Play Hard Hoops begins its 13th season of business this August as the official Anniversary of PHH is August 17th, 2009. PHH presently runs programs throughout the Chicagoland area including: Buffalo Grove/Long Grove, Vernon Hills,  Lincolnshire, Chicago, Evanston, Lake Barrington, Libertyville, Wheeling,  Volo & Lake Zurich. Coach A has been teaching the game of basketball to kids since 1990. His diverse experience has seen him coach basketball at the high school, collegiate and professional level. Adelman has also served as a high level basketball instructor teaching boys and girls from PreK-12th grade through his summer basketball camps, weekly skill practices, clinics and personal lessons.

The Play Hard Hoops Program currently serves over 1,000 families throughout the season and has continued to work successfully with kids of all ages and abilities despite the health and safety challenges of the past year.

Programs Offered By Play Hard Hoops: Weekly Skills Practices, Basketball Leagues in Fall, Winter & Spring, PHH Warriors City & Suburbs Travel Feeder Program, Private Lessons, Summer Basketball Camps, Youth  Tournaments

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FULL TIME COACH/ PHH CITY DIRECTOR - JARED ASHE

Coach J-Bone is in his 3rd season as a Full-Time Director where he leads the PHH City Program. Coach J is the director of the Warriors Travel Program in the City and is the top coach and administrator for PHH in the city. Coach J is also involved in the day-to-day growth and direction of Play Hard Hoops in all areas.

He has been part of the PHH program over the past 4 years beginning as a Part-Time Coach where he quickly became a PHH Favorite. Jared has also spent the last four years as a coach at Mount Carmel HS leading their Sophomore Team to an undefeated 15-0 Catholic League championship and 27-7 overall record in the 2019-2020 winter after a 20-6 championship run with the MC freshmen team in 2018-2019. He is a lead assistant for MC's varsity squad now that has sent several players to the college hoops level.

Ashe was a decorated college basketball and soccer player at Wesleyan University in Connecticut where he was a Division III All-American Soccer Player and Captain of both the basketball and soccer teams.  Upon graduation from Wesleyan he was hired by Lazard, an asset management firm, where he worked for almost 10 years between their New York and Chicago offices.

Fortunately, Jared decided to follow his passion and pursue a career in coaching/teaching. “Coach J” has been a tremendous addition to Play Hard Hoops where he shares the PHH Vision of teaching boys and girls the fundamentals of basketball while also being a great mentor who believes in teaching kids more than just basketball.

FULL TIME COACH/ ASSISTANT CITY DIRECTOR - MICHAEL - KAYE

Coach Kaye is entering his 2nd year coaching with Play Hard Hoops. During his stint with PHH he has coached weekly skills clinics, leagues, outdoor sessions, summer camps, and City Warriors travel teams. Moving forward he will be the Assistant Director in the city. In this role he will continue coaching all the mentioned programming, as well as co-directing the implementation of the city Warriors Girls travel program.

Coach Kaye brings international experience to our program. Throughout his high school career he represented his state in Australian national tournaments, playing against the best players in Australia and neighboring countries. He has since embarked on a career in education and coaching basketball players from K-12th grade.

Upon graduating with a Bachelor in Educational Studies from the University of Canberra, Australia, he moved to Chicago in 2017. Since living here he has taught physical education and assisted in directing the athletic program at Old St. Mary’s school in the South Loop. During his tenure at OSM he has been the liaison for all things basketball and the school has become a very respectable program within the CCYL. He has head coached middle school boys and girls teams, run clinics for 1st-3rd grade students, implemented alternative programming for students 4th-8th grade, and organized basketball events, including hosting an Australian high school in Chicago for alumni games. Coach Kaye still currently teaches at OSM and has recently accepted a coaching position at Mount Carmel High School, as freshman head coach.

PART TIME COACH & DIRECTOR - RON CHRISTIANS

Coach Ron Christians has worked with Play Hard Hoops is entering his eighth year and has directed several of the Play Hard Hoops programs. Ron is a native of Wauconda, where he was an All-Area Player at Wauconda HS before playing four years at Loras College in Iowa. Ron has coached with the Wauconda Feeder program and is a tremendous communicator and teacher. His energy as a coach has helped continue to boost Play Hard Hoops into the premier youth basketball program in Chicago. Ron will continue to direct multiple PHH programs as one of our most beloved coaches!

PHH WARRIORS COACH & ASST DIRECTOR - JUSTIN COBE

Coach Justin Cobe is entering his 4th year with Play Hard Hoops and has quickly become a lead director at Play Hard for all programs from Zoom Training to the Assistant Director of the PHH Warriors Travel Feeder Program. Cobe has coached the last 3 seasons in the program and has been overseen the development of multiple PHH Warriors Teams. Cobe graduated from UW-Oshkosh, the 2019 Division 3NCAA Champions, where Cobe assisted the basketball program. Cobe hails from Gurnee where he played baseball and basketball. Cobe will once again be involved in all programs for Play Hard Hoops, and has been officially named the Assistant Director of the PHH Warriors Travel Program where he will oversee the 4th & 5th Grade Teams

Play Hard Hoops Founder / Coach / Director - David Adelman E-Mail David Adelman

Adelman served as an assistant coach at the Division 1 level for Loyola University Chicago and Duquesne University for seven years. He then moved on as an assistant at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point where he helped Coach Jack Bennett lead the Pointers to a 45-10 record, two Conference Championships and an NCAA appearance.

