Lee “Buzz” Capra - Baseball
Lee “Buzz” Capra is a former Major League pitcher with the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves. He specializes in teaching pitching and hitting to boys of all ages. During an impressive career Buzz racked up 44 wins to 18 losses and a career 2.86 ERA minor league record. Coach Capra best single record was 16-8 when he was named to the National League’s All-Star team by Yogi Berra. Buzz led the Major Leagues with a 2.28 ERA and finished within the top ten for Cy Young voting in 1974 as well as receiving votes for NL MVP.
Coach Capra spent 20 years professional pitching coach in several minor league systems, most recently with the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets. After retiring as a pitching coach to professional players Coach Capra dedicated his life to working with youth athletes. Buzz says that he knew he wanted to be a professional baseball player at a young age. He never let anyone tell him that he couldn’t accomplish his goals. Coach Capra offers his lifetime of lessons in baseball and perseverance to the kids of our community.
Justin Kees - Baseball
Justin Kees is a highly regarded pitching coach in St Charles, Geneva, South Elgin and the Fox Valley area. Justin serves as a pitching coach and mentor to players from St Charles, Geneva, South Elgin, Kaneland, and Schaumburg. Players travel from as far away as Chicago and Madison, WI to attend private pitching lessons with Justin.
Coach Justin works with players and their families to understand their individual goals. Using his 20+ years of playing experience and professional playing background, Justin is able to build on a players existing strengths and determine areas for improvement.
Coach Kees helps athletes understand how proper mechanics lead to fewer injuries and a longer, more productive pitching career. Through video analysis Coach Kees analyzes pitching mechanics, stride, foot placement, and throwing motion to develop healthy throwing habits.
Coach Kees was a pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks where he posted a .625 winning percentage. Coach Kees played locally with the Schaumburg Flyers for 4 years with a record of 20-13. Justin brings his years of professional experience to his players in every lesson. Having made the transition to professional baseball, Justin can help players and parents understand the path to playing professional baseball. As a former pro and active pitching coach, Coach Kees can relate to young athletes aspiring to a higher level of play.
Coach Kees served as Associate Head Coach at Elgin Community College. As Coach, Spartans averaged 44 wins per season and he assisted in producing three All-American pitchers. Justin served as a pitching coach of the Rockford RiverHawks, an independent team in the Frontier league and as varsity pitching coach at Barrington High School.
Rick DeHart - Baseball
Rick DeHart has played professional baseball from 1992-2003.
He has Major League experience with the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Kansas City Royals.
Rick’s career started in 1992 when he was signed as a lefty non-draft pitcher for the Montreal Expos. He was called up to the BIG LEAGUE in 1997 where he played until 1999 at which time he signed with the Hiroshima Carp of Japan. After a year in Japan he moved on to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001 and the Kansas City Royals for two years 2001-2003.
Besides Rick’s Major League experience, he has played professionally abroad in Venezuela, Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Rick was also the pitching coach for both the Schaumburg Flyers and the Kansas City T-Bones of the Independent League. While in Kansas, his team won the Northern League Championship.
Joe Colucci - Baseball
Coach Joe Colucci focuses not only on improving skills physically, but also mentally. Coach Joe wants all players to achieve the highest level of confidence through the game and life. Coach Joe is available for private, semi-private, and team clinics.
Coach Joe played at North Park University and was CCIW conference leader in home runs, slugging, fielding, walks, and RBIs. Prior to college, Coach Joe played 4 years at the high school varsity level at Taft in Chicago and received All-City, All-Conference, and All-Area honors.
Chris Wilmot - Baseball
Coach Wilmot is a 2000 graduate of Conant High School in Hoffman Estates. He was a catcher, outfielder, and 1st baseman for the Cougars during his varsity years. Chris was a member of the 1999 MSL Champion team that set the school record for wins in a season and was awarded the Unsung Hero Award for the 99’ season
While in college, Chris played semi-professional baseball with the Chicago Lugnuts. In 2005, he attended an open tryout with the Schaumburg Flyers. Coach Wilmot spent two seasons with the Flyers including their playoff run in 2006. In 2009 Chris was the bullpen catcher for the Kansas City T-Bones. While catching in the Northern League, Chris worked with various levels of pitchers from former major leaguers, AA/AAA level pitchers and players right out of college.
