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Coach Kris

Coach Jenkins has been coaching/training youth aging from 6 years old to the collegiate level for the past 13 years. Coach Jenkins has trained and coached several travel organizations such as, The Illinois Edge, Wheatland Ducks, Yorkville Fury, Yorkville Foxes, Oswego Cobras, Oswego Panthers, Oswego Wolves and more. Coach Jenkins also coached at the sophomore and varsity level at Plainfield South High School. With mentoring from Hall of Fame coach Phil Bodine, renown coach Tony Folino, and some tutelage from Coach John Mallee of the Chicago Cubs, Coach Jenkins continues to dedicate himself to giving back to our youth. Being a member of the ABCA, (American Baseball Coaches Association) has also aided in Coach Jenkins’ progressive teachings. Coach Jenkins matches his knowledge with pure positive energy to his players. Most recently, Coach Jenkins led Team Illinois 9U, to a Prep Baseball Report Junior Futures Game Championship!

As an athlete, Coach Jenkins came up through the ranks of the Aurora Boys Baseball program and due to his contributions to the sport, he was later inducted into the Hall Of Fame. Coach Jenkins’ career blossomed while attending West Aurora High School where he was a 3 Sport Athlete competing in Baseball, Basketball, and Football. Coach Jenkins received All-Conference and All-Area honors in all 3 Sports. He was a sophomore on the 2000 State Championship Basketball Team. As a senior, Coach Jenkins was awarded Athlete of the Year for his contributions to West Aurora High School.

Coach Jenkins decided to join Junior College Powerhouse Triton College to play for legendary coach, Bob Symmonds. While at Triton College, Coach Jenkins was awarded All-Conference and received a scholarship to transfer to Illinois State University. During his time at Illinois State University, Coach Jenkins earned an invite to compete against the top players in the country in the Texas Collegiate Summer League. While in Texas, he led his team to a TCL Championship. As a senior, Jenkins earned All-Conference Honors for his play. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Management.

Baseball

Coach Tony

High School As a catcher at Plainfield South High School, Coach Tony earned IHSBCA All-State Honors in 2007. In 2007 and 2008 Coach Tony was awarded All-Conference.

College Career Coach Tony began his collegiate career at Heartland Community College, where he played for 2 years. From Heartland, Coach Tony moved on to Chicago State University and then landed at North Park University. While at North Park University, Coach Tony led his team to a Conference Championship, earned CCIW All-Conference, ABCA All-Region, and ABCA All-American.

Professional Career From 2012-2014 Coach Tony played professionally for the Joliet Slammers Organization.

Coaching Career Coach Tony has been coaching and training for the last 7 years. He served as the catching and hitting instructor for the Illinois Edge and Illinois Hawks organizations. From 2012 to 2015, Coach Tony served at the college level assisting North Park University. From NPU, Coach Tony coached 2 years with the Joliet Slammers Organization. After his years with the Joliet Slammers, Coach Tony took his talents and coached the Southland Vikings. Currently, Coach Tony is the Head Coach for the 18u Illinois Hawks.

Degree Coach Tony earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice (North Park University)


Coach Jake

High School At Plainfield South High School, Jake was started at Shortstop at the Varsity level as a freshmen. In his 4 years on Varsity, he was named AllConference twice and was ranked amongst the top high school baseball players in the state. Jake also showcased his phenomenal skills at catcher throughout his career.

College Jake’s college experience is a true testament of hard work, determination, and triumph. As a Freshmen, Jake received a scholarship with Coastal Carolina where he redshirted. While a redshirt, Jake unfortunately suffered a torn labrum which resulted in a revoked scholarship. From there, Jake attended Cisco College, a Division 1 Junior College in Texas. After 1 year of working his way back into form, Jake went back to the NCAA Division 1 scene attending University of Texas Pan-American. Unfortunately, this was not a good fit for Jake so again he transferred to attended Junior College Yakima Valley in Washington. At Yakima Valley, Jake was named MVP of his team and was awarded 1st Team All-Conference honors for his contributions. With 2 years left in his collegiate career, Jake moved on to Gonzaga University. In his first year at Gonzaga, Jake showcased his diversity and skill as a utility player, mixing between infield and catching. In his last year with Gonzaga, Jake earned the starting catcher job. Through his efforts, he was awarded 2nd Team All-Conference and earned All-Tournament Team for the West Coast Conference.

Professional Last year, Jake signed to the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent where he continues to thrive and grow as a player.

Coaching In his years of helping with camps throughout his career and growing from his own experiences, Jake will continue giving the gifts he has learned.


Benny Collesano

Availability: Monday 4:30-9, Wednesday 4:30-9, Saturday 9am-2pm

High School Coach Benny played at baseball powerhouse Lockport Township High School.

College Career Coach Ben played for Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL, where he led the Trolls to the 2014 NCCAA Baseball National Champions, and was named to the National Championship All-Tournament Team .

