Daniel Liese is the Chapter Director of the well and thriving Walnut NJB Chapter that provides opportunities to learn basketball fundamentals and facilitate basketball leagues for different skill levels for kids from Kindergarten all the way through High School.
Daniel’s introduction to NJB began when he started looking for leagues for his son that were more competitive. It wasn’t long until he was asked to be on the board for the Walnut Chapter. He was voted in as the Chapter Director 4 years ago.
He sports an extensive basketball resume playing 4 years at Cal State and a summer stint with the Los Angeles Lakers. At points in his career, he was All-Conference and ranked 5th in the nation for free throws and 13th in the nation in 3-pointers. In addition, he was a high school coach in the Orange County area for a number of years.
Liese brings this expertise of his with him as he leads the Walnut Chapter to success. His connections have been able to bring speakers to the players like Byron Scott, Christine Simmons, and Pete Arbogast. When asked about what makes the chapter successful, he emphasized the family-like environment on all levels of the organization from the 12-member Board of Directors all the way down to the players.
He spoke of the way that people do stuff together and volunteer their time. He attributes the emphasis on clear, transparent and consistent communication as a key contributor to their success. The Walnut Board of Directors is a very tight group that stays connected using WhatsApp throughout the week to make sure they are all on the same page and come together twice a month to address what happens around the league.
All of these factors have contributed to the successful results we have seen at Walnut NJB and why we want to thank and acknowledge Daniel Liese as this year’s Chapter Director of the Year!
Thanks for all the work and time that you put in to make your chapter such a great success!