The Granite State Games’ Team
The Granite State Games team has exceptional depth of experience in coaching, curriculum development, entrepreneurship, business development, marketing and special events. Our diversity allows us to think outside the box … our attention to detail allows us to fulfill our mission: promote personal development, education, physical fitness, teamwork, and sportsmanship to New Hampshire citizens of all ages and abilities.
We go the extra mile with one goal in mind – helping NH’s student athletes achieve their full potential both on the field and off.
Patrick Mulcahy, Chief Executive Director
Born in New York and former Empire State Games participant, Patrick was a full scholarship soccer player at the University of Rhode Island graduating in 4 years with a degree in Communications and English, then moved on to take his game to the professional ranks. As current President and CEO of In The Net Sports Academy and Futsal New York, Patrick brings the rare combination of experience to the Granite State Games on what it takes to be successful both on the field and off.
Patrick currently resides in Merrimack, NH.
Tom Labonville, President
Born in New Hampshire, Tom exemplifies a true entrepreneur as he currently owns and runs 2 successful businesses, both involving youth athletics. A former stand-out soccer player and graduate at Saint Anselm College, Tom brings an un-parallel amount of experience to the Granite State Games both on the field and off.
Tom currently resides in Windham, NH with his wife and 2 kids.
Amanda Maselli, Vice President
Amanda, born in MA, has a long history of working with kids both in the classroom and on the field. With an MBA from Boston’s Simmons School of Management, Amanda brings a great amount of experience and knowledge to the Games. Currently the Director of Finance and Marketing at New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center and the Executive Director of NHMGMA, a non-profit professional association of health care leaders in NH. Maselli also chairs the Eastern Section Leadership Team of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) based in Denver, CO. Amanda is excited to be part of the Granite State Games organization, and looks forward to bringing a world-class experience to New Hampshire’s student athletes.
Amy Dichard, Business
Amy is a former southern NH softball standout that is now currently heavily involved with the local youth sports community – in particular soccer, basketball and softball.
Amy resides in Merrimack, NH with her 3 daughters.
Michelle Demirjian, Treasurer & Volunteers
Born and raised in Illinois, Michelle has extensive business experience in the finance and property management fields. She is the co-owner of Innovision Realty Group, a Property Management Company in Manchester as well as the Chief Financial Advisor of New Hampshire Granite State Ambassadors. She has been active with the Auburn Baseball and Softball League as both a member of their Board of Directors and Director of Softball Development. Over the past eight years, she has coached several youth softball and basketball teams.
Michelle lives in Auburn, NH with her husband, Jerry and daughter, Allison.
Wendy Sage-Matsis, Assistant Treasurer, Fundraising and Marketing
A native of Illinois, Wendy has been involved in sports as a player and now as a parent, volunteer, coach and fan. As a marketing and fundraising director, she has over 13 years of experience in leading campaigns and events for both for-profit and non-profit businesses.
She currently resides in Milford, NH with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 step-daughters.
Kerry Finnigan, Secretary
Kerry is a graduate of UNH and is an avid sports fan. Coach Finnigan is the former assistant softball coach at St. Anselm College and current NHTI head softball coach. He has an extensive background working with youth and young adults in a variety of settings including his full time position working as a youth counselor at the Sununu Youth Services Center. With over 20 years of softball and basketball coaching experience at all grade levels, Kerry adds to the tradition of excellence that GSG stands for.
Rob Grabill, Soccer
Rob Grabill has been involved in soccer coaching in New Hampshire for 40 years. He began a four-year stint at The Derryfield School in 1975, and then moved up the street to New Hampshire College (now known as Southern NH University) as Head Coach of Soccer and Hockey for nine years. He built a program that earned the Penmen their first two NCAA tournament bids. Moving to the Upper Valley In 1989, he began a 13-year association with Dartmouth College as an assistant coach, also joining the Lightning Soccer Club as a staff coach. Most recently, Rob has been Head Coach of boys’ soccer at Hanover High School for the last 10 years, and in that time has won 6 NHIAA Championships and 8 NHIAA Sportsmanship Awards. Rob works as a minister for the UCC at Dartmouth College.
