About Us

jimcelone     Jim Celone

A Yale University graduate who holds a M.S. in Statistics. For 20 years he taught AP Calculus and AP Statistics at West Haven High School, was a founding teacher at Amistad Academy High School, where he also coached the Math and Chess Teams,  founding Director of ESUMS, a Science Technology Engineering Mathematics  (STEM) school, where he brought chess into the curriculum, and currently is a professor of mathematics at University of New Haven. He is a USCF Certified Chess Coach and Senior Tournament Director, president of the CT State Chess Association, and coached the chess team at West Haven High School, winning the Connecticut State Championship from 1997 to 2008, the 2004 U1500 National High School Chess Championship, and the 2005 New England High School Championship. He was honored as 2002 CT Chess Coach of the Year.

     Paul Luysterborghs

Paul was captain of the West Haven High School 1997 State Championship Chess Team, and was assistant coach for the WHHS chess team.

blank person     Chris Ferraro

Chris was a member of the West Haven High School 2002 CT. State Championship Team. He is currently a student at Yale University, and assistant coach of the WHHS chess team, and Financial Trustee on the CSCA Board of Directors.

blank person     Derek Mansfield

Derek was captain of the 2002 CT. State Championship Team. He graduated from Quinnipiac University, and was assistant coach of the WHHS chess team, and CSCA membership secretary.

      Cameron Bishop

Cameron was captain of the 2003 and 2004 CT. State Championship Teams, captain of the 2004 U1500 National High School Championship Team, and won the 2004 U1500 National High School Chess Championships with a perfect score 7-0. He is featured on p. 24 in the June 2004 issue of Chess Life Magazine.

charlesgregory     Charles Gregory (“C.J.”)

C.J was captain of the 2005 CT. State Championship Team, and is currently senior instructor for Edutech.