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Trainers & Coaches

All Flow Basketball Academy coaches and trainers are highly skilled and experienced athletes, having competed as college basketball athletes and coached at the youth level for at least three years. Each has been personally selected by Korie and is deeply aligned with the Flow philosophy and building block principles.

Vlado has 15+ years of experience as a basketball trainer in both U.S. and Europe.  As a player and student of the game of basketball since the age of 9 through his 2nd year at North Park University, he has experienced not only the successes, but the daily struggles of becoming a better player and teammate combined with relentless desire and work ethic that helped to transform him into a trainer specializing in long term player development (encompassing not only on and off the court work, but overall fitness and athleticism).  Vlado possess an unique ability in leveraging each player's special talents for not only their own individual benefit but for the team as well. He understands the fundamentals of the game, and what sets him apart is his ability to integrate the diverse philosophies of basketball stemming from Europe and the USA into one coherent and effective whole that supercedes any individual approach.

 

Tai Duncan has seven years of youth basketball coaching experience, and has trained athletes between the ages of five and 18. She emphasizes building a complete player – from individual skills to team concepts – with a focus on leadership and cultivating a passion for the game. Tai is a graduate of the University of Chicago Laboratory High School where she served as Head Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach for five seasons. Tai graduated from Grinnell College where she received both Academic All-Conference and First Team All-Midwest Conference Honors as co-captain of the varsity women’s basketball team. Tai continued her love of basketball by competing in intramurals during law school at the University of Iowa College of Law, and she continues to play in women’s and co-ed leagues throughout the city of Chicago. In addition to coaching basketball, Tai is a licensed attorney and currently serves as the Executive Director of Positive Coaching Alliance - Chicago.

Shannon has played and coached basketball for more than thirty years. Growing up in Downers Grove, Shannon playing several years of AAU basketball for the Illinois Hustle and excelled as a 3-sport athlete at Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, IL. She earned a record 12 varsity letters in basketball, softball, and volleyball, and was awarded All-Area and All-Conference honors in Basketball. Shannon graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT where she enjoyed a successful basketball playing career. While at Trinity Shannon mentored and coached underprivileged girls at the Boys and Girls Club in Hartford, CT.  With her extensive knowledge and passion for coaching and teaching young athletes, Shannon has coached multiple girls basketball programs over the past decade including the Glen Ellyn Titans and St. Petronille School basketball. Shannon is a student of the game, has a deep understanding of the fundamentals, and prides herself on building confidence and leadership skills that empower athletes on and off the court.  Shannon, her husband, and their four children reside in Glen Ellyn. 

Megan is the girls’ assistant varsity and head j.v. basketball coach for Chicago Bulls College Prep teams. She helped lead the varsity team to a 2014-15 conference championship. She has a Master's Degree in Social Work from University of Chicago and BA in Psychology plus coaching certification from University of Illinois. She was the leading scorer for the University of Illinois Women’s Club Basketball Team and played women’s and co-ed intramural basketball throughout undergraduate and graduate schoosl. Megan was a three-sport varsity athlete at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, IL and led her basketball team in scoring and rebounding as team captain her senior year. She was awarded All-Area and All-Conference honors. She also played AAU basketball for the Illinois Hustle. Megan continues to play basketball for women’s leagues in Chicago and loves sharing her passion and knowledge of the game.

Max has been coaching girls at the Latin School of Chicago for the last nine years to great success.  In his role as Head Coach for the Latin School Girls Varsity, he has amassed an overall record of 191 wins and 60 losses, won eight Independent School League Championships, six Regional titles, named Independent School League Coach of the Year six times and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year for District 1 three times.  In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Max serves as the Middle School Dean for 5th & 6th grades and teaches social studies. Prior to joining Latin, Max was the Coordinator of Basketball Operations for 3 years at Western Michigan University working with Head Coach Steven Hawkins to advance that program. As a student at the University of Illinois, Max worked as a student manager to the basketball team while earning his B.A. and M.Ed. Even as a teacher and coach, Max is a tremendous student of the game and has dedicated his career to working at the Middle and High School levels both in the classroom and on the court.

Kurt is currently the sophmore girls basketball coach at St. Igantius High School. Kurt, a high school math teacher at Argo High School, has been coaching basketball at multiple levels the past 20+ years. He coached boys basketball for 10 years at Argo, including three years as head varsity boys coach where he led the team to their last conference championship. After coaching at the high school level, Kurt devoted his time coaching youth basketball at Frances Xavier Warde where he has coached multiple teams every year for the last few years. Kurt is passionate about teaching the fundamentals of the game and building success and confidence through teamwork and hard work.  

Kathy has been involved in coaching youth sports for the past 30 years.  She believes strongly that it is her responsiblity to not only teach the fundamentals of the game, but to develop leadership skills and to empower all young girls to find their voice.  She has successfully coached at several area grade schools including the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Baker Demonstration and Pope John XXIII as well as the past three years with a local AAU travel team.  In each of her experiences, Kathy not only helped to develop a winning team but more importantly helped the girls enhance their self-esteem and leadership skills both on and off the court.  In addition to coaching, Kathy is the owner of Kids Playing Camp on Chicago’s northside and the founder of Girls in the Game.

 

Judson has over thirty years of youth coaching experience spanning boys and girls sports at multiple levels. Over the years he has coached basketball at Central Middle School (Columbus, Indiana), University of Chicago Lab School, Haven Middle School (Evanston), and FAAM (Evanston). Most recently he helped build the ETHS Girls Feeder program, coaching seventh and eighth grade teams. He enjoys sharing his passion for the game by helping every player become the best they can be — as an individual and as a teammate. Nothing brings him more joy than seeing a group of players mature into a winning team. Beyond basketball, he is the father of three and is a Partner at Harris Associates here in Chicago. 

 

Jess has always stayed close to the game of basketball and has several years of experience, playing as well as coaching. She spent 4 years as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2011 - 2015. Now that she's returned to Chicagoland, she's joined a company that provides software to basketball coaches. As a college coach, Jess found one of the aspects she enjoyed most was helping develop players' skills. Having grown up in Glen Ellyn, IL and graduating from Glenbard West, she's excited to be back working with kids to help build their all-around game and teach the fun experiences basketball can bring. Jess spent 4 years playing collegiately at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was a part of their first team to make it to the NCAA tournament. In 2011, she was inducted into the Milwaukee Athletics Hall of Fame. After college, she went on to play professionally in The Netherlands.  

While earning his degree in Business Administration at DePaul, Adam was invited to work with the DePaul women's basketball team’s coaching staff as a scout player and was exposed to the elite structure and organization of a Top-25 program for three years. After college, he worked as an athletic coordinator for We Got Game, organizing and running basketball camps, leagues, and training sessions for players of all ages. He’s coached middle school basketball at Hardey Prep and Mount Carmel Academy, and for the past two years has worked with The Latin School serving as the junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant. Adam’s basketball philosophy balances the structure of skill building, while also incorporating techniques aimed at improving a player’s instinctual on-court awareness. Adam and a childhood friend operate Primal Dog, a dog training and walking business serving the North Center neighborhood of Chicago since 2014.