I am very excited to return to the Storm family and coach the 2021 Storm Girls 8th grade basketball travel team. I know together we will make lasting meaningful memories this year and hopefully a lot of winning too. Winning isn't everything but I’m honored to be a part of their basketball development.
I love all sports and I try my best to stay active. I’ve been an athlete my entire life. I attended Elgin High School. My senior year, my basketball team made it to the Upstate Eight Conference Super Sectionals, just two games away from winning State. I loved playing basketball but my first love was football. I played football during college as a Tight End for Harper College and St. Ambrose University. During college, I achieved a Bachelor's degree in teaching, back to back All American honors for football, and won a Junior college National Championship. After college, I was given the opportunity to coach football, girls and boys basketball, and indoor/outdoor track. I have taught and coached all over the city of Chicago and in the suburbs.
I'm very excited to get to know my players and help them learn, grow and develop their skills for basketball. It takes a village to raise good people in this society. I’m happy to do my part! If you need anything from me, please don’t hesitate to ask me.
My name is Eddie Hartnett, and I am the Storm Basketball Co-Director. Along with my role with Storm Basketball, I also coach for the 6th grade team with Storm and I am the Director of Programming with Hot Shots Sports. I have worked with Hot Shots Sports and Storm Basketball since September 2019.
Prior to working in my current role, I have coached basketball since 2006 at various locations. From 2006-2008, I worked with the Niles North Boys Feeder program as an assistant coach, while studying at Illinois State University for my undergraduate degree. After graduating in 2008, I worked with Evanston Girls Feeder Basketball from 2009-2010, grades 6-8, and then was moved to the new Evanston Boys Feeder program in 2010. With the Evanston Boys program, I coached various levels, 5th-7th grades, and helped develop a strong pool of players that wound up winning several conference, regional, sectional, and super sectional titles while playing for Evanston Varsity, several years later.
In 2016, I was studying at Concordia University for my graduate degree in Sports Management and was offered an opportunity as an assistant coach with their Men’s Basketball program. I was on staff for the 2016-17 season, and completed my graduate studies in December 2016. In 2017, I was offered a position with Rochelle Zell Jewish High School as a Sophomore Boys Basketball Head Coach, and a Varsity Assistant Coach. I remained on staff with Rochelle Zell from 2017-2019, and was apart of the 2018-19 team that won the schools third ever Regional title.
Outside of working with Hot Shots Sports, I enjoy crushing my friends in fantasy sports, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with my wife, Katie, and our three-month old daughter, Nicole. Everyone is welcome to view pictures of Nicole at any time, except during games for Storm.
I'm originally from the Bay Area and played many different sports growing up, including basketball, volleyball, and track through high school. Basketball was always my favorite because of the wide range of individual skills, teamwork, and strategy involved.
I went to college at Carnegie Mellon, where I studied math and computer science and was a guard on the basketball team. The highlight of my college basketball career was advancing to the NCAA D3 Sweet Sixteen. I've been in Chicago for the past four years and work at a finance company downtown. I have two years of experience coaching middle school club basketball, along with helping run various basketball camps/clinics/Special Olympics over the past decade. As a coach, I try to emphasize the development of solid fundamentals, along with creating a challenging but safe environment for players to grow skill-wise, as teammates, and as leaders. Outside of basketball, I enjoy cycling, reading, and hanging out with my two kittens Popcorn and Panther.
Coach Lance is a graduate of Highland Park High School class of 2005. He is entering his third-year coaching with the New Trier Feeder/Storm basketball program. He has coached the 7th graders each of those years. In addition, Coach Lance has instructed both private and group basketball lessons along with assisting with skill camps in the Storm Program.
Coach Lance previously coached with Joy of The Game where he assisted with skill classes and coached league teams for two years. He also spent two seasons as an assistant coach with Finish Strong Athletics basketball program.
Coach Lance has a holistic approach to coaching and aims to help young athletes on his team build confidence on and off the court, while helping them develop both team and individual skill sets.
Personally, Coach Lance is a competitive distance runner who has participated in numerous races over the years. He recently completed the Chicago Half Marathon 2021, which is one of his favorite competitions. Coach Lance resides on the North Shore where he concentrates his coaching base.
Hi, I’m Coach Phil! I grew up as kid in New Jersey having a huge love for sports. As I entered high school, I realized how much passion I had for the game of basketball specifically. Playing four years of varsity basketball, I finished Offensive Player of the Year in 2005 for King’s Christian and earned league All-Star spots in 2004 and 2005.
When I reached college, I spent much of my summer and winter breaks helping with basketball camps at the YMCA. Later, after becoming the assistant coach of the Gloucester City Middle School Girls’ basketball program for 3 seasons, I went on to become the head coach in 2017, where we won our first league championship, and coached there 5 more seasons until moving to Chicago this year. As a coach, I believe the most influential opportunities a kid or young student-athlete has through playing the game of basketball is the commitment to learning, growing while having fun, and understanding the importance of teamwork. The importance of getting the most out of each minute and drill in practice and training is a most important asset of success in the game of basketball. Off the court since moving to Chicago, I work in sales and enjoy spending time golfing and hanging out with my two Italian Greyhounds. I’m looking forward to the 2021-2022 season as a Storm Basketball coach and very excited for all of the teams, players, and coaches to get back to work!
Wil comes into the 21-22 basketball season following 6 years working in college basketball. From 2015 to 2019 he worked as a student manager for the men's basketball team at Marquette University. He spent time with all facets of the team, helping out with everything from equipment, travel, video, and on the court work. He was able to learn from great coaches there, many of whom have gone on to become head coaches or assistant coaches at other high major programs, while also helping put multiple players into the NBA. Wil balanced this full time job while also completing his undergraduate degree.
From 2019 through the spring of 2021, Wil spent time working as a graduate assistant coach for the Northwestern University men's basketball team. He was able to become more involved in the coaching staff and strategic coaching decisions being made. He spent even more time working players out, putting them through drills and giving them advice, while also working rigorously in the video room to help scout upcoming opponents. Being around this experienced coaching staff gave Wil new perspectives and strategies to expand his knowledge and view of the game. Additionally, he completed his masters degree in Sports Administration in only 19 months
During these sixe years, Wil also worked numerous different basketball events and camps at a multitude of different levels. He has worked as a volunteer support staff member for USA Basketball since the spring of 2018, working four different events and most recently helping all three USA Olympic Basketball teams during their practice session in Las Vegas before their respective gold medal runs. He has also worked four different events for the NBA, including being a team attendant in the NBA Disney Restart Bubble for two months last summer.
At both universities, Wil was an integral part of the summer camps that were hosted for kids by both programs he worked for. This has always been one of the favorite parts of the year for Wil, and he always takes a lot of pride in being able to impart knowledge onto the kids and watching them take their games to the next level with it. He is super excited for the Glencoe Fire season to start, as it has been a long time since he has been able to work with kids that already are so knowledgeable about the game!
My name is Brandon Winchester-Jones and I have a great passion for the game of basketball and the ability to pass down my knowledge to the next generation. I’ve been around the game ever since I was 4-5 years old. I grew up in Michigan and Indiana and that is where I played all of my basketball. I played 4 years of college basketball in Grand Rapids, Michigan where I was an All-American and a National Champion! I know what it takes to win and I want to instill that mentality in to the players!
I took this position because I saw the talent, determination and how much fun the kids had out there when I ran the clinics. My main goal for this group of kids is to challenge their skills, help them advance to the next level of this game and most importantly have fun. If you are not having fun playing this game it’s difficult to play!