ALL ASPECTS BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL ACADEMY: Instructors

Biography of Baseball Instructor Bryan Milburn

Bryan is the Owner and Director of Baseball and Softball Operations for All Aspects. Bryan has been coaching in the CAYBSA for 10 years and is the current President of the CAYBSA (Crete Area Youth Baseball Softball Association 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014). Bryan has coached a "in house" spring baseball team (10 years), a spring & summer part time Sunday travel Crete Cyclone team the past 7 years.  2013 Manager of 14u Crete Cyclones full time travel baseball team. 

Graduate of Thornwood High School ('87) where he lettered in basketball and varsity baseball. Senior year hitting .418 playing 3rd base & outfield. Leading the team in stolen bases. Prior to coaching, Bryan played 20 years of competitive men’s softball in the south suburbs of Chicago. Competing in ASA & NSA National and Regional sanctioned tournaments. Teams such as Thornton Legion, Gypsies, Slammers, Lookouts, Chaos and Commission. Traveling to National tournaments in CA, TX, AL, GA(2), SC, IL(20), IN(6), MI(3), MN, WI, KY, FL and KS. Capturing over 60 League Championships, 15 qualifying State Championships, 10 State Championships, 1 Super State Championship, 4 top five NSA World Series and 5 top ten National Championships.

2002 Chaos team finished 3rd out of 120 teams in FL. Selected to second All Tournament Team.

2004 Chaos team finished 4th out of 70 teams in SC.

Having the ability to play all positions on the field inspired Bryan to name the academy All Aspects to cover "All Aspects of the game".

Philosophy

A instructor is a teacher and trainer. Identifying educational goals, organizing information, develop lesson plans, provide learning stimulus and monitor the progress of each athlete. Especially in young players, I seek to create and maintain an effective learning environment. The rate of retention can be as low as 10% when only one style or instructional approach is used. By using a diverse approach, retention is significantly increased, learning is accelerated, and the player’s preparedness is improved. I consciously tailor drills to suit a player’s age and ability-level because I am committed to helping young players succeed and enjoy this wonderful game of baseball & softball.

 

Sam Antkiewicz: Head Catcher Instructor, Hitting, Throwing, In Fielding Positions

Thornwood High School Baseball 1987-1991: Catcher
All Conference Selection 1990, 1991

All Area Selection 1991

Illinois State Champions 1991



Valparaiso University Baseball 1991-1995 Catcher
Team Captain 1995

All Conference Selection 1995

Selected Team MVP 1995


Competitive Men’s Slow-Pitch Softball 1998 to Present

 

 

Ted Bartnik: Baseball Instructor

Pitching, Hitting, Fielding, Fundamentals and Strong Arm

Grew up in Coal City IL where I played Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball. Was team captain for both Soccer and Baseball.
Played for Ilinois Valley Community College where I hit .496 good for sixth in the nation for batting average. Also was named to the All Area team and was team captain. Lead the team in triples, doubles, hits, rbis, and runs scored.
Played for Lewis University where I was a part time infielder and closer. Named to the All-Academic GLVC team, and lead the team in saves each year. During my senior year I posted a 2.3 era with 6 saves and 3 wins.
Currently playing the Midwest Suburban Men's League in Chicago. Last year I was the league MVP and Cy Young award winner while making the All-Star Team. 
 
 
Eric Meyerchick: Baseball Instructor 
Resides in Lansing, IL. Attended Thornton Fractional South High School where I played baseball and golf. After High School I attended Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, IN. Played baseball for four years achieving GLVC First Team (2012) and GLVC Third Team (2010). Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Economics. Signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012 and just completed my second season in professional baseball. Last year played short season ball in Missoula, Montana.

 

Biography of Baseball Instructor Nick Pezzuto 

Nick ( Coach Pezzu as his players call him) has over 17 years of baseball coaching experience from 8-9 year olds all the way up to college.  Coach Pezzu started his coaching career in the Steger Little League baseball program, assisting in all aspects of baseball hitting, fielding, throwing and pitching. After leaving Steger, Nick began coaching the 11-12 year old OTYA baseball program, including their traveling All-Star teams.  From there Mr. Pezzuto coached for one season at Prairie State College where he utilized his catching and infielding expertise to assist and instruct their varsity club. Nick is currently working on his 6th year as Homewood Flossmoor High School’s Assistant Varsity Head Baseball coach.  The conference in which Nick’s team plays is arguably one of the toughest baseball conferences in the state of Illinois. The 2010 H-F team under the assistant direction of Coach Pezzu, finished 22-7, while beating such high school powerhouses as Sandburg , Stagg, TF South and Andrew.

