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. This year, we will have 10 teams in our 3rd season. 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. 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, is 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 2 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 5 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 4 different levels (U12, U13, U15, U16) at the young age of 25. 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 Jackson Memorial HS, where he has compiled over 100 wins in 5 seasons, 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) & 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.
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 now he is the current Head Coach at Metuchen HS in Middlesex County, where he was named 2013-2014 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.
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 5 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 played competitively in many forums, including AAU, High School, & Division I College Basketball. Cindy was a 1,000 point scorer in HS, after that, she received a full scholarship to play at UNC Wilmington, where she was apart of the All Rookie Team (87-88), all Defensive 1st Team (90), and where she still is the All Time Assist & 3pt % leader. Since Coach Fagan concluded her playing days, she has run the Atlantic Club Girls Basketball Camp for the past 7 years and has been coaching Mid Monmouth for the past 4, where she has reached the title game twice.
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 currently coaches in the Mid-Monmouth Travel League at the U8 division.
Mike Cervelino has been coaching competitive AAU basketball at the High School level for the last 12 years. While coaching the NJ Cyclones, he has produced multiple Division I players such as Will Martell (Rhode Island), Sean Baptiste (FDU), Marcus Blakely (Vermont), Mike Bersch (American), and Norwua Agho (Columbia) to name a few. Mike has also coached at the middle school level for Ocean Elementary School, where he won more than 75% of his games. Mike has always volunteered his time while coaching AAU to help kids reach their dream of playing college basketball.
John Helbock has been coaching Mid Monmouth boys basketball teams for Holmdel for the past 7 years. He has coached on both the Freshman & Junior Varsity levels in upstate New York. He was the President of the Youth Sports Association in Holmdel that supported recreational and competitive sports teams for 4 years. Coach John is a great teacher of the game and believes the game should be played a certain way.
Lou Mezzina played at Manalapan High School, where he led the team to the school’s first and only state championship (CJ Group IV). He was recognized as both All Monmouth County and All-Shore Conference. In college, he played for NJIT in Newark, NJ, where he scored 1100+ points and was named Rookie of the Year (IAC) and All Conference for 3 years. After his time at NJIT, Coach Mezzina continued playing basketball in the Jersey Shore League for Larson Ford. He has coached both girls and boys travel basketball teams in Manalapan and is currently an assistant coach on the Manalapan boys 5th grade team that has amassed a 95-13 record over three years, that includes a Mid Monmouth regular season title. He also has run skills sessions for the rec program.
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