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Joe Perona

Joe Perona founded Chicago Baseball Club in 2015 to develop confident, fundamentally strong youth baseball players. Joe is a youth coaching veteran of over 15 years and a life-long baseball player with an impressive amateur and professional career. Through Chicago Baseball Club, Joe and his staff of coaches deliver his unique "no excuses" coaching philosophy in a supportive teaching environment.

Joe created the Warriors Baseball program in 2010 and has coached at nearly every age level and has experience coaching 9u as well as high school, college and professional players. Joe's founding Warriors team captured the MSBL 14u Championship in 2015 as the first Chicago city based winner in the league's history. Joe has also head coached the Warriors to the 14u Illinois Junior League State Championships in 2015, 2017 and 2018. The 2018 14u Warriors represented Illinois and advanced to the Junior League World Series finishing in 3rd place of United States teams. Coach Perona head coached the Chicago Warriors 15u Green and 17u Green in 2019 to strong seasons.

For more info on Coach Perona's background and coaching purpose, click here

Mike Kloss

Mike Kloss graduated from North Central College in 2010 with several career pitching records and a desire to coach baseball.  Mike shares a lifetime of amateur playing and coaching experience with Chicago Baseball Club and the Chicago Warriors. Mike spent three years coaching baseball at North Park University and transitioned to a full time position at the Admissions department of Northeastern Illinois University.  He has continued his coaching at the high school summer travel baseball level for the past five seasons while also providing pitching instruction and coaching for our Warriors teams in the fall and winter seasons.

Mike leads our Chicago Warriors pitching program heading he winter pitching instruction as well as coaching two Chicago Warriors teams. Mike will also help advise our High School aged Chicago Warriors players with his coaching and playing experience of the college recruiting process. Mike graduated from Notre Dame College Prep and was born and raised in Chicago, IL.


Joe Mack

Joe Mack has been coaching youth baseball for almost 20 years, and helped build the Warriors program from the ground up: Joe served as assistant coach for the founding Warriors team in 2010, and has been on the coaching staff ever since.He has led our high school teams the past two years. Joe is currently head varsity baseball coach at Northtown Academy High School in Chicago and coached our 18u Chicago Warriors in 2019.

Joe built the Core Strength and Agility program to develop Warriors into well-rounded, whole athletes. “Young athletes, at a certain point, all need the same things. It starts with core strength; they have to have balance and agility and you want to have a lot of fast twitch muscle fiber,” he said. “What we’re doing is not only building baseball players, we’re building athletes.

Joe is a graduate of Northeastern University with a physical education degree and is a professional personalized fitness and strength trainer and manages Body Science in Wilmette, Illinois. As stated on the Body Science website, “Joe's circuits will leave you wishing for class to be over and asking for more at the same time. He has a gift of getting every ounce out of you while always staying in tune with your personal issues and goals.”

Robert Martinez

Robert Martinez knows youth baseball talent.

Robert has coached on all 3 Warriors 14u teams that have reached the Junior League state championships as well as our Chicago Warriors High School teams for the past four seasons.  In 2016, Coach Martinez also assisted the varsity baseball team at Walt Disney 2 High School. Robert recently coached our 18u Chicago Warriors in 2018.

Robert has assisted the Warriors in multiple roles since 2012 and has over 15 years of youth baseball coaching experience. He served as an assistant to Coach Perona for three years before leading the 2015 13u Warriors to the final four of the MSBL tournament. He has coached multiple Warriors teams in youth and high school for the past three years.
Robert lives in Chicago with his wife, Teresa, and their three children.


Seamus McDonagh 



Seamus enters his 3rd year with the Chicago Warriors as a pitching instructor and Chicago Warriors Head Coach. Seamus graduated from Ave Maria University in 2017 where he played on both the football and baseball teams. Seamus graduated from Gordon Tech in Chicago where he excelled athletically in baseball, football and basketball.

In 2019, Seamus head coached 12u Chicago Warriors and also was an assistant coach with 16u Chicago Warriors Gold.




Tom McGuire 

Since joining Chicago Baseball Club in 2015, Tom has been on a mission to immurse himself in the knowledge of the skills of baseball and coaching. Tom attends multiple coaching clinics annually and is always carrying a new baseball instruction or coaching philosophy book. He is an avid fan and student of Japanese baseball and coaching culture.

