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Our Team

The Illinois Basketball Academy coaching staff is second to none.  We have the area’s best coaches along with some of the area’s best former players on our staff.

The IBA includes staff members that have played high school, college and professional basketball.  Most of our coaches have coached at the high school level and beyond. Although some of our coaches may be fathers, they are all more than qualified to coach travel basketball. We distinguish ourselves from other programs in the area and rec programs with the exceptional staff we have.

If you are interested in joining our staff please contact Info@ibahoops.com .  Applications are available.



Craig Veselik

Founder & Director

IBA was created in 2003 by Naperville-area native Craig Veselik.

His vision was to establish a basketball program for the youth of Illinois. Having been involved in youth athletics in Illinois for over 15 years, Coach Veselik has helped hundreds of kids go on to play collegiately.

Over the years, he has taught and mentored various division 1 athletes and helped build them not only as players but also as citizens. Coach Veselik, with his hands on approach and knowledge of basketball, has been one of the most consistent and successful coaches around.

He has won AAU State Titles on both the boys and girls sides and has numerous national titles to his credit.

Eric Samuelson

Director of Basketball Operations

Eric has coached all over the Chicagoland Area for the past 12 years.  He has coached young boys and girls from 4th grade all the way to the Collegiate level.  Eric has worked with programs such as the Barrington Youth Basketball Association, Full Package Athletics, and Shamrock Basketball.  Eric has always been an instrumental part of each and every program he has been involved in.

Eric played his High School Basketball at Maine West High School where he was a 4-year Varsity Basketball stand-out.  He received All-Area, All-Conference, and All-State Honorable Mention Awards during his senior season.  Eric played his College basketball at North Park University (Chicago).

Eric lives in Cary, IL. with his wife, Carolyn and four daughters, Brooklyn, Bailey, Brynn and Briella

Dave Groharing

Facility & Camp Director / Coach

Coach Groharing is IBA’s Camp Director and oversees the facility. Before joining IBA, he coached AAU basketball for Velocity and Naperville Rockets. For several years, he was the lead instructor and coach for Strictly Shooting, Inc. shooting camps out of Naperville.

  • North Central College – 1st Team All-Midwest, All Conference
  • Lewis University – 2nd Team All Conference
  • Finished Top 10 Nationally for 3pt Field Goal Percentage
  • College of Dupage – 1st Team All Region, All Conference
  • Naperville North HS – 1992 1st Team All Area, All Conference and Sectional Finals.