Our Staff

Our coaching staff consists of former high school, college and pro basketball players who know how to teach the game and communicate effectively with children and young adults.  Knowing the tremendous impact a coach and teacher can have on a child, Mo’ Motion founder and executive director Maureen Holohan fills her staff with outstanding role models and hard-working professionals. Our Director of Operations, Nettie Respondek, runs our coaching curriculum, programming and also serves as point for our IMPACT program.

Meet our team below or check out the following links to learn more about coaching, volunteering, and participating on the GBA and Impact Task Forces.

If you are interested in applying for a position, please see more details about applying with Mo’ Motion.

Our coaches must prove through training and observation that they are capable of teaching children and young adults. They also must understand that the best early indicator of long-term success and happiness in life is heart and effort. Most of all, coaches must be able to teach children and remind other coaches, parents, and adults of the life lessons that can be learned through sports.

Mo’ Motion coaches conduct training sessions that begin with a series of stretches and exercises recommended by the most qualified sports doctors and therapists to protect against common sports-related injuries. Drills are performed to improve basketball skills that evolve into various contests promoting camaraderie and teamwork. Sessions conclude with demanding physical workouts to elevate stamina, fitness, and self-confidence.

After several months of training and evaluation, players are placed on teams based on age and skill. The teams are entered in the Gotham Basketball Association to play against teams from different neighborhoods throughout New York City. The GBA emphasizes inclusiveness, community, preparation, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

Learn more about volunteering with Mo’ Motion.

Meet Our Team

Maureen "Mo" Holohan

Director and Founder, Mo' Motion, Inc.

Commissioner, Gotham Basketball Association. High-school All-American, New York State Class A Champion and State MVP; full-scholarship and All-Big Ten at Northwestern University; professional player in Israel; published writer, filmmaker, entrepreneur.

Nettie Respondek

Director of Operations

Director of Operations and IMPACT Coordinator, years of experience as a player and coach; 1994 Miss Texas Basketball and Texas Gatorade Player of the Year; played at Vanderbilt University where she was a 4-year starter and served as captain for two, helping lead Vanderbilt to four NCAA Appearances.

Arielle Robinson

Coach

Graduated from Temple University with B.S in Exercise and Sports Science. Personal Trainer/Exercise Instructor. Assistant Recreation Manager at the Falk Recreation Center on the campus of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Head of The Cubs, our first sponsored team for girls grades 3-5.

Andy Robinson

Full-scholarship basketball player and graduate of University at Buffalo. Scored 1,000+ points and ranks 15th in school career scoring leaders. Played professionally in Germany and Puerto Rico.

Kristen Rainbolt

Therapist and psychiatric social worker at Venture Program (NJ); former player and graduate assistant at Concordia College.

Denise Cudden

Assistant to the Athletic Director at Columbia University. Former Columbia University assistant women’s basketball coach. Former starting point guard at Colgate University (full scholarship).

Meghan Holohan

Full-scholarship and graduate of Rider University. Team captain and graduate student. Bloomberg Sales Manager – Key Accounts.

Elisa Haggarty

Full-scholarship basketball player and graduate from The College of St. Rose. Coached at high school and college level for six years. Full-time nutrition consultant, natural foods chef and owner of culinaryfarmacy.com.

Kevon Carter

Basketball player at Corning Community College. Bachelor’s in exercise science and master’s in sports administration from Canisius College. Former strength coach for the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Georgia Tech. Health Fitness Specialist for HealthFitness/Emblem Health

Juanita Whyms

Juanita played at St. Joe's and eventually finished her career at Hunter College, where she broke 4 records her Sr year. She pursued Basketball as a career and played Semi-Pro and eventually was given the opportunity to play overseas. She has coaching experience at the High School level.

Becky Sekamanya

Becky has a background in office management and accounting. She keeps the Mo' Motion office and emails rolling and works to streamline scheduling and billing. Becky is passionate about her family and missionary work in Uganda,, Africa.

Garry Munson

All Ivy League player and leading rebounder 2 seasons prior to graduating from Cornell University. Masters in Business Administration from University of Pennsylvania. Still playing in senior age designated hoop tourneys. Daughter now in college after participating in Mo Motion programs.

Zak Berkane

Zak is a former semi-professional basketball player in Algeria and also earned his BA in Sports Science and coached athletics at the high school level.

Rebecca Peters

Playing competitive basketball since a child, Becky's talent level and sound fundamentals helped her acquire a full basketball scholarship to Fordham University where she received MVP, set school records, and received top honors. She also brings experience coaching in clinics and basketball camps.

Corwin Austin

Corwin received his degree in Physical Education from Dowling College, where he also played DII Basketball and was selected co-captain his Jr and Sr years.

Abbey Schmitt

Graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Economics and Anthropology. Former starting forward for the Dartmouth varsity women’s basketball team, winning Ivy League Rookie of the Week 3 times her sophomore year. Currently a Private Bank analyst at J.P. Morgan.