Sanford Lapsley is a coach/trainer for SWISH Academy, Inc. Coach Laps is a New York native, as well as a life long fan of sports and athletics. As a child, Coach Laps played Little League Baseball. In high school he was a member of the basketball and bowling teams both junior and senior year. Coach Laps has worked with children in recreation for more than 10 years. In 2003 while an undergrad student at UCONN, Sanford became certified as an intramural basketball official. He was a sports camp group leader at Cross Island YMCA in 2004 and at the South Asian Youth Association summer camp in 2006. As the sports camp group leader, he led the campers through activities in baseball, basketball and soccer. Over the years Coach Laps returned to baseball and coached with the Rochdale Village Little League. From 2006-2008, Coach Laps worked as a Recreation Specialist with special needs children for the Jewish Board Of Family. And from 2009-2011 he was a Recreation Specialist for Steinway Child & Family Services.
In 2013 Coach Laps joined NYC Basketball League as a referee. At the same time he began focusing his efforts on training and coaching youth basketball for ages 19 and under in his neighborhood of Southeast Queens, with the 4EverYoungHoops and Bello Basketball teams. In addition, Coach Laps is an Assistant Coach for the New York Holy Storm, a team under the American Basketball Association. Presently he serves as the Sports Facilitator at the Linden SDA DIVAS STEAM Beacon program in Laurelton, NY.
Coach Laps utilizes sports as a resource to foster youth development, environmental education, community engagement and healthy living. He has an affinity for baseball, football, soccer, bowling and bicycles when off the court.