Coaching Staff


Varsity Team

Paul Yattaw, Head Coach
Coach Yattaw is in his 16 th season as a coach at Shenendehowa. He has coached at the Freshman, 
Junior Varsity, and Varsity levels. This year marks his third year as the Head Coach of the Varsity
Team. He teaches 4 th -grade at Tesago Elementary School.
At Waterford-Halfmoon High School, he was the first basketball player to score 1,000 points and
was elected into the school’s athletic hall of fame. Going into his senior season, he was selected
to play in a New York State all-star game.
He went on to play basketball at Hudson Valley Community College where he was awarded the Otto
Guenther Award for Excellence in Academics and Athletics.
After Hudson Valley, Coach Yattaw attended Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute where he also
played basketball. He was elected into the school’s Olympia Society for Athletics.

Don Joss, Assistant Coach
Coach Joss has more than 40 years of coaching experience. He is renowned for being one of the
brightest defensive coaching minds in the area. He took several teams to sectional finals
and produced a number of college basketball players. Coach Joss was also an excellent player
himself having played college basketball at the University of Albany. Coach Joss’s vast
experience as a player and coach has contributed tremendously to the development of the
Shenendehowa program. He lends his knowledge to all levels of our program: Modified,
Freshman, JV, Varsity. His in-depth scouting reports and discussions regarding strategy
ensure that we are always well prepared for every opponent.

Brandon Miller, Assistant Coach
Coach Miller debuted as Shenendehowa’s first Modified Team Head Coach before being tapped
to be an Assistant Coach for the Varsity team. He played for Shenendehowa’s Varsity Basketball
Team for three seasons (2010-2012), twice leading as Captain. His understanding of the game
and deep ties to the program drive his enthusiasm to mentor and shape the next generation
of players. Coach Miller has been teaching at Shenendehowa for four years, and teaches
special education at Acadia Middle School. He currently resides in Schenectady with
his fiancé, Krista.

Junior Varsity Team

Andy Guilz, Head Coach
Coach Guilz is beginning his sixth season as the JV Head Coach, and his eighth season with
Shen Basketball. During his time with Shen Basketball, Coach Guilz has been blessed with the
opportunity to have an Assistant Coach role with the Varsity team for two Section 2 championship
teams. He also led the 2018-2019 JV team to a 20-0 record.

Andy lives with his wife, April, and their children, Avery and Mason. They are all very excited
to be a part of Shen Basketball. Coach is in his eleventh year as a math teacher at Shen
High School East.

Freshman Team

Scott Smith
Coach Smith is back for his third year with the Boys Freshman Team, after posting a 10-5 League
Record (13-6 overall) in his Shenendehowa debut last winter. “It has been very fun and rewarding
being a part of Shenendehowa’s player development at the Freshman level. This year, I will have
three former student athletes play at the Varsity level, and several more on their
way. I wish them the best of luck and continued success both on and off the court!” Coach Smith
was previously a part of the Galway Central School's JV and modified programs for four years
before getting hired at Tesago in 2018 as a third-grade teacher. He took some time off to get
married to his wife, Juliet, and had two kids, Lincoln (age 4) and Penelope (age 2). Coach Smith
is very excited to be back in the gym and helping young student athletes learn
and grow the game of basketball. Coach Smith is from Newburgh, is a die heart Brooklyn Nets fan,
and spends his morning commutes listening to "The Lowe Post Podcast." 

Modified Team

Michael Spulnick, Head Coach
Coach Spulnick graduated from Shenendehowa in 2017. While there, he played basketball, baseball and football. 
His basketball and baseball teams each won a State championship. Following high school, Coach Spulnick 
attended SUNY Brockport, where he was part of the baseball team for five years. He studied to become 
a physical education teacher/coach, with a masters in Adapted PE. This year marks his first year working
at Shen as a traveling PE teacher/coach.


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