Cangelosi Baseball Staff

John Cangelosi

Hitting Coach & founder of Cangelosi Baseball

  • Drafted 4th round by the Chicago White Sox
  • Won the World Series in 1997 with the Florida Marlins
  • Played 13 seasons in the big leagues
  • In 1986, he broke the American League rookie stolen base record

Tyler Thompson

Hitting & Infield Coach & Director of Baseball Operations

  • Played at Joliet Junior College and Robert Morris University
  • 2011 CCAC All-Conference player
  • NJCAA National Champion as a player (2008) and a coach (2012)

John Flanagan

Chief Operation Officer

  • Played and coached at University of Notre Dame
  • Owned & operated CF Swingtown for 15 years
  • Member of Arizona State University baseball staff from 2007-09

Tim Byrdak


  • Played at Rice University
  • Drafted in 1994 by the Kansas City Royals
  • Played 12 years Major League Baseball with 5 different teams

Garrick Pranchke

Hitting Coach

  • Played and coached at Grand Valley State University
  • 18 years of coaching elite travel ball & private hitting instruction
  • In 2013, led the 18u Illinois Sparks to the Connie Mack World Series
  • Hitting coach of Providence Catholic 2014-16 State Champs

Rick Balcaitis

Hitting & Infield Coach and Director of Youth Travel Baseball & Programming

  • Played at Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Masters degree in Athletic Training

Bob Gillund

Pitching Coach

  • Played professionally in Atlanta Braves organization
  • 17 years as High School Varsity pitching coach

Dan Hennigan

Pitching Coach

  • Played at St. Ambrose University
  • Head coach at Eisenhower High School

Lucas Fritsch

Pitching Coach

  • Played at St. Xavier University
  • Coaches at Marist High School

JT Scara

Hitting & Infield Coach & Director of Player Placement

  • Played at Robert Morris University
  • Coaches professionally with Rockford Rivets

Brett Velon

CSCS Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • Played at Joliet Junior College Robert Morris University
  • 2011 CCAC Player of the Year

Brett Maus

Pitching Coach

  • Played at St. Joe’s College
  • 2014 1st team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference
  • Played professionally for Windy City Thunderbolts