Coach Wilmot has coaching/managing experience at the 12-15U levels with the Illinois Indians and Express Baseball Club. Coach Wilmot is an experienced hitting and catching instructor for both baseball and softball players of all levels and is available for private and group instruction.
Chris holds an AAS degree in Fire Science Technology and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from DePaul University. He is currently a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic and Sophomore Baseball Coach for Bartlett High School.
Cody Wallace - Baseball
Coach Wallace has devoted his academic and professional career to athletic training and development. As a 3 sport high school athlete Coach Wallace excelled at baseball, football and soccer. Cody embraced his love of sports and training by pursuing his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training at Northern Illinois University.
Coach Wallace was a catcher at Elgin Community College before graduating and continuing his studies at Northern Illinois University. Coach Wallace brings his on field experience and athletic training knowledge to every student interaction. Coach Wallace is available to coach catching and hitting lessons.
In addition to his coaching schedule Coach Wallace is the General Manager of Elite Sports Training Center and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the facility staff and operations.
Dominick DeNicola - Baseball
Dominick is from Stamford, CT and attended Westhill High School. During his senior year, he won the 2008 Connecticut State Championship. Dominick is a graduate of Springfield College in Massachusetts, where he received a BA in Sports and Recreation Management. As an undergraduate, he continued his baseball career and had a successful college experience being a dual position player as a pitcher and second baseman. He is also a member of the FCCABU board as an umpire who can officiate high school games. For the past 8 years, he has been coaching for Bobby Valentine's Fury program at all age levels. Dominick is new to the area working for the Kane County Cougars as an Assistant for Player Development . Please catch him at Northwestern Medicine Ballpark for a game.
Coach Dominick enjoys every aspect of the game and can adapt to any age level whether its towards baseball or softball. His I.Q. for the game is endless. He can be an instructor for batting, fielding, catching, or pitching.
Coach Dominick feels very privileged to be working for such a great organization and faculty at Elite Sports Training Center. He brings a lot of enthusiasm to his lessons and teams, as he believes that positive reinforcement is the key in all of his teachings. He has a ton of passion and is inspired to pass on his love and knowledge for the game while guiding young athletes to a better future.
Vince DiMaria - Baseball
Vince was a top prospect in Illinois and listed as baseball Americas top 20 list in the state. In high School (Bartlett High School) He was an All-Area and unanimous All-Conference Selection and was a three year varsity starter.
Coach Vince earned a 4 year baseball scholarship to the University of Illinois-Champaign. At Illinois, he earned conference player of the week 4 times, while earning recognition as a top Freshman in the BigTen conference tournament in 2001.
A versatile player, DiMaria started all 4 collegiate years playing both infield and outfield and hitting at the top of the order. Coach Vince summer league played included turns with the Northwood's Lacrosse Loggers and Durham Braves.
Coach Vince also attended the Atlanta braves open tryouts and an invitational for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Coach Vince has experience with all age groups and helps develop kids of all ages.
Kevin Taylor - Baseball
Kevin was a four year baseball letterman at Nazareth Academy High School (LaGrange Park, IL) which included a Regional Championship.
Coach Talyor was a four year baseball letterman at the University of Indianapolis where his team was ranked in the top 25 in the nation all four years of Kevin’s attendance.
After college, Kevin played 2 years in the Chicago Skyscraper Semi-Pro League. During his baseball career he batted over .300. and played shortstop.
He has assisted in coaching in numerous baseball instructional programs at the little league and high school levels. Kevin also has umpired baseball games for 7 years from the little league to the semi-pro levels.
Kaylee Hayton - Softball
Kaylee started playing travel softball at 10 years old. Initially with the St. Charles Comets then moving to the Kane County Xplosion. She finished her last three years of travel with the Wasco Diamonds.
Her experience allowed her to see many different styles of playing the game and different pitching techniques. Playing softball at the varsity level for four years at West Aurora high school and receiving all conference and all academic was a goal she reached with hard work and dedication.
After high school Coach Hayton continued her softball career at North Central College where she had the lowest ERA in the conference at a 1.8 until she was sidelined with a non-softball injury.
Haylee transferred to Aurora University continuing her softball career at with a 2.16 ERA going 7-2 and achieving NACC scholar athlete status.
The love of the game drives Coach Hayton to pass on her knowledge to athletes that have the drive and mental focus to better themselves.