Eric, an Executive Board Member of the National Middle School Basketball Association (NMSBA), is leading the Middle School Basketball Championships in AZ, CO and IL as Tournament Director. 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, but 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.
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 the Arizona State Basketball Championship is to offer a well communicated and smoothly run event with the prime focus being a memorable experience for the middle school players.
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.
Aaron was a highly decorated high school center in Michigan and was recruited by many D2 & D3 schools. After the difficult decision to end his competitive playing days, Aaron came to Arizona and enrolled at UofA. As a Wildcat, Aaron trained with the basketball team and with multiple ex-NBA players. Since graduation, Aaron has become a strong presence in the youth basketball scene in Tucson. For the past 15 years, he has been organizing and operating tournaments in addition to coaching, developing and mentoring youth athletes. His focus is on youth opportunity and empowerment. As a firm believer in the life lessons that basketball teaches, he has enjoyed watching the State Championship grow in Arizona. You will see Aaron not only at the State Championship, but also at many Qualifying Events in Southern AZ.
Matt has been a Physical Education Teacher for 10 years at Mountain Sky Junior High and Thunderbird High in Phoenix. He is currently the Head JV Boys Basketball Coach at Thunderbird. Coach Nalette has been at the forefront of Arizona’s middle school basketball scene for the past decade. During his tenure as the Boys Basketball Coach at Mountain Sky Junior High from 2008 to 2017, his teams have consistently been among the elite teams in the state of Arizona. He has guided the Eagles to 7 district championships as well as several tournament championships across the valley. The 2016-2017 Eagles finished with a perfect 27-0 record on their way to winning the Inaugural Arizona Middle School State Basketball Championship in Tucson. Coach Nalette has also worked with hundreds of developing young basketball players over the past 8 years at the Mountain Sky and Thunderbird Summer Skills Camps.
Although Coach Nalette no longer coaches at the middle school level, he will play a key role for the State Championship by ensuring that the focus is on the student athletes and high level, fair competition.
Stacie brings a huge passion for sports and competition with incredible experience in running major events with passionate sports fans. Stacie’s primary role is to bring all aspects of the tournament ranging from the website, game officials, facilities and vendors, hold them accountable and ensure all participants are working effectively to create an experience that will be memorable for all of the boys and girls competing in the tournament.
A native of Arizona and graduate of Arizona State University, Stacie is excited to bring the State Basketball Championship to her home state.
Dana is the co-founder, coach and trainer at PowerHouse Hoops Academy in Scottsdale. Born and raised in Scottsdale, AZ, Dana graduated from Saguaro High School where he was named City of Scottsdale Player of the Year, All Region Player of the year and All State his senior year. After High School Dana went to Mesa Community College, playing for some of the top coaches in the State of AZ, Tom Bennett and Royce Yourie. At MCC the team was ranked #1 in the country at the end of his Sophomore year. Dana played with 4 other players that earned Division 1 scholarships including current Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach Mike Brown. After MCC Dana received a Division 1 scholarship to Southern Utah University. As a team captain at SUU Dana helped lead the team to it's first 20 win season, during his senior year. Dana averaged 21 pts and 9.5 rebounds per game while shooting 58% from the field, ranking him in the top 50 Division 1 players in all 3 areas during his senior year. Dana finished his career with 34 career double doubles. He also ended his career ranked in the top ten all time in rebounding, single season scoring, career field goal percentage and steals in a single game at SUU, He earned team MVP and Athlete of the Year for SUU. Dana has 20 years of coaching in both youth and High Schools basketball (Horizon High School & Tempe High School as Varsity Assistant). Dana in married to his wife Lisa and their 3 kids, son Cole, and daughters Rylee and Samantha.
Bill, President of the National Middle School Basketball Association (NMSBA), lived in Scottsdale for 15 years. As an Arizona resident, 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 was instrumental in the creation of the State Basketball Championships, beginning in 2013 at a sold-out Oregon Middle School Basketball Championship. The success in Oregon has been the fuel that now drives multiple State Championships across the country. Bill is excited to lend his experience at the Arizona Middle School Basketball Championship where needed.