Our goal is to help the youth of our community develop their basketball skills and a love for the game. We foster the ideas of hard work, discipline, and commitment. Our athletes get the opportunity to work on their game year round while being exposed to high level coaching, a strength and conditioning coach, and college coaches that visit practice.
Peter has been coaching basketball in the area for 25 years. He coached high school basketball at Ketcham, Our Lady of Lourdes, Pawling, and Webutuck. While at Webutuck his team won the Dutchess County Coaches Association Championship and finished in the section final four, four years in a row. He was named Dutchess County Coach of the Year in 2005. He coached at the college level at Dutchess Community College and SUNY New Paltz. He worked at the Hoop Group coaching at their prestigious Eastern Invitational Basketball Camp now called Elite Camp and has been to clinics at Duke University and the University of North Carolina.
Dan received an All-Conference Honorable Mention as a freshman in high school . He also received All League honors from his sophomore year and made All Section as a junior. Dan was named MVP of the 1996 Exceptional Senior Game. Dan was Conference I-C MVP, and All County team, the Poughkeepsie Journal All Star team. Dan was on the Top 100 High School player list. As a Senior he was MVP of the All County team, named Player of the Year by the Dutchess County Coaches and the Poughkeepsie Journal. He became Ketcham’s All Time Leading Scorer with 1246 points and is still the highest scoring boy at RCK. Dan’s final high school career average was 26.2 points per game. Dan played on the Hudson Valley Empire State team which won the gold medal Summer 1995 in Ithaca. He started for this team that had many players that went onto college as well as the NBA. Dan played on the Converse team at the Nike Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas and played on the All Star team at Five Star camp. Dan also played in the off-season for the Hudson Valley Vikings which contained many of the best players in the Hudson Valley. Dan played on the Roberto Clemente team at tournaments at Riverside Park in NYC. He was recruited by many college coaches and notably Bill Van Gundy visited Dan to recruit him to play for his junior college team. His college career was cut short by an accident. Dan was inducted into the WCSD Thomas D. Macrini Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. Dan started coaching at St. Martin’s de Porres - where he started - and his three sons play there as well.
"I have seen Pete Stefonowich work with basketball players from 2nd grade up to all- conference level college players. His ability to communicate and teach the game effectively based on the players' goals and abilty is second to none."
" Elite pushed me to develop leadership skills and strong work ethic through the game of basketball. During my time with Elite, I was able to develop my basketball skills to compete at a high level. Coach Stefonowich is a great teacher of basketball fundamentals and he excels at motivating his players.The culture of the program helped to create lifelong relationships which I am truly grateful for. Coach inspired me to make basketball my lifestyle and continues to be a mentor in my career as a college coach. Elite Basketball is more than a basketball program, it is Family! "
"I first joined the Elite Basketball as a freshman in high school. I was able to grow as a basketball player both on and off the court, getting better every practice, every game. I went from being one of the last players off the bench as a freshman to Captain of my varsity basketball team. I not only was a player but also coached for the Elite Basketball program for many years. We worked hard on teaching kids the fundamentals of the game, dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, ball movement. And we also learned how to preform off the court, how to be a better person in school and with our families. The lessons we learned from being a part of the program are still a major part of my life today as I am still close friends with many of my former Elite teammates and coaches. And I also have a bond with many of my former players that I coached as well. This program is run the way a basketball program should be run, its a great place for kids to develop skills on and off the court to be successful in basketball and more importantly in life."
"Elite Basketball was such an important part of my development as a basketball player and as a person. It's a great opportunity for players to get playing time and hoops knowledge outside of their school teams, and some of the greatest relationships I've had have come from playing for Elite. "
In every basketball environment I’ve touched - NCAA Division I, the D-League, or the NBA - I lean heavily upon my foundational experience shadowing Pete Stefonowich. The ingredients that go into winning do not change, regardless of the level. Whether coaching inexperienced youth or hall of fame talent, I understand, thanks to Pete, the relentless pursuit of greatness begins with creating optimal conditions for a player's love of the game to shine. I have no doubt that Elite Basketball of the Hudson Valley is reflection of that very concept.