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2021-22 State Tournament Reps - New England

New England State Reps attend official Qualifier tournaments to award Golden Ticket invites to the top two finishing teams at each grade level, and answer questions from coaches and families.  Please say "hello" when you see them!

Ethan Telford
Ethan grew up in Wallingford, CT and graduated from Xavier High School in Middletown. After high school, Ethan attended High Point University in North Carolina where he studied and graduated with a bachelor’s in Strategic Communication. Ethan has been able to see the game of basketball from every angle, whether it is from the court as a point guard, from the sideline as the coach of a high school summer league team, from the baseline as an intramural referee, and even from the stands as a spectator. Aside from being a State Rep for State Basketball Championship, Ethan enjoys attending live events such as concerts and games as well as spending quality time with friends and family on the golf course and pick up basketball court.

Tom Sienkiewicz
Tom is currently the Regional Director of One on One Basketball and The Head Boys Basketball Coach at the Providence Country Day School.  In Tom's playing days he started for Villanova University in three NCAA post-season tournaments and played one year in France after being drafted by the Seattle Supersonics.  Following his playing career, Tom embarked on his coaching career, which spans over 30 years and continues to this day! Tom has experience coaching at the high school varsity level and college level, divisions I and III and spent 8 years from 2007-2015 as the Director of Athletics at PCD. 

Jason Gove
Jason is ready to be a State Rep and help launch the inaugural New England Basketball Championship. He played college soccer at Nichols College (Dudley, MA), where he earned his degree in Sports Management. After graduation, Jason worked for 10+years as the Director of Operations in Major League Soccer with the New England Revolution. Jason also completed his master's degree in Athletic Administration from Southern New Hampshire University in 2019. He currently lives outside of Providence, in Attleboro, MA and is a High School and Middle School Athletic Director. 

Barbara Papa-Zinko
Barbara was born in Salem, Massachusetts and graduated from Seymour High School in Connecticut. She attended Mitchell College for one year where she played basketball and softball.  Barbara and her basketball team went to the NJCAA Tournament and had an undefeated season until they lost in the tournament that year. She then transferred to Post University in Waterbury Connecticut, where she spent three years playing softball and one more year of basketball due to a knee injury.  
Barbara enjoys her time umpiring sports, such as baseball and softball and refereeing basketball and volleyball.  She was the Rookie of the Year for her baseball association and was picked to umpire an all star high school game held at Tropicana Field in Florida. 
She spends most of her time with family, camping, fishing, and enjoying life with her wife and two dogs. Barbara also volunteers for the American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Service Team and Blood Service Team, The Palace Theater, ComicCon Conventions and whatever volunteer opportunities that she can fit into her schedule. 

Michael Siegel
Michael was born and raised in New York City where he developed a passion for basketball at an early age. He competed at the high school level before turning his attention to early adolescent development as a student at Marymount Manhattan College. Michael relocated to the Boston area in July 2020 to pursue a career in elementary education. He is currently the director of an afterschool program in East Boston's public school system. He is also a youth basketball coach for the YMCA's Junior Celtics program. Some of his other interests include film, social activism, and dogs. Michael looks forward to the opportunity to work closely with the players and coaches who qualify for the New England State Basketball Championship.

Tyler Harris 
Tyler graduated from Sandpoint High School in 2015 in Sandpoint, ID and was league MVP and an all-state selection at linebacker his senior year. Tyler continued his football career for a year at Lewis-Clark State College and for another year at Idaho State University. After moving on from football, Tyler transferred to the University of Idaho where he officiated elementary through varsity level football and basketball. In the spring of 2021 Tyler graduated from the University of Idaho. He plans to get his teachers certification so he can teach and coach in public schools. In his spare time, Tyler loves to ski, watch sports (Go Packers), and spending time outdoors. 

State tournament generously supported by

A Division of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau