COACHING STAFF

Ryan Curry

Ryan Curry

Head of Baseball Operations
Ryan Curry
(630) 290-5709
ryan@piratesbaseballchicago.com

Coaching Experience & Instruction

  •  Pirates Coach (2015 – Present)
  •  Miami Marlins Coach – High A Level (2014)
  •  Professional Hitting, Infield, and Outfield Instructor (2007 – Present)
  •  Travel Baseball Coach and Coordinator (2008 – Present)

Playing Experience

  •  Bradley University (2003 – 2007)
  •  All-time hits leader, 3 Time All MVC Selection
  •  Miami Marlins Player (2007 – 2012)
  •  Baseball America Best 2nd Basemen (AA) (2010)
  •  Arizona Fall League Player (2010)

Hitting / Infield Lessons

  • ½ hr private lesson = $50.00
  • 1 hr private lesson = $100.00
  • Group Lessons 3+ = $30.00/player

Tony Holloway

Tony Holloway

Assistant Baseball Coordinator and Coach
Tony Holloway
(630) 207-5748
cdtony@comcast.net

Coaching Experience & Instruction

  • Travel Baseball Coach (2009 – Present)
  • Pirates Baseball Coach (2014 – Present)
  • Hitting and Infield Instructor (2017 – Present)

Playing Experience

  • Montini High School (1978 – 1981)
  • Lombard American Legion (2 Years)

Hitting Lessons

  • ½ hr private lesson = $40.00
  • 1 hr private lesson = $80.00

Phil Abruzino

Phil Abruzino

12U
Phil Abruzino
(630) 935-2338
abruzinophil@yahoo.com

Coaching Experience & Instruction

  •  Travel Baseball Coach (20l0 – Present)
  • Lombard Baseball Travel Director (2009 – 2010)
  •  Travel Coach 12U Lombard Lightning
  •  Travel Coach 13U Butterfield Bulldogs
  •  Travel Coach 13U, 14U, 15U Pirates Baseball
  •  Travel Coach 17U BYA

Playing Experience

  •  Played at St. Joseph High School

Axel Aleman

Axel Aleman

12U
Axel Aleman
(630) 825-4522
axaleman@sbcglobal.net

Coaching Experience & Instruction

  • Youth Baseball Coach for the Oak Brook Outlaws,
    Lombard Baseball League, & Villa Park Baseball League (2005 – Present)
  • Travel Baseball Coach for the Oak Brook Outlaws & Lombard Lightning (2008 – Present)
  • WSBL Board Member (2010 – Present)
  • President Oak Brook Outlaws (2010 – 2018)

Dan Romanelli

Dan Romanelli

12U

Max Hufnagle

Max Hufnagle

13U
Max Hufnagle
(630) 335-3149
maxhufnagle@yahoo.com

Coaching Experience & Instruction

  • Pirates Baseball Coach (2017 – Present)
  • Spring and Fall House League Coach (Ages 10 – 14) — Glen Ellyn (2014 – 2017)
  • 13U Travel Assistant Coach– Glen Ellyn Rebels (2016)
  • 14U Travel Head Coach– Glen Ellyn Rebels (2017)

Playing Experience

  • Glenbard West High School (2013 – 2015)

Hitting / Infield Lessons

  • ½ hr private lesson = $40.00
  • 1 hr private lesson = $80.00

Alex Aiello

Alex Aiello

13U
Alex Aiello
(630) 746-3492
aiello013@gmail.com

Coaching Experience & Instruction

  •  Pirates Coach (2012 – Present)
  •  Travel Baseball Coach (2012 – Present)
  •  Infield and Pitching Coach

Wyatt Tawse

Wyatt Tawse

13U
Wyatt Tawse
(708) 870-5749
wtawse20@gmail.com

Coaching Experience & Instruction

  •  Head Coach Pirates Baseball (2019 – Present)
  •  Travel Baseball Coach (2016 – Present)
  •  Head Coach Crush Baseball (2016 – 2018)

Playing Experience

  •  Outfielder Lyons Township (2013 – 2017)

Dean Whiteside

Dean Whiteside

14U
Dean Whiteside
(630) 267-0531
dean.whiteside@comcast.net

Coaching Experience & Instruction

  • Pirates Coach (2017 – Present)
  • Pitching Instructor (2017 – Present)

Playing / Umpire Experience

  • Willowbrook High School – Catcher (2004 – 2008)
  • Kansas City Kansas Community College – P/DH (2009 – 2010)
  • Kansas Wesleyan University (2011 – 2012)
  • Umpiring (2010 – 2016)

Pitching Lessons

  • ½ hr private lesson = $40.00
  • 1 hr private lesson = $80.00

Jimmy Funteas

Jimmy Funteas

14U
Jimmy Funteas
(630) 746-2047
j.funteasjr@gmail.com

Coaching Experience & Instruction

  •  Pirates Baseball Coach (2016 – Present)

