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Pro-Player Hurricanes Baseball Managers 2015-16

TEAM MANAGER / CONTACT NUMBER EMAIL
8U Michalik
9U Dabe Mark Dabe
(630) 951-4500
ProPlayerDabe@Gmail.com
10U Nagel Paul Nagel
(815) 710-0108
ptnagel76@gmail.com
10U Borecky Anthony Borecky
(224) 730-3371
angtd161830@yahoo.com
11U Cohn Mike Cohn
(815) 790-7934
mikecohn09@gmail.com
11U Maskivish Joe Maskivish
(847) 814-3466
ProPlayerJoe@gmail.com
12U Thelander Matt Thelander
(847) 878-4857
mthelander@sbcglobal.net
13U Janik Ron Janik
(847) 404-5726
janik@fenton100.org
14U Stewart Rachaad Stewart
(224) 400-2720
srachaad@yahoo.com
14U Vilardo Michael Vilardo
224-456-8915
mtvilardo@comcast.net
15U Clark Mike Clarke
(815) 236-2128
michaelclarke3384@gmail.com
16U Deain Andy Deain
16U Naranjo Nick Naranjo
(847) 347-2043
nnaranjo81@gmail.com
17U Matsie Mick Matsie
(815) 505-3643
mickmatsie22@hotmail.com
17U Raines Ken Raines
(847) 529-3255
kraines3838@comcast.net
18U Knapp Steve Knapp
(224) 622-4594
stephenknapp@u-46.org

Pro-Player Hurricanes Softball Managers 2016-2017

TEAM MANAGER / CONTACT NUMBER EMAIL
12u Bill McBride
(815) 307-3119
bill.mcbride@comcast.net
14u Erika Trojan
(815) 245-2977
erikat60@yahoo.com
18u Augie Fontanetta
(847) 322-2944
augiefont@yahoo.com

Steve Knapp - 18U Manager 2016

  • 5 year Coach for Pro Player Canes (all ages 15-18)
  • 6 year High School Coach – Hampshire and Elgin Larkin
  • Current Sophomore Head Coach at Larkin
  • 2 years starting center fielder at Western Illinois University
  • 2 years starting center fielder at Elgin Community College
  • 3 years All-Conference at Elgin Larkin High School

Mick Matsie - 17U Showcase Manager 2016

  • Assistant Varsity Coach at Huntley High School
  • Former Assistant Varsity Coach at St. Charles East High School
  • Former Varsity Assistant Coach Prairie Ridge HS
  • Former Huntley High School Assistant Coach
  • Former Huntley Middle School Coach
  • NIIC All-Conference – Rockford College
  • All-Area – Huntley High School

Zach Badgley - 17U Showcase Assistant Manager 2016

- Current Assistant Varsity Coach: McHenry High School
- Former College Player: Northern Illinois University
- All Conference: Mid American Conference
- NIU Team Captain
- All State: McHenry High School

Ken Raines - 17U Showcase Team 2016

Ken Raines and Rachaad Stewart started Pro Player Consultants, INC. in May 2001.   Ken has been a instructor/coach since his playing career ended in 1997.  One of 28 All-Americans to have ever played at Western Michigan University, he was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 1994 amateur draft.  Later in that year, he went on to become the Atlanta Braves minor league pitcher of the year for the Idaho Falls Braves.  After two successful seasons with the Braves, he then signed with the Texas Rangers and led their minor league organization in appearances and ERA as a reliever, before retiring in 1997, coaching/instructing was the next step after studying Education at WMU. Since Pro Player was founded, hundreds of players have signed college commitments and many have went on to play professionally (Kenny Long, Astros, Patrick Schatz, White Sox, Jerad Grundy, A's, Eric Aguilera, Angels, and Jake Goebbert, Padres to name a few).
 
