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Chris Kostouros, known simply as "Coach Chris" in the Northwest Indiana Region, is founder of CAPS Basketball Clinic. His mission as a coach is to teach the fundamentals of the game to younger players of all skill levels and also fine tune the skills of exceptional athletes aspiring to become collegiate or professional players.  The world class caliber of basketball played by many European players, Coach Chris believes, is the direct result of their superior understanding and practice of basketball fundamentals, the same fundamentals that he teaches to his students.

After competing in the collegiate ranks at the University of Dayton and graduating from Purdue University, Kostouros played professionally for Team AEK Athens Greece. After two years as AEK’s point guard, he signed with Iraklio, Crete, where he lead the team to its first national championship. Kostouros returned to the US where he became the head coach of the International Select All-Stars Touring Team, which he played exhibition games against many prestigious colleges such as Notre Dame, Purdue, Valparaiso and Northwestern.

Prior to playing in Europe as a professional and his collegiate career, Kostouros as a four year starter for Lake Central High School, leading the 1984 Indians to the Final Four in Indiana. Chris was inducted into Lake Central’s Athletic Hall of Fame, twice earning first team All-State honors in football and graduating as Lake Central’s career scoring leader. As a high school athlete, Coach Chris earned 11 varsity letters in 5 different sports, a school record.



"I’ve worked with Chris for two months, and he helped me improve certain aspects of my game that needed work.  Growing up in Croatia, I was exposed to similar drills which were taught at all levels there. As a seven year NBA veteran, I can say that Coach Chris is capable of improving players at the NBA level as well as players at the high school of college level. His program challenges you to improve all aspects of your game.”

Bruno Sundov
New York Knicks


“Chris has trained several of our clients over the years and it has helped them continue their development even as professionals. The drills Chris teaches have helped my clients improve their games which in turn have led to them getting better paying job opportunities ass professional basketball players.  Many of my clients have been shocked that they were never exposed to these drills during their high school and college careers.  The basketball world has changed dramatically over the past ten years as a result of basic fundamentals that are being taught in Europe.  Chris has been abel to utilize his experience as a player and coach who practiced these drills over many years and mix it upwith his own innovative ideas to create a cutting edge type of program which improves players at all levels.”

David Maravilla

-Director of International Basketball Operations
-International Sport Management 
-A sports agent for 15 years