About Lori Gear McBride
Lori Gear McBride has nearly 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, including stops in the BIG EAST, Conference USA, NESCAC and America East, most recently the head coach at Vermont. She has worked at and run camps throughout the country and Canada since her days as a student-athlete.
She is currently serving as a head coach with the New England Crusaders AAU program and a HS-boys AAU program in the Upper Valley.
She has coached boys and girls recreational and AAU teams and as a boys coach at Mount Mansfield High School. Her physical education background and professional experience blend well and provide an important reference point and foundation for connecting with and coaching kids of various ages, abilities, and experience levels.
Gear McBride, who won an NCAA National Championship as a member of the University of North Carolina squad in 1994, coached at the University of Vermont for six seasons, at Colby College for five and spent five years as an assistant at Seton Hall University (1998-2003), including two years as assistant head coach. She also spent the 2003-04 campaign as an assistant at University of North Carolina-Charlotte in Conference USA.
Following her one-year stint at UNC-Charlotte, Gear McBride returned to New Jersey to take the head girl's basketball coaching position at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (Scotch Plains, N.J.). She led the team to a 24-5 record, including a berth in the state playoffs and the Union County Championship. Three of her players went on to continue their careers at the Division I level.
Gear McBride, who was born in Montreal and grew up in Lennoxville, Quebec, earned a master's degree in corporate and public communications from Seton Hall. She graduated from North Carolina in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in education.
While a member of the Tar Heels, she was one of two freshmen to play on the 1994 national championship team (the other was Marion Jones). Gear McBride played on three Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship teams in her four years and was a co-captain as a junior and senior. She was the North Carolina women's basketball scholar-athlete in 1997 and was selected to the ACC Athletic Honor Roll all four years. While at North Carolina the Tar Heels went 105-24 in Gear McBride's four years.
Following her collegiate career, she played one season of professional basketball in Portugal. Gear McBride also played in the Canada Basketball system from 1992-1995. She represented her home country in two World University Games and played for the Canadian National Team in 1995.
Brett Benzio will serve as one of the counselors at the Next Level Basketball Camp this summer. Benzio played collegiately at Tulane and professionally in Germany’s top league. She began her Tulane career as one of the country’s top freshman post players, finishing second in the country among all freshman in rebounds and by the time her career was finished, she was just the second player in Tulane history to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds, earning multiple All-Conference honors.
Since ending her playing career, Benzio has served as a collegiate assistant coach (Harvard, UVM) and as a prep school head coach at New Hampton and Lawrence Academy, where she developed multiple scholarship players and led the program to a divisional championship.
Coach Benzio, who has also worked with the New England Crusaders AAU program, is widely regarded as a tremendous teacher of the game and one of the best post coaches in New England.
What they are saying:
I just had to send a note, ***** got in the car last night BEAMING! She said mom, that was so much fun, I love my coach. She was just so nice, very positive and encouraging and she did games for us to get to know each other. I can’t wait to go back.
Thank you. This is what she has been missing for the past year, I saw the love for the game come back last night in her eyes and that was the first time on the court with you guys. Can’t wait to see her progress with you!
I am so pleased with my daughter's improvement in just one week of camp. Not only did she have a great time, she also learned so much.
I know (camper) wasn't the best player but you sure made her feel that way and I wanted to write and thank you for that. She never had so much fun playing basketball and I really think the drills she learned will help her make the middle school team this fall if she keeps practicing.
We appreciate your work and support of ***** this summer at camp. She was quite nervous about attending but the ice breaker games you played really helped her make new friends.
Most importantly, she has a new love of basketball and has so much more confidence now. It was pretty clear that she learned a great deal and has improved in many ways.
We can't thank you enough - and will see you next summer!