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
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 in school and on the court. He was picked All Conference and Honorable-Mention All-Area while being selected for two Chicagoland High School All Star Games. 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 with core values that include the four tenets Mind, Body, Nutrition, and Discipline. 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 as well coaching many of the Hoops4Health High School National Teams which excelled in many of the top exposure events throughout the United States. 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.
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
Participated in the Chicago Rockstars ABA Tryout
2011 Chicago Safe Haven Pro-AM
2008 Nike Pro-City Summer League
2006, 2007, 2009 Adidas Chicago-Pro AMg
2005 New City Pro-Am
2001-2005 Sonny Park League
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
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 Schneiter who 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.