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OPRF Pack Coaching and Administrator Profiles

Andrew Brauer
AI9/OPRF PACK President & Director
Coaching experience: 14+ years of coaching and instruction. 10+ years of competitive travel baseball coaching and program management.
Playing experience: Montini Catholic High School (team captain, team MVP, all-conference all-area, 2008 Player of the Year), College of DuPage (team captain, team MVP, all-conference, all-american), Lewis University (team captain, team MVP, all-conference, all-american), and 3 seasons in the Frontier League (Independent Minor Leagues) with the Joliet Slammers and Windy City Thunderbolts.
Specialty:
 Hitting, Infield, Outfield, Recruiting.

Coach Colin Cruz
Pack 17U – Head Coach
Coaching experience: Assistant Pitching Coach and Junior Varsity Coach at RMU 2018-2020, third year coaching OPRF Pack Baseball.
Playing experience: High School Varsity at Lockport Township, Travel Baseball, and 4 years at Robert Morris University.
Specialty: Pitching.

Coach Mark Cruz
Pack 17U – Assistant Coach
Coaching experience: Coached Homer Glen travel team for 6 years. Then coached Illinois Redbirds High School Travel teams for 4 years.
Playing experience: Played at Mount Carmel high school, and one year on a semi-pro team.
Specialty:
 Pitching and infield.

Coach Justin Stawychny
Pack 16U – Head Coach & OPRF PACK Director
Coaching experience: Varsity assistant from 2015-2017 at Leyden High School, Travel Baseball from 2017-present.
Playing experience: 3-year Varsity at Leyden High School, University of Louisiana Monroe from 2012 – 2015.
Specialty: Hitting, catching and outfield.

Coach Zack White
Pack 16U – Assistant Coach
Coaching experience: Freshman baseball coach at Fenwick High School, 4th year coaching OPRF Pack Baseball.
Playing experience: Played travel baseball all over the Chicago area up to age 14, baseball and softball umpire for the past 9 years including 3 Illinois Little League Championship games, and in Cooperstown New York.
Specialty:
 Team defense and base running.

Coach Connor Nelson
Pack 15U Orange – Head Coach
Coaching experience: Currently the Graduate Assistant Baseball Coach at Concordia University Chicago. Entering my 3rd year in College Baseball and was the head coach for the Joliet Dirtbags in 2021, a collegiate summer team.
Playing experience: Played at University of Iowa, Freshman and Sophomore years. Part of the team’s first ever Big Ten Championship. Attended Oak Park River Forest High School and earned the honor of West Suburban Player of the Year, All-State, All-Conference and All-Area honoree during his senior year.
Specialty: Hitting and Infield.

Coach Chandler Kerr
Pack 15U Orange – Assistant Coach
Coaching experience: First season coaching. 
Playing experience: 3 years high school Varsity. Currently college pitcher at Concordia Chicago
Specialties:
 Pitching and defense.

Coach Garry Maynard
Pack 15U Blue – Head Coach
Coaching experience: 1st year coaching Pack, worked with and trained high schoolers in the past.
Playing experience: Played travel baseball until age 18, Currently play for Concordia University – Chicago.
Specialty: Hitting and Fielding.

Coach Mike Irgang
Pack 15U Blue – Assistant Coach
Coaching experience: Private pitching lessons, former Assistant Coach Ai9 14u, former Varsity Assistant Coach at Lake Park High School, Little League Camps & Clinics.
Playing experience: 4-year starter at Benedictine University, 3-year starter at Lake Zurich High School, travel baseball throughout middle/high school.
Specialty:
 Pitching.

Coach Derek Taylor
Pack 14U Orange. – Head Coach
Coaching experience: Third year coaching OPRF Pack Baseball.
Playing experience: Played OF at Lakeview High School, and then attended Western Oklahoma State and N.C. Missouri.
Specialty: Hitting.

Coach Jeremy Gaines
Pack 14U Orange – Assistant Coach
Coaching experience: 14u Pack summer 2022
Playing experience: Played D1 College baseball at Illinois State and Texas Southern University. 
Specialty:
 Hitting, INF, OF.

Coach Austen Kapusinski
Pack 14U Blue – Head Coach
Coaching experience: Top Tier and Acceleration baseball for 5 years combined. Pitching and hitting lessons both privately and through the same baseball programs. Studied multiple athletic and strength training classes through college as electives. 
Playing experience: Played travel baseball from 14 to 18 for the Oswego panthers, Acceleration baseball, Northern Illinois Reds, and 29ers baseball. Played at Oswego East high school, College of DuPage, and University of Illinois Springfield. Also played amateur baseball for the Oswego Cats for about 5 years and still currently play in a local competitive men’s league for fun on Sundays. 
Specialty:
 Pitching, Hitting, Training methods.

Coach Brad Holmes
Pack 14U Blue – Assistant Coach
Coaching experience: Second year coaching OPRF Pack Baseball.
Playing experience: Played one year of Junior Varsity and two years of Varsity at Lake Oswego High School in Oregon before losing his senior year due to the pandemic. Started at SS/2B, earned Team MVP, Captain honors, and preseason All-Conference in High School. Currently plays for the Miami Club Baseball team as a middle-infielder.
Specialty: Infield and hitting.

Coach Anthony Pryor
Pack 13U Orange – Head Coach
Coaching experience: Third year of coaching OPRF Pack Baseball. Previously, head coach of Batavia’s 16U softball travel team.
Playing experience: Started playing travel baseball at 8 years old and continued playing throughout college. Played catcher and 3rd base during his Freshman and Sophomore years at West Aurora High School, transferred to East High for his Junior and Senior years starting at 3rd and 2nd base. After High School, he went on to play 4 years at Robert Morris University.
Specialty: 
Infield.

Coach Dametrick Evans
Pack 13U Orange – Assistant Coach
Coaching experience: Has coached several in-house league teams, first-year travel coach. 
Playing experience: Played travel, high school, and club baseball in college. 
Specialties:
 Outfield and baserunning. 

Coach Matthew Ozanic 
Pack 13U Blue 
Coaching experience: coaching lessons to younger kids and helping out Leyden baseball during the summer.
Playing experience: I have been playing baseball my whole life. Started with the Vipers house league, then Westdale travel baseball and then Lombard travel baseball. After that, 4 years at Leyden High School, and now currently play at Augustana College.
Specialty: Hitting, Catching, and Pitching.

 

 



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