Bill, Executive Director of NMSBA, is a native of the Pacific Northwest having graduated from Interlake High in Bellevue, WA and currently resides in Scottsdale, AZ, which is national headquarters of State Basketball Championship (SBC). Bill founded Head2Head Sports in 1994 and oversaw the management of hundreds of football, baseball, basketball leagues and live events. He understands the necessary detail and hard work that goes into managing a league and maintaining the associated standings, rosters, and schedules. Bill and the Executive Board created NMSBA to answer the many challenges faced by middle school leagues and their volunteers.
Several years ago, Bill also coached a middle school traveling team for the Summit High School (Bend, OR) feeder program. After experiencing success at a few weekend tournaments, Bill and coaches from competing teams discussed the idea of staging an annual State tournament for the top youth league and tournament finishers. The result was a sold-out 2013 Oregon Middle School Basketball Championship which serves as a model and now drives multiple State Championships across the U.S.
The State concept was initially born when Bill's son played in the 2011-12 year old Oregon State Little League All-Stars Tournament. Teams from every corner of the state converged to battle for the title. It was a true 'state' event, as coaches, parents and players shared many stories of their district play and their exciting journeys to State. The tournament will be a lifelong memory for all of the kids and Bill aims to provide a similar experience for youth hoopers.
As Director of Operations at SBC, Bradley is the direct supervisor of the dozens of State Tournament Reps that attend SBC Qualifier tourneys throughout the country. Bradley also manages the many internal 'behind the scenes' SBC processes that guide the organization as well as serving as the Tournament Director for the Kansas and Pennsylvania State Tournaments. Bradley attended the University of Oregon where he was a high jumper and 4x400 runner for the highly rated Ducks Track and Field Team. During his career, the team won three Indoor and two Outdoor National Championships in addition to four straight Pac-12 Conference Titles. Bradley was named first team All-Conference in the high jump twice and five times was named to the All-Pac 12 academic team. Upon graduation Bradley was awarded with the Pac-12 post graduate scholarship which he used to attend Northwest Christian University and pursue his Masters in Teaching. While in graduate school Bradley used his final year of college eligibility to play basketball for the NCU Beacons. Bradley finished the year as the team Defensive MVP while helping his team win its second straight conference title and advance to the NAIA Sweet Sixteen at the National Tournament. During his summers, Bradley volunteers as a local high school JV coach and serves as camp director at several youth camps.
Andy is Tournament Director of the Oregon and Washington State Basketball Championships. Prior to joining SBC, Andy worked for the athletic department staff at Oregon Tech. Some of his duties included coaching, game operations, and PE course scheduling. As a former collegiate basketball player, Andy had the opportunity to compete for Oregon Tech and Danny Miles, the former legendary Men's Basketball Coach, who amassed over 1000 wins in his coaching career. Andy was a member of the 2008 NAIA National Championship squad at Oregon Tech, in addition to teams that earned multiple conference titles, and NAIA Sweet 16 appearances. He finished his degree in Management in 2011.
Upon completing his undergraduate degree and playing career, Andy obtained his Master’s Degree in Sport Management at the University of San Francisco, which was highlighted by a season serving as a Graduate Assistant for the University of San Francisco Men’s Basketball team in 2014. During his time in the Bay Area, he also coached at the junior college level, in addition to working camps and clinics with the Golden State Warriors Youth Basketball Program.
During the summer months, Andy is typically working a basketball camp somewhere, as it's hard to keep him away from the gym for too long. He is very grateful for the places and people the game has connected him with.
Byron begins his second run with State Basketball Championship after serving as the Tournament Director for the boys and girls tournament in Oregon from 2014-2017. Prior to rejoining the SBC family, he was the General Manager and Director of Basketball Operation for a private training facility in Bend, OR overseeing all aspects of the business while teaching the game of basketball to boys and girls of all ages.
Byron attended Pepperdine University and was a key member of the men’s basketball team when they enjoyed back-to-back WCC league championships and NCAA and NIT tournament berths. After graduation, he played professionally in Australia for four years and then coached Division I basketball for seven years at two different schools, Eastern Washington University (2 years) and Loyola Marymount University (5 years).
Byron now lives in the Scottsdale area and enjoys spending time with his family hiking and swimming, and entertaining the newest member of their family, an Australian Shepherd named Teddy.
Kaimen is the Tournament Director for State Basketball Championships in Illinois, Colorado, and Missouri. A native of Arizona, Kaimen graduated from Fairfax High School in Phoenix, where his team earned the school’s first-ever State Championship in 2011. He subsequently played college ball for Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, and Waldorf University in Iowa. During his time at Waldorf, he played alongside several All-Americans and helped Waldorf earn their highest national ranking in school history.
Kaimen’s passion for basketball carried over to his professional life. Prior to joining SBC, he served as Sports Director at the Valley of the Sun YMCA, where he launched several sports programs, camps, and events, and achieved a 100% increase in basketball program participation. He has also coached a variety of youth basketball teams, ranging from Pre-K to 8th graders.
Kaimen received a bachelor's degree in Business Management and Marketing from Waldorf University in 2017. He currently lives in Phoenix with his wife, Jackie, and his two children, Dante and Kaidence.
Eric is Tournament Director of the State Championship in Arizona. Eric is a proud graduate of Arizona State University and has lived in Phoenix since 1993. As an All-District guard in high school while growing up in Dallas, Eric participated in dozens of statewide tournaments and leagues throughout Texas, and also participated in the national Five-Star Basketball Camps multiple times. Being a point guard, the major lesson learned was to find ways to set up his teammates for success and this has translated well to State tourney employees.
