Abigail (Corning) Kielty-Corning joined the High Rise staff in September 2022 as the Head of Girls Basketball.. A 2014 graduate of Fordham University, Corning led the women’s basketball program to an Atlantic 10 Championship (she was named tournament Most Outstanding Player) and automatic NCAA bid in her senior season. A 2-year co-captain and 4-year starter, Corning netted over 1,000 points during her career as a Ram. As a versatile guard, Corning played every position between point guard and small forward.
After graduation, Corning joined the Fairfield University Athletics marketing department, focusing on community initiatives and increasing brand presence in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. She left Fairfield in 2017 to join her alma mater’s coaching staff as the Director of Basketball Operations, a position which she held until December 2020. In her 3 seasons on the Fordham staff, she handled all scheduling & travel planning as well as academic and compliance oversight. She changed career paths in 2020 and now works for American Express on their Consumer Marketing team.
As a high school junior, Bobby Spezzano helped lead the 2001-2002 Greenwich High School (GHS) Varsity team to its first divisional title, with a school best record of 22-4. Bobby went on to become the Captain of GHS Varsity during the 2002-2003 season, before attending Concordia College on an athletic scholarship for four years. Bobby has been personally training young players in the area for over 6 years and has also coached the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich 8th Grade Travel Team for 3 years. He currently coaches in the New Canaan Basketball Association travel program, where during his first year there (2012-2013), he brought his 8th grade team to the FCBL ‘AA’ Championship game. After coaching for different AAU programs in the area, in 2012, Bobby expanded the High Rise brand to include an AAU division, coaching the 15 & Under team. He is also a certified referee in the state of Connecticut.
Nate Jean-Baptiste comes to High Rise after a successful career playing professionally in Europe. A native of the Far Rockaway section of Queens, NY, Nate played along side High Rise Co-Direction Bobby Spezzano at Concordia College, graduating with a degree in business management in 2007. While at Concordia, Nate led the Clippers to the 2007 NYCAC semi-finals for the first time in the schools 125 year history while leading the league in 3-point percentage. Following Concordia, Nate took his talents to Germany to play for the TSG Schwaebish Hall Flyers for the next 3 seasons. In his first season, he led the team to a league Championship (2008). While with the Flyers he racked up accolades for Top Playmaker in 2008 & 2009, Best Newcomer in 2008, and was awarded Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, 2009, and 2010. He last played with Hannover Korbjaeger during the 2011-2012 season. Nate has been apart of the High Rise family since 2011, acting as a camp counselor and during the 2013 camp season, he became Camp Commissioner, running all 5 weeks of summer camp. Nate is involved with all facets of High Rise with an emphasis on skills training for players of all ages and abilities.