Anthony Concialdi
Director of Baseball Operations
Coach Concialdi is a graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, IL where he spent 4 years as an outfielder for the Vikings. At Augustana he played all three outfield positions and was the recipient of the team's leadership award as a senior. After college, Coach Concialdi went on to put together a diverse coaching background. His coaching experience includes Youth Fall Ball Director and Head Coach for Play Ball USA (2013-2016), Director of Programs and Head Coach with the Illinois Indians Travel Baseball Clubc (2013-2016) where he spent 2 years with the high school program and 1 year with the college program. In his 3 years with the Indians he run their off-season practice program working with over 50 players who went on to play college baseball. Coach Concialdi also spent 3 years as the Varsity Assistant Coach at Notre Dame College Prep where he worked with the teams hitters and outfields. He also spent one year as the varsity summer league Head Coach. During his 3 years at ND the Dons appeared in back to back to back regional championship games. Coach Concialdi specializes in hitting mechanics and mental approach. He has a successful history as a hitting coach for players of all ages. He has worked with players ranging from 4 years old up to professionals. His new age style, care for his clients, and his passionate energetic approach is what separates him from most. He has developed a hitting curriculum that is always evolving and on the cutting edge of what is being taught in the industry today. He continues to educate himself not just on the swing but the biomechanics of the body and how the help the body work more efficiently to produce a more effective swing. Coach Concialdi has used his successes and failures as a player to develop a unique style and approach to the game of baseball.
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Maral Binnebose
Director of Softball Operations
Maral Binnebose joins The Dugout team excited to get back to her softball roots. Maral was a four year starter at Loyola Academy and was inducted to the hall of fame in 2008 as a pitcher as well as a member on the first team to go down state for the Academy. Maral's college career took her to the University of Illinois at Chicago. She spent three years playing for the Flames and was in the starting rotation her junior year. After UIC, softball took Maral back to Loyola where she was the assistant varsity coach for four years. As head of the softball division, Maral will be focusing her efforts on developing strong, confident, well rounded softball players and young ladies. Softball gave Maral her voice and strength to believe in herself, she only hopes to help The Dugout athletes find themselves through this amazing sport. Maral teaches pitching, hitting and defensive lessons as well as group classes and team instruction.
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Tony Smith
Director of Pitching and Arm Care
Coach Smith joined The Dugout staff in 2016 after a well-traveled professional career spending time in the Pecos League, American Association and Frontier League. Tony began his playing career at Cal State Stanislaus before transferring to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico where he was named first team all league and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Psychology. Tony has spent previous off-seasons coaching at Twentynine Palms High School, in his hometown in CA. While at Twentynine, he helped propel the team to a league title and a playoff berth for the first time in seven years. In 2014, Tony helped local Frontier League team, The Schaumburg Boomers win their 2nd championship as a key member of the team’s bullpen, with a 6-2 record. Currently, Tony works as the Boomers Pitching Coach leading the 2017 pitching staff to the lowest ERA in the league and breaking the single season strikeout record by 120 with a grand total of 820. With this success the Schaumburg Boomers went on to win the 2017 Frontier League Championship. A true testament to Coach Smith's ability is having six of his pitchers from this past season signed by affiliated teams. Tony has spent a majority of his career learning the art of pitching from all aspects including (but not limited to) biomechanical analysis and adjustments, personalized arm care and maintenance, increasing throwing velocity through more efficient bodily movements, various arm strengthening methods and also the mental development of pitchers and pitching. He accomplishes these through the use of innovative techniques that are guaranteed to show progress without unneeded stress on the shoulder, elbow, and body making it safer to throw. Coach Smith also employs a “chalk talk” session through which pitchers and coaches are each allowed to discuss their approaches to different types of hitters.
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Rose Wysocki
Softball Hitting Instructor
Rose is excited to share her passion for softball as she joins the Dugout team. A native to the south suburbs, Rose grew up in a hotbed for fastpitch softball where she played competitively starting at age 12. She attended Lincoln-Way East High School and helped the team to an Elite Eight finish, while tacking on first team All-Conference honors as a first baseman during her time there. She continued her career in college at St. Joseph's College (IN) before transferring to Elmhurst College. At Elmhurst, Rose helped lead the team to some of the strongest seasons the program has seen while playing short stop, outfield, and first base. During this time, she earned first team All-Conference honors as a utility player boasting a.395 batting average in conference play during her junior year while maintaining a career average of over .315. Batting from the left side, Rose specialized in both power hitting as well as slapping. She extended her career at Elmhurst as an assistant coach for a year before accepting a job as a teacher and coach at Loyola Academy. Rose continued her coaching career at Loyola before leaving the program to pursue her Master's in Educational Leadership. Growing up as the youngest of seven sisters who all played competitive softball, Rose understands the impact that softball can have on young women- not only on the field but also in their formation as well rounded members of society.
