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RHINO STAFF ILLINOIS

GREG BLAESING

President, Director of Player Developemnt
Greg founded the Rhino program in 2012 and is the president of Rhino Baseball. Greg’s focus for each Rhino player is not only to help them become the best players they can be, but more importantly to help them understand the importance of becoming great men that are strong and loving husbands and dads as well as leaders in their communities. Greg resides in Lockport with his wife April and their two children, Maddie and Lucas.

Greg attended Lockport Township High School where he was a catcher and center outfielder. During his time there he was a three-time All-Conference player and was named to the Chicago Tribune All-State and IHSBCA All State teams his senior year.

After graduation from Lockport, Greg attended Illinois State University where he was a Lousiville Slugger Freshman All-American, 4 year letter winner and a 3 year team captain.

After college, Greg played for the Gateway Grizzlies in the Frontier League.

Greg has coached and developed numerous Division I players over his coaching career and has also been at the helm of nationally ranked high school teams while at Rhino Baseball. He is currently the head coach of one of the Rhino 15U teams and was recently named head coach for Team Illinois for the Prospect Games which is comprised of many of the top players from Illinois.

ANDREW TEHAKO

Co-owner, Recruiting Coordinator
Andrew Tehako is one of the owners of Rhino Baseball as well as handles the college recruiting for it’s high school program.

 
He has helped hundreds of Rhino players go onto play baseball collegiately. 
 
Since 2012 Andrew has built a network of college coaches across the country. These relationships span across all division levels and includes such conference such as the SEC, BIG10, Horizon, Pac 12, MVC and OVC to name a few. 
 
In high school, Andrew played both baseball and football, while winning a state championship in the latter. He also played summer ball for the Everest Merchants in the Dairyland League. 
 
Andrew currently resides in New Lenox with his wife Mallory, daughter Abigel and son Declan. 

JEFF STANEK

Director of Hitting
Jeff played three years in the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league system after being selected in the 20th round of the 2002 MLB Draft.

He was a four year letterman, team captain and 1st team Missouri Valley Conference member at Southern Illinois University.

Jeff was an All-State player at Lockport Township High School and a teammate of Greg Blaesing.

Over a decade of professional instruction and high school coaching experience, Jeff has coached at Naperville Central, Lockport Township and Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School.

Jeff currently resides in Bourbonnais with his wife Nicole and their 4 children; Kendal, Kylie, Kamryn and Easton.

DAVE MCDONALD

Director of Pitching
Dave attended Illinois State University from 2000-2004 graduating with a degree in Physical Education.
While at ISU Dave was a relief/starting pitcher for the Redbirds for 4 years.

In his freshman year Dave made the 2002 Louisville Slugger Freshman All American Team and appeared in 20 games for the Redbirds collecting 2 saves and 2 wins with a 3.93 ERA.

Recently Dave was the Head Pitching Coach for Metea Valley High School. During his tenure at Metea he as produced 11 All-Conference, 4 All-Area, 2 All-State pitchers. This past season his staff went 22-9 with 6 saves. They walked 77 and struck out 192 with a 2.53 ERA.

Before Metea Valley, Dave was an assistant sophomore and assistant varsity baseball coach at Neuqua Valley High School for 4 years where he worked with the pitching staff and helped coach the Wildcats to the state baseball title in 2007.

Dave resides in Downers Grove with his wife Melisa and his two children, Jack and Evelyn.

CRAIG TOMCZAK

Hitting and Fielding Instructor
Craig has nearly 2 decades with of experience coaching at the high school level.

His coaching career started as an assistant at Waubonsie Valley High School. He then was hired by IHSBCA Hall of Fame member Jim Schmid to start the program at Metea Valley HS.

In 9 years of being the head coach at the varsity level, Craig compiled a 181-130 record, winning 2 Regional titles, competing in 1 sectional find and finishing in the top 3 of the Upstate 8 and DuPage Valley Conferences 5 times.

During his tenure at Metea Valley, Tomczak has had the pleasure of coaching: 1 All-Midwest Region Nomination, 4 PBR All-State Nominations, 5 IHSBCA All-State Nominations, 50 All-Area Nominations, 43 All-Conference Nominations, 4 IHSBCA Academic All-State Nominations, 155 Academic All-Conference Nominations, and 20 Coaches Association Junior All-Stars.

Craig played at North Central College where he played for Ed Mathey and was an all conferences player his senior year.

Currently Craig resides in Plainfield with his wife Jenny and sons Keegan and Grayson.

CHUCK KOLOTKA

Pitching Instructor
Chuck attended Reed Custer HS where he played for IHSBA Hall of Fame coach Jerry Cougill.

He received a Division 1 baseball scholarship to Northern Illinois where he pitched for 3 years in the Mid American Conference.

In 1981 Chuck was drafted by the Oakland A’s organization in the 21st round where he played for 2 years. In 1983 he was traded to the San Diego Padres where he spent the next 3 years.

Chuck reached as high as AAA and finished his professional career with a 4.17 ERA, 14 saves, 16 wins and 129 strikeouts.

Over the last 15 years Chuck has been coaching youth baseball and softball teams and providing pitching lessons throughout the Morris and Joliet area.

BOBBY SMITH

Director of Speed, Strength & Agility, Hitting & Outfield Instructor
Bobby is the heart and sole of the speed, strength and agility program at Rhino Baseball.

Starting his collegiate career at Waubonsee CC he later went onto play at North Central College where he finished with a stellar career.

In 2015 Bobby was anmed First Team All-CCIW and CCIW Newcomer of the Year. In 2016 he was named to the CCIW Second Team.

He graduated with an Exorcise Science major and also was an assitant coach for North Central after his playing career.

MATT HINES

Pitching Instructor
Matt was a pitcher for Coal City High School and then played collegiately for both Illinois State Univrsity and Olivet Nazarene university.

The Chicago Cubs selected Matt in the 20th round of the 2002 MLB Draft.

Matt pitched 4 years of professional ball where he 124.2IP, 19 saves and 107 strikeouts.

After proffesional baseball, Matt became a high school teacher and has coached both baseball and basketball at the high school level including Reed Custer and Wilmington.

MIKE HUGHES

Youth Coordinator
Mike has been with the Rhino Baseball program since it’s first year in 2012.

He has been an assistant or head coach at every youth level from the age of 8u to 14u.

Seeing the world of travel baseball at the youth level that spans nearly a decade, Mike is encompassed with the responsibility of being a helping hand for both coaches and parents alike.

JOE SCAFURI

Operations Manager, Hitting Instructor
Joe played high school ball for Nazareth Academy and continued onto play collegiately.

Having two sons, one who is currently in the Rhino program and one who is a starter at University of Illinois-Chicago, Joe lives and breathes both baseball and Rhino.

Joe oversees the day to day communication in both the Illinois and Wisconsin programs.

GENERAL MCARTHUR

Hitting and Fielding Instructor
General began his coaching career coaching travel ball in 2002. Over the next 10 years, he coached with various national travel organizations. These experiences took him to several different states coaching with and against some of the top travel coaches and players in the country.

Transitioning out of travel ball in 2014, General became an assistant coach at Gwendolyn Brooks High School and then later with Moraine Valley Community College, where he currently works in the Athletic Department and serves as an assistant baseball coach. His roles include infield coach and the handling the recruiting and eligibility/compliance for Moraine.

He has been an instructor and coach with Rhino Baseball for the last 5 years after his son, General McArthur IV was part of the program. His son is now playing professional baseball.

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