Staff

Willie Ponds
General Manager
Willie Ponds is an ex-NBA Boston Celtic player.
David Graham
Head Coach
David Graham Head Coach of the South Florida Gold. Coach Graham is no stranger in being the ABA having been in the league for 6 seasons now, coming from the Jacksonville Giants as the Associate Head and winning 2 world titles is very experienced in the culture of the ABA and the opportunities that the ABA has provided for young men and women of all backgrounds. Also Coach a season as The Head Coach of the Atlanta Wildcats and went 23-3 in his only season with the Wildcats. Coach Graham has experience in coaching from all levels from AAU, middle school, high school, college and professional. Coach Graham played basketball all the way through college . Being a graduate of Spencer High School from Columbus, Georgia and Edward Waters College of Jacksonville ,Florida. Coach Graham Graduated from Edward Waters in 2004 with his Bachelors Degree and hasn't stop coaching since. Coach Graham Goals for the season are to have the South Florida Gold win The ABA title, Give back to the community in all ways, and help men get opportunities to go overseas or in the NBA. Coach Graham personal goals are to be a NBA D League Head coach and also make it to the NBA as a coach. Coach Graham mottos are #PutGodFirst #StriveforGreatness #TheGOLDWAY #94x48
Coach “Big D” Derek
Player Development

Coach “Big D” Derrick

Player Development Coach

(International and Banking Finance) mentorship Programs from 1995-2001

BigD Derrick F. H. Eaglin (In Europe BigD Derrick Fulton)

  •  1972 Ardmore Maryland Basketball team - first team played for
  •  1973 Jr. Olympics 3rd in the Nation Representing Maryland
  •  1976 Washington D.C. City Championship
  •  1976-1979 6’5 Guard Forward Duval High School,
  •  Honorable mention All American — 22 points 8 rebounds 3 assists
  •  1979-1980 Cisco Jr.College Cisco Texas — Shooting Guard
  • •1980-1984 Duquesne University DUKES Basketball Pitts, Penn
Graduated Pre Law Minor English and Minor in Communication
  •  1981, 1982, SLAM Dunk Champion Connie Hawkins Summer League.
  • 1983 Connie Hawkins Summer League League Championship
  • 1985-1998 Professional Basketball Mendoza, Argentina Club Balensesto Anzorana, 12 and under 12 wins 0 losses
  •  2014-2015 Player Development Coach for the South Florida Gold American
  • 1984 26 points 4 rebounds 5 assists
Italy, France, Austria, Portugal, Spain - Professional average 25 points a game Crailsheim Merlins Basketball Club Last Professional Team Crailsheim Germany   Shooting Coach in NBA and European camps here in the USA and the BigD Shooting Clinic in Spanish, German, French Basketball Association Basketball Team

Advisors / Mentors

London England – Denzil Thomas, Attorney at Law

Canary Island Spain – Ernesto Suarez, Attorney at Law

Professor Darrel Poole – Cambridge Institute of Applied Research

Business Projects / Foundations

Chairman of DFHE Extended Living Life Style Project

The Big D basketball Foundation – The DFHE National Police Foundation

 
Lew Kovit
Owner Assistant
  I got a call from a friend in 2013 after he received a solicitation from a coach of a brand new professional basketball team called the South Florida Gold saying they were looking for someone to head their entertainment and events responsibilities. A meeting with the owners over lunch, and now three years and two successful team seasons later, I now welcome the challenge of my new position as the team's owner's special assistant.  I assist our owner, Lori Watson, with her day-to-day operations duties and responsibilities as his eyes and ears. I have made lots of great relationships with all of the team staff members and players. I also get to promote our team solidifying relationships with the local schools, businesses, and governments from the cities and communities we represent as part of the American Basketball Association.                  
Lori Novak
Owner
Website: sflgold.com
Howie Walkowitz
Owner
Born in Patterson , NJ , Howard Walkowitz worked at his father’s auto parts warehouse for twenty years. Upon retirement, he moved to Coral Springs with his two daughters. He raised his daughters for the next thirty years and they moved-on to be college scholars. Now out of retirement , he is currently owning the South Florida Gold. We are happy to have a leader like him to bring us to the championship.