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Illinois Instructors Resource

Arlington Heights

Name E-mail Phone
Matt Gore mgore2181@yahoo.com 224-595-8712
Type Of Instruction Rate
Hitting, Pitching, Catching, Fielding $50/half-hour
Matt Gore provided the following info:

Matt is a former Chicago area high school baseball coach who has played at the collegiate level and has worked with current professional, college, and high school baseball players. Learn to hit for power to all fields & be a more consistent, confident hitter.

Belleville

Name E-mail Phone
Kent Brown kbrown6174@hotmail.com 618-567-3793
Type Of Instruction Rate
Hitting $35/hour
Kent Brown provided the following info:

Former professional and collegiate coach. Will teach all aspects of hitting with emphasis on balance and load, soft on the front foot, and acceleration through the ball. Learn to hit the ball to all fields and develop your power.

Bensenville

Name E-mail Phone
Fastball USA fastballusa@hotmail.com 630-227-0528
Type Of Instruction Rate
Baseball and Softball - All Skills Packages Offered
Fastball USA provided the following info:

If your child dreams of playing high school, college, or professional baseball or softball call us. We don\'t do recreational type players, as our Elite Training Sessions prepare students for the best competition. If you have a love for the game, and a BURNING desire to improve your skills, call Fastball USA.

Web Site URL: www.fastballusa.com

Burr Ridge

Name E-mail Phone
Mike Bavcevic coachmike@chitownexpress.com 630-455-1477
Type Of Instruction Rate
Baseball/Fastpitch Hitting, Pitching, Fielding Varies
Mike Bavcevic provided the following info:

Coach Mike has been coaching youth baseball and softball for over 20 years. The focus is fundamentals to advanced hitting and fielding techniques. One-on-one or group training available in our private indoor training center.

Web Site URL: www.chitownexpress.com

Name E-mail Phone
Dave Sever severdm@slu.edu 630 346 5482
Type Of Instruction Rate
Pitching $25/half hr
Dave Sever provided the following info:

Current pitcher in Toronto Blue Jays organization. Will teach kids the fundamentals in pitching with an emphasis on mechanics, how to increase velocity, and learning new pitches.

Web Site URL: http://www.slubillikens.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/sever_dave01

Carol Stream

Name E-mail Phone
Sewell Baseball ksewell33@yahoo.com 630-779-5580
Type Of Instruction Rate
Rotational Hitting $40/half-hour
Sewell Baseball provided the following info:

Professional baseball player. Played 2 years with the Florida Marlins. Broke college school records for home runs and RBI.

Web Site URL: www.sewellbaseball.com

Chicago

Name E-mail Phone
Jason Ormond ormondja@grinnell.edu 312-925-5196
Type Of Instruction Rate
Pitching, Hitting, Fielding $30 per hour
Jason Ormond provided the following info:

Lessons available at location of choice within the city. More about the coach below.

Played at Whitney M. Young HS for 4 years:
-Career Batting Average of .426 (115 ABs)
-66 Innings Pitched with 76 Strike Outs and
only 12 walks

Currently a Sophomore playing at Grinnell College as both a Pitcher and First Baseman

*Different Pricing options available for group lessons as well as the CPS High School Student Discount ($25 per hour)

Web Site URL:

Name E-mail Phone
Justin Stringer doitrightbaseball@hotmail.com 773-307-1822
Type Of Instruction Rate
Youth Baseball Training not listed
Justin Stringer provided the following info:

Do It Right Baseball was designed to set the standard for professional baseball instruction in the Chicagoland area. Our coaches\' training methods have been adapted from the newest and most innovative training techniques in the game today. We believe that success on the baseball field is a direct result of hard work in the core baseball fundamentals. By incorporating communication, cooperative learning, and teamwork skills into daily activities, players will learn in a fun stress-free environment.

