Bill, President of NMSBA, is a native of the Pacific Northwest having graduated from Interlake High in Bellevue, WA and is currently residing in Bend, OR. 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) 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 middle school 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 Gresham, Grants Pass, West Salem, Rainier, Raleigh Hills, Pendleton, Ashland, Medford, Bend, and Sheldon converged in Bend to battle for the state 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 middle school hoopers.
Eric is Tournament Director of our State Championships in Arizona, Colorado, and Illinois. 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 middle school players.
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.
Tameka, a Seattle, Washington native, provides valuable input to the Board through her past experiences as a college hooper, middle school coach and officiating. Her number one passion in life is coaching girls' basketball, which she has done for the past 20 years. She started her coaching career in 1997 and discovered shortly afterwards, coaching kids basketball was when she was the happiest. Since then she has had the pleasure of touching over 100 lives of young women, some of whom, have continued on 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 State Basketball Championship 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's 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 lots of playing time with her young Boxer, Vixen.
Andy is Tournament Director of the Oregon and Washington State Basketball Championships (SBC). Immediately prior to joining SBC, Andy worked three years for Oregon Tech Athletics. His work included the various roles of coaching, physical education course scheduling, and event operations. As a player, Andy had the opportunity to compete for Oregon Tech and former legendary men’s basketball coach Danny Miles, who amassed over 1000 wins in his coaching career. Andy was also a member of the 2008 NAIA National Championship team at Oregon Tech and 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 the University of San Francisco Men’s Basketball team in 2014. During his time in the Bay Area he also gained experience with the Golden State Warriors Youth Basketball Program and worked as an Event Manager at Stanford University.
Originally from Merced, CA, Andy recently married his beautiful wife Ku’uipolani in the summer of 2017.
As Director of Operations at State Basketball Championship (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.
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.
Simply put, Nick who founded Oregon Amateur Basketball, has grown the company into one of the largest middle school weekend tournament businesses in the Pacific Northwest. Pacific Northwest residents have 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 middle school basketball that he can't answer. He seeds teams in his OAB tourneys as he personally watches over 400 teams each season.
Nick also brings a unique perspective to the State Basketball Championship - as an official. Nick is a football referee in the Northwest Colleges Officials Association.
Carson is the Founder & Director of HSB Camps. HSB's mission mirrors that of the NMSBA, which is to serve a world-class basketball experience for everyone, regardless of size, ability or income. HSB Camps, offers individual instruction with current and former pro players, are in the upper echelon of camps in the west and include operations in Oregon and Washington. Carson knows firsthand how hard work as a young hooper can pay dividends. Carson was an All-Conference selection in high school (Sun Valley, ID), a Four Year Letterman and Team Captain in college (NCAA Div III University of Redlands), and spent several seasons in the NBA Development League, International Basketball League and British Basketball League.
Byron has a whopping 26+ years of experience playing and coaching basketball at the high school (Livermore, CA), college and international levels. For seven years (1998-2005), Byron was an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at two different Division I institutions - Eastern Washington University (Big Sky Conference) and Loyola Marymount University (West Coast Conference). Prior to his college coaching career, Byron spent four years playing professional basketball in Australia from 1995-1998. He graduated from Pepperdine University in 1993 with a degree in Public Relations where he was also a full scholarship student-athlete on the men's basketball team competing in both the NCAA (1991, 1992) and NIT (1993) tournaments.
At 6'8", Byron won't be hard to spot at our State Basketball Championship venues.