Jerry Lin – Program Director

Jerry is the director of the NOVA Cavaliers AAU program.  He is involved in multiple facets of the club, which includes coaching, organization development, coaches acquisition, event management, and public relations. He is also responsible for communication and program administration.  Jerry is a graduate of George Mason University (’06) and holds a bachelor degree in History.  He is currently the intervention support specialist at George C. Marshall High School and a varsity basketball assistant for the Fairfax High School men’s program building on over 10 years of high school experience.


Allison Gray-Mendes – Director of Basketball Operations

Allison brings a wealth of sports management experience to NOVA Cavaliers.  As a former student-manager at George Mason University under Coach Jim Larranaga, she brings her expertise in organizational details to the Cavs program.  Allison is responsible for daily operation including facility usage, fundraisers, travel arrangements, uniforms and apparel for the organization in addition to coaching.  She is a graduate of George Mason University (’08) and holds Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management.  She is currently the Director of Basketball Operations for Evolution Basketball Training and assists with the Thomas Jefferson High School men’s basketball program.


Mark Gray-Mendes – Tournament & Recruiting Director

Mark oversees and directs the entire Battle of NOVA Invitational, which includes over 120 teams the last two years and over 200 games in 8 different venues.  He brings a vast wealth of experience in sports management and event logistics.  Mark is a graduate at University of Virginia (’07) and holds a degree in Political Science.  He is currently the Thomas Jefferson High School assistant director of student activities and head coach of the men’s basketball program.


Shawheen Dashti – Marketing and Brand Manager

Shawheen oversees the organizational social media presence throughout the year.  He also assists with the organization of athletic gear and accommodations.  Shawheen brings a wealth of knowledge in the Sports Management field with his educational experience at George Mason University and Georgetown University and his prior work with professional sports organizations in the area.  He is excited to help the Cavs grow to new heights.


Doug Sawitzky – Deputy Commissioner

Doug is responsible for the development and growth of the  Cavaliers AAU program. He is in charge of public relations, website design, and media communication for the Cavs.  Doug is also responsible for youth league relations and a range of other special projects.  He is currently a varsity basketball staff member at George C. Marshall High School where he is also a guidance counselor.