When we were looking for our 2016 PPT Client of the Year, we didn’t have to look further than the Boys Basketball Team at Benet Academy. The Redwings exceeded all expectations to have their most successful season ever at 31-4, and ending with a Class 4A State Basketball Runner-Up Finish in 2016.
Benet Academy is not only one of the top academic schools in the Chicagoland area, but they also boast one of the most solid basketball programs around. Their program has been built on unselfish play, great team defense, and a trust in each other and the system put in place by Coach Gene Heidkamp.
After a 2014-15 season that ended in the regional finals, the expectations for 2015-16 outside the doors of the Lisle, IL school were not very high. When I was given the opportunity to work hands on and take over the team’s off-court conditioning, I was elated to bring my knowledge and passion in providing the most efficient and effective way to prepare each and every player.
The work put in and the team-growth that I saw exceeded my expectations, and the commitment to the process was everything I could have asked for. This focus and effort resulted in them finishing with a 25-3 record heading into the state tournament. The state tournament brought many battles with bigger, faster, and more talented teams, but their drive and determination lead the Redwings through 5 opponents and a well-earned trip downstate. After winning their semifinal game 49-48 against Simeon, they lost a close one to Curie in the 4A State Championship game. A place few outsiders ever thought they would make it to.
Our staff at PPT has had the pleasure of working with thousands of athletes over the past 16 years, but this team experience was different. What I will take from this experience is that when a team can genuinely grow in a challenging environment off the court, the challenges they face on the court will be that much easier. Our mantra was “Everything Earned”, and this truly would have rung true even without the greatest season in school history and a trip downstate.
Benet Academy Boys Basketball absolutely earned the title as 2016 PPT Client of the Year!
Well done guys,