Friends of Men's Basketball


Fairfield University Men’s Basketball enhances the college experience of our varsity student-athletes, providing them with opportunities to excel athletically and academically. Friends of Men’s Basketball provides the program with the basic necessities to help them play at the highest levels of collegiate competition.

Coach's Letter

Dear Red Sea Nation,

Ciao Tutti! I hope this note finds you well. It has been a very productive and exciting past few months for the Running Stags, as we have all been working extremely hard to achieve our goal of winning a 2018 MAAC Championship. The program welcomes eight incomers from around the globe: Taj Benning (Fair Lawn, NJ), Jesus Cruz (Puerto Rico), Omar El-Sheikh (Cairo, Egypt), Ferron Flavors, Jr, (Federal Way, Washington), Alonde LeGrand (Harlem, NY), Wassef Methnani (Kairoun, Tunisia), Kevin Senghorne-Peterson (Kinna, Sweden) and Aziz Essa Sultan (Abu Al Hasany, Kuwait). Of particular note, Jesus and Omar both competed in the FIBA U19 World Championships earlier this summer before arriving on campus in early July, affording each of them some useful playing experience that ought to bode well for their first seasons as collegiate athletes. Each of our newcomers will contribute to our team’s success, and ultimately our quest towards hoisting the Championship trophy on that coveted Monday Night in Albany!

As for our returning Stags — seniors Tyler Nelson, Jerome Segura, and Jared Harper; juniors Jon Kasibabu and Matija Milin; and second-year players Olivier Cadieux, Thomas Nolan and Aidas Kavaliauskas — they have been steady as a rock, in their character in the locker room and commitment on the court as role models, for our newcomers. Their shared confidence and experience in our style of basketball and the rigors of MAAC play will be instrumental in leading their younger teammates during the season. Be patient with this team, as we will need some time to blend. However, the athleticism, versatility, and depth of this group is as good as I’ve coached at Fairfield, and will show its merits the closer we get to March Madness 2018!

In addition to several new incoming student-athletes, we welcome aboard two new members to our coaching staff. Stephen Elmore, a Princeton graduate and seasoned MAAC conference staff member the past three seasons, will be joining the Stags as our new Director of Basketball Operations. In addition, our very own Andrew Leone ’17, who personified our culture of selflessness, commitment, and leadership as a member of the Running Stags the past four seasons, will assume the role of Assistant Director of Basketball Operations. I am very excited to bring aboard Stephen and Andrew to our staff and look forward to you all having the pleasure of spending some time with them at various outings and after games throughout the year.

To complete the summer together, our team embarked on a special, once-in-a-lifetime experience in August, visiting Italy as a team for 10 days on a Foreign Tour. We played three exhibition games over the course of our stay, making extended stops in Rome, Florence, Venice, and Lake Como before returning stateside. Along with the delicious food, remarkable sightseeing, and pro level competition that made our trip so great; just as important was the bonding time we all had together, as prior relationships grew stronger and new ones were cultivated in the midst of our busy schedule.  Our time spent in Italy together was one that I, my fellow coaches, and our players will cherish forever.

Keep your eye on our athletics website for write-ups and accounts of our recent Italy adventure! 

Lastly, some important dates we hope you keep in mind as we quickly approach the 2017-2018 season:                                                                                        

  • Red vs. White Scrimmage; Alumni Hall Oct. 21st at 4:00 p.m. (Alumni Family Weekend).                  
  • Exhibition Game vs. The University of Bridgeport, Nov. 3rd (Location/Time TBD).                                          
  • Season Opener vs. the University of Pennsylvania, Nov 11th at Webster Bank Arena/Time TBD.

On behalf of our entire program, thank you for your continued and dedicated support. Whether you were a mentor to our guys, made a generous donation, or enthusiastically cheered on the team from the stands, you have made a significantly positive impact on our student-athletes and coaches.

Go Stags!

With gratitude,

Sydney Johnson
Men's Basketball Head Coach

2018 Goal: $75,000

Our Goal


To Date


Friends of Men’s Basketball has set a fundraising goal of 100 donors and $75,000. Donations made before June 30, 2018 will go towards the program’s current use fund, contributions that immediately benefit our most pressing program necessities and enhancements. By making a gift of any amount, you can provide Men’s Basketball with a competitive edge.



  • Uniforms, sneakers
  • Basketballs
  • Protective gear

Team Support

  • Meal plans
  • Training
  • Banquets/awards

Travel & Recruiting

  • Out-of-region travel for competition
  • Training trips, off-season competition
  • Recruiting, official campus visits

For more information about Friends of Fairfield Athletics, or giving a gift to Men’s Basketball, please call Rachel Kavanagh at 203-254-4000, ext. 2392 or e-mail

Contact Us

Athletics Development Office

Bellarmine Hall
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824


Nick Wormley

Nick Wormley

Executive Director of Athletics Development/Senior Associate Director of Athletics


Rachel Kavanagh

Program Assistant, Athletics Giving and Special Events


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