Although the New York Falcons AAU charter was founded in 2004, its heritage dates back 28 years prior. In 1976 Walter J. McLaughlin created the Rockland All Stars. Walter’s sole goal was to promote Rockland County basketball. He volunteered his time and devoted his energy to recruiting the best players and developing them into the best teams to compete in the prestigious Harlem Rucker league and Roberto Clemente Park tournaments from 1976 through 1983. He also created and distributed newsletters regarding the Rockland teams and players progress. As a result of his efforts, more top collegiate basketball players came from Rockland in that time span than in any other period in County history. Jeff Brown – University of VT, Joe McGuinness – Manhattan, Phil McLaughlin – Mansfield State, Bruce Weisberg – Dartmouth, Bernard Hill – East Carolina, Joe Clinton – Union, Alan Sofen – Hamilton, Dennis Fleming – Lemoyne, Jim McLaughlin – Utica, Mike Brown – Manhattan, Howard Levy – Princeton, Endy Basquait – Northeastern, George Leonard – Stonehill, Kevin Houston – Army, just to name a few.
It was Walter’s positive example of volunteerism and dedication that led to the creation of the New York Falcons to be passed upon to the next generation. Founded by John E. McLaughlin and Joe McGuinness in 2004, two Boys AAU teams were originally formed. Then in 2005 Mike McLaughlin – Dominican College, added two additional teams one boys and one girls.
Now in 2009, through the vision and leadership of James Miller, general manager of the state of the art ROCK facility in Bardonia, the New York Falcons program continues to grow and develop. James’ vision is to leverage his world-class facility, expert trainer’s and prime location to take the organization to the next level. This has led to Pat Buckley – Catholic University, Jim McLaughlin – Utica College and Kevin Houston – Army, announcing that they are adding elite teams to the program.