In and around your community
May 22, 2008 - Timberlane Entrepreneur Challenge
High School Students get a chance to pitch their business model
Read Eagle Tribune Story on TEC
CoachesTown was a proud sponsor of Timberlane Entrepreneur Challenge,
a program developed by CoachesTown staff member and founder, Mitchell Mencis this past
High School students of the Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, NH were given the opportunity to
develop a business model and pitch their idea to local business owners and sponsors. Prizes were awarded
based on formal business plan, financial viability and presentation.
February 9, 2008 - Sports Zone Tournaments
Sports Zone in Derry New Hampshire, home to dozens of leagues
The CoachesTown Team was out in full force last weekend.
We setup shop at
Sports Zone in Derry, NH. We handed out over 12 gallons of free
Ben and Jerrys Ice Cream,
made some real happy kids and listened to Coaches, Players and Parents ideas
about making communication easier. We received a fantastic response and
we'd like to welcome new teams to CoachesTown.com!
If you'd like to have the Coaches Town team put a personal meeting together
with YOUR league or coaching team, give
Mitch a shout and let him
know how we can help!
We've been hard at work behind the scenes too, improving the layout and
function of the Team pages and personal account page. We're not done yet,
but why not drop Tim a note
and let him know how we're doing!
For all the new comers, welcome! We're in out Beta stage but we're
anxious to hear what you have to say! Give us your feedback, suggestions,
questions and concerns. We look forward to
hearing from you!
January 11, 2008 - Eagle Tribune
Helping coaches communicate;
Site keeps parents informed about kids' practice schedules
By Terry Date , Staff writer
As a coach, Mitch Mencis knows communication makes all the difference on, and off, the field.
Now he's got a game plan for ending those off-the-field miscues.
CoachesTown.com seeks an end to the bane of moms and dads everywhere - not knowing about time changes or cancellations of their children's soccer practices, swim meets or basketball games.
The brainchild of Mencis, parent Andrew Day and computer whiz Tim Blasko, the newly launched Web site allows coaches to e-mail parents and send text messages to their cell phones.
The service is free, and the site spreads the word to parents of children on any team anywhere there is Internet access, from Hackensack to Honolulu and points beyond, said Mencis, 24, of Sandown. The site also can spread the word to teens and adults in basketball, golf or bowling leagues.
The site has the potential to reach a lot of people, Mencis said. In Sandown and Chester alone, he said there are about 1,000 teams when you factor in every age, sport and season.
And the information is protected. Only the team members get the e-mail or text message.
Now all the site needs is people.
"We are actually seeking leagues to jump on board and use the system," said Day, 29, of Chester.
Mencis, Day, and Blasko, 24, of Watertown, Mass., said the site was born out of their own frustration.
Say, for example, that Mencis, a soccer and baseball coach at Timberlane Regional Middle School in Plaistow, gets word at 2 p.m. on game day from the athletic director that a 3 p.m. game has been canceled. Where's the time to call all of the parents on such short notice?
Mencis said he has a mental image of a parent showing up to an empty field, wondering where all the kids are. Later the parent tells the coach, "I got out of work early to see the game and there was no game."
Blasko remembers his mother getting upset in just that situation when he was a kid playing soccer.
Day, who has two sons, ages 5 and 7, who play baseball and soccer, said the "who called who when" topic is a popular one among parents on the sidelines whenever a practice time is changed.
With CoachesTown.com, parents can find out instantly when a last minute change has to be made.
The three friends demonstrated this at Day's home this week.
Day entered a reminder message on the site, clicked the mouse, and each of their cell phones rang, letting them know that a text message had arrived.
CoachesTown.com isn't the only Web site of its kind, but Mencis said it's the only free one he is aware of.
The trio hopes to earn money by selling advertising on the site. But ultimately, they want CoachesTown.com to connect people and build a sense of community.
Another goal has been to make the service easy to use. Mencis' father, who only recently learned how to turn on a computer, served as the test subject. When he was able to sign up, they knew it was ready to launch.