CAMP STAFF

Our Summer Camp staff is an experienced and passionate group of men and women who are dedicated to player development.  All Camp Directors, Lead Instructors, and Staff are trained in concussion & first aid protocols, and are prepared to deliver a safe and exciting camp!

CAMP DIRECTOR

aaron web 3Aaron Smith
Director of Youth Engagement & Development – Detroit Pistons
Office: (313) 771-7436
E-Mail: asmith@pistons.com

“Coach” Aaron is a 22 year veteran with the Detroit Pistons Organization.  A graduate of the University of Michigan, he is currently the Director of Youth Engagement and Development which includes directing the Pistons Academy’s summer basketball camps.  Aaron also travels the state of Michigan as a youth motivational speaker for the Detroit Pistons school assembly program.  His positive message and personal story have positively impacted thousands of young athletes.  In addition, Aaron has over 15 years of high school basketball coaching experience and is currently the varsity boys coach at Royal Oak High School.

CAMP COORDINATOR

bobby gAfter working and volunteering with the Detroit Pistons for two years, Bobby is entering his first year as a full-time employee.  He is a 2021 graduate of Western Michigan University where he obtained his degree in sports management & communication.  While at Western, he served as the President of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity and was the head coach of the women’s club basketball team.  In his time with Pistons Academy, he has worked as a lead coach, helping in all aspects of facilitating summer camps while also assisting in facilitating free youth basketball clinics as a part of the Detroit Pistons’ Basketball for All program. Bobby brings a great work ethic as well as a wealth of basketball knowledge to the Pistons Academy program.

LEAD INSTRUCTORS

IMG_0961STEVEN “COACH JOE” MCELROY
Farmington Hills Harrison (’02)
Wayne State University

Coach Joe McElroy has been involved in youth basketball for 18 years. He has coached youth basketball for several NBA franchises, including the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Memphis Grizzlies. Previously, Coach Joe has served as an assistant coach for Farmington Hills Harrison and Grand Blanc high school varsity basketball teams. In addition to his coaching duties with the Pistons Academy, Joe serves as a personal trainer for aspiring athletes across the state of Michigan. 

IMG_0970AMBER DEANE
Detroit Country Day High School (’12)
Dayton Flyers WBB (’16)
Indiana Hoosiers WBB (’17)

Amber enters her third summer with the Pistons Academy and brings with her an extensive basketball resume. Amber was twice named First Team All-State and led DCDS to a State Championship title in 2009. Upon graduation, she took her talents to the University of Dayton, where she was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and helped lead her team to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Coach Amber was also a graduate transfer at Indiana University, where she played 1 season of Big Ten basketball with the Hoosiers. A former Team USA training camp attendee, Amber currently plays professionally overseas. 

COACHING STAFF

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PATRICK KIRBY
UD Jesuit High School (’18)
Hope College (’22)

 

 

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DEJI ADEBIYI
Plymouth High School (’15)
Ohio Wesleyan University (’19)

 

 

IMG_0759CAITLIN SMITH
Troy High School (’19)
Central Michigan University (’23)

 

 

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NICK HANKERSON
Novi High School (’15)
Northern Illinois University (’19)

 

 

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AVA STRAINOVICI
Royal Oak High School (’17)
Central Michigan University (’21)

 

 

IMG_0757ALEC ALBRECHT
Armada High School (’21)
Trine University (’25)

 

 

IMG_0763COLLIN CREGER
Almont High School (’20)
University of Central Florida (’24)

 

 

IMG_0754RORY MONTREUIL
Utica High School (’21)
Waynesburg University (’25)

 

 

IMG_0749DJ THOMAS
Royal Oak High School (’22)

 

 

 

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THOMAS ROMITO
Royal Oak High School (’23)