BRIAN DAVIS

All Teams (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th)

Brian has over 20 years of experience in the youth sports industry as president of Joy Of The Game – Rising Stars Basketball Club in Deerfield, IL. Brian coached and trained players on travel teams from Pre-K to college basketball players.  

JOEL DANGEL

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Grade Teams

Coach Dangel has 10 plus years of basketball and baseball coaching experience with various youth programs in the Gurnee Area. Coach Dangel graduated from Warren Township High School where he played basketball and baseball. He continued his athletic career playing, basketball and baseball, at Trinity International University. Coach Dangel has a passion to help children learn the game of basketball and grow their skills in a team environment.  

 

ROMELL DRAKE

7th Grade Teams

MATT LINGENFELSER

3rd, 4th, 6th Grade Teams

Coaching
Winona State YMCA Youth Basketball Clinics
St. Pats Catholic School 8th Grade Basketball
10 Years Coaching Basketball for Gurnee Park District
6 years Assistant Coach for GYB Baseball
Worked Shooting Camps with Peter Patton (Shooting Coach-Minnesota TWolves and Dallas Mavs)
Attend College Practices to learn more about team preparation and drill work.

Playing
Leading scorer and rebounder on Warren’ s 1st Sweet Sixteen Qualifier.
All-Conference, All-Lake County, Sun-Times All Area
Carthage College- 1 Year Starter/Sixth Man- Finished season ranked Top 10 in Field Goal Percentage
Winona State University- 3 Year Starter/Sixth Man, School All-Time Field Goal Percentage Leader.
1,000 point scorer in College.  

 

CLIFF PAUL JR.

8th Grade Teams

Coach Cliff Paul has over 10 years of official basketball coaching in his career, but a lifetime of experience in the game. At an early age Coach Cliff assisted his Mother’s AAU program and coached the younger teams while he himself was still a player. His brothers helped propel his coaching career to new heights as Brandon won Mr. Basketball for the state of Illinois in 2009 and Darius made it to the IHSA State Championship where he narrowly lost to Jabari Parker in 2011. His younger brother Brandon followed him to the University of Illinois to play where Coach Cliff had a front row view of not only the play, but the behind the scenes practices and 2 different coaching regimes. He began officially coaching in 2006 while at U of I working with the Boys and Girls Club travel basketball program in Champaign, where he coached and mentored kids from kindergarten thru high school with his fraternity volunteering, and eventually as his part time job during school.

He returned and resumed coaching in the Chicagoland area in 2014. He got his official start with Brian Davis and Rising Stars. One thing that is constant in Coach Cliff’s basketball philosophy, is that high energy and positive reinforcement are staples in building a players confidence, and a teams chemistry. Coach Cliff continues playing regularly when he is not coaching and loves being in the gym everyday and is always excited to teach whoever wants to learn, at any level of the game.  

 

BRENT REIMHOLZ

6th Grade Teams

Coach Brent Reimholz graduated from Warren High School in 1995 where he played basketball for 4 years. Coach Brent played basketball for 2 years at Elmhurst College where he graduated in 1999. Coach Brent’s coaching experience has consisted of coaching 7th & 8th Grade teams for Warren Jr. Blue Devil Feeder program and 1st to 3rd Grade teams at Upward Basketball and Gurnee Youth Basketball.  

 

TODD WOLF

7th & 8th Grade Teams

After competing as four year, three-sport, high school athlete in the Madison, WI area, where he twice received basketball High School All Conference honors, Todd attended St. Norbert College where he played in the NCAA Division III Midwest conference.    Prior to becoming an assistant coach with the Gurnee Demons under Coach Brian Davis, Todd acquired over 10 years of basketball coaching experience while coaching REC level basketball through both the Park District and Upward Basketball programs.  He has coached competitive youth athletics across multiple sports for over 10 years (basketball, baseball, softball and soccer) and has attending several coaching clinics, including acquiring his state “E” coaching license in soccer. Todd has also acquired his Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) coaching certificate in basketball and was the assistant coach on Coach Davis’s bench for a 2017 10U National Championship win in Clarksville, TN, with the Illinois Central Elite AAU program.

 

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