Basketball Development Group, Inc.

Serving the Tri-State Area of New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania - located in Southern New Jersey

Our Staff

Jim Gulla: Coach Gulla is the Founder and Director of the South Jersey Jazz Basketball Club and The Basketball Development Group which are dedicated exclusively to the development of amateur student athletes. Jim was a standout guard at Burke Catholic H. S. and Sacred Heart CYO (18.5 ppg) in Orange County, New York. Jim credits his High School coach Joe Bayno and his CYO coach Charlie O'Brien for instilling in him great fundamental skills, knowledge of the game and discipline.

Coach Gulla has been coaching at the AAU level and teaching fundamental basketball skills to student athletes since 1993. His AAU teams have finished as high as 8th in the country. Coach Gulla's teams have won over 20 local/regional AAU tournaments and have finished in 2nd place over 25 times. He has coached 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 (TCU and was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers), Corey Stokes from St. Benedict's (Villanova), Shelton Gibbs from St. Anthony's (Dominican Univ.) and Dereck Mercer from St. Anthony's (American Univ.). Under coach Gulla’s 20 years of supervision and guidance in southern New Jersey, the South Jersey basketball club has been able to develop over 100 college players.

Ed Bond: Has been coaching at the AAU level and teaching fundamental basketball skills to student athletes since 2001. Coach Bond has coached one YBOA Mid-Atlantic regional championship team and one YBOA national qualifying team. Many of his players were high school standouts and have gone on to play in college. Coach Bond is the Assistant Director and the Public Relations Director of The South Jersey Jazz Basketball Club and the Basketball Development Group. Coach Bond enjoys coaching, teaching and mentoring young student athletes to reach their full potential and become responsible, respectful and productive young adults.

Coach Bond holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Marketing from Glassboro State College (Rowan University) and has been a Store Director for Acme Markets for over 29 years. Coach Bond has retired from Acme Markets and is now currently self employed. He is the proud owner of Beer Baron Beverage Center in Northeast Philadelphia.

Chris Gulla: Coach Chris Gulla is now entering his 10th year with the Basketball Development Group, 6 of which he has spent as the Director of Clinics and Player Development and 4 as an assistant director. A former basketball letterman at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, NJ and at Wilkes University, Chris spent 5 years on the Rutgers University (Camden) men’s coaching staff from 2012 to 2016. In 2017 he accepted a coaching position at Philadelphia-Jefferson University to work under Naismith Hall of Fame coach Herb MaGee.

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 served a one-year term as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Anthony M. Pugliese at the Superior Court of New Jersey and is currently employed by Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva and Meyers Law Firm in Cherry Hill NJ.