Ken is dedicated to his craft and works hard to continue his development as a coach/instructor. He has been fortunate to have played under and coached with some of the finest baseball minds in the country.   Larry Rothschild, current New York Yankees pitching coach, Leo Mazzone, former Atlanta Braves pitching coach, Dr. Tom House, former pitching coach Texas Rangers, Nolan Ryan, Fred Decker, ABCA hall of fame coach, Don Cooper, current White Sox pitching coach and perhaps the most influential, Wendell Nehmer, Saginaw Means Travel Baseball coach and Michigan legend. Ken is also very instrumental in the recruiting process for his current high school travel players, along with many of the other coaches in the Hurricane organization.
 
Ken works with all the Hurricane team coaches and players 9U-18U in private and team instruction.  He coached this past season at 15U and will be assisting at all the high school levels in the upcoming season.  Ken is married to Jennifer and has two children, Cole(15) and Ellie(12) and resides in Huntley, IL.

 

Andy Deain - 16U Showcase Manager 2016


Nick Naranjo - 16U Showcase Manager 2016

 

Nick was a three year varsity starter at Huntley High School, while earning All-Conference and All-Area Honors.  After high school he went on to play at Lindenwood University in St. Charles Missouri for 4 years. While playing baseball for the Lions, Nick received his degree in physical education.  After two shoulder injuries he decided to not further his playing career and give back to the game that had given him so much.  After graduating from Lindenwood he came back to Huntley and coached at the high school level for 2 years with the Red Raiders. During his last two summers he was an assistant and a head coach for the Crystal Lake Bombers 12U and 14U.  Along with coaching with his respective teams, Nick gave lessons and conducted camps at Player’s Choice Academy for two years.  Looking for a change, Nick decided to join to Pro Player staff for his  first year and he could not express how excited he is to be coaching in this organization.

Brandon Stroh - 16U Showcase Assistant Manager 2016


Mike Clarke - 15U Orange Showcase Manager 2016

  • 3rd year coaching Pro Player Canes
  • Northern Illinois University grad
  • 7 year Varsity Pitching Coach at Harvard High School
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach for all athletes at Harvard
  • Current pitcher in Midwest Suburban Baseball League

Michael Vilardo - 14U Manager 2016

Michael Vilardo just recently ended his playing career in 2015 at Purdue University. The first Pro Player Canes Alum to come back and coach, Michael spent the summer of 2010 playing for Mick Matsie’s 17u Prospect Team. In the spring of 2011, he established himself as one of the best players in the state, being named 1st Team All State SS by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Prep Baseball Report, & IHSA. After hitting .436 with 15 Home Runs (McHenry County Single Season Record) 57 RBIs and 30 SBs, he was also named the NW Herald Baseball and Athlete of the Year (2011). In his collegiate career, he spent time at 3 different division 1 programs: University of Richmond (A10), University of Pennsylvania (Ivy League), and Purdue University (B1G). Michael was a two time All Ivy League 2B, including the Big 5 Rookie of the Year (2013) and the Ivy League leader in hits as a freshman (2013). Both his seasons at UPenn he hit over .300 and was top 50 in the country in doubles per game. After graduating in 3 years from UPenn, he played his final season at Purdue while pursuing his MBA. He was a starting outfielder who set the table as the team’s leadoff hitter. 

Michael specializes in hitting philosophy, swing development, as well as infield work. His passion for coaching and helping players develop as men, students, and athletes is second to none. 


Rachaad Stewart - 14U Manager 2016

  • Former Pro Player – Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles
  • Minor League Player of the Year, Baltimore Orioles 1995
  • Pro Instructor at several big name camps including
    Reggie Jefferson and Dean Palmer baseball camps in Florida
 

Ron Janik - 13U Manager 2016

Ron has coached 21 years in the high school and youth programs in both Lake and Du Page counties. After completing 4 years as a player at Lewis University in Romeoville, he went on to coach at Lake Park High School, his Alma mater, followed by 13 years as varsity coach at Fenton High School in Bensenville where he is currently employed as a special education teacher.

