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Our coaches work strenuously to bring about change in our youth by equipping them with the tools for success and giving them alternative and positive choices.


Boys Coaches
James Foster
Derrick Robinson
Keith Bush
Mike Kohlenberger
Quinn Peterson
Ellis Funches
Eric Dobson

Girls Coaches
James Foster
Jeff Plaine
Tanya Thigpen
Ellis Funches

Coach James Foster
James received most of his developmental basketball skills on the inner city playgrounds of Chicago and graduated from Farragut High School, having played in the competitive Red West Division. After graduating high school, he played college basketball for Northeastern Illinois University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. It was James’ daughters, Jasmine and Jonay, who awakened his passion for the game of basketball. As a result of his devotion and love for the game, IMPACT has become one of the largest basketball programs in the western suburbs that include both boys’ and girls’ basketball teams from 2nd to 12th grade.

Coach Derrick Robinson
Derrick attended Whitney M. Young High School where he played basketball all four years and was the co-captain of the varsity team as a senior.  In addition, he also played on the baseball team for his first three years. After graduating high school, he attended Western Michigan University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.  He later attended and received his Masters of Business Administration Degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Derrick’s passions include working and mentoring youth as well as the game of basketball. As a result, he utilizes those passions through coaching with IMPACT. “IMPACT basketball provides me with the opportunity to bring both passions together.” He has been an IMPACT coach since 2004 and enjoys working with the younger teams (4th grade and under).

Derrick is the Co-Founder of Young Linksmen, a non-profit organization created to provide mentoring and scholarships to Whitney M. Young college-bound students.

Coach Keith Bush
Keith is a product of Maywood, Illinois, where he attended St. James Grammar School (78) and St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois (82) where he was an All State football player.  After completing high school, Keith attended Northeastern Illinois University on a Football scholarship.

Keith later attended and graduated from Southeastern Travel Academy in Kissimee, Florida, with an Associate’s Degree in Travel Careers.  He has worked in the Hotel industry for 24 years and enjoyed every minute of it.  “I’ve gotten the chance to meet a lot of people while working in the industry,  and have been able to travel a bit with my family.”

Keith has always loved basketball (he made the freshman team at St. Joseph High School) and always wanted to coach. Keith began coaching at Oak Park YMCA and had his own travel team, the Runnin’ Rebels, and has been an IMPACT coach since 2005.  He enjoys learning and understanding the game, the teaching aspect of the game and watching kids grow and develop their skills.

Keith is married (Robin) and has 2 sons (Donavon & Bryndon) that have played and continue to play with IMPACTLET’S GO IMPACT!!!”

Mike Kohlenberger

Mike Kohlenberger

Coach Michael Kohlenberger
Michael played high school basketball and baseball at Sterling High School in Sterling, Illinois, graduating in 1981. He was drafted by the minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher, however with his passion for the game of basketball, his success as a 2-year Honorable Mention All-State player, and participating member of the IBCA High School All-Star Team, he pursued the game he loved. He received a scholarship and had continued success at Quincy College in Quincy, Illinois, where he was an All-Tournament standout in the Chaminade Classic in Hawaii, and played in the NAIA National Tournament two years in Kemper Arena in Kansas City. After graduating in 1985 and while working on his Masters Degree, Michael began working with young players becoming the head coach for the boys’ sophomore basketball program at Sterling Newman High School and serving as a special coaching assistant to the boys’ varsity program. Most recently, Michael has personally trained and worked with strength and conditioning specialist and certified MAT (Muscle Activation Techniques) trainers allowing him to help athletes of all ages and ability levels improve performance through specific strength, conditioning, agility, and core training. Michael began assisting with the Skill Development Program for IMPACT Basketball in 2008, and coached the 3rd grade boys’ traveling team in 2009. He will be coaching the 4th grade boys in 2010.

Quinn Peterson
Quinn is currently a junior at DePaul University, majoring in Journalism with a minor in Sociology and African & Black Diaspora Studies. After playing basketball four years at Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRF), he has since returned as a freshman basketball coach and just finished his third year with the program. In addition to coaching for OPRF and IMPACT, he has also assisted in several youth camps in Oak Park and for the Chicago Bulls Basketball Schools. Quinn loves the game of basketball in every aspect: playing, coaching, discussing, announcing, and reporting. His goal now is to share that love for the game with others.

Joseph Russell

Joseph Russell

Coach Joseph Russell
Joseph is passionate about the IMPACT organization. He participated in a variety of sports including his first and ultimate love for basketball from grade school through high school. His philosophy toward coaching aligns with basketball being utilized as an opportunity to teach life lessons of team work, winning attitude, accountability and respect for others. He was inspired by Coach Keith Bush (his uncle) during the 2007 and 2008 basketball season to take his love and passion to teach and cultivate youth to improve in the game of basketball. As an assistant coach with IMPACT, he encourages players to be good students through learning how to play within the parameters and rules of the game of basketball.

Joseph Russell is a native of Carbondale, Illinois, has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Marketing and a Masters’ of Science degree in Management. He believes that “a positive attitude and willingness to give your best effort in life, in basketball and in the classroom , will create many great chances to be an Impact in our society.