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|TEAM||MANAGER / CONTACT NUMBER|
|9U Dabe||Mark Dabe
|10U Nagel||Paul Nagel
|10U Borecky||Anthony Borecky
|11U Cohn||Mike Cohn
|11U Maskivish||Joe Maskivish
|12U Thelander||Matt Thelander
|13U Janik||Ron Janik
|14U Stewart||Rachaad Stewart
|14U Vilardo||Michael Vilardo
|15U Clark||Mike Clarke
|16U Deain||Andy Deain
|16U Naranjo||Nick Naranjo
|17U Matsie||Mick Matsie
|17U Raines||Ken Raines
|18U Knapp||Steve Knapp
|TEAM||MANAGER / CONTACT NUMBER|
- 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Mark is married to his wife Aimee with sons Michael (10 - 10U Cane), Ryan (8 - 9U Cane) and Sean (6)
Actively coaching in McHenry Baseball and Basketball 5/6 year old leagues for his younger son
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.
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