousands of student athletes and opportunities to seek and obtain higher education.  When not serving Castle Athletics, Brian is a partner and attorney at Proskauer Rose in the bankruptcy and restructuring practice.  Currently, Brian has been involved in the restructuring of the indebtedness of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its agencies.


Rocio Rayo

Academic Coordinator

Rocio Rayo serves as the liaison between Hostos Lincoln Academy of Science (DOE) and  Hostos Community College (CUNY) in the Bronx, NY. She manages an Early College Initiative  where students graduate from high-school with both their A.A. and HS Diplomas. She graduated from Hostos Community College in 2011 and completed her BA and MA in History at the City College of New York in 2014.  Her thesis focused on re-imaging the “failed feminist agenda” narrative that emerged from second wave feminist historians who studied the Sandinista Revolution with third wave feminist intellectual tools that incorporated stories of state sanctioned reproductive health initiatives. Rocio believes in the role that public community colleges serve as an entry point for students to access higher education.  She can be seen on most nights and weekends bragging about the success of her students and facilitating the academic journey of middle school and high school basketball players.

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Rock Rosa

Girls Coordinator

Rock Rosa brought his basketball experience and administrative skills two years ago.  He has been a pillar in the Harlem community for 30+ years, coaching many young men and women who have gone on to play collegiately and professionally. Coach Rock also served as the head coach at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School for five years.  During that time, he was named NYSPHS & Ivy League Coach of the Year, leading the girls program to their 1st Ivy League title.


Marquee Poole

Girls High School Coordinator

Coach Poole, a Harlem native, played scholastically at CHSAA powerhouse All Hallows High School in the Bronx, New York and then earned his bachelor’s degree in 2002 from St. Bonaventure University where he was a four-year letter winner for the Bonnies Men’s Basketball team.  Marquee is entering his seventh season at Hostos Community College as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach. Coach Poole has not only proved himself a winner on the court the last six season, but, more importantly, he has mentored countless student athletes. He has helped place more than thirty-five student athletes in four-year schools on athletic scholarships to Division 1 & 2 institutions.

Prior to joining the Castle team, Coach Poole served as the Girl’s Program Director at New Heights NYC, working alongside Castle Program Director Rock Rosa and Castle Girls’ Middle School Coordinator Anwar Gladden.


Anwar Gladden

Girls Middle School Coordinator

Coach Gladden has served as the Girls Varsity Basketball Head Coach at South Shore High School for the past nineteen seasons and been a NYC Department of Education for twenty years.  He has led his charges to the 2017 NYS Federation Championship and five NYC PSAL Championships.  Importantly, he has developed seventeen Division 1 student athletes.  Besides scholastic basketball, Coach Gladden has been involved in Girls travel basketball for over two decades and, prior to joining Castle Athletics, has led multiple programs.


Joshua “Herc” Mejia

Boys High School Coordinator

Coach Herc was born and raised in the Bronx.  He attended Cardinal Hayes High School and played hoops and football.  He has been coaching basketball since the age of 19, starting as an Assistant Coach at Globe College and then on the AAU circuit for Team AJ Price.  Herc has been coaching with Castle for the past four years.  Importantly, Herc is able to relate to the Castle student athletes and to develop deep understandings and warm friendships.  Such relationships facilitate the coaching experience and academic enrichment that Castle endeavors to nurture.


Jessie Sapp

Boys Middle School Coordinator

Coach Jessie Sapp, born and raised in New York City, starred scholastically for National Christian High School and was named one of the Top 100 high school playwrs in the country.  Jessie went on to Georgetown University and led the Hoyas to multiple NCAA berths.  Following graduation, Coach Sapp played internationally for teams in Scotland, Greece and Poland.  Coach Sapp is dedicated to the development of younger players.  He has been involved with Castle Athletics for over four years and has coached players with the Black Ops program.