Ralph Gesualdo

17U EYBL Coach


Coach G founded Midwest Elite in 2010, after coaching in another local AAU program for many years. His teams have had success both in Illinois (state AAU champions in 2003, 2004, and 2005) and nationally, leading to the Nike sponsorship in 2014.


Coach G is recognized as one of the top AAU coaches in the nation, and he has a vast network of relationships with college coaches across the country. Coach G lives in Lake Forest, Illinois with his wife, and is a proud parent and grandparent.

Randy Weibel

16U EYBL Coach


Coach Weibel has over 600 wins in his high school coaching career, with multiple former players going on to play Division I basketball. He’s been a teacher and the head girls basketball coach at Hononegah High School in Rockton, Illinois for the last 18 years.


Prior to Hononegah, he was a teacher and head girls basketball coach at Mendota High School in Mendota, Illinois for 12 years. He lives in Rockton, Illinois with his wife, and is also a doting grandfather.

Kevin Cox

Coach, Director of Operations


Coach Cox graduated from St. Viator High School, and then Villanova University, where he walked-on the basketball team. After four years on the team, he spent 2 years on the coaching staff.


Coach Cox has been coaching on the AAU circuit for many years, and draws upon a coaching network of high school, college, and NBA coaches. He lives in Palatine with his wife and children.

Shawn Ortiz



Coach Ortiz has been coaching youth boys and girls basketball for more than 17 years, and provides skills training for middle school and high school players.


He has been involved with Midwest Elite’s program since inception. Coach Ortiz lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin with his wife and children.

Maggie Lyon



Coach Lyon is a proud alum of the Midwest Elite program, having been a player on the inaugural Midwest Elite team in 2010. Earning a full scholarship to Northwestern University, she was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, earned All-Big Ten honors all 4 years, and 3-time team captain. After Northwestern, she signed a training camp contract with the Chicago Sky and went on to play professionally in Spain. She has retired from playing competitively and enjoys training players in the area. When she's not coaching, or beating our players in shooting competitions, she works in a sports marketing job in Chicago and lives in Wilmette.

Eric Samuelson



Coach Samuelson is a 2nd career teacher and coach at Hampshire High School.  He played both high school and college basketball in the Midwest.  Coach Samuelson has served in multiple capacities at the high school level as a freshman, sophomore, varsity assistant and head varsity coach for the last 7+ years. His focus is on fundamentals, teamwork and getting the most out of his players. When he isn’t coaching, he works throughout the year with the Muscular Dystrophy Association in their pursuit to cure muscle diseases. He lives in the northwest suburbs with his wife and two children.

Dave Yates



Coach Yates has coached basketball at the boys and girls high school and college levels, with many former players going on to play Division I basketball. He led the boys team at Highland High School (Gilbert, Arizona) to a state runner up finish before moving back to Illinois.


As the head girls coach at Fremd High School, his teams have won 8 consecutive conference championships, and finished 2nd, 2nd, and 4th in the state playoffs from 2014-2017.  He has coached for many years on the AAU circuit, and lives in Palatine with his wife and children.

Jeff Pagliocca



Jeff is an on the court skills trainer for NBA, College, and High School players. He trains High School players from over 60 schools across the Midwest and College players from every major conference. Each summer Jeff prepares NBA prospects for the June NBA draft.


Many Midwest Elite players train with Jeff on their own, so we decided to form a partnership. He runs training sessions for Midwest Elite once a week during the AAU season. You can learn more about Jeff at www.illinoisevolution.com.