STAFF

RC Lichtenstein, Pitching Coach Montgomery Biscuits   R.C. has played, coached and managed in the minors. Lichtenstein pitched for the 1995 Merrillville Muddogs, managed the Dubois County Dragons of the Heartland League in 1996 and was a pitching coach in the Milwaukee Brewers organization from 1998 to 2002. Lichtenstein has been a part of the Tampa Bay Rays organization since 2005 and currently is the Montgomery Biscuits pitching coach.

RC Lichtenstein, Pitching Coach Montgomery Biscuits

R.C. has played, coached and managed in the minors. Lichtenstein pitched for the 1995 Merrillville Muddogs, managed the Dubois County Dragons of the Heartland League in 1996 and was a pitching coach in the Milwaukee Brewers organization from 1998 to 2002. Lichtenstein has been a part of the Tampa Bay Rays organization since 2005 and currently is the Montgomery Biscuits pitching coach.

Joe Kinsella, Head Softball Coach Lake Forest College   The 2019 season will be Joe Kinsella's 13th at Lake Forest College and 20th as a collegiate head coach. The three-time Midwest Conference South Division Coach of the Year owns a 274-180-1 overall record. Kinsella graduated from Joliet Catholic High School in Joliet, Illinois, and Illinois Wesleyan University. His high school football team captured a state title and his college squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Joe Kinsella, Head Softball Coach Lake Forest College

The 2019 season will be Joe Kinsella's 13th at Lake Forest College and 20th as a collegiate head coach. The three-time Midwest Conference South Division Coach of the Year owns a 274-180-1 overall record. Kinsella graduated from Joliet Catholic High School in Joliet, Illinois, and Illinois Wesleyan University. His high school football team captured a state title and his college squad advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Rich Mascheri, Minor League Pitcher   Baseball Instruction. Specialize in pitching and hitting. Wauconda High School standout, continued career at Western Illinois. Signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees in ’13. Currently playing for the Chicago Dogs as a relief pitcher. Richie currently coaches the Lake County Stars 14U baseball team.

Rich Mascheri, Minor League Pitcher

Baseball Instruction. Specialize in pitching and hitting. Wauconda High School standout, continued career at Western Illinois. Signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees in ’13. Currently playing for the Chicago Dogs as a relief pitcher. Richie currently coaches the Lake County Stars 14U baseball team.

Jack Kopacz, Ex International League Catcher   Baseball and Softball Instruction. Specializing in catching, hitting, fielding, speed and agility. Wauconda High School ‘02 standout and second team all-American catcher at Missouri Baptist. In 2007, continued his catching career in the German Professional League. Has been coaching youth baseball for the past 10 years and currently coaching the Lake County Stars 16U Baseball team.

Jack Kopacz, Ex International League Catcher

Baseball and Softball Instruction. Specializing in catching, hitting, fielding, speed and agility. Wauconda High School ‘02 standout and second team all-American catcher at Missouri Baptist. In 2007, continued his catching career in the German Professional League. Has been coaching youth baseball for the past 10 years and currently coaching the Lake County Stars 16U Baseball team.

 
Eddie Acosta, Ex-Minor League INF/OF   Baseball and Softball Instruction. Specialize in hitting and fielding. Current Scout for Baseball Connected. Current owner of Windy City Baseball Tournaments. Selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 35th round (923rd overall) of the 1991 Amateur Entry Draft.

Eddie Acosta, Ex-Minor League INF/OF

Baseball and Softball Instruction. Specialize in hitting and fielding. Current Scout for Baseball Connected. Current owner of Windy City Baseball Tournaments. Selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 35th round (923rd overall) of the 1991 Amateur Entry Draft.

 
Kurt Kempema, Baseball Instructor   Baseball Instruction. Specializes in pitching and fielding. Standout High School pitcher from Schaumburg, IL. Concordia University Chicago 2015 Secondary Education/Chemistry graduate. Has been coaching at the youth level for 5 years and currently the Lake County Stars 14u head coach.

Kurt Kempema, Baseball Instructor

Baseball Instruction. Specializes in pitching and fielding. Standout High School pitcher from Schaumburg, IL. Concordia University Chicago 2015 Secondary Education/Chemistry graduate. Has been coaching at the youth level for 5 years and currently the Lake County Stars 14u head coach.

 
Steve Arnieri, Washington Nationals Scout   Baseball Instruction. Specialize in hitting. Arnieri was an outfielder in college at Northern Illinois.He was assistant coach at the University of Illinois from 1983-1987. He was a hitting coach in the White Sox chain in 1995. He has been a scout for the Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and since 2007 with the Washington Nationals.

Steve Arnieri, Washington Nationals Scout

Baseball Instruction. Specialize in hitting. Arnieri was an outfielder in college at Northern Illinois.He was assistant coach at the University of Illinois from 1983-1987. He was a hitting coach in the White Sox chain in 1995. He has been a scout for the Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and since 2007 with the Washington Nationals.

