Jay Mikes Basketball FundaMENTALs German Translation Schaumberg Roots


Personal Background

Jay grew up in Bloomingdale, Illinois, the fifth of nine children. He graduated from Lake Park High School in Roselle, Illinois in 1971. While in high school Jay played baseball, ran cross-country and was captain of the basketball team his senior year. While attending Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, Jay played basketball and baseball and was president of the Northland College Student Association. He graduated from Northland College Magna Cum Laude in 1975 with a double major in political science and philosophy and religion.

Career: Teaching & Coaching

Jay began teaching in Schaumburg School District 54 in 1979. He has taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade. As a junior high social studies teacher, Jay has taught World History, American history and World Cultures. Jay retired from teaching in June 2013.

Jay began his coaching career at age sixteen when he coached Little League and Colt League baseball in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Over six seasons his teams won nearly eighty percent of their games.

Jay began training high school basketball players in the off season in 1978. He helped several athletes earn college scholarships to Division I, Division II, and NAIA schools. One athlete, Ivan Daniels, was a 1985 draft pick of the Indiana Pacers. It was during this time that Jay began developing many of the training techniques he uses for skill training, power training and mental training. Many of these ideas can be found in Basketball FundaMENTALs: A Complete Mental Training Guide which was released in the fall of 1986 and sold over 20,000 copies in English and has been translated into German and Japanese as well.

Jay has coached girls and boys basketball in junior high for many years producing several conference and tournament champions. He has also coached his kid's youth league and travel basketball teams.

Family & Schaumberg Roots

Jay has been married to his wife, Karen, for 27 years. They have three adopted bi-racial children. Emily graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2014. Josh is attending Winona State University and playing football. He was named an Honorable Mention All-American as a junior. Peter is on his own. Based on his adoption experience, Jay has written a novel entitled Uncle Tom's Clinic, available through Amazon.com.

As a descendant of many of the early settlers of Schaumburg, Illinois, Jay produced a video documentary on the early settlement of Schaumburg entitled, Schaumberg Roots: Beginnings Through Civil War. The video was released in 2009 and is available for checkout or sale at the Schaumburg Library.