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Jeffrey B. Hammond, affectionately referred to as "The Coach" has had a lifetime of sports experience. Since the age of 4 years old when his father took him to the gymnasium at the University of Chicago and taught him to shoot a basketball, catch a football and throw a baseball, the coach has been involved in athletics.  Jeff comes from an academic/athletic family that stressed education over athletics but believed in the value of giving 100 percent to both.   Jeff followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Virgil Hammond II, and achieved All Conf. All Area, and Hon. Mention All State in football and led his team to the first Conf. Title in school history in Football 1985.  Jeff managed to earn All-Conf. honors in Track and was a two-year starter on the historic Bolingbrook boys basketball team that reached the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history 1984-85 (When there were only 2 classes of teams in Illinois A and AA) These accomplishments earned Jeff a 4 year football scholarship to attend Ball State University.  During his junior and senior years in college as a starter, he helped his team to a 15-6 and 2 record and a MAC Conference Championship in 1989.  Jeff led the team in yards per catch junior and senior year (18.0 and17.0 yards per catch respectively) and emerged as the big play deep threat wide receiver for the Cardinals.  It was a modest but satisfying career, (35 catches for 525 yards) participating in a run first pass second offensive structure. Capped off by defeating Western Michigan in an epic battle where Jeff executed an incredible corner end zone catch that proved to be the game winner and earned Jeff, MAC Offensive player of the week honors with 3 catches for 94 yards and a TD.  The win guaranteed Ball State the right to appear in The California Bowl (Also Known as the Motor City Bowl) game vs. Fresno State. 

After graduating with a degree in business, Jeff returned home and immediately began to coach football for the Bolingbrook Trojans, a Pop Warner Team. Since 1991 he has served as a youth head coach in baseball, football, basketball and track.  Jeff has worked as the official videographer for the 2010-2011 Elite 8 Qualifying Historic Basketball Team featuring Greg Mays (UWGB), Jamee Crockett (DePaul) Kentrell King (ESIU) and  the 2012 6A State Champion Crete-Monee Warriors.  Featuring All-Americans Anthony Standifer, (Ole Miss) Laquon Treadwell (Ole Miss) and Nyles Morgan (c/o 2014).  Jeff is currently the offensive coordinator for Thornwood High School freshman football team.  Jeff co-founded the South Holland Jets Youth Football camp in 2006 ages 6-14, a six week Saturday program that focuses on physical fitness by using football related drills.  The camp serves an average of 80 youth per session.  He has organized and participated in football and basketball camps in Indiana and in Illinois working with local and national sports legends such as Mike Richardson ('85 Bears), Rick Majerus (Hall of Fame Basketball Coach) Torian Moore, Larry Butler (work out specialist UP Lions), Israel Idonije (Former Chicago Bears), Kahlil Bell (Former Chicago Bears). In recognizing a need for under the radar high school kids to gain exposure Jeff has joined the charge to bring non-violence initiatives to the high school sports world in the form of Chicago United Ventures LLC where he manages the Chicago United Hoops Classic All Star Basketball Game, South Side vs West Side (Top 30 basketball seniors in the State) and the Ogden Park Non Violence Football Camp 2013. Through the years the coach has developed sports relationships that have led him to assist young people with the transition from youth sports to high school and from high school to college.  Now, with information becoming easier to distribute to colleges through social media and live streaming capabilities, the coach has been able to create visual athletic resumes showcasing talented young people for the purpose of entertaining family and friends; for coaches to break-down game film and for college recruiters that are seeking out the next scholarship athlete for their program.   Jeff has a keen eye for evaluating, talented junior high and high school student athletes. This talent also helps in evaluating AAU basketball programs, 7 on 7 and Combine like camps for high school and junior high school athletic programs that might need to utilize these types of services for their teams in the off season.  He is heavily involved in local community and nationally recognized youth football programs across Illinois and Indiana such as USA Football a certifying youth football organization that focuses on safety first, fun and teaching the game of football.  By his involvement and personal experience in dealing with high level coaches and athletes he has become a sounding board for parents who wish to gain knowledge about what their child might encounter at the higher levels of their respective sport.  Jeff is a devoted husband of 15 years and has three children, Amber, Christa and Greg.  Two that are earning degrees and playing sports in college at the Division 1 level.  Christa Hammond, Ball State Univ. track & field scholarship, high school Class President, a four-time high school All State selection and 3 time high school State Champion in Track & Field.  Greg Mays-Hammond, (Greg Mays Jr., University of Wisconsin Green Bay basketball scholarship) ranked 16th in the state at power forward out of high school a 6’9” WR and a 3 year high school varsity basketball player.  Greg earned High School All State, All Area and All Conference honors and helped his team to a record setting basketball season in wins and the first ever Sectional win in school history as well as the first ever elite 8 appearance down state class 4A.  Amber Hammond, a dynamic musician, singer, and actress, academically finished top 5 in high school and continues her academic career at Indiana University in the medical program. Jeff is a member of Fellowship Baptist Church (Chicago, Il), led by the dynamic, Pastor Charles Jenkins.

 

The coach believes that, “When you give your best effort off the field and on the field you have already won.”  So it goes, “as our athletic ability will eventually pass, our scholastic ability will always last.”

                                                                                            - Jeffrey B. Hammond

Founder:  WYIDE:  Willing Youth Intentional Direction and Education, Scholastic athletes, mentors, coaches, parents, teachers, professors and community leaders Wyideopen Sports, Wyideopen Video Productions, Wyide Open Research