Mike Barbieri

Executive Director/Head of Football OperationsMikebar2525@aol.com

Mike is the Executive Director of Downtown Giants Youth Sports and co-founded the Downtown Giants back in 2006. Mike is also Director of the tackle football program. He has been involved in youth sports in lower Manhattan for over 30 years. Mike has worked with and coached D-1 athletes in all four major sports; football, basketball, baseball and hockey. The tackle program has grown into one of the best youth tackle programs in NYC under Mike’s direction. There are currently over 30 DTG alumni playing HS football in some of the top high schools in NY and NJ; some are being recruited right now by some of the top D-1 colleges in the country. There are currently 15 boys playing college football right now that Mike has worked with. Mike has coached and worked with close to a dozen DTG football players who have graduated from Ivy League schools over the last three years. Mike also spent 25 years in the financial sector, retiring in 2009, working for two companies, Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse. Mike is a graduate of Fordham University. He is currently on the Varsity football staff at Xavier High School, where he played and graduated from. Xavier is also where Mike started his coaching career, back in 1981. Mike is also currently coaching girl’s Varsity basketball at the Notre Dame School of Manhattan. He has served on the Board of Directors of four different youth organizations in Manhattan. Mike is a life long resident of lower Manhattan; he and his wife have raised 3 boys, Peter, John and Michael, all three are DTG coaches. And all three have played for Mike.

Dominick Cognata

Director/Social Media Manager/CoachDominickcognata333@gmail.com

Coach Dom was born and raised in Lower Manhattan and has lived there ever since. While playing basketball for Xavier High School he was a two time Five Star Basketball All-Star and received letters to play in college but went on to pursue a career on Wall St. He has been a part of The Downtown Giants for over 5 years and you can be sure to see him on any field or court in the Downtown area on any given day. He is also a proud parent of two DTG boys that are involved in all programs throughout the year.

Dave Kunz

President of DTG LacrosseDkunz12@gmail.com

Grew up in Wellesley, MA.  Attended Belmont Hill School where he first fell in love with the sport of Lacrosse.  He continued to follow the sport closely and many of his friends and classmates went on to play professionally and coach NCAA programs.  His passion and interest grow for the sport and ultimately vowed to expose his children as early as possible.  He’s excited in conjunction with the DTG youth sports legacy to bring a dedicated league to NYC for the first time.

Dave Genovese

Head of Basketball Operations- Dominicksdistributors@gmail.com


Coach Dave Genovese brings over 20+ years of coaching experience. Coach Dave is in his 4th year with the Downtown Giants. The boys program has taken off and more than doubled since Coach Dave has been a part of the DTG Family. Coach Dave has coached at every level; he was Head Coach at the College of Mount St. Vincent, he coached at St. Edmund’s High School, and Poly Prep, where he has won both city and state titles.


As a player, Coach Dave played at Xaverian High School and the College of Mount St. Vincent. He led the country in assists his Sophomore season and finished his career 2nd All-time NCAA Division III in assists. Also, he is the College of Mount St. Vincent’s all-time assist leader with 800 assists. He was inducted into the College of Mount St. Vincent athletic Hall of Fame in 2017.


Coach Dave is so much more than a teacher of basketball, he uses the sport of basketball as a tool to teach life lessons. He has been a tremendous asset to the DTG Basketball program and our DTG Family.

Matt Lackmann

Head of Girls BasketballMattlackmann@icloud.com

Coach Matthew Lackmann has been with the Downtown Giants for just over 2 years and has helped to grow the Girls program to over 70 participating female athletes throughout the year. The Lady Giants range anywhere from 7 yrs old to 17yrs old. Matt also is the Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Notre Dame School of Manhattan for the past 7 years.


The Giants took on the Cortland Cougars this weekend all the way out in Mantrose NY.  Thanks to the performance of Charles Schlee, Finn Carlston and Grayer Hong, the Giants were able to cruise to victory by a score of 35-21. If you had Charles on your fantasy team, chances are you won your game as he finished with over 100 yards rushing and 2 TD’S.  Grayer had 2 goaline rushing TD’S to go along with a long passing TD to playmaker Finn Carlston who took a short shovel pass that went for over 40 yards and put the game out of reach.