The Jersey Force AAU Basketball Organization was founded in 2012 by Joe Stein. In our first season, we had 4 teams, the program doubled in size in its second season, to 8 teams. We again increased by 4 teams and had 12 teams in our 3rd season. In our 4th and 5th seasons, we had 15 teams, in our 6th year, we had 17 teams, and the program still stands at 17 teams in our 7th year, making us one of the largest Boys AAU Basketball Organization in the state of New Jersey. For our first 3 years, we were a Reebok gear sponsored program. This will be our 4th year as 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. Over the past 3 graduating classes, we have had 10 players sign Division I scholarships, 4 players sign Division II scholarships, and 7 players go on to play Division 3 Basketball. The Jersey Force is registered with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) as a member of the NJ Association. #theforceway
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. in 2017, Coach Stein's U16 team finished #7 in the country (according to IndiHoops.com). Last year, Joe's U17 team had 5 players sign to play Division I Basketball.
Joe Stein Sr has coached AAU basketball for the past 20 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 NJ state tournament, 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 7 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 6 different levels (U10, U12, U13, U15, U16, & U17) at the young age of 28. 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. Last year, Andrew's U17 team was the runner up at the Elevate Hoops Spring Showdown and a Final 4 participate at the Hoop Group Pitt 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.
Ryan Finch played his HS ball at Hunterdon Central HS before moving on to play college basketball at McDaniel College. After his playing career concluded, Coach Finch was an assistant coach at Muhlenberg College for 5 years. After that, Ryan worked at The Hoop Group where he served as the Director of Skills Camp, HG Headquarters, and the NJ ShoreShots AAU Program. Coach Finch was an assistant coach at CBA for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons. He is currently the Head Coach at St John Vianney. Ryan serves as our programs Assistant Director and Director of our Youth Program (Grades 3rd-8th).
Jim Woods played his high school ball at Don Bosco Prep in NJ. From 1999-2001, he served as the Director of Hoop Group Elite Camp as well as Team Events Director. In 2001, he was hired as an assistant coach at the University of New Hampshire, where he spent 2 seasons. After a brief hiatus from the game, Coach Woods served as the Head Coach at Cristo Rey HS in NY from 2012-2016. Jim has no children involved in the program and volunteers his time to coach with us. He is a tremendous addition to our staff.
Joe Fagan is currently the Head Coach at Neptune HS. He was the Head Coach at Jackson Memorial for 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 almost 20 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.
Craig Bartner played college basketball at Division III powerhouse University of Rochester. After he was done playing and had children, he served as the commissioner of the Colts Neck Travel Basketball organization and coached Colts Neck in the mid-monmouth league for several years. Craig is a student of the game, who loves watching and teaching it. He will be a tremendous addition to our coaching staff as another non dad with a love for the game.
Ira Goldstein has coached Mid Monmouth basketball for the last 18 years, during that time, he was an astounding 10 League Championships at 3 different age levels. He has coached AAU basketball for over 10 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 is currently a Varsity Assistant at St John Vianney HS. Coach Ira no longer has children who are eligible to play AAU, but continues to volunteer his time as a coach.
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 5 seasons.
Hank Weiss played high school basketball at Penn Charter for Speedy Morris in the Philadelphia Catholic League. With a son at Carnegie Melon and a daughter at Emory, both currently playing, Coach Weiss has 10 years of travel & AAU basketball coaching experience in Monmouth County. Hank is volunteering his time without a son involved in the program and we are very lucky to have someone with such vast experience on our staff.
Justin Simboli played three years of varsity basketball at Old Bridge High School. Post high school, he continued his career at Middlesex County College where he ranked top 50 nationally for three point percentage and makes. Justin has experience coaching numerous camps including 76ers camp. Justin is currently a Varsity Assistant Coach at St John Vianney HS.
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.
Steve Bazaz is currently an assistant coach at Christian Brothers Academy and coaches two of our 14U teams. Steve 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 has several years of experience coaching youth, high school and collegiate basketball. Steve also serves as the lead color analyst for all Monmouth University men's basketball broadcasts on ESPN3 and the Shore Sports Network. . Steve volunteers his time without any children in the program and we are very excited to have Steve coaching with us.
Jay Griffin played HS basketball at Clark NJ and college hoops at William Patterson. After his playing career ended, Coach Griffin started the NJ Titans AAU Program and has worked camps/run skills programs for Unity Basketball Club, Rahway Rams, Westfield Basketball, Old Bridge Basketball, Express Sports, Kevin Boyle Camp and The Hoop Group. Griffin was the Head Coach at Cardinal McCarrick HS from 2013-2015, he most recently coached with the NJ Roadrunners AAU Program and a Varsity Assistant Coach at St Mary’s in Elizabeth. Coach Griffin has 14 years of coaching experience at the HS and AAU level and he is a tremendous addition to our program. Currently, Coach Griffin is an assistant coach at John Jay College.
Tim Rhatigan was a member of the 2012 Middletown North Central Jersey Group 4 state champions. He is now in his third season as an assistant coach & JV coach for Middletown North HS. Coach has also spent the last 2 years coaching Middletown in the mid monmouth league. We are very excited to have an intelligent, young HS coach in our program.
