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Orlandus Thomas is a well-known and respected high school basketball coach in Chicago and equally known for helping many area students attend college through his showcases, exposure events and AAU program.
Prior to arriving at IIT, Thomas has served as an assistant coach at both Crete-Monee High School and Lincoln Park High School, before becoming a head coach at Noble Street College Prep and Gary Comer College Prep. It was at Gary Comer where he started his own Martin Luther King tournament, and built a program from the ground up. Thomas also founded his own AAU program, The Windy City Spartans, where all of his players have either graduated with college degrees or currently on track to graduating. Thomas has also hosted exposure showcases that have helped many student athletes receive scholarships into college.
Thomas also started his own non-profit organization, Change for the Better, a community service program designed to show communities how to establish healthier habits and lead a healthier lifestyle. Thomas received his B.A. in Physical Education from Chicago State University in 2006, and is currently the physical education/health teacher at Gary Comer College Prep.
"I am thankful to Coach Mitchell and the entire IIT athletics program for the opportunity to revive the men's basketball program to a competitive level." Said Thomas.
Mike Vander Heyden is currently the Director for Intramurals and Recreation at Illinois Institute of Technology. Before arriving at IIT, he was the Coordinator for Recreation & Wellness at Roosevelt University where he was responsible for the intramural sports, recreation and wellness programs. Prior to his time at Roosevelt, Vander Heyden was a Graduate Assistant for Intramural Sports and Athletic Facilities at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.
While at Rose-Hulman, Mike was the onsite supervisor for varsity basketball and volleyball athletic events held in the 167,000 Sq. Ft. Sports and Recreation Center and oversaw outdoor athletic facilities for baseball and men's and women's soccer. He also supervised special events held in the Sports and Recreation Center and athletic facilities including the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship, and the National Football League's Indianapolis Colts Training Camp.
The Mishawaka, Indiana native is a graduate of Penn High School and attended Ball State University where he graduated in 2005 with a Bachelors Degree in Sport Administration with a Minor in Foundations of Management. He also earned a Masters Degree in Recreation and Sport Management from Indiana State University in 2007.