Rob resides in Hanover, NH with his beautiful wife Debra for 36 years and has two adult children.
Ricky Oliver, Boys Basketball
Coach Oliver was born in Chicago, IL lived in the Midwest growing up. After graduating from high school, Coach Oliver joined the USAF where he served over 20 years, retiring in 1998. Coach Oliver was a basketball official at both Boys and Girls High School all over the world for 16 season & officiated Women’s NCAA for 8 seasons, recently rejoining the ECAC as a basketball official starting the 2013-14 season. Coach Oliver spent several years coaching various levels of youth basketball. Coach Oliver is a graduate of Trinity College with a B.A. in Financial Management. Currently employed as a Department of Defense Chief Financial Officer in Bedford, MA. He was the assistant coach at Sacred Heart School in Lowell for the 2000 season and from 2001-2004 served as the JV Coach and assistant Varsity Coach at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, NH. While at Bishop Guertin Coach Oliver overall career record of 41-14 including winning the 2004 Class L JV Championship. From 2004-2016, Coach Oliver was the Head Varsity Coach at Nashua North High School in Nashua, NH where he coached 12 seasons. He has held the NEAAU Girls Basketball Director since 2002 and since 2009 Coach Oliver has been a member of the AAU National Executive Board and in 2012 was elected as the Zone “A” District Director overseeing operations of 11 AAU Districts. His AAU accolades include 2012 NH Notebook Coach of the Year for Division 1 and making the playoffs for 10th year straight, NEAAU NH Top Finishes: 2013 (1st), 2011 (2nd), 2010 (1st), 2009 (1st), 2008 (1st) for 11th Grade, 2010 Nike Tournament of Champions (Chicago) 4th place finish, 2009 Blue Chip Big Mac/Quaker City Challenge Champions, AAU Nationals 2008 16u Sweet 16 Finish, 2007 Penn State Champions & several Super Regional Championships. Coached over 150 players who have went on to play basketball at the collegiate level. In 2014 Coach Oliver was nominated by USA Today as America’s Best High School Girls Basketball Coach in NH. 2016 recipient of the Presidents Leadership Award for significant contribution to AAU Girls Basketball. Ricky is the current Salem HS Girls Varsity Coach.
Coach Oliver is married and has five children.
Ryne Varney, Golf
Ryne is the PGA Head Golf Professional at Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club. He began playing golf at the age of 13, leading to a career that has seen him compete on his championship high school team, serve as team captain for Syracuse University, and contend in tournaments conducted by the Professional Golfers Association. Ryne trains athletes of all ages and ability levels, including those who have found success at the NCAA level. After coaching the Lakes Region team in the 2016 Granite State Games, he is excited to be taking over the position of Director of Golf.
Ryne currently resides in Franklin, NH with his wife Kit.
Melissa Miner, Volleyball
Melissa has been coaching volleyball since 1999. She has coached a variety of age groups and ability levels: High School-JV (Hollis/Brookline 5yrs), High School-Varsity (Hillsboro/Deering 7yrs, Belmont 3yrs), USA Volleyball junior olympic girls club (15yrs)(ages: 14, 15, 16) Unified Volleyball (Pembroke Academy-3 years). She is also a Gold Medal Squared certified coach.
Melissa currently resides in Epsom, NH.
Mike Wright, Track and Field
Mike Wright has been coaching Cross Country and Track and Field in the Milford School District since the fall of 2004. In 2009 his Girls Indoor Track Team captured the school’s first Indoor Track Team State Championship and in 2011, the Boys Outdoor Track and Field Team won the Division 2 Championship; the school’s first. Mike is an avid runner himself, currently sponsored by the very popular Brooks Running Company, and runs many local road races and marathons including the Boston Marathon. His passion for running came from great coaching and experiences he received while attending UMass Lowell. While in college, Mike participated at the National level in both Cross Country and Track and Field.
Mike resides in Milford, NH with his family.