Web Site URL: www.doitrightbaseball.com

Name E-mail Phone
John M. McShane johnmichaelmcshane@yahoo.com 312-343-9934
Type Of Instruction Rate
Hitting, Fielding, Base Running $25/hour
John M. McShane provided the following info:

Specialize in instructing boys from 7-12 years old. A positive approach to improve play for competitive players while also having fun. Former travel manager for a national ranked team with tournament victories in Mississippi, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kansas.

Name E-mail Phone
Bobby Stevens bobby.stevens.jr@gmail.com 773-972-3399
Type Of Instruction Rate
Hitting, Fielding, Catching $55/hour
Bobby Stevens provided the following info:

Current Professional baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles. Giving lessons in Chicago and surrounding suburbs.

Web Site URL:

Chicago Ridge

Name E-mail Phone
Bill Lammel ditrfp73@aol.com 708-499-4994
Type Of Instruction Rate
Softball Pitching Varies
Bill Lammel provided the following info:

12 years of coaching experience. Former High School and travel coach. Training pitchers all ages and ability levels. Quality instruction in a challenging atmosphere.

Chicago/Western Suburbs

Name E-mail Phone
Sharlla Rentschler allrahs@hotmail.com 224-406-6840
Type Of Instruction Rate
Hitting, Position Work and Mental Strength $25-$40
Sharlla Rentschler provided the following info:

Each session incorporates multiple aspects of the game such as visual, mental, and mechanical training. We work the \"big picture\" by improving swings, baserunning, fielding, etc., but also concentrate on little things such as pitch counts, knowing your strengths and weaknesses, and learning how to relax and forget about past mistakes.

Web Site URL: www.eteamz.com/BigInningSoftball/

Cicero

Name E-mail Phone
Penny Perez softballcub21@netscape.net 7737586416
Type Of Instruction Rate
softball-catchers/hitting/infield $25 1/2 hr.
Penny Perez provided the following info:

4 years of experience coaching a travel baseball team, 13U. Recieved Female Academic Athlete of the Year,
1st Team All-Academic Team,Two-time 1st team All-Conference,Best Offensive Award, and All-American Academic while playing in junior college. Still play travel ball on 18 over team and was all-area in h.s.

Web Site URL:

Darien

Name E-mail Phone
Joe Hernandez joeh@totalprobaseballlessons.com 630-373-1230
Type Of Instruction Rate
Hitting, Pitching, Fielding, Catching Varies
Joe Hernandez provided the following info:

Former professional ball player with the Royals and Expos organizations that specializes in hitting, catching and infield. My goal is to work with you in an effort to have you advance to the next level in baseball by providing solid instruction, both physically and mentally. A confident player is always a superior player. Remember, Major Leaguers are not born -- They are developed.

4 Week Group Sessions for Hitting and Catching NOW forming. Contact Coach Hernandez for more details.

Web Site URL: www.totalprobaseballlessons.com

Name E-mail Phone
Andrew Salgado andrewsalgado33@yahoo.com 630-772-1143
Type Of Instruction Rate
Hitting, Speed Training and Fielding $20/half-hour
Andrew Salgado provided the following info:

Lessons are taught by former collegian club baseball player. Emphasis on fundamentals. Sessions can be videotaped for review.


Des Plaines

Name E-mail Phone
Play Ball USA ron@playballdirect.com 847-375-0840
Type Of Instruction Rate
Baseball, Softball, Strength and Conditioning $50/half-hour
Play Ball USA provided the following info:

Play Ball USA defines player development, with over 20,000 quality lessons served in just four years. New York Yankee draft pick and Northwestern Softball scholarship received by players this year developed at PBUSA. A curriculum that includes National Pitching Certified Instructors. Power Hitting Program and a complete 1,100 square foot strength & conditioning area. Red Clay pitching mounds, well-maintained. Personalized and custom training for all ages and ability levels.

