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.