Luke Harrison
Pitching Instructor
Luke joins the staff in 2018 after stepping away from the game due to injury. A former Glenbrook South standout, Luke went on to pitch at Indiana University where he holds the all time ERA record will a 1.44 and appered in the 2013 College World Series. After a successful colligate career, Luke was selected by the Saint Louis Cardinals in the 35 round of the 2015 MLB Draft. He pitched two season in "A Ball" before a career ending arm injury. Luke now works for the Chicago Cubs in their marketing department. He has a strong passion for the game and helping young athletes. With his strong work ethic and attention to detail, Luke bring a high level of knowledge to everyone he works with.
Lars Liguori
Pitching Instructor
Lars joins The Dugout staff after a successful season with the Schaumburg Boomers. He posted a 9-4 record in 17 starts with a 3.44 ERA and was selected to the Frontier League All Star Team. Now a member of the Gary RailCats, Lars began his career as a two-way player at Saddleback College before transferring to Oral Roberts University. At Oral Roberts he was part of two conference championships along with two trips to The Division 1 College World Series Regionals. Lars is coming of his 5th professional season winning the Frontier League Championship with the Schaumburg Boomers under pitching coach and fellow Dugout colleague Tony Smith. Since his professional career began he has spent each off-season coaching club teams in Scottsdale, Arizona and is currently the Pitching Coach at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL. The Left-hander has been part of 4 championship teams in the past 7 years, including being the Game 1 starter for each of the Boomers playoff series games. Lars has spent time playing in the Pecos League, United League, American Association, and Frontier League. Lars’ specialties include all aspects of pitching, throwing mechanics, and pitching approach.
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Steve Borg
Dugout Rookies Youth Program Director and Coach
Steve is the owner and president of Lincoln Park Baseball Academy (LPBA). Steve has been playing competitive baseball for over 35 years. He brings a long career of baseball training and coaching to the Dugout staff. After a successful high school career at Maine North High School, Steve pitched for the University of New Mexico Lobos. After college, Steve played semi-pro baseball in San Diego, New Orleans and Chicago. Steve taught pitching and hitting at Northshore Baseball Academy and has coached numerous baseball and softball teams over the past 15 years. Steve continues to play in semi-pro leagues throughout the metropolitan Chicagoland area and is currently the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at Lincoln Park High School. Steve has had years of success running summer camps for players of all ages. Steve is the Director of The Dugout Rookies Youth Program for ages 2 - 7 years old.
Kellie Fox
Softball Hitting and Fielding Instructor
Kellie brings a diverse softball background to The Dugout staff. A University of Arizona standout, Kellie was a two time All-American selection and Pack-12 Defensive Player of The Year at Shorts Stop for the Wildcats. Following a successful career at Arizona, Kellie spent the 2014 and 2015 summers playing for Team USA Softball where she was named the 2015 USA Softball Player of the Year. Kellie has also spent time running camps and clinics in her hometown of California as well as during her time with Team USA. After her time with Team USA Kellie went on to coach a 14u travel team for one season and spent a season as the Varsity Assistant Coach at The Bishop's School in La Jolla, CA. Kellie specializes in defense and hitting. She brings a great passion to The Dugout and hopes to have a positive impact on many young softball players.
Fred Smart
Hitting Instructor
Coach Smart is new to The Dugout staff in 2017. A Loyola Academy product, Coach Smart was an All-Area and All-Conference selection. He is now the Assistant Varsity Coach and Program Hitting Director at his alma mater. Fred began his colligete career at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines before transferring to Division One Siena College in Albany, NY. At Siena he was selected Team Captain and was a 2nd Team All MAAC Conference selection in 2016, team leader in home runs with 8 and the conference leader in home runs as well. Coach Smart will running hitting classes and doing private lessons weekly.