Web Site URL: www.playballdirect.com

Downers Grove

Name E-mail Phone
Matt Rosenberg mmrlongshot@gmail.com 847 702 8004
Type Of Instruction Rate
Hitting and Catching $40
Matt Rosenberg provided the following info:

Instructed 50 plus college baseball players.

Web Site URL:

Elmhurst

Name E-mail Phone
Kevin Ryan kryan50387@aol.com 630-359-3126
Type Of Instruction Rate
Hitting and Pitching Varies
Kevin Ryan provided the following info:

I am a training professional who uses a building block approach to teach professional hitting and pitching mechanics. Video tape analysis and visuals are used in evaluating the student\'s progress. This enables the student to master the professional mechanics through guided discovery. It also allows me to evaluate the mechanics frame by frame in order to create a workable plan for the students. The system has helped students and parents who have a knack for detail and a dedicated willingness to excel. Currently, private, semi-private and group lessons are available.

Elsah

Name E-mail Phone
Steven Ellis info@thecompletepitcher.com 618-374-9441
Type Of Instruction Rate
Pitching E-mail Us!
Steven Ellis provided the following info:

Professional pitching instruction from former Chicago Cubs minor league baseball pitcher and current college coach Steven Ellis. Website includes FREE pitching tips, advice, drills, and instruction.

Web Site URL: www.thecompletepitcher.com

Flossmoor

Name E-mail Phone
Tony Scoglio tscoglio@gmail.com 708-990-9000
Type Of Instruction Rate
Baseball and Softball Varies/Packages Available
Tony Scoglio provided the following info:

Tony Scoglio has been training players, coaches and instructors for more than 19 years. Now specializing in hitting Tony has developed a powerful and unique program of hitting instruction that is personalized for each student and/or group to maximize their potential. His approach to instruction is essential for professional instructors, high school coaches, parent-coaches and adults who want to convey the complexities of hitting with a precise simple clarity. Beyond his specialization in hitting, Tony also teaches a full range of offensive and defensive skills in both baseball/softball. Tony has also invented and patented equipment for self-training and professional instruction. In an effort to raise awareness and the quality of play in the area, Tony produces a newsletter for a local park district and a baseball/softball website.

Web Site URL: www.tonyscoglio.blogspot.com

Freeport

Name E-mail Phone
Jeff Sands jeff.sands@freeportschooldistrict.com 815-233-3004
Type Of Instruction Rate
Softball Pitching Lessons $20 / lesson
Jeff Sands provided the following info:

I have been giving pitching lessons for 20+ years. I am the varsity softball coach at Freeport High School. I am a pitcher and I competed in the Men's "Major" division for several years. I also coached an ASA travel team for 7 years.

Web Site URL:

Glenview

Name E-mail Phone
Matt Repa throwingmotion@yahoo.com 847-724-4865
Type Of Instruction Rate
Pitching - Video Analysis/Injury Prevention $60-$100/hour
Matt Repa provided the following info:

I am a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer with pitching experience at the collegiate level. I have been teaching/coaching for the past 4 years and have excellent results. The goal of this program is designed to improve baseball specific fitness, reduce baseball throwing-related injuries, and improve in-game pitching performance. The program includes strength testing, injury screening, video analysis with digital feedback, specific exercises customized for each athlete, and anything else that would be necessary for improving pitching performance.

Web Site URL:

Hinckley

Name E-mail Phone
Tim Bradburn timnterri@peoplepc.com 815-793-2861
Type Of Instruction Rate
Pitching $40/hr.
Derek Claussen provided the following info:

HBR H.S.Pitching coach. 1 on 1 pitching instruction while video taping every lesson. student has to see what he is doing wrong to correct it.Also side by by side video analysis your son and a pro pitcher.

