Meet Our Pro Staff2017-10-06T15:16:08+00:00

MEET OUR PRO STAFF

Kris Lankford

Baseball Catching, Pitching, and Hitting

Hitting/Fielding (Baseball and Softball)
Availability:  Monday- Thursday after 5 and all day on weekends

Kris was offered a scholarship to Seminole State College in Eastern, OK, a powerhouse baseball school. He has caught his entire career, but converted to a pitcher during his freshman year at Seminole. After his freshman year at Seminole, he transferred to Western Oklahoma State College, another baseball-driven school. He then converted back to catching for the Pioneers. This was a great season for Kris as both a catcher and a pitcher in the later innings of several games. He was drafted in the 31st round of the 2003 draft by Minnesota Twins and played in Ft. Myers, FL and Elizabethton, TN for the Twins Single A team.

His instruction strategy is to quickly understand the players’ abilities in order to prevent wasting time on silly, unbeneficial drills. You can expect Kris to be loud, excited, and a ton of fun to be around. Having a confident attitude is very important to Kris as he feels it gives you an automatic advantage on the diamond. We know that your child will enjoy working with Kris!


JR Veliz

Baseball Hitting & Fielding

Coach JR has 13 years of coaching experience at the youth and high school levels, which has led to multiple league championships and World Series berths for travel baseball teams. He is entering his sixth year as Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Newark High School, where he has annually increased the team’s number of wins. He was recently voted Head Coach for the summer baseball All-Star game under IHSA.

During his college days, Coach JR was the starting shortstop and team captain at Waubonsee Community College. He received the All-Conference and All-Region honor and played in the All-Region IV All-Star game. Coach JR then transferred to Aurora University where he helped his team place third in the nation as starting shortstop in 2004.

After college, he went on to play semi-professional baseball for eight years in the Chicago Suburban Baseball League, where he was the team captain and aided in scouting and recruitment. Coach JR has run successful baseball camps and clinics at AU, Waubonsee, and the Plano YMCA. He has been a private baseball instructor specializing in hitting and fielding for more than seven years. He’s a very positive instructor whom the children greatly enjoy working with!


Jeff Kuikelka

Baseball Pitching

Jeff is entering his sixth year of private pitching instruction. Prior to SWING!, he was an instructor at the Yorkville Sports Academy. Jeff continued instructing on a freelance basis after the closure of YSA. Jeff’s pitching philosophies begin with the basics throughout all levels, teaching proper balance and mechanics, which leads to pitch location and selection at more advanced levels. He believes in strategically challenging the pitcher during sessions, to create a competitive atmosphere, even during a lesson.

Jeff’s baseball accomplishments include two All Catholic League Conference selections at Weber High School in Chicago. After graduating Weber, Jeff played for nationally renowned Aurora University (NCAA Division III), compiling a 7-3 record with 10 saves, a 2.74 ERA and a 3.5-1 strikeout to walk ratio, all as a relief pitcher. Jeff competed in (4) straight NCAA Midwest Regional championships as well as the 1992 Division III World Series.

Jeff has been a resident of Yorkville for 13 years and is currently the Head Coach of the Yorkville Fury 16U Elite Softball Team.


Kris Jenkins

Baseball Hitting and Fielding

Coach Jenkins’ has been coaching/training youth aging from 6 years old to the collegiate level for the past 12 years.   Coach Jenkins has trained and coached several travel organizations along with coaching at the sophomore and varsity level at Plainfield South High School.   With mentoring by Coach John Mallee of the Chicago Cubs, Coach Jenkins continues to dedicate himself by giving to our youth.  Coach Jenkins is known for his knowledge, energy, and ability to relate to youth.

As an athlete, Coach Jenkins career blossomed while attending West Aurora High School where he was a 3 Sport Athlete playing football, basketball, and baseball.  Coach Jenkins received All-conference and All-Area honors in all 3 sports, was a State Champion on the basketball team, and was awarded Athlete of the Year.

Coach Jenkins decided to join Junior College Powerhouse Triton College to play for the legendary coach, Bob Symmonds.  While at Triton College, Coach Jenkins was awarded All-Conference and after 2 years signed to Illinois State University.  During his time at Illinois State University, Coach Jenkins was invited to compete against the top players in the country in the Texas Collegiate summer league.  While in Texas he lead his team to a Summer League Championship.  As a senior, Jenkins was awarded All-Conference Honors for his play.


Pete Cimino

Founder / President / Head Instructor of the National School of Baseball & Softball. L.L.P.

Pete is educated, trained and certified in the science of Biomechanics – the laws of physics applied to the human body. For a player this means, the ability to use the entire body for pitching and hitting. Especially in pitching, it is scientifically proven to be the safest and most effective way to pitch. Safety – protecting the arm is first and foremost. The idea is to take as much pressure off of the shoulder and elbow as possible, which is injury preventive. Coach Pete calls it “Dominant Longevity”. The same science proven methods are also applied to hitting.

Motto:  EDUCATE   DEMONSTRATE   MOTIVATE and have FUN doing it

Coach Pete has been coaching and giving instruction for almost 15 years.

For more info go to his web site www.nationalschoolofbaseball.com

Check out his testimonials. His successes speak for themselves.

To set up lessons with Coach Pete you can contact Swing or Coach Pete directly

coachpete@nationalschoolofbaseball.com
630-699-7031

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