Regional Directors

Regional Directors for AMBLP

Education Director Midwest Regional Director

Dr. Willie Ashford Jr.
Education Director Midwest Regional Director
Initiated the starting of AMBLP/MBLP Chapters in Rockford, Illinois and in Beloit, Wisconsin.He is a Lifelong resident of Northern Illinois. 13 years in Law Enforcement. Wil has a Doctorate degree in Adult Education and Higher Education Administration from Northern Illinois University. He has put 20 years in Human Service (Violence Prevention) and Educational Functions. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois.

Program Director West Regional Director

Robert Hector
Program Director West Regional Director
Help bring Midnight Basketball League Program to San Francisco, California in 1990. Robert has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from San Francisco State University. He is currently working with the San Francisco Midnight Basketball League Program, Inc., as Assistant Director. Robert Hector retired from the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center in San Francisco, California where he worked for 26 years.

National Director Southwest Regional Director

james silas
James Silas
National Director Southwest Regional Director

JAMES SILAS #13 San Antonio Spurs

College
Silas played college basketball at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In his senior year Silas led Stephen F. Austin to a 29-1 record, averaging 30.7 points per game. Silas was also named an NAIA All-American twice in his college career.
Professional
Silas was drafted in the 1972 National Basketball Association Draft by the Houston Rockets. Silas would prove his worth being named to the ABA All-Rookie team at the end of the season. Following the 1972-73 season, the Chaparrals were sold and moved to San Antonio, becoming the San Antonio Spurs. Silas was named to the ABA All-Star team in 1975 and 1976, as well as the All-ABA 2nd team in 1975 and All-ABA 1st team in 1976. Silas’s best year statistics-wise was easily 1976, when he averaged 23.8 points, 5.4 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game; the points and assists per game would prove to be the highest in his career. Silas played for the Spurs for eight seasons (nine if the one season with the Dallas Chaparrals is included), including five years in the NBA after the Spurs moved into that league in 1977. Following the 1981 season Silas was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he played for one year before retiring. Silas was an exceptional free throw shooter throughout his entire career, ranking in the top 10 in free throw percentage in six separate seasons, and finishing with a career free-throw percentage of 85.5%. On February 28, 1984, Silas’s #13 became the first number ever retired by the San Antonio Spurs, and he is currently one of only six players to have received that honor from the franchise.
Current Career
The Austin Midnight Basketball Program (AMBLP) is directed by James Silas, retired NBA San Antonio Spurs All Star. Silas is inducted into the Louisiana and Texas Hall of Fame (San Antonio, TX), and the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame. He is a member of the “Top 30 ABA All-Time Team”. The Austin Midnight Basketball League Program has served over 1500 program participants. James Silas also serves as the National Director of the Association of Midnight Basketball League Programs Inc., headquartered in San Francisco, CA. THE Non- Profit Organization, ATHLETES SERVICES NETWORK OF AMERICA (ASNA) is in AustinTEXAS to provide sports outreach and education programs to At-risk youth through their Austin Midnight Basketball Program League Program (AMBLP). AUSTIN MIDNIGHT BASKETBALL is located in the City of Austin, Texas
1999-2012, 18 years, Silas was Commissioner of this program and served youth ages 17-25 offering the game of basketball as a lure, but provided seminars and workshops to at risk youth to direct them to become contributing citizens. In 2013, Silas added a program serving youth ages 12-17 years of age and recruits young men and continues to coordinate them into 6 to 8 teams with volunteer coaches from the 17-25 year old league. The game of basketball is played from 9 pm up to 12 am or from 7pm-10pm for youth served 12-17. AMBLP selects National Basketball Association (NBA) Team names and provided non-gang color uniforms imprinted with the Midnight Basketball logo, and utilize gymnasiums on Park and Recreation and on college campuses. 2014-2015 marks the 20th year of operation and funding for the Free Austin Midnight Basketball League Program (AMBLP) for Youth, having served over 2000 program participants!

Compliance Director Southeast Regional Director

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Nelson Standifer
Compliance Director Southeast Regional Director

Nelson was the first Program Director in the first chapter of the Midnight Basketball League in Glen Arden, Maryland. His father, G. Van Standifer, found the MBL, Inc. in June, 1986. Nelson has been working with the Midnight Basketball League Program since this time. He is currently the President of the Glen Arden Midnight Basketball League, Inc.