Homer Glen

Name E-mail Phone
Derek Claussen derek_claussen@yahoo.com 815-272-4811
Type Of Instruction Rate
Pitching and Arm Strength Training Varies
Derek Claussen provided the following info:

Progressive pitching development concentrating on core strength on through proper delivery, mechanics, and game situations. Idealogies are based on how the body moves, reacts, and works as one complete machine. Initial instruction starts from the ground up and works cohesively with respondent students to ensure goals have been meet, success has been taught, and results have been measured.

Web Site URL: www.megaplexcenter.com

Homewood

Name E-mail Phone
Tony Scoglio tscoglio@gmail.com 708-990-9000
Type Of Instruction Rate
Baseball and Softball Packages Offered
Tony Scoglio provided the following info:

Tony has been training (youth/adult) players, coaches and instructors for more than 19 years. Now specializing in hitting, Tony has developed a powerful and unique program of hitting instruction that is personalized for each student and/or group to maximize their potential. His approach to instruction has a singularity that is not only important for young players but is essential for professional instructors, high school coaches, parent-coaches and adults who want to convey the complexities of hitting with a precise simple clarity. Beyond his specialization in hitting, Tony also teaches a full range of offensive and defensive skills in both baseball/softball. Tony has also invented and patented equipment specific for self-training and professional instruction.

Web Site URL: http://tscoglio.blogspot.com

Geneva

Name E-mail Phone
John Koslosky fivekoz@sbcglobal.net 630-845-8343
Type Of Instruction Rate
Baseball Fundamentals $35/half-hour
John Koslosky provided the following info:

Learn and work on developing the correct fundamentals of throwing, pitching, hitting, and fielding with a former collegiate player and high school coach. Ages 7 and up. Individual or small group lessons available.

Joliet

Name E-mail Phone
Bdinger's Bullpen Inc bedingersbullpen@sbcglobal.net 815-741-1800
Type Of Instruction Rate
Baseball and Softball Pitching/Hitting $50/half-hour
Bdinger\'s Bullpen Inc provided the following info:

The midwest\'s #1 source for pitching instruction. Nationally recognized,National Pitching Association advisory coaching staff, National Pitching Association certified instructors, video analysis, and weekly functional fitness classes.

Web Site URL: www.bedingersbullpen.com

Name E-mail Phone
John Karczewski info@slambaseballclub.com 815-725-7526
Type Of Instruction Rate
Pitching, Catching and Hitting $45/half-hour
John Karczewski provided the following info:

Presently, the Varsity pitching and catching coach at Joliet Township High School. Former College pitcher. Elite Training for Elite Players from youth leagues through draft eligible.

Web Site URL: www.slambaseballclub.com

Name E-mail Phone
Adam O'Reel info@slambaseballclub.com 815-725-7526
Type Of Instruction Rate
Hitting (West Coast Style) $45/half-hour
Adam O\'Reel provided the following info:

Presently, the Varsity Hitting coach at Romeoville High School. Former College and professional player. Elite Training for Elite Players from youth leagues through draft eligible.

Web Site URL: www.slambaseballclub.com

Name E-mail Phone
Jon Gordon info@slambaseballclub.com 815-725-7526
Type Of Instruction Rate
Pitching $45/half-hour
Jon Gordon provided the following info:

Presently, the varsity coach at Romeoville High School and head coach at Kelvin Grove Middle School. Elite Training for Elite Players from youth leagues through draft eligible.

Web Site URL: www.slambaseballclub.com

Name E-mail Phone
Nate Sevier info@slambaseballclub.com 815-725-7526
Type Of Instruction Rate
Pitching $50/half-hour
Nate Sevier provided the following info:

Currently a starting pitcher for the Joliet Jackhammers. Former AA pitcher. Threw a no-hitter in a pro game in 2007--only the 11th no-hitter in the 76-year history of the Northern League.

