Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff

Head Coach Sam Cheung

Coach Sam Cheung enters his first full year as Head Coach of UConn-Avery Point Men’s Basketball (Associate Head Coach last season).  Before UConn-Avery Point, Coach Cheung was an Assistant Coach at the United States Coast Guard Academy and a Head Coach for Montville High School. As an Assistant at the Academy, Coach Cheung led the program’s player development initiatives and helped guided the team’s offensive strategies. During his tenure there, the Academy teams won 2 Conference Titles and appeared in 2 NCAA tournaments – a feat only accomplished 3 times in the school’s history.  During the 2008 NCAA tournament run, the Academy reached the Elite 8, an achievement accomplished for the first time in the history of the school.

As a player, Coach Cheung was a 1st Team All-State point guard in Connecticut for Waterford High School, a 1st Team All New England Men’s Athletic Conference player for the Academy, and was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. Coach Cheung currently resides in Montville, CT with his wife Jennifer and two children, Jada and Jace.


Brian Lewis- Assistant Coach


French Director of Basketball Operations Kate French

Kate French is the Director of Basketball Operations at UConn-Avery Point.  She has over 20 years’ experience in business management as well as being the Vice President of local Appliance Company. A native to the area who gives to the surrounding communities by hosting fundraisers for area shelters, tending to area cemeteries, assisting at food banks and being involved with her Local High School Sports Booster Club. Her continuing business experience with the area communities and local sports teams makes her a valuable resource to the UConn-Avery Point sports programs.