Head Coach George Hardison
Coach George Hardison will be entering his 4th season at the helm of the Pointers Women’s Basketball Team. During the 2015-2016 season, the program finished with a record of 15-10, and received the Region XXI Sportsmanship Award. Coach Hardison was named Region XXI Coach of the Year for the 2014-2015 season, and the team compiled a record of 11-6 overall.
Prior to this, he was an assistant coach at the Community College of Rhode Island for the 2011-2013 seasons. During the 2011-2012 season, CCRI compiled a record of 19-12 with a Region XXI NJCAA Championship, and also won the Super Regional XV/XXI NJCAA Championship. In 2012-2013, CCRI was 25-7, won the Region XXI NJCAA Championship, were named the District N NJCAA Champions, and made an appearance in the Division II NJCAA National Tournament in East Peoria, IL.
Coach Hardison was a head coach with the Connecticut Storm from 2006 to 2016, coaching a variety of teams ranging from Grade 7 Premier to 11 Premier. In the upcoming spring, he will begin overseeing a Connecticut division of the Rhode Island Breakers, called Breakers West.
Coach Hardison has been coaching in Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island for the past 19 years, with a strong background in camp and clinic work, recruiting, and player development. He has also spent several years coaching in the Eastern Connecticut Conference (ECC) and the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL). He was an assistant coach at Stonington, Westerly, and New London High Schools over several seasons, with many postseason conference and state tournament appearances. During the 2007-2008 season, Coach Hardison was the head coach at Wheeler High School in North Stonington, CT. The team had a record of 15-10, and reached the Class S state tournament semi-final game.
Coach Hardison is the founder and co-director of The Hoop Academy Basketball Camp, which has been in operation since 1999. The Hoop Academy has camps and clinics throughout Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island year round. The camp is operated by Coach Hardison and his wife, Colleen Hardison, who is also an AAU coach and was the Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at East Lyme High School from 2013-2016.
Coach Hardison is a science teacher, having worked in Stonington Public Schools from 2004-2016, and is currently teaching science in Groton Public Schools at West Side Middle School.
Assistant Coach Nick Davis
Lead Assistant Coach Nick Davis is UConn-Avery Point Alumni (‘98-’00) and a graduate of Bacon Academy in Colchester, CT joined the program during the 2015-2016 season. As an athlete at Avery Point, Coach Davis averaged 24.5ppg, 56.6% 3pt shooting, and was a 2nd Team All-American. He also held several career records with a single game high of 52 points, 12 made 3-pointers in a game, 148 made 3-pointers in a season, was a 1000 point scorer, and led the nation in 3-point shooting in both his freshman and sophomore years. As a high school athlete at Bacon Academy (’94-’98), Coach Davis was an All-COC selection for basketball, soccer and track. As a senior, he led the conference in every statistical category in basketball. He played 3 years of semi-professional basketball with the Harlem Magicians as a point guard.
Coach Davis has experience coaching with The Slamma Jamma Basketball Camp and The Hoop Academy Basketball Camp. He is the owner of Nick Davis Designs Inc. and Renovate LLC, and has been a licensed contractor for 15 years. He currently resides in Groton with his wife Bibian, and his newborn son Andrew.
Assistant Coach Rafael Gonzalez
Assistant Coach Rafael Gonzalez Nieves came in to the program in the 2015-2016 season. Coach Gonzalez was born In Arecibo, Puerto Rico to Maria Nieves and Jose Gonzalez. He graduated in 2010 from Bernardino Cordero Bernard High School, and he was part of the basketball team in his senior Year. He attended Ponthifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico where he was played on the team 3 years and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor Degree in Sport Science and Fitness Training with 3.00 GPA. Coach Gonzalez relocated to Groton, CT after graduation to look for new opportunities. Coach “Rafa” has great passion for the game, and passes his extensive knowledge of the game on to the players in the program.
Assistant Coach Colleen Hardison
Assistant Coach Colleen Hardison will be working with Avery Point Women’s Basketball as a recruiter at high school games throughout the year.
Coach Hardison has quite a bit of experience in coaching and in recruiting at the college level. Most recently, she was the Head Coach at East Lyme High School where the team did much better than anyone could have anticipated, going 10-13 with appearances in both the ECC and CIAC Tournaments. Coach Hardison coached at East Lyme from 2013-2016, and during her time there the program saw success.
In 2012-2013, Coach Hardison was the Women’s Assistant Coach at the Coast Guard Academy, and in 2011-2012 she was the Women’s Assistant Coach at Rhode Island College, and was deeply involved in recruiting and player development during her time at both schools. During her time at RIC, the program saw it’s first Little East Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.
Coach Hardison was Head Coach with the Connecticut Storm AAU Girls’ Basketball club from 2009- 2015, and was 3 year Assistant Coach for the CT Starters who won the 14U National Championship in 2008. She has been a director of the Hoop Academy Basketball Camp since 2009. As a player, she competed at Southern Connecticut State University (Conference Champions) and Western Connecticut State University (Team Captain). In high school she was a 1000-point scorer, MVP, achieved All-State Honors and was an All-American Nominee.
Coach Hardison teaches History at the Marine Science Magnet School in Groton, CT. She left East Lyme and began working with the program at Avery Point in 2016, while is working on a very time consuming program earning her administrative certificate in education.
Assistant Coach Lawrence Wilson
Assistant Coach Lawrence Wilson will be working with the program for the second season. Coach Wilson graduated from Stonington High School class of 2011 from which he received the 2010 MLK Jr. Trust Fund Scholarship Recipient. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Connecticut. Lawrence also attended Hoop Academy Basketball Camps as a camper and has now helped Coach Hardison teach at them for the past 5 summers. Coach Wilson will be the Director of Social Media for the program, and will also be working with media relations and statistics. He has great passion for the game of basketball, and we are looking forward to a great season with him on staff.
March 4-5 Division 3 New England Tournament Site: TBA
March 16-19- Division III National Tournament Site: Utica, NY
*New England Region XXI Opponent **Division III New Engalnd Region Opponent
Head Coach: George Hardison
Asst Coach: Nick Davis, Rafael Gonzalez, Lawrence Wilson, Colleen Hardison
Baskeball Office: 860.405.9077
UCAP Athletics: 860.405.9183
UCAP Athletic Director: Roger Bidwell