Jim Donovan


A master instructor with over 20 years of teaching experience (as of 2017), Jim has gained a reputation in both the baseball and softball community as one of the top hitting and fielding instructors in the Chicago Metropolitan Area and beyond. Over the years, Jim’s students have earned scholarships to baseball and softball programs in such conferences as the BIG 10, SEC, Mid American, IVY League, Patriot League, among others. Jim has had two son’s selected in the MLB Draft (Charlie-Brewers 2015, Joe-Cubs 2017). In addition, both earned baseball scholarships to the University of Michigan. Jim’s clients include a wide range of skill levels from young, unproven boys and girls, up to highly accomplished high school and college players in both softball and baseball.

While Jim spends a large percentage of his time developing hitters, he also specializes in developing both softball and baseball catchers and middle infielders. Having earned his B.S in psychology at the University of Illinois, and a masters in counseling from National Louis University, Jim brings uncommon experience and expertise to the mental/emotional challenges that baseball and softball offer. He also has a unique ability to relate and apply the lessons of the game to the larger game of life.

Jim was a three time All State, switch hitting, infielder for Oak Park River Forest High School. He attended the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana to play baseball, but his career was cut short by injuries.