Most recently, Ron has been involved  in the Lake Youth Athletic Association in Wauconda coaching youth teams and completing his 4th season as travel coach. Last season was also part of the McHenry Outlaws organization where he ran the 14u Outlaw team. 

Ron lives in Wauconda with his wife, Cherie, and their 3 children. His oldest current entering his sophomore year and is part of the Wauconda Baseball Program and 15U Travel Organization. 


Matt Thelander - 12U Manager 2016


Mike Cohn - 11U Green Manager 2016

Mike Cohn has been coaching youth baseball since 2003, and been a part of the McHenry County Hurricane (now Pro Player Hurricanes) coaching staff since 2007.  He has coached every level of travel baseball from 9U - 18U and was a varsity assistant baseball coach at McHenry High School for the 2013 & 2014 seasons.  His career record through 2015 is 307-196-4 while prioritizing team and player development over wins or tournament championships.  He is the current Head Coach of the 11U Pro Player Hurricanes for the 2016 season

As a player, Mike earned All-Northwest Suburban Conference and All-Area Northwest Herald team honors while catching for Johnsburg High School in 1995 & 1996.  He earned All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Athletic Conference team honors as an outfielder in 1997 and as a catcher in 1998 while playing for, and earning an associate's degree from, McHenry County College.  In his sophomore year at MCC he was named a Baseball America Magazine Pre-Season JUCO All-American, played in the NJCAA Region IV All-Star Game, and was awarded McHenry County College's Academic-Athlete of the Year.  He capped his collegiate career catching for Augustana College in the 1999 & 2000 seasons while earning his bachelor's degree in business management.  He was an All-Collegiate Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin selection and American Baseball Coaches Association All-Region selection in both 1999 & 2000.  Mike holds the current career batting average record at Augustana College with a career batting average of .412, and was part of a record setting teams in 1999 & 2000.  In 1999, Augustana won the CCIW Conference Tournament and finished 3rd in the NCAA Division III Central Regional.  In 2000, Augustana finished with the best record in school history at 38-8.  Both years Augustana cracked the top 20 in the national rankings.

Personal Note:

Without the motivation to continue playing the game of baseball I would not have attended college.  I owe a great deal to this game, and I cherish every opportunity I have to give back.  Although I will never give to the game what it has given me, I'm truly grateful for every moment I spend on the diamond, and I do my best to instill an awareness in my players to appreciate every second they have to play the greatest game on earth. 


Joe Maskivish - 11U Orange Manager 2016

Coach Maskivish is a 1989 graduate from Shadyside High School in Ohio. Joe attended and played baseball at West Liberty State College in West Virginia where he was a three time All Conference Player and 1994 Pitcher of the Year.  Joe was drafted in 1994 by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 37th round of the Baseball Amateur Draft. While playing minor league baseball over eight seasons, Joe advanced to Double A and pitched in the 1995 South Atlantic League and 1997 Carolina League All Star Games. Joe was selected by Baseball America as the best reliever in the South Atlantic League. Joe finished his professional career with an 11-11 record and 75 saves.                               

Joe worked as the assistant pitching coach for West Liberty State College in 2001, and as the Assistant Coach at Barnesville High School in OH in 2005. Over the past six seasons, Joe has managed his son's little league and travel teams while assisting with his daughter's team.

  • 1989 Shadyside HighSchool Shadyside OH
  • 92 - 93 - 94 All Conference West Liberty State University
  • ‚Äč94 WVIAC Pitcher of the year
  • 94 Drafted Pittsburgh 37th round (94-98)
  • 95 SAL All Star Game
  • 97 Carolina All Star Game
  • 98-01 (Independent Baseball)
  • Career Professional Numbers 11-11  / 75 Saves
  • 01 Assistant Pitching Coach West Liberty State University ( Business Management Degree)
  • 05 Assistant Coach Barnesville High School OH
  • 10-15 Managing Sons Youth Baseball
  • 14-15 Managing / Running Gilberts Pirates Travel


Paul Nagel - 10U Manager 2016

Paul's coaching experience ranges from instructional house level T-Ball through 14U Travel Baseball.   He understands the unique demands of each age group.  He believes through continued, proper instruction that all devoted players are capable of vast improvement, not only with baseball fundamentals but also a greater understanding of the game. 

