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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.

2013 IMPACT COACHING STAFF

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

Girls Coaches
James Foster
Jeff Plaine
Tanya Thigpen
Ellis Funches

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.

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.

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!!!”

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Dan Siegel

 

Dan Siegel
Dan Siegel earned varsity letters on his high school basketball team in Indiana. He attended Wake Forest University in North Carolina receiving his Masters Degree in Physical Education and headed the Wake Forest intramural basketball program. He instructed collegiate courses in basketball as well as assisting the university coaches. In the last few years, he has attended numerous coaching and basketball skills clinics throughout the US including the Bob Hurley Camp in Pennsylvania, Dick Baumgartner Shooting Camp in Indiana and Advanced Basketball Camp in Arizona.

 

Phil Gary
Junior college point guard who led the nation in assists with 9 to go along with 19 points per game…Recorded three triple-doubles as a junior college sophomore, scoring at least 30 points in each of those three contests…Started in the same prep backcourt with Georgia Tech’s Iman Shumpert at Oak Park, Ill., River Forest High School… Earned a full scholarship to play basketball at Florida International University.. Coached by Hall of Fame basketball Isiah Thomas.. Broadcasting major.. Personal trainer and coach for Imapct AAU basketball and the Bulls/Academy

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Coach Quinn Peterson

Quinn Peterson
Quinn Peterson is in his 6th year coaching with IMPACT Basketball. He has worked with boys and girls grades 3-10, coaching in competitive travel tournaments, and leading basic and advanced skill development. He has also been a member of the OPRF High School boys basketball coaching staff for 7 years, where he is currently the varsity assistant and head JV coach. Quinn is the camp director for OPRF’s boys youth basketball camps, as well as camp director of the Iman Shumpert Youth Basketball Camp. He played for four years at OPRF and has been coaching there since graduating in 2007. In addition to IMPACT and OPRF, Quinn has coached and led camps for the Chicago Bulls Training Academy in Lisle, IL for six years.

 

Joseph-Russell

Joseph Russell

Joseph RussellJoseph 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.