The Team Behind the Teams

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Home Town: El Paso, TX

Samantha Stukes

Samantha is Allen County Community College alum, Class of 2009 where she received Academic All-American honors. Shortly after, she would become engaged to her now husband of 9 years, TJ Stukes and they would became proud parents of their two children Amar'e and Alana. She founded Bonafide Basketball in 2011 and has since won 12 NCAA-Certified Event Championships at the Open-Elite Divisions and has helped sign over 50 student-athletes to college scholarships by combining their academic excellence with their athletic abilities since her first graduating class in 2014. In 2019, she was People Magazine "Thank You Coach" campaign recipient and that same year the Southwest Desert Hoops Organization was born. Samantha has 12 years of coaching experience and a Bachelors in Business/Accouting.

Chief Executive Officer

Founder

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Home Town: Cedar Hill, TX

Brian Guinn

Brian has been around the game of basketball since the age of three whether it be as a player, coach, or trainer. He was the Assistant Coach to the Fort Bliss Basketball Team winning a conference championship. Brian uses his 18 years of military experience with the Army to be an "outside of the box onlooker" perspective to help steer the Desert Hoops into a bring future.He says "I admire the work of our staff in hopes of helping young men and women pursue their dream of playing professional basketball.

Vice President of Basketball Operations

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Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

Mike Thompson

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Basketball Operations
Advisor

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Home Town: El Paso, TX

Samantha Pena

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Chief Financial Advisor

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Home Town: El Paso, TX

Dominique Wilson

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Saharas Dance Coordinator

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Home Town: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Tim Long

At the right hand of Samantha Stukes is Tim Long who is in his second year with the Desert Hoops as the President of Operations. He has a hand in everything from talent acquisitions to day-to-day business operations. Tim brings over 23 years of military experience serving as Platoon SGT, 1ST SGT and Senior Evaluator of personnel, along with 8 years of experience as Treasurer, Operations Director, and Coach in AAU basketball. He is currently serving for the Department of Defense as the Operations Chief of Foreign Military Sale (Japan). His studies were in Business Management at the University of Florida where also played Division I baseball for the Gators.

President of Operations

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Home Town: Bronx, NY

TJ Stukes

TJ brings 12 years of playing professional basketball with the Harlem Wizards. However, before he traveled the world with his talents, he attended Independence Community College where he helped lead his team to a 30-4 overall record, earned Defensive Player of the Year accolades and was named 2nd Team All American. In his sophomore year he would meet his now wife of 9 years and SWDH owner, Samantha Stukes. After his two years here, TJ went on to play at Pittsburg State in Pittsburg, KS and then made the move to travel the world and play basketball. He retired in 2020 and now provides his experience, knowledge, and mentorship to the Desert Hoops. Most recently, TJ was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame!

Basketball Operations
Chief Advisor

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Home Town: El Paso, TX

Jesus Aragon

Jesus joins the staff with seven years of professional playing experience and over 20 years of coaching experience. His story of perseverance and drive is inspirational to many after his playing career was ended after being shot several times in the cross-fire of a robbery gone wrong in Mexico. He overcame paralysis, an amazing feat and went on to learn from some of the best growing and expanding his knowledge of the game. As a coach, he has won 4 TX State Championships earning back-to-back Texas State 2A Coach of the Year awards. He appeared at two World Universal Games, won a Bronze medal coaching the Women's Mexican National team and is the Founder/CEO of Pick and Roll Basketball Academy, and is a FIBA Licenced coach. He is the proud father of two beautiful daughters and happily married to his wife Denise.

Basketball Operations
Advisor

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Home Town: El Paso, TX

Aliya Martin Del Campo

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Director of Media

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Home Town: El Paso, TX

Frank Ruiz

Frank joins the SWDH family bringing over 20 years of experience in engineering, marketing and sales in the OEM sector. He was a mult-sport athlete throughout his high school and college years where he was a state qualifier in Illinois all four years of high school. Frank then played two years of tennis and soccer for Sauk Valley College. He is no stranger to the demands of the sports industry and will use his expertise in the corporate and small business dealings of the Desert Hoops. Frank has three sons and is the proud grandfather of three. He looks forward to what the future holds.

Director of Sales and Marketing

SOUTHWEST DESERT HOOPS

EL PASO, TX

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