17 Red Asst. Coach
Mike Prasse is in his 17th year of coaching youth basketball. He possesses an innate love of the sport and is passionate about teaching young kids a competitive, fast-paced brand of basketball. Hard work, positive attitude, and team effort are the qualities he emphasizes. Mike wants the kids he coaches to develop a feel for the game and a desire to complete.
Mike was an accomplished point guard at Naperville North and College of DuPage, then went on to graduate from Western Illinois University and launched his own Carpentry and Remodeling business in Naperville. He began coaching youth basketball as his young kids developed an interest in the game in the late 1990’s. From volunteer coaching at Wheatland Township to the Neuqua girls basketball program to the IBA to eventually forming his own Naperville Cobra team Mike had developed a reputation as a quality youth basketball coach in the area. After a couple of successful years with the Naperville Cobras, Mike and Drew Ondik decided to merge their teams and bring a core group of talented high school age girls together to compete on the AAU and USJN circuit at the 15U, 16U, and 17U levels. Mike served as the assistant coach for Drew Ondik during those years.
Mike lives in Naperville with his wife Mary Carole, and daughters Sidney (22), Christen (21), Clara (15) and son Michael (19). Sidney plays collegiate basketball at St. Xavier University in Chicago. Christen earned a D1 scholarship from St. Louis University before deciding to pursue other passions in life. Michael played basketball for 2 years at Benet Academy before exchanging basketball shoes for hockey skates. Clara was a key reserve for the State Champion Benet Redwings varsity team as a freshman this season.