Melissa Grant, Field Hockey
Melissa Grant, a New Hampshire native, is a former assistant coach at Division 2 – Southern New Hampshire University. She is going into her 5th year as the Goalkeeping Director at Seacoast United Field Hockey Club for the U10-U19 age levels and is an assistant coach on the U19 Recruiting Showcase Teams for Seacoast United which has traveled to the National Field Hockey Festival, ESPN Wide World of Sports: Disney Field Hockey Showcase, and the Shooting Stars tournament in Virginia. In the spring, she also is a member of the coaching staff for the Regional Club Championship U14-U19 teams that Seacoast United competes. Melissa is no stranger to New Hampshire field hockey as she graduated first team all state from Winnacunnet High School in 2010. From here she was selected to the Twin State Field Hockey games representing the state of New Hampshire in net. Melissa participated in the 2010 field hockey season as a starter for Divison 3 – Manhattanville College. She appeared and started in 18 games for the Valiants and posted a 2.53 goals against average, a .773 save percentage and a 7-10-0 record with one shutout. She was named Freedom Conference Goalie of the Week and Manhattanville Athlete of the Week twice. From this, Melissa was Nationally ranked 37th in the country (Division III) for saves per game. Melissa has committed her educational career to furthering her athletic administration and advanced coaching skills. She graduated in December of 2014 from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology concentrating in Sport Studies. She currently works full time as an Athletic Recruiting Coordinator for Next College Student Athlete.
Melissa lives in Hampton, New Hampshire.
Erin Duffy, Girls and Boys Lacrosse
Erin grew up in Nashua NH, playing for the Nashua Blast and Nashua North High School. She then took her talents to DIII Elmira College in Elmira, NY where she was a two sport stand out at lacrosse and field hockey. In 2014, she was selected to play for the women’s lacrosse team for USA Athlete’s International in Berlin, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic. Erin also has extensive coaching experience where she worked for the English Lacrosse Association as a School Coaching Officer for the Queen’s School, Chester, in Cheshire, England. She’s currently the head coach at Manchester Central High School and coach the 2018/2019 team for Granite State Elite.
David Hedge, Softball
Coach Hedge is entering his sixth season as head coach of the Windham High School softball team, where he has led the team to four second-round appearances in the Division II NHIAA tournament. Prior to Windham, he was the head coach of the Manchester Memorial Varsity Softball team and led the team to its only Class L State final, and led the Crusaders to six consecutive NHIAA playoff appearances; including 2004 Final Four and 2006 State Finals. Coach Hedge was also named the 2006 Union Leader “Softball Coach of the Year”.
Coach Hedge founded the Junior Olympic Manchester Mystics in 2004 and renamed the program to the NH Mystics in 2010, which includes players from throughout Southern NH, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Sharmaine Sanders, Girls Basketball
Sharmaine Sanders was born in Maine, where she played college basketball for the University of Maine at Augusta and was named player of the week multiple times and was top of the list for rebounders and blockers in the Small Yankee Conference Division. Moving mid college career to NH, she finished up at the Southern New Hampshire University with her Masters in Marketing and certificate in Social Media. She currently coaches the JV girls’ basketball team in Belmont and this will be her second year with the GSG as basketball director.
Sharmaine resides in Tilton with her wife and two dogs.
Steve Holland, Baseball
Steve Holland is the Managing Director and Owner of The Summit Athletic Center in Marlborough, NH. The Summit Athletic Center opened in January 2015 and is home to the Granite State’s only Parisi Speed School. Steve grew up in Lansing, Michigan where he was a three-sport standout, leading his High School to its first Baseball State Championship ever and setting a single season record with 125 strikeouts as a pitcher, a record that still stands over 30 years later. Steve was also a four-year baseball letter winner and standout at Princeton University and played football during his Freshman year. He was on the University’s first Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League conference champion in 32 years and twice received the Edward J. Donovan Baseball Award given annually to the team’s top pitcher statistically in wins, earned run average, and strikeouts.
Steve is heavily involved in the Cal Ripken League and with the Junior Swamp Bats, their local program that competes in the New England Elite Baseball League. The highlight of his involvement with youth baseball was working with the pitchers and his son on their way to winning the 2014 Cal Ripken 11U NH State Championship.
Tom Raffio, CEO – Northeast Delta Dental
Jason Novak, CEO – Nashua Sports Academy