Ed Shaffer enters his tenth season as Head Coach and thirteenth 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.
Josh Daniels is in his fifteenth year coaching basketball and entering his tenth year at Brother Rice. He has coached at several different levels including 8th grade at Queen of Martyrs and St. Hugo, along with being an assistant coach with the JV teams at Brother Rice. Daniels has spent the last two seasons coaching the freshman team and will return to the varsity level as an assistant coach for the 16-17 season.
Daniels spent five years at St. Regis serving as the Dean of Students. He was hired in the 2014-15 school year to teach 11th grade Theology at Brother Rice and has taken over the Physical Education classes for the 2016-17 school year.
Daniels is engaged to be married in 2017 and lives in Royal Oak.
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.
Mike Weglarz returned to Brother Rice in 2011 to coach the JV team. He is in his twelfth season overall with Warrior Basketball. Weglarz coached the Boys Varsity team at St. Hugo of the Hills for three years, amassing a record a 40-18, highlighted by a 21-1 team in 2010-2011 that was crowned CYO Champions of Metro Detroit.
Weglarz’s coaching roots began at Brother Rice from 1990-95. As a freshman coach on Frank Carrico’s staff, the Warriors won two Freshman Catholic League titles and had an impressive 53-20 record during his involvement. Coach Weglarz also coached three years at Lake Orion High School (2005-08), and one year at Cranbrook Kingswood (1996), both at the Junior Varsity level.
A lifelong Michigan resident, Weglarz lives in Lake Orion, has been married for 19 years and is the father of two.
Kyle enters his second season with the Rice basketball program after coaching the freshman football team this past fall. He will also serve as the JV baseball coach this spring. Galli has gained valuable coaching experience serving as the Boys Basketball Coach at St. Regis.
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 in a relationship and lives in Troy.
Adam Walentowicz is in his fourteenth year coaching basketball and in his fifth 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 masters in Educational Leadership at Madonna University, teaches Speech, Yearbook, 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 a son, Benjamin, who was born in May 2014.
Robert Lulgjuraj enters his first season coaching Brother Rice basketball. He graduated from Brother Rice in 2011, where he lettered in football.
Robert is a 2015 graduate of Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana and has degrees in Business Management and Philosophy. He studied abroad in Rome, Italy and Uganda, Africa and served as President of the Student Government Association.
Currently, he is the Youth Chair of the Macomb County Republican Party, and serves on the Ethnic Community Committee in Sterling Heights.
Lulgjuraj resides in Sterling Heights. He has two siblings; Matthew, Brother Rice Class of 2018, and Adriana, Marian Class of 2020.