Our Team

Zach Lydon


Position: Director of Operations

Zach is a 2013 graduate of Stissing Mountain High School and was a four-year starter and a 3 time captain. Over his four year career, the team won three Section Nine titles, a 2013 MHAL Championship, and was state runner-up his senior season. In his senior season he was named to NYS All Tournament Team, Poughkeepsie Journal Class C All-Conference team, Dutchess County Basketball Association All-County Team, MHAL All Star team, USA Today Second- Team Nominee, and received the Daily Freeman Second-Team honors.

After his years of high school, he decided to go to prep school and attend Bridgton Academy in Maine who plays in AAA NEPSAC. Zach had a great year there where he was ranked the 7th best player in the state and was the 95th ranked player in the entire New England region. There, he also earned AAA NEPSAC Honorable mention along side his brother Tyler. Upon Graduation he earned the Annie R., Horace A., & Martha B. Flint Improvement Award, which is awarded to the student who has demonstrated the strongest improvement in study habits, academic performance, and concern for the Academy. 

During his time at Bridgton, Zach earned a full scholarship to Division II LIU Post where he played there for a semester and decided to transfer to SUNY Cortland. At Cortland, Zach has been a 2 year starter and has earned 3rd team All-SUNYAC in 2017-2018. After his 4 years at SUNY Cortland, Zach has graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management. 

Justin Cooper


Position: Head Trainer

 Justin played his college basketball at SUNY Cortland serving as a team captain for 3 seasons. During his time at Cortland, Justin was named to the SUNYAC All-Conference Team three times. Including first team selections in the 2016-2017 and 2018-2019 seasons. In the 2018-2019 season, Justin led the SUNYAC Conference and was 8th in the country in free throw percentage, shooting 91.1 percent. During the same season, Justin was second in the SUNYAC in rebounds averaging 9.3 per game and was third in the conference in field goal percentage at 55.4%. Justin scored 1,378 career points which ranks 5th all time at SUNY Cortland. During the 2017-2018 season, he was recognized on the National Team of the Week. In the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons, Justin was named to the All-East Region 3rd team. At the conclusion of his college career, Justin was invited to participate in the EuroBasket Summer League which is a showcase to play professional basketball overseas. 

Justin played one season of basketball at Trinity Pawling School before his college career. During his one season he was named to the Third Team NEPSAC Class A and the Pride had a record of 18-5 advancing to the NEPSAC Class A Semifinals. 

A graduate of Pine Plains High School, Justin played 4 years of varsity basketball, serving as a team captain for 3 seasons. During his time at Pine Plains, They won 3 Section IX Titles, a Mid-Hudson Athletic League Title and a state runner up finish during his senior season. As a senior he averaged 20 Points, 6.9 Rebounds, 6 Assists and 3.3 Steals Per Game. Justin finished his high school career with 1,105 career points. During his senior season he collected many accolades including Mid-Hudson Athletic League MVP, Section IX MVP, New York State First Team, Dutchess County Coaches Association MVP, Poughkeepsie Journal Player of the Year and more.

Tyler Lydon


Position: Trainer

Tyler’s basketball career started off at Stissing Mountain High School until his junior year and sought out to better his basketball and academic abilities by attending prep school powerhouse New Hampton in New Hampshire.

During his time at Stissing Mountain, Tyler was on the boys’ basketball team where the team won three Section Nine titles, a 2013 MHAL Championship and was the State of New York runner-up. Tyler also played for the Albany City Rocks who was a Nike Sponsored AAU program who played in the EYBL amongst the best players in the nation. In his time at Pine Plains, Tyler was noticed as one of the top Juniors in the state and began to get noticed nationally. He was named to the MHAL All-star team, All MHAL academic team and awarded the 2012 Senator Greg Ball Certificate of Merit and NYSPHSAS Scholar Athlete team award as well as being named to 2nd team All-State in 2013.

While at New Hampton Prep, Tyler also was on the boys’ basketball team which is part of the AAA  NEPSAC.  Tyler received the New Hampton Gnerre Basketball Award for Varsity and made the NEPSAC honorable Mention Team alongside his brother Zach. During his phenomenal senior season he decided to attend Syracuse university on a full scholarship. 

After graduating from New Hampton Prep and before heading to Syracuse, Tyler was invited to play of the 2014 FIBA Americas under 18 USA boys’ basketball team where the team dominated and  won the Gold Medal. Tyler then proceeded to have one of the best freshman seasons in Syracuse history earning his way into the category with Alonzo Mourning, Anthony Davis and current Cleveland Cavalier Kevin Love with the 4th most blocks as a Freshman in NCAA tournament history with 19. Tyler’s blocks and 1 shoe shot sent them to the Final Four in 2014.

Going into Tyler’s Sophomore season, he was a preseason ACC First team nominee, preseason National Player of the Year nominee and a preseason nominee for the Karl Malone Award given to the best Power Forward in college basketball.. By the end of his sophomore year Tyler was recognized as one of colleges best players and decided to enter the 2017 NBA draft where he was selected 24th overall by the Denver Nuggets. In 2019 Tyler entered NBA Free Agency and landed a 2 year contract with the Sacramento Kings.

Hunter Brandt


Position: Event Manager

Hunter is a 2016 graduate of Rhinebeck High School where he played golf, baseball, and basketball. He started both years on the golf team and was named captain each year, he was a three-time starter and two-time captain for the baseball team, and he was a four-year starter and two-time captain for the varsity basketball team. Over his basketball career, he led the team in three pointers made with 87 three pointers his senior year. He was named to the Dutchess County Basketball Association All-County team and the MHAL All-Star team during his senior season. He also received NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete for three consecutive years. 

After high school, he was accepted to SUNY Cortland to study Sport Management. He is currently working to finish his degree while pursuing a concentration in Sport Facility and Event Management. Hunter has been on the President’s List three out of his five semesters and is currently working as an Event Manager for the SUNY Cortland Athletic Department.