Twin City United hires first coach, signs Aggie Dominique Kirk

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Bryan, November 15, 2012 - Twin City United is excited to announce the hiring of John Coffino as head coach of the Citizens. Coach Coffino last coached the Albany Legends in the championship game of the Independent Basketball Association. His professional experience also includes the Qatar Sports Club and the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA Developmental League. Before his career with professional basketball, he was an assistant coach at the Division I schools Iona College, Niagara University, and St. Peter's College. "We believe that Coach Coffino is exactly what we're looking for" said Owner and Team President Austin Pooley, "in terms of basketball development in Bryan/College Station. His experience and knowledge will become a valuable asset to both Twin City United and our youth initiatives in this community."

“I am excited and proud to be head coach of the Twin City United,” said Coffino. “I’m very grateful for the confidence in my stewardship that Austin Pooley and ownership have displayed and their abiding support for professional basketball in the community they love. I look forward to working with and development of the players here as well as the in the community. The franchise considers the local community a valuable part of its extended family and the opportunity to contribute to the community is an essential component of its overall mission. I look forward to an entertaining and winning basketball season for the United and the opportunity to bring a championship to a town that so deserves a successful professional basketball franchise.”

All players interested in playing for Twin City United are welcome to attend our Free Agent Camp here in Bryan/College Station on December 8, 2012 at St. Michael’s Episcopal School. The camp will run from 9am-5pm and will cost $125 for pre-registration and $140 at the door. Please come ready to play with your own gear, no athletic tape or braces will be provided. Players can register at For more information, e-mail or call (505) 506-9626.

Twin City United has hired Jovann Walker to become the new Dance Director of the Twin City United Dance Team. Jovann is a highly respected dancer and accomplished choreographer who has been dancing for more than 20 years. Her dance experience includes performing for the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Demons of the XFL and the Texas Legends of the NBA Developmental League. “Jovann provides a wealth of experience to our organization”, said Team President and Owner Austin Pooley, “and we are so excited that she has decided to work with us. The Dance Team will be the best in the league, and will be a real asset to the local community.”

During her time with the Oakland Raiders she was selected to dance overseas on military tours serving our troops, as well as various overseas promotional events. She served 2 seasons as captain and last year she assisted the Texas Legends Dancers with choreography as well as game day operations. That experience is what led her to seek out an opportunity to coach and direct her own dance team. Today, in addition to working with the Twin City United, she works with aspiring dancers providing dance, direction and guest choreography for professional league teams and dance studios throughout the state of Texas.

All women interested in dancing for Twin City United are welcome to attend our Dance Team Tryouts here in Bryan/College Station on December 1, 2012 at Neal Recreation Center (600 Randolph Ave, Bryan, TX 77803). The tryout will run from 9am-5pm and will cost $20. Please come ready to dance in shorts and a sports bra with nude tights and tennis shoes and in full makeup. No athletic tape or braces will be provided. Dancers can register at For more information, e-mail or call (510) 435-4009.

Twin City United participated in the first ever American Basketball League draft via conference call on Friday and is pleased to announce our four selections. Selecting 8th in a four round snake draft, our first selection was Maurese Jackson from Chicago, Illinois. Hailing from Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas, the 6’8” Jackson played two seasons for the Bulldogs, averaging 13 points and 8 rebounds per game as a starter. He is incredibly long and a great defender, drawing comparisons to Tayshaun Prince. Our second round pick was used on Texas A&M’s own Dominique Kirk, a 6’4” shooting guard from Dallas, Texas. A 4-year starter for the Aggies, Kirk is currently an assistant coach with Texas A&M and is looking to play professionally again after a stint in Turkey from 2008-2010. “We are thrilled to have Dominique Kirk playing basketball again here in Bryan/College Station” said Team President and Owner Austin Pooley, “he was an excellent defender and efficient scorer at A&M, and he will be equally as important for the Citizens.”
Our third round pick went to 6’8” SF Chris Early from Huntington, West Virginia, who played at UT-Chattanooga after transferring from Oklahoma. An excellent shooter and great rebounder who averaged 9.3 points and 6.3 rebounds his senior season, he will pose matchup issues for whoever guards him. Our fourth and final pick is 6’1” PG Othello Alford from Calvert, Texas. Hailing from Calvert High School, Othello played at Southwestern Oklahoma State after transferring from Sam Houston State, leading the conference in assist to turnover ratio. “We are ecstatic to have some hometown talent on our squad,” said Austin Pooley, “especially a player with both the scoring ability and basketball IQ that he possesses. We have the foundation of a real quality squad that will be very competitive in our first season in the ABL.” Players who are interested in playing for Twin City United can visit for Free Agent Camp information. You can follow all of our updates on and @TwinCityUnited.

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