South Athletic Booster Club, will host an instructional clinic for baseball coaches featuring speakers from six different college programs and headlined by Detroit Tigers outfielder and 1999 T.F.
South alumnus Curtis Granderson.
The speaker sessions will begin at 8:45 a.m. and run through 3:30 p.m. The doors will open at 8:00 a.m.
The goal of the clinic is to assist amateur baseball coaches from youth leagues through high school in better educating their players on various aspects of baseball and to begin preparations for the upcoming 2007 season.
Included in the speaker sessions will be drills coaches can utilize to better prepare their players. Each speaker will also be available after his session for a question and answer period. With these objectives in mind, T.F. South High School is excited to announce the following speaker lineup:
Curtis Granderson (Detroit Tigers)
Former T.F. South and UIC alumnus has solidified himself as one of the rising stars in professional baseball.CJ’s hard work in high school, college, and now the professional ranks continues to make him a standout in the game of baseball.
Dan DeCaprio (Lewis University)
Coach DeCaprio has spent 24 seasons as the Flyers pitching coach contributing to 791 victories during this tenure.Coach DeCaprio also has international coaching experience, the most recent being as head coach of the U.S. team in the 2006 Barcelona Open. Coach DeCaprio spent the 2003 season as a coach with the Joliet Jackhammers.
Mike Dee (UIC)
Coach Dee has spent the last 7 seasons establishing UIC baseball as a nationally recognized program. Coach Dee has led the Flames to 30 victories in each of the last 6 seasons.
Coach Dee spent 11 seasons as pitching coach for the Minnesota Golden Gophers prior to coming home to Chicago. Coach Dee attended the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse where he was an NAIA All-American his junior and senior year.Coach Dee has 44 former players who have gone on to professional careers.
Stan Hyman (Western Illinois University)
Coach Hyman is entering his 5th season as the Leathernecks head coach.He was the 1st coach in Leatherneck history to be named Mid-Continent Baseball Coach of the Year. Coach Hyman earned Coach of the Year honors 2 other times leading Rutgers University at Newark and Albright (PA) College to prominence.Coach Hyman has 14 former players who have reached the professional level.
Bob Landi (St. Francis University)
Coach Landi enters his 4th season as a member of the Fighting Saints coaching staff.Coach Landi was an honorable mention all-American and co-captain of Lewis University’s 1974 NAIA national championship baseball team. Coach Landi, who serves as hitting and infield coach for the Fighting Saints, is also the associate head coach under the legendary Gordie Gillespie.
Brian Michalak (North Central College)
Coach Michalak enters his 5th season as head baseball coach at North Central in Naperville, IL. Coach Michalak has led his teams to the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Tournament in 3 of his last 4 seasons. Prior to North Central, Coach Michalak served as an assistant baseball coach at Lewis University for 10 years. He played 4 seasons for Coach Gordie Gillespie at St. Francis University.
Steve Ruzich (South Suburban College)
Coach Ruzich enters his 21st season as head baseball coach of the Bulldogs. He has compiled a record of 737 wins and 398 losses. Under Coach Ruzich in 2006, the Bulldogs were 51 and 12, won 35 games in a row, a regional and sectional championship, and a trip to the JUCO World Series.Under the guidance of Coach Ruzich, 16 players have gone on to professional baseball and 151 others have continued on to 4-year college programs.