The complete Albany Patroons roster for the 2020 season will be available in early 2020.
Visit our Staff page to learn more about our Front Office Staff and Management team.
We've put together a stellar group of individuals dedicated to making the experience for both fans and players a safe and enjoyable one!
Former Albany Patroon standout Derrick Rowland played high school basketball at Brentwood High School in Brentwood, NY. He then attended Potsdam University (B.A. - Economics) where he became a two-time first team All-American and went on to win a national championship in 1981. Rowland was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1981 prior to signing with the Albany Patroons during the ’81-’82 season. After several successful seasons with the Patroons, setting CBA (Continental Basketball Association) all time league and team scoring records. He was named a top 5 player in the history of the league, making the CBA’s 50th Anniversary Team. Rowland still holds Albany Patroons team records in scoring, rebounds, steals and blocked shots. Rowland played for legendary NBA coaches such as Phil Jackson, Bill Musselman, George Karl, Dave Cowens as well as NCAA coach Jerry Welsh.Rowland is presently Head Coach of the 2019 TBL (The Basketball League) Champion Albany Patroons. Along with facilitating numerous youth basketball programs, Coach Rowland is an active member in the Capital Region area community in regards to youth development.During the off season, Coach spends most of his time speaking at corporate events, community groups and to children all over. His message helps thousands of people work towards reaching their full potential in the game of life.
Coach Adam Chrisco joins the Patroons this year as the new Assistant Coach. He comes to Albany via Kentucky where He was the Head Coach/GM for the past 2 seasons. Adam has also previously owned a PBL franchise called the Grand Rapids Cyclones who operated under his guidance for 3 seasons as Owner/Coach and on Occasion, small forward. Adam also played for the Red Bull Elite, Battle Creek Knights, Lansing Capitals, Holland Blast, Midwest Allstars, Chicago Fury, Lake Michigan Admirals in the USA and in 2nd league Argentina and Lithuania as well as the Bakersfield Jam. Adam played for Colorado Northwest in college and CU Mesa. He brings serious passion for the game, energy and experience to the Patroons. Coach Rowland commented that , "I've seen what Adam can do as a coach and I'm really excited about having him on my staff and helping us bring a professional effort each and every day"
Jackie Coyne is excited to be part of the Albany Patroons. She is going into her 10th year as a Certified Athletic Trainer. Jackie earned her Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training in 2010 from the University of New England. She continued her education at the California University of Pennsylvania receiving her Masters of Science in Athletic Training in 2011. During her time at CalU, Jackie completed her Master’s Thesis; Gender Differences Between Processing Speed and Reaction Time Using ImPACT. Along with her thesis, Jackie obtained her Performance Enhancement Specialization certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Jackie is currently in her 6th year as the Certified Athletic Trainer at Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, NY. She is responsible for the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries to over 300 CBA student-athletes.
Chris grew up in Montauk and has left to pursue a career in training having played professional Arena Football for the past 5 years. Chris’s Arena football career started with the Georgia Rampage in 2013, then the Pennsylvania Steam in 2014. In 2015, he tore his meniscus before training camp with St. Louis, and that effectively ended his season early. Whilst injured Chris trained and rehabbed the knee as a free agent and traveled back and forth from Montauk to North Carolina to play for the Triangle Torch as a Receiver. In December 2015 he signed with the Torch for the 2016 season as a practice squad player. For a year and a half Chris trained and grinded on and off the field and eventually he signed for the Torch as part of the starting squad in 2017.
Over the years Chris has worked with many great trainers for Speed, Agility, Strength, Conditioning and even olympic weight trainers. One of Chris’s biggest takeaways from all this training was how fast the knowledge of the human body has increased. To this end, one of Chris’s main goals in training clients is to always be up to date with new ways to train athleticism. This includes teaching about mobility and injury prevention. In Chris’s career he has had to overcome many injuries including ones that should have been career ending. He has had two herniated discs, a knee injury, a torn labrum in his shoulder and hip, a torn rotator cuff, and a sports hernia. These experiences gave Chris first hand knowledge and skills for training athletes and weekend warriors for a safe and effective return to competition.
Whether training an adult to get ready to run their first half marathon, training a high school or college athlete for their upcoming season, or training kids to building strength and mobility, Chris's focus is always on the overall strength and protection of the body to be the best version of itself. In 2019, Chris Moved to Albany, NY becoming the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Albany Patroons, professional basketball team. In 2018, the Albany Patroons became champions. Being that the level of competition is high, the Albany Patroons brought Chris on board to help defend the Patroons title of being a championship Basketball team.
Certifications: CFSC, Arena Football Receiver
As a native of Utica, New York and an Air Force Veteran, Mike is the in-arena PA Announcer for the Albany Patroons. Mike began calling basketball games his sophomore year at Frankfort-Schuyler High School and continued to announce through his Air Force career in locations such as England, Portugal, Texas, South Korea and Okinawa, Japan.
Mike's voice is also familiar with local sports fans as he is the voice of RPI Men's and Women's basketball, UAlbany Women's Basketball and Volleyball. Most recently Mike served as the PA Announcer for the Arena Football League's Albany Empire, helping the team bring home the ArenaBowl Championship for the first time in 20 years; and he's the in-cage voice for Cage Wars Mixed Martial Arts as well as backstage work for many professional wrestling companies in the Upstate New York region.
Mike enters his 3rd season as voice of the Patroons and hopes to have the same success as the Green and Gold defend their championship this season.
Dr. Athanasios obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY. There, he supplemented his chiropractic education by doing research outside of the classroom on nervous system function, adaptability and our environment. Though his learning experience led to gaining a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, the single greatest part of attending school was when he met his wife Beth, who lived nearby. Dr. Thanasi holds certification in the Webster Technique, which is implemented in the care of pregnant patients. During Dr. Thanasi’s post-graduate work, he continues to expand his knowledge and resources by attending seminars that focus on the Nervous System, adaptability, Sensory Processing Disorders, and concussions. He currently serves as the District 6 President of the New York Chiropractic Council and as the 16u and 18u Director for the Schenectady Youth Hockey Association. He is a member of the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association), IFCO (International Federation of Chiropractors), and the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce.
A long-time Patroons supporter and enthusiast for over three decades, Chuck Miller is one of the Patroons' broadcasters. A graduate of the Street Academy of Albany, Chuck has worked for the Patroons in nearly every capacity - from team photographer to PA announcer to National Anthem singer. Chuck has also worked with several other Albany-based sports teams, including the New York Eagles and Albany Capitals soccer teams, the Albany Firebirds Arena Football team, and the Albany Metro Mallers independent football squad. When he's not at the Armory, Chuck is an accomplished and successful photographer, and blogs every day - about the Patroons and other subjects - on his online site, http://www.chuckthewriter.blog.
Originally from New Hartford, NY, Ashley relocated to the Capital Region in 2013. At that time, she attended Sage College, graduating with her bachelor's in physical education. She furthered her education at Indiana State University where she graduated with her masters in Sports Management. She pursued a career in sports with the Albany Empire of the Arena Football League as an account executive. She is excited to continue her career in sports and be part of the Patroons staff.