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OPRF Pack Coaching and Administrator Profiles

Scott Lawler

Background
Scott Lawler is considered one of the top coaches in the nation and a product of an impressive baseball pedigree. Scott brings with him over 10 years of NCAA D1 college coaching and recruiting experience as the former Associate Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator at the University of Notre Dame, University of Arkansas Little Rock, University of Evansville, and Northern Illinois University. In that time, he recruited 35 players who went on to play professional baseball. Currently, Scott also serves as the Director of Recruitment, Assistant Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach at Benet Academy. 

Andrew Brauer

Background & Education
Andrew Brauer is an ex professional baseball player who played multiple years of minor league baseball in the Frontier League after playing and graduating from Lewis University where he was team captain and team MVP. Andrew has played infield, outfield, and pitched at the high school level or above and his versatility and work ethic has allowed him to pass on lessons and insights to many players of various positions and ages over his 10+ years of coaching. Most recently, before joining AI9, Andrew managed top nationally ranked high school travel teams.

Coaching Philosophy

Andrew prides himself on using his baseball knowledge and network to help aspiring players develop and advance to the college level with scholarships where they can be successful.  Andrew is Co-Owner and President of AI9 Baseball, coordinating & overseeing the development of the entire program.

Joe Boyle

Background & Education
Joe Boyle has been around baseball in some capacity his whole life. He attended Benet Academy where he was a two time all ESCC infielder in 2013 and 2014. After graduating high school, he went onto play baseball at Parkland College primarily playing shortstop. Joe helped Parkland to the 2016 NJCAA World Series in Enid, Oklahoma and ultimately finished his career at Indiana State University.

After graduating with a B.S. in Finance, Joe decided to return to work with Benet Academy and various operations with Lawler Baseball. Joe has dedicated much of his time to coaching kids of all ages in the area. Joe oversees all player development for Naperville AI9 and OPRF Pack Teams.

Jeremy Dickinson

Background & Education
I grew up in LaGrange, playing my high school ball at Lyons Township and continuing to play in college for four years at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, where I obtained my B.A. in Economics and Spanish. After college, I went on to live in Spain for six years, teaching English at schools around the country. I currently work as a Spanish teacher at Fenwick High School, where I have been since November 2017. In addition to my work in the classroom, I serve as the Head Freshman Baseball Coach and have also had the opportunity to coach freshman boys soccer and basketball, as well as JV softball.

Coaching Philosophy
The game of baseball has played a defining role in the development of my personal goals and values. I believe the game has the capacity to teach life lessons that other sports cannot. Through hustle, hard work, and dedication, my goal as a baseball coach is to teach the proper way to play and respect the game, and grow as competitors and young men in the process. I am excited to have the opportunity to do so with OPRF Pack.


Colin Cruz

Background & Education
I grew up the oldest of two siblings. I’m from Homer Glen Illinois and I went to high school at Lockport Township High School where I played on the baseball team as well as travel baseball. After high school I went on to play baseball at Robert Morris University for four years. I earned my bachelor's degree in Sports & Exercise Science and a masters degree in Human Performance. I now am the assistant pitching coach and Junior Varsity coach at Robert Morris for the past two seasons.

Coaching Philosophy
The hardest thing to do in sports is hitting a baseball. At the same time it is a simple game. You hit the ball, you catch the ball, you field the ball. I have a few rules; give it everything you have know matter if it’s in practice or in a game and do not get discouraged and show your emotions when you fail.

Jake Arsenault

Background & Education
I am from Aurora and played high school baseball at West Aurora High School. I went on from West Aurora to play at Robert Morris University. In April of 2019 I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Accounting and am currently working on my Masters Degree in Business Administration, and I plan on becoming a Certified Public Accountant after graduation and be able to continue in the game of baseball as a coach.

Coaching Philosophy
I love the game of baseball and want to be able to teach and help others become the best players they can be. Baseball requires hard work, being a team player, and respect for the game. Being able to help others grow and develop, not only in baseball, but in life is my main goal. I am excited to be a part of the OPRF Pack and being able to share my knowledge and experience with the players.

Bobby Fratto

Education
 
I attended OPRF High School and graduated in 2006. After High School I attended Oakton Community College, before finishing my education at Concordia University Chicago. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, and graduated in 2011. 

Background
I grew up the youngest, with two older sisters. My father was a groundskeeper at Wrigley Field for 25 years and introduced me to the game of baseball, which I still love with as much passion as I did when I was 4 years old to this day. I was rated as the #18 overall prospect in the stat according to Prep Baseball Report as well as one of the top 50 players to watch in the Chicago Sun Times and Chicago Tribune. At OPRF I hit the game winning home run as a Sophomore playing up on varsity to win the conference championship against Lyons Township. I was the third baseman at OPRFHS my junior and senior year. My junior year we beat Notre Dame and ultimately won the Super-Sectional title to head downstate and play at Kane County Cougars stadium. After High School I played at Oakton Community College (Who won the National title for Junior Colleges this year) before transferring to play at Concordia University Chicago. Baseball has always and will always be my biggest passion and I love sharing the knowledge I gained from this beautiful game onto younger generations.

Coaching Philosophy
Although baseball is one of the most complex sports there is, it is also one of the most simple. When all 9 guys on the field are executing their roles correctly and as a unit, they give their team a higher chance to succeed. Hard work and effort is something that cannot be taught, either you want to be a great baseball player or you are content with mediocrity.

I am a firm believer in hustle, effort and putting in work while no one is watching. I want all of my players to have fun, but to also work hard when practices or games begin, without hard work and effort success is hard to come by not only in baseball, but in life. I not only want my players to be great in between the lines on the baseball diamond, but to be great men when they step off of it.

Zach White

Background
This is my second year coaching OPRF Pack baseball. I played travel baseball all over the Chicago area up to age 14 when I unfortunately tore a tendon in my growth plate causing me to never really be able to play the sport I loved the same way I did in the past. Although I was never able to play baseball again, I learned to love the game from a different point of view; umpiring. I have now umpired baseball and softball for 7 years, going on 8. I’ve umpired 3 Illinois Little League state championship games in 2013, 2015, and 2016. I have been honored to be invited 3 years in a row to umpire in Cooperstown, New York (2018-2020).

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