Meet the Directors

Erin McCartney Rozniakowski

Director & Founder

Dedicated to athletic excellence from a young age, Founder, Co-Director and Senior Coach Erin Rozniakowski, spent long hours shooting at a basket her father made for her on their farm in Dry Run, Pennsylvania. Eventually it was her academics that prompted her transfer to Mercersburg Academy in 1996. In 1999, she graduated from Mercersburg as a member of the Cum Laude Society, became the school’s first female 1,000 point scorer and was honored as the first female recipient of the Athletic Director’s Award for Dedication to Improvement. Coach Erin continued her basketball career at Haverford College, a Division III school, and as team captain for 3 years, graduated in all the all-time rankings the team in rebounding, career points, and shooting percentage. In 2003, Coach Erin graduated with a double major, English from Haverford and Philosophy from Bryn Mawr, and a concentration in Feminist and Gender studies. Excelling both academically and athletically throughout her college career, Coach Erin was also

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a member of the Women’s Track team where she won the Centennial Conference in the Shot Put in 2003 and is a former school record holder in the Discus.

For the next two years, Coach Erin served as an assistant at her alma mater before eventually moving to AAU to coach with Fencor, one of the best AAU clubs in the country. With Fencor, Coach Erin was given her own team in 2006 and made two consecutive trips to the Winner’s Bracket at AAU Nationals, finishing in the top 25 in the country, in both 2007 and 2008. But Coach Erin had a vision; she wanted to create an organization with a philosophy and mission focused on empowering female athletes; building character as well as developing strong, fundamentally sound basketball players. Thus, Kyniska was born. Brandishing 8 teams for players in grades 4-9 in just their first season, Kyniska burst onto the AAU scene. Just one year later, Coach Erin’s team became the first in Kyniska history to qualify for Division I Nationals! Since then it’s been an exciting journey of empowering over 1,000 young women both on and off the court to become both the best players and people they can be. Kyniska is honored to continue to serve the girls basketball community.

Beyond Kyniska, Coach Erin has been married to Co-Director, Walt Rozniakowski since 2010. Coach Erin and Coach Walt, live in Havertown with their two children, Kenley and Sebastian. Coach Erin has served as JV Head Coach at Rosemont School of the Holy Child in Rosemont, PA since 2013. Her past coaching positions include Notre Dame de Lourdes (2013-15), Holy Child Academy (2005-09), Agnes Irwin (2006-09), Fencor AAU (2005-08), Abington Friends (2005-06), Haverford College (2003-05). Coach Erin is also a 2008 graduate of Temple Law.

 

Kyniska Teams Coached:

2009 8th Grade First Team, 2010 9th Grade National Team – Sarah Curran, Drexel; Stacey MacArthur, PSU-Brandywine, Now Penn State Main Campus; Faith DeVlieger, Scranton; Maddie Joyce, Juniata. Graduation year 2013.

2011 6th Grade Second Team – Graduation year 2017

2012 4th Grade First Team – Graduation year 2020

2013 6th Grade First Team, 2014 7th Grade First Team, 2015 8th Grade First Team – Graduation year 2019

2015 4 McRoz, 2016 5 McRoz, 2017 6 McRoz

2016 High School Program Purple (10th Grade) and White (11th Grade A)

2017 High School Program Purple (10th Grade) and White (11th Grade A)

2018 High School Program Purple (10th Grade) and White (11th Grade A)

2019 High School Program White & Silver

2020 High School Program White

Larry Kelly

Co-Director

Coach Larry Kelly, a former Strath Haven basketball player and alum, has been coaching with Kyniska since 2009. During these years, he gained experience coaching at both the first and second levels. He has assisted both Coach Erin Rozniakowski and Coach Carla Coleman (former Penn State player & current Bryn Mawr College assistant). Currently, Coach Kelly serves as the head coach for our seventh grade first team. His teams have won multiple local tournaments, medaled in the highly competitive M.A.G.I.C. Tournament twice, and have advanced to the Platinum bracket by winning their division and finishing 5th overall in the 7th grade red division of the Run 4 the Roses Tournament in Louisville, KY. Aside from his time devoted to coaching for Kyniska, Larry Kelly also coached the junior varsity and assisted with varsity teams for Archmere Academy. During his time at Archmere, the Auks qualified for and advanced in the DIAA state playoffs both seasons. In addition, Kelly coached the 9th grade team at Strath Haven High School while also assisting with the varsity team. He holds a B.A. from both Salisbury University and West Chester University and a M.Ed in Special Education from Slippery Rock University. While at Salisbury, Larry was a member of the football and club field hockey team. Lastly, Larry is working to expand Kyniska's social media presence, assists with tournament scheduling, tryout and practice organization, and summer camps. Beyond Kyniska, Coach Larry has been married to his wife, Vicki, since 2009. Coach Larry and Vicki lives in Newark, DE with their two children, Ben and Maren. 

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Kyniska Teams Coached:

2009 4th Grade First Team (Assistant)

2010 5th Grade Second Team

2011 6th Grade First Team

2012 7th Grade First Team

2013 9th Grade First Team (Assistant)

2014 7th Grade Second Team

2015 4th Grade First Team (Assistant)

2016 4th Grade First Team

2017 5th Grade First Team

2018 6th Grade First Team

2019 7th Grade First Team

2020 8th Grade First Team

Meet the Coaches

4th Grade: Jordan Postiglione & Caitlin Higgins
5th Grade: Diana Caramanico & Maddy Cuffia
6th Grade: Laura Scaperotto
7th Grade: Lauren Munro, Colleen Kennedy, Briana McCauley
8th Grade: Larry Kelly, Kim Whelan, Liz McMonagle
High School Purple: Bob Higgins, Erin Rozniakowski, Sam Martino
High School Silver: Kareem Wright, Erin Rozniakowski, Sam Martino
High School White: Erin Rozniakowski, Sam Martino