Our State Committee is pleased to announce its 2021-22 State Tournament Reps. You'll find our Reps in the gym attending State Qualifier tournaments to award golden ticket State invites to the top finishing teams. You can't miss them wearing their bright orange #SeeYouAtState tshirts. Please say "hello"!
Dennis was raised an Oregonian and spent his youth between Salem and Eugene. He graduated from Sprague High School in Salem and went on to get his bachelor’s degree at the University of Oregon. Born in Eugene, he was destined to be a Duck as his father and older brothers all attended the U of O.
Dennis works in Business Development for Global Display Digital in Portland, OR and teaches a speed and agility course for athletes. One of his passions is to educate and help improve athletes of all ages to improve their athletic self and education awareness. He can be found training himself outside on synthetic field turf, in the weight room, and spending time with his family and friends. He loves the game of basketball and how it can build strong character in those who play and also coach the game.
Niki played volleyball, basketball and softball and Clackamas Community College. After getting married and starting a family with her high school sweetheart, her children followed in her footsteps as standout athletes, achieving first-team All-Leauge/All State in basketball during their high school careers.
Niki is working on a book about her late Instagram famous dog, White Eyed Rowdy, who was an ambassador for the skin disorder Vitiligo. White Eyed Rowdy was highlighted on ESPN’s “Top 10 Plays of The Day”, Dr. Oz, The View, Inside Edition, the Hallmark Channel and featured in countless articles about how he changed the lives of children and adults who live with this skin condition.
Outside of her State Rep activities, Niki works in the Cancer Service Line at Kaiser Permanente. She is an active supporter of several non-profits that advocate for cancer research, and is proud to take part in finding the cure for the disease.
Julie resides in Portland and is an Oregon native. She has several years’ experience coaching youth sports and running various tournaments for all levels of competition. Outside of her State Rep activities, Julie works as a Project Manager and enjoys playing and watching basketball in her spare time.
Stephen was born in Lubbock, Texas but grew up in Pendleton, Oregon for most of his life. He graduated from high school in 2017 and then proceeded to graduate with a degree in Biology in hopes to attend medical school and become a physician. Stephen began playing basketball in 7th grade and fell in love with the sport. He played all 4 years of high school and his senior year Stephen and his team took 4th place in the 5A OSAA tournament. Outside his role as a State Rep, he enjoy playing video games, pickup basketball games and bowling.
Zach was born and raised in Tillamook, Oregon. He played through middle school and all fours years in high school. He started playing when he was seven but didn't play on a team until he was in the 6ht grade. For his senior project and the following year, he was an assistant coach for the middle school boys basketball team. He also coached and was a referee for the YMCA boys basketball and helped coordinate the events on the weekends as well. Zach assisted in training camps to help the youth progress their game and become better players overall. His current hobbies include playing and watching basketball and football. Anytime that he can help the youth improve their game and become better players and teammates, it is a different level of excitement and that's why he loves the game of basketball.
Ryan grew up playing football, basketball and baseball but primarily focused on baseball. He participated in Club Baseball and graduated frim Oregon State with a bachelor of science in Kinesiology. He is also currently studying to earn a teaching license at Western Oregon University in physical education. Ryan played a few years of basketball at the youth level and also played in an adult leagues before as well. He has coached at kids summer camps and coached basketball at the camps. Ryan grew up as a huge Trailblazers fan and always keeps up with the latest on the team. When Ryan is not at class or studying he spends his time as a travel baseball coach for Portland Baseball Club. In his free time Ryan enjoys playing video games, working out or playing with his dog.
A Washington native, Connor joined the State Basketball Championship staff with a deep passion for youth sports, athletics and warm hospitality. With a degree in Sports Management and Communication from Washington State University, Connor brings experience in athletics, marketing and digital media. While earning his degree, Connor served as a member of the Washington State Athletic Marketing team where he developed his skillset in social media, graphic design, and digital communications. He currently works full-time in Beaverton, OR at VillaSport as the Sport and Event Lead. His experience in athletics and customer service make him a strong asset to the SBC team.
D.J. is 27 years old and currently resides in Bend Oregon. He works at Boneyard Brewing Company in packaging and operations where he has worked for about a year and a half now. On the weekends, he is usually flying his drone capturing the beauty of Oregon from above, or competing in an intense game of spike ball. He has lived most of his life in the great pacific northwest in parts of Washington and Oregon. Growing up in Washington, he was a fan of the Sonics until they ripped his heart out and left Seattle. He now cheers for the Portland Trail Blazers or whatever team is playing against Lebron. D.J. grew up playing basketball, baseball and football. Eventually, baseball ousted the others and he played baseball at the University of Campbellsville and graduated in 2017 with a degree in business administration. Although he stopped playing basketball in high school it has always been his favorite sport to play and watch. D.J. is extremely excited to be back around the game and the young athletes as they compete for a state championship.