CAMP STAFF

Our Summer Camp Staff is an experienced and passionate group of men and women who are dedicated to player development.  From directors to interns, we are trained in everything from basketball instruction to first aid protocols so we can provide a safe and exciting week of camp. Read below to meet the 2018 Summer Camp Staff!

 

DIRECTORS

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Director of Fan Development – Detroit Pistons
Central Michigan University (’89)

Geo oversees all aspects of the summer camp including promotion, camp format and staffing. Geo has been directing youth basketball programs since 1987 and understands the importance of providing a safe and secure camp environment.  He has worked or directed camps at Central Michigan University, The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, Franklin Athletic Club and AlphaWolf Basketball. Since joining the Pistons in 2012, Geo has assembled a passionate and experienced staff of coaches who love teaching the game of basketball and are focused on player development. In addition to being a certified basketball referee, Geo has coached in over 1500 high school, AAU and recreational league games.   

Aaron SmithAaron Smith
Pistons Academy Program Manager – Detroit Pistons
University of Michigan (’98)

Aaron is a 17 year veteran with the Detroit Pistons Organization.  A graduate of the University of Michigan, he is currently the manager of Pistons Academy programming 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.   

Photo by: Brian SevaldDan Thomas
Assistant Program Manager- Detroit Pistons
Rochester College (’14)
Academic All-American (’13-14)

Dan has been with the Pistons since 2007. He acts as both a Director and Commissioner for the summer camp tour.  As a former Academic All-American basketball player at Rochester College, Dan brings the same passion he had as a player to our summer camps.  He has coached at Royal Oak High School and most recently at Rochester College where the helped the Warriors win an NAIA national championship   Dan is currently touring with the Harlem Globetrotters!   Check him out here on ESPN!

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Coordinator, Fan Development – Detroit Pistons
Grand Valley State University (’15)

Bryan enters his third summer camp tour with the Pistons, bringing with him an extensive amount of playing, coaching, and youth basketball programming experience. Bryan earned all-state honors at Brighton High School and spent his summers playing for Nike’s “The Family,” a premier youth basketball organization in Detroit, before competing on the collegiate level at Grand Valley State University. Currently the Coordinator of Fan Development for the Detroit Pistons, Bryan has spent multiple years directing youth basketball camps, clinics, and leagues in the Metro Detroit area. He is also one of the area’s top youth basketball skills instructors.

CAMP OPERATIONS

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Camp Operations Manager
Wayne State University (’17)

Chris is the Camp Operations Manager for Pistons Academy and oversees the facilitation of the camp from start to finish.  He will manage camp check-in and registration, lunch, first aid, stats and standings, parent communication and social media.  Chris has many years of event experience including Training Camp assistant with the Detroit Lions and Operations Assistant for the University of Detroit Athletic Department.  He graduated from Grand Valley State in 2015 and has just completed his masters degree in Sports Administration at Wayne State.

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Camp Information Coordinator
Central Michigan University (’14)

Morgan is joining the Pistons Academy team for her first summer but is no stranger to professional basketball. She has worked a season with the Pistons Community Relations Dept. and two seasons with the Chicago Sky of the WNBA. Morgan will assist in the administrative operations of all our camps including registration, promotion, social media and providing parent information. She will be on-site every Friday to answer questions regarding fall programming with Pistons Academy.

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Tyler Reamer
Assistant Camp Operations Manager
Central Michigan University (’19)

Tyler  will be assisting in the facilitation of the camp including check-in and registration, lunch, communication with parents, and any other duties that may arise. Tyler is currently the head student manager for Central Michigan Men’s Basketball and has experience working in operations through the Keno Davis Basketball camps, Championship Sports travel team and the Dayton Flyer Basketball camps. Tyler is currently a junior at CMU and is studying Sport Management. 

SENIOR COACHES

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Beth Mac  Red Division Commissioner
Birmingham Groves High School (’17)
Grand Valley State University (’21)

Beth is in her 5th summer with Pistons Academy and oversees the Red Division (Grades 3-5).  Her ability to lead, organize and communicate the game to the younger athlete makes her the perfect commissioner.  She has been playing on Groves varsity for the past two seasons and has played AAU basketball with Team AlphaWolf.  Coach Beth also assists with camp check-in.

 

Karl Patrick

Karl Patrick
North Farmington High School (’17)
Wayne County Community College (’19)

Karl begins his first summer camp tour with the Detroit Pistons following a highly successful prep career at North Farmington High School. Coach Karl played 4 years of Varsity for the Raiders, where he earned All-Oakland Activities Association honors and helped lead his team to the Class A State Championship Game in 2016. Currently a student-athlete and member of the Dean’s List at Wayne County Community College, Karl is passionate about giving back to today’s youth and helping young athletes achieve their full potential. During the school year, Karl is a coach and instructor in our Pistons Academy youth basketball leagues and clinics.Check out some of Coach Karl’s basketball highlights!

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Blue & White Division Coach
Notre Dame Prep (’14)
Grand Valley State University (’18)

Alex is one of our senior coaches who brings his college and AAU playing experience to our program.  Alex plays college basketball at Lindenwood University in Illinois and is regarded as one of the top shooters in NAIA Men’s basketball.  He also won a national championship in 2013 as his AAU team won the AYBT Nationals at Ft. Wayne, IN.  Alex understands how the game is played at the next level and can communicate that path to our campers who show the promise of playing basketball at the next level.  Check out his hi-light video!

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Loren Lassiter
Northeastern University (’18)
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (’22)

Loren joins the Pistons Academy team this summer and will provide a strong knowledge of the game after four very successful years at Northeastern University (Boston). Her academic achievements are second to none as she has earned CAA All-Academic Team (2015-2016), Commissioner’s Academic Award (2014-15, 2015-16), Dean’s List (Fall ’15, Spring ’17, Fall ’17); In the 2017-18 season, Loren was top-10 in rebounds per game (7.5) and top-5 in offensive rebounds per game (3.0). Her favorite player is 2x WNBA-MVP Candace Parker.

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Joey Berlin
Red & White Division Coach/Commissioner
Berkley High School (’17)
Western Michigan University (’21)

Coach Joey is entering his seventh summer as a Pistons Academy Coach.  He is known for his high energy and dedication to the development of our younger campers.  Joe’s strentght as a coach is his ability to connect with each camper on an individual basis.  He knows every camper’s name and position and takes pride in leading our future stars.  He is also known for his hi-intensity conditioning stations where EVERYONE sweats!

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Red & White Division Coach
Bloomfield Hills High School (’17)
Syracuse University (’21)

Alex Ross returns for his 4th summer on the summer camp tour.  Alex was a multi-sport star at Bloomfield Hills High School where he was MVP of his freshman basketball team and as a 4-year varsity tennis player was State Champion in 2015.  Alex has been a successful coach in the Pistons Academy leagues where he preaches hard work on defense and creativity on offense. Now at Syracuse, Alex is studying sports management.  His favorite coach of all time is Syracuse’s Jim Boehiem as Alex is a big fan of the aggressive 2-3 Zone D!

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Bryce Allmacher
Northfield High School (’17)
University of Michigan (’21)

Bryce enters his fifth summer as a Pistons Academy Coach and is one of the most skilled instructors on staff.  Bryce played both point and shooting guard on the Pistons Elite Varsity AAU Team which finished 2nd nationally in 2015 & 2016.  Bryce made the 2018 University of Michigan Dean’s List proving he is a true scholar athlete!  His favorite player is Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. out of Michigan State.

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Central Michigan University (’13)
Troy Athens Asst. Varsity Coach

Mitch joins the Pistons Academy staff for his first tour this summer.  Mitchell was an award winning player and varsity captain at Walled lake Western HS. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 2013 and made the Dean’s list.  Currently, Mitchell is a teacher and varsity assistant basketball coach at Troy Athens High School.  He has head coaching experience at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.  Mitch’s role model for a coach is Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics, and his favorite player is Michael Jordan.

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Birmingham Seaholm HS (’17)
University of Dayton (’21)

Liam joins the Pistons for his first summer camp tour.  He was a multi sport athlete in high school, playing both baseball and basketball. Liam played varsity basketball for two years earning Sixth Man of the Year as a junior and Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Served as a captain for three of his four seasons at Seaholm.  Liam brings a strong technical knowledge to the camp and is one of our top instructors for the older players in camp. His favorite coach is Greg Poppavich and favorite NBA player is LeBron James.

 

JUNIOR COACHES

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White Division Coach
Bloomfield Hills High School (’19)

Max enters his 4th summer as a Pistons Academy Instructor and has been a player/camper for nine years. As a coach in our Pistons Academy League, Max has won several championships as he has  the ability to motivate players of all abilities and backgrounds.  As a player, very few kids could match his passion for the game.  Max is also an outstanding referee as his comprehension of the game’s rules is impressive.

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Dustin Sims
University High School Academy/
Southfield Arts & Technology High School (‘19)

Dustin enters his first summer with Detroit Pistons. He fell in love with the game of basketball at an early age and has been playing ever since. Dustin played two years of high school basketball at Southfield Arts & Technology High School and last winter, he began his coaching career as he went back to his middle school and helped lead the 6th grade team to an undefeated season and Championship. He motivates children to give their best effort and teaches his players to play the game at a fast tempo.

Matt FrickeMatt Fricke
Red & White Division Coach
Birmingham Seaholm HS (’20)

Matthew enters his second year with Pistons Academy Camps.  He was a long time player in the Pistons Academy leagues and played five seasons with Pistons Elite AAU.  After being voted captain and MVP on his freshman team in 2016-17, Matt jumped to varsity where he helped his team reach the district finals in 2018.  Matt’s favorite coach is Northwestern’s Chris Collins and his favorite NBA player is James Harden.

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Jake Thomas
Red & White Division Coach
Royal Oak HS (’21)

Jake has been a long-time player in Pistons Academy Leagues and Camps and returns for his 3rd season as a summer camp coach.  As a power forward at Royal Oak High School, Jake is known for his defense, hustle and energy that he brings to the game. As a coach in the Pistons Academy Fall league, Jake’s team went 8-0 and won the College Division Championship. Jake’s favorite NBA player is Giannis Antetokounmpo because of how hard he plays on both ends of the floor.

 

LEADERSHIP TRAINING STAFF

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Red Division Coach
Berkley HS (’23)

Sammi has had a love for basketball starting at the age of four. She has played in many basketball leagues in the area and is now the starting point guard for the Pistons Elite AAU travel team.  Sammi’s game is elevated by her ability to see the entire floor and read defenses and she integrates that vision into her camp instruction. Sammi is also coaching in her first season of the Pistons “Friday Night Lights Girls Basketball League.”  Sammi is very excited about the opportunity to coach players in a game that she loves. 

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White Division Coach
Detroit Edison Public School Academy (’21)

Marcus has been playing basketball since he was 5-years-old. He currently plays on his school’s JV basketball team as well as the Magic AAU team. He often practiced with his varsity team which won class C state title this year. Marcus is an outstanding student and is enrolled in the Early College of Excellence offered through his school .  Marcus brings high energy and a magnetic personality to the camp and is often a camper favorite.  His favorite NBA player ever is Kobe Bryant.  

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Red & White Division Coach
Troy Athens (’21)

Blaine brings a strong sense of professionalism and organization to our camp staff.  He has both high school and AAU playing experience and is also a 4.0 scholar-athlete at Troy Athens.  Blaine is a solid referee and his ability to teach and break down the game is a valuable skill to help campers understand the game.  He will be working in both the Red and White divisions at camp.

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Terah Ceccarelli
Red Division Coach
Dearborn Divine Child (’23)

Terah brings tremendous energy, creativity and leadership to the Pistons Academy Camps. She currently plays on the Pistons Elite travel team and has played for other AAU teams such as Grosse Pointe Lakers, Midwest Athletics and Lady Pride.  Terah’s tenacity on the court can also be seen in the classroom as she is an outstanding student and peer mediator.  Terah is an accomplished runner and took first place in the Dearborn Cipriano Elementary/Middle School XC Invite in 2017.  Her favorite Detroit Piston is Ish Smith!

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Adiev Alexander
Red & White Division Coach
Birmingham Groves (’22)

Adiev will be a freshman at Birmingham Groves this fall after finishing his middle school career with a 4.0 GPA.  He started playing basketball when he was 4 years old and has been playing ever since. He’s played guard for his middle school, multiple travel teams as well as the Pistons Academy league for six years. Adiev brings a strong work ethic to camp and conducts fun yet challenging drills for campers. His favorite NBA player is Giannis Antetokounmpo from the Milwaukee Bucks.