Professional Career After college, Coach Benny has been traveling the country pitching for several professional baseball organizations. In 2015, he played for the MRPBL Oregon City Mud Turtles. In 2016, he competed with the Old Orchard Beach Surge of the Empire Professional League. Most recently, he started out the 2017 season in the Thoroughbred league and was promoted to play for the Traverse City Beach Bums in the Frontier League.

Pitching Philosophy I believe that pitching is an art, and in order to achieve success, one must command pitches in and out of the zone, consistently change velocities and eye levels, achieve deception, while throwing strikes and staying ahead of hitters. Pitchers who are successful are in full control on the mound. Pitchers in full control have a presence about them that both teams and spectators recognize. In order to achieve this dominant presence and be successful, a pitcher needs to incorporate an arsenal of well-polished skills. The building blocks of polished skills are; proper mechanics, prehab/injury prevention, strength and conditioning, and IQ. Pitchers need to learn how to use their entire body & mind to deliver every pitch with a purpose. 

Degree In 2014, Coach Benny earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing & Business Management from Trinity Christian College.


Coach Kitt Kopach 

High School: Kitt attended Downers Grove South High School from 1999-2003. During his high school career he played baseball for all four years (three year starter on Varsity) and football up until his senior year, choosing to focus exclusively on baseball at that point. In 2003, upon graduation from Downers Grove South, he was fortunate enough to receive an athletic scholarship to play baseball at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

College: Played baseball at Illinois State from 2003-2006. After Kitt completed his Junior year at ISU he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 12th round. At that time, he chose to put his educational goals on hold while attempting to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a Major League Baseball player.

Professional: From 2006-2009 Kitt played in the minor leagues within the Chicago Cubs farm system. In his final season with the Cubs organization he underwent two shoulder surgeries back-to-back on his labrum and subsequently those injuries ended his professional playing career.

Coaching/Training: Kitt has experience coaching at the high school level as a pitching coach with Bolingbrook High School and Carmel Catholic High School. He has also worked with multiple travel organizations as a coach in preparing the next generation of players for high school and beyond.

Expectations: You can expect Kitt to bring a positive, high-energy attitude to our athletes. As a coach, he believes in playing the game the right way through dedication and hard work.

Education: Kitt received a Health Education Teacher Education degree with a Minor in Physical Education Teacher Education from Illinois State University. Kitt is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership


Coach Geovani Cabral 

High School Coach Cabral attended high school at Aurora Central Catholic, where he received varsity letters in both baseball and tennis. Was a member of the 2013 ACC baseball team that made it to super sectionals for the first time since the 1984 team placed second in state. Coach Cabral’s strong defensive skills helped propel the Chargers’ wonderful season.

College Started college career at Waubonsee Community College and finished career with just one error and a second place finish in the NJCAA D3 Gold glove. From there he received a scholarship to Missouri Valley College (NAIA) before ultimately finishing his Collegiate athletic career at Calumet College of Saint Joseph (NAIA) where he led the Crimson Wave as a starting middle infielder.

Degree Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Calumet College of Saint Joseph in May of 2018.


Coach Jose Camacho 

High School: I attended Oswego High school from 2009-2013. During my time at school I played baseball four year (two years as the starting catcher on varsity). After my junior season I was honor to receive the offensive player of the year award. After finishing my senior season, I received an opportunity to continue my baseball career at the collegian level at Waubonsee community college.

College: I decided to start off my collegian career by going the JUCO route which I believe is a great way to develop once skills in order to perform to your highest potential when given the opportunity to play at a bigger stage. I attend Waubonsee community college from 2013-2015. During my first year at Waubonsee I was the starting third base on a team that made a trip down to Tyler, Texas to participate the junior college world series; Not only that but I was fortunate enough to be part of a team that place 4th in the nation that year. During my sophomore season I once again earned the starting position at third base. After my sophomore season ended I was honor to receive the award (Male Athlete of the Year). But also, I was grateful to receive a scholarship to further my baseball career while playing division I baseball at Texas Southern University. During my two year at Texas Southern I was able to earn the starting position at third base and named team captain both of my years there. As well as been part of two conference championships and earning the right to participle in back to back division I regionals.

Education: While at Waubonsee Community College I received an associate’s degree in Applied Science in Automotive Technology. In the other hand I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administrations Management from Texas Southern University.

Softball

Coach Olivia 

High School At Plainfield South High School, Olivia was named All-Conference, Chicago Tribune Special Mention All-State, Joliet Herald News First Team All-Area, and National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team All-Region after batting .393 with a .463 on-base percentage. As an outfielder of the Stone City Sharks team, Olivia was named MVP of the Orland Sparks Tournament and helped her team to the 2009 18U championship in Tennessee and California.

College Olivia started all 4 years, and made All Tournament Team in the Horizon Championship game with a bat avg of .306. While a Rambler, she collected multiple honors, including being named to the Horizon League’s All-Newcomer Team her freshman year, All-Conference Team, All-Tournament Team, and Academic Honor Roll.