Paul is committed to his players on and off the field success.  He supports and reiterates the importance of being a good ball player and a good member of the community as well as a scholar.  

Paul is a happily married father of four, all of which share the passion of baseball.   Two of Paul's children are currently playing in the Pro Player Hurricane Organization.  Paul fully supports the skills and methods of teaching within the Pro Player Hurricane Organization and this is why he is excited to be a part of this powerhouse organization as the resulf of the best of breed from Team Pro Player and Pro-Player Hurricanes. 


Anthony Borecky - 10U Manager 2016

Anthony is married with 3 children - two daughters who are in high school and a son who will now be joining the Canes. Anthony has been involved with baseball his entire life. 

EXPERIENCE
- Played in little league World Series 
- Graduate of valley high school with 2 State  Championships
- All State, All Conference 
- Gatorade player of the year
- Coached the past 19 yrs from T-ball through high school level
- Played minor league ball with the Montreal Expos organization 

Mark Dabe - 9U Manager 2016

Mark is married to his wife Aimee with sons Michael (10 - 10U Cane), Ryan (8 - 9U Cane) and Sean (6)

EXPERIENCE:

  • 4 Year Starter at St Xavier University 2002-06, Infield
  • Played professionally from 2006-07 for Green Bay Sultans (Independent League)Starting 2nd baseman
  • Over 6 years of coaching experience on all levels, including 2 years assistant coach with the Canes, 2013 and 2015 at the 9 and 10U levels
  • Head Coach 10U Lake County Lightning 2014
  • Head Coach McHenry Basketball 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade teams, AAU Head Basketball Coach for 5th Grade team
  • Mark runs multiple youth clinics for both basketball and baseball throughout McHenry County

Actively coaching in McHenry Baseball and Basketball 5/6 year old leagues for his younger son

 

 


Ken Raines: Training

  • Former Pro Player – Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers
  • Atlanta Braves 1994 Minor League Player of the Year
  • Texas Rangers 1996 July Player of the Month
  • 1994 All-American
  • Organized and Instructed Durham Bulls Baseball camps
 

Rachaad Stewart - Training

  • Former Pro Player – Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles
  • Minor League Player of the Year, Baltimore Orioles 1995
  • Pro Instructor at several big name camps including
    Reggie Jefferson and Dean Palmer baseball camps in Florida
 

Matt Igara - Training

Matt Igara - 15U Coach - 3rd year coaching for Pro Player Canes.  Matt played collegiate ball at Heartland CC and Western Illinois University.

At Western Illinois University

Igara appeared in 112 games during his two-year, standout career with Western Illinois baseball.  2011 Summit League Male Athlete of the Month (March)... hit .317 to lead the team and was fifth in the league in hits (76, fourth all-time in program history)... 109 total bases on the year (sixth all-time in program history)... had a 10-game hitting streak... also has 19 doubles on the season which is tied for third in the league and tied for third all-time in program history... led the team with 28 multi-hit games and eight multiple RBI games, which was second on the team... hit home runs in each of the first two games of North Dakota State series.


At Heartland CC
Started all 55 games during his Sophomore season... batted .410 with 80 hits... 22 doubles... 5 triples... 13 HR... was 8th in the country with 83 RBI and a slugging percentage of .774... Also had 151 total bases... Named MWAC All-Conference First Team in 2010... All-Region First Team in 2010... Member of the MWAC championship team, which was the first conference title in program's history.