MANAGEMENT
DAN KRAUSER (OWNER/PRESIDENT):    Coach Krauser has been coaching since 1988 at the youth, feeder, travel and high school levels.  His mentor and the coach who most impacted him as a coach is IHSA Hall of Fame Coach Tom McCormack who he also played for at Conant High School.  Many of his players have gone on to be All Conference, All Area and All State in high school and many of his players have went on to play college basketball at the DI, DII, DIII, NAIA and JUCO levels.  Highlights of some of his teams include his 2002-14U/8th Grade Team winning the American Youth Basketball Tour National Championship in Florida,  his 2005-14U/8th Grade Team winning the State Games of America National Championship in Colorado,  various teams finishing in the Elite 8 in 8 of the last 10 years at AAU Nationals in Florida including a 2nd Place finish in 2013,  his 2012-16U/10th Grade Team winning the NCAA Certified Nike Spring Showdown in Indiana as well as his 2016 and 2017 teams winning the AAU Illinois State Championship (see the Awards section for a complete list of accomplishments).  Coach Krauser is also the Director of Conant Feeder Basketball and owner of Stars of Tomorrow Basketball Tournaments.

COACHING STAFF
BRIAN ZYRKOWSKI (ILLINOIS):     Coach Zyrkowski has been coaching in the World Class Basketball Program for the past 12 years.  He was a 4 year player at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates and played college basketball at Harper College.  Coach Zyrkowski is currently the Head Varsity Basketball Coach at Libertyville HIgh School.

CONNOR DYKES (ILLINOIS):  Coach Dykes is a former WCBA National Team player who played for Coach Johnnie Ulrich.  He played high school basketball at Barrington High School.  Coach Dykes is in his 1st season with World Class Basketball as a coach.

COURTNEY AUSTIN (TEXAS):  Coach Austin played at Kimball High School where he won a State Championship in 2011.  He went on to play college basketball and ended his college playing career at UT of Arlington.  He currently plays profession basketball and trains players as well.  He will be a coach and trainer for WCBA. 

DARYL SMITH (TEXAS):  Coach Smith played at Creston High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he received a scholarship to play college basketball at Richland College in Dallas, Texas.  Coach Smith has been coaching since 2013.  In 2016,  he co-founded a non-profit organization called Greater Generation whose organization won numerous AYBT National Championships.

DONN CROPPER (ILLINOIS):   Coach Cropper has over 30 years of coaching experience at the youth and jr high levels.  He was a part of the World Class Basketball Coaching Staff that won its 1st National Championship in Florida.

DOUNWIE AUSTIN (TEXAS):   The Texas Director of Basketball Operations will be Dounwie Austin. Dounwie Austin has playing experience at the high school and college level. He trained his son who was put on the Kimball Knights of DSID who won the 4A State Championship in Texas in 2011. He is a certified official in Michigan and Texas with officiating experience at the high school, college, semi-pro, ABA and NBA D-League levels. He has coached many different AAU teams as well. We look forward to having Dounwie Austin with WCBA!!

DWAYNE SMITH (TEXAS):  Coach Smith played basketball and football in high school.  He has worked with players at the youth, high school, college and pro levels and will be the Head Recruiter for WCBA and bring players into the program.

DYLAN BARTUCH (ILLINOIS):   Coach Bartuch is in his first year of coaching with WCBA.  He is a former Conant Feeder and WCBA player.  Dylan Bartuch played high school basketball at Conant High School and went on to play college basketball at Grinnell College.

ED LEDLUM (GEORGIA):  The Georgia Director of Basketball Operations will be Ed Ledlum.  Ed Ledlum has a Master in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia College in Irvine, CA.  He was the Junior Varsit and Middle School Head Coach for Costa Mesa High School as well as the Varsity Assistant Coach before moving to Georgia.

ED STADE JR (ILLINOIS):   Coach Stade started his coaching career in 2001 working with legendary high school coach Jim Harrington.  He has coached at Bartlett and South Elgin High Schools.  Coach Stade played 4 years at Bartlett High School.

