About The Coach
Through the Illinois Rockers Basketball Program Mark Russo has been fully committed to training, mentoring and developing Youth, High School, College and Professional athletes since 1997. Personally conducting over 4,600 practices and training sessions, during this same period Mark Russo has also coached in over 1800 games with his Youth and High School Illinois Rocker Travel Teams. Further, Mark Russo dedicated four (4) years to coaching at the College level assisting 1999 Northwestern University Men's Basketball Team Captain, recent University of Minnesota Men's Basketball Assistant Coach and current American Athletic Conference Commissioner of Men’s Basketball Nate Pomeday in starting-up the Calumet College Crimson Wave Men's NAIA Basketball Program.
In addition to his work with the Illinois Rockers Mark Russo has enjoyed the role of Outside Trainer and Consultant for numerous boys and girls basketball teams in the area including the Illinois Crusaders, Illinois Elite, Team United and Team Excel along with many different coaching assignments with various Conant, Hersey, Prospect, Fremd, Barrington, Rolling Meadows and Lake Park Girls Feeder Programs. Mark Russo has also acted as the Lead Trainer at several Illinois Blue Chips and Hoops Prospect Basketball Camps and has had the privilege of working alongside some of the State's top High School and College Coaches at many College Exposure Showcases.