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Coach

School Experience
Downers Grove North High School 1972 Captain Football
3-sport varsity athlete - earned (6) letter's in Basketball, Football and Baseball
Earned All West Suburban Conference honors in all 3 sports
1972 Chicago Tribune all-area quarterback
Knox College Inducted in athletic hall of fame
1976 Captain Football
2-sport varsity athlete - Baseball & Football
2-time, selected first team All Midwest Conference QB 1975, 1976
Selected team MVP 1976 (Football)
Conference Championship Team 1976, #10 final ranking in NCAA Division III
School Experience
20+ years of basketball skill development and competitive team coaching
Founded & coached the Spirit of Chicago land Basketball Club in 2001, non-profit 401C
Coached at Rising Stars in Plainfield & coached with teh Illinois Attack teams
Provide skill development training for the Wheatland Wizard basketball club

Q & A With Coach

How would you describe your coaching style, technique, or philosophy?

My attention to the process of development, my sincere interest in my players, and that I care about them as people.

Where do you place your emphasis (offense, defense) during practice and games?

It depends on the age of the players. If they are 7th grade or below, I place the most emphasis on developing individual skills. Sure, it is important to learn how to play as a team, but if the foundation is not developed early, there won’t be the essential individual skills to play on a competitive team later on. With 7th grade to 9th grade, a mix of skill develop training is still greatly needed, but now at least half the practice time needs to focus on team concepts. 10th grade and up, the mental and emotional part of the game needs to be the focus.

How do you measure the success of your players?

Improvement – physical, mental, emotional!

What do you think makes you a great coach?

The ability to get your players to never give up. This takes knowledge of game to earn the players respect, a sincere interest in them as people, and the ability to inspire. Also, I believe a great coach recognizes he needs great players to win consistently and that great players need to make plays. Allowing them the freedom to do so makes for a great coach. So many of us believe it is about us and the result is control which I believe limits the uniqueness of the individual player.

How many brothers and sisters do you have?

I have four sisters and a brother.