The Pirates completed their inaugural season on Sunday, April 10th
facing off against the Philly Stunnaz, and exploding for their largest
offensive night of the season, scoring 142 points on the Stunnaz, and
completing their season going 5-3. The Pirates overcame immensely
amounts of obstacles for the season, and due to the strong support of fans,
and a fantastic staff throughout the year, the season’s goal was completed!
On September 19, 2019, President and CEO Sercan
Fenerci formed the Providence Pirates. Sercan is a
long time college and high school basketball head
coach, with stops as the assistant AD at Bunker Hill
Community College, and has also coached for the U15
National Turkish team. Basketball is in his DNA, and
exploring the opportunity to bring a team to the
The basketball city of Providence was a no-brainer.
Over the fall and winter months, Sercan focused on creating a
plan, that would not only build one of the most prominent rosters
and front offices in the ABA, but an experience unlike any other
for fans in the Providence area.
In the spring of 2020, Sercan began his focus of building the Pirates front
office, recruiting Providence native Victor Kashouh to head the team’s
marketing and communications department. He then was able to bring
aboard Emir Alagoz who took over as the operations and International
affairs position for the team.
When Sercan created the Pirates, he envisioned a team and front office
that the Providence community could not only rally around but feel a sense
of purpose around as well. He wanted to recruit local talent from the area
to play for the team, and looked towards the Providence and surrounding
community in order to complete his staff.
Once the core positions of the team were filled, the pursuit of Interns to
assist the daily operations began. With COVID just becoming prevalent
ZOOM meetings began the normal for the team, and interviews began.
Again, Sercan wanted to follow the ideology of hiring Providence and Rhode
Island talent, and after several long weeks, four Interns were brought
aboard to help the Pirates; Emily Lyons for Social Media, Joe Connell for
Media Relations, and both Nathan Colon and Shaun Lavoie for broadcasting
For the final piece of the front office, local restaurant owner Mert
Sunnetcioglu of Mia Mia’s Pizzeria in Providence took the position of
Director of Partnerships. With the front office set, the team was ready to
begin the creation of building the roster, and planning their upcoming
combines to build the team.
We are very excited and proud to partner with a community-first organization like Greater Providence YMCA. Through this partnership, we will be offering a series of camps, clinics, and leagues in the summer at Kent County and Cranston locations for everyone to come out and enjoy the beautiful facilities YMCA have. On behalf of our organization, We would like to thank Steve O’Donnell, Kobi Smith, and Bridget Hayes of Greater Providence YMCA for making this happen and opening their doors to the Pirates. Fun-filled and exciting summer is ahead.
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Thank you, Providence for an amazing 2020-2021 season! Go, Pirates!