CAMP STAFF

Summer 2022 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!

DIRECTOR OF YOUTH ENGAGEMENT 

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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.

COORDINATORS OF YOUTH ENGAGEMENT 

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Coordinator of Youth Engagement & Development – Detroit Pistons
Office: (313) 771-0119
E-Mail: bgreen@pistons.com

After 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.

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LISA HINES
Coordinator of Youth Engagement & Development – Detroit Pistons
Office: (313) 444-7963
E-Mail: Lhines@pistons.com

Lisa, originally from California moved to Detroit to attend Wayne State University. Her passion for sports and love for the city kept her in Detroit as she received a Master’s Degree in Sports Management. During her time in Detroit, she was an intern for the Detroit Lions and established an AAU basketball program. Lisa brings a strong basketball IQ and determination to help enhance the Pistons Academy program.

 

LEAD INSTRUCTORS

Joe Summer 2022STEVEN “COACH JOE” MCELROY
Farmington Hills Harrison (’02)
Wayne State University

Coach Joe McElroy has been involved in youth basketball for 20 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. 

 

Alec Summer 2022ALEC ALBRECHT
Armada High School (’21)
Trine University Men’s Basketball (’25)

 

 

Kirby Summer 2022

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

 

 

KK Summer 2022

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

 

 

 

COACHING STAFF

Davis Summer 2022DAVIS ARBEITER
Royal Oak High School (’23)

 

 

 

IMG_1971KIA BENSON
University Prep High School
Western Michigan University

 

 

IMG_0763COLLIN CREGER
Almont High School (’20)
Michigan State University (’24)

 

 

IMG_1974JASON GILBERT 
Royal Oak High School (’22)
Wayne State University (’26)

 

 

Blake Summer 2022

BLAKE GOODMAN
Novi Christian Academy (’21)
Siena Heights University Men’s Basketball (’25)

 

 

Jasmine Summer 2022JASMINE HENDERSON
Chandler Park Academy (’14)
Oakland Community College (’23)

 

 

 

Gabe Summer 2022GABE KARAMANIAN
Seaholm High School (’21)
Michigan State University (’25)

 

 

Hayden Summer 2022HAYDEN MAHAKIAN 
Central Michigan University

 

 

 

TRO Summer 2022

THOMAS ROMITO
Royal Oak High School (’23)

 

 

 

Eddie Summer 2022EDDIE SKALESKI 
Royal Oak High School (’24)

 

 

 

IMG_1944DJ THOMAS
Royal Oak High School (’22)
Point Park University Men’s Basketball (’26)