Tom served as head sophomore coach at Lane Tech in 2017 and has coached with the Chicago Warriors at nearly every level from youth to high school  He most recently head coached our 14u Chicago Warriors to a final four in the MSBL American Division.

His coaching Championships include an MSBL 11u Chicago Warriors title and a Sophmore City Championship as the Head Sophomore coach at Lane Tech College Prep. Tom enters his third year as a varsity assistant focusing on the infielders at Von Steuben High School this season and heads the Chicago Warriors infield defensive instruction.

Tom is from Lincoln, Michigan, where he was a three-sport athlete at Alcona Community High School. He graduated from Alma College in 2008, where he played baseball as a utility infielder for three years. Professionally, Tom works at CME Group in Chicago where he manages a client services team. In his free time, Coach Tom enjoys traveling and attending baseball games. Tom is drawn to coaching by his love for the game and the opportunity to relate life lessons to his players through baseball. 

Neil Piacenti

Neil Piacenti will head coach the 14u Chicago Warriors for the 2020 season. Neil brings eight years of youth coaching experience along with winter training instruction experience with the Warriors program.

Neil has a history of success as a former player. He holds several high school hitting records at St. Bede Academy in Peru, Illinois, including an eye-popping .603 batting average in 1994 his junior year in high school, which still stands as the season record. Neil was a scholarship baseball player at Northwestern University (’97), was signed as a free agent by the Chicago White Sox, and attended Chicago's minor league Spring Training in 1998 and then released in his first pro season by the White Sox. Neil later spent two seasons playing independent professional baseball in the Northern League for the Madison Black Wolf.

Neil is an insurance executive and volunteers on the Warren Park Youth Baseball Executive Board as vice president and treasurer. He lives in Evanston, Illinois with his wife Bridgette and their two children.

Dave Rivera

Chicago Warriors would like to welcome an outstanding new coaching addition to our talented stable of coaches as David Rivera enters his third year as Warriors head coach and will head our 18u Chicago Warriors squad in 2020 and serve as a winter Warriors baseball training instructor.

Coach Rivera is currently a varsity baseball coach at Von Steuben high school and has over a decade of head baseball coaching experience at the Varsity high school level as a former Lane Tech head varsity coach and also Northside Prep. Dave also has coached summer travel teams for the Chicago Mudcats for the past 5 seasons at the 14u to 18u levels.

Dave was a former standout two sport athlete at Lane Tech in baseball and football.  He playerd catcher in college at the junior college level and 
has followed his passion to build young men through coaching in baseball and football.


Eric Stall

Eric is a former Beloit College All-MWC shortstop who graduated in 2006 with an engineering degree. He continued to play amateur baseball in the Chicago Skyscraper League in his free time. Eric is an oustanding infield and hitting coach and has filled that role for the Warriors since 2014. He is very active instructing in our indoor cages throughout Warriors winter training and also is active on the field coaching infielders in our Warriors fall development program.

Eric grew up in Naperville, IL and is a systems engineer for ComEd in Chicago and he and his wfe live in the Wrigleyville neighborhood.




Henry Szumal

Coach Szumal is in his second year with the Chicago Warriors as a head coach with the Chicago Warriors as well as pitching instructor. He led the design our winter training throwing program and focuses his instruction on Warriors pitchers.

Henry is an experienced young coach at the high school level as well as summer travel baseball. He has coached at the high school level for three years and is currently the Lane Tech varsity pitching coach.

After a pitching injury and a recovery from Tommy John surgery, Coach Szumal dug into throwing and pitching research to advance his coaching knowledge. That injury experience has helped fuel his coaching passion to seek the best training development methods for young pitchers.

Henry played shortstop and pitcher for Lane Tech as a high school player graduating in 2009. He finished up his playing career at Oakton Community College. He continues to play as an amateur baseball in Chicago adult leagues.