Playing Experience

  •  Played baseball at Willowbrook High School
  •  Played for Pirates Baseball for one year

Mike Sanew

Mike Sanew

15U
Mike Sanew
(630) 890-7796
mike.sanew@hotmail.com

Coaching Experience & Instruction

  • Pirates Baseball Coach (2015 – Present)
  • Catching Instructor for Pirates Baseball (2009 – Present)
  • Lake Villa Youth Baseball catching instructor (2014)
  • Glenbard North softball catching instructor (2010 – 2013)
  • Catching instructor for Park Ridge baseball (2008)

Playing Experience

  • Concordia University (2002 – 2007)
  • 4 Year starting catcher
  • Team Captain (2002)

Catching Lessons

  • 30 Minute Individual Lesson = $35
  • 60 Minute Individual Lesson = $70
  • 60 Minute Group Lessons – 3 Players = $25/player | 4 Players = $20/Player

Max Brzostowski

Max Brzostowski

15U

Rodger Souders

Rodger Souders

15U
Rodger Souders
(630) 538-4584
r.souders34@gmail.com

Coaching Experience & Instruction

  • Assistant varsity Coach/St. Charles East High School
  • Assistant Varsity Coach/Plainfield North High School

Playing Experience

  • Waubonsee Community College
  • 2 year startingpitcher
  • Sophomore year first team All Conference/All Region
  • Member of Region IV All Star Game
  • Lindenwood University/St. Charles, MO
  • 2 Year varsity starter as a starting pitcher
  • Currently playing in 24 and over division for CNMSBL North for the Chicago Pirates

Dane Whiteside

Dane Whiteside

16U
Dane Whiteside
(312) 208-2042
danew23@comcast.net

Coaching Experience & Instruction

  • Pirates Coach (2016 – Present)
  • Division I – UIC (7 Years)
  • Varsity High School – Willowbrook (4 Years)
  • Travel Baseball – (15 Years)
  • Hitting, Infield, Catching and Pitching Instructor (10 Years)

Playing Experience

  • Butler County Junior College (1979 – 1981)
  • NJCAA Jr College All – American Nominee (1981)
  • UIC (1981 – 1983)
  • UIC Team Captain (1981 – 1983)
  • UIC Assistant Coach (1983 – 1990)
  • UIC Baseball Liaison (1990 – 1995, 2004 – 2006)
  • Inducted into El Dorado Baseball Hall of Fame (2001)

Hitting & Catching Lessons

  • 1/2 hr private lesson – $45.00
  • 1 hr private lesson – $90.00
  • Group Lessons (3 or more players) – $30.00 / player

Vince Harris

Vince Harris

16U
Vince Harris

Coaching Experience & Instruction

  •  Pirates Baseball Chicago Coach: (2016 – Present)
  •  Elgin Academy High School Coach: (2015 – Present)
  •  Travel Baseball Coach: (2014 – Present)

Playing Experience

  • Professional Baseball Player (1986 – 1996)
  •  4th Round Pick of the Chicago White Sox (1986)
  •  Triton College: .416 Avg. 50 Stolen Bases (1986)

Brian Hampton

Brian Hampton

16U
Brian Hampton
(630) 290-5709
ryan@piratesbaseballchicago.com

Coaching Experience & Instruction

  •  Spring House coach ages 9/10U ’17 & ’18 (Lombard)
  •  15U Travel Assistant Coach of Lombard Blues (2008)
  •  Assistant Coach (2yrs with sophomores, 1yr with freshman at Willowbrook High School (2014 – 2016)

Playing Experience

  •  Infielder at Willowbrook High School (2001 – 2004)

Max Aiello

Max Aiello

17U
Max Aiello
(630) 440-4157
maxaiello@gmail.com

Coaching Experience & Instruction

  • Pirates Baseball Coach (2014 – Present)
  • Willowbrook High School Coach (5 Years)
  • Travel Baseball Coach – 14U, 16U, 17U, 18U (2014 – Present)
  • Hitting and Outfield Instructor (2014 – Present)

Playing Experience

  • OF at Willowbrook High School

Hitting & Outfield Lessons

  • ½ hr private lesson = $40.00
  • 1 hr private lesson = $80.00
  • Group Lessons (3 or more players) – $25.00 / player

Joe Strem

Joe Strem

17U
Joe Strem
(630) 229-7155
joe.strem11@gmail.com

Coaching Experience & Instruction

  •  Pirates Baseball Chicago (2017 – Present)
  •  Travel Baseball Coach (2017 – Present)
  •  Pitching Instructor (2017 – Present)

Playing Experience

  •  Triton College
  •  Saint Xavier University

Mark Lis

Mark Lis

18U
Mark Lis
(630) 853-3097
m.lis@sbcglobal.net

Coaching Experience & Instruction

  •  Pirates Baseball Chicago (2018 – Present)
  •  Naperville White Sox Travel (5 Years)
  •  Naperville Little League (14 Years)

Playing Experience

  •   Elmhurst College 1B/P