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Program Director-
Ilya Nichola

BSS /Mass SelectOWNER/PRESIDENT:  Coach Nicholas founded the BSS Program in 2009. His vision was to create an organization that focused on developing players with excellent instruction/coaching and having an emphasis on fundamentals and skillwork in both individual/ group settings. Since the inception of the program we have worked with thousands of athletes, boys and girls aged 6-18 years old. We offer year round programs Fall /Spring and Winter Clinics/ individual and Group lessons We also offer our BSS /Mass Select Club Program which runs every Fall/Spring season is currently one of the largest and most successful programs in Massachusetts and New England.

COACHING BACKGROUND: Coach Nicholas is currently the Boys Head Coach at the Prestigious and Nationally recognized St Marks Prep in Southborough,MA. He previously  was  the Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Marlborough High School. During his time there he has helped guide the program to one of the most successful periods in school history. In a 5 year span the team has had a record of 82 -27, with 3 consecutive League Championships

STUDENT/ATHLETE COLLEGIATE PLACEMENT: He has been coaching youth and high school basketball players in Massachusetts for over  20 plus years. Coach Nicholas has helped develop players that have been nationally ranked and have received athletic scholarships. His players have gone on to play at the collegiate level at numerous colleges/universities including: Anna Maria, Amherst College, Trinity College, University of New England, Endicott, Franklin & Marshall, Brandeis, Nichols College, Assumption College,Connecticut College,Holy Names (CA), Salem State, Springfield College, Notre Dame University, University of North Carolina, Suffolk University, West Point (Army), Westfield State,Worcester State College, & many more.

PLAYER BACKGROUND: As a player, Coach Nicholas prepped at Worcester Academy and then played collegiately at Framingham State University where he became one of the top scorers in the history of the school and 2 time League All Star. He then went onto to play professionally in Europe (Greece) for 6 years. During his time over there he was a League All Star and helped lead his teams to 2 Greek League Championships.

BSS Owner/Founder: 2009-Present 


2007, 2008, 2009 Mid-Wach B League Champions

2012 MBCA (Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association) President 

2008 MBCA Central Division 1 Coach of the Year

1992-1998 Professional Player in Greece/Europe