Sam Zagorac is the lead baseball instructor at Diamond Edge Academy. Sam is a former collegiate player who began his coaching career in 1996, spending the first 8 years working alongside and under the tutelage of John Mallee. John, who is currently the hitting coach of the Chicago Cubs, is widely viewed as one of the top hitting instructors in the country. Along with spending years working under John, Sam has also had the opportunity to work minor league Spring Training camp with the Florida Marlins and has spent the 2011-2013 springs in Glendale instructing at White Sox Spring Training.In addition, to his time with the Chicago White Sox and John Mallee, Sam was an assistant coach at Mount Carmel High School for 10 years. Sam, an expert in the field of high-speed video analysis, along with his strong reputation as a great communicator and having an incredible understanding of the swing, has led many professional players to him in the past several years as well. Sam's teaching style has resulted in many of his players moving on to the collegiate level and several reaching their dreams of signing a professional contract. Sam has given more than 25,000 private lessons and employs video analysis with each hitter he works with. He is also a frequent speaker on the national coaching clinic tour.
Mick Curran joins the staff at Diamond Edge Academy after wrapping up his seventh season as the hitting coach for the Gary RailCats. Mick is highly respected in the baseball world for both his high level understanding of the game, as well as his incredible passion for teaching. In addition, to his six years in professional baseball, Mick accepted his first managerial position, with the Medicine Hat Mavericks in the Western Major Baseball League, a Canadian collegiate summer league. Mick helped lead the 2013 Mavericks to the all-time WMBL league record in wins (39-7) and the team's second consecutive birth in the WMBL Championship Series. Mick is also a bi-product of John Mallee, spending five years working alongside him with some of the top major and minor league players in the country. He played collegiately at Illinois Wesleyan where he was a three-time First Team All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin selection.
Amber Patton is a two-time Louisville Slugger National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American, Patton completed her senior season with the Blue Demons in 2009 with a school-record .497 batting average which topped the BIG EAST Conference and was second in the nation. A four-year letter winner at third base, she holds DePaul's career records in assists (556) and sacrifice hits (58) and the single-season marks in hits (87), batting average (.497), games started (69), games played (69) and at bats (216). Patton earned all-BIG EAST honors all four years, as a first team selection in 2008 and 2009 after being named to the second team in 2006 and 2007. In addition to her collegiate career, Patton has competed on the professional and international levels. In the summer of 2009, Patton competed for USA Softball in the Japan Cup, becoming the only DePaul softball player to compete for USA Softball. The Amateur Softball Association named Patton an alternate to the 2010 USA Softball Women's National Team in January 2010. The native of Forsyth, Ill. has played for the Chicago Bandits for the past 7 summers, earning All-NPF team honors as an outfielder in 2009, and as a 3rd baseman in 2012 and 2015. Professionally, Patton finished her rookie season in the Top 5 in several offensive categories, including batting average (2nd – .362), hits (4th – 38), stolen bases (4th – 10) and runs scored (4th – 22). In 2012, Patton was the co-defensive player of the year, and was the co-champion for the most stolen bases. In 2015, her last and final season, Patton finished Top 5 in several offensive categories, including batting average (T4th - .338), hits (T3rd – 48) and triples (T1st – 2). Patton and The Chicago Bandits were NPF World Champions in 2011 and 2015. Patton also excelled in the classroom. She was a Lowe's Senior Class first team All-American, a second team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American, a two-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection and was named to DePaul's Dean's List and to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in all eligible quarters. She graduated from DePaul in November 2009 with a bachelor's degree in marketing with a concentration in sales. Following her collegiate career, Patton was the assistant softball coach at Northern Illinois University from January 2010 to May of 2011. As a coach and instructor, she specializes in the skill of slap hitting, infield and outfield. Patton has also worked several clinics and acted as a personal instructor in the Chicago area, and currently works for Total Control Sports.
Kyle Kobernus (BA, CSCS), was a top baseball player in the state of Illinois attending Naperville North High School, earning All-Conference and All-Area honors. He then earned scholarships to both Elgin Community College and then Judson University earning All-Region honors and MVP. After completing college baseball, he then played professional baseball as a starting pitcher for the Gary South-Shore Railcats and then the Newark Bears. Kyle has been teaching baseball and giving private lessons for 12 years now where he started working baseball camps at the Chicago Bulls/WhiteSox Training Academy in 2003 and then started as a private baseball instructor in 2005.
Kyle studied Exercise/Sport Science from Judson University and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Kyle developed his love for fitness since his early years in high school and his passion for it has grown ever since. In 2009, Kyle did his internship under Mark Crabtree for Explosion Sports Performance at the Chicago Bulls/WhiteSox Training Academy where Kyle has trained as a baseball player and athlete since 2002. After completing his internship and ending his baseball career, Kyle knew that he wanted to be a strength coach. Kyle constantly wants to learn and develop his coaching methods and training in order to get the best results for the clients and athletes. Trying to always come up with new, creative training programs and routines is one of the attributes that Kyle has in order to always create a smart, fun and intense atmosphere when training people. Kyle uses his education and experience to help develop and improve people’s health and work ethic to help them get the results they need. Kyle has worked with people of all ages and has also worked with MLB athletes, Division 1 athletes, and Elite high school athletes and travel teams in the Chicagoland area.
On September 1, 2011, Osborne was named the first head coach of the DuPage County Hounds, one of the members of the Midwest Collegiate League, a summer baseball league in Chicagoland. He is entering his fourth season with the team where he now takes on a general management role as well.
Although Osborne is now found in the dugout instructing collegiate players as a coach, his playing days were spent behind the plate as a catcher.
Osborne attended Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Illinois, about 40 miles outside of Chicago. His abilities allowed him to partake in the Top Tier Baseball Club, one of the most elite amateur baseball organizations in the United States.
In 2005, Osborne’s collegiate baseball career began as a member of the Mesa Community College Thunderbirds. At Mesa, Osborne participated in the 2005 and 2006 Junior College World Series and performed at a high level with a .347 batting average in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference, which is a wood bat league. His Alma Mater MCC and former coach Tony Cirelli won the 2014 World Series this past season.
In 2007, Osborne transferred to Indiana State University to finish his collegiate career. As a scholar athlete, his grit was on full display, as he set and still holds the school record for being hit by a pitch 40 times as a batter. The Sycamores recognized his leadership skills and went on to appoint Osborne as the team captain and recipient of the team leadership award. His former head coach Lindsay Meggs is now the head coach for the University of Washington in the PAC-12.
As a college player, Osborne spent two summers playing for the DuPage County Dragons, who played under the disbanded Central Illinois Collegiate League. From 2009 – 2011 Osborne Managed a successful DuPage Dragons youth team. Four of these players went on to play in college, as well as this past season with the DuPage Hounds.
After graduating from Indiana State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Management, Osborne returned to Illinois to join the coaching staff as a varsity assistant at Lemont High School. In 2010, Osborne was hired as the hitting and catching coach of the Benedictine University Eagles where he started his collegiate coaching career. The following year Osborne was the graduate assistant and head junior varsity coach for the Robert Morris University Eagles. After two successful baseball seasons at RMU, Osborne received his Master of Business Administration with concentrations in management and second concentration in human resources. Osborne has spent the past three seasons now at Benedictine University and has been the catching and hitting coach while calling pitches each game.
Most recently, Osborne has jump started a youth organization underneath the DuPage Hounds name. He will oversee all three teams as well as General Manage two collegiate summer teams for the 2016 season
Tammy Williams attended Northwestern University where she was a Four-Time All American, Four-Time All Big Ten, and Two-Time Big Ten Player of the Year. Williams kicked off her career with freshman honors from both the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference. She was named All-American, All-Big Ten and Big Ten Freshman of The Year.
The Wildcats made it into the Women's College World Series in 2006, as the No. 4 seed and proceeded to sweep the competition in their first three games. Williams began her World Series Career by going 4/6 off the Alabama Crimson Tide on June 1. In the semifinals against the No. 1 seeded UCLA Bruins, Williams hit an extra-inning home run to score the eventual winning run and send Northwestern into their first final vs. the Arizona Wildcats.
During the four years Williams spent at Northwestern she broke career records in Homeruns (57), Runs Scored (235), Batting Average (.419), and Hits (310). Eventually becoming a member of the Northwestern Hall of Fame in 2015.
After college, Williams was drafted by the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch softball league in 2009. Following a rookie season in which she posted a .340 batting average, 6 home runs, 20 RBIs, 20 runs and a .557 slugging percentage, Williams was named "Rookie of the Year" and "Defensive Player of the Year. During her Professional career, Williams has been Named All-NPF four times and Defensive Player of the Year twice, while posting over a .300 batting average over six seasons. Williams also competed internationally with Team USA and in the Japanese Professional Softball League.
During the off-season, Williams was the assistant softball coach at DePaul University, where she led the Blue Demons to a regional final in 2014 and breaking the team Home run record in 2015. While coaching, Williams specializes in infield and hitting.
Growing up in Colorado, Rogers become a 4 year varsity starter in baseball while becoming a 3 year varsity starter in Football and Basketball. At Erie High School Rogers was the starting shortstop all 4 of his years. As a senior he led the team in Hitting, Doubles, Runs and RBIS receiving All State honors. In High School, Rogers lost in the state championship his sophomore year, and came up short his junior year (in Arizona) as the Desert Ridge Jaguars took third.
After high school Rogers went on to play college baseball at a private institution in Austin Texas. He was named the team captain and started his first two years at 3rd receiving All Conference both years. Rogers then transferred to Robert Morris University in 2011 for his junior season. After playing his junior season, Sean Osborne invited him to be a part of the Dupage County Hounds the summer of 2012. After becoming an All Conference player for the Eagles his junior season, he decided to skip out of his senior year as he went to Arizona to play Independent Professional Baseball in the Freedom Pro League in 2013. Starting every game as a middle infielder for former MLB catcher Kelly Stinnett, Rogers was eager to continue his professional career. With the league folding right before the start of the 2014 season, Rogers decided to take his talent overseas to play in the European Professional Baseball League. While playing overseas, Rogers tore his UCL bringing his playing career to an end. Rogers is back attending Robert Morris University finishing out his Bachelors of Applied Science Degree with a concentration of Finance and Economics.
Marty Kobernus is the senior pitching instructor at Diamond Edge Academy, and arguably one of the best pitching instructors in the Midwest. His long list of students include over 45 who have signed professional contracts, and well over 200 who have moved on to play at the collegiate level. Marty's 25+ years of teaching experience and willingness to use high-speed video has added to his mastery of mechanics, leading him to be able to teach to the needs of each individual pitcher. Marty pitched professionally in the Cleveland Indians organization.
Currently a member of the National Professional Fastpitch's Chicago Bandits, the 2015 NPF Cowles Cup Champion, Emily Allard graduated from Northwestern in 2014 as the school's all-time record holder in stolen bases. A four-time NFCA All-Region and All-Big Ten selection, Allard boasted a career .402 batting average that included a single-season record-breaking .491 average during her sophomore season. After being named the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NPF draft, the Northern California native was named to the All-NPF team as a rookie. In 2015, Allard was awarded the Rally Spikes Award for the most stolen bases and currently holds a career batting average above .350 in just two seasons. Allard is now the Manager of Marketing for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Aimee Ewert is a very well known and established pitching instructor in the Chicagoland area. She played collegiately at both Aurora University and Judson University, where in 2008 she was named an All-American. Aimee also has a very strong background in Kinesiology and Biomechanics, which follows our teaching philosophy of how the body works and how to be most efficient, while staying away from injury. Aimee is quickly becoming a very sought after instructor for pitchers of all levels.