Don Schlenbecker President/Director of Coaching
Girard Hendelman played 3 years of varsity basketball, 2 years at Archbishop Weber High School and, then after Weber closed, in his senior year at St. Patrick High School. Girard has always been a leader who excels in both coaching kids and teaching/training adults in the business world. He has developed strong ties to the community in Des Plaines where GSH Apparel, his custom t-shirt and uniform decorating company, is located. He also is the owner of an events company where he does countless hours of training and staffing of events. Girard believes that the key to developing players is through 100-percent focus and effort and that learning the game and how to function as a team player is an important concept in sports. He has been affiliated with Horsemen Hoops since its inception in 2013.
Don grew up as a police officer’s son on the NW side of Chicago in the late 80’s/early 90’s. He attended St. Patrick High School where he graduated in 1993 after a career as a 3-Sport Varsity Athlete, a Baseball and Basketball All-Conference performer, a Chicago Area Special Mention selection, and a Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete. After a myriad of injuries, Don turned his attention to the injury prevention side of athletics, graduating with a degree in Exercise Physiology from Iowa State University and becoming a nationally accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach. He has spent the last 20 years coaching athletes in more than a dozen sports, from the ages of 5 through NCAA All-Americans, and has successfully run Peak Performance Training, INC. since 2007. He most recently has had the privilege of running the pre-season conditioning programs of a number of Chicago area high school basketball programs. In 2013 Don took his passion back to the basketball courts and started Horsemen Hoops, a not for profit business, with Girard Hendelman. He and his staff now look to expand each season and work to provide a foundation of character, integrity, and hard-work through the game that helped raise him.
Girard Hendelman Vice President of Coaching