The World Class Basketball Association takes great pride in our coaching
staff. All of our coaches are American Sports Education Program Certified, have high school coaching experience
and/or have played at the college level. The following is a list of our coaches and a brief background on each.
John Ulrich Sr.: Coach Ulrich has over 40 years
of coaching experience at the youth, school, travel and high school levels. Coach Ulrich is currently in
the Illinois High School Association Hall of Fame and is currently the head coach at Immanual Lutheran School in Palatine.
Brian Zyrkowski: Coach Zyrkowski has been coaching
for the World Class Basketball Program for the past 10 years. He was a 4 year player at Conant High School in Hoffman
Estates and played college basketball at Harper Junior College. Coach Zyrkowski is currently the Head Varsity Basketball
Coach at Libertyville High School.
Walsh: Coach Walsh started his coaching career with Conant Feeder Basketball.
He went on to be the Head Sophomore Basketball Coach at Conant High School before becoming the Head Varsity Coach at Schaumburg
High School. Coach Walsh was an All Conference and All Area player when he played at Conant HS. Coach Walsh is
now back with WCBA.
Coach McCormack is the son of IHSA Hall of Fame Coach Tom McCormack. Pat was an
All Conference and All Area player when he played at Conant HS. He currently coaches in the Conant Feeder Program and
is in his third season with WCBA. Coach McCormack has coached at Conant High School and Maine West High School.
Donn Cropper: Coach Cropper has extensive coaching experience at the youth
and jr high levels. He was the assistant coach for the 14U WCBA travel team that won the AYBT National Championship
Joel Peterson: Coach Peterson have
over 15 years of coaching experience at various levels. He was a 3 year Varsity player for Lake Benton High School in
Minnesota and was named to the All Area team as a Junior and Senior. He went on to play college basketball at Southwest
Ed Stade: Coach Stade
has over 26 years of coaching experience. He was the head coach of St. Mary's school. Coach Stade has also
coached and ran both the Bartlett and South Elgin Feeder Programs. Coach Stade was part of the coaching staff that won
the 2005 State Games of America National Championship in Colorado. Coach Stade is a current coach of World Class Basketball
and is the WCBA Sponsorship and Fund Raising Coordinator.
Kyle Sertich: Kyle played 3 years of basketball at Hoffman Estates High School. He also has 3 years of coaching experience
with the Hoffman Estates Park District. Kyle is in his 4th year with World Class Basketball.
John Ulrich Jr.: Coach
Ulrich is a former player of WCBA and current Head Sophomore Basketball Coach at Hoffman Estates High School. Coach
Ulrich played 4 years of college basketball at Concordia University and was a 4 year Varsity player at Palatine High School.
Andy Zielinski: Coach Zielinski has extensive coaching experience and is the current Head Varsity Coach at Westminster Christian
Ryan Cork: Coach Ryan Cork is a former WCBA National Team player and is in his 2nd season with WCBA as a coach. Ryan was
an All Conference and All Area player for Hampshire High School and went on to play college basketball at Elgin Community
Coach Nick Kubiak is a former WCBA National Team player and is in his first season with
WCBA as a coach. Nick was a 4 year Varsity player for Woodstock High School and received a college basketball scholarship
from Judson University.
Ed Stade Jr:
Coach Stade is a former 4 year player at Bartlett High School. He started his coaching
career in 2001 working with Jim Harrignton and has worked with Bartlett High School in their Summer Basketball Camps.
Coach Stade is currently one of the National Team coaches for WCBA.
Jesus Arriaga Jr: Coach Arriaga is a
former WCBA player and played 4 years at Conant High School. He is in his 1st year of coaching with
Coach Cruz is a former WCBA player and played 4 years at South Elgin High
School. He was a part of the WCBA National Team that first put WCBA on the National radar by taking
5th Place in the Country at AAU Nationals. He is in his 1st year of coaching with WCBA.
***Local high school coaches who have attended
our camps as guest coaches and speakers include: Tom McCormack (Head Varsity
Basketball Coach at Conant High School), Bob Williams (Head Varsity
Basketball Coach at Niles West High School), Matt Vosburgh (Sophomore
Basketball Coach at Palatine High School), Dave Wolf (JV Basketball
Coach at Conant High School), Dan Travers (Head Varsity Girls Basketball
Coach at Conant High School), Kevin Katovich (Head Varsity Basketball
Coach at Rolling Meadows High School) and Matt Walsh (Head Varsity
Basketball Coach at Schaumburg High School).