Chris Cordes is the NY State Director for One on One and resides in the Capital District area. He has been in and around basketball for over thirty years as a player, administrator, promoter and coach. As an administrator in athletics he has worked on the professional, collegiate and amateur levels.
On the professional level Cordes has served as the Director of Sales and Game Operations for the NBA Charlotte Hornets, VP of Business and Marketing for the ECHL Charlotte Checkers, and consulted for teams in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (MILL) and the Arena Football League. He has also promoted over a dozen NBA preseason games in various venues around the country including Champaign, IL, Lousiville, KY, the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC, and the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY.On the collegiate level he served for two years as a graduate assistant with Syracuse University basketball and later as an assistant athletics director for marketing with American University, in Washington, DC.On the amateur level Cordes was elected to work as an event producer at both the 1996 Games of the XXVI Olympiad in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as the 1996 Paralympic Games later the same summer. He subsequently consulted with USJI, the national governing body for the development of Olympic Judo athletes as national marketing director.
Though never in a school system as a teacher, Cordes has also kept a hand in coaching at every opportunity. He served as Volunteer Assistant Coach with Syracuse University men’s basketball for one year, followed by a two year stint as a graduate assistant.He held the JV position at Jamesville Dewitt HS in DeWitt, NY for three years and later went on to win the 1989 NY State Class B Championship as varsity players.After one year as an assistant varsity boys coach at Cazenovia, he accepted the girls varsity head coach position. In just three seasons, he turned a perennial one victory program into a winner. His third and final year, starting 5 juniors, he led the Lakers to their first winning season and first sectional birth in over 15 years. Upon relocating in 2000 he didn’t just leave behind a successful team but had built all of the elements of a winning program. The Lady Lakers have been to the section tournament every year since, winning Section III on three occasions.Cordes again returned to HS coaching in 2004 for three years as the JV coach at The Hackley School, in Tarrytown, NY. After two winning seasons his final team turned in a record of 16-4. Two years later on varsity they went to the final game of the NY State Independent School (NYSAISAA) tournament, finishing as state runner up.In between high school stints Cordes has been heavily involved in AAU coaching. In 2003 he led a 13U girls team from Bethesda, MD to a perfect 6-0 record in the Washington DC/Potomac Valley Championship Tournament, earning a birth to Orlando, FL for the nationals. With the starting point guard and center unable to make the trip the team still finished 17th in the country.Two years later he led a 10U team to the same national tournament where they finished 8-3 over 8 days, ending up 5th in the country.
He is currently coaching fourth, fifth and sixth grade boys teams in Clifton Park, NY.
- Jim Boeheim (Head Coach Syracuse University / Basketball HOF)
- Brendan Malone (NBA assistant and former NBA head coach)
- John McClendon (first African American coach ever inducted into Basketball HOF)
- Norm Sonju (former President/GM Dallas Mavericks)