8th Grade Red

Head Coach: Drew Ondik

In his 37th year of coaching youth basketball, Drew Ondik just can’t get enough of the game.

Upon graduation from Penn State with a degree in Mining Engineering, Ondik began his coaching career in Pittsburgh at Resurrection Grade School as head coach of the 8th grade boys squad.  After 4 years at Ressi, a job relocation landed Drew in Minneapolis, where he coached 8th grade girls for 2 years before becoming the JV girls head coach at Benilde‐St. Margaret High School.  After four years in the Twin Cities, job relocations moved the Ondiks to North and South Carolina, where 8th grade coaching assignments again were tackled.  

In 1995, a final job move brought Drew and his family to Chicago, and for the last 19 years he has coached in the Illinois Rockets travel program, while doing a 3 year stint as assistant coach for Naperville Central High School’s girls varsity team.  In addition to coaching in the Rockets program in the fall/winter, Coach Ondik began coaching AAU girls basketball in 2003, winning three Illinois AAU state titles at the 10U, 11U and 13U levels.  From 2007 to the present, he has coached 17U girls.

Coach Ondik has been married to his wife, Jane, for 30 years, and they have three children – Andrew, Danny and Emma – all of whom excelled in basketball at Naperville Central HS (all were all‐conference players).  Emma’s 2012/2013 DePauw University basketball team won the 


8th Grade White


Asst. Coach: Erica Buck

Erica grew up in Chicago and went to Queen of Peace High School where she was a four year three sport athlete. She competed in volleyball, basketball, and softball. When it came time Erica decided to stick with basketball and continue that and her education at North Central College. She is now a senior at North Central College and will be graduating with a Sports Management major and Coaching minor this June, 2016.  She played all four years at North Central and was a captain her senior year. Despite an injury her freshman year she played and contributed in every single game she was healthy for. 

This will be Erica’s first year coaching for the Rockets and she cannot wait to share her knowledge and love of the game with the girls she coaches.




7th Grade Red

Asst. Coach: Jason Lenz

Jason Lenz is a middle school PE teacher at Jefferson Junior High School in Naperville. Growing up in Joliet, Illinois, Jason played high school basketball at Joliet Central.  After high school, he attended Illinois State where he got his degree in elementary education.  Now teaching at Jefferson, he enters his 16th year of coaching 7th grade boys basketball and 8th grade girls basketball.  He currently also coaches 8th grade girls volleyball and has coached track.  Jason brings over 16 years of coaching experience from all different levels.  Jason has a true passion for coaching young athletes and seeing them excel and improve in something that they enjoy.  Jason believes in building players and teams through hard work and high effort while having fun and learning the game of basketball.





7th Grade White

Head Coach: Jeff Burke

Jeff is a 20 year Naperville District 203 teacher and coach. His basketball resume includes coaching both boys and girls at every level from grade school through high school varsity. Jeff coached basketball at Naperville North HS from 1997-2005, and was the girls’ varsity head coach from 2001-2005. He still coaches for the North varsity football team presently, in addition to coaching the boys’ 7th basketball team at Washington Junior High.  

Jeff graduated from Eastern Illinois and went on to receive his Masters in Education from Chicago State. He lives in Naperville with his wife of 15 years and 2 daughters and is entering his 2nd season as a member of the Rockets coaching staff.

 



Asst. Coach: Jason DeCook

 



6th Grade Red

Head Coach: Nate Gehrt

A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Nate Gehrt will be coaching for his 19th year.  Nate started his career right out of high school, coaching summer camps and summer leagues for Willowbrook High School for his former coach and mentor, Dennis Doyle.  After graduating from college, he taught and coached for two years for Bartlett High School as a sophomore assistant and freshman head coach. They went on to reach the state finals the year after his departure.  

Nate landed at Waubonsie Valley High School, where he coached at the sophomore level for one season, and served as an assistant varsity coach from 2004-2009, helping contribute to four Regional Championships and five straight 20-win seasons.  He later became the sophomore head coach for the next four years and coached last year as the freshman boys head coach.  He finally took on the challenge of coaching his oldest daughter’s youth basketball team (whose team was, of course, undefeated!).

Today, Nate is the head coach of the Rockets 15U White team.  Nate is excited to be part of the Rockets program and loves coaching and teaching.  He lives in Batavia with his wife, Shannon, and three kids, Kylee, Jackson, and Emerson.

 

Head Coach: Lauren Hernandez

Lauren is from Sterling, IL where she played basketball since she was five years old. She played volleyball and basketball all through high school and decided to continue her basketball career at North Central College in Naperville, IL. She played three years before suffering an injury her senior year. Due to injury Lauren decided to become a student-coach for NCC but despite her injuries, she came back to play her fifth year and finished her career at North Central College. She graduated with a degree in Sports Management with a minor in Marketing. As she played her fifth year, Lauren began pursuing her MBA at North Central and is now a Graduate Assistant in the Office and planning to graduate with an MBA in June. This is her first year with the Rockets and is beyond excited to share her knowledge and her love of the game with all the girls she coaches.

 

 


6th Grade White


 

Head Coach: Bob Bray

Bob Bray has been a part of the basketball landscape in the western suburbs of Chicago for over 40 years.  His impressive hoops resume includes playing at Benet Academy (class of ’76) and in college at Benedictine (class of 1980).  In addition, Bob has college coaching experience including a 4 year stint as head men’s basketball coach at North Central College. 

Bob has been a coach for the Illinois Rockets (both boys and girls teams) since 2003, he has been providing individual and small group skills training since 2006, and he is a current Board member of the Rockets.  He and his wife Dorothy have been married for 32 years, residents of Naperville for 19 years, and proud parents of Andrew, Meghan, and Matthew. 


Asst. Coach: Jimmy Williams

 

5th Grade Red


 

Head Coach: Krista Bonebreak

Krista grew up in a basketball family. All six of her siblings played high school basketball and five of them played in college. Krista graduated from Benet Academy and then went to Lewis University on a basketball scholarship. She graduated with a Liberal Arts degree and then continued on at Lewis to receive her MBA. While at Lewis she was the GLVC Newcomer of the Year and All GLVC First Team. She ranks second in Lewis history with 1,854 points, third with 254 steals and fourth with 443 assists. She was inducted into the Lewis Hall of Fame in 1995 and was most recently named to the All Decades(1989’s) Team. Coach Bonebrake went on to coach for 10 years at Benet Academy. First as Freshman A and B coach for 3 years then as an assistant varsity coach. Coach Bonebrake resides in Plainfield with her daughter and son. She currently coaches her fourth grade daughter on the Rockets Four Red and her son in the Plainfield park district 

 


 

5th Grade White

Assistant Coach: Maddie Sychta





4th Grade Red


 

Head Coach: Ted Gradel

Ted is in his 15th year of coaching girls basketball and his 9th year coaching for the Illinois Rockets.  He has been a Rockets Board member for 6 years and is in his 4th year serving as Rockets Girls Program Director.  Coach Ted would like his teams and all Rockets girls teams to be known for their strong shooting technique, their tough man-to-man defense, and their unselfish, up-tempo play.

Prior to moving to the Chicago area Ted attended the University of Notre Dame where he was a placekicker on the football team.  Playing for the legendary Lou Holtz, he earned a starting role in his final season at ND in 1987.  Ted was the leading scorer that year on the team that featured Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown and he was named First Team Academic All-American Placekicker that season. 

After graduating from Notre Dame, Ted moved to Chicago.  He is a long-time independent financial futures trader, trading for his own account on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade from 1900-2001 and from an office 2001-present.  He has been a Board of Trade member since 1990 and a Chicago Mercantile Exchange member since 2001.  Ted lives in Naperville with his wife Sarah and their three daughters Francie, Ande, and Ren. 



 

Assistant Coach: Andy Chavez & Seth Anderson

Seth Anderson-

This is the 12th season Seth has coached basketball and his first with the Rockets. Seth started his coaching career at his alma mater, Valley Center High School, in Kansas. He coached the freshman boys team and was an assistant for the varsity team. After completing his teaching degree from Wichita State University, Seth was the JV boys and assistant varsity coach at Andover High School for 6 seasons. He taught social studies at AHS for 9 years.

Seth's family moved to Naperville in 2015. He has volunteered coaching his three children's various sports teams throughout the years. Seth enjoys teaching the game of basketball to the next generation of passionate young players.