Meet Our Coaches
SUSAN TOTH: volleyball head cOAch
Susan has coached athletes in various sports for over fifteen years. She previously coached Middle School Boys' and Girls' Cross Country and Girls' Track and Field at Tenafly Middle School in New Jersey. During those years she led her teams to several championships including the Track and Field County Invitational meet held in Ridgewood, NJ and the Cross Country Championship meet held at Darlington State Park.
Susan presently teaches Physical Education and is also the Athletics Coordinator at Speyer.
Rahmel Huffman: Track Coach
Coach Huffman has been coaching Track and Field athletes for over a decade. He holds USATF certification and has coached youth and college athletes to notable success on the local, regional and national level. Coach Huffman has severed in several coaching capacities within a number of organizations and institutions. Prior to coaching, he achieved a number of awards as both a high school and collegiate athlete.
Coach Huffman teaches physical education and facilitates many of the athletic based course offerings within Program B.L.U.E.
Melissa Providence: Track Coach
Coach Providence has been tangentially coaching for five years. At present, she comes to us from the Admissions and Placement Office here at Speyer. She has coached Middle School and Varsity Track and Field and Basketball for the CSAA, and AAIS leagues of New York City. A former AAIS competitor, she coached Girls Varsity Basketball at Bronx Prep Charter School, and middle school Track and Field at The Nightingale-Bamford School.
WILSON EGIDIO: SOCCER HEAD COACH
Coach Egidio grew up in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He began his playing career with his hometown club, Vila Nova AC of Brazil's 1st Division, then moved on to play professionally at Santos FC, Pele's former club, moving to NY in 1980, wherehe played professionally at the American Soccer League with the New York United. Following his playing career, Wilson was Head Coach of York College, NY, leading the team to its first ever winning season. He then moved to City College of New York, leading CCNY to four Conference titles and earning six Coach of the Year Awards, and was inducted into the CCNY Hall of Fame in 1992. Wilson has served as an Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach and as head coach for six years winning the Liberty Cup, NY; Verona Cup in Italy; the Laval Cup (twice) in Montreal, Canada. At Horace Mann High School he led the boys’ varsity team to a NYSAIAA State Championship in 2004. In 2011, Wilson won the ENYState Cup U19 and in 2012 won it again with two MSC teams, Cruzeiro U14 and PSG 96 U15. PSG 96 were also Region One Champions and 3rd at the USYSA National Championship. In 2014 both of Wilson's team won the ENYState Cup and PSG 96 won Region One for the second time and went on to win the USYSA National Championship. Wilson has a USSF "A" coaching License, NSCAA Premier Diploma, State of Rio de Janeiro Soccer Coaching License, and a Brazilian National Soccer Coaching License.
Wilson currently coaches MSC Thunder U12, MSC U17 Cruzeiro, U18 MSC PSG 96 and is an assistant coach at ASA College.
Wilson is Founder/President of Brazilian Touch Soccer Tours, running elite soccer camps in Brazil since 1994. He is also the Founder/President of the Favela Project, a 501 c3 organization which works with and helps young soccer players in his native Brazil and around the world. He is co-owner of the Upper 90 Soccer Store in NYC.
IDRISSA GANDEGA: Girls Basketball Head Coach
Mr. Gandega attends Queens College where he plays basketball and is pursuing a career in teaching Physical Education. He played basketball at John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx under legendary coach Johnny Mathis and presently plays on the Queens College basketball team.
Mr. Gandega works as a coach at the Coach Mathis summer basketball camp for boys and girls, held at John F. Kennedy High School. Mr. Gandega also works for the Sports and School’s Foundation located at Flushing High School, Queens as an activity specialist and high school basketball coach. He is a certified official through the NFL Academy and the PSAL League. In addition, he is C.P.R. certified.
Mr. Gandega emphasizes fundamental skill development and team building during practices and games. His goal is to motivate and develop young players throughout the season building confidence and love of the game.
ADAM SMILOWITZ: Boys basketball head coach, 5/6 Soccer COAch
Adam holds a Bachelor's Degree in Media Studies from CUNY Queens College and obtained a Post-Baccalaureate and Master's Degree in Physical Education. Adam enjoys working with students and teaching concepts that make up teamwork and sportsmanship.
Coach Smilowitz has served as the Head Coach and Assistant Soccer Coach for the Forest Hills Youth Association U12 program over the past three seasons. Adam has conducted youth basketball clinics for the Forest Hills Basketball League since 2009. Since 2010, Adam has coached several youth basketball teams ranging in age from 8 – 17. In 2011, Adam coached a Forest Hills Travel Team that played during the summer months throughout Long Island. Adam presently teaches Physical Education and enjoys coaching the Speyer Boys' Basketball Team.
CARLOS BARERRA: 7/8 SOCCER COACH
Coach Barrera began playing soccer from a very early age in Mexico, where he grew up, and continues to play in several adult competitive leagues around Manhattan. Coach B started on the varsity team all four years of his high school career, two at St. Gregory's Academy in Scranton, PA and two at Archbishop Wood located in the outskirts of Philadelphia. He was selected into the All-District team his sophomore, junior, and senior year. His successful high school career earned him a spot on the Kenyon College Men's Soccer Team (which is currently ranked #4 in the country in Division III) where he became a consistent contributor for two years before, unfortunately, tearing his ACL. Coach B has such a strong passion for the game that he immediately began physical therapy and is now back to playing at his top level multiple nights a week.
Coach B began his coaching career in the fall of 2015 when he coached the 3rd/4th grade Success Academy soccer team in Bedford-Stuyvesant. In 2016, he became the assistant coach of Speyer's 5th/6th grade team. Coach B also taught soccer in the Program BLUE afterschool program and eagerly awaits his new coaching position with the 7th/8th grade Speyer soccer team.