Future Stars Basketball Frank Oleynick

Future Stars Basketball Frank Oleynick

Future Stars Basketball Frank Oleynick

Frank Oleynick has been around basketball for a long time. He's a currently a welder by trade and also produces his own line of basketball shoes.


Basketball Future Stars Sports Academy sponsored by Parks and Recreation will be offering two winter programs at Chalk Hill. These comprehensive programs will include instruction, game play, educational discipline and Lessons of Life Program. Future Stars Executive Staff includes Jim Olayos, Future Stars president and USA Today's "Most Caring Coach", Frank Oleynick, former NBA Player, and Scott Hudak, Future Stars Program Coordinator.

His short, dark brown hair may be fading to gray, but Frank Oleynick, 46, still walks with a pop — wrists cupped backward and a rhythmic glide that flows to his own inner beat. And when he speaks, man, the kids listen, you dig? Because their youthful minds tell them this cool dude knows what he's talking about. (Source: archive.seattletimes.com)


After an injury cut short his NBA career, Oleynick played professionally overseas before returning to Connecticut. He worked for 13 years in sales and marketing for a Fairfield company before starting his camps. "I asked for a leave of absence for 90 days and said, 'Let's see what happens,''' Oleynick said. "I thought, my kids are only young once; this will be a good time to try it. I'm still doing it and still loving it."

All the behind-the-back-passes, dribbles between the legs and guaranteed jump shots didn't cut it in the NBA, though. Ticked that he was on the bench, Oleynick didn't live up to expectations, averaging 5.0 points and 1.1 assists in two seasons with the Sonics. (Source: archive.seattletimes.com)


See, long before his present gig as executive director/co-founder of Future Stars Basketball Academy that brought Oleynick back to Seattle this week, he was givin' the shakedown to the way that basketball was played in the city. A former Sonics player (he was a first-round draft pick in 1975) and an All-American at Seattle U., Oleynick played like the court was his own disco and he had an intensity that could set fire to the area's rain.

Oleynick, then 28, went into computer marketing. After 13 years of wingtips and business trips to Waterloo, Iowa, he ditched the lucrative corporate world to start a basketball academy. (Source: archive.seattletimes.com)



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