 
Laura Matter, Assistant Softball Coach Lake Zurich HS   Softball Instruction. Specializes in fielding and hitting (slapping). Also teaches pitching mechanics at the youth level. Former Lake Zurich HS standout third baseman. Received Double major in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine and Physical Education from Illinois State University. Currently is PE teacher at Seth Paine Elementary School and coaching travel softball in the LZBSA organization.

Laura Matter, Assistant Softball Coach Lake Zurich HS

Softball Instruction. Specializes in fielding and hitting (slapping). Also teaches pitching mechanics at the youth level. Former Lake Zurich HS standout third baseman. Received Double major in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine and Physical Education from Illinois State University. Currently is PE teacher at Seth Paine Elementary School and coaching travel softball in the LZBSA organization.

Grant Davis, Baseball Instructor & Facility Manager   Baseball Instruction. Specializes in fielding and hitting. Standout HS outfielder from Morris, IL. Concordia University Chicago 2017 Sports Management graduate. Two-time Division III World Series participant. Grant currently coaches youth baseball for Top Tier organization.

Grant Davis, Baseball Instructor & Facility Manager

Baseball Instruction. Specializes in fielding and hitting. Standout HS outfielder from Morris, IL. Concordia University Chicago 2017 Sports Management graduate. Two-time Division III World Series participant. Grant currently coaches youth baseball for Top Tier organization.

 
Nicole Herbst, Fitness Instructor   Personal Trainer. NASM certified. NPC Bikini/Body Building competitor. Nicole has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from Northern Illinois University.

Nicole Herbst, Fitness Instructor

Personal Trainer. NASM certified. NPC Bikini/Body Building competitor. Nicole has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from Northern Illinois University.

Matt Miller, Baseball Instructor   Baseball Instruction. Specializes in pitching and hitting. Matt brings a major league approach to his teaching and provides his students a knowledge base built on both his playing and coaching experience over the past 18 years. Currently Matt is the lead pitching instructor for the Lake County Lightning.

Matt Miller, Baseball Instructor

Baseball Instruction. Specializes in pitching and hitting. Matt brings a major league approach to his teaching and provides his students a knowledge base built on both his playing and coaching experience over the past 18 years. Currently Matt is the lead pitching instructor for the Lake County Lightning.

Julian Martinez, Hitting Instructor            Trinity International University   Martinez was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985 and spent 8 seasons playing Professional Baseball. In addition, he has coached on the major league level for 13 seasons which includes a five-year stint with the Chicago Cubs (doubled as Sammy Sosa's personal hitting instructor) and an eight-year stint with the Washington Nationals where he has worked with MLB superstars Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper.

Julian Martinez, Hitting Instructor Trinity International University

Martinez was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985 and spent 8 seasons playing Professional Baseball. In addition, he has coached on the major league level for 13 seasons which includes a five-year stint with the Chicago Cubs (doubled as Sammy Sosa's personal hitting instructor) and an eight-year stint with the Washington Nationals where he has worked with MLB superstars Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper.

Kent Szarabajk, Head Softball Coach       Trinity International University   Returns for his third season leading the Trinity softball program in 2017. In his first season at Trinity, Szarabajka helped direct the softball program to a nine-win campaign, their highest win total in nearly a decade and more victories than the team had seen in the past five years combined.  Szarabajka was currently the Director of Softball at Player's Edge Baseball & Softball Academy in Mundelein. Bringing to MVP over 35 years of softball coaching experience

Kent Szarabajk, Head Softball Coach Trinity International University

Returns for his third season leading the Trinity softball program in 2017. In his first season at Trinity, Szarabajka helped direct the softball program to a nine-win campaign, their highest win total in nearly a decade and more victories than the team had seen in the past five years combined.

Szarabajka was currently the Director of Softball at Player's Edge Baseball & Softball Academy in Mundelein. Bringing to MVP over 35 years of softball coaching experience

Chris Brown, Baseball Instructor   Baseball Instruction. Focus on HS Players & specializes in hitting. Standout HS Catcher/Outfielder from Grayslake IL. . After a productive prep career, Chris received a baseball scholarship to St. Ambrose University and transferred to Illinois Wesleyan University where he was the Titans catcher for 3 years. After his playing career, Chris moved into the professional ranks as an Associate Scout with the Texas Rangers and will enter his 5th season with the Rangers in 2019.  Coach Brown has coached all levels of HS travel in his tenure with the Lake County Stars from 2013-Present. During this time, Coach Brown has had more than 20 players move on to play collegiality.

Chris Brown, Baseball Instructor

Baseball Instruction. Focus on HS Players & specializes in hitting. Standout HS Catcher/Outfielder from Grayslake IL. . After a productive prep career, Chris received a baseball scholarship to St. Ambrose University and transferred to Illinois Wesleyan University where he was the Titans catcher for 3 years. After his playing career, Chris moved into the professional ranks as an Associate Scout with the Texas Rangers and will enter his 5th season with the Rangers in 2019.

Coach Brown has coached all levels of HS travel in his tenure with the Lake County Stars from 2013-Present. During this time, Coach Brown has had more than 20 players move on to play collegiality.