Rick DeHart has played professional baseball from 1992-2003.
He has Major League experience with the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Kansas City Royals.
Rick’s career started in 1992 when he was signed as a lefty non-draft pitcher for the Montreal Expos. He was called up to the BIG LEAGUE in 1997 where he played until 1999 at which time he signed with the Hiroshima Carp of Japan. After a year in Japan he moved on to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001 and the Kansas City Royals for two years 2001-2003.
Besides Rick’s Major League experience, he has played professionally abroad in Venezuela, Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Rick was also the pitching coach for both the Schaumburg Flyers and the Kansas City T-Bones of the Independent League. While in Kansas, his team won the Northern League Championship.
Coach Anderson joins Elite Sports as a fast pitch softball pitching instructor bringing over thirty years of fast pitch softball experience to his students. He has spent the last twenty years giving individual and camp pitching instruction to students throughout the Chicago-land area.
Coach Anderson works with students of all levels and specializes in advanced fast pitch instruction. Coach Anderson uses his “Easy Motion Softball – The Art of Softball Pitching, Pain Free” philosophy to instruct his students. Many of Coach Anderson’s students have gone on to successful collegiate careers; his pitching expertise has been an influence to area travel organizations and players of all ages. Coach Anderson in available year round for private as well as group pitching instruction.
Coach Wilmot is a 2000 graduate of Conant High School in Hoffman Estates. He was a catcher, outfielder, and 1st baseman for the Cougars during his varsity years. Chris was a member of the 1999 MSL Champion team that set the school record for wins in a season and was awarded the Unsung Hero Award for the 99’ season
While in college, Chris played semi-professional baseball with the Chicago Lugnuts. In 2005, he attended an open tryout with the Schaumburg Flyers. Coach Wilmot spent two seasons with the Flyers including their playoff run in 2006. In 2009 Chris was the bullpen catcher for the Kansas City T-Bones. While catching in the Northern League, Chris worked with various levels of pitchers from former major leaguers, AA/AAA level pitchers and players right out of college.
Coach Wilmot has coaching/managing experience at the 12-15U levels with the Illinois Indians and Express Baseball Club. Coach Wilmot is an experienced hitting and catching instructor for both baseball and softball of all levels and is available for private and group instruction.
Chris holds an AAS degree in Fire Science Technology and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from DePaul University. He is currently a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic.
Jake Passini joins Elite Sports as a catching and hitting instructor. A catcher his entire life Jake played high school baseball at Putnam County High School. During his senior year was first team all conference and led his team to a third place state finish. As a high school player Jake played in Italy for Team America through Caliendo Sports International. Team America played a tour of 14 games in Italy capped off a three game set against the Italian Junior Olympics team.
Coach Passini played two years at North Park University before transferring to Benedictine University where he completed his studies and his college baseball career.
As a professional baseball player Coach Passini played for the Joliet Slammers. Coach Passini has been offering hitting and instruction to players of all ages since he ended his high school career. Coach Passini has worked with players that have gone on to play in high school and college as well as high school showcase teams.
Lee “Buzz” Capra is a former Major League pitcher with the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves. He specializes in teaching pitching and hitting to boys of all ages. During an impressive career Buzz racked up 44 wins to 18 losses and a career 2.86 ERA minor league record. Coach Capra best single record was 16-8 when he was named to the National League’s All-Star team by Yogi Berra. Buzz led the Major Leagues with a 2.28 ERA and finished within the top ten for Cy Young voting in 1974 as well as receiving votes for NL MVP.
Coach Capra spent 20 years professional pitching coach in several minor league systems, most recently with the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets. After retiring as a pitching coach to professional players Coach Capra dedicated his life to working with youth athletes. Buzz says that he knew he wanted to be a professional baseball player at a young age. He never let anyone tell him that he couldn’t accomplish his goals. Coach Capra offer his lifetime of lessons in baseball and perseverance to he kids of our community.
Justin Kees is highly regarded as pitching coach in St Charles, Geneva, South Elgin and the Fox Valley area. Justin serves as a pitching coach and mentor to players from St Charles, Geneva, South Elgin, Kaneland, and Schaumburg. Players travel from as far away as Chicago and Madison, WI to attend private pitching lessons with Justin.
Coach Justin works with players and their families to understand their individual goals. Using his 20+ years of playing experience and professional playing background, Justin is able to build on a players existing strengths and determine areas for improvement.
Coach Kees helps athletes understand how proper mechanics lead to fewer injuries and a longer, more productive pitching career. Through video analysis Coach Kees analyzes pitching mechanics, stride, foot placement, and throwing motion to develop healthy throwing habits.br class=”none” />
Coach Kees was a pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks where he posted a .625 winning percentage. Coach Kees played locally with the Schaumburg Flyers for 4 years with a record of 20-13. Justin brings his years of professional experience to his players in every lesson. Having made the transition to professional baseball, Justin can help players and parents understand the path to playing professional baseball. As a former pro and active pitching coach Coach Kees can relate to young athletes aspiring to a higher level of play.
Coach Kees served as Associate Head Coach at Elgin Community College. As Coach, Spartans averaged 44 wins per season and he assisted in producing three All-American pitchers. Justin served as a pitching coach of the Rockford RiverHawks, an independent team in the Frontier league and as varsity pitching coach at Barrington High School.
Coach Kees is available for private pitching instruction by appointment.
Coach Joe Colucci focuses not only improving skills physically, but also mentally. Coach Joe wants all players to achieve the highest level of confidence through the game and life. Coach Joe is available for private, semi-private, and team clinics.