Justin Vogel played high school basketball at Wildwood High School, where he was starter for 2 years. After graduating from college, Coach Vogel was on the Wildwood High School coaching staff where he served at different times as the freshmen coach, JV Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach. More recently, Coach Vogel has coached Mid Monmouth basketball for 4 years, turning a previously underperforming group into a perennial contender. Justin coached Howell High School’s entry into the 2016 Fall Varsity League, and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Howell Basketball Club. He really enjoys the teaching aspect of basketball and relates well with the kids. Justin is also the brother of Frank Vogel, current head of the Orlando Magic.
James Savage is a Monmouth University Graduate, James Savage has been involved with coaching at the High School and AAU for 10 years. At Moore Catholic in Staten Island, Savage served as the Head JV Coach and Varsity Assistant. He has coached at the AAU level with Staten Island Mavericks and Staten Island Lightning. He has been a camp counselor with Carnesecca - Sarachek, Rocky Ferrante, and Premier Basketball Camp.
Randall Stallworth played high school basketball at Monsignor Donovan High School (now Donovan Catholic) before moving on to play at the Division II collegiate level at Stonehill College in Massachusetts. At the conclusion of his collegiate career, Coach Stallworth returned to his high school alma mater to join the varsity basketball coaching staff as an Assistant Coach, under the guidance of Mike Kearney. In the summer of 2018, Coach Stallworth joined the AAU circuit by coaching with Team Supreme from See the Rim Academy. Coach Stallworth is a young up and coming coach with lots of energy, a great ability to relate to the players while teaching them the game.
Mark Donnelly played high school basketball at Red Bank Regional where they won the Shore Conference Championship as well as the Group 3 State Championship and competed in the Tournament of Champions. He was 1st Team All Shore and 1st Team All State as a senior. He played college basketball for Bob McKillop at Davidson College where he was All-Southern Conference and led his team to NCAA Tournament in 1998. After college he briefly played overseas in Italy, as well as in the CBA and USBL. He has a wife and four children and has been coaching Mid Monmouth and AAU teams locally for the past several years. We are excited to have someone with such an accomplished playing career on staff to help out student athletes achieve their goals of playing college basketball.
Mike Rotando played high school ball at Point Pleasant Beach High School before moving on to play college basketball at Division 2’s Bloomfield and Georgian Court. After college, was hired as the head JV coach at New Egypt High School where he spent two years before becoming the head JV coach at St. John Vianney High School, where he has spent the last two seasons. This is his fourth season with the Jersey Force.
Rich Weise joins our staff with a world of playing and coaching experience. Rich played 4 years at Rider University as one of the school leaders in assists with 314 assists in 97 games played. Former President & Program Director of the highly successful Mid Jersey Maverick AAU program. Most recently, Rich was the 14U NJ Shoreshots head coach.
Chris Diller played Division II basketball at East Stroudsburg University where he was a four-year starter and scored over 1,000 points. From 2004-2006 Chris was JV Head Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach at Wesley Chapel High School in Florida. During that time he coached several youth clinics and camps at Eckerd College. Most recently, Chris has been coaching the NJ Wildcats at the AAU level and has been doing so for the past four year.
Evan Elberg enters his fourth season on the bench as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator for the Lions. Primarily working with the guards and overall team defense, he helped guide TCNJ to the NJAC playoffs in each of his first three seasons and its first appearance in the NJAC tournament championship game since 1998 in 2016. TCNJ has accumulated a 53-27 overall record and 37-17 conference record since Elberg joined the staff. In 2015-16 and 2017-18 the team led the NJAC in three-point shooting, averaging 9.6 and 10.7 three-pointers made per game. Elberg comes from Washington College (MD) after serving as the assistant there for the 2014-15 season. Prior that he was an assistant at his Alma Mater, Drew University, where he had a successful four-year career. In the summer of 2015, Elberg helped guide the 15U NJ Roadrunners to a NJ State Title.
Christian Cruz played at Bergen Community College and since 2006 has coached high school basketball in Hudson County, NJ and during the summer at Hoop Group’s Elite and Junior Elite camps. He is currently a Varsity Assistant Coach at Ferris High School. Also training high level players that are playing college and overseas.
Matt Talbot played varsity high school basketball at Roselle Park for 3 years. After high school he went on to get a Master’s Degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Sports Administration. He has been the JV basketball coach at Roselle Park for the past 4 years along with an assistant varsity coach for the past 5. He has aau coaching experience with East Coast and Hoop Nation as well.
Tim Balaquiot has been coaching with Calvary Christian High School in Old Bridge for over 8 years. He has coached both the middle school and high school varsity teams. During his time there, Tim became the Head JV Coach and the Assistant Coach to the Varsity team. He helped to grow the basketball program into a successful, thriving program; helping to lead the varsity team to a Penn-Jersey League Championship and two State Tournament Appearances .Tim also worked as an Assistant Athletic Director at Calvary and during his time as Assistant AD, Tim helped to send three players to play college ball at both the Division 2 (Georgian Court) and Division 3 (Cairn) levels.