The Jersey Force AAU Basketball Organization was founded in 2012 by Scott Navitsky & Joe Stein. In our first season, we had 4 teams, the program doubled in size in its second season, to 8 teams. Last year, we had 12 teams in our 3rd season. This year, we will have 15 teams in only our 4th season, making us one of the largest Boys AAU Basketball Organization in Monmouth or Ocean Counties. For our first 3 years, we were a Reebok gear sponsored program, now in our 4th year, we are an UnderArmour gear sponsored program. We are a 501-C3 not for profit organization that prides itself in assisting in the effort of our players to advance their skills through strong instruction and intense game play. One of the things the program prides itself on is having the majority of our teams coached by "non-Dad's," this translates to a much more comfortable and fair experience for all involved. We feel as though it is our duty to help our players attain their goals on and off the floor. Last year, we had 2 players sign Division I scholarships and 1 player sign a Division II scholarship. The Jersey Force is registered with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) as a member of the New Jersey Association.
Joe Stein Jr, the programs Director, and the former Director and Architect of the very successful NJ ShoreShots Grassroots Basketball Program. Previous to directing the ShoreShots from a small Monmouth County program (6 total teams in 2008) to having a Top 10 team in the state at every age group (22 total teams in 2011), Joe coached the U17 Select team for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Over the course of those two seasons, Coach Stein took the ShoreShots to 2 Runner-up finishes in the NJ State Tournament, a 2nd place finish at the Reebok Summer Classic in Philadelphia, a Championship at the prestigious 132 team Hoop Group West Virginia Jam Fest, a 3rd place finish at the Nike Super Showcase in Orlando, a 9th place finish in the country out of 196 teams at the U17 National Tournament at the Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. For the past 3 Summers, Coach Stein coached in Basketball Spotlights U11 & U12 JEM Classic. Joe has had 18 kids play college scholarship basketball, 14 at the Division 1 level and 4 at the Division II level.
Joe Stein Sr has coached AAU basketball for the past 18 years, on both the boys and girls side, and in the middle school and HS age groups. He holds a number of top 4 finishes in the state, including a U15 Division I Boys NJ State Championship and a U13 Division II Girls NJ State Championship. Joe Sr. does not have any children in the program and has been coaching AAU for the past 6 years even though all his children are no longer eligible. He is a tremendous teacher of the game who believes fundamentals play a key part in it.
Andrew Stein has coached both HS and AAU basketball since his strong HS basketball career ended. Coach Stein has been a HS assistant under Sean Devaney at Holmdel HS. He has also coached AAU at 5 different levels (U10, U12, U13, U15, U16) at the young age of 26. His U13 team in 2010 was a Top 5 team in the State and boasts a 2nd place finish in the prestigious Hoop Group Providence Jam Fest. Coach Stein believes in a certain brand of basketball that involves discipline and a strong emphasis on the fundamentals. He volunteers his time without any children involved in the program.
Joe Fagan is currently the Head Coach at Neptune HS. He was the Head Coach at Jackson Memorial for the past 5 years, where he compiled over 100 wins, while also producing three Division I Players (Jimmy McDonnell - Temple, Brandon McDonnell - Dartmouth, & Eric Carter - Delaware), and one Division II Player (Brian Kenny - Caldwell). Coach Fagan has been coaching AAU basketball for over 15 years, he has helped many local kids such as Sean Grennan (Mon Don - Fairfield University), Andrew Goldstein (Marlboro - walk-on at Ohio State University), Jon Golden (Peddie - Dartmouth), & JP Koury (CBA - Bentley University) realize their dreams during his time with Team BOSS & the NJ ShoreShots. Joe played college hoops at Division II Pace University in NY.
Omar Ibraham played high school ball in the Shore Conference at Manalapan HS before going on to play college hoops at Ventura College, a NAIA school in Southern California where he was a 3 year starter. After returning to NJ, Coach Ibraham immediately began working with former Rutgers star and NBA player, Quincy Douby. At the age of 23, Omar began coaching for the Quincy Douby All Stars on the AAU circuit over a 5 year span. Over the last 3 years, Coach Ibraham has been working with High School coaching legend Bob Hurley Sr at St Anthony's HS in Jersey City. Omar is a bright, young, up and coming coach who we are very happy to have coaching in our organization.
Jon Korellis brings a wealth of basketball knowledge and experience you just don't see at the younger AAU Level. He has been the Freshman Coach at Middletown South HS, JV and Varsity Assistant at Metuchen HS, assistant at Division III Drew University, Video Coordinator and Director of Basketball Operations at Division I Towson University, and Head Coach at Metuchen HS in Middlesex County. After the 2013-2014 season, Coach Korellis was named the Greater Middlesex County Blue Division Coach of the Year in just his second season. Jon has been around the game his whole life and really enjoys teaching the game to kids at all levels. Jon volunteers his time without any children involved in the program.
