Drew Ondik

17 Red Head Coach

In his 35th 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 DIII National Championship and they were invited to the White House where they met with President and Michelle Obama.

Mike Prasse

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.

Cass Rufus


17 White Head Coach

Cass Rufus is preparing for his third season with the Illinois Rockets and his fifteenth year coaching high school level basketball. Coach Rufus is a highly talented basketball coach who possesses excellent leadership, training and mentoring skills.  He served as freshman head coach during the 2014-15 season at York High School.  He is a graduate of Elmhurst College and teaches fourth grade at Hawthorne Elementary in Elmhurst. He feels that coaching basketball and being able to help teach and develop young ladies who will use all aspects of teamwork, sportsmanship and goal setting throughout their lives makes coaching most enjoyable. 

Coach Rufus prides himself on developing challenging practice plans each and every session that build solid fundamental skills of the game. He looks forward to another successful and positive third season as a Rockets coach and hopes to create wonderful new relationships while instilling in the girls a love for basketball as each girl strives to be the best she can while adding to the program’s success. When not coaching or teaching he stays busy raising his three daughters.




Kimee Chandler

17 White Asst. Coach

The Blanchardville, WI native has been around the game of basketball her whole life. Her dad Chuck founded the Wisconsin Hoops Select AAU Club, and Kimee has played competitive basketball since 4th grade. A four-year player at UW-Milwaukee, Chandler served as a co-captain of the 2013-14 team and a member of the student-athlete advisory committee.

After playing at UW-Milwaukee, Chandler began her coaching career at Madison College in Madison, WI. Chandler coached a pair of junior college and WBCA All-Americans at Madison while helping direct the team to 20 win seasons each year. Chandler was selected to be a part of the WBCA "So You Want To Be A Coach" class in 2014 that took place at the NCAA Division I Women’s Final Four. Additionally, Chandler served as the head coach for the Wisconsin Select AAU program in the summer of 2016. Coach Chandler currently is an assistant coach at Benedictine University in Lisle and is excited to be a part of the IL Rockets coaching staff.

 

Ja’Dae McGuire

17 Black Head Coach:  Ja'Dae McGuire 

Mr. McGuire was a four year varsity basketball and (All American) football player at West Virginia University Institute of Technology and a professional football player for the Green Bay Packers. Post his football career, Mr. McGuire founded ESP Athletics in 2006. As ESP's Head Trainer, Mr. McGuire trained over 50 athletes who obtained college scholarships including two Gatorade Players of the Year. Mr. McGuire also developed team training programs for several high school teams including Wheaton Warrenville South, Wheaton North, Oak Park River Forest, St. Francis, Wheaton Academy, and Benet Academy. The result of Mr. McGuire's team programs were exceptional, including five team state championships and every team trained reached its best play off position and/or final rankings in team history. For the past two seasons, Mr. McGuire has coached the freshman girls basketball team at Benet to undefeated seasons. 

Maryssa Cladis

17 Black Assistant Coach: Maryssa Cladis

Maryssa grew up in Chicago Heights, IL and attended Marian Catholic High School where her basketball team made it to the super sectional all four years.  She went on to continue her basketball career at North Central College where she played for four years and was named team captain her junior and senior years.  During my time, Maryssa finished second in career three-point field goals made and eighth in career assists. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Sports Management.  Currently she serves as the graduate assistant coach for North Central and will graduate this June with her MBA.  Maryssa is excited to share her passion and love for basketball with the Rockets girls and hopes to help them develop into greater basketball players while having fun doing it.

Brittany Galow


15 Red Head Coach

Brittany is joining the Rockets program with six years of basketball and softball coaching experience both at the middle school and high school levels.  

Coach Galow graduated from Aurora University with her Bachelors in Mathematics with a Secondary Education background.  From there she went on to teach middle school for the last 3 years in East Aurora School District 131.  In addition she coaches basketball and softball at Waubonsie Valley High School at the sophomore and freshmen levels respectively.



 

Tyler Spears

15 Red Assistant Coach

Tyler has lived in Lombard since he was 5 years. He was a two-sport athlete at Glenbard East HS, playing both basketball and baseball. He continued his baseball playing at College of Dupage before an injury shortened his playing career but helped begin his coaching career.

Tyler has been coaching both boys and girls basketball for 10 years now, including stints with Glen Westlake Middle School, the Glenbard East feeder/travel program, Dupage Training Academy, and the Mercury Elite travel club. He has worked with players aged 6th grade through 16U, and is excited to join the Illinois Rockets coaching staff!

Tyler works for Stern Pinball Manufacturing , a pinball company based in Elk Grove Village.



Nate Gehrt

14 Red Head Coach

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.


Jamie Cuny



14 Red Assistant Coach: Jamie Cuny

Jamie grew up in Naperville, IL and went to high school at Naperville Central, where she played four years of varsity basketball.   She was a starter for three years, and a captain her last two years.  Jamie has been playing basketball since she was five years old, and played with the Rockets from eighth grade year up until graduation.  After graduating from NCHS, Jamie continued her playing career at the University of Illinois Springfield on a basketball scholarship.  After freshmen year she decided to play closer to home and transferred to North Central College.  She was named third team all-conference the past two years and currently holds the career, season, and single game block record for NCC. Jamie is a junior studying Mathematics and Secondary Education, and hopes to one day teach middle school math as well as coach. This will be her first year coaching with the Rockets and she is excited to share her love for the game, and help the girls become better basketball players. 

 

 

Michael Scholl


13 Red Head Coach: Michael Scholl

Michael, who has lived in Naperville since the age of 4, began his early basketball career participating in the Rockets Summer League. He spent one AAU season playing for Coach Bob Bray and the Rockets in 2009-2010.  Michael played four years at St. Francis High school in Wheaton, averaged 15 points per game, and was awarded the Spartan MVP for the 2010-2011 season. During that season he also was All-Conference, Kankakee All-Area, Ken Peddy All-Tournament Team, and led the Chicagoland Area in 3 pointers made. 

After his career at St. Francis, Michael continued playing at St. Norbert College in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Unfortunately, after 4 knee surgeries Michael’s playing days were over. However he was a student assistant for St. Norbert for the 2013-2014 season in which they were ranked #6 in the Country and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. 

Michael continues to help out at both St. Francis and St. Raphael basketball camps throughout the year.


Erica Buck


13 Red 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.