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At Roxbury Community College, athletic success is achieved without compromising academic standards. The academic and personal development of every student-athlete is the primary concern of RCC and the Department of Athletics. Educational experiences in the classroom are complimented by those in athletics which promote discipline, teamwork, leadership and good sportsmanship. Ultimately, all athletic programs are seen as a means of developing the whole person: intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, socially and physically. 

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athletes at student awards dinner 2022
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Roxbury Community College Athletic Tradition 

  • 2016 NJCAA Div. III Women's Basketball National Champions 
  • 2000 NJCAA Div. III Men's Basketball National Champions 
  • 27 All-Americans 
  • 21 Time State Champions 
  • 15 Time Regional Champions 

Our student-athletes have gone on to play sports at colleges and universities such as Providence College, Franklin Pierce, UMass Boston, UMass Lowell, Curry College, Salem State University, Northeastern University, Columbia University, Rhode Island College, Boston College, Southern Connecticut University, and Bentley University. RCC is also recognized as the first Junior College inducted into the N.E. Basketball Hall of Fame in the year 2003. 

For more information on RCC Athletics, including full rosters for each team, visit the Athletics section of the website.  

Meet RCC's Coaching Staff

“I am truly humbled and honored to be the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Roxbury Community” said Hayle.  “This is a life changing opportunity for me... it’s a dream come true to be a head coach on the college level at an institution that’s a staple in the community.”

Albert Hayle has over 9 years of college coaching experience (Assistant Coach at Emmanuel College, Umass Boston, and Newbury College) and high school coaching experience (Head Boys Basketball Coach at Dracut Senior High School).  Albert is also a renowned basketball skill development expert throughout the greater Boston area and established a basketball skill development program called Rise Athletics, LLC.  He also has a passion for working with youth in Boston and has over 10 years of experience working within the non-profit sector with a focus on educational advancement, community outreach, youth development, and leadership.  Albert recently established his own nonprofit iriseaboveit, inc. with the goal of providing educational services to young people by uplifting them with resources and tools that will help them develop necessary life skills and knowledge to make healthier life decisions.

Albert Hayle had an outstanding playing career at Emmanuel College where he was a 1,000 point scorer, 4 year captain, and 4 year MVP.  In 2014, Coach Hayle was the first male athlete to be inducted into the Emmanuel College Athletics Hall of Fame.

“I’m extremely excited to have Albert Hayle as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Roxbury Community College” said Townsell.  “Albert will be a great role model and leader for our student-athletes.  He was a stellar athlete at Emmanuel College which is why he was inducted into their Hall of Fame.  He also has an outstanding coaching background.  Most importantly, his passion to connect and work with youth in the local Boston area speaks volumes about his character.” 

Albert earned his Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from Emmanuel College and his Master’s Degree (MSW) in Social Work at Wheelock College.

Andre Barbosa is going into his 2nd full season as Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach. Andre joins the RCC (Roxbury Community College) men’s basketball team coaching staff after 10 years of creating, organizing, and running his King of The Court Basketball Tournament Fundraiser... The tournament provides scholarships for books and resources for underserved and high need students. Andre is a strong advocate and voice throughout the city of Boston for the underserved and high-risk population. Andre played his college ball at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. Andre was also a member of the Men’s Cape Verdean Selection Basketball Team.

Following his graduation from Emmanuel College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, Andre then went on to Earn his Master of Science in Management Degree from Emmanuel College’s graduate program. After completing his Master degree, Andre was hired as Senior Assistant Director of Student Financial Services, he served in that role from 2015-2019.

Currently Andre serves as the Assistant Director of Student Financial Services for MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Andre lives in the Boston area with his wife and two beautiful children.

“Justin Carey joins the Roxbury staff after most recently serving as an Assistant Coach for Eastern Nazarene College out of Quincy, MA and as a Graduate Assistant Coach for two years at New England College prior to that. Carey played for American International College as a Freshman, transferred to Dean College for Sophomore year while gaining his Associates Degree. Moved on to the University of Bridgeport (CT) in 2016 where he appeared in 50 games for the Purple Knights as the starting Shortstop and was a member of the first and only NCAA Dll Regional team in school history. In 2018, Carey transferred to New England College where he was a North Atlantic Conference First Team All-Conference performer after batting .361 with six home runs, 22 RBI and 17 stolen bases. 

