Thursday, March 31, 2005Musachio Joins Dragon Coaching Staff
|The DuPage Dragons have announced that Chicago area native and current Michigan State Assistant Coach John Musachio has joined the Dragons’ coaching staff for the upcoming 2005 inaugural season. Musachio becomes the first assistant to join Head Coach Bobby Sherrard.
“John brings a tremendous amount of experience to our staff,” Sherrard said. “He will be a great asset to the Dragons’ community, and I look forward to having him work alongside me this summer.”
Musachio is in his first season as a volunteer assistant under Coach Ted Mahan as he pursues a Master’s Degree in education administration at Michigan State. He assists the 8-11 Spartans in a variety of ways including hitting, baserunning, and outfield play. He also helps maintain the Spartans home facility, Kobs Field, and provides academic support to student athletes.
Last year, Musachio was an assistant coach at York High School in Elmhurst, and served as the Head Varsity coach during the summer season. Musachio also served as an assistant at his alma mater, St. Joseph High School. At St. Joseph, Musachio helped the Chargers to their first winning season in 15 years in 2001. He has also served as an individual instructor to over 100 athletes from a variety of ages, and worked as a clinician at several camps throughout the suburbs.
“I am very excited about coming back home to the western suburbs to work on Coach Sherrard's staff,” Musachio said. “Bobby is a great baseball man with strong knowledge of the game and a charismatic personality. It will be an honor to coach with and learn from him in DuPage County this summer.”
Originally from Westchester, Illinois, Musachio played college baseball at Bradley University in Peoria where he graduated in 1996 with a degree in psychology. He was twice an all-Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) selection as an outfielder, and was a three-time all-MVC academic team selection. As a senior, Musachio was the captain and MVP of the 40-22 Braves, who scored two upset wins over Wichita State, the top ranked team in the country.
Musachio is no stranger to collegiate summer leagues. In 1995 he was an all-star in the Northwoods League as a member of the Dubuque Mudpuppies. That helped propel him to a professional contract with the Chicago White Sox. Musachio pitched for the White Sox Class A affiliate, the Hickory Crawdads from 1997-98.
Sunday, March 13, 2005DuPage Dragons Announce Dragon Fest Event
|The DuPage Dragons are proud to announce the first official public event of the franchise, DragonFest 2005. The event is free and will take place on March 23 in the Krasa Center at Benedictine University located at 5700 College Road in Lisle from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
A family event, DragonFest activities will include the official unveiling of the Dragons' home and road uniforms, special giveaways, and a chance for fans to meet Dragons' coach Bobby Sherrard. It will also be the first opportunity for fans to see what the Dragons have to offer the DuPage community.
“DragonFest will be a very family oriented event,” General Manager Mike Thiessen said. “I think DragonFest will be a great opportunity for families to have fun while learning about what the Dragons have to offer, and I hope that after school and work families will stop by and have fun together prior to Easter.”
In addition to the uniform unveiling and coach Sherrard’s appearance, the Dragons will hold a drawing for a lucky attendee to throw out the first pitch at a game to be determined. The Dragons will also have all their merchandise available for purchase featuring the forest green and black colors.
DragonFest will feature a baseball style fair including hot dogs, hamburgers, peanuts and cotton candy for the kids. "We want the fans to get a taste of the outstanding food to be served at the ballpark this summer," said Thiessen.
DragonFest will also feature opportunities to purchase tickets for the upcoming season and see first hand the construction of the Dragons’ inaugural home, the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex.
The Dragons open the 2005 CICL baseball season against the Galesburg Pioneers on Tuesday June 14th. The first home game will be Friday June 17th at the Lisle-Benedictine Sports Complex. The Dragons’ schedule is also highlighted by games on the Fourth of July and the CICL All-Star Game and banquet on July 13th. Tickets for the inaugural campaign are available at www.dupagedragons.com.
Sunday, March 13, 2005Bombers Announce 2005 Coaching Staff
The Dubois County Bombers are pleased to announce that Chris Erwin will be returning as Field Manager for the 2005 Central Illinois Baseball League (CICL) baseball season. Erwin lead the Bombers, who recently relocated from Alton, IL to Huntingburg, to the 2004 CICL Championship.
After finishing in 2nd place to the Twin City Stars, the Bombers defeated perennial power Danville (IL) Dans, 2 games to 1, in the first round of the playoffs. They went on to sweep the Twin City Stars in the 2 final games to secure their first CICL Championship in the team’s 7 year existence.
Erwin played college ball for Coach Bo Collins at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. Following college, Chris was drafted by the Texas Rangers and played with that organization as a catcher for 3 years. He spent the past 2 seasons as Assistant Coach at Texas Lutheran University where the team went 37-6 and 31-9.
Bomber President and General Manager Jack Tracz said, “We are very fortunate to have a manager of Chris Erwin’s ability. Chris keeps the team going strong with his even-handed management style. He had our team ready for the playoffs last year despite some key injuries late in the season. Chris is also an asset off the field. He gets involved with the community and is a tremendous teacher at Bomber Baseball Camps.”
Erwin will be reporting on or about June 3rd to prepare for the Bombers’ upcoming season which starts at 6:30 on June 14th against the Twin City Stars at Huntingburg’s League Stadium.
The Dubois County Bombers have also named 2 new coaches to round out Manager Chris Erwin’s staff for the upcoming 2005 Central Illinois Baseball League (CICL) season.
Rick Parr will be the hitting, fielding and base running coach. Rick brings solid experience as a professional player and college coach. Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1977 (7th round) he played for 3 minor league seasons. His extensive college coaching experience is highlighted by 18 years (1985-2003) as the Head Coach at Indiana University Southeast where he won the KIAC conference 4 times and had 16 consecutive post season appearances. He also has coached at John Logan (IL) Community College and Greenville (IL) College. He lives in Louisville, KY where he is an instructor at RPBaseball Academy and Champions Baseball Academy.
Pat Evers will be the pitching coach. Pat was the closer for the 2004 CICL Champion Bluff City Bombers last summer when they were based in Alton, IL. He is currently pitching at Central Missouri State and also pitched 2 years for Forest Park Community College and 1 year for SIU Edwardsville (IL).
Bomber President and General Manager Jack Tracz said, “We’re excited to have Rick and Pat join the staff. Rick’s experience at the pro and college level will benefit us - particularly our hitters. Pat’s tