Head Coach: Danny Ondik
Danny Ondik grew up in Naperville where he played for the Rockets program from 4th through 8th grades (including summers). He then played his high school basketball at Naperville Central High School where he made multiple all-tournament teams and achieved all-conference recognition as a senior. He also received the coveted Red/White award.
While at Penn State studying for his degree in Electrical Engineering, he was selected for the Lady Lions practice squad/scout team his junior and senior years. Each season the Lady Lions won the Big Ten title. Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas, who Danny went head-to-head with every day in practice, are both currently in the WNBA.
In Danny’s senior year, he became head coach of the Penn State girls club basketball team. Traveling all over the mid-atlantic, northeastern and southeastern United States, Danny’s Lady Lions club squad went 26-2 and finished in second place at Nationals.
Danny looks forward to now giving back to the Rockets program that cultivated his love for the game of basketball.
Asst. Coach: Brandon Stanciel
Brandon Stanciel grew up in Bolingbrook, and played for the Rockets program from 6th through 8th grades (including summers). He then played high school basketball at Bolingbrook High School for three years and achieved all-conference/all-tournament recognition at Walther Lutheran High School, where he transferred to his senior year. He was also team captain his senior year.
He continued his education/basketball career at the collegiate level, as a freshman at North Central College where he played under Coach Todd Rairdon for one year. Brandon finished his collegiate career at Lincoln University (Missouri, NCAA Division II), where he played for two years (captain senior year) and earned a degree in Journalism. As a student athlete, he also worked for the school newspaper (sports) and a local radio station in Jefferson City, Missouri. Upon graduation he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach for one year at his alma mater, where he gained extensive knowledge of the body, and different nutrition plans.
This past summer, Brandon coached youth basketball in France, and was able to share his knowledge and experiences of the game throughout the country. Brandon is excited to be back apart of Rockets program, and hopes to continue to share his love and knowledge of the game with the girls he coaches. This will be his first year coaching with the program.