A graduate of Bloom Trail High School, Nick was a stand- out baseball prospect all four years. He started as a Sophomore on the Varsity level as their catcher and third baseman, posting a .420 batting average. His Junior and Senior years, Nick batted a team high .400 and .470. He was twice elected to the SICA East All Conference Team and once to the All Illinois-Area Team.  Upon leaving high school Nick accepted a baseball scholarship to Lakeland College where he led the Lakers to their first ever NJCAA World Series in 1988.  That year Mr. Pezzuto was awarded the 1988 NJCAA All- American award for his outstanding baseball achievements.  After two years, Nick left Lakeland to play at Southwest Missouri State, where he lead the  NCAA Division I Golden Bears to a 47-21 record while posting over 300 plate appearances in a single season and batting .308.  Coach Pezzu was highly recruited by Professional MLB teams such as the Minnesota Twins and the Cincinnati Reds and attended both organizations Fall baseball instructional and tryout camps.

 Biography of Baseball Instructor Jim Penney 

Began playing Steger Little League through 12 yr old. Steger Pony League 13-14 yr old. Graduate of Crete-Monee H.S. 1990 – Starting Pitcher, 1B, 3B for three years at Crete-Monee compiling a 2.14 ERA while maintaining a .380 Batting Average. Competed in summer and Fall H.S. Baseball programs each year during that time.
Acquired 15 years of Baseball coaching experience. Began coaching Steger Baseball in 1995 and have continued coaching in the Crete Area Youth Baseball League (CAYBSA) up to 15yr olds. Currently coaching 12-14 yr olds for the Crete Cyclones. 2011 plan on coaching a full time travel Cyclone 13-14 year old team.
Goals: For me, it’s not about the wins and losses when I coach teams or individuals. However, there are several expectations I have for the players I coach that are considered mandatory. A player must have fun playing baseball! They must strive to improve their skills through practice giving maximum effort. Players should never stop trying to achieve their goals and always work hard to play at the next level.
There is no greater satisfaction that I can achieve than to see the smile on a player’s face when they are successful on the field or in the practice setting.
Biography of Softball Instructor Lauren Enayati 
- Former collegiate Softball Player & Graduate of Saint Mary's College at Notre Dame, IN
- 2011 All MIAA 1st team  Batting .391, .438 runners in scoring position, .500 runners on base,
      --Finished Sophomore season; started both years in Centerfield and lead-off hitter
      --Freshman Year
            Hit .400 overall
            Led team in runs, 2nd in hits, 3rd in total bases
            "Rookie of the Year" 2009
      --Sophomore Year
            Hit .386 in conference with .462 on base percentage
            3rd in conference for stolen bases
            Tied in Conference for most triples (3)
            Made All-MIAA Conference Second Team
- Played 4 years at Marian Catholic High School
      --3 year Varsity letter winner
      --All-ESCC Conference 2008
      --Conference Champions
      --NW Indiana Times All-Area Selection
- Played ASA summer softball for the Crete Crush and Quest
-Hitting (swinging away)
-Specialize in slapping (hard slapping, soft slapping, drag bunting)
-Base running
-Fielding---especially outfielding
-Throwing

Biography of Robert "Bobby" Mehorczyk

Director of Speed, Agility, Stability, Power, Strength and Conditioning.

Graduate of Western Illinois and President of Bobby Bear Fun and Fitness. Partner of QFS (Quicker, Faster, Stronger). Holds clinical certifications as an excercise specialist in cardiac rehab and currently certified in the fitness field.

Bobby bear fun and fitness was started to correct lifestyles at a very young age.  Childhood obesity is at an all time high and many adults are struggling to maintain a healthy weight.  Disease in children and adults can be corrected by changing lifestyle and implementing education on fitness and nutrition.  Our goal is to ensure an impact on changing our children and the disease trends with exercise and nutrition. bobby bear fun and fitness developed a curriculum that produces healthier and happier individuals.  We strive to Excel with Energy!

Bobby bear fun and fitness follows their own curriculum for cardiovascular strength training.  This programming involves education along with vigorous activity.  We use themes that change week to week along with exercise and nutrition words.  The curriculum changes every week for an entire year.  Every team member of bobby bear fun and fitness is certified “The bobby bear way” to promote our focus for fitness, nutrition and education with care and compassion.  We are changing the world one child at a time!

