Expanded Youth Camp Director Biographies
Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps
Scott Baum: 9th year with Chicago Bears camps (Head Coach – Niles West) Varsity Assistant at Loyola Academy 8 years; Niles West 3 years; Head Coach at Gordon Tech 4 years, De LaSalle 5 years, Niles West 3 Years.
Baum Quote: “Football is the greatest team sport around…the lessons I have learned and the people I have met through the game of football have had a great influence on my life as a player, coach, educator, and most importantly as a parent!”
Macey Brooks: 2nd year with Chicago Bears Camps as a Hero and Director (Owner of Elite Sports Performance Complex & Director of Football Operations/Camps) Coach of Junior Rank National Combine Organization-3 years; Head Wide Receiver Coach for Aurora University-2 years.
Playing Career: Graduate of James Madison University (JMU), B.S. Health Services Administration, Drafted by Dallas Cowboys 97′- 4th round, Played for the Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders as a wide receiver, Trained under the tutelage of NFL Hall of Famers, Michael Irvin, Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, Jay Novecek, Emmit Smith, Troy Aikman, Tim Brown & Fred Biletnikoff.
Brooks Quote: “I like helping kids mature as athletes both physically and mentally. Which tends to help shape them into more productive individuals on and off the field.”
Jason Hendry: 7th year with the Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps (WR Coach Proviso West High School) 10 years coaching college, high school and youth football; Former Olivet Nazarene University DB.
“Coaching football gives me an opportunity to give back to the game that has giving me so much. I wouldn’t be the person I am without the life lessons I learned through playing football. I believe football is a great way to teach kids the importance of teamwork and sacrifice, responsibility, and other qualities that make up successful individuals.”
Bill Hesslau: 7th year with Chicago Bears Camps. (Assistant Coach St. Joseph High School); 30 years coaching Youth and High school football.
“Coaching football gives me the opportunity to teach our youth the proper and safe way to play football by teaching the fundamentals and stressing proper technique. Sports can change lives.”
Chris Hill: 6th year with the Bears Camps (Assistant Coach- Reed Custer Comets) 14 years coaching experience, coached at Division 1, 1AA, II, 3, NAIA, JUCO, High School levels, and in the Arena Football League.
Playing Career: Played at Bishop George Ahr High School Edison, NJ, 92 State Championship, Lineman of the Year, All Conference, All County, All State, Super Prep All American. Purdue University and Olivet Nazarene University 2x All Conference, 2x All American. Played for Hamilton Tiger Cats- CFL, New Jersey Red Dogs- AFL, Detroit Fury- AFL, Erie Invaders- IFL, Peoria Pirates- AF2, 2001 All Pro, 2001 Pro Bowl.
“The thing I enjoy most about coaching is to help the kids improve, and watch the kids utilize the skills and techniques that they are taught.”
Bill Lawlor: 1st year with Chicago Bears Camps (Assistant Coach Prairie Ridge High School – 6A Illinois State Champions) Varsity Offensive Coordinator at Crystal Lake Central High School – 2005-2009 (Four time state qualifiers and twice state quarterfinalist); 9 years youth coaching experience Sophomore Head Coach at Rich Central High School, Crystal Lake Central and Prairie Ridge. Coordinated camps for numerous youth programs and the BGYFL coaches’ clinic. Twice a clinic speaker for USA football at Halas Hall; Graduate of Hoffman Estates High School – Varsity Team Captain.; Middle Linebacker and Tight End. Still all time leading tackler in the history of the school; Played at Augustana College – Rush Linebacker/Defensive End.
“Working with kids of all ages and enjoying the human chess match that every football game eventually becomes!”
Pat Pistorio: 3rd year with Chicago Bears Camps (Chicago Slaughter Professional Indoor Football Team Offensive Coordinator/Player Personnel) Student Assistant Southern Illinois University (1998-2002); Larkin High School Wide Receivers Coach (State Playoffs twice) (2002-2004); South Elgin High School Wide Receivers Coach (2005-2007); Lake Forest College Wide Receivers Coach (2007-2010), Harper College Offensive Coordinator (2011).
“Teamwork, discipline, and accountability are the foundation for success and it is a privilege to be able to pass down and help young athletes understand the importance of these qualities through the game of football. I look forward to being able to generate an interest and passion for a sport that can provide countless opportunities and experiences for young athletes.”
Mickey Pruitt: 7 years with Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps, (Former LB Chicago Bears); 15 years of coaching experience; Former Chicago Bears Linebacker (1988-1990).
“What I love about coaching is the chance to impact the lives of young people and watch them grow as individuals and as a team. Football, more than any other sport, requires everyone to work together in order to achieve success. It provides daily opportunities to reinforce important life lessons in leadership, responsibility, teamwork, and service.”
Alan Rood: 3rd year with Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps, (Varsity Defensive Coordinator and Linebacker Coach at J. Sterling Morton HS); 9 years of coaching experience, 2 college and 7 high school; played at Northern Illinois University, Fullback/TE and a Co-Captain Senior year.
“It’s an honor to be able to coach the great game of football because it has been a huge part of my life. I love to coach the important life skills of discipline, accountability, consistency, and team work. I love coaching to observe student athletes have fun, learning fundamentals and techniques, increasing their football knowledge, and development of mental toughness.”