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Ira Goldstein has coached Mid Monmouth basketball for the last 16 years, during that time, he was an astounding 10 League Championships at 3 different age levels. He has coached AAU basketball for over 8 years at many different age levels. Coach Goldstein garners much respect in the area on and off the floor and is known for his tremendous ability to relate to his players, who are always in support of the coach. Coach Ira no longer has children who are eligible to play AAU, but continues to volunteer his time as a coach.
Cindy Fagan has coached at the travel level for the past 5 years and at the AAU level for the past 2 years. During her time as the Wall Mid Monmouth basketball coach, she has finished runner up twice and won the league this past season. Pevious to that, she was a personal trainer at the Atlantic Club in Wall NJ, where she also currently runs summer basketball camps for the past 10 years. Cindy was a 1000 point scorer in HS before she went to UNC Wilmington, where she is still the all time leader in assists and 3 point %. Cindy believes in success through the fundamentals of basketball and she is looking forward to making your daughter a better basketball player. Head Varsity Boys Coach at Neptune HS Joe Fagan is an assistant coach with this team.
Phil Buck played for nationally ranked Johnny Mac’s Eastern All Stars during his AAU high school years. Phil scored over 1,000 points for Cumberland HS. Coach Buck played his college ball at Division II - Wilmington University (formerly Wilmington College) in New Castle, Delaware. Phil departed Wilmington tied for the career assists record and was voted team MVP and All-League during his senior year. Phil was hired as Assistant Coach at Wilmington U., and served in that capacity from 1999-2001. He has coached in the Mid-Monmouth Travel League for the past 2 seasons.
Ed Arlington has currently been coaching Mid-Monmouth for the past 4 years. Coach Arlington brings an abundance of basketball knowledge and experience to our program. Coach Arlington played AAU basketball for the Asbury Park Boys Club & Neptune Biddy AAU teams. He was part of the 1981 (29-0) Neptune HS Team that won a Group IV State Title as well as a Shore Conference Title & finished the season ranked 3rd in the nation. Coach Arlington then went on to play at Stockton State College (Div III) but then transferred to Brookdale Community College, where he achieved First Team (Eastern Region) Junior College All-American honors. Coach Arlington is a firm believer that success only comes from Teamwork, knowledge and the Love for the game.
Mark Wilcox played Division I basketball at Rider University, where he graduated as the 13th all time leading scorer and 4th all time in assists. He led Rider to two conference championships and 2 NCAA Tournament appearances. Mark is a member of the Rider Basketball Hall of Fame. Coach Wilcox has coached the Little Silver Mid Monmouth team for the last 5 years, making the playoffs in all of those years.. He is a fantastic teacher of the game and we are very happy to have him coaching in our program.
John Vaccaro is a long time member of the Marlboro Mid Monmouth Basketball Organization. He has coached or assisted with Marlboro teams at all age levels for the last 12 years. During that time, Coach Vaccaro has been apart of 6 championship teams, He works very well with the kids, who enjoy his presence on and off the floor. John volunteers his time without a child on the team and is looking forward to making your son a better basketball player.
Jay Dorsey was a 4 year Varsity Baskertball Starter, 3 of those years in Virginia at Green Run High School and 1 year at Neptune HS in New Jersey. As a senior at Neptune, he won the Unsung Hero Award in both Basketball and Football. Coach Dorsey played at Grambling State University, where he was a 2 year starter as well as a 2 year Team Captain. He was 1st Team All Freshman in his Conference. After College, Jay began coaching in the Neptune Biddy League and helping out at Neptune High School. Jay volunteers his time without any children involved in the Jersey Force Program.
Dave Emery has 19 years experience coaching high school basketball. In his last Varsity coaching job at Shore Regional (2012-2014) he went 41-16 in two seasons. He was also the head coach at St. John Vianney for 11 years, where he coached numerous scholarship basketball players, including Matt Mullery (one of Brown University's all time best players). In 2006, he was inducted into the St. John Vianney Hall of Fame for having more wins than any other boys' basketball coach in school history. Dave is a fanatstic coach and we are honored to have him apart of our program.
Steve Bazaz coaches one of our U10 teams. He played at Monmouth University and was a member of the 2006 NEC championship team that appeared in the NCAA tournament vs #1 seed Villanova. He is currently the Assistant Intramural and Club Sport Director at Monmouth University and just recently completed his Masters degree in K-12 Physical Education and Health. Steve is also the lead color analyst for Monmouth University men's basketball broadcasts on ESPN3 and the Shore Sports Network. We are very excited to have Steve coaching in our program.