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Staff

  • Tyler Thompson ( Director of Youth and High School Organization )

    High School: ‘07 Carl Sandburg
    Playing experience: ’09 Joliet Junior College & ’11 Robert Morris University

    • Director of Baseball Operations at Cangelosi Baseball since 2013
    • NJCAA National Champion as a player (2008) and a coach (2012)
  • Bob Lisanti ( Director of Player Development )

    High School: ’91 Fenwick
    Playing experience: ’95 University of Notre Dame

    • Director of Player Development at Cangelosi Baseball since 2016
    • In 1996, signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs. Played up to AAA
  • John Cangelosi ( Advisory Board Member )

    High School: ’81 Miami Springs
    Playing experience: 
    ’82 Miami Dade/4th round Chicago White Sox

    • Won the World Series in 1997 with the Florida Marlins
    • Played 13 seasons in the big leagues with 7 different teams
  • John Flanagan ( Advisory Board Member )

    High School: ’85 St. Rita
    Playing experience: 
    ’90 University of Notre Dame

    • Coaches collegiately at University of Notre Dame
    • Member of Arizona State University baseball staff from 2007-09
  • Keith Massey ( Advisory Board Member )

    High School: ’83 Oak Forest
    Playing experience:
    ’87 University of Illinois

    • Served as President from ’12-’16 and Treasurer from ’10-’11 of Sparks organization
    • Son’s Andrew Massey (Concordia University) and Michael Massey (University of Illinois) both came thru the program
  • Dave Payton ( Advisory Board Member )

    High School: ’82 St. Laurence
    Playing experience:
    ’86 University of Illinois/St. Louis Cardinals

    • Has played a huge role in the growth of the Sparks organization since ’03
    • Son’s Mark Payton (Texas/NY Yankees) and Troy Payton (Maryville University) both came thru the program
  • Brett Velon, CSCS ( Director of BSF Sports Performance )

    High School: ‘07 Carl Sandburg
    Playing experience: ’09 Joliet Junior College & ’11 Robert Morris University

    • Interned under Eric Cressey in Winter of 2016
    • 2011 CCAC Player of the Year
  • Billy Copp ( Pitching Coach )

    High School: ’82 Aurora Central Catholic
    Playing experience: 
    ’86 Iowa State/7th round Pittsburgh Pirates

    • 20+ years of coaching experience including big leaguers: TJ McFarland, Mike Foltynewicz, Tony Zych, Casey Crosby
    • Current pitching coach at Brother Rice
  • Garrick Pranchke ( Hitting Coach )

    High School: ’89 Andrew
    Playing experience:
    ’95 Grand Valley State

    • Coached at Grand Valley State University from ’96-98
    • Current hitting coach at Providence Catholic, ’14-’16 State Champs
  • Tyler Martin ( Pitching Coach )

    High School: ’06 Tremont
    Playing experience:
    ’11 Cardinal Stritch

    • Associate Head Coach & Pitching Coach at Robert Morris University
    • Current pitching coach for the Southern Miners
  • Brett Maus ( Pitching Coach )

    High School: ’09 Andrew
    Playing experience: 
    ’14 St. Joes

    • 2014 1st team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference
    • Played professionally for Windy City Thunderbolts
  • John McCarthy ( Hitting & Outfield Coach )

    High School: ’02 St. Rita
    Playing experience:
    ’16 University of Louisiana/Lafayette

    • Current head coach at Brother Rice
    • Coached with Sparks organization for 6 years
  • Ken Reynolds ( Hitting & Catching Coach )

    High School: ’84 Thornton Fractional South

    • 24 years coaching Illinois high school baseball
    • Assistant coach at TF South High School
  • Charlie White ( Hitting & Outfield Coach )

    High School: ’10 Naperville North 
    Playing experience: 
    ’14 University of Maryland/21st round Chicago Cubs

    • Departed Maryland as the Terps’ all-time stolen base leader with 86
    • Played his high school career with the Sparks organziation
  • JT Scara ( Hitting & Infield Coach )

    High School: ’05 Lincoln-Way Central
    Playing experience: 
    ’09 Robert Morris University

    • Coached at McKendree University (D2) from ’13-’14
    • Coached professionally with Windy City Thunderbolts & Gary Railcats, currently coaching with Schaumburg Flyers