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Coaches Corner

Dan Durst

Dan Durst is an experienced baseball scout with strong player evaluation and interpersonal skills.

Coach Durst was drafted in the first round by the Cincinnati Reds as a pitcher in 1981, and played baseball for the University of Missouri Tigers from 1981-83. Dan was also the pitching coach for the University of Wisconsin @ Madison from 1985-86.

Dan Durst has been a professional and amateur scout for nearly 20 years, ranging from the Minnesota Twins, Pittsburg Pirates, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, and currently the Midwest Area Scout for the Baltimore Orioles.

Coach Durst specializes in pitching while doing individual private lessons and running camps.


Matt Sibigtroth

Matt Sibigtroth is a 2001 graduate of Hampshire High School where he was a 4 year varsity starter. While at Hampshire, Matt was a 4 year All Conference First Team and 3 year All Area First Team selection. Matt was voted team MVP all 4 years.

He was draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in 2001 after he graduated from Hampshire.

Matt then played college baseball for the Kishwaukee College Kougars where he was a starting mid-infielder both years. He was in the top of most offensive categories while at Kish and was named to the All Region IV Team because of it.

Matt was again drafted by the Chicago White Sox after his freshman year at Kishwaukee in 2002.

Matt then transferred to the University of Dayton, where again he was a starting mid-infielder and one of their leaders at the plate.

Coach Sib has also coached at the High School level as a Varsity Asst. at Marian Central Catholic HS under former Head Coach Gregg Wikierak, and was a part of their championship team in 2005 that went 30-8 and made a trip down state which made them one of the Elite Eight teams in the state.

Matt Sibigtroth specializes in hitting, fielding, and pitching while running camps at PCA, doing individual private lessons, and working with travel teams in the off season.

He is also the 2014 Head Coach for the 15u Crystal Lake Bombers Travel Baseball Team.


Ty Marotz

Ty Marotz is a 2000 graduate of CL Central HS where he spent 3 years on the varsity team as Team MVP and Team Captain. Coach Marotz was also named to the All-Conference and All-Area teams.

After HS Ty went on to play for Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ. Ty was a 2 year starting pitcher and led his team in innings pitched and strikeouts each year. While at Mesa, he was also selected to the NJCAA All Star Game.

Arizona State University was Ty's next stop. In 2005 he made appearances as a reliever and a starter. The Sun Devils also went to the College World Series that year which included players Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox and Travis Buck of the Oakland Athletics.

Coach Ty Marotz is currently playing professional baseball for the Sioux City Explorers. This past summer Ty had 21 appearances with 19 starts and was 2nd on the team in IP with 124.2. He struck out 74 batters and had a 6-5 record. His ERA was 4.98. Ty's team manager is ex-Cub Les Lancaster.

Coach Marotz specializes in pitching and hitting while running camps and doing individual private lessons at PCA.


Phil Pupillo

Phil Pupillo graduated from East Leyden High School and signed with Oklahoma State University to play Division 1 football. After graduation, Phil coached little league at Crystal Lake National for 6 years. While being head coach, they won the local city series championship.

He has held many coaching positions since then coaching the Crystal Lake Cyclones 13 year olds, the Sage Sting 14 year olds, and the McHenry County Hurricanes 16 and 17 year olds.

He is also a Fox Valley Blue Umpire celebrating his 10th year.

Coach Pupillo specializes in catching and hitting while running camps, doing individual private lessons and working with travel teams in the off season.


Glen Pecoraro

Glen played baseball at Marian Central HS from 1982-1986. After high school he went on to play at McHenry County College from 1986-1988. After two years at MCC, he transfered to UIC and played from 1988-1990.

Coach Pec began his coaching career as a varsity assistant under Gregg Wikierak at Marian Central from 1991-1994. From 1994-1997 he was a varsity assistant under Jay Sargeant at Crystal Lake Central. In 1997 he became the Head Baseball Coach at Prairie Ridge HS in Crystal Lake. He was the Wolves head coach until 2006, and during those 9 seasons, PR had 221 wins and 106 losses, won 7 straight regional championships, 2 FVC conference championships, and 4 FVC tourney championships. Coach Pecoraro sent 30 student/athletes on to college careers. He is now back in the saddle continuing a strong tradition as the Head Varsity Coach at Prairie Ridge HS.

Coach Pec specializes in hitting and pitching while doing individual private lessons.


