keep kids active, moving, involved and engaged
Hi-Five uses sports as a tool to promote positive character in our youth through our coaching. We coach behavior first and instill a specific behavior that is expected in all of our programs. When children come to Hi-Five in Mount Prospect, they understand what is expected of them and how they should act. Our coaches create a safe and fun environment. We use positive reinforcement with all of our coaches and help children understand the “why” when playing sports. We are a low-pressure sports environment without yelling and screaming. We want to turn kids on to sports, and not off. We use sports for kid’s entertainment and keep kids active, moving, involved, and engaged.
Hi-Five uses sports as a tool to promote positive character in our youth through our coaching. We coach behavior first and instill a specific behavior that is expected in all of our programs. When children come to Hi-Five in Mount Prospect, they understand what is expected of them and how they should act. Our coaches create a safe and fun environment. We use positive reinforcement with all of our coaches and help children understand the “why” when playing sports. We are a low pressure sports environment without the yelling and screaming. We want to turn kids onto sports, and not off. We use sports for kids entertainment and keep kids active, moving, involved and engaged.
Sing is a graduate of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. There he completed his B.A. in Marketing and Management. Sing has also been a member of the North Central College Baseball Coaching Staff serving as an Assistant Baseball Coach while he completed his Master’s Degree in Sports Leadership ('20). Additionally, Sing brings an authentic approach to coaching that helps provide the Naperville community with a Youth Sports experience that is unmatched.
A dual athlete in high school playing basketball and baseball, Sing chose to pursue baseball at the collegiate level. Sing enjoyed plenty of success capturing the conference title for three consecutive years (‘15, ‘16, ‘17) not to mention a record-setting year for the Cardinals as the team went on to finish in the top four in the 2017 Division-3 College World Series. Because of what sports have done for Sing, he consistently brings a high level of enthusiasm, compassion, and a vast skill set that translates into the core of Hi-Five. Sing is motivated by his passion to be a coach that is remembered for making a positive difference in every child's life.
Ian Thomas grew up in Des Plaines, Illinois and attended Maine West High School where he lettered in 3 different sports. He attended Carthage College where he lettered and played college football. Ian then transferred to North Park University where he lettered on the football team and received his Bachelors Degree in Physical Education. Ian resides in Hoffman Estates with his two children, Easton and Aria.
Ian began coaching when he was 21 years old at Chicago Academy where he coached the Sophomore girls basketball team the first year. He then moved to coaching the Varsity Boys Basketball team the following two years. Ian then received a teaching position at Christian Heritage Academy in Northfield, Illinois where he taught Physical Education for 5 years. During these years he coached at Deerfield High School for 4 years and helped the varsity team earn back to back regional championships. He coached at New Trier for a few years where he helped the Freshman Football teams. Ian spent those 5 years at Christian Heritage coaching their soccer teams and track teams at the Middle School level. In 2012 Ian led the Maine East Freshmen team to a CSL conference championship. He then took a teaching position in Waukegan Illinois where he taught at Jack Benny Middle School where he taught Physical Education and Health. While teaching in Waukegan, he coached the varsity Football and Boys Basketball teams. Ian then took a Physical Education job at Gavin South Middle School in Fox Lake, and coached the freshmen football team at Grant High School. In 2016, he led the Grant Football team to a 9-0 record. He most recently coached the 6th grade boys basketball team at Caruso Middle School in Deerfield.
Ian is known to be #1 in the area in developing talent as an Owner of Hi-Five Sports Club Northwest Suburbs, Hi-Five Sports Zone Vernon Hills, and Hi-Five Sports Club Naperville. His experience in leading, mentoring, and coaching a wide variety of sports brings many key ingredients to the foundation of Hi-Five Sports. At the top, he has a genuine understanding that kids want to know how much you care, before they know how much you know... and he forms his coaching philosophy around that mentality.