Meet our Management Team
Our Management Team is dedicated to the growth of JL Sports Performance.
Jafar Maurice is the head sports conditioning coach of JL Sports Performance. He has over 20 years of experience coaching numerous youth and adult athletes. He coached track and field, basketball, and football for high schools throughout Oregon and Washington to include Franklin, La Salle, Putnam, and Sherwood. He coached in five state championships to include basketball, football and soccer. Jafar won Coach of the Year twice as a Track & Field coach in 2007 at Franklin HS and 2012 at La Salle HS. In addition, he coached numerous athletes who medaled in State Track & Field meets. He volunteered as a coach for North Clackamas Hoopers basketball, Putnam youth football, Milwaukie track club, Seattle Parks and Recreation and Rainer Beach track and field. He also coached individual athletes from Portland State University, University of Portland, Linfield College, Seattle University, Jesuit HS, Lake Oswego HS, Oregon City HS, and Sunset HS. He coached speed clinics for track & field and for other sport programs. This past year Jafar worked as a sports conditioning coach for TWIST where he was referred to as a speed consultant.
Jafar’s entire philosophy is based on his quote “movement is key”. Jafar teaches athletes how to train effectively and move with purpose in their given sport. Jafar uses unconventional methods such as sports conditioning circuits which includes speed and agility, resistance for strength and power, balance and technique, rest and recovery.
Jafar is a great motivator and mentor with an amazing ability to guide people to believe in their greatness. Jafar loves traveling, camping, watching movies and TV shows and spending time his beautiful wife, Liz, and their blended family of 8 children. Jafar and Liz also takes care of developmentally disabled foster children.
Liz Loving was born and raised in North Portland. She attended Humboldt Elementary, Harriet Tubman Middle School and Benson High School. She ran track for Benson and did well enough to be placed on the varsity team as a freshman. She also excelled academically at Benson and was able to earn a five year academic tuition scholarship to attend Oregon State University and Portland State University. Liz decided to attend Portland State University where she received her Bachelor’s in Business Marketing and Masters in Social Work. She has over 12 years of experience in the business field with most of her experience in the public and non-profit sector. In addition, she has extensive personal and professional experience as a mentor, advocate, case manager, counselor, facilitator, and care coordinator. She currently works as a mental health therapist for Multnomah County School Based Health Department. Her passion is helping youth and families reach their happiness and live healthier lives. Liz enjoys traveling, dancing and spending time with her amazing husband Jafar and blended family of 8 kids.
Bonnie is a Detroit (MI) metropolitan native who stepped into her athleticism at a young age. She, now, has former training in track and field, dance (Afro-Latin variations, Ballet and Ballroom) and a number of other sports and recreational activities. Academically, she received her BS in Psychology and has completed her doctoral level training in Medical Anthropology where she examines the use value of movement as a nonverbal therapeutic approach to health and wellness. Bonnie is, also, a Prenatal and Birthing Doula, Herbalist, Life Coach and Public Speaker. Her approach to wellness conditioning builds from her doctoral research and emphasizes the importance of slow movements to become in tuned to our body’s method of working through discomfort and dis-ease. You will, often, hear her chanting “Slower! Slower!” to her clients as well as watch her tap into the components of mental fitness through athleticism. She incorporates her interest in herbal remedies into her didactic approach with the goal being to instill a sense of autonomy into each of her clients when it comes to their own health. Bonnie has a personal interest in womb care and women’s health and celebrates the simulations presence of health, power, strength, confidence and beauty in the woman of our society. Her biggest motivation – a fiery young girl who calls her “mama”.
Marquis Jackson was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley just outside of Los Angeles, CA. Marquis attended Birmingham High School in the Valley where he made a name for myself playing football. He won three high school city section championships, was honored with being named a three time all city player and shared the award of Best Defensive Player with his brother Malik Jackson.
After Marquis graduated from Birmingham High School he played football at College of the Canyons, a junior college in Santa Clarita. After reaching his academic goals at the junior college, Marquis successfully transferred to Texas Southern University, a Historically Black College University in Houston, Texas where he was a two time all American. Marquis ended his collegiate career at Portland State University and came out as an un-drafted free agent with the NFL Minnesota Vikings.
Marquis was moved around the NFL for a few years before landing in Oregon where he played football for Portland Thunder Arena Football League. After a long and beautiful career, Marquis is now dedicating his life to training youth to be physically, mentally and socially healthy. Marquis desire is for youth to know how to eat well, get their rest, focus on academics and most importantly become model citizens who are looked up to by their peers. Marquis favorite pastime is spending time with his family and traveling. ll.