Coaching Staff

Steve Borg

Steve has been playing competitive baseball for over 35 years. After a successful high school career at Maine North High School, Steve pitched for the University of New Mexico Lobos. After college, Steve played semi-pro baseball in San Diego, New Orleans and Chicago. Steve taught pitching and hitting at Northshore Baseball Academy and has coached numerous baseball and softball teams over the past 15 years. Steve continues to play in semi-pro leagues throughout the metropolitan Chicagoland area and is currently the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at Lincoln Park High School.


                         

 

Tug Gillingham

Tug Gillingham

Tug has 11 years of coaching experience in the college and high school ranks. He served as the assistant coach at Triton Junior College for two years (2005-2007) and coached two years (2008-2009) as varsity assistant at Walther Lutheran High School, his alma mater where he was a three-year all-conference/all-area catcher. From 2010-2012, Tug was Varsity Head coach/Director of Baseball at Lincoln Park High School earning Conference Coach of the Year honors. In 2013, he was Head Baseball Coach for Rockford Guilford Varsity team. For the past 2 years (2014-2015), Tug has been an associate coach at Morton High School. Throughout these 11 years, Tug has worked, instructed, and consulted at several of Chicagoland’s premier academies. His services have also included 2 seasons of managing a Prospect/Showcase team (c/o ’15). Through these efforts, Tug has been able to help several players reach their goal of playing college baseball.

Tug played three years at Purdue University (2000-2003), where he earned Academic All-Big 10 honors, and played two years at Northern Illinois University (2004-2005).
Tug also played five years of professional independent baseball with the Windy City Thunderbolts, South Georgia Peanuts, Sioux City Explorers, and Joliet Jackhammers.

 


April Markowski

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April Markowski a graduate from Eastern Illinois University has been playing travel softball ball with the White Sox Training Academy for almost 16 years. April signed with Eastern Illinois University where she played there all four years as an outfielder and power hitter in the 1st or 5th spot. April received All Ohio Valley Conference first team honors her junior year along with All OVC tournament team, her senior year she received All OVC second team.

Brad Schnitzer

Brad attended Vernon Hills High School where he was named North Suburban All-Conference three times and was a two time Daily Herald All-Area team member.
He then attended Butler University from 2011-2012. Brad was named Butler University Most Valuable Pitcher in 2012, earning wins against Fresno State and Belmont University.
Following his collegiate career Brad signed a professional contract with the Rockford Aviators of the Frontier League.

 

 
Tim Dennehy

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Tim has over 6 years of coaching experience as a private instructor and consultant at several of Chicagoland’s premier academies. He is currently in his 4th year as the varsity pitching coach at Oak Park River Forest High School. The OPRF Huskies won the 2012 class 4a Illinois State Championship in his first year coaching at his alma mater. Over the past 4 years he has been able to help a number of pitchers go on to continue chasing their dream at the collegiate level. While playing at OPRF, he was a three time all-conference player, member of the midwest area code team, and named to the area code all-star team. He signed a scholarship to play at the University of Texas, but decided not to go after being drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 19th round of the 2005 MLB draft. As a draft and follow he went to Chandler Gilbert Community College in Arizona, where he spent two years and earned all conference honors. Following his second year at CGCC Tim signed a professional baseball contract with the New York Yankees after being drafted by them In the 27th round the previous year. In his first season of professional baseball, he won a championship with the Gulf Coast League Yankees as the starting pitcher. The following year Tim came out of the bullpen as a member of the New York Penn League’s Staten Island Yankees. He then Went on to play for the Southern Illinois Miners, and Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League before hanging-em up to finish his degree from Depaul University in physical education.

Gary Evashenk

         

Gary is a product of Reavis High School, where he played for 3 years at the varsity level before earning a scholarship to continue playing baseball at Robert Morris College. Upon graduation, he served as an Assistant Coach at Reavis High School (4 years) and currently serves as the Head Sophomore Coach at Morton High School (3rd year). In addition, Gary has also served as an instructor in south side academies and is presently the Athletic Director at Lincoln Middle School in Berwyn.

Charles Shepard

For 14+ years, GameShape Owner Charles Shepard has helped clients achieve their athletic/fitness goals. Using creative training techniques, Charles & GameShape Training help the young baseball player improve their offensive and defensive ability on the diamond. His progressive approach to athletic training is designed to ensure the young baseball player is physically prepared to compete and succeed at the highest level.

Jacob Rivera

Jacob was an all-conference pitcher/infielder at Lincoln Park High School, and continued his playing career as an infielder at Aurora University.  He has coached and instructed at Lincoln Park Baseball Academy for the past 4 years and the Chicago Park District for the past 5 years.

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