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We offer a wide range of elite level athletics and extra-curricular programs.

We offer a range of training packages in a range of subject areas and can offer blended learning opportunities to best meet your needs. If sitting in a room with a trainer and having the opportunity for discussion with other learners sounds good to you then we can offer this.


Julia Smith

Director of Basketball Operations

Julia Smith is a former pro athlete in the sports of Basketball and track and field.  She understands the importance of being healthy to face today’s world of work and everyday life happenings. Julia has worked in the NYC area, for over 15 years.  She has promoted and conducted activities of healthy lifestyles, in city schools of high poverty neighborhoods, as well as affluent neighborhoods.   

Julia’s over 15 years of coaching experience includes Division 1 (Syracuse and   St. Johns) basketball camps, Elizabeth Irwin High School varsity team, Packer Collegiate High School, NY Knicks and NY Liberty basketball camps and clinics and served and has had oversight.  Currently, she is a Head Clinician Brooklyn Nets and NY Liberty facilitating basketball clinics and camps.  Julia also is a program Director of a youth and sports development, basketball program and Learning Lab program.  These Programs serve youth and families across the spectrum, in Harlem. Julia has over 15 years of oversight and management for sports and youth development programs and scholastic as well.


Phone: (347) 515-0363


Jean Martinez

Director of Athletics

Bachelors of Psychology 

Masters of Sports Management

Jean started working with New York City youth eight years ago. He began his career as a group leader at the All The Way Program located inside P.S. 48 in Manhattan. Jean’s passion for working with youth in sports allowed him the opportunity to coach basketball at Riverdale Country School. For two consecutive summers, Jean was a Sports Coach at ESF Summer camps through Manhattan Athletics. In 2014, Jean was a program director for Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation at MS 462 in the Bronx. His latest experience was at the Madison Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx where he used his passion for sports and youth development to create one of the most prestigious sports and fitness programs for youth in NYC as Athletic Director


Phone:(347) 471-5395


Coach Riana Ward

Head High School Girls Basketball Coach

Riana Ward is a former professional athlete with over 10 years of playing experience. She played Division II basketball at Mercy College, earning her Bachelor’s Degree of Health Science and a minor in Exercise Science. She briefly played professional basketball in Mexico and Puerto Rico before playing semi-professional in the WABA. She started her coaching career at the elementary and middle school level at programs like Sports and Arts School Foundation and Asphalt Green. Her latest experience was at Success Academy Charter School where she coached girls and boys basketball. Her coaching philosophy is built around developing the fundamentals, while bringing out the highest possible individual effort of each player she coaches. Riana focuses on embracing the process of growth of each player as an athlete and a student. Riana will be making her Head Coaching debut here at Daniels Preparatory School. 


Phone: (347) 262-0311



Coach Kenyatta Mitchell

Head Post Grad Boys Basketball Coach


Phone: (929) 225-6750


Coach Joseph Rivera

Head Hybrid Girls Basketball Coach


Phone: (617) 487-2443

Coach Joel Canela

Head Hybrid Boys Basketball Coach

My name is Joel Canela. During my high school tenure 2010-2013 I was team captain of the Bayard Rustin Titans and led my team to the playoffs in my senior campaign. I then went to Kutcher’s Sports Academy where I earned the coach’s award in Boston where Wilt Chamberlain used to play. Shortly after I went on to college and became a Syracuse University women’s basketball manager from 2015-2017. We made a run to the NCAA championship game vs UCONN in 2016.


Phone: (646) 708-0915


Coach Juan Martinez

Head of Strength & Conditioning

But starting out, that kid was me. I had this deep yearning to become strong, to accomplish, and to explore what the body can do. I started  with Bodyweight  Training and learned very early how to capitalize on using my surroundings to my advantage. The body is so magnificent in the infinite amount of ways in which it can move. Realizing how much we’ve forgotten as sedentary human beings in this current society, it became clear that in order to recover our bodies, training and health had to be attacked from a holistic standpoint.
To do that, I needed to devise a practice of all the good, organic movement that we have lost, and combine it with a system to strengthen the body’s functions as a whole living being. Accepting that challenge, I immediately dedicated myself to the studies of breathing, food combining,  stress, posture, and movement.

From delving into eastern holistic medicine to professional athletic strength and conditioning to the dynamic action of -level gymnastics, I took multiple approaches  to learn how to craft a better human being— and I haven’t stopped. That’s why I established the Semet Fitness approach of Natural Evolutionary Training. We are perpetually working on becoming our highest selves. Since then, my passion as has me to work with incredible individuals.


Coach Jamel Harris

Head of Player Development

Harris joins Daniels Preparatory School Athletics while he currently works with High School, College and Professional Basketball Players within his organization Durtttywork covering skill training, player development/ mentorship, as well Yoga and Mental Health being the focus that drives the brand. Coach Harris has spent time with Nike and Grand Street Settlement with community ambassador work, also facilitating basketball games, tournaments and workout sessions for the after school and summer programs in the Lower East Side. Mel’s coaching experience dates back to the 2016-17 season at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) in the CUNYAC conference of The NJCAA. At BMCC, he was an assistant Coach to a team who reached the CUNYAC tournament and lost in the championship round.

As a player, Harris has played professionally in the ABA here in the US, as a Collegiate player at BMCC, where he was an integral part of the 2014-15 team that went 28-3 and finished ranked 3rd in the nation and winning a CUNYAC Championship. Mel was a leader and named captain in 2015-16, he was ranked #1 in NJCAA in 3 point FG% at 55% and a major part of a team that won 43 games in 2 seasons, 2 conference championship games and one CUNYAC championship. After graduating, Harris continued his collegiate career at York College (NY) of the CUNYAC conference (NCAA D3). Jamel played High School basketball at Adlai E. Stevenson Campus in the Bronx. Graduating in the Class of 2009, Harris led the PSAL Bronx A Division in assists his senior year.


Phone: (929) 471-3400