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Jim played baseball at OPRF HS where he was an All-State infielder in 1986. He attended the University of Illinois where he played baseball until a shoulder injury ended his career. In 2000, he was the varsity assistant coach for the OPRF baseball team where he worked primarily with hitters and infielders. Jim is a true student of the game. He teaches the fundamentals of hitting and fielding and instills his love of baseball in students. He has been an instructor at STRIKES! since 1995.
Scott played in the Bronco World Series for Oak Park. He played in the Junior Pan American games in Argentina for Team USA. Scott was All-State in the summer of 1997, and started in the IHSA All-Star game of 1998. He started three years, 1999-2002, at Illinois State at both Short Stop and 2nd Base. Scott played in the All-Missouri Valley Conference Academic Team as a Junior and Senior. Scott is ASEP Certified to coach at the High School Level. He instructs players of all levels at STRIKES!, where he has worked since 2003. Scott coordinates and instructs our Sunday evening clinics here, which are geared to grades 8 through 12, focusing on hitting, fielding, throwing, and pitching.
John has been coaching girls since 1986, when he began coaching his daughter and other 8-year old girls in a t-ball league. While pitching batting practices as he progressed through the age brackets with them, John learned to pitch himself. To help his player excel, he sought out the most knowledgeable pitching instructors, nationally and internationally. He studied with New Zealand pitchers, female Olympians, pitching gurus from California and numerous college athletes, coaches and kinesiologists. In 1989, he and a group of fathers started the Oak Park Windmills of Oak Park, Illinois—a fast-pitch travel organization. He continues to provide training and mentoring to the team and other rival organizations. In 1996, 10 of John’s students went on to play at the College Division I level. That team took second place at the 18U Class A ASA National Championship. Each year, he produces some of the finest players in the country. His extensive background and experience have helped students achieve at the highest levels of the sport in travel ball (at the different levels), high school, and NCAA Collegiate Divisions. In addition, because of the broad base of skills taught by Coach Hanrahan students continue to earn scholarships every year.