Adelman was then afforded an opportunity to be an Assistant Coach and General Manager of the Westchester Wildfire, a new franchise in the USBL (United States Basketball League) in 2001. He assisted former New York Knick John Starks in leading the Wildfire to back-to-back winning seasons and a 20-12 record and final four playoff appearance in its first year. Adelman also served as an assistant coach for the nationally ranked St Raymonds HS program in New York where he helped St Raymonds win the City Championship and finish third in the State in 2004.

Adelman has also coached Internationally in the prestigious World Maccabiah Games winning three gold medals (2 in the Pan American Games) and a Silver Medal in the 2009 World Maccabiah Games. Adelman also gained international coaching experience by taking a collection of professional basketball players to compete in Denmark against traditional powers: Hapoel Jerusalem, Eiffel Towers, Alba, Krka and Besiktas.

 

Summer Basketball Camps
In 1999 after successfully running the Loyola University Chicago Summer Basketball Camps, which was rated one of top 100 things to do in Chicago people don't know about for an Internet magazine, Adelman began his Hoops Education Basketball Camps.  He has run these summer basketball camps in Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and Long Beach and PHH ran 35 camps in 2021 with over 1000 participants. 2022 will be the 24th Year of Play Hard Hoops Education Basketball Camps!
Basketball Skills Instructor
In 2006 Adelman began shooting specific skill classes with extreme success and also began teaching private lessons to kids from 5th-12th grade.  Adelman has run skills and shooting clinics for John Karzen, Highwood Small Fry, Deerfield Feeder, LZ Hoops and many other programs. PHH runs skills practices in Chicago, Buffalo Grove, Evanston, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Lake Zurich, Lake Barrington, Volo & Libertyville.  Play Hard Hoops runs these sessions from September - March and will work with over a thousand families during the 2021-22 Season.
Developmental Leagues
Play Hard Hoops Developmental Leagues are currently running in multiple locations and has League Sessions in the fall, winter, spring & summer.  The PHH leagues focus on the development of skills and fundamentals while teaching concepts that promote team play.  Play Hard Leagues are being run currently at multiple locations: Windy City Fieldhouse, Woodlawn Middle School and Ela Sports Center - Lake Zurich Adveristy Center - Vernon Hills, Canlan Sportsplex - lake Barrington & Libertyville , Wheeling Park District and Quad Indoor Sports - Evanston  .  Play Hard Hoops leagues run year round from Fall League - Summer League which we hope will return in 2022.
PHH Warrior Travel Feeder Teams
PHH Warrior Travel Feeder Teams were formed in 2016 for Buffalo Grove-Long Grove-Lincolnshire Families and has continued to flourish with teams from 4th-8th Grade. The PHH Warriors Suburbs has expanded into year round travel for kids from the North/Northwest Suburbs. In 2019, PHH started the City Warriors for boys teams 3rd-8th Grade to great success. The PHH Warriors Suburban program in winter converts to a program for kids that will feed into Stevenson HS giving kids from Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Lincolnshire, Hawthorn Woods the opportunity to compete against other feeder and travel programs that includes feeder programs from the local area. The CIty Warriors also compete as a Feeder program and all PHH Warriors teams have competed in the PHH Travel Feeder League against other like Feeder programs. In 2019-20 seven of the ten PHH Warriors Programs finished with a better than 500 record. The program focuses on teaching players the fundamentals of the game, offensive concepts, man-to-man defense with principles based on the Bennett Family teaching of defense, unselfish team play and competing with toughness.
Tournament and Event Organizer
Play Hard Hoops started a Feeder Legue for teams throughout the North, Northwest Suburbs in 2016.  The league finished its 4th season in 2019-20 with over 90 teams participating that include many of the top feeder programs in the North & Northwest Suburbs. PHH ran 10 weekend shootouts during Covid helping create a safe place for travel programs to play basketball. Play Hard Hoops Tournaments have been successfully running for years and generally served over 100 teams per tournament in the spring. He has served as the tournament director for numerous tournaments that has involved over 150 teams and 4 different facilities. Adelman also ran the very successful NCAA Certified Hoosier Jam Fest that featured over 130 teams in its first year that attracted more than 50 college coaches.  Adelman also has run an adult tournament in March since 2010 when he started the Master's Madness Shootout.  For Information on upcoming Tournaments & the PHH Travel Feeder League: Play HardHoops Travel League
Play Hard Part-Time Skills & League Coaches:
Chris Gutkowski - 5th Season With Play Hard Hoops
Jeff Monroe - 13th Season With Play Hard Hoops
Derek Mason - 2nd Season With Play Hard Hoops
Kevin Day - 3rd Season With Play Hard Hoops
James Santillan - 13th Season With Play Hard Hoops
Kevin Quirk - 9th Season With Play Hard Hoops
Garrett Hill - 2nd Season With Play Hard Hoops
Tahji McDonald - 4th Season With Play Hard Hoops
Jay Halvorsen - 2nd Season With Play Hard Hoops
John Lazar - 2nd Season With Play Hard Hoops