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!
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 1500 high school, AAU and recreational league games.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Drew joins the Pistons Academy family as Assistant Camp Operations Manager for 2017. Since graduating from Indiana University in 2011, Drew’s passion for working with youth has taken him to schools throughout Detroit with City Year and Junior Achievement, and later abroad as an English teacher in Phrae, Thailand and Madrid, Spain. Drew’s love of basketball has remained constant, and he’s passionate about using the game as a vehicle for positive change.
Amanda is our Pistons Academy Staff Intern. She is currently attending Kalamazoo College where she plays both basketball and lacrosse. She has been a Pistons Academy Coach for five years. Amanda will handle registrations, refunds and parent communications as well as providing on-site, logistical support for our camps.
Dimitra is a new member of the Pistons Academy team and will be in charge of camp check-in and parent communications. Dimitra’s love for basketball started at age two when she first attended a basketball camp and fell in love with the game. She has extensive camp coaching experience, is commissioner of a T-ball and Coach Pitch league, and has interned at the athletic departments at Oakland University, the Kalamazoo Growlers, Ohio University, and more.
Jovan Martin is entering the 11th grade at Royal Oak High School. He has a sweet left hand shooting stroke and his dunking ability always makes him a camp favorite. Jovan played varsity basketball as a sophomore and is looking to have a big year for the Ravens for his Jr. season. His favorite NBA players are Kemba Walker and Andrew Wiggins.
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.
Chris enters his third 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 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!
Miles is entering his 8th 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.
Alex Ross will be a senior at BHHS and he enters his third 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.
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.
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!