Paul Belo

The 2011 season was Paul's 9th at the helm of the Palatine Pirate Baseball Program. Coach Belo has a career record 217-176 (106-103, at Palatine). Coach Belo is a product of the Mid-Suburban League, having prepped as an All-Conference athlete at Hoffman Estates High School in 1985, and a member of the school's first ever Elite Eight Qualifier. As an accredited coach and clinician Paul Belo's efforts have been recognized on the local and national level. Under coach Belo 14 players have signed to play at the Division I level, 4 have signed to play professionally. In all, 44 of Paul's players have advanced their career at the collegiate level.

For his efforts in the Spring of 2000, the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association awarded him "Area Coach of the Year."

A Graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 1990, Coach Belo was a member of two record-breaking teams in 1988 and 1989 respectively.

Currently coach Belo holds a Masters Degrees in Educational Administration from Roosevelt University and Curriculum and Instruction from Olivet Nazerene University.

Coach Belo specializes in hitting while doing individual private lessons.


Linda Pupillo

Linda Pupillo played basketball and graduated from Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL, where she was elected to the All-State Tournament Team, after her team finished 4th in state.

After graduating from Maine West, Linda played for the University of Nevada-Reno, a Division I school, where she was described as one of the most versitile players as an incoming freshman.

Linda specializes in basketball while running camps and doing individual private lessons.


Mike Krueger

Mike Krueger is a 2006 graduate of Jacobs High School where he spent 3 years on the varsity team earning Team MVP, All Conference, and All Area awards.

After High School, Mike continued his career at Harper College for the next two years starting at third base each season. He earned All Conference honors there as well, and participated in the Junior College All Star game.

Mike transferred to Judson University where he finished off his career playing 3B, SS, & 2B. Mike is now an Assistant Coach on the Judson Eagles staff.

Coach Krueger specializes in hitting & fielding and instructs in our camps and does individual lessons as well.

He is also the 2014 Head Coach for the 16u Crystal Lake Bombers Travel Baseball Team.


Angie Wrzos

Angie Wrzos has over 20 years years of fastpitch softball experience being coached by some of the best players in the world. Lisa Fernadez (USA Olympic Pitcher), Ernie Parker (Lisa Fernadez's pitching coach), Margie Wright (USA Olympic Team coach) are just a few that Angie has learned from.

Coach Wrzos was a 4 year Varsity starter in high school, played on National Level travel teams, and was also a Division I NCAA college scholarship athlete. After her playing days she was the Head Coach at Harper College, coached ASA national level and college exposure travel teams.

Angie has a passion for the game and ultimately loves to help each athlete develop into a better all-around ball player. Her success as a private instructor come from her understanding that each athlete is unique with different skill sets and goals, and that is essential for her students to have fun while challenging them appropriately.

Coach Wrzos specializes in pitching, hitting and fielding. She runs PCA's softball camps and also does individual private lessons. Call us at one of our great locations for more details.


Gregg Sibigtroth

Gregg Sibigtroth has been coaching at the Travel and High School level for the last 17 years. When he began coaching at the travel level, his teams were always successful, winning many National Championships. Many of his players have gone on to play at the college and pro levels.

Gregg was also the Varsity Asst. at Hampshire for 3 years (1999-2001), and was the a large reason they were Conference Champions in 1999 with a 25 win season. It was the first Conference Championship for Hampshire HS since 1981.

Gregg Sibigtroth has been a Crystal Lake Bombers coach for the last 5 years, coaching the 18-under team, before taking over the job as Head 13u Coach.

He was the original owner of Grand Slam USA in Lake in the Hills, before selling it and opening up Players Choice Academy with his son, Matt Sibigtroth, and business partner Joe DiMaggio.

Coach Sibigtroth knows what it takes for the players to excel at the next level, and expects his players to hustle at all times and treat the game with respect.

Gregg instructs all aspects of the game while doing private individual lessons and running camps.

He is also the 2014 Head Coach for the 12u Crystal Lake Bombers Travel Baseball Team.


Robert Wright

Robert Wright is Player's Choice Academy Football Instructor. He runs our All Skills Camps as well as conducts group/private lessons for Football.

Coach Wright has been an integral part of the Huntley Mustangs Football Organization where he has been an offensive coach for the past three seasons.

Coach Wright bring great experience with strength and condition, as well as speed and agility camps.

To schedule group/private instruction with Coach Robert Wright, please call us at one of our great locations.