Jaime "Jimmy" Velez

Jimmy Velez brings a lifetime of baseball experience as an amateur player, youth coach and umpire. Jimmy has nearly ten years of high school coaching and over 20 years of youth baseball coaching experience, including past positions as head sophomore coach at both Von Steuben and Lane Tech high schools in Chicago. Jimmy rarely lets a day pass without indulging in baseball, be it through coaching, umpiring, or spectating.

Jimmy has coached at nearly every level for the Chicago Warriors over the past five years and also serves as a valued instructor as well as assistant coach at both youth and high school levels.

Jimmy's baseball passion is coaching infielders during the Warriors winter training program and leading his teams to unexpected wins. Having raised a son and a daughter, Jimmy and his wife live in Chicago's West Rogers Park neighborhood.



Chicago Baseball Club featured Instructors

 
Jack Perconte

Jack has 12 years of experience playing professional baseball, including seven years in Major League Baseball. He has taught the game of baseball since his retirement as a coach, instructor and author. He has published three books on athlete and player development. More information about Jack is available at his website baseballcoachingtips.com

Jack could hit and he loves to teach hitting to young players.  He had a .270 career batting average as a major leaguer with the Dodgers, Mariners, Indians and White Sox and also batted near or over .300 in six minor league seasons. 

Jack will provide hitting instruction for Chicago Baseball Club and the Chicago Warriors and offer private hitting lessons. Visit our private lessons page to book a session with Jack or one of our coaches.


Juan Acevedo

Juan has worked with Chicago Warriors pitchers for the past three seasons. He pitched in the MLB for 8 seasons and 21 years as a professional pitcher in the United States and Mexico. Two of Juan's best seasons were for the St Louis Cardinals in 1998 with an 8-3 with a 2.56 ERA and in 2002 with the Detroit Tigers pitching in the closer role with 28 saves.

Coach Perona and Coach Acevedo first met as 'AA' players in their minor league careers in the Eastern League and have continued their relationship as instructors for each other's baseball programs. It is rare that a former player with Juan's experience focuses on youth players. Juan provides pitching instruction for the Chicago Warriors and Chicago Baseball Club as winter training ramps up in February and March as well as the spring and summer seasons.


We have 10 Chicago Warriors teams in 2018 and train over 20 total teams throughout the winter.  More coaches serve as assistants and trainers for Chicago Baseball Club and the Chicago Warriors who are not listed above.

Tom McGuire 

Tom McGuire is entering his first season as the head sophomore baseball coach at Lane Tech High School in Chicago after serving as an assistant on the freshman Lane Tech squad in 2016. Tom coached both the 14u Gold and 11u Chicago Warriors teams in 2016 and led both teams to successful seasons, highlighted by the 11u team winning the Mid-Suburban Baseball League (MSBL) American Division tournament championship. Coach Tom McGuire will continue to coach and instruct our Chicago Warriors players as head coach for the 15u Chicago Warriors Green team in the summer of 2017.
Tom is from Lincoln, Michigan, where he was a three-sport athlete at Alcona Community High School. He graduated from Alma College in 2008, where he played baseball as a utility infielder for three years. Professionally, Tom works at CME Group in downtown Chicago where he manages a client services team. In his free time, Coach Tom enjoys traveling and attending baseball games. Tom is drawn to coaching by his love for the game and the opportunity to relate life lessons to his players through baseball. 

Tom McGuire 

Tom McGuire is entering his first season as the head sophomore baseball coach at Lane Tech High School in Chicago after serving as an assistant on the freshman Lane Tech squad in 2016. Tom coached both the 14u Gold and 11u Chicago Warriors teams in 2016 and led both teams to successful seasons, highlighted by the 11u team winning the Mid-Suburban Baseball League (MSBL) American Division tournament championship. Coach Tom McGuire will continue to coach and instruct our Chicago Warriors players as head coach for the 15u Chicago Warriors Green team in the summer of 2017.
Tom is from Lincoln, Michigan, where he was a three-sport athlete at Alcona Community High School. He graduated from Alma College in 2008, where he played baseball as a utility infielder for three years. Professionally, Tom works at CME Group in downtown Chicago where he manages a client services team. In his free time, Coach Tom enjoys traveling and attending baseball games. Tom is drawn to coaching by his love for the game and the opportunity to relate life lessons to his players through baseball. 

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