Coaching Olivia has been coaching since 2010. She had four seasons with the travel softball team, Stone City Sharks in Minooka and one high school season with Hope Academy in Chicago, where she took the team to Regionals. She then had two seasons as a college coach for North Park University in Chicago.

Degrees Olivia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications degree from Loyola University and went on to earn a Master’s in Education from North Park University.


Coach Lari Mitchell

High school Letterwinner at West Aurora High School, where she posted a .494 batting average with 29 runs in her senior season. She broke the single-season school record with 22 steals. She was named All-Area and All-Conference in 2009, 2011, and 2012. For her contributions in sports, Lari was named West Aurora Athlete of the Year.

College As a senior, Lari was an All-Horizon League First Team selection. She led UIC and placed in the top five in the Horizon League with a .377 batting average as a leadoff hitter. She tallied the Flames’ second-most hits with 58 and added 28 in league play, and tallied a team-high six triples, ranking her ninth in the nation. She swiped the second-most bases with 28 to place second in the UIC record book for most in a single season and ranked 38th in the nation. She earned her first-career Horizon League Player of the Week accolade with her play at the San Diego Classic. As a freshman and sophomore, she attended Middle Tennessee State University.

Coaching Lari has enjoyed providing private professional instruction for the last few years.

Degrees Lari Earned a degree in Psychology from University Illinois Chicago.


Coach Nina 

High School: At Plainfield East High School, Nina was a two-sport athlete playing all fours years. She was a Four-Time Joliet Herald All-Area selection, Four-Time All-Conference honoree, and served as a team captain. As a Bengal, she collected multiple honors such as MVP, Gold Glove, and Silver Slugger.

College: Nina played all four ears at Western Illinois University as an infielder. In 2016, she was named Second Team All-Summit League and was on the Summit League Spring Academic Honor Roll. As a Junior, she lead the team with 77 assists and ranked second on the team in runs scored. Nina won the Unsung Hero Award amongst all female athletes at WIU in 2016.

Coaching: Nina began her coaching career with the 16U Lemont Sizzlers. She has enjoyed helping younger athletes enhance their game.

Degree: Nina earned a degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University.


Coach Carly 

High School: Carly was a four-year letter winner for the Indians and played a vital role as the starting pitcher. In 2013, she led the Indians to a Regional Championship and a Sectional Championship appearance. She was named Team MVP for 3 years and selected to the South Suburban All-Conference during her varsity tenure. Jaworski was also a two-time selection to the Daily Herald All-Area Team, Lemont Reporter All-Area Team, Lemont Patch All-Area Team, and was named TribLocal Player of the Month as a sophomore in 2011.

College: Earning a scholarship to the Lewis University Flyers, Carly started all four years of her collegiate career as the starting shortstop and played a crucial role in the Flyers line up. In her second season, calling of a short pitching staff, Jaworski made her first pitching debut and later, came out of retirement to help Lewis University’s pitching staff for the season of 2014 & 2015. During her College career, Jaworski earned two, All-GLVC Third Team accolades, three Academic All-GLVC Team honors, and a spot, in Lewis University Softball program, for the top 5 best batting averages in the universities history.

Coaching: In May 2017, Carly completed her softball career and quickly began her coaching career as a softball instructor with a prowess on pitching, fielding, and hitting. Her passion for the game is infinite and adores developing young softball athletes for the decades to come.

Degree: Earned a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree from Lewis University. Carly is utilizing her education, attributes, and interpersonal skills as a Regional Human Resource representative in the Aerospace Industry.


Coach Ashlee Kawall 

High School: Kawall lettered in volleyball three years, basketball four years and softball four years at Somonauk High School. At Somonauk, Kawall finished her career with an average of .584. She still holds records in both career hits (209) and career runs (169) at Somonauk for her career. She also holds single season records in hits (77), stolen bases (59), runs (61), and consecutive hits (10). Her single season records in hits, consecutive hits and career stolen bases currently rank in the top 20 all time in IHSA history while her career batting average of .584 still ranks her 12th all-time in IHSA history.

College: Prior to her playing days at Evansville, Kawall played one year at Waubonsee Community College where she led the team in stolen bases, runs, hits, triples, batting average, on base percentage and slugging on her way to All-Skyway Intercollegiate Conference first team. In addition, she hit .520 that 2013-2014 season at Waubonsee which ranked fifth in the nation and had 39 stolen bases to rank ninth in the country as well. Kawall started three years from 2015-2017 at the University of Evansville. The former NFCA Division I scholar-athlete and Missouri Valley Conference outfielder and slapper holds two single season records for most stolen bases and finished her career ranked 5th all-time in Evansville history in total stolen bases.

Coaching: Ashlee Kawall has been providing private base running and hitting instruction for the past four years. She also is the Varsity Softball Assistant Coach at Somonauk High School.