NJ Belles Coaching Team

New Jersey Belles Coaching Team

U17 High School Team

Joseph Fagan – 2020 High School Coach

Cindy Fagan – 2020 High School Coach

U16 High School Team

John Truhan –Coach 2021 High School 

John is an outstanding basketball mind and has tremendous desire to win.  He is an advocate of the Princeton style of play. His discipline and demanding of the players and staff thru motivational coaching works effectively under pressure which transpires to his successes on the court with all of his teams.

20009-2016:  Head Coach Central Regional Girls varsity High school Basketball Team

2004-2009: Head Coach Colts Neck Girls Varsity High School Basketball Team
1993-2003:  Head Coach Toms River High School South Girls Varsity Basketball Team
Conference Champions:  2001, 2002-undefeated, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009-undefeated, 2011, 2012, 2014
Group IV Champions; 2009
Central Jersey Group IV: 2009, South Jersey III 2001
Ocean County Coach of the Year: 2001
Shore Conference Coach of the Year: 2001, 2008
Star Ledger NJ Coach of the year: 2009
Shore Conference Sportsmanship award: 2012, 2014

9th Grade HS 2022 Team

Ellen Masonius  –  Director New Jersey Belles Program: Coach 2022 High School

Mike Rice – Coach 2022 High School Team & Skill Development

Coach Rice has 22 years of Division 1 coaching experience. He has coached at Rutgers, Robert Morris, Pittsburgh, St. Joes, Niagara, Chicago State, and Fordham and has been apart of producing over 30 NBA players. He is currently the Head Coach for the nationally recognized AAU program, Team Rio. 

Coach Mike Rice recently added 2 years Head Coach at the Patrick School where he won back to back Union Catholic Championship and The New Jersey State Tournament of the Champions, also known as the TOC.

Coach Rice coached from 2016 thru 2018 New Jersey Belles teams along with Ellen Masonius and has trained New Jersey Belles players for the last 3 years.  His part in the New Jersey Belles alumni is evident in the scholarships awarded to the first 3 graduating classes for the New Jersey Belles Program.

Coach Rice played collegiately at Fordham University and was a three year captain.  

Coach Rice is married to Kerry for 28 years. His son Michael, a Team Rio Alumni, attends Franklin and Marshall College and is a sophomore member of the Men’s Basketball Team. His daughter Katie, a New Jersey Belle Alumni, attending Lehigh University and a freshman member of the Women’s Basketball Team.

8th Grade 2023 Team

Ellen Masonius  –  Director New Jersey Belles Program: Coach 2023 Team

Colleen Prior – Coach 2023 Team

Colleen is a current coach a Mid Monmouth where has been coaching since 2013. Colleen is a Spring Lake Mid Monmouth trustee (2016-present) and has thought mathematics at RBC (Red Bank Catholic HS) and RFH (Rumson Fair Haven HS) from 1997 to 2003. During that time she took on the following coaching positions:

  • 1997-1999 RBC Assistant Girls Basketball Coach
  • 1997-1999 RBC JV Softball Coach
  • 1999-2003 RFH Freshman Girls Basketball Coach & Assistant Varsity Coach
  • 1999-2002 RFH Varsity Softball Coach

Colleen played at basketball RBC and graduated 1993

7th grade 2024 Team

Lisa Kukoda – Coach 2024 Team

Lisa is a teacher in the Manasquan School District and has been the Manasquan Girls Basketball Coach since 2012.  In her tenure as Head Coach, Manasquan has won five State Championships (’14, ’15, ’16, ’17, ’18), three Shore Conference Tournament Championships (’14, ’15, ’18), and has been crowned #1 in New Jersey by winning the Tournament of Champions in both 2015 and 2018.  This past season, Coach Kukoda was named the Asbury Park Press High School Sports Coach of the Year, as well as the Shore Conference Girls Basketball Coach of the by the Asbury Park Press, Shore Conference Coaches Association, and Shore Sports Network.
Prior to her time at Manasquan, Coach Kukoda served as an Assistant Varsity and JV Coach at Red Bank Catholic (2008-2012), and played basketball for both the Red Bank Catholic Caseys and Manhattan College Jaspers.

6th Grade-2025 Team

Bill Shaughnessy – Coach 2025 

  • Played football, basketball and baseball at Clifton High School in Clifton NJ
  • Football at Boston College 
  • 1998-2002-Head Coach Girls Basketball at Colts Neck High School  
  • New Jersey Belles Coach, Travel Basketball Coach

Mark Donnelly – Coach 2025 

Mark Donnelly has served as Head Coach and Assistant Coach for our 2022, 2025, and 2026 New Jersey Belles Teams and has been coaching travel and AAU youth basketball for almost 10 years. Mark played high school basketball at Red Bank Regional and college basketball at Davidson College

5th Grade – 2026 Teams

Jenny Greene – Coach 2026 Team White

Jenny is a middle school teacher in the Carteret School District. She is currently the Head Coach at Carteret Middle School and the Assistant Coach at Carteret High School. Jenny has been coaching travel basketball for 8 years, and she has been a Belles coach since 2015. She believes in putting a major emphasis on fundamental skills, teamwork, and fun! 

Mike Iasparro– Coach 2026 Team- Blue

Mark Donnelly – Coach 2026 Team-Maroon

Trainers/Skill Development

Bob Greene – New Jersey Belles Director of Skill Development

From 1992-1999, Coach Bob served as the Head Coach at St. Peter’s New Brunswick Boys Varsity Basketball team.  While there, his team won over 160 games in 8 years, and in 1995, they won the Parochial B South State Championship. During his time coaching boys, he had 16 Division 1 and 2 players. In addition to helping his players continue their basketball careers, one of his players was a 1st round NBA draft pick.
Since his time at St. Peter’s, Coach Bob has been training girls. He has been working with the program since 2012. During this time, he has helped develop 25 Division 1 scholarship players, all of whom had the desire to be great and the willingness to be coached!

Mike Rice – Skill Development