We're excited to extend a warm "State" welcome to our newest State Tournament Reps listed below. Each Rep will attend official, weekend State Qualifier tournaments to award Golden Ticket invites to the top two finishing teams at each grade and to answer any questions from coaches and families. Please say "hello" when you see them!
Courtney lives in McClellandtown and is a Girls Varsity Assistant coach at Jefferson Morgan HS. She was also an All-American and 1,000 point scorer for Penn State Fayette's basketball team and currently shares her hoops knowledge with a local youth hoops program. This summer, Courtney received her Masters in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration - Congrats Courtney!
Nicole resides in Pittsburgh. She played college basketball at Edinboro University in PA where she graduated with a 2018 BS in Health and Physical Education. At Edinboro, Nicole was also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and was named a “Scholar Athlete”.
Jalil resides in Philadelphia, recently a strength and conditioning coach for youth and adults at City Fitness Philadelphia where he helps to develop players into better athletes. A two- time certified fitness instructor with a background in nutrition and exercise science. When he does have free time, he also coaches 8U basketball for Lawn Rest Recreational Center in Olney, Philadelphia. With health and fitness under his belt he is a heavy hitter when it comes to the Basketball scene.
Billy Owens was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he led Carlisle High School to four consecutive state championships. His senior year, he was considered the number one high school basketball player in the country. He continued his career playing for the Syracuse Orange, where he earned the Big East Player of year in 1991 before leaving to the enter the NBA Draft. Owens was drafted the third overall pick to the Sacramento Kings and played for 11 years in the league. He now resides outside of Philadelphia and since retirement has been an assistant coach for Rutgers Camden University for 10 years.
Safiyyah grew up in the Wynnefield section of West Philadelphia and currently resides in Delaware County, PA. She grew up watching the St Joseph's University women's basketball team and received two scholarships to their Summer Basketball Camp. She went on to play basketball through both middle and high school. She currently is finishing up at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, matriculating towards a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sports and Recreation Management. She has played intramural basketball at Temple, and is also a member of the Society of Minorities in Sport. She is currently a Facilities Operations Supervisor with University of Pennsylvania's Campus Recreation department. During her free time, she is a volunteer basketball coach for a non-profit organization in Yeadon, PA, serving children ages 6-18. Youth development through athletics is one of her many passions, so she is very excited to start her 2nd season with State Basketball Championship!
Sarafina grew up in Potomac, MD, but her family hails from Ghana. She has a master’s degree in Psychology and is pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at Carlow University. Basketball was a big part of her life growing up in Maryland, and after being recruited by several college basketball programs, she chose to play at Saint Mary’s College of Maryland. Sarafina credits the sport for making her who she is today.
Now residing in Pittsburgh, Sarafina is a therapist, artist, and student. She loves working with people, meditating, practicing art therapy, and serving as an advocate for LGBTQQ+ communities. She was recently married and welcomed a new puppy into her family.
Matt currently resides outside the Pittsburgh area in Leechburg, PA. He recently earned a BS in Sports Management from Slippery Rock University. Before transferring to Slippery Rock, Matt played basketball at CCAC Boyce campus. While at Slippery Rock University, he was involved with the Sport Management department, the Intramural Program, and was a University Program Board committee member. Matt was previously an associate athletic director and a Scout for the Steel City Yellow Jackets.