2017-18 will mark Coach Kusnierz first year as the Head Sophomore Coach and 7th year overall in the program after leading the Freshman A team to a 116-28 (80.5%) record over the past 6 seasons, as the head coach of that level. This season will mark Coach Kusnierz 17th year coaching at the high school or college level.
Coach Kusnierz's first freshman season at RB (2011-12) was a good one, tying for the Metro Suburban Conference Championship. The A team finished with a 16-8 overall record and 10-2 in the Metro Suburban Conference. However, his second season (2012-13) was even better. The A team finished with a perfect 24-0 overall record and 12-0 in the Metro Suburban Conference. The Freshman A team won the Metro Suburban Conference, the Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classic, and the Riverside Brookfield Christmas Classic. The 24-0 record is the only undefeated basketball team on any level, boys or girls in the history of Riverside Brookfield High School. Year 3 was very solid as well, with the Bulldogs A team finishing with a 20-4 record and winning the Metro Suburban Conference Championship, and the Bill VandeMerkt Thanksgiving Classics. Coach Kusnierz 2014-15 team finished the season 17-7 and 11-1 in the league, winning another conference championship, while 2015-16 garnered another conference championship, finishing 10-2 in the league and 18-6 overall. The 2016-17 season was the 2nd best record in school history of the Freshman level at 21-3.
Coach Kusnierz grew up in Brookfield and attended St. Joseph High School, where he was a 2 year starter. He then went on to attend Angelo State University where he was a three year starter. As a senior at ASU he was named to the Lone Star Conference All-Conference team and team MVP. He graduated from Angelo State in 1998 with a degree in Business Management. He has also received a Master degree in Sports Management from Indiana University in 1999.
After graduating from Indiana, Coach Kusnierz went on to a successful career as a college basketball coach. He spent 2 years at Division III Concordia University in River Forest, IL. From there he worked as an Assistant Coach at Division I University of Maryland Eastern Shore from 2001-2004 . After his time in Maryland he spent 2 years as the assistant coach at Division II Queens University in Charlotte.
Coach Kusnierz has coached at many of the top college basketball camps in the country including, Arizona State, New Mexico State, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Penn State, Iowa State, Illinois State, Bradley, Maryland-Eastern Shore, and Queens. He has also worked at Michael Jordan's Basketball Camp, Steve Alford Camp, St. Joseph High School camp, and the Riverside Brookfield HS camp.
In 2006, Coach Kusnierz decided to leave the college coaching ranks. Upon his return to the Chicago area, Coach Kusnierz coached the Illinois Bulldogs AAU team in 2008, 2010, and 2011. Over the past 4 years, he has also helped the Riverside Brookfield High School program, by scouting opponents and working at the various tournaments the RBHS program runs.
Coach Kusnierz owns his own business and resides with his wife Kathy and sons Colin and Carter in Batavia, IL.
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