Coach Alex Anaya steadily improved his Cristo Rey Jesuit High School varsity teams each season by drilling fundamentals, teamwork, and conditioning. Coach Anaya is the winningest coach in Cristo Rey history. He also has an impressive playing career behind him. He first developed his work ethic and passion for the game while playing for the Eagles of Benito Juarez Community Academy in Pilsen, the Chicago neighborhood he still calls home. Coach Anaya then went on to play Junior College basketball at Chicago's Truman College, followed by a 15-year stint leading his team in the Hispanic Basketball Association. His teams won over 10 tournament championships while touring the United States and he collected several tournament Most Valuable Player awards.
Coach Anaya realizes the need and opportunity for young players to learn life lessons through the game. Growing up and now raising his family in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood keeps Coach Anaya sharp in knowing what it takes to get maximum performance from his players by encouraging steady improvement, extremely hard work, and smart court sense. Coach Anaya has developed youth basketball programs and loves to volunteer his time contributing to Chicago's youth through Alderman Danny Solis' Community Outreach Program in his south side Pilsen community.
Matt Duhig is a task-master on the court who enjoys bringing the best out of his players. B.E.S.T. Basketball is one of Matt's coaching duties as he also leads the boys' varsity St. John Berchmans in Logan Square on Chicago's North Side.
Coach Duhig has basketball in his blood and stepped into his first coaching role when he was a student at St. Ignatius College Prep. He was a driving force on the coaching staff for a varsity grammar school team that used all 10 boys in their 8th grade class to beat teams from across the city and northern Indiana and go on to a 72-3 win-loss record
Matt earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree from Roosevelt University. He still plays competitive basketball in Chicago while working in a real estate investment firm.
Coach Mike Hurley is the Athletic Director at Saint Clement School on Chicago's north side, and is also the Sophomore Team Head Coach at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago. He oversees all athletic programs at the school,including basketball, flag football, volleyball, cross country, baseball, softball, cheerleading. He has been teaching and instructing basketball to youth players around the Chicago area for over 10 years, spending time coaching and administrating school teams, camps and clinics. He began coaching at camps and clinics with B.E.S.T. in 2012. Coach Hurley's teams have been recognized for their team discipline, sportsmanship and fundamental play. In 2015, he was named as a co-chairman of the new Chicago Catholic Youth League, a new 18-school conference which sponsors basketball for Chicago-area Catholic schools.
Coach Hurley started coaching due to the positive impact he experienced from youth coaches while growing up. Using the life lessons and instruction he learned from each of them, he enjoys teaching the game of basketball to youth players today, passing along the knowledge and wisdom youth sports has to offer to all participants.
Coach Hurley is a graduate of Marquette University and St. Ignatius College Prep. He is certified as a coach under the Positive Coaching Alliance and Notre Dame Play Like a Champion Today programs. He is also working towards his Master's Degree in Sports Industry Management.
Coach Lee joins B.E.S.T. Basketball with a strong background in sports, leadership and service. Drew has been involved with organized sports both as a player and a coach throughout his life and understands the valuable life lessons that can be learned through sports. These lessons have helped Drew overcome many obstacles to be successful both inside and outside the classroom.
Drew attended Northside College Prep High School, where he was a 3-sport varsity starter (basketball, baseball and softball) and accomplished numerous academic and athletic achievements, including the school's first Men's Varsity Basketball Conference Championship his senior year. Drew went on to Loyola University Chicago for college where he graduated with 3 majors and was selected as the first Asian Commencement Speaker in school history. He continued his medical education at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, where he received a dual-degree MD/MA in Medicine / Bioethics and Health Policy. After medical school, he spent a year in Washington DC working on health policy before starting residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
As a doctor, Drew sees the direct impact that sports can have on health and encourages staying active and eating healthy from a young age in order to establish healthy habits for the rest of life. Drew's coaching philosophy is to try your best and never give up, because effort and perserverence are two things that no one can take away from you, regardless of the outcome of the game.
Coach Lee is excited to be an integral leader at B.E.S.T. Basketball, and he brings a strong sports, academic, and professional background. Joseph was a varsity letterman and on the academic All-City Team at Chicago’s prestigious and demanding Northside College Preparatory High School. He excelled in the classroom, in his church community, and on the athletic field. His golf accomplishments include being a 4 time city champion and state tournament qualifier, and his basketball accomplishments include helping his team win the Blue North Conference.
Joseph attended college at Northwestern University, where he continued to participate in basketball as the vice-President of the Men’s Club Basketball Team and also led the Chicago Korean Basketball Association to 2nd place in the Korean American Olympics. There, he was a psychology and pre-medical major, and an Asian American Studies Minor, while serving as president of Habitat for Humanity, the Asian Pacific American Coalition, resident assistant and worked with the America Reads program.
After graduating from Northwestern University, Joseph was a solid participant in the Teach for America program, where he taught for 2 years at Parkside Community Academy as a science teacher and middle school chair on Chicago’s south side. For the successes of his classroom, he was featured in the Chicago Tribune and on CNN. Concurrently, he earned a Masters in the Art of Teaching at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.
Always striving to further his academic pursuits, Joseph enrolled at Rush Medical School, where he is a 2nd year med student pursuing a career in pediatrics. He is currently the regional director of the Asian Pacific American Medical Association, founder of Strength in Diversity, part of the Asian American Institute, Northside Alumni Association board member, and also volunteering at Parkside Community Academy.
Joseph loves coaching our next generation of successful student-athletes and is proud to call B.E.S.T. Basketball an organization he believes in and gives his time to.
Coach Matt Shrake began coaching youth sports in Minnesota when he was in high school and college in the 1980's and continues to love building and developing strong players and strong teams. He has coached high school and youth basketball and baseball in Chicago since 1996. He is dedicated to teaching the game of basketball "the right way". Coach Shrake learned the art of coaching from his father, a high school coach in Minnesota.
Coach Shrake also climbed through the ranks of sports officiating, starting with youth basketball, baseball, and football and working his way up to refereeing high school basketball and umpiring high school and NCAA Division I baseball.
Coach Shrake's influence extends to thousands of current and former athletes at all levels. Although he loves keeping up with the quickly evolving game of basketball, he remains committed to addressing the finest of details during practice and workout sessions so that his players enter every competition with the physical conditioning, mental toughness, and confidence necessary to succeed.
Coach Matt Shrake loves teaching Chicago's youth life's best lessons through the sport of basketball.