Welcome to the Home of the Dragons!
At Speyer, it’s our belief that student-athletes grow mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally through their involvement in competitive sports. Our definition of success is not about winning games, but competing with passion and taking pride in our accomplishments while developing important life skills along the way. In addition, our aim is to develop in our student-athletes an improved self-image, the ability to learn a new skill, and an intrinsic motivation for growth and development on and off the field or court.
Speyer participates in the American International Private School League, with the following teams:
- 5/6 Mixed Soccer
- 7/8 Mixed Soccer
- Girls Volleyball
- Boys Basketball
- Girls Basketball
- 5/6 Mixed Track and Field
- 7/8 Mixed Track and Field
Meet our Coaches Here!
RAHMEL HUFFMAN: TRACK COACH, ATHLETIC COORDINATOR
Coach Huffman has been coaching Track and Field athletes for over a decade. Serving in coaching capacities within a number of organizations and institutions, he holds USATF certifications and has coached youth and college athletes to notable success on the local, regional, and national level. Prior to coaching, he achieved a number of awards as both a high school and collegiate athlete. Coach Huffman teaches Physical Education at Speyer, and has facilitated many of the athletic based course offerings within Speyer’s Lower School afterschool Program B.L.U.E.
ADAM SMILOWITZ: BOYS BASKETBALL HEAD COACH, 5/6 MIXED SOCCER COACH
Coach Smilowitz holds a B.S. in Media Studies from CUNY Queens College and obtained a Post-Baccalaureate and M.S. in Physical Education. Coach Smilowitz enjoys working with students and teaching concepts that make up teamwork and sportsmanship. Coach Smilowitz holds a USSF Soccer “E” and “F” License and Coach Smilowitz has conducted youth basketball clinics for the Forest Hills Basketball League since 2009, and has coached several youth basketball teams ranging in age from 8–17. In addition to coaching the 5/6 Mixed Soccer and Boys’ Basketball teams, Coach Smilowitz teaches Physical Education at Speyer.
IDRISSA GANDEGA: GIRLS BASKETBALL HEAD COACH
Coach Gandega is a graduate of Queens College, where he earned his B.S. in physical education and played basketball. Previously, he played basketball at John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx under legendary coach Johnny Mathis. Coach Gandega works as a coach at the Coach Mathis summer basketball camp for boys and girls, held at John F. Kennedy High School. Coach 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. Coach 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.
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, where he played professionally at the American Soccer League with the New York United. Following his playing career, Coach Egidio 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. Coach Egidio 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; and 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, Coach Egidio won the ENY State 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 placed third at the USYSA National Championship. In 2014, both of Wilson's teams won the ENY State Cup; PSG 96 won Region One for the second time and went on to win the USYSA National Championship.
Coach Egidio has a USSF "A" coaching License, NSCAA Premier Diploma, State of Rio de Janeiro Soccer Coaching License, and a Brazilian National Soccer Coaching License.He currently coaches MSC Thunder U12, MSC U17 Cruzeiro, U18 MSC PSG 96, and is an assistant coach at ASA College. Coach Egidio is Founder/President of Brazilian Touch Soccer Tours, running elite soccer camps in Brazil since 1994, and is also the Founder/President of the Favela Project, a 501c3 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.
CARLO BARERRA-PRADO: 7/8 MIXED 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 3/4 Success Academy soccer team in Bedford-Stuyvesant. In 2016, he became the assistant coach of Speyer's 5/6 Mixed Soccer team, and in 2017, he began coaching the 7/8 Mixed Soccer team with Coach Egidio. Coach B holds a USSF Soccer “F” License. Coach B also teaches Lower School Science at Speyer.