The Truth Story

In the summer of 2013, a basketball skills training venture was started.  It was called "The Truth Training" and it was built primarily on the 

demand of players and parents to see their former coach continue to teach their girls basketball.  The name itself was established to be self-explanatory.  The best kind of teaching and coaching comes in its purest form: The Truth.   What if coaches were upfront and honest with parents about the way they evaluated kids?  What if we coached kids to make them better instead of worrying about win-loss records?  What kind of people would join us in a club like this? What kind of people believe what we believe?  What would that program look like?  It would look like The Truth Basketball.


This idea for a club program was built on the trust and faith of a special group of girls and a special group of parents.  It started with a simple promise to the parents of our pioneer team that we would find some gym space and that their daughters would be 
pushed by us to be the best players they could be.  We told them we couldn’t offer them much, but we would make kids better.  This collective group put their trust in us to take their daughters and develop them as basketball players.  This was a completely blind leap of faith and The Truth Basketball was started on August 1, 2013 with one team.


We wanted to transform the traditional travel team model into one where the focus was on the girls continually getting better through deliberate practice.  We don’t owe these players easy games to give them a false sense of security.  We owe them a difficult schedule so that they can learn how to deal with losing and how to focus on 
individual and collective growth.  We want to give players problems, and guide them toward solutions.  We want them to be in close games so that they have the opportunity to learn how to win, what to do when games get close, how to handle playing time late in games, and how to support teammates.  We don't want to follow the norm and have parents coaching teams.  Nor do we intend to promote and display gaudy win-loss records.   We want to make The Truth Basketball revolve around the concept of players continuously getting better.

 

We decided that The Truth Basketball would be built on the same values of the very people that wanted us to start it – committed, hard-working, and striving for excellence.  In September of 2013, The Truth Basketball officially embarked on its inaugural season with three teams.  In the fall of 2016, we are proud to host ten competitive teams ranging from 4th to 9th grades.  We have also developed hundreds of players outside of our travel teams through our various skills training opportunities.  

 

The Truth Basketball is an Official USA Basketball Youth Development Organization.  The Truth is also a registered member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) that proudly plays in the Illinois AAU State Tournament as well as AAU Nationals.  We host practices and training out of the the West Chicago Park District.  If you would like additional information, or you have any further questions, please e-mail info@thetruthbball.com.  You may also reach out to us via any of our social media platforms listed below.


Our Founder

Ryan Haun is the founder of The Truth Basketball.  The Truth started out as a skills training venture in June of 2013 but soon grew into a full-fledged club program by September of the same year.  In the summer of 2014, Coach Ryan led his pioneer 6th grade team to an undefeated run at the Illinois AAU State Championship.  This same team would go on to finish in the top-20 at AAU Nationals in Franklin, TN in 2014.   

 

Since that inaugural season, The Truth has gone on to have multiple teams qualify and attend AAU Nationals, including three teams at three age levels (5th, 6th, 7th) in 2015.  All three teams finished in the top-25 nationally at their respective age levels.  Coach Ryan, with the help of his trusted coaching staff, has placed skill-development at the forefront of everything we do.  The results speak for themselves.

 

Prior to his time coaching club basketball, Coach Ryan was seen in some of the very same gyms recruiting prep players as a college coach.  Coach Ryan's most prominent stint in coaching came when he was just 24 years old.  At that time, he took over the reins as head coach at the University of St. Francis upon the short-notice resignation of the previous coach.  That inaugural season was a memorable one. The Saints started slow before they won 12 of their next 13 games - including a streak of 10 straight - to put themselves in contention for the CCAC regular-season title. That hot stretch was highlighted by a 77-72 home upset over arch-rival, and nationally No. 2-ranked, Saint Xavier University. It was SXU's only regular-season loss that season.

 

Coach Ryan, who played basketball at the University of St. Francis under now retired head coach Pat Sullivan, began his coaching career when he served as head sophomore coach of the boys' program at Joliet Catholic Academy.  Coach Ryan is a native of Granville, IL and starred on the basketball court for Putnam County High School. 

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