SJ JAZZ COACHES
Thank you for taking the time to visit our coach’s page. Over the years we have been blessed to have some of the most experienced, dedicated and talented coaches contribute to our organization's success. We have found that it's consistent coaching that builds programs, draws talent and creates a positive environment for our players and parents. After you look at our 2019 coaching staff please take a few minutes of your time and check out our current coaches and former Alumni who have gone on to coach at the High School and College level.
Steve Horsley –Coach Horsley is the Assistant Director and Social Media Director for the South Jersey Jazz and the Basketball Development group. Coach Horsley is now entering his 17th year with the organization and has over 21 years of coaching experience. Steve has worked with players of all ages from 8 year old to college. He prides himself in developing talent and has a proven record of getting the most out of each athlete. This year coach Horsley will head coach one of our 10th grade 16u teams. Coach Horsley currently serves as the assistant varsity coach for the boys basketball team at Hammonton High School. He also has prior experience with the Hammonton freshman and Junior varsity programs, Folsom middle school program, Hammonton Bulldog travel basketball club and the Waterford Township Athletic Association.
Reese Bassett – Coach Bassett has been an SJ Jazz coach for 7 years. Recently, Coach Bassett served as the head coach for a highly successful 11th grade Jazz team, consisting of numerous players who received interest from college programs. He is an advocate of hard work and flourishes at teaching fundamental skills. During the 2019 season coach Bassett will serve as an assistant coach with our 10th grade 16u team.
Sug Miller – Having now been a member of the SJ Jazz coach staff for approximately eight years, Coach Miller began his tenure as an assistant coach to the club’s founder and director – Jim Gulla. It is well known throughout the SJ Jazz community that Coach Miller has an ability to understand the game from the perspective of his players and thrives at communicating with players of all ages. During the 2019 season he will be working as an assistant for the 10th grade 16u team.
Matt O’Keefe – Coach O’Keefe is one of the program’s most passionate and energetic coaches. He has now been a member of the SJ Jazz organization for eight years, spending two years as a player and six years in the coaching capacity. As a coach, he is known to stress defensive fundamentals, high energy and strong communication skills amongst all of his players. During the 2019 season coach O'Keefe will be coaching as the head coach of our 9th grade 15u team.
Ron Battle – Coach Battle had a great year in 2018. His 6th grade team continued playing after the AAU season and continued to win. They won 5 championships, 5 second place finishes and qualified for Nationals were they finished in Second place. Coach Battle who is a licensed surgical podiatrist and the current Commissioner and Co-Director of the Gateway Youth Basketball program is now entering his 4th season as a SJ Jazz coach. This season he will serve as the head coach of one of our 7th grade teams.
Erik Green – Before joining the SJ Jazz coaching staff to head the 4th grade travel team in 2017, Coach Green was a four-year varsity standout at Overbrook High School who played one year of Semi-Pro basketball. He has acquired prior head coaching experience through the Pine Hill Youth Association. An alumni of the SJ Jazz who spent over five years as a player, Coach Green has a long history with the SJ Jazz organization. In fact, Coach Green was a pivotal member of the 2002 SJ Jazz 15U team that finished 8th place in the country after appearing in the AAU national tournament in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year coach Green will be the head coach of the programs 6th grade 12u team.
Andre Cantey – Now entering his seventh season as an SJ Jazz coach, Coach Cantey also brings over eight years of head coaching experience with the Pine Hill Youth Association. He has an established history of effectively communicating with both parents and players alike. A former varsity player at Overbrook High School, Coach Cantey went on to graduate from Clark Atlantic University with a degree in Business Management. He will be the coach of one of the SJ Jazz 11th grade teams during the 2019 season.
Ed Coryell, Jr. – Coach Coryell, who has acquired roughly twenty-seven years of experience coaching basketball in the southern New Jersey region, enters his seventh season with the SJ Jazz in 2018. One of the organization’s most experienced and well-diversified coaches, Coach Coryell has experience coaching players ranging from eight-year-old boys and girls to varsity level seniors in high school. In this regard, Coach Coryell has proved his ability to develop talent and has seen many of his players go on to compete at the college level. Coach Coryell will be approaching the 2019 season with his typical level of passion and will be heading one of the programs 11th grade 17u teams.
Ray Jordan – Now entering his sixth season as a member of the SJ Jazz coaching staff, Coach Jordan brings with him an additional six years of AAU head coaching experience for Mainstream Basketball of Winslow Township. Coach Jordan is a certified basketball official who has played at both the high school and college levels. During the 2019 season Coach Jordan will be the head coach of the S J Jazz 5th grade 11u team.
Dan Ortiz – After spending six years coaching AAU boy’s basketball for the Mainstream Basketball program of Winslow Township, Coach Ortiz is now entering his sixth season as an SJ Jazz coach. He serves as the current director of the SJ Jazz youth mentoring program, which provides guidance and teaches life skills to youth in the local community. Coach Ortiz is a former member of the United States Army who currently works as a Minister and a Computer Tech. During the 2019 season, Coach Ortiz will be assisting Coach Jordan with the SJ Jazz 5th grade 11u team.
Colin Devlin – Coach Devlin is entering his first year as a S J Jazz coach. He has over a decade of prior coaching experience. He has successfully coached and trained players in fourth grade to eight grade will at the Haddonfield Youth Basketball Association. Coach Devlin also has experience coaching at the high school level. He spent time coaching at two area high schools, Haddonfield high school and Palmyra high school. Last Year 2018 he had a very good season while coaching middle school AAU basketball at the Peak Skills Basketball club in Berlin NJ. Coach Devlin played basketball for two legendary South Jersey coaches. While at Saint Rose in Haddon Heights he played for coach Tim Lenahan and at Camden Catholic high school in Cherry Hill he played for coach Jimmy Crawford. Coach Devlin is a graduate of Saint Josephs University and Rutgers Law School. He is employed as an attorney with The Astor Weiss law firm in Philadelphia PA.
Tony McCloud – Coach McCloud is entering his first years as a S J Jazz coach. Coach McCloud played basketball for one of the Philadelphia powerhouse high school programs Simon Gratz. Tony gained his basketball coaching experience while serving our country in the US Marines Corp. He also coached and ran clinics for middle school players at the Boy's and Girl's of America and the YMCA. Coach McCloud has a passion for developing talent and teaching fundamental skills. He is excited about joining our program and in 2019 he will be coaching one of our 8th grade 14u teams. Coach McCloud is a graduate of Eastern University and is employed as a stocks and bonds trader.
Anthony Caple – Coach Caple is entering his first year with the S J Jazz. He is very passionate about coaching and takes being a positive role model to his players very serious. Coach Caple has played basketball at various levels. He spent 4 years playing in high school, two years playing while in the US Army at Fort Benning Ga, One year playing for the Zama Trojans in Japan and one year playing college basketball at Camden County College. His coaching experience coming from his time with the Hammonton Bulldogs Travel Program. Coach Caple is a US Army veteran and is currently employed by VCI Ambulance in Camden County.
Terrance Wright – Coach Wright is entering his 3rd year with the South Jersey Jazz Basketball Club. Coach Wright enjoys working with young players. He is a very strong fundamental skills instructor who prides himself in getting peak performance out of his athletes. He played high school ball at Girard College in Philadelphia and college basketball at Morgan State University. He has three years coaching experience at Girard College high school we're he was head assistant coach of the Boys Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball teams. Coach Wright is a mental Health professional. He has spent 18 years working for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and is currently employed with the State of New Jersey.
*Current Coaches, Former Coaches and Alumni who have gone on to coach in High School and College.
Keith Herron- Eastern University men’s assistant
Rose Katz- Arcadia University women’s head coach
Chris Gulla- Rutgers University Camden men’s assistant and Philadelphia University men’s assistant
Alex Smart- Rutgers University Camden men’s assistant
Tim Legler- Clearview High School women’s head coach
Steve Horsley- Hammonton HS head coach boys JV & assistant boys Varsity
Anthony Bertino- St Joe’s HS Hammonton boys JV head coach & assistant boys Varsity
Arthur Ellis- Eastern HS head coach boy’s JV & assistant boys Varsity
Don Deleo- Maple Shade HS head coach boys Varsity
Ed Coryell- Audubon HS boys head coach freshman
Jason Burd-Audubon HS boys assistant coach freshman
Joe McLocklin- Collingswood HS head coach boys varsity
Tim Gallagher- St. Joe’s Hammonton head coach boys varsity
Tim Cermignano- Gloucester Catholic HS head coach girls varsity
Kyle Sareyka Gloucester Christian head coach boys varsity
Don Lewis- Scared Heart HS assistant coach boys’ varsity
Tony Quigley- St. Joe’s Hammonton HS boys head coach JV
Matt Lewis- Buena HS boys head coach summer league
Matt O’Keefe- Paul VI Head coach Freshman and assistant Varsity coach
Mark Dickson assistant coach Gateway HS Varsity
Luke Dickson Head Coach Gateway HS Varsity
Colin Devlin assistant coach Palmyra HS, Assistant coach Haddonfield HS
Alumni who Played Professional basketball in the NBA or Overseas.
Keith Herron- Villanova University NBA Detroit Pistons & Portland Trail Blazers
Tim Legler- LaSalle University NBA Golden State Warriors
Ricky Crews- Monmouth University & Holy Family University, Professional European League
Bobby Harris- American International University & Chinese Professional League
Alsine Santillis- Chestnut Hill University Italian Professional League
Lemere Tally- Gwen Mercy College & Italian Professional League
Aaron Walton Moss- Cabrini College & Iceland Professional League
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