Web Site URL: www.slambaseballclub.com

Lislie

Name E-mail Phone
Coach Phil Fox philfox11@hotmail.com 630-964-9162
Type Of Instruction Rate
Chicago White Sox Academy Call
Coach Phil Fox provided the following info:

32 years of high school coaching. 60+ college players. 6 professional contracts

Web Site URL:

Name E-mail Phone
Joe Citari jcitari@comcast.net 630-247-9915
Type Of Instruction Rate
Hitting $45/half-hour
Joe Citari provided the following info:

Combining outstanding technical knowledge with how to think to be a successful hitter. Nine years of professional baseball and 15 + years of coaching. I teach all ages and levels.

Web Site URL:

Lockport

Name E-mail Phone
Jeff Opalewski ope@cangelosibaseball.com 630-664-3638
Type Of Instruction Rate
Complete Baseball Instruction Vaires
Jeff Opalewski provided the following info:

Our staff has decades of professional and collegiate playing and coaching experience. We offer individual and team instruction to improve all players of all ages.

Web Site URL: www.cangelosibaseball.com

Plainfield

Name E-mail Phone
James Holcomb jr.holcomb10@gmail.com 630-664-3638
Type Of Instruction Rate
Pitching/Hitting call or email
James Holcomb provided the following info:

Ex-Angels pitcher available to teach your child how to pitch like a pro! James specialized in pitching mechanics, the development of all pitches, understanding pitch selection, and pitching philosophy.

Coach James Holcomb was drafted in the 8th round in 2002 and spent 6 years as a starting pitcher with the Los Angeles Angels. In 2006 James was in Major League Spring Training. Prior to playing professionally, James played 3 years for the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was a starting pitcher for the Wolf Pack.

James has been taught how pitch by some of the best in the game today, including Mike Butcher (current Angels pitching coach), Bud Black (current Padres head coach), Ken Patterson (ex-White Sox reliever), Erik Bennett (ex- Twins reliever, and current AAA pitching coach), Vida Blue (baseball legend), and Mike Scioscia (current Angels head coach).

Coach Holcomb is available for private lessons, small group lessons, or team sessions. Please contact Eich’s Sports to set up your lesson today!

Web Site URL:

Orland Park

Name E-mail Phone
Joe Hernandez joeh@totalprobaseballlessons.com 630-373-1230
Type Of Instruction Rate
Hitting, Pitching, Fielding, Catching Varies
Joe Hernandez provided the following info:

Former professional ball player with the Royals and Expos organizations that specializes in hitting, catching and infield. My goal is to work with you in an effort to have you advance to the next level in baseball by providing solid instruction, both physically and mentally. A confident player is always a superior player. Remember, Major Leaguers are not born -- They are developed.

4 Week Group Sessions for Hitting and Catching NOW forming. Contact Coach Hernandez for more details.

Web Site URL: www.totalprobaseballlessons.com

Rockford

Name E-mail Phone
Keith Krieg pitchin21@yahoo.com e-mail only please
Type Of Instruction Rate
Pitching, Hitting, Feilding, and Catching Varies
Keith Krieg provided the following info:

Former college pitcher. 15 years youth baseball including some college level coaching experience. Rates vary because of travel. I look forward to speak with you. The earlier in age you start with proper mechanics the better!

Web Site URL:

Romeoville

Name E-mail Phone
Ali Franzen chrisali@sbcglobal.net 815-886-2229
Type Of Instruction Rate
Fastpitch Pitching $30/half-hour
Ali Franzen provided the following info:

I am a former college coach, professional athlete (pitcher for the Virginia Roadsters, 1997-98) and college athlete. I was an All-American pitcher for the University of St. Francis. I was the head coach at my alma mater for 4 years.

Web Site URL:

Name E-mail Phone
Ray Pahl info@UltimateSportsAcademy.com 815-293-1872
Type Of Instruction Rate
Pitching and Hitting $35/half-hour
Ray Pahl provided the following info:

Professional baseball coach & instructor at Ultimate Sports Academy in Romeoville.

