Thomas (TC) Chatman

Association Athletic Director

An award-winning athlete and coach, Thomas “TC” Chatman plays a prominent role in the Minnesota athletics community.

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK, Coach TC had humble beginnings. But by eighth grade he had earned a starting spot on the high school varsity team that later won the state championship.

In 1993, the Chatman family moved to Minnesota, where Coach TC attended Jordan High School. He quickly became a captain of the basketball team, leading his teammates to back-to-back conference championships for the 1994-96 seasons, and setting a school record with 23 wins.

Coach TC received his Associate of the Arts degree from Fergus Falls Community College, where he led the 1997-98 basketball team to an historical National Championship with a record of 29-0. In 1998, he enrolled at Augsburg College, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Education and leading the Auggie basketball team in scoring. He also received an All-Conference selection.

After college, Coach TC spent some time playing semi-pro ball. He trained with the world-renowned Harlem Globetrotters, who exposed him to some of the unique training and humanitarian opportunities that inspire his program today. Coach TC coached at Park Center High School while also coaching on the AAU circuit for 10 years.

Coach TC has produced college athletes at all levels, some ranked in the nation’s top 150 prospects.

Ben Claassen

Training Director

With 16 years of coaching experience a true love of basketball, Ben Claassen has helped shape thousands of young lives.

Ben has coached high school soccer, and basketball for kids in pre-K through high school. From 2009-2015 he was a lead developer for the Fundamentally Sound Athletics program, which was acquired by the YMCA in 2015.

Personal experience in basketball comes from playing at the collegiate level—at Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC) and at Upper Iowa University. As the starting point guard for MCTC, Ben helped propel the team to a two-year record of 45-5. At Upper Iowa University, his team set school records for wins in the 1998-1999 season, winning more than 40 games.

Ben strives to instruct and coach kids in a stress-free environment that helps them to realize their potential through skills and teamwork.