Current Academic Coaches


Miguel Ulloa, M.Ed.

Miguel Ulloa is an Academic Coach and coordinator of the New Brunswick Play It Smart program.  He is a graduate of New Brunswick HS and former Play It Smart student-athlete (’02).  He went on to get his Bachelors Degree in Political Science with a minor in Art History from Norwich University (‘06) and earned his Master Degree in Athletic Counseling from Springfield College (’09). 

In 2008, Miguel came back to New Brunswick to assume a role as a full time Academic Coach.  Now having spent over a decade working as an Academic Coach, Miguel's passion for the profession is unwavering.  He knows that the kids are the priority and that they don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care. 

Miguel's vision of the program is that we can one day expand to our middle school sports and be the premier program for student-athlete development. 


Jasmin Rankins

Jasmin Rankins was born and raised in New Brunswick, NJ. She attended New Brunswick Public Schools until she graduated from eighth grade and went on to attend The Pingry School on an academic scholarship. Jasmin continued her education at Howard University in Washington, DC where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in 2008. 

Jasmin has always been an avid sports fan and was a member of her high school’s softball and cheerleading teams for all 4 years. As a product of New Brunswick, Jasmin is excited to be back to serve the community that she grew up in as one of the newest Academic Coaches. Jasmin is looking forward to working with the student athletes to assist with their personal and academic growth throughout their high school career and beyond.


Amanda Hernandez Rivera

 Amanda Hernandez Rivera moved to New Brunswick, NJ at the age of 6 in 2001 after leaving her native country with her mother in search of better opportunities.  As a two sport athlete and member of the Play It Smart program, Amanda graduated from New Brunswick High School in 2013.  She went on for her bachelors degree at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. 

During her time at TCNJ she was able to study abroad in Madrid, Spain and played club rugby for two years.   She helped establish the Epsilon Zeta chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. at the college with 10 other motivated women. 

Amanda continues to play for The Lady Mud Turtles in Union County.  She is very passionate about women empowerment/rights and hopes to inspire young women to reach for their goals .  Amanda is looking forward to working with the community that helped her excel and make a difference for the students in the Play It Smart Program.