Vanessa Richardson: Softball Instructor

Specializing in girls softball Catcher Position

Hello! My name is Vanessa Richardson. I have been apart of the sport of softball for over 25 yrs. I am a graduate of Morton West High School in Berwyn, Il. I was a 2 sport athlete basketball and softball. I went on to college at St.Xavier University in Chicago on a softball scholarship for catching where I played for 2 yrs. I have to credit the start of my career to Lyons Little League before travel softball found me! I started my travel experience with the Oak Park Windmills and played with their organization for 2 yrs and then I played on the Lemont Rockers for the rest of my time playing travel ball.
Playing and coaching definitely gives a different perspective of softball and I found that out when I started coaching my daughter's team. I am a mother of 2 girls. I started coaching my oldest daughter's team 4 yrs ago. This is when I truly realized I want to give back my knowledge of the sport. Last summer I was given the opportunity to help coach the Flossmoor Hurricanes 8U team. Now I am an assistant coach with the Orland Park Magic 16U!
My position is a catcher. To play this position I believe you need to be tough , loud, smart, and a leader! I am willing to work with any girls who want to improve there catching skills. Putting in hard work and dedication will pay off if you want to take it to another level!

 

Alexandria (Alex) Lagesse Softball Instructor

Fast Pitch, Hitting, Fielding, Fundamentals

Alex brings 14 years of competitive experience at the national and international levels leading teams to conference, national or state championships on the Collegiate, Amateur Softball Association, Illinois High School Association and Illinois Elementary Association levels.

A 2012 graduate of Valparaiso University with a degree in Sports Management and a minor is Business, the All Horizon League performer led the Crusaders to its first NCAA tournament appearance in program history in 2012.  She currently holds program records in single season wins, career wins and career strike outs,  holds top 5 spots in 11 of 14 pitching categories and is in the top 10 in all remaining statistical categories. 

 A Presidential Academic Honoree while at Valpo, Lagesse spent 4 months after graduating playing and coaching in Europe where she led the Saint Poelten Pee Wees to a birth in the European Softball Championships.

Alex just finished 2013season as the pitching coach at Saint Joseph's College in Renssalear, Indiana.

Is currently on coaching staff at Valparaiso Universitys softball team. 

 

 

Amanda Foy:  Softball Instructor

Fast Pitch, Fielding & Fundamentals

Graduate of Lake Central high school where Amanda Foy pitched Freshmen-Junior years on the varsity teams. Senior summer traveled with the 18u USA team to Italy. Amanda started playing softball at 5 years old. Started taking pitching lessons at the age of 8 years old -18 years of age. Moved into full time travel with the Indiana Lake Effect 10u team for 2 years. Then next 5 years with Crete Quest which won a National title. Chi-Town Black 16u team then St John Cobras 18u. Amanda continues to play in 18 and older fast pitch leagues.

"I feel it is my turn to take the talent I was taught along with my passion for the game to those young and older and help them to reach and conquor their goals as I did. Beginning with the fundamentals, exercise and strength training on and off the mound. Movement is learned, speed is obtained and discipline is taught." Amanda Foy 

 

 

Katie Hannagan

 

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Katie Hannagan is an assistant to Head Coach Amanda Jensen at University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL.

Hannagan joined the USF coaching staff in the fall of 2012 after an impressive collegiate career at Olivet Nazarene University. Hannagan was a member of the ONU softball team from 2009-12 and helped lead the Tigers to a 191-60 record, three CCAC regular season and tournament championships, as well as three NAIA National Championship Tournament appearances. The Tigers averaged over 47 wins per year and were ranked in the Top 25 in each of her four seasons.

Hannagan was a two-time NFCA All-Great Lakes Region selection as a Tiger.  She was also a two-time All-CCAC pick, and was named CCAC Pitcher of the Year in both 2011 and 2012.  At the time of her graduation, Hannagan’s name appeared in eight different pitching records lists at ONU.  She finished her career ranking third in career games pitched (129) and base on balls average (1.21), ranking fourth in games started (109), complete games (88), innings pitched (738.2), and ranking fifth in career shutouts (21).  Hannagan posted a career win/loss record of 87-28 with a .756 winning percentage.  She excelled off the field as well, earning NAIA and NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete honors as a junior and senior.  She was also a three-time Academic All-CCAC selection. 

Hannagan, a native of Monee, Ill., graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in the spring 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, along with a minor in Physical Education

 

Jeff Earl:  Softball Hitting & Baseball Hitting and Fundamental Instructor