Ed Shaffer enters his eleventh season as Head Coach and fourteenth overall year with the program. In the time he has served as the program’s steward, Coach Shaffer’s impact on the young men who make Brother Rice Basketball has been impressive. Under Coach Shaffer, the team has captured two Central Division Titles in 2008 and 2010 (the program’s first since 1996), as well as back-to-back MHSAA District Championships in 2010 and 2011 (program’s first since 1998). Three players have earned All-State honors (Austin Fowler ’09 and Kevonte Martin-Manley ’10 and Kevin Hayes ’15), and 31 have earned All-Catholic, All-League, or All-Academic honors, the program’s best five-year stretch since the late 1990s. During his time at Rice, Coach Shaffer has won Coach of the Year honors in both the Catholic League and Oakland County.
Shaffer was hired at Brother Rice in 2004 to take over the Office of Advancement, teach English and coach basketball. After a season as JV Head Coach, Shaffer joined the Varsity staff in 2005, bringing with him a new passion for defensive effort. The team responded brilliantly, winning 12 games in consecutive years. After Brian Kalcznyski ’94 stepped down as head coach in 2007, Shaffer was named the eighth Head Basketball Coach in Brother Rice history.
Shaffer earned three Varsity Letters in basketball at Lexington (Va.) High School and was part of the 1982 Blue Ridge District Championship team. After high school, he played for two years at Boston College as a member of the Junior Varsity team. He coached at two Illinois high schools, St. Benedict (Chicago) and Maine East (Park Ridge), prior to coming to the Brother Rice. During his time in Illinois, he earned his teacher certification and Master’s in Education from DePaul University.
Coach Shaffer is an English teacher for 9th and 12th grade. He is also the moderator of the school’s newspaper, The Chieftain. He and his wife, Megan, have three sons: Mitchell, a member of the Brother Rice Class of ’14, Tommy, member of Brother Rice Class of ’19 and Michael, member of Brother Rice Class of ’20. The Shaffers live in Troy.
In his ninth season coaching in the Warrior Basketball program, Leon McDonald ’99 is entering his sixth season on the Varsity staff. He spent his first season, 2007-08, as the JV Assistant and took over as the JV head Coach in in 2008-09. In 2011-12, Coach Shaffer asked McDonald to join the Varsity full-time.
A former two-sport letter-winner at Brother Rice (football and basketball), McDonald earned three Varsity letters in basketball under Hall of Fame Coach Bill Norton. He was the Varsity captain in 1999 and was named All-Academic in the Catholic League that year. His 1997-98 team captured the MHSAA District Championship, advanced to the Regional Final, and finished 16-8, the most wins that a Varsity team has had since 1990. McDonald also had an excellent football career at Brother Rice, highlighted by an appearance in the 1999 Division II State Championship game.
McDonald chose to play football at Albion College, where he earned All-Region honors as a receiver in 2002. He served as the Defensive Coordinator for the JV Football team in 2006. Leon is the Pastor of The Winners Circle Church in Mt. Clemens, where he and his wife, Kalonda, are active leaders.
Scott Sheckell, Varsity Assistant
Kyle enters his third season with the Rice basketball program and first as the head coach after coaching the freshman football team this past fall. He will also serve as the JV baseball coach this spring.
Galli, a 2010 graduate from Brother Rice, played football and baseball while attending Brother Rice.
Kyle attended Central Michigan University where he majored in Math and minored in English for Secondary Education. Due to his love for his alma mater, he landed a teaching position on the staff for the 2015-16 school year.
Galli is engaged and lives in Troy.
Denzel Palm, JV Assistant Coach
Adam Walentowicz is in his fifteenth year coaching basketball and in his sixth at Brother Rice. With an active and successful background in high school basketball, he was a welcome addition to Coach Shaffer’s staff in 2012.
Walentowicz has served as the Freshman coach from 2012-2015 and assisted the freshman team during the 2015-16 season.
Walentowicz, who is pursuing a master’s in Educational Leadership at Madonna University, teaches Speech, Broadcast, and coaches the Debate & Forensics team at Brother Rice. A graduate of Garden City High School, Walentowicz gained valuable coaching experience while completing his studies, serving as JV Coach at Grosse Ile HS from 2009-12 (including the 2011 Huron League JV championship) and Assistant Coach at Garden City HS from 2003-09.
Adam and his wife, Kim, were married in August 2012 and have two sons, Benjamin (3), and Brady (1).
Tim Radlick ’10, Freshman Assistant Coach