ED STADE SR (iLLINOIS):   Coach Stade has over 28 years of coaching experience at the youth, jr high and high school levels.  He was Head Coach at St. Mary's School.  Coach Stade has also coached and ran both the Bartlett and South Elgin Feeder Programs.  Coach Stade was a part of the coaching staff that won World Class Basketball's 2nd National Championship in Colorado.

GARY HEILERS (ILLINOIS):   Coach Heilers was an all-conference and all-area basketball player for Cedar Rapids Prairie High School in Iowa. He went on to play basketball at Loras College in Dubuque Iowa. Coach Heilers has 26 years of coaching basketball experience with youth and high school athletes. He is currently that department chairman of Physical Education at Glenbard North High School and coaches at the freshman level.

JESUS ARRIAGA JR (ILLINOIS):   Coach Arriaga is a former WCBA player and played 4 years at Conant High School.  Coach Arriaga is in his 1st season with World Class Basketball as a coach.

JOEL PETERSON (ILLINOIS):   Coach Peterson has over 20 years of coaching experience.  He was a coach at Conant High School for 5 years.  Coach Peterson was a 3 year Varsity player at Lake Benton High School in Minnesota and was named to the All Area team as a Junior and a Senior.  He went on to play college basketball at Southwest State University.

JOHN ULRICH JR (ILLINOIS):   Coach Ulrich is a former player of World Class Basketball and is the current Head Freshman Basketball Coach at Hoffman Estates High School.  Coach Ulrich was a 4 year Varsity player at Palatine High School and went on to play college basketball at Concordia University in Wisconsin.

jOHN ULRICH SR (ILLINOIS):   Coach Ulrich has over 40 years of coaching experience at the youth, school, travel and high school levels.  Coach Ulrich is currently in the IHSA Hall of Fame and is the Head Coach at Immauel Lutheran School in Palatine. 

JOSEPH CHRISTIAN (NORTH CAROLINA):  Coach Christian was a 3 year Varsity player for Western Alamance HIgh School.  He was a 2 year fitness and wellness trainer for the YMCA and is now studying to be a personal trainer.

KEITH WYATT (COLORADO):   The Colorado Director of Operations will be Keith Wyatt. Coach Wyatt has been coaching basketball in Colorado for the past 13 years and is the current Head Basketball Coach at Prairie View High School. Since 2013, Coach Wyatt has trained men and women all over Colorado including several college level players. Keith Wyatt also has a B.A. in Human Performance and Sport from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

KEN WILLIAMS (TEXAS):  Coach Williams brings years of experience as a player, coach and referee to WCBA.  He will help assigning, overseeing and devloping referees for WCBA and help the players get a better understanding of how to interact with referees.

MATTHEW HUMPHREY (ILLINOIS):  Matthew Humphrey was a highly recurited player out of Hales Fransiscan High School.  At the age of 18,  he played for the U18 USA Basketball Team that won the Silver Medal.  Matthew went on to play basketball at Oregon University and played a 5th year for Coach Bob Huggins at West Virginia University.  Matthew had the opportunity to complete training camp with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants NBA Developmental League Team.  Matthew went on to play college basketball in London and Canada.  Matthew will be a coach in the WCBA Program and will be the Program Director in our Chicago location.  He will also lead training in all areas.

MATT WALSH (ILLINOIS):   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 Basketball Coach at Schaumburg High School.  Coach Walsh was an All Conferene and All Area player when he played at Conant High School.

MYLES FARRINGTON (NORTH CAROLINA):   The Director of Operations in North Carolina will be Myles D. Farringon. Myles has been coaching since 1984. In 1986, he bacame the head coach at Philips Jr High School were he won 11 Championships in 15 years. Coach Farrington has coached at Orange High School and Cedar Ridge High School since 2012. Since 2012, he has been a basketball trainer and life coach.