MEET THE STAFF

LEE GRUEN

Coach/Founder

Coach Lee Gruen has coached youth for 15 years working with kids of all ages and skill levels, gaining the wide-ranging experience necessary to start Chai Athletics. He has been an assistant director at an overnight camp, a sports director at a local community center, and has a Masters from Spertus Institute in Jewish Professional Studies. Lee has coached basketball for the North Suburban YMCA and JCC Chicago travel teams as well as other AAU teams in Illinois. He also coached basketball at St. Cyril Middle School in Tucson, Arizona. He was also the Maccabi USA Head Basketball Coach at the 2018 Maccabi Youth Games in Israel and Assistant Coach of the 2019 Pan AM Open (19 & Up) Team.

Wes Baker

Coach

Coach Wes Baker has over 10 years of experience working with kids, from recreational day camps to competitive sports. He has coached AAU basketball for the past six years, including on the national level. He was a varsity basketball player at Glenbrook South High School, and is currently attending Northeastern Illinois University majoring in physical education.

MEET THE STAFF

LEE GRUEN

Coach/Founder

Coach Lee Gruen has coached youth for 15 years working with kids of all ages and skill levels, gaining the wide-ranging experience necessary to start Chai Athletics. He has been an assistant director at an overnight camp, a sports director at a local community center, and has a Masters from Spertus Institute in Jewish Professional Studies. Lee has coached basketball for the North Suburban YMCA and JCC Chicago travel teams as well as other AAU teams in Illinois. He also coached basketball at St. Cyril Middle School in Tucson, Arizona. He was also the Maccabi USA Head Basketball Coach at the 2018 Maccabi Youth Games in Israel and Assistant Coach of the 2019 Pan AM Open (19 & Up) Team.

Marty Dello

Director / Coach

Coach Marty Dello is currently the Varsity Boy’s Head Coach at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School. He has won three IHSA Regional Titles and has advanced further than any other Jewish High School in the history of the state of Illinois. His Rochelle Zell team also won a National Championship at the Cooper National Invitational in Memphis, TN. Coach Dello was selected Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2012-13 and 2013-14. and he was selected National Coach of the Year by Jewish Hoops America in 2012-13 when his team finished the season as the #2 rated team in the country on jewishhoopsamerica.com. Coach Dello’s others stops include Barrington High School (2003-04 IHSA Regional Champions), Crystal Lake South High School (2001-02 IHSA Regional Champions), Bellevue University (Conference Coach of the Year 1998-1999), Doane College (NAIA National Qualifier top 32 teams in the country), and Northwest Missouri State University (Conference and Tournament Champions).

Wes Baker

Coach

Coach Wes Baker has over 10 years of experience working with kids, from recreational day camps to competitive sports. He has coached AAU basketball for the past six years, including on the national level. He was a varsity basketball player at Glenbrook South High School, and is currently attending Northeastern Illinois University majoring in physical education.

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