Following graduation from New England College with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, Carey was invited down to Minor League Camp in St. Petersburg, FL. He then returned to New England College as a Graduate Assistant coach for the Pilgrims from 2019-2021 receiving his MBA in Sports Management. Carey enjoyed a successful professional season after receiving his MBA with the Bakersfield Train Robbers out of California as the teams starting Shortstop by batting .345 with 2 home runs, 28 RBI and 15 stolen bases primarily out of the lead off spot.”

Head Coach Saleena Rashed is a Northeastern University graduate who has been coaching at Roxbury Community Collrge since 2018 and the Metro Cobras since 2010. Rashed started her collegiate coaching career at Umass Boston as an assistant track and field coach for both men and women in 2013-2017 where she helped the program capture LEC titles.

A native of New York City, and an outstanding high school and collegiate career which culminated in being name New York Daily News athlete of the year, CHSAA track and field athlete of the year and Northeastern University all-time record list. Rashed still holds the NYS 8th grade and freshman record in the 55m hurdles and meet record for the nation’s biggest track meet “The Bishop Loughlin Games. She was inducted into the Bishop Loughlin High School Hall of fame in 2019. She also was the New England Championship for two consecutive years while attending Northeastern University for the 60 m hurdles and 100m hurdles. While at Northeastern, Rashed was selected by the NCAA to attend the Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis and Rashed was also named 2021 Dream Big Coach of the year for the state of Massachusetts.

Rashed also serves as the President and CEO for the Metro Cobras Youth Enrichment Track and Field Club. Coach Rashed holds her USATF level 1&2 certification. She holds the USTCCA Track and Field Certification an USTCCA Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification. Rashed believes her background, life experiences, and commitments drive her work as a servant leader and enable her to forge meaningful collaborative relationships.

Braima Samati entering his 3rd season as the head men’s soccer Coach at Roxbury Community College. He has rebuilt the Roxbury Community College men’s soccer team into a contender within the NJCAA Region 21 conference. In his first season (2019), Roxbury Community College finished the season with the record of 15-2-1. For the first time in the Men’s Soccer program RCC was nationally ranked.  

Coach Samati started his college coaching career at Bridgewater State University where he also played between 2011-2013. After his last season at BSU, he became a volunteer assistant coach with the men’s soccer. In 2016, he took an assistant men’s soccer coaching job at Bunker Hill Community College where he helped winning the NJCAA Region 21 title and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament in 2017. The next season he was offered the head men’s soccer coaching position at Commonwealth High School where he won back-to-back title and became coach of the year both seasons in MBIL league. In 2018, he took his first college head coaching job at Massbay Community College Men’s Soccer where the team was ranked #9 in the Nation on his first season. He finished the regular season with the record of 16-0-0 and won the regular season title for the first time in college history. Unfortunately, he ended the season with the only lost in the Championship game fighting for the NJCAA National Tournament against the topflight BHCC.  

Coach Braima holds a B.S. in Business Management, and a Spanish Minor with a concentration in Leadership. He also holds U.S. Soccer National C Coaching License. This extensive educational background creates a unique perspective on his coaching philosophy and style. 

Head Men’s Soccer Coach Roxbury Community College 2019-Current
Head Men’s Soccer Coach MassBay Community College 2018-2019
Head Men’s Soccer Coach Commonwealth High School 2016-2018
Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach Bunker Hill Communitiy College 2016-2018
Volunteer Men’s Soccer Coach Bridgewater State University 2014-2016 


Marcy Tillman is in her first season as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Roxbury Community College. She has a successful background in playing, player development and coaching.

During her playing career at Emmanuel College, she captained the women's basketball team for 3 years, she led her team to 3 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships, 2 NCAA appearances and 1 NCAA Final Four Appearance. She was awarded 1st Team All-GNAC for 2 years, named the 2001 GNAC Player of the Year and 2001 Boston Sports Award Female Athlete of the Year. During her Career she also scored over 1000 points. 

She served as an assistant coach from 2009-11 at Bunker Hill Community College focusing on player development and pre-season conditioning. She coached the Northeast Finest’s AAU program from 2012-2015, leading her 2013, 7th grade boys to the National Tournament Semifinals and has won multiple ZeroGravity Championships in the Northeast with 7th, 8th and 9th grade boy's teams. 

Currently Marcy is a NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist. 

Marcy is very excited and very passionate about this basketball program. She looks forward to helping the student-athletes build strong foundations in the classroom, on the court and in life.

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