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.
Coach Copenhaver joins the Illinois Rockets for the 2022 AAU season. She just completed her 18th year as the Providence Catholic varsity head coach and director of the girls’ basketball program. She is responsible for the development of players, coaches, and all girls’ teams within the Augustinian values of Truth, Unity, and Love.
Coach has guided the varsity team to Regional Championships in 2006, 2017, 2020 and 2022. In 2020, the team also won the Sectional Championship, advancing to the school’s first Super-Sectional contest. More than 30 players who have played for Coach Copenhaver have continued their careers at the collegiate level, with 2 players advancing to play professionally overseas.
Personally, Coach Copenhaver has 15 years of collegiate coaching experience at Loyola University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, in addition to many years of youth and travel basketball experiences from the JJC Basketball Academy, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin school, The Truth Basketball organization, M-14 program, and the Naperville Rockets. She is a member of Loyola University Athletic Hall of Fame, Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, and Maria High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Coach is a recipient of the 2017 U.S. Semper Fi Coach Award at the Glazier clinic and the 2020 and 2022 District 9 IBCA Coach (Co-Coach) of the Year award recipient.
Coach Copenhaver is honored to have former Celtics continue to play the game, be successful in their lives, have former Celtics on her coaching staff, maintain coaching friendships, and be able to coach with her son, Jim. She resides in Orland Park with her husband, Jim and son, Jim.
Jim Copenhaver is a 2018 Valparaiso University graduate and currently works as an accountant at Bill Hickey & Associates, INC. in Orland Park.
Jim just completed his 4th year on the Providence Catholic girls basketball staff, gaining experience on the JV and varsity level. In the off season, Jim has coached travel basketball at M-14 Academy and now, with the Illinois Rockets for the 2022 AAU season.
Brittany Collier is in her fourth year of coaching with the Rockets.
Brittany Collier started her journey in coaching by helping out at the Dubuque girls and boys club after graduating from college in Iowa where she played collegiate basketball while earning degrees in accounting and human resource management in 2015.
After being offered another accounting job back home she moved back to the area where she got involved with coaching 6th – 8th grade girls and being the head JV coach at her alma mater, Oswego High School, while pursuing her masters in accounting from Aurora University.
Brittany joined the Rockets program in the summer of 2019. She is now in her first year as the director of the Rockets organization and a lead accountant at Midi enterprises.
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.
Tim Kohn has been coaching basketball since 1986 in the Palatine Boys Park District Program. Kohn began coaching girl's basketball at Newark High School in 1994. In his first season as the Varsity Head Coach the team tripled it's win total from the prior season. Kohn next was hired as the Varsity Head Coach at Ottawa Marquette High School where his team recorded the most victories in a season in program history. After stints as an assistant coach at Aurora University and St. Francis University in Joliet, Kohn entered the AAU coaching arena. Kohn has coached AAU basketball for over 20 years. He has coached over 50 girls that have played college basketball. Coaching girl's basketball is my passion and I hope to coach as long as possible.
Kohn is an attorney in the LaSalle County area. He has been married to is wife, Annette since 1986. His daughter Jaci is 30 years old.
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