After his playing days, Eric has worked in various positions that have required sharp attention to detail, successful organization of large groups and a strong focus on “why are we doing this?” As Tournament Director, Eric’s focus is all about the players, their enjoyment and their experience. As an experienced middle school coach, he understands the desire of the player to compete and the life changing impact basketball can have.
Eric’s goal for all State Basketball Championships is to offer a well communicated and smoothly run event with the prime focus being a memorable experience for the youth players.
Devre is the Marketing Manager for State Basketball Championship. Devre recently graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Strategic Communication. While at OSU, Devre was a member of the Oklahoma State Track and Field team her freshman year and competed in the pentathlon. She then went on to try out for the Oklahoma State Pom Squad, where she was a member for three years and served as the OSU Pom Social Media Coordinator her last year on the team.
Before college, Devre grew up in Woodward, OK where she attended Woodward High School. During her years as a Woodward Boomer she played five different sports including: basketball, fastpitch softball, track and field, dance team and cross country. In 2016 Devre and her team won the Oklahoma Class 5A Girls State Basketball Championship and Devre was selected as a member of the State Tournament All-Tournament Team. Devre also won two individual State Championships in the 100 meter hurdles and 300 meter hurdles and she holds the Woodward High School school record in both events. She was also All-State in Track and Field and the first All-State Fastpitch Softball player in Woodward High School history. As a senior, Devre served as the Boomer Dance Team Captain and was also selected as the “Vype Magazine” Area Female Athlete of the Year.
Devre is passionate about sports and is so excited to join the team at State Basketball Championship.
Nick founded Oregon Amateur Basketball, which has grown into one of the largest youth tournament businesses in the West. You've likely met Nick at the gym, because for over 20 years, Nick has personally managed hundreds of individual tournaments throughout the Willamette Valley, involving teams from Oregon and Washington. Middle school coaches love OAB tourneys because officials are punctual, game schedules are precise, gyms are ready for play, and the competition is top notch. Nick brings incredible experience to NMSBA as there's not a question about youth basketball that he can't answer. He personally seeds teams in his OAB tourneys as he personally watches over 400 teams each season.
Ike is a key piece of the State Championship committee as he wears several hats during the hoops season. You may see Ike at Qualifier tournaments awarding the popular Golden Tickets to teams immediately after they qualify for State. Or you may see Ike hustling down the court as an official at the State tournament each March. Ike is also Assignor for the dozens of officials that travel to work a State tournament.
Ike has an incredible resume with over thirty years in the officiating world at the following levels: NBA/CBA, International Basketball League (IBL National Assignment Coordinator), American Basketball Association (West Regional Assignment Coordinator), NCAA (D1, DII, DIII), NAIA, Junior College and High School. He is past President of the California Basketball Officials Association/Los Angeles (CBOA-LA Unit) which has had 500+ members. The CBOA provides officiating services for the LA Unified School District.
Raised in Los Angeles, Ike has lived in the Pacific Northwest since May of 2004. Ike currently resides in Kent, Washington and away from the court he is the owner of Broussard's Creole Foods and works in several local community youth programs.
A Seattle, WA native, Tameka provides valuable input to the Board through her past experiences as a college hooper, middle school coach, and referee. She started her coaching career in 1997 and soon discovered that coaching kids basketball made her the happiest. Since then, she has had the pleasure of touching over 100 lives of young women, some of whom have continued to play at some of the top colleges around the country. For her, coaching, influencing and shaping lives is the most rewarding and fulfilling part of her life. Although she has coached nearly every age group, she currently enjoys coaching middle school girls the most. When Tameka's not coaching basketball, she is playing; and when she's not playing, she's refereeing the game. So, it is safe to say, basketball is a huge part of her life. Tameka's initial introduction to SBC was as a coach of a team that was fortunate enough to earn the right to participate two years in a row. And when her team wasn't playing, she was in her "stripes" officiating some of the games throughout the tournament. Tameka works closely with another Executive Board member, Ike Durham, to coordinate and schedule officials to ensure coverage of the hundreds of games over the State Tournament weekend. Her head may be spinning throughout the weekend, but she enjoys every moment of it. Everything is worth it as long as the kids have a good time and a fun experience. When she's not coaching, playing or refereeing; she spends her days as a Human Resources and Payroll Manager for the University of Washington, and in the small bit of spare time that's left, she is an independent HR consultant for small business owners - focusing on providing consultation on employment law, and employee relations issues and experiences unique to small business owners. In the few hours left in the day/week, she enjoys spending time at her favorite spot, Seahurst Park, and plays with her young Boxer, Vixen.
Todd has 19 years of high school and college coaching experience. Coach Fazio spent his last four years as Red Mountain High School’s head boys basketball. During his time leading the Mountain Lions, they averaged 17 wins per season and qualified for the Arizona High School state tournament in all four seasons. Coach Fazio was named 2016-17 East Valley Region Coach of the Year.
Prior to Red Mountain, Coach Fazio was the head coach at Desert Mountain High School for eight seasons. During the eight-year stretch, Coach Fazio’s teams amassed a record of 144-88 with a 2007 AZ High School state championship and two additional final four appearances in 2011 & 2013. Coach Fazio was the 2007 5A Coach of the Year and the Desert Valley Region Coach of the Year in 2009 & 2011.
Coach Fazio is a founding member of the Arizona Basketball Coaches Association (ABCA) and is currently the Executive Director. He is also the founder and Program Director of Roots Hoops, a skill development academy.
Coach Fazio resides in Phoenix with his wife, Charlene, and their daughter, Isabella.