aau coaching staff
Briana was a four-year starter, and two-year captain for Division II Saint Anselm College Women’s Basketball Team. She graduated Saint Anselm College Class of 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (K-6) and graduated from Lesley University with a M.Ed in Teaching Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K to 8th Grade).
Briana is the Assistant Middle School Girls Basketball Coach at KIPP Academy Boston, and is the 9th Grade Shooting Touch AAU Girl's Head Coach and 10th grade AAU Assistant Coach.
Briana is currently a kindergarten Lead Teacher at KIPP Academy Boston.
Jess was born and raised in Massachusetts. She grew up playing sports and being active but her favorite sport has always been basketball. At the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, she was a starter for all 4 years and captain her junior and senior years. After college, she went to Charleston, SC to participate in an AmeriCorps program before returning back to Boston to participate in a program called Athletes in Service to America through Northeastern University. She was on a team of 3 and worked in an elementary school in Dorchester for the school year, teaching kids how to be active and have a healthy lifestyle.
Jess has always been passionate about nutrition and fitness and enjoys teaching others the importance of making healthy choices. In 2006, she went back to school and became an ACE certified personal trainer and has kept up her certification. After being in the fitness field for 10 years, training and managing gyms and studios, she recently decided to make a change and took a position as an executive assistant at Bain Capital in Boston. She is working on becoming certified as a health coach and loves working out at her local CrossFit gym.
Jakoya Wilkins is a Math Enrichment Teacher at the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy. Jakoya is also the Head women’s basketball coach at Match Charter High where she brings years of basketball experience to the program. In 2017, Jakoya opened her first business within the community titled V2III also known as 523 boutique. Supporting local artist and designers in the community is something Jakoya prides herself on. Always looking to give back to the community Jakoya has participated in numerous community events and has been known to be a voice for the youth. Jakoya is dedicated to helping inner-city kids reach their full potential through sports and mentorship. A sibling of Six, and growing up in one of Boston's toughest neighborhoods Jakoya had to distance herself for the troubles that came with the stereotypes placed on her. A graduate of Salem State University and a four-year collegiate athlete who was inspired by her challenging childhood has shown that with great mentors and sports you are able to outshine the odds.
Arturo J. Forrest II was one of the co-founders of the Detroit Pray and Play basketball League in Detroit, Michigan in 2001. The league promoted community involvement through fellowship and lead to strong partnerships between youth in different neighborhoods through play with an emphasis on stewardship. He continued his volunteer coaching efforts in the Dasoto-Bass projects in West Dayton through the Boys and Girls Club, which offered after-school tutoring, mentorship and basketball training on Fridays. As the community service chair for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Iota Mu chapter, he organized basketball fundraising events in conjunction with The University of Dayton to strengthen volunteer efforts at the center and provide financial support for the athletic endeavors of the youth in that area.
For the past 12 years Arturo has worked with middle-school-aged youth in the Dorchester/Mattapan/Roxbury area as teacher, school leader and coach at the Epiphany School and at Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy. As an academic teacher he has taught ELA and World and US History. He has served as Dean of Students and Evening Programs Coordinator for three years at Epiphany School, a trauma-sensitive middle school offering full wrap-around services, serving grades 5-8 in Dorchester Center. At Davis Leadership Academy, Arturo served on the Instructional Leadership Team as Rites of Passage Coordinator and Parent Liaison. In his new role as Director of Teaching and Learning/Principal at the Leadership Academy he is excited to partner the school with G3 to provide quality basketball instruction and life skills to the young women of the Academy. He earned his Master's in Art of Teaching from Simmons College. Mr. Forrest has coached girls basketball at both schools for 12 consecutive years as well as for The Boston Showstoppers AAU program.
Currently Arturo is the Community Liaison for G3 using his connections to establish strong ties in the area for parents and families, school leaders and community organizations that support the youth in the area.