“SALT seeks to develop caring and considerate young people and leaders.”

Bernie Stein, SALT Trainer


Trainer, Nicole Sieben, helps Student Leaders at a Leadership Conference

Leslie Allen: An honors graduate from the University of Southern California, Leslie is a former NCAA and WTA champion. In 1981, Ms. Allen became the first African American woman to win a major professional tournament since Althea Gibson’s 1957 US Open victory. She is the founder of the Leslie Allen Foundation.

Joe Allen: A former SALT student leader and graduate of Farmingdale University where he played football and lacrosse and was a member of the wrestling team. He has coached lacrosse since 1988. Joe lives in Hauppauge and is partner of - a sports graphics company.

Tara Allen: A native of Long Island, Tara lives in Hauppauge and was a former participant in the Leadership Program. Tara graduated from St. Vincent’s School of Nursing and is currently a graduate student at Stony Brook pursuing a master’s to become a Nurse Practitioner. At St. Vincent’s she ran cross country, winter and spring track & field, and figure skated.

Tim Bassett: A graduate of the University of Georgia, Tim was drafted in 1973 into the American Basketball Association. He played with the New York Nets alongside teammate “Dr. J” Julius Erving, where the two contributed to two World Championships. He also played professionally in Italy for nine years.

Dan Bedard: A graduate of Plattsburgh (NY) State College and Ohio University, Dan played professionally as a hockey goaltender for teams in France and Sweden, coached the Peewee Islanders for 13 years and was formally the Director of Amateur Hockey Development for the Islanders. Dan is the Director of Sports Management at Adelphi University.

Jay Bryant: Jay received degrees from Long Island University and Adelphi University. As a collegiate basketball player he earned academic honors before joining the Harlem Magicmasters and Harlem Rockets education and entertainment teams. Currently, he is vice president of the Magicmasters and Rockets.

Ed Card: Ed was a power lifter and a member of the 1980 and 1984 United States Bobsled Teams. Ed is AHA’s resident expert on performance-enhancement substances.

Monge Codio: A graduate of and basketball player at Southampton College, Monge went on to play professionally in the United States Basketball League, France and Mexico. This former coach of women’s basketball at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY, Iona College in New Rochelle (NY) and Northeastern University in Boston, Monge is currently the Director of CYO Operations for Athletics with the Archdiocese of New York.

Kyle Copeland-Muse: A graduate of and All-American tennis player at Pepperdine University, Kyle is now a teaching tennis professional. Professionally, she competed in singles and doubles at all four Grand Slam tournaments, reached world doubles ranking of 38. Today, Kyle remains connected with tennis through the US Open, the Arthur Asch Endowment for the Defeat of Aids and Win4Life.

Paul Grafer: Most recently, Paul served as an assistant coach with Chivas USA of Major League Soccer and the USA National Under 17 Soccer Team. A graduate from the College of William and Mary, he was the school’s Athlete of the Year and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. A goalie, Paul formerly played with the Long Island Rough Riders, Colorado Rapids and New York/New Jersey MetroStars.

Larry Hardesty: A graduate of the School of Business at City College of New York where be played basketball, Larry was recently named to the school’s Sports Hall of Fame. Currently, he can be heard regularly on ESPN Radio and is the sideline radio reporter for New York Jets games.

Pat LaFontaine: Pat is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who played with the New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. He founded the highly successful Companions in Courage Foundation, a charitable organization that builds interactive playrooms for children in hospitals throughout North America.

Jimmy Maurer: Originally from Lawrenceville, Georgia, Jimmy is one of the newest Trainers on AHA’s staff. Jimmy graduated from the University of South Carolina where he played 78 games over four years and was drafted into Major League Soccer in 2011 by the New York Red Bulls. He spent time playing professionally in Chile and is presently the starting goalkeeper for the NY Cosmos.  He was selected to the NASL Best XI in 2014.

Susan Porro: An actor, Susan has appeared on TV in The Sopranos and Law & Order: Criminal Intent and on the screen in The Ministers and Adam.  Susan brings a different perspective to the Leadership Program working with leaders on their public speaking techniques and with the presentations they will deliver to elementary school youngsters. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Susan participated in the sport of fencing at the Academy.

Nicole Sieben: Nicole, who was a recipient of the program in 5th grade and participated in the Student Athlete Leadership Program in high school, went on to become a lacrosse player at Loyola College in Maryland. She has been a lacrosse coach and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education and General Studies at Adelphi University. Nicole is an award-winning published writer, a national presenter, and an educational researcher; she received her doctorate in 2013 from Hofstra University.

Bernie Stein: Bernie spent 32 years teaching in secondary schools and more than 20 years as a practicing psychotherapist. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College with a B.A, received an M.S. in counseling at C.W. Post, and an M.S.W in social work from SUNY Stony Brook.

Billy Taylor: A former New York Giant who graduated from Texas Tech University where he set the record for most touchdowns in a game (5). In his four years with the Giants, Billy was the team’s leading rusher for two years and touchdown leader one year (11).

Steve Webb: A former National Hockey League player with the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins, Steve spent 17 years developing the skills of young hockey players at Canadian Hockey Enterprises, six years coaching Peewee and Bantam hockey teams and two years in player development for the Islanders. Currently he is a regional coordinator for the National Hockey League Players Association and Director of the YAthlete.

Notable Past Trainers

Mary Pat Beirne, St. John’s University Student-Athlete Development

Ricky Davis, NY Cosmos

Phil Esposito, Hockey Hall of Fame

Walt Frazier, NY Knicks

Bruce Harper, NY Jets

Bud Harrelson, NY Mets

Nancy Hogshead, Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer

Dave Jennings, NY Giants

Brian Kelly, NY/NJ Metrostars

Pat Lafontaine, NY Rangers and Islanders

Nancy Lieberman, Professional Basketball Hall of Fame

Dennis O’Sullivan, NY Jets

Jen O’Sullivan, NY Power

Tim Regan, NY Red Bulls

Robin Roberts, Collegiate Basketball Player and Host of Good Morning America

Mark Semioli, NY/NJ Metrostars

Tauna Vandeweghe, Olympic swimmer

Kristy Whelchel, NY Power

Mookie Wilson, NY Mets

Donald McPherson, Syracuse University All-American and Philadelphia Eagles