About The Program

Play Hard Hoops is in its 11th season and presently runs programs throughout the Chicagoland area including: Buffalo Grove/Long Grove, Vernon Hills, Highland Park, Deerfield, Lincolnshire, Chicago, Lake Barrington, Libertyville Volo & Lake Zurich). Adelman 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 already worked with over 400 participants in the Play Hard Hoops Summer Basketball Camps!

Programs Offered By Play Hard Hoops: Weekly Skills Practices, Basketball Leagues, Travel Feeder Program, Private Lessons, Adult Morning Practices, Days Off School/Holiday & Spring Break Camps, Summer Basketball Camps, Youth & Adult Tournaments



FULL TIME COACH/ ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – JARED ASHE Contact: coachj@playhardhoops.com

Play Hard Hoops is excited to add Jared Ashe as a Full-Time Director where he will take on running Play Hard Hoops basketball programs and be involved in the growth and direction of Play Hard Hoops

Coach Jared Ashe worked for two years as a part-time PHH coach running programming at Windy City Fieldhouse while assisting in various programs in PHH Suburban locations.  Jared has also spent the last three years as a Freshman Head Coach, Sophomores Head Coach, and Varsity Assistant at Mount Carmel HS.  Ashe has AAU Travel Coaching Experience spending the last two summers as the Head Coach of the 14U Chicago Lockdown teams that compete nationally and spent a year coaching at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet.

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” will be a tremendous addition to Play Hard Hoops where he will continue on the path of teaching boys and girls the fundamentals of basketball while also being a great mentor who believes in teaching kids more than just basketball.


Coach Ron has worked with Play Hard Hoops for over 5 years 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 as the director of programs at Canlan Sportsplex, Volo Sportsplex & the Ela Sports Center.


Coach Justin has been a great part of PHH programming since finishing at University Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2019. He has already proven to be a top young coach in the northern suburbs and has run several camps, led Warriors travel basketball teams, and skills clinics. He was a solid team contributor at Warren High that owned all of the key skills we teach weekly at Play Hard sessions. 


Derek Mason played collegiately at Carthage College As a starting Combo Guard where he helped lead the RedMen to a Conference championship in 2017, and received the Jon Swift Hustle award in 2018 from the program. A graduate of Warren HS, Mason has been a skill development coach for 6 years while coaching travel basketball for 2 years including Warren Feeder. Mason coached in the PHH Winter League and has quickly become a popular PHH Coach.

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 is currently running over 20 basketball camps in seven different locations between Wisconsin & Illinois. This is the 20th season of Play Hard Hoops Summer 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, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Lake Zurich, Lake Barrington, Volo & Libertyville.  Play Hard Hoops runs these sessions from September – March. 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, Lifetime Fitness – Vernon Hills, Adveristy Center – Vernon Hills, Canlan Sportsplex – lake Barrington, Libertyville Sports Complex, Wheeling Park District and Volo Sportsplex .  Play Hard Hoops league run year round from Fall League – Summer Leagues.


PHH Warrior Travel Feeder Teams Adelman started the PHH Warrior Travel Feeder Teams in 2016 and has grown to 6 teams during the 2018-19 season.  The program is for kids from 4th-6th grade 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 Feeder program plays in the PHH Travel Feeder League & competes in 4-5 tournaments during the winter basketball season and is coached by Coach A and a quality PHH Staff.  The program won 7 tournaments collectively in the 2018-19 season.  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 and competing with toughness.


Tournament and Event Organizer Play Hard Hoops started a Feeder Legue for teams throughtout the North Suburbs in 2016.  The league finished its 3rd season with over 80 teams participating that include many of the top feeder programs in the North & Northwest Suburbs.  PHH also runs 3 youth tournaments every year during the winter and spring.  Play Hard Hoops Tournaments have been successful and draw 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