David Tedeschi started coaching basketball during his senior year of high school, when he volunteered to coach a U-14 recreation team at Cranston League for Cranston’s Future (CLCF.) That year, coaching sparked an interest and passion that has continued over twenty five years later! Over those years, he has coached basketball at every level from U-10 recreation to varsity. Throughout college, he coached numerous recreation and travel teams at CLCF and began his coaching career at the interscholastic level coaching middle school, freshman, and junior varsity teams in Cranston as well as serving as an assistant to the head coach for varsity at Cranston West. In those jobs, he was responsible for practice and game planning, scouting, and player development.
While coaching in Cranston, David graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in Health and Physical Education and began his career teaching in Providence. He was immediately hired at Feinstein High School and during his first two years at school, while coaching in Cranston, started a basketball program at Feinstein which led to them joining the Rhode Island Interscholastic League for the 1997 season. During those first two years, he served as the junior varsity coach and helped the team improve from 3-17 their first year in the league to 17-3 the following year.
David took a year off from coaching boys to start a girls’ program at Feinstein HS and during that year, he also earned his Masters Degree from Providence College in Counseling. He was named the varsity coach at Feinstein High School for the 2001 season. Despite starting 1-24 his first year as a varsity coach, he was able to build a program that made the playoffs his final seven years, including winning the Division III state championship in 2006 and the Division II championship in 2007. During his eight years as a varsity coach, he was named Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Coach of the Year two times and his teams were nominated for the Sportsmanship Award four times. After the 2008 season, David stepped down as a varsity coach to begin coaching his two sons, now in the eleventh grade at Smithfield High School and a freshman at Florida State University. He has coached them in recreation, travel, CYO and AAU over the years.
Throughout his coaching career, David’s philosophy has remained constant. Provide a positive experience to players while teaching them the game of basketball in a fun, yet challenging environment. David states that “Basketball emulates life and I truly believe the lessons coaches teach their players in practice and games can be utilized in school and in life. As a coach for the past twenty five years, that was my focus and as the director of the Rhode Island Magic, it is the same.”