Chicagoland Baseball Academy is owned and operated by Bill Rosencrans. Bill was a high school head baseball coach and Special Education teacher before venturing into private business. After graduating from Illinois State University Bill spent 7 years as a teacher and assistant coach at Mundelein High School and earned a masters degree from St. Xavier University. While he was at Mundelein he was part of a program that finished 4th in state, won 5 regional championships, and sent numerous players to play baseball in college.

Bill left Mundelein in 2008 to become the head baseball coach at Lakes High School. During his tenure at Lakes High School they won their division for the first time in school history in back to back years while also winning a total of 46 games.

After leaving Lakes in 2010, Bill spent time at Fastball USA where he worked with and learned from Mike Ryan. Located in Schaumburg, Fastball is cutting edge and well known for creating 90 MPH baseball players with their Explosive Hitting and Black Belt Pitching programs.

During this time Bill coached at the feeder , freshman, sophomore, varsity and American Legion level.

Coach Rosencrans addresses his 2010 Lakes Eagles team.

16U Coach
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Coach Dimitri Panoutsos attended high school at Notre Dame College Prep where he played 3 years of baseball. Throughout elementary school and high school he played for travel teams such as Edgebrook Thunder, Wildwood Titans and Frozen Ropes. Last year he coached in the NSYBA spring league for the Edgebrook Angels and also won their house league championship. He currently is a sophomore at DePaul University majoring in accounting.

 

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-First scouted at age 13
-High School Baseball All-American, 1995
-Team USA gold medalist, 1995
-Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune Player of the Year, 1995
-Full baseball scholarship to Stanford University, 1995
-Freshman All American, 1996
-Two-time Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League All Star, 1996 and 1997
-College World Series, 1997
-Two-time All Pac-10 baseball team, 1997 and 1998
-College All-American, 1998
-Defensive Player of the Year, Pac-10 Conference, 1998
-Played every inning of every game for Stanford's baseball team between 1996-1998
-2nd round draft pick, Colorado Rockies, 1998
-Carolina League (High Class A) All Star, 1999
-Stanford University graduate, Class of '99, History
-First called up to the Major Leagues with the Cleveland Indians, 2003
-Became the first Indian in 25 years to hit 20 home runs or more as a rookie
-The Sporting News MLB Rookie of the Year, 2003
-City of Cleveland Sports Writers Association Sportsman of the Year, 2003
-Represented the Cleveland Indians' players as the MLB Player's Association Representative, as well as being the Player's Association rep for every other team he played on.
-Was the first hitter in New York Mets' stadium's Citi Field history in 2009
-Became the first player in MLB history to hit a home run in a new ballpark as the game's first hitter, earning him a place in Cooperstown, New York's MLB Baseball Hall of Fame
-Holds claims for Citi Field's first hit, first run scored, first RBI, first HR, and first outfield assist (threw out Jose Reyes in the inaugural game's first inning).
-Hit for the cycle (single, double, triple, home run in the same game) as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, 2010
-Played under such legendary baseball hitting instructors as Eddie Murray, Clint Hurdle, Don Baylor, Derek Shelton, Buddy Bell, Wally Joyner, and many others.
-Has combined his own knowledge of hitting mechanics with what he learned from other hitting legends to create a very unique way of teaching the hit tool to athletes of all ages by using both mechanics and approach to improve the hitter's chances for success.

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Rate: $100/half hour

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Director of Private Lessons
Phone: 847.209.8778
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Eric has been with CBA since November 2014. As a player, at Lakes Community High School in 2008 and 2009, Eric was a two time NSC All Conference and Lake County All Area selection along with being named the team's offensive MVP both years on varsity. In 2011 Eric played at the College of Lake County on a baseball scholarship. As a member of the Eureka College Red Devils (2012-2013), Eric was named to the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (SLIAC) All Conference Team.  

Along with this playing experience, Eric is currently serving as the head coach of the 19U Lake Villa Cyclones, an American Legion Baseball that he founded in 2012. He also has been working for the Bulls Whitesox Academy for the past 8 summers conducting area baseball camps. In the spring of 2014 he served as an assistant baseball coach at Eureka College in Eureka, IL. He is currently serving as the assistant freshmen baseball coach at Lakes Community High School.   Along with coaching, he is an IHSA patched umpire and has been umpiring travel and high school baseball games all throughout the Lake County area for the past 8 years. Lastly Eric is currently an 8th grade special education teacher at Woodland Middle School.

11U Head Coach
Phone: 847.226.4590
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I am a Physical/Health Education teacher on the West side for Chicago Public Schools. I teach both baseball and softball lessons at the elementary level and have experience coaching both baseball and softball for Austin High School. I teach and coach many sports, but Baseball is a passion that I love to help others learn from.

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10U Head Coach
Phone: 847.533.8214
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Al Kolbe has been with CBA since 2015. He is a passionate baseball player and coach. He has played in multiple top leagues and tournaments in his youth, he went on to play in highschool where he was awarded a baseball scholarship. 
Al continues to pursue his passion by coaching his children's teams with a focus on fundamental development, understanding the rules, teamwork and to enjoy the game. He also is still active in the 16" softball community,  playing/managing his softball team of 25 years, (and counting!).  They have won dozens of championships and
he was a 2014 ASA A Nationals Champion.