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About Us

Who We Are

The New York Gauchos Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball program offers youth in New York City the highest quality athletic programming, academic support and enrichment, and opportunities for lifelong success. Our goals are to produce athletes who can play basketball at the highest competitive levels, and to cultivate strong students and well-rounded citizens. The principle of teamwork is the foundation of all we do and shapes our comprehensive approach to inspiring self-confidence, athletic excellence, academic achievement, and leadership in the youth we serve.

Since 1967, the internationally-recognized New York Gauchos have operated under the stewardship of Teamwork Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. Our elite AAU program, one of the longest-running and most successful after-school basketball programs in the country, has four competitive divisions for boys and girls. Each year we provide approximately 300 student athletes with an elite travel team experience, academic enrichment, and educational opportunities. Our home, the Gauchos Gym, is also available for rental and serves as a magnet for numerous community activities.

1984 Las Vegas-McCollin etcA Legacy of Excellence

Over the years, the New York Gauchos teams have won numerous local, national, and regional championships.

Since 1967, hundreds of New York Gauchos alumni have been accepted to elite colleges and played on championship basketball teams, including the 20 NCAA Division 1 student athletes we have produced in the last 6 years alone. Our 25 alumni who have played in the NBA include John Salley, Mark Jackson, Jamal Mashburn, Ed Pinckney, Julius Hodge, Chris Mullin, Pearl Washington, Stephon Marbury, Russ Smith, Jr, Rod Strickland, Felipe Lopez, Kenny Anderson, Taj Gibson, Lloyd Daniel, Orlando Antigua, Billy Goodwyn, and Kemba Walker; standout WNBA Gauchos alumni include Matee Ajavon, Shannon Bobbitt, Pietra Gay, and Keisha Hampton.

Our Staff

Teamwork Foundation/New York Gauchos Board of Directors

  • Lou d’Almeida, Chairman
  • Charles Chiara, President
  • John Beaty, Secretary and Treasurer
  • Peggy Jacobs Bader
  • Adam Bronfman

Our Staff

  • Maurice Hicks, Director of Basketball
  • Warren Holcombe, Associate Director of Basketball
  • Earl Elliot, Director – Lady Gauchos
  • Vernon Gary, Program Coordinator/Administration
  • Jona Bailey, Office Manager
  • Tommy Swinton, Facility Manager
  • Brian Gary, Facility Maintenance

Our Coaching Staff

NAME POSITION Age Grade
Tommy Swinton Head Coach 8U 2
Derrick Watson Asst. Coach 8U 2
Mike Williams Head Coach 9U 3
Dwayne Mitchell Head Coach 10U 4
Dante Croft Head Coach 11U 5
CJ Steed Asst. Coach 11U 5
Tommy Swinton Head Coach 12U 6
Tirell Hill Asst. Coach 12U 6
KC Williams Asst. Coach 12U 6
AL Gowan Head Coach 13U 7
Oscar Chimilio Asst. Coach 13U 7
Dwayne Mitchell Head Coach 14U 8
Antonio Sellars Asst. Coach 14U 8
Tommy Swinton Head Coach 15U 9
Edmond Turkson Head Coach 16U 10
Robert Ntiamoah Asst. Coach 16U 10
Derrick Henry Head Coach 17U 11
Les Hardy Asst. Coach 17U 11
Earl Elliotte Head Coach Lady Choz  8-11



Gauchos Gym

478 Gerard Ave, Bronx, NY 10451

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