Coach Joe played at North Park University and was CCIW conference leader in home runs, slugging, fielding, walks, and RBIs. Prior to college Coach Joe played 4 years at the high school varsity level at Taft in Chicago and received All-City, All-Conference, and All-Area honors.
Bill Angelo is the Head Coach for the Elgin Community College Spartans baseball team. In working with athelets at Elite Sports Coach Angelo focuses on hitting and catcher skills and is available for private, semi-private, and clinic sessions.
Over the last 9 years Coach Angelo led the Spartans to 5 NJCAA Division II World Series appearances. His teams have won 6 Skyway Conference Championships, 12 Sectional Titles, 5 Region IV Titles and 5 District Titles.
Coach Angelo was the Skyway Conference Men’s Coach of the Year in 2002 & 2003. His career coaching record is an impressive .614 as a head coach. Coach Angelo is a graduate of Benedictine University.
Bill resides in Elburn with his wife and 3 children.
Available Wednesdays and by appointment.
Coach Benjamin focuses on all aspects of baseball instruction and is available for private, semi-private, and clinic sessions at Elite.
Coach Benjamin is available by appointment.
Coach Mike provides baseball pitching lessons to players of all ages and abilities. Mike’s students develop confidence and effectiveness through the development of proper pitching mechanics. Mike uses pitching video analysis to break down a players throwing motion, stride and mechanics. Coach Mike works with players on their mental approach to the game. By teaching pitch counts and game situations Mike gives his students the tools to be successful on the mound.
Coach Mike has a proven track record of success in the baseball world as a player, coach and trainer with significant achievements at the high school, college, and professional levels of baseball. Coach Mike has recognized the necessity of had work and the time that needs to be put in in order to bring your talent to the next level.
Coach Mike began his playing career at Fenwick High School, earning All-Conference selections and winning two Chicago Catholic League Championships. Mike continued his career at the Div.I college level earning a scholarship to the University of Illinois at Chicago, helping his team to a Horizon League Championship and an NCAA Regional. Coach Mike later transferred to North Park University, where he earned and broke multiple school and CCIW league records, setting the single season strikeout record in 2009 and breaking his record in 2010 with 101. He was also honored with an American Baseball Coaches Association /Rawlings Baseball First Team All-Central Region award, CCIW First Team All Conference, and CCIW Academic All Conference in both 2009 and 2010.
Coach Mike was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2009 but returned to school and drafted again in 2010 by the Kansas City Royals where he would continue a three year career with them, one being with the Kane County Cougars. In 2013 coach Mike was the ace of the Schaumburg Boomers leading the team in multiple pitching statistics, helping the Boomers to a 2013 Frontier League Championship, and earning Championship Series MVP honors himself. Coach Mike has also worked
with North Park University as the Assistant Pitching Coach and assisted with strength and conditioning during his off seasons from professional baseball.
Coach Mike Giovenco is available everyday for hitting instruction, pitching lessons, speed/ agility instruction and consultation by appointment.
David Brown is a Sports Performance Specialist from Charleston, South Carolina. As a football player, David started at the wide receiver position for Goose Creek High School where he began to make an impact as a phenomenal athlete. After starting just 5 games as a freshman, David was moved up to the varsity team where he became All Region, All State and All Low Country for most receptions and most yards. In 2007, he was in the top 10 for best wide receivers in the country. His beastly athleticism in football would not stop there, as he continued playing football at Newberry College in South Carolina. In 2010, David received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication as well as his minor in Physical Education.
Today, David is a Wide Receiver for the Chicago Blitz. He came to Elite Sports Training Center in August 2013 to pass on his knowledge of skills and sports performance training to young athletes. David separates himself from other trainers in the area by being a mentor and critiquing biomechanics for his clients. He is also known for attending his clients’ competitions and making note of what they can do to perform better. Davids’ goal for his clients is to prepare them for the next level of competition and increase their overall sports performance. David serves as an assistant football coach at South Elgin High School in South Elgin, IL where he continues his passion for developing highly competitive youth athletes.
Instructor for numerous Softball Private lessons and semi-private clinics including hitting, base running, fielding, conditioning, boot camps, the psychology of softball, pitching/catching. Areas of focus are female motivation and empowerment.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, and By Appointment
With 10 years of professional instruction experience, Coach Ken Nagler is available to teach pitching, hitting, and fielding for players of all ages.
Coach Ken played semi-pro baseball for 4 years with the Winona Chiefs and was a collegiate pitcher at Winona State University. After College Coach Ken served as the pitching coach for Judson University and was a manager and coach for showcase baseball programs with the Fox Valley Royal Managers and Express Baseball.
Coach Cody is an experienced athlete in baseball, football and soccer. He hopes that his passion and love for the game of baseball shows through on the youngsters he coaches. He is available to coach catching and hitting lessons.
Coach Jessica focuses on hitting, fielding, and pitching for girls of all ages and emphasises the importance of strength and conditioning to stay in shape.
Alexis is available for Softball Pitching, Hitting, and Fielding private, semi-private and clinic sessions.
Coach Bill and his wife Liz have lived in St. Charles area since 2000. They have 5 children which range in age from 3 to 15 years of age; 2 of which are adopted. Bill has coached/instructed all of his kids in various sports and programs across the area over the last 7 years starting at the earliest ages, to more competitive environments as they have grown. Other interests include starting a non-profit organization for teen moms called “Beautiful U” in 2011.
Coach Van Horn has over 18 years experience as a high school and college golf coach and currently serves as the men’s golf coach at Judson University. He is available for private and semi-private instruction throughout the year.