2018 Camp Staff
Drew Diener, Camp Director
Drew Diener is entering his third season as the head coach at Rockhurst University. He guided the Hawks to their first winning season (14-13) in 2016-17 in seven seasons.
In his first year, Diener posted a 12-15 record in 2015-16 and led the Hawks to their first conference tournament appearance in six years.
Diener was named the 13th head coach in the history of men's basketball at Rockhurst on May 21, 2015.
He previously enjoyed a successful six-year stint at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Diener’s teams captured six Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season titles, three CCAC tournament titles and one national championship. He posted an overall record of 168-43 (.796 percent), including 95-7 in conference play and 73-8 at home.
Stritch qualified for the national tournament in each of Diener’s six seasons. The Wolves won the NAIA Division II national championship in 2013, and advanced to the Elite Eight in 2012 and the Sweet 16 in 2014 and 2015.
In 2012-13, Diener led the Wolves to a 35-3 overall record, a 23-1 CCAC mark and the school’s first NAIA Division II Championship. He was named NABC/NAIA UPS National Coach of the Year and Rawlings NAIA Division II Coach of the Year.
Diener was named the CCAC Coach of the Year five times. Stritch received the James Naismith-Emil Liston Team Sportsmanship Award at the 2012 national tournament. Diener coached one National Tournament MVP, one National Tournament Hustle Award winner, three CCAC Player of the Year winners, one CCAC Freshman of the Year, four NAIA All-Americans and 20 All-CCAC players.
Diener came to Stritch in 2009 after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia. Prior to that position, he was the Cavaliers’ director of men’s basketball operations for two seasons after leaving DePaul University, where he held the same post as a graduate assistant.
Before entering the college ranks, Diener was an assistant coach at Northridge Prep in Niles, Ill., for a season. He also served as the assistant director of athletics and assistant golf coach at Northridge Prep.
Diener is a 2003 graduate of Saint Louis University and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He scored 537 points in four seasons for the Billikens and ranks fifth on SLU’s career three-point field goal percentage list with his 40-percent clip from beyond the arc. Saint Louis made one trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament and two visits to the NIT during his career. Diener was named the team’s Most Improved Player his junior season.
Diener played at Goodrich High School in Fond du Lac, where he was the 1998 Gatorade Wisconsin Player of the Year and an All-America selection by Street & Smith’s. He helped Goodrich, coached by his father, Dick, to four conference titles and a berth in the state quarterfinals as a senior. Diener’s brothers, Derek and Drake, were his teammates during his playing career in Fond du Lac. Diener graduated holding seven school records, including career points (1,505) and single-game scoring (45).
Diener and his wife, Kelly, have three sons: Everett, Roosevelt and Xavier.
Kelly Diener, Business Manager, WI
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Kelly Diener is the business manager for the camps located in Wisconsin. She is responsible for organizing the camps and is the primary contact for all the parents and families who need information about camps located in Wisconsin.
Prior to starting Drew Diener Camps, LLC with her husband, Diener was the Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Services. She joined the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee staff in September 2011 and has focused on structuring an academic support program that allows student-athletes to meet their academic potential.
Prior to becoming a member of Milwaukee’s Athletics Department, Diener worked as an admissions counselor at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, where she recruited and assisted in the admissions process for high school graduates, transfers and international students.
From 2006-09, Diener was an academic coordinator in the University of Virginia Athletics Department. She worked with several sports including the nationally ranked baseball, men’s tennis and women’s soccer programs. Diener also organized and supervised the tutoring program for all sports and trained, scheduled and managed a staff of 65 tutors and mentors.
Diener also interned at the National Collegiate Athletics Association in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. She was the first intern in that specific area and it led to her position at Virginia. Diener’s initial athletics administration experience started at North Carolina State University where she lettered in women’s soccer and interned in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA). Diener wrote her thesis on the academic support services provided by ASPSA and presented her findings to the staff. Graduating with a bachelors and master’s degree in Parks Recreation and Tourism, Diener made the most of her opportunities as a student-athlete.