Web Site URL: www.UltimateSportsAcademy.com

Round Lake

Name E-mail Phone
Kevin Wise krwise2001@yahoo.com 903-461-2521
Type Of Instruction Rate
Hitting, Fielding, Pitching, Catching $25-$45/hour
Kevin Wise provided the following info:

33 years experience as a player/coach/manager and mentor. I have played High School, College and Amateur baseball. I started evaluating and developing talent in the United States Marine Corps in 1989 in Okinawa, Japan and was a player-coach against the Tokyo All-Stars. I teach based on the talent and expectations of the player and parent. I develop drills and skills to build on the natural ability of the player to insure they are prepared and capable of playing at all levels. I charge between $25-45 per hour based on the category of instruction. I provide all training equipment and the player only need bring glove and bat (optional).

Schaumburg

Name E-mail Phone
Angie Jacobs awrzos@hotmail.com 630-624-8185
Type Of Instruction Rate
Fast Pitch Softball: Pitching, Hitting, and Fielding $25-$30/hour
Angie Jacobs provided the following info:

Angie Jacobs has been a professional instructor for pitching, hitting, and fielding instruction for over 12 years. Private, semi-private, group and clinic instruction. Founder of Powerhouse Pitching Camps (year long developmental camp). Former Division I softball player. She has a passion for the game and a passion for helping athletes achieve their dreams. Has the ability to relate to and work with a variety of personalities. References and/or referrals can be provided upon request.

South Elgin

Name E-mail Phone
Charles Slavik theslav1959@yahoo.com 813-335-8678
Type Of Instruction Rate
Strength and Conditioning, Speed, Agility and Quickness, Visual Skills, Mental and Emotional Skills and Game Strategy $25-$50/hour
Charles Slavik provided the following info:

For baseball and softball, our goal is to teach athletes how to maximize athletic performance, avoid injury and reach or surpass their goals in sports through the use of effective strength and conditioning programs tailored to the individual athlete. Eagle Baseball Club believes that by increasing the player\'s athletic skills, coupled with improving the athlete\'s specific sports skills, a player can effectively compete at and beyond their current level of play. Charles Slavik\'s blend of experience as both a coach at virtually every level of baseball, combined with advanced and practical knowledge of the strength and conditioning field, allows him to provide the most effective program for players found anywhere.

Proper Conditioning + Sports Specific Training + Sports Skills Training = Success

Web Site URL: http://www.eaglebaseballclub.com

South Holland

Name E-mail Phone
Tom Rawski tom.rawski@nashvillesounds.com 708-297-1765
Type Of Instruction Rate
Pitching $35/half-hour $41/hour
Tom Rawski provided the following info:

Division 2 collegiete pitcher. Have school record for single season ERA. Has links to professional pitching coaches and friends who play professional baseball. Has great mechanics and knowledge of the game. Facility I work at not only offers pitching instruction but all as well. It also offers pitching specific workouts with a weightroom and speed area along with VIDEO TAPING AND ANALYSIS which is the number one tool to becoming a better pitcher! As you can see this is much cheaper than others and we offer the same product plus more. Try us out and you will see that you or your child will know doubt be a better player

Web Site URL:

Springfield

Name E-mail Phone
Jake Neumann jake.neumann@gmail.com 815-557-8555
Type Of Instruction Rate
Hitting and Throwing Mechanics call or email
Jake Neumann provided the following info:

Jake is an ex division 1 college catcher available to teach the fundamentals of hitting and throwing. Jake coached the St. Agnes baseball team in Springfield, IL in 2009.

Coach Jake is available for private lessons, small group lessons, or team sessions. Please contact him to set up your lesson today!

St. Charles

Name E-mail Phone
Jim Rich mackrich@aol.com 630-377-3596
Type Of Instruction Rate
Hitting, Pitching, Catching $40/half-hour
Jim Rich provided the following info:

I do a lot of video analysis with my students to evaluate swings and pitching motions for players of all ages. I like to emphasize methods for building bat head speed and power.

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