About Us

What Is
Hoop Roots?

Hoop Roots is a vital 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides meaningful outreach services to the youth population of Syracuse, New York and beyond. Our organization’s projects, implemented by a well-trained staff, offer many mentally and physically challenging opportunities and activities for today’s young adults through athletic training and character development. Supporting the development of mind, body, and soul, Hoop Roots provides as many individuals as possible with a thorough foundation for future success.

Meet The Team

Rahsaah Roland

Founder & Coach

Rahsaah Roland

Founder & Coach

High School – 1992 Graduate of University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. 3 Year Varsity Basketball player. 1992 Catholic League Champs. 1996 Catholic League Hall of Fame Inductee.

College – Mercyhurst University. 4 year Starter. GLIAC First team all defense and offensive teams 1996.

Coaching Experience – Mercyhurst Men’s Basketball Asst. Coach 1997-99. Wayne State Men’s Baskteball Asst. Coach 1999-2000. I have been coaching AAU basketball in the Syracuse Area since 2009.

Matt Burnett

Secretary & Coach

Matt Burnett

Secretary & Coach

1990 graduate of Jefferson Area High School in Jefferson, Ohio.

1994 graduate from Mercyhurst University with a BS in Athletic Training, followed by a Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine from Georgia State University in 1996. After college, worked for The Atlanta Center for Athletes working with local high schools and various clinics in Atlanta area. Then became Head Athletic Trainer at Mercyhurst University and Endicott College working integrally with both men’s and women’s basketball programs at both schools.

Since 2003 been employed as a Physician Assistant with Upstate Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the Upstate Bone and Joint Center. He has been working/coaching with Marcellus Youth Basketball for the last seven years.

Jeff Moesch

Coach

Jeff Moesch

Coach

High School -1994 Graduate of Tioga Central High School College

Graduated Cum Laude from SUNY Cortland with a B.S. Athletic Training -4 year College Basketball player – 1st Yr Shenandoah University (Winchester, VA) – 3 years at SUNY Cortland (1st team all conference Junior/Senior seasons, Senior Captain)

Coaching Experience Cazenovia High School -Varsity Assistant (9 years) -JV Head Coach (3 years) -8th Grade Head Coach (2 year) -Youth Coach (3 Years)