Endings and Beginnings: The Southshore Monarchs to MASS Monarchs

The South Shore Monarchs will complete the 2021 season under its current moniker and leadership. Monarch butterflies are found across North America wherever suitable feeding, breeding, and overwintering habitat exists. In recognition of new owner and leadership of the franchise, the South Shore Monarchs will become the Mass Monarchs in 2022. 

With a focus on the talented players that are produced by outstanding coaches in Massachusetts, The Bay State, the Mass Monarchs bring an up-tempo offense, energetic, and challenging defense, and a commitment to excellence on and off the court. Fans will find an entertaining brand of basketball that reflects the highest degree of professional, performance, and commitment to showcasing the rich tradition of basketball history and talent in Mass. 

The Monarchs “Flight” Foundation

The Monarchs “Flight” Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to Youth Development, Community Development, and Leadership Development. Our mission is to leverage the resources of the Monarchs’ Professional Basketball Team, its owner, its leadership group, its associates, and affiliates, to bring transformative systems, structures, and processes to the communities we serve, through Sports and Business Education and Sports-based programs and services. 

Dr. Dwayne B. Thomas, Ph.D.

CEO/Team Market Owner

Dr. Dwayne B. Thomas, Ph.D., is a Harvard University trained Scholar-Practitioner-Leader, Sports Business Management Professor, Former Director and Creator of the Professional and Leadership Development of Special Olympics, Inc., the multinational sports organization for persons with intellectual disabilities, Former Director and State Curriculum Specialist for Physical Education, Health, HIV/AIDS Education, and Heath Promotion, Former City and State Director for Parks and Recreation, and the creator of the Legacy Basketball and Carolinas Football Classics in NC.

Dr. Thomas has more than 30 years in the service of Youth, Community, and Organizational Leadership at the International, National, Regional, State, and Local levels. He is a Founding Member and Former Chair of the MSAA/MIAA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEIC), and Consultant on integrating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belongingness into Sport and Community organizations. Dr. Thomas is a former Division I athlete at the University of Pittsburgh, and has coached Track & Field, Basketball, and Football, and officiated Basketball, Volleyball, and Softball, at various levels. He is the former State Liaison for the Florida High School Activities Association, a former HS Athletic Director, and creator of Nationally ranked Sport Administration, Management, and Leadership Programs. He is an expert in evaluating Sport Management and Leadership programs and creating exciting sports event products and services. 

Vlad Joseph:  Director of League Operations                         Director of Corporate Service/Ambassador of Haitian Market

Vlad Joseph, Director of Operations for the South Shore Monarchs is a native of Randolph, MA and a recent graduate from Lasell University. With a Masters degree in Sports Management, Vladimir will oversee the South Shore Monarchs daily business activities by gaining resources, developing operational plans and implementation of all policies and procedures.

Vladimir also serves as a Management Assistant for O.P.S.S. University/Nhoa Sun