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COACHES

Meet OTE's  USA Basketball gold certified coaching staff... 

Keith Miniscalco

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Years with OTE: Owner and Coach since 2003

Basketball Coaching experience outside of OTE: Girls varsity head coach at Resurrection College Prep High School, 2009-2017; boys varsity head coach at Northside College Prep High School, 2008-09; Loyola Academy girls basketball head freshman coach, 2003–08 and assistant JV coach, 2000-03; Dick Baumgartner Shooting Camp, Richmond, since 2000.

What are you 'over the edge' about? Since I was boy I have always loved and been "over the edge" for the game of basketball.  After years of coaching, I was offered a “dream job” to coach high school basketball at Loyola Academy in Wilmette in 2000. That same year we started a small travel team called the Jazz, which three years later became OTE.  Our story continues.

Thomas Wolff

Hometown: Libertyville, IL

Alma Mater: UndergraduateUniversity of Wisconsin, Graduate -  Northeastern Illinois University 

Years with OTE:  Coach since 2006, and OTE Administrator since 2022

Basketball Coaching experience outside of OTE: I have coached 7th-8th graders at Mary Seat of Wisdom since 2007.

Why OTE? I love coaching and love being around the game of basketball. OTE has been a great place for me to gain knowledge, try new things, and learn from very high-level coaches. 

 

Caitlin Miniscalco

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Alma mater:  Loyola Academy High School, North Park University and Northeastern University.

Years with OTE: Since 2007

Basketball coaching experience outside OTE:  Resurrection High School for 3 years.

Playing experience: Shooting guard at Loyola Academy high school.   

What are you “over the edge” about: My passion is instilling the necessary fundamentals and skills in our youth. Having my students succeed in getting to the next level and be a successful and competitive athlete is the most rewarding experience I can imagine. I am over the edge with a passion to inspire and teach my students so they succeed at the next level. 

BRENDAN COLLINS

Hometown: Lake Forest, IL

Alma Mater: University of Dayton, Loyola University-Chicago

Years with OTE:  Since 2013

Basketball Coaching experience outside of OTE: 5 years total between Sacred Heart (Winnetka ) and Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Glenview).

Why OTE? OTE's emphasis on preparing players for higher levels of competition is unrivaled, in a travel basketball world that seems to place winning at all costs over skills and player development.

What are you 'over the edge' about? Other than basketball, I am over the edge about experiencing as much of life as possible with my wife, family, and friends.

CROIX URCINA

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Alma Matter: University of Illinois '09 

High School: Driscoll Catholic 

Years with OTE: Since 2014

Basketball coaching experience outside of OTE: Head Coach at Sacred Heart Schools 2008 to 2020, selected in 2018 IBCA Coach of the year in the Middle School Division. In 2021 Coach Croix joined Northridge College Prep High School as Assistant Varsity Coach, and in 2022 took over as their JV Head Coach.

Why OTE? The focus and attention on the fundamentals of basketball.

What are you 'over the edge' about? Basketball, Competition, Teamwork, Development, and Fun!

KEVIN RILEY

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Alma Mater: Prosser High School (Chicago); Northern Illinois University.

Years With OTE: Since 2018

Basketball Coaching Outside OTE: Irving Park YMCA Travel Basketball Coach (2013-2018) and In House League Coordinator; Personal Trainer; Belding Elementary School (2015-18), boys/girls head coach and assistant coach; founder/coordinator of NorthWest Hoops Academy. 

Playing Experience: 3 Years at Prosser High School, Rec league Veteran!

Why OTE? I Have been able to develop better coaching skills by learning different techniques from the great coaches here at OTE. This has been a great learning experience for me, and I'm grateful to be a part of a real basketball culture here! 

Eddie Davila

Alma Mater: Morton High School (2008), Harper College, Malcolm X College 
 
Years with OTE: Since 2020
 
Playing experience:  Scholarship athlete at Malcolm X, NBA D League draft at Attack Athletics in Chicago. Worked out at 2011/2012 rookie draft class combine; 2017 BSN Puerto Rico draft, played with Fajardo in the preseason. 
 
Coaching experience:  Sacred Heart Chicago (2015-Current); 

 

TRACY BROOKS

Hometown: Northlake , IL .

Alma Mater: Leyden High School

Years with OTE: Since 2016 

Basketball Coaching Experience outside OTE: Allstar Basketball Camp , St John Vianney Church; Boys and Girls Club , Chicago Park District; Park District of Oak Park .  I also coached for another travel team .

Why OTE? Because they truly care about basketball and teaching it by starting with the fundamentals and building from there .  They care about their players, families and coaching staff .

What are you "over the edge " about? Teaching the players the fundamentals of basketball and the skills they need to build on along the way so they can reach their goals . And being a role model and a mentor .

CHRIS ABNEY

Hometown: Queens, New York

Alma Mater: Glenville State College (2012),  Benjamin Cardoz  (2007)

Years with OTE: Since 2020

Playing experience: Scholarship athlete at Glenville State College (2007-2012) , China Pro Tour (2018)

Coaching experience: OTE 2020

Why OTE? I appreciate the time and effort this programs puts into teaching the fundamentals of the game.

MARISSA RUIZ/TRENTZ

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Alma Mater:  Lake Forest College and Northeastern Illinois University

Years with OTE: Since March 2021

Basketball Playing/Coaching experience: I’ve been around the sport either playing or coaching since I was in 4th grade. I played years of Travel/AAU basketball that led to 4 years at St. Ignatius College Prep. I coached at the Boys and Girls Club(General Wood) and at St. Jerome Catholic School prior to joining OTE.

What are you 'over the edge' about?  I’m “over the edge“ about developing players to be fundamentally, physically and mentally prepared to play at the next level. I am also aware of the impact my coaches had on me over the years and I’m excited to be on the other side of the sideline. Basketball has given me years of excitement and I hope to be able to pass that on to the next generation.

JUSTIN CORNELIUS

Hometown: Oak Park, IL

Alma Mater: William Woods University

Years with OTE: Since 2021

Playing experience: Oak Park and River Forest HS (2005); Illinois Central College (2005-07); William Woods University (2007-2009)

Coaching experience: West Cook YMCA - Bitty Basketball Instructor and Assistant Coach of West Cook Hurricanes (2010 & 2011)

What are you 'over the edge' about? Providing kids the necessary fundamentals to be a productive basketball player on both ends of the floor. There is a lot more to basketball than just scoring points.

 

Giahanna Martorano

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Alma Mater: Saint Louis University 

Basketball Coaching Experience:  I was the head coach of the Saint Louis University Women’s Club Basketball team from 2017-2020. Prior to this I have assisted coaching at summer camps at St. Tarcissus and Resurrection College Prep. 

Why OTE? Growing up, my favorite thing to do was to be outside working on my fundamentals. I want to bring that same passion to teaching the basics of the game and help younger players develop a love and excitement for the game of basketball. 

 

 

KELLY MANALO

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Alma Matter: St. Patrick High School/ Northern Illinois University

Years with OTE:  2022

Playing Experience:  St. Patrick High School

Basketball coaching experience outside OTE: Coach at St. Viator Elementary School 13 years. Hot Shots Sports Academy 2 years. 

Why OTE?  The focus is on fundamentals, coaches do not preach fundamentals as much anymore. The knowledge of the game is just as important as the skills of the game. All the kids are also great to work with. 

What are you 'over the edge' about? with respect to coaching grade school students: I love being able to see these kids grow as players. I love seeing them succeed not just with us but when they move on to bigger and better things. 

Ben Martorano

Hometown: Chicago, IL.

Alma Matter: Depaul University

Years with OTE:  2016 to present

Basketball coaching experience outside OTE:  Coached Junior High School basketball from 2012 to present

Why OTE?  Focus on player development

What are you 'over the edge' about?  The athletes

SHAWN CIRTON

Hometown: Chicago IL

Alma Matter: North Central College, Gordon Tech High School

Years with OTE: Since 2016

Basketball coaching experience outside of OTE: 2011-2012 Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club, 2013, 2014 Disney II Elementary & Head Coach 2015 - 2021

Why OTE?  My daughter started playing for Keith in 3rd grade. I came on board that same season and have loved what the program is all about ever since. Our program's foundation is based on the fundamentals, which is something you don't see emphasized in some other programs. The fundamentals and concepts that we teach the kids gives them the advantage for making their high school teams.

What are you 'over the edge' about? with respect to coaching grade school students: I'm 'over the edge' about continuing to teach kids the fundamentals...teaching them the right way to play the game. I love coaching and I love to see kids pick up the concepts that we've taught them during practices and for them to execute during games.

ANDREW THOMAS

Hometown: Sleepy Hollow

Alma Matter: Northeastern Illinois University 2022

Years with OTE: Since 2022

High School: Lyons Township High School 

Why OTE: The enthusiasm from the coaches, the player to coach ratio, and the emphasis on fundamentals

What are you 'over the edge about'? Health, fitness, basketball, soccer, and guitar

 

Greg Kot

Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.

Years with OTE: Co-owner 2007-2022, coach 2003-2022, super-fan for life.

Alma Mater: Marquette University

Basketball coaching experience: In OTE, Queen of All Saints and the Baumgartner shooting camp in Richmond, Ind., I've coached grade school through high school athletes since 2003, spanning more than 1000 games. Also co-author with Keith Miniscalco of two editions of "Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball" (Human Kinetics).

What are you over the edge about?  I am proud of our legacy of teaching and investing in our players. Our goal has always been to develop young men and women who can compete in basketball at the high school level while excelling in academics and in life. We deliver what we promise. More than 90 percent of our alumni have gone on to have successful careers in high school and beyond as student-athletes in basketball.