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Personal Background

I grew up in Bloomingdale, Illinois, the fifth of nine children (Jimmy, Judy, Joy, Jeff, Jay, Jeanne, Jill, Joe and Jerry--all J's!). I graduated from Lake Park High School in Roselle, Illinois in 1971. While in high school I played baseball my sophomore year, basketball for four years, and reluctantaly ran cross-country my junior year. I was elected captain of the varsity basketball team my senior year. While attending Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, I played some basketball (2 years on the bench as a freshman and sophomore), baseball my junior year, and served as President of the Northland College Student Association for one year as a junior/senior. I graduated from Northland  Magna Cum Laude in 1975 with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy & Religion. In 1976-77 I returned to Northland to complete coursework for certification in education including a semester of student teaching at my high school alma mater.

Career: Teaching & Coaching

I began teaching in Schaumburg School District 54 in 1979. As a junior high social studies teacher, I taught World History, American history and World Cultures. I also spent two years teaching 6th grade at the elementary level. I retired from teaching in June 2013.

I began my coaching career at age sixteen when I coached Little League and Colt League baseball in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Over six seasons my teams won nearly eighty percent of their games. I had lots of talented players!

I began training high school basketball players in the off season in 1978. I 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 I began developing many of the training techniques I used 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. The book has been translated into German and Japanese as well.

I coached girls and boys basketball in junior high for many years producing several conference and tournament champions. Once again, I had many talented players. I also coached my son's youth league and travel basketball teams.

Family & Schaumberg Roots

I have been married to my wife, Karen, for 30 years. We have three adopted bi-racial children. Emily graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2014 with a degree in Finance. Josh played football and majored in Communications at Winona State University. He graduated in 2016. He was named an Honorable Mention All-American as a junior and senior. Peter is on his own. Based on our adoption experience, I have written a novel entitled Uncle Tom's Clinic, available through Amazon.com.

As a descendant of many of the early settlers of Schaumburg, Illinois, I 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.