Sectional Directors

Name Location
Joel Rodgers South Orange County
Joel Rodgers

Joel has been involved with NJB since 2004. He was a youth coach for over 8 years, then a high school coach for 2 years. He served as the Chapter Director for Rancho Santa Margarita chapter prior to becoming the current Sectional Director for South Orange County. Joel played high school sports locally at Westminster High. He also attended Golden West College and was on both the football and volleyball teams. He later transferred to San Diego State University and was a starter for the volleyball team. Joel is a high school basketball official as well. He is currently married and has 3 children. He also serves in the Compass Bible Church high school ministries.

Name Location
Chris Rodriguez Central Valley

Chris Rodriguez started with NJB during the 2000-01 Season as an assistant coach. He became a head coach the following season and has been coaching ever since. Chris has coached 10 all-star and/or all-net teams leading them to nationals 5 times. In 2008, he became a board member as a player representative. By 2012, he was a chapter director and is presently the central valley sectional director. “I could not have done any of this if it weren’t for the KIDS, parents, volunteers and communities.  Thank you so much!!!!”

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Jerome Lacey Pomona Valley

Jerome Lacey has been associated with NJB basketball since 1992. He was introduced to the League when his son (Justin) began playing. He has been a coach is been a coach league president sectional director as well as assistant to NJB operations. I believe that NJB basketball very important to our youth and NJB is the best thing for overall growth and development of our children.

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Ken Pilbin San Diego

Ken has been officiating basketball since 1983. 5 years earlier he was coaching club teams.  In 1993, he started as a referee at NJB and became the referee coordinator for 20 years. He went on to be the San Diego Sectional Director for 15 years. His youngest kid played in NJB and Pilbin was the chapter director for Fallbrook for about 2 years, until his son took it over. He was also spent time on the rules committee that was involved in the development of the league. Pilbin believes that there really is no comparison to the National Junior Basketball League. He cites the fact that NJB All-Net uses High School Officials and the rules and processes of the league are more thought out. The structure of the All-Net program makes it better for the kids in the long run.

Name Location
Imani Kuumba San Joaquin

Imani Kuumba started with NJB during 2003-2004 season as a girls head coach. He was invited to coach his daughter as a 2nd grader in the D3 Girl’s League. In 2005, he became a board member as the girl’s player agent. Imani has been to the All-Star and/or All-Net National Tournaments 2 times as a head coach and once as an assistant. By 2009, he became the Tracy Chapter Director. Imani has coached all levels of NJB from rookies to D1 over the last 12 years. He is currently the San Joaquin Sectional Director in Northern California. “It is said somewhere that ‘matter is capable of self- motion’ therefore, I don’t want to be the motivator, but the catalyst to their motivation.