Coaches & Trainers

All Flow Basketball Academy coaches and trainers are highly skilled and experienced athletes, having competed as college basketball athletes and coached at the youth level for at least three years. Each has been personally selected by Korie and is deeply aligned with the Flow philosophy and building block principles.

Judson Brooks

Coach

Chicago

Judson has over thirty years of youth coaching experience spanning boys and girls sports at multiple levels. Over the years he has coached basketball at Central Middle School (Columbus, Indiana), University of Chicago Lab School, Haven Middle School (Evanston), and FAAM (Evanston). Most recently he helped build the ETHS Girls Feeder program, coaching seventh and eighth grade teams. He enjoys sharing his passion for the game by helping every player become the best they can be — as an individual and as a teammate. Nothing brings him more joy than seeing a group of players mature into a winning team. Beyond basketball, he is the father of three and is a Partner at Harris Associates here in Chicago.

Adam Eastman

Coach & Trainer

Chicago

While earning his degree in Business Administration at DePaul, Adam was invited to work with the DePaul women's basketball team’s coaching staff as a scout player and was exposed to the elite structure and organization of a Top-25 program for three years. After college, he worked as an athletic coordinator for We Got Game, organizing and running basketball camps, leagues, and training sessions for players of all ages. He’s coached middle school basketball at Hardey Prep and Mount Carmel Academy, and for the past two years has worked with The Latin School serving as the junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant. Adam’s basketball philosophy balances the structure of skill building, while also incorporating techniques aimed at improving a player’s instinctual on-court awareness. Adam and a childhood friend operate Primal Dog, a dog training and walking business serving the North Center neighborhood of Chicago since 2014.

Daria Guzzo

Coach

Chicago

Daria grew up in the Quad Cities, IL where she played both school and travel basketball throughout her grade and high school years. While attending Alleman Catholic High School she coached youth summer camps for 4 years. Daria graduated from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa in 2019 with a degree in Political Science and Spanish. She played all four years serving as captain her junior and senior years. She moved to Chicago after graduation to work for a management and development firm dedicated to affordable housing. Basketball is a huge passion for Daria. She hopes to share her love of the game by instilling a strong work ethic, discipline, and desire to elevate understanding of the game in all players she coaches. 

Vlado Jaksic

Coach & Trainer

Chicago
Vlado has 15+ years of experience as a basketball trainer in both U.S. and Europe.  As a player and student of the game of basketball since the age of 9 through his 2nd year at North Park University, he has experienced not only the successes, but the daily struggles of becoming a better player and teammate combined with relentless desire and work ethic that helped to transform him into a trainer specializing in long term player development (encompassing not only on and off the court work, but overall fitness and athleticism).  Vlado possess an unique ability in leveraging each player's special talents for not only their own individual benefit but for the team as well. He understands the fundamentals of the game, and what sets him apart is his ability to integrate the diverse philosophies of basketball stemming from Europe and the USA into one coherent and effective whole that supercedes any individual approach.

Filip Jaksic

Coach & Trainer

Chicago

Filip graduated from Niles West High School in 2018 where he played basketball.  Additionally, he played club ball for seven (7) years of in Belgrade, Serbia.  The style of playing and training in the U.S. and Europe are different, and Filip has found it instructive incorporating the two different styles when teaching young players.  He has worked in his local park district coaching player in grades 1 to 4. 

Hannah Kessel "Kess"

Coach & Trainer

Chicago

Kess moved to Chicago after graduating from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa in May, 2019.  At Grinnell, Kess played basketball serving as captain her senior year plus ran track & field.  Kess grew up in Phoenix, AZ where she developed a love of the game beginning as a 1stgrader. She has coached youth athletes via several clinics throughout her college and high school years and is excited to bring her energy and passion for the game to the FXW and Flow with an emphasis on player growth and increasing game IQ.  When she is not of the court, Kess works as a merchandising coordinator for McMaster Carr and spends her free time exploring the restaurants in her new city.  

Natalie Mann

Coach & Trainer

Chicago

Natalie is a junior at the Latin School of Chicago.  She is not only an excellent student but a very fine basketball player.  She has been training with Flow Basketball Academy since 4th grade. Last year as a sophomore, she was the Independent School League Player of the Year and All-State in Illinois. She plans to play collegiate basketball and major in mathematics.

 

Katherine Miles

Trainer

Chicago

Katherine graduated from Carleton College in 2018 with a BA in Political Science.  She played basketball and volleyball at Carleton and was Academic All-Conference in both sports. At Carleton, Katherine received the College's “Ele Hansen” award which recognizes “two senior female students who bring to a sport the joy of participation and who have positively influenced others through their example, service, and leadership in the athletic program”.  Prior to attending Carleton, Katherine played volleyball and basketball at Maine South High School and trained with Flow.  Katherine is a finance associate for a political consulting firm in Chicago and is currently the head Junior Varsity Girls' Volleyball coach and Assistant Varsity Girls' volleyball coach at Maine South High School.  She has coached both middle school and high school basketball and volleyball summer programs since her freshman year of high school.

 

Damo Robinson

Coach & Trainer

Chicago

Damo grew up in Chicago where he played basketball and graduated from Dunbar Vocational Career Academy High School 2010. Damo played college basketball at Montana State Northern in Havre, MT where he transitioned to Student Assistant Coach for his final year graduating in 2017 with a degree in Community Leadership. Damo has over seven years coaching and teaching sports at the youth level. He worked six summers for the Chicago Park District working into a supervisory position and taught basketball at the Boys and Girls’ Club in Havre, Montana.

Kurt Taute

Coach

Chicago

Kurt is currently the sophmore girls basketball coach at St. Igantius High School. Kurt, a high school math teacher at Argo High School, has been coaching basketball at multiple levels the past 20+ years. He coached boys basketball for 10 years at Argo, including three years as head varsity boys coach where he led the team to their last conference championship. After coaching at the high school level, Kurt devoted his time coaching youth basketball at Frances Xavier Warde where he has coached multiple teams every year for the last few years. Kurt is passionate about teaching the fundamentals of the game and building success and confidence through teamwork and hard work.