The South Jersey Jazz is proud to announce our 2017 Tournament Schedule: Apr 22 & 23 - 8th Annual Tipoff Tournament at Riverwinds, West Deptford, NJ | Apr 29 & 30 - 8th Annual Slam Jam Tournament at University of the Sciences, Philadelphia | May 20 & 21 - 14th Annual May Madness at Philadelphia University | Friday June 9 - 2nd Annual Golf Tournament at Centerton Country Club | June 3 & 4 - 14th Annual Rock The Rim Tournament at Rowan University | June 10 & 11 - 8th Annual Tri-State Championship Tournament at University of the Sciences, Philadelphia | June 24 & 25 - 17th Annual "Wildwood Battle on the Boardwalk"

Directors

Jim Gulla is Director of the South Jersey Jazz Basketball Club and the President of the Basketball Development Group (a 501-c3 Non-Profit New Jersey Corporation) dedicated exclusively to the development of amateur student atheletes.

Jim was a standout guard at Burke Catholic H. S. and Sacred Heart CYO (18.5 ppg) in Orange County, New York. Jim's high school coach Joe Bayno is the father of former UNLV head coach Billy Bayno. Jim credits coach Bayno and his CYO coach Charlie O'Brien for instilling in him great fundamental skills, knowledge of the game and discipline.

Coach Gulla has over 19 years coaching experience, 2 years at the CYO and travel league level and 12 years at the AAU level. His AAU teams have finished as high as 8th in the country. Coach Gulla's teams have won 21 local/regional AAU tournaments and have finished in 2nd place 17 times. Coach Gulla is very proud of his 2 New Jersey State championships and 4 national qualifying teams. Before moving to South Jersey, Jim coached in Jersey City for the legendary AAU Program "The Jersey City Boy's Club". While there, he coached and worked with some of the highest rated players in the state such as: Dereck Caracter from St. Patrick's (Louisville), Corey Stokes from St. Benedict's (Villanova), Shelton Gibbs from St. Anthony's (Dominican Univ.) and Dereck Mercer from St. Anthony's (American Univ.).

Coach Gulla has coached some outstanding players in South Jersey as well; Dereck Heckendorn from Haddonfield (Lafayette), Ricky Crews from Deptford (Monmouth Univ.), Teron Murray from Camden (Wesley), Justin Dempsey from Collingswood (Williamson College), Ryan Purdy from Triton (Stockton College), Seeso Ikpah from Westtown High (American International), Brad Cohen from Eastern (Lasalle), Billy Banks from Eastern (Rutgers-Camden), Chris Gulla from Eastern (Wilkes Univ.), Craig Baxter from Triton (Delaware Valley College) just to name a few.

Mr. Gulla is employed as a sales manager for the South Jersey Beverage Company in Belrin, NJ. He has served in the US Army National Guard and is a graduate of Orange County College, N.Y.

Coach Bond is Director of Public Relations for the South Jersey Jazz Basketball Club. He has played in various CYO and Rec. Leagues over the years. He has 6 years coaching experience at the Rec. League level, winning one championship. He has coached 13 years at the AAU level and in the Jazz Summer and Fall Leagues, winning several championships. And, has head coached and assited coached on three National Tournament Teams.

Coach Bond has a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Glassboro State College and has been a Store Director for Acme Markets for the past nineteen years.

Coach Bond enjoys coaching, teaching and mentoring young athletes to reach their full potential and become responsible, respectful and productive young adults.

 

Coach Chris Gulla is now entering his 4th year with the Basketball Development Group, 2 of which he has spent as the Director of Clinics and Player Development. A former basketball letterman at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, NJ and at Wilkes University, Chris joined the Rutgers University-Camden coaching staff during the 2012-13 season and returns for his second year with the Scarlet Raptors.

A four year letterman at Eastern, Chris ranked among the top 25 scorers in South Jersey (17.8 ppg) during his senior season, when he was selected as a member of the All-Olympic Conference Second Team and was chosen to participate in the prestigious Al Carino All-Star Game. Chris went on to play four seasons at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He started 43 games at three different positions throughout his college tenure. Graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics, Chris' maintenance of a 3.80 GPA earned him four consecutive seasons on the Middle Atlantic Conference Academic Honor Roll.

In May of 2013, Chris graduated from Rutgers School of Law-Camden with a Juris Doctor degree. While at Rutgers, he served as the President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and founded the school's First and Second Annual Sports Law Symposiums. Behind Chris' leadership, Rutgers-Camden attracted numerous high profile speakers and quickly emerged as host of one of the country's finest annual sports law discussions.

Gulla is an active member of the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) and the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD). Chris is licensed to practice law in both NJ & PA. He is currently serving a one-year term as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Anthony M. Pugliese at the Superior Court of New Jersey.

 

Coach Wallace is Assistant Director for the South Jersey Jazz Basketball Club and the Basketball Delevlopment Group, Inc. Coach Wallace played basketball at Overbrook High School for three years under the guidance of Bill Lang and graduated in 1984. While at Overbrook he played on two playoff teams and one divisional championship team He spent four years in the Army and played for the base basketball team. He has coached in the Pine Hill Youth Basketball Program for 14 years, winning an I.C.B.L championship in 2000.  He has also coached numerous playoff and championship teams in the AAU summer and fall leagues.  Coach Wallace is entering his thirteenth year coaching SJ Jazz AAU travel teams and has qualified two teams for National Tournament competition. His AAU teams have won three Middle Atlantic Region tournaments and have finished second 5 times. Coach Gulla considers him a strong fundamental skills teacher who stresses discipline while teaching important life skills. Coach Wallace is also a certified referee that keeps the basketball club abreast of all current rule changes.

Coach Wallace is employeed by Camden County College.

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