Play Hard Hoops is currently in its 12th season of business. PHH presently runs programs throughout the Chicagoland area including: Buffalo Grove/Long Grove, Vernon Hills,  Lincolnshire, Chicago, 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 with hundreds of kids this spring and summer through Zoom Camps, Outdoor Trainings and Controlled Basketball Camps that has put safety first.

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




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 has AAU Travel Coaching Experience, spending two summers as the Head Coach of the 14U Chicago Lockdown teams that compete nationally. He kicked off his coaching career at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, leading their 7th grade squad.

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.



Coach Ron Christians has worked with Play Hard Hoops is entering his fifth 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 as the director of programs at Canlan Sportsplex, Volo Sportsplex & the Ela Sports Center.


Coach Justin Cobe is entering his 3rd 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 2 seasons in the program and led the PHH Warriors Gold Team in 2019-20 to a winning record. 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 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
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-6th Grade. In 2019, PHH started the City Warriors for boys teams 3rd-8th Grade to great success. The PHH Warriors Suburban 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 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 throughtout the North Suburbs in 2016.  The league finished its 4th season with over 90 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


Play Hard Part-Time Skills & League Coaches:
Chris Gutkowski - 4th Season With Play Hard Hoops
Jeff Monroe - 12th Season With Play Hard Hoops
Derek Mason - 1st Season With Play Hard Hoops
Kevin Day - 2nd Season With Play Hard Hoops
James Santillan - 12th Season With Play Hard Hoops
Kevin Quirk - 8th Season With Play Hard Hoops
Garrett Hill - 1st Season With Play Hard Hoops
Tahji McDonald - 3rd Season With Play Hard Hoops
Jay Halvorsen - 1st Season With Play Hard Hoops
Michael Kaye - 1st Season With Play Hard Hoops
John Lazar - 1st Season With Play Hard Hoops
Arthell Rosquist - 1st Season With Play Hard Hoops