In his 41st 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, and back to Pittsburgh, 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 27 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 2006 to the present, he has coached the 17U Red team girls in the spring/summer and has sent over 100 of his players to college to play the game of basketball.
Coach Ondik has been married to his wife, Jane, for 36 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 were invited to the White House where they met with President and Michelle Obama.
Brandon played collegiate hoops at the Division II level at Lincoln University of Missouri, then continued his playing career in France. While playing in France, he also coached youth camps countrywide and fell in love with teaching the game. He's been coaching for the Rockets on the AAU circuit for the past 6 years, where he focuses on teaching fundamentals and a strong work ethic, to develop well rounded players. Coaching and giving back are his true passions in life.
Sydney Kopp just finished up a 2 year stint playing professional basketball in Germany.
She played in Braunschweig, Germany in the 2020-2021 season and Jena, Germany for the 2021-2022 season. Kopp finished averaging the second highest points in the league with a 48% 3 point percentage.
Sydney played 4 years of collegiate basketball at DePauw University. As a team captain and three-time All-Conference honoree, Kopp helped lead DePauw to 4 NCAC titles and 4 National Tournament appearances. She ended her collegiate career breaking the all time scoring record, single game scoring record, 3-point record, field goals made record, became NCAC player of the year, and was selected as a first team All-American.
Kopp has trained youth players-high school players for 3 years now, and did individual sessions in Germany for the U16 team. She currently has her personal training and flexologist certifications where she works at Red Effect Infrared Fitness as a group fitness instructor and Stretch Lab as a Fleoxologist. She also runs her own basketball training business called Kopp Tier Training where she trains girls ages 6-college. Sydney loves teaching her knowledge and love of the game to other eager players by not only teaching the skills and techniques necessary, but also the hard-work and passion every great basketball player must have.
Boys Program: Bob Bray
Girls GS Program: Bob Bray
Girls HS Program: Drew Ondik
Financial Questions: Bob Bray
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Sponsorship: Bob Bray
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