Owner and Founder
North Shore Country Day School

Assistant High School Girls Varsity Basketball

Head Coach Middle School Boys Basketball
USA Basketball Gold Licensed Coach

Certified Ganon Baker Basketball Coach/Trainer

ASEP Certified in Coaching & Sports First Aid  
Email: brendan@hoops4health.com

​At a young age Brendan had a passion for basketball and the game was always in his family. His grandfather, Manny Begun, played basketball at Crane HS. His father, Bradley Kolton, was a top five scorer in Chicago and an All-City player at Bowen High School. He would earn a D-1 basketball scholarship to NIU. Brendan grew up in Winnetka and attended North Shore Country Day School where he starred on the basketball team. At a young age Brendan learned how precious health is as he was diagnosed with Diabetes Insipidus. In Junior year of High School complications with his condition got so bad he ended up in a coma. Finally finding the right regimen for his condition Brendan was back on his feet and his perseverance never stopped. Chicago Sun Times Article / Speech at North Shore Country Day HS

He bounced back senior year to earn many honors in school and on the court. He values how important it is to take care of your mind and body. Healthy eating, yoga/tai-chi, and meditation are big parts of his life. After High School he continued his basketball endeavors by earning a spot as a walk-on for DePaul’s basketball team but an injury early in the season kept him from participating. He would go on to play ten years of Summer Pro-Am basketball, and has trained under numerous decorated basketball coaches and trainers. Brendan graduated from DePaul University and founded Hoops4Health. He stresses fundamentals and hard work. Brendan is also very much a student of the game. Experienced in coaching teams and personal basketball training fundamentals (dribbling, guard/post work, rebounding, passing, defense, Shooting analysis, speed/agility/conditioning, and read and react game situations.) Has been instrumental in the development of kids and teams of all ages and skill levels. He studies regularly the X's and O's of basketball to build upon his coaching expertise. He released his own instructional DVD and is also a certified Ganon Baker Basketball Coach/Trainer while also attending multiple Nike coaching clinics over the years learning from the likes of Brad Stevens, Jim Boheim, and Bobby Knight to name a few.

​Brendan has become a fixture in helping players achieve their dream of playing college basketball. Currently Brendan has guided over 25 players through the process of recruiting with eventually becoming college basketball players. Over the last 10 plus years he has built a solid college coaching network. He works with the player to situate a recruiting plan and the step by step recruiting process. He helps the player find the right fit school to continue being student/athlete at the next level. 

​​Coaching Background

  • Coached alongside Sacramento Kings #5 Draft Pick and former Iowa star Keegan Murray at the Hoops4Health 12 Year Anniversary.
  • Currently coaching Spring/Summer 2022 Hoops4Health Bulldogs 17U National. Team played in multiple out of state recruiting events. Players picked up college offers at the Division 1, 2, 3, and NAIA levels. Competed on the Prep Hoops Circuit.
  • Coached Winter 2021-22 Boys Middle School 6th Grade
  • Coached 7th Season as Assistant Girls Varsity at North Shore Country Day during Winter 2021-22. 
  • Coached Winter 2021-22 Bulldogs 6 and 7 Orange, and Wilmette Wolves 2/3 Black.
  • Coached Fall 2021 Hoops4Health Bulldogs 6 Orange
  • Coached at the Prep Hoops Illinois Top 250 Expo. Special exposure event that saw hundreds of top recruits attend across the Midwest. 
  • Coached Spring/Summer 2021 Hoops4HealthBulldogs 17U National. Team went 20-12 on the season. Played on the Prep Hoops Circuit.                    Participated in multiple NCAA Live Events. Unsigned senior Julius Byrd was offered and committed to JUCO D1 Midland, TX college. Team played in 6 different states and against over 20 out of state teams.
  • Assistant Coach Spring 2021 Hoops4Health Bulldogs 5 Orange, 5/6 Black, and Girls 16U Orange. 
  • Coached Winter 2020-2021 Wilmette Wolves 5 Green
  • Coached Winter 2019-2020 Wilmette Wolves 4th Grade Green, Head Coach 8th Grade at North Shore Country Day School, and Assistant High School Girls basketball Varsity Coach at North Shore Country Day School.
  • Coached Winter 2019 Hoops4Health Bulldogs 13U National. Team won 4 straight Championships including the NY2LA Generation Next Tournament and the Jr. Hoops Elite City vs Suburban Shootout. A 15-1 record.
  • Coached alongside Chicago Bulls player Ryan Arcidiacono at the Hoops4Health 10 Year Anniversary.
  • Coached Summer 2019 Hoops4Health Bulldogs 9th Grade National.
  • Coached Spring 2019 Hoops4Health Bulldogs teams 9th Grade National, 7th Grade Orange, and assistant girls 4th Grade Orange
  • Winter 2018-2019 Assistant Girls High School Varsity and Head Middle School Girls Coach at North Shore Country Day School.
  • Winter 2018-2019 Hoops4Health Bulldogs teams 8th Grade Red and 8th Grade Green.
  • Coached Spring 2018 Hoops4Health Bulldogs Girls 7th Grade Orange and Girls 9/10th Grade Orange.
  • Coached Winter Hoops4Health Bulldogs 6/7th Grade Orange, New Trier 8th Girls Feeder Green, and Assistant Girls Varsity Coach North Shore Country Day
  • Coached Spring/Summer 2017 Hoops4Health Bulldogs 17U National team. 30-10 record Played 29 out of state teams and went to 7 out of state tournaments. Champions of the Prep Hoops Show Me Showdown St. Louis, MO. Went 7-0 to win the Championship. Final 4 at the Nike Spring Showdown. Final 4 at the Pangos Terrific 24 Indianapolis, IN. Went 6-1 between the Jayhawk Finale and Sunflower Showcase in Kansas City, Mo. Team scored key victories over Yanders Law (MO), Martin Bros (IA), Hoopers Basketball Club (IL), Tyler Johnson Elite (CA), Minnesota Powerhouse (MN), Ohio Nova Rice (OH), MBA Select (OH), and On Point Hoops (OK). Multiple players earned Division 1 and Division 2 scholarships including DeAndre Heckard and Eddie Creal with many others picking up college interest heading into their senior year. Class of 2017 player Elijah Ward and Robert Johnson earned scholarships to Des Moines Area JUCO and Mchenry County JUCO respectively. 2018 Class ended with 10 players signing to play college basketball at different levels.
  • Coached Spring 2017 Hoops4Health Bulldogs Girls 4th Grade  
  • Earned 2016-2017 Independent School League Coaching Staff of the Year at North Shore Country Day High School 
  • Assistant Coach for Winter 2016-2017 North Shore Country Day High School Girls Varsity and JV
  • Coached Winter 2016-2017 Hoops4Health Bulldogs 5th Grade Orange, 6/7th Grade White, and 8th Grade Orange.
  • Head Coach of 2016 Spring/Summer Hoops4Health Bulldogs 16U National team. Team scored key victories over EG10 Adidas (IN), Quad City Elite (MO), St. Louis Prospects (MO), Oakland Soldiers Nike (CA), Castle Athletics (NY), and DTA Spartans (WI). Won Adidas Gauntlet Pool and advanced to the Top Bracket. Won Bigfoot Las Vegas Classic Pool and advanced to the Top bracket. Won NY2LA Next Level Invitational Pool and advanced to the Top bracket. Played 26 out of state teams and 6 out of state tournaments. DeAndre Heckard earning two D-1 offers from Bethune Cookman and Coppin St. and multiple other players getting a lot of college interest.
  • 2015-2016 Assistant High School Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Coach at North Shore Country Day School
  • Coached 2015-2016 Winter 13U Orange
  • Coached the 2015 Spring/Summer 15U Orange National and assisted 16U Orange National. Teams competed in NCAA Live Events Adidas Invitational and Bigfoot Hoops Vegas Classic. Also, NY2LA and Nike Chicago Summer Jam. Highlights included the 16U winning the Gym Rats Spiece Hoop n the Summit and the 15U going 4-1 at the Bigfoot Hoops Vegas Classic falling to the eventual champion Nike Team Texas Houston in the Platinum Elite 8. 
  • Worked alongside current NBA player Steve Novak as Hoops4Health was selected to run the 2014 Steve Novak Basketball Camp in Brown Deer Wisconsin.
  • Has coached alongside current and former N.B.A. players Bill Cartwright, C.J. Watson, Demetrius Jackson, James Johnson, Adreian Payne, Sam Dekker, Dee Brown, Jannero Pargo, Ryan Arcidiacono, and Steve Novak in Hoops4Health camps.
  • Coached 2014/15 Winter 12U Orange and the Wilmette Wolves 3rd Grade team
  • 2014 became a Certified Ganon Baker Basketball Coach/Trainer after completing the 20 hour gym/classroom instruction and scoring an 88% to pass the exam. 
  • Coached the 2014 Spring/Summer 15U Orange. Competed in three NCAA Live Events including the Eddie Ford Classic (Kentucky), Adidas Invitational (Indiana), and Las Vegas Fab 48. At the Fab 48 earned a spot in the Invitational bracket. Went 2-1 in pool to make it to the Championship bracket before falling 52-44 to Deron Williams Elite (ranked #12 in the nation). Also, competed in the Howard Pulley Invitational (Minnesota) and NY2LA Swish n Dish (Wisconsin).
  • Attended the 2014 Ganon Baker Basketball Coaching Certification in Las Vegas, NV.  Included 20 hours of gym/classroom instruction and study guide textbook to prepare for the exam         
  • Attended the 2014 Nike Coaches Clinic which featured seminars by Jim Boeheim, Sean Miller, Josh Pastner, Mike Dunlap, and many more great coaches.
  • Coached the 2013-2014 Winter 11U Red and 11U Orange
  • Coached the 2013 Spring/Summer 14U Orange team which competed in three NCAA Live Events and won the Gold Bracket at the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas. In the playoffs they went on to beat the Colorado Titans, Chauncey Billups Select, Minnesota Lockdown, and Elevation Elite of Texas to win it all. Also competed in the Adidas Challenge (Ohio) and the Adidas Invitational (Indianapolis).
  • Released on 7/10/13 his first basketball instructional video titled In the Basement Basketball Training "Mastering the Art of the Dribble Plus Breakdown and Secret Moves." The DVD is a Two Disc Set has over 100 drills you can do in a small amount of space.
  • Did a speaking engagement at North Shore Country Day School November 12, 2012 on overcoming adversity and working towards goals and dreams.
  • Coached 2012/2013 Wilmette Wolves 5A Travel Team
  • Guided the Hoops4Health Orange National Team 13U to a 4-2 finish at the AAU Memphis Nationals Division 2. Finishing 3-0 in Pool Play and winning round one of the Championship bracket and advancing to the Final 32. Team featured Alonzo Verge Jr. who played for Nebraska and Arizona State. Was also a Junior College All American and Moberly.
  • Attended the 2012 Nike Coaches Clinic in Tunica Mississippi which featured seminars by Bobby Knight, Brad Stevens, Bob Huggins, and many more great coaches.
  • Coached Hoops4Health Boys 13U Orange and 9U Orange during the Spring 2012 Season
  • Invited to be a part of Readers are Leaders at South School in Glencoe, IL
  • Coached Boys 2011/12 - 5th Grade B Wilmette Wolves Travel Team, 13U Hoop4Health Elite AAU Travel Team, and 13/14U Hoops4Health Elite AAU Travel Team     
  • Coached Boys 2010/11 - 13U Hoops4Health Elite AAU Travel team
  • Owner and Founder of Hoops4Health (March 2010)

Playing Background

  • Participated in the Chicago Rockstars ABA Tryout
  • 2011 Chicago Safe Haven Pro-AM 10ppg 5rpg 5apg 2spg
  • 2008 Nike Pro-City Summer League (Chicago) 12ppg, 5apg, 5rpg
  • 2006, 2007, 2009 Adidas Chicago-Pro AM 8ppg, 4apg, 3rpg   
  • 2005 New City Pro-Am 9ppg, 5apg, 4rpg
  • 2001-2005 Sonny Park League - 9ppg, 4apg, 5rpg
  • Played 10 years of Chicago Pro-Am basketball. Played played with and against many great Chicago players including NBA and European Professionals Sean Marion, Antoine Walker, Will Bynum, Luther Head, Jannero Pargo, Iman Shumpert, Shannon Brown, Tony Allen, Melvin Ely, Ronnie Fields, and Sherron Collins.
  • Three years trained by Everette Stephens-  Former Purdue player, former N.B.A. Professional
  • Five years trained by Cedric McCullough - Northern Iowa, former European Professional, N.B.A. Trainer
  • Three years trained by Daryl Cunningham - Former McDonalds All American, Kansas State player, European Professional, former Division One Assistant Coach 
  • Graduated DePaul with a Bachelors degree in Communications and a Minor in Public Policy
  • Participated in the ATTACK Athletics Training Program    
  • Practiced with DePaul’s basketball team
  • Made DePaul's basketball team in 2004 as a walk on but couldn't play due to injury
  • Participated in the Shoot the Bull 3 on 3 Tournament alongside former UIC and Illinois High School stars Cedric Banks and Martell Bailey. Made it to the Final 4. 
  • Invited to the Friendship Roundball Classic High School All Star Game which included former NBA Pros Will Bynum and Luther Head    
  • Played in the Independent School League All Star Game 
  • Independent School League All-Conference
  • Pioneer Press Honorable Mention All Area
  • 1999-2001 Varsity North Shore Country Day Basketball (Senior Year Stats - 21ppg 5rpg 5apg 3spg)
  • Played three years of Varsity Basketball   
  • Coached in High School by Illinois Hall of Fame Coach John Schneiterwho is the only coach ever in Illinois to win State Championships with both boys and girls (Decatur and New Trier respectively). He amassed over 770 wins.

Brendan Kolton