OUR TEAM OF EXPERTS

With over 130 years of combined experience, DNA Sports has trained over 1500 players, many of whom have gone on to play college and professional baseball or softball.

We believe that with the right training and mentoring any athlete can maximize their innate talents.


Coaches

Andy Pohl

Andy Pohl

Andy Pohl

Andy Pohl specializes in all facets of hitting and college recruitment for elite high school athletes.

Prior to founding DNA Sports, Andy worked as a talent evaluator and college recruiting advisor for a major athletic scouting firm, and was a baseball/softball consultant for Drive Performance, a large indoor training facility in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. While at Drive Performance, Andy served as the director of the company’s patented vision training system, the same system utilized by Major League Baseball, the U.S.A Olympic Softball Team, and various collegiate baseball and softball programs.

Andy was the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago from 2009-2011. In that three year span, Andy directed the program to three consecutive Class 3A Regional Championships, as well as a City Semi-Finalist appearance in 2010. Andy also authored the Handbook for Athletics in the Catholic Elementary School for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Andy played his collegiate baseball at Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster PA), earning his B.A. in 1999. Andy also has a M.A. in Secondary Education from DePaul University (Chicago IL) and a M.A. in School Leadership from Northeaster Illinois University.  He is an Illinois State Licensed School Administrator and certified athletic coach through the American Sport Education Society.

Dave Rosene

Dave Rosene

Dave Rosene

Dave Rosene leads DNA Sports' skills training and coaching clinics services. He has achieved and maintained a proficiency as an athletic specialist for over 25 years by his ability to apply various teaching and coaching methods to athletes according to their skill level and body type, identifying and correcting errors in skill technique, and effectively communicating fundamental and advanced philosophies to athletes with disparate backgrounds and personalities to produce their best performances in game settings while stressing team play.

His emphasis on skill work has succeeded at a high level, developing several professional players, multiple college athletes, and three high school players of the year in baseball.

Dave has won Baseball Coach of the Year honors in 1994 from the Chicago Catholic League and in 2004 in District B from the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association. In 2008 he was named Outstanding Baseball Coach of the Year by the Chicago Public League. In 2009 the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association named Dave the Class 3A Baseball Coach of the Year. As Head Coach of Jones College Prep (Chicago), Dave led his team to the 2011 IHSA 3A supersectionals for the third time in four years and was named the 2011 Chicago Public League Coach of the Year. In July 2011, he was named to the IHSA Baseball Advisory Committee. Currently Dave is the Chairman of the Chicago Public League Baseball Coaches Committee

Dave started coaching basketball as soon as he graduated from college in 1974, leading a men's AAU team to a 30-4 record in 2 seasons. Since then he has coached CYO, middle school 7th and 8th grade, was an assistant coach at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin for one year and has coached at 3 high schools since 2001. He has been at Jones College Prep in Chicago as an assistant varsity coach since 2006. As a player Dave was invited to a NBA tryout camp in 1976 and was offered a tryout to play in Europe in 1982, but through circumstances had to turn down those opportunities. 

Dave is a 1974 graduate of MacMurray College(Illinois) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and in 1990 was certified as a coach by the American Coaching Effectiveness Program.

He has also authored an instructional book The Do's and Don'ts of Basketball Shooting featuring an animated character demonstrating the right and wrong ways to shoot a basketball.

 

Ray Piagentini

Ray Piagentini

Ray Piagentini

Ray Piagentini has over thirty-five years of experience as a high school guidance counselor, in addition to serving as the President of the Illinois School Counselors Association from 2009-2010. Ray was named High School Counselor of the Year in 2007 by the Illinois School Counselor Association and was one of six National Semi-finalists for Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association in 2010. Ray has done extensive research, consultation, and presentations on sexual abuse identification, crisis intervention, grief and bereavement counseling, domestic violence, Dakota History, and suicide prevention. As a high school guidance counselor, Ray has tremendous insight and experience with the college admission process, applying for scholarships and financial aid, and athletic recruiting. 

Ray’s expertise as it relates to baseball is equally impressive, as he has over thirty years experience coaching at the high school and collegiate levels. Ray specializes in all facets of the game, including the mental aspects of baseball and plyometric training. Ray has authored three articles for Baseball Coaching Digest, served as a clinician for Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago and various other youth league programs, and is currently an Associate Scout in the Chicago area for the Cincinnati Reds.

 

Angel Delgado

Angel Delgado

Angel Delgado

Angel Delgado specializes in infield, catching, and hitting instruction. Over his twenty plus years in coaching, Angel has developed numerous collegiate and professional prospects. Currently the Assistant Varsity Coach at Jones College Prep, Angel also served as an Assistant Varsity Coach at Walter Payton College Prep and Foreman High School. Since 2003, Angel has coached 3 city semi-finalists and 5 regional champions.

 

Tony Panczak 

Tony Panczak 

Tony Panczak

Tony Panczak is known for his coaching versatility, with over 25 years of experience with infield, outfield, catching, pitching, and hitting instruction, in addition to functional training and strength and conditioning.  Currently the Assistant Varsity Coach at Northside College Prep, Tony also served as an Assistant Varsity Coach at Walter Payton College Prep and Foreman High School.  Tony's particular strength lies in his ability to analyze specific problems and design and create an individualized grouping of drills to maximize athletic performance.

 

Mike Strok

Mike Strok

Mike Strok

Mike played high school baseball at Jones College Prep in Chicago where he was a four year varsity starter for his high school career. He moved on to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and played baseball there for three years. At SIUE in 2008 he was a member of their NCBA World Series team that finished the year ranked 3rd nationally. Mike ended his college career in hitting .281 and making a combined 48 starts at 2B, 3B and 1B over 3 years.

Mike now is the head sophomore coach at Jones College Prep as well as the Head 7th/8th grade coach at Dulles School of Excellence. He is enthusiastic and has tireless energy. His ability to make kids have a great time learning the game while teaching them valuable fundamental skills gets kids excited about baseball. Mike specializes in hitting and infield instruction.

 

Gustavo Brizuela

Gustavo Brizuela

Gustavo A. Brizuela

Gustavo specializes in pitching instruction. In addition to coaching for DNA Sports, he also coaches his own 14U travel team, Southside SWAT. After playing at Jones College Prep. Gustavo played baseball all four years of high school at Jones College Prep. He is currently attending the Illinois Institute of Technology studying Information Technology and Management.

Robert Jenkins

Robert Jenkins

Robert H. Jenkins

Graduated from Mendel Catholic in 1975 and immediately entered the United States Marine Corps.  It was here that he developed his leadership style, which revolves around discipline, and setting the proper example. After the military, coach Jenkins enrolled in Craven Community College, of New Bern North Carolina.As a member of the Panthers, he started in center field, and hit third. He currently is a member of the staff at Jones College Prep, and also coached at Kenwood Academy and Harlan Career Academy.

 

Mike Conway

Mike Conway

Mike Conway

Mike Conway is a native Chicagoan, grew up on the south side in the Beverly neighborhood. He was a walk-on at Illinois State University as a utility player who played every position but catcher, pitcher and first base. He was an assistant coach at Morton Community College, and has worked with teams and coaches over the years as an instructor. Though defense was his specialty as a player, he’s since focused on instructing players on hitting with power.

 

Ashar Malik

Ashar Malik

Ashar Malik 

Ashar played high school baseball throughout the entirety of his tenure at Walter Payton College Prep. He was a part of the varsity team for all four years, during which time the team won 3 regional titles as well as advanced to the city semi-finals, which included a trip to Wrigley Field. Upon graduating, Ashar now attends the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where he studies Statistics. He is extremely passionate about the advanced metric movement in baseball and aims to find a proper balance between statistics and traditional scouting methods when evaluating players. Ashar is always a student of the game, ready to learn from anyone he comes in contact with. 

 

Administrative

Kirk Gustafson

Kirk Gustafson

Kirk Gustafson

Kirk Gustafson leads our online marketing efforts, including the development of our website and Facebook page. In addition to writing content for the website, he manages several projects designed to extend the reach of DNA Sports' baseball training, softball training, and college recruitment guidance services.

Kirk is a graduate of Millikin University and received a MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is currently employed at SapientNitro, one of the world's largest multi-channel marketing agencies. Some of his professional work can be found on his personal portfolio website.

 

Tim Will

Tim Will

Timothy Will

Tim Will joins the DNA Sports team to provide content for the “Coach’s Connection” basketball blog and assist with our online marketing efforts and business operations. He brings a diverse blend of coaching, educational and professional experiences after working in Pennsylvania, Texas and Illinois.

After earning a dual degree in Communications and Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007, Tim joined Pitt’s athletic department as a member of their Media Relations Office, where he handled public relations efforts for the University’s 19 intercollegiate athletic teams and 452 student-athletes, including National Champion wrestler Keith Gavin. In 2008, Tim enrolled at the University of Notre Dame, where he spent two years teaching 5th grade and coaching boys and girls youth basketball teams in Corpus Christi, Texas, while earning his Master of Education Degree.

Upon graduating from Notre Dame in 2010, Tim relocated to the Chicago area to teach middle school and coach basketball, baseball, and golf. He recently earned a Master’s degree in Information Systems from DePaul University and stepped out of the classroom to begin work as an Implementation Account Manager for Teachscape, an educational technology company that specializes in promoting teaching effectiveness.