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 2016 Summer Camp Staff!

 

DIRECTORS

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

Geo oversees all aspects of the summer camp including promotion, registration 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 1400 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 and currently oversees all basketball operations at the Franklin Athletic Club.  Dan 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 is also the boys freshman head coach at Royal Oak High School. When not coaching basketball, Dan is also known as “Elevata” for the Detroit Pistons Dunk Team, “The Flight Crew.”   Check him out here on ESPN!

Bollin_1Bryan Bollin:
Pistons Academy League Director
Grand Valley State University (’15)

Bryan enters his first summer camp tour with the Pistons, bringing with him an extensive amount of playing, coaching, and programming experience.  Bryan earned all-state honors and was a McDonald’s All-American Game nominee while at Brighton High School.  He also spent his summers playing for Nike’s “The Family.” Following his prep career, Bryan went on to compete collegiality at Grand Valley State University. In addition to his playing experience, Bryan has coached youth basketball and directed multiple basketball camps, clinics, and leagues. Respected and best-known for his work ethic and leadership qualities, Bryan aims to help young players develop a versatile skill set that will benefit them both on and off the basketball court.

CAMP OPERATIONS

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 1.10.41 PMChris Rossi: 
Camp Operations Manager, Detroit Pistons
Wayne State University

Chris is the new 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 is completing his masters degree in Sports Administration at Wayne State.


FrankieFrankie Joubran: 

Camp Operations, Detroit Pistons
Belmont University (’17)
248-377-8653

Frankie is interning with the Detroit Pistons this summer and will be assisting in camp registration, social media management and will oversee our new “Camp Stat-Tracker” program. Frankie is studying public relations with a minor in sports media at Belmont University (TN). She won a state championship her senior year at Goodrich High School (2012) and now plays for Belmont.  For answers to all your camp questions, you can reach Frankie every Monday from 7:30-9:30am at 248-377-8653 (starting June 20).

 

COMMISSIONERS

Beth MacBeth Mac  Red Division Commissioner
Birmingham Groves High School (’17)
Class of 2017

Beth is in her fourth 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.

 

Jonah LopasJonah Lopas
Blue Division Commissioner
Bloomfield Hills High School (’16)
Michigan State University

Jonah is entering his 5th summer with Pistons Academy and takes over the commissioner role in the Blue Division.  Jonah is a former camper who has played for Bloomfield Hills High School and many years of AAU basketball.  He is also one of the camp’s best referees and has coached and officiated in the Pistons Academy Leagues for three years.   As a favorite among campers, Jonah is known for his half-court shooting accuracy and his strong skill development drills.

 

SENIOR COACHES

Troy v OP boys bballChris Dorsey
Blue & White Division Coach
Troy HS (’14)
Grand Valley State University (’18)

Chris enters his second year with Pistons Academy and is known for his hard work and dedication as a player.  After graduating from Troy High, Chris played two years of basketball at Macomb Community College.  Working on both his game, and his grades, Chris received a scholarship to Grand Valley where he will star on the men’s basketball team next season.  Chris preaches hard work and effort and “wows” the camp with his high-flying dunks.  Check out his hi-light video!

 

Alex Stuart LindenwoodAlex Stuart
Blue & White Division Coach
Notre Dame Prep (’14)
Lindenwood (IL) 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!

 

Lahser v Seaholm boys bballJoey Nagridge
Blue & White Division Coach
Seaholm HS (14)
Michigan State State University (’18)

Joey was a former camper and player in the Pistons Academy league.  As a 2-year starter at Seaholm High School, he earned all-academic honors in the OAA his junior and senior year.  In 2013, his AAU team won the AYBT National Championship in Ft. Wayne, IN.  Regarded as one of the brightest point guards on the floor, Joey has the ability to communicate his knowledge to developing point guards.  He will be working in both the Blue and White Divisions this summer.

 

miles - CopyMiles Moon
Blue & White Division Coach
Seaholm HS (15)
Michigan State State University (’19)

Miles is entering his seventh summer with Pistons Academy and is known for his dynamic and challenging skill development drills.  Perhaps one of the smartest and most unselfish point guards in school history.  As a player at Seaholm or a coach with the Pistons Academy, Miles has the ability to make everyone around him better.  Miles will be a sophomore at MSU next fall and will be working in both the Blue and White Divisions.

 

AmandaAmanda Moss
White Division Coach
Bloomfield Hills HS (15)
Kalamazoo College (’19)

Amanda enters her 5th summer with Pistons Academy.  Amanda had an impressive high school career at Bloomfield Hills and with her shooting ability and attention to defense, earned her way onto the Women’s basketball team at Kalamazoo College.  She also plays lacrosse for KZoo and is regarded as one of the school’s best all-around athletes.  Amanda will be coaching primarily in the White Division this summer but will be acting commissioner for a few weeks as well.

 

JUNIOR COACHES

RossAlex Ross
Red & White Division Coach
Bloomfield Hills High School (’17)

Alex Ross will be a senior at BHHS and he enters his second summer with Pistons Academy.  As a multi-sport athlete, Alex understands the importance of hard work and dedication and brings that knowledge to the camp.  Alex coaches in the Pistons Academy League and has a strong reputation for bringing out the best in every player.  He will be working in both the red and white divisions.

 

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Bryce Allmacher
Red & White Division Coach
Northfield High School (’17)
Pistons Elite AAU 11th Grade team

Bryce enters his fourth summer as a Pistons Academy Coach.  As a player at Northville HS, he overcame all odds after a rare bone disorder sidelined him for 12 months.  With his health now fully in tact, Bryce plays both point and shooting guard on the Pistons Elite 11th grade AAU Team.  His refusal to quit and his willingness to take on new challenges is a great message that he brings to camp each and every day.  Bryce will be a junior coach in both the Red and White Divisions.

 

 

LEADERSHIP STAFF

Markis Pistons Elite (1)Markis Alexander
Birmingham Groves HS (’20)
Pistons Elite AAU

Markis has been a camper with Pistons Academy for six years and is now a coach-in-training with our Leadership Training Program.  Markis helped his middle school (Covington) earn the most wins ever in a two-year period.  He also plays shooting guard on the Pistons Elite AAU Team.  A former camp MVP himself, Markis will be working with campers in the Red and White Divisions.

 

IMG_1035 (1)Matthew Fricke
Birmingham Seaholm HS (’20)
Pistons Elite AAU

Matthew has been involved with Pistons Academy for six years as a player and a camper.  He is currently playing with Pistons Elite AAU team as their starting forward and is known for his strong rebounding and shooting.  He will be playing both football and basketball at Seaholm High School this year.  This is Matt’s first season as a camp coach and will be working in both the Red and White Divisions.