In his 37th 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.
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.
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.
Igor chose to play his university basketball at Ryerson University in Toronto, serving as captain for three years. He was named tournament All-Star at multiple tournaments during his college career. He became the school’s all-time leading rebounder at Ryerson and third all-time in conference. Averaging a double-double each of the last three years of university and leading the country in rebounding during 2005-2006 season, Igor had the opportunity to transfer to many NCAA Division I schools but opted to finish his degree in Canada.
Following graduation from Ryerson University in 2008, Igor played four years of professional basketball in Greece, Austria, Germany and Bulgaria. His versatility and ability to play on the perimeter made him valuable at both the four and five positions.
Igor has strong interest in coaching; he is committed to helping both boys and girls realize their maximum potential while educating them on what it takes to get to the next level. At Ryerson University, Igor was awarded the Greatest Contribution to Ryerson Athletics Award, which is presented to only one male athlete each year. While in Europe, he spent many hours in the gym coaching the youth teams in Greece, Germany, Austria and Bulgaria. During 2012-2013 season, he was part of the North Central women’s basketball coaching staff, helping the team reach the playoffs and individually developing players which led to their all-conference team selection. Igor and his wife Jordan also directed and coached for the girls’ program at TAW for four seasons prior to joining the Rockets.
Boys Program: Marty Kuta
Girls GS Program: Bob Bray
Girls HS Program: Cass Rufus
Financial Questions: Mike Jopes
Website/Registrations Questions: Bob Bray
Sponsorship: Mike Bumpus
Rockets Girls HS Team Spring/Summer
Please Contact Drew Ondik or Ted Grade
Rockets Boys High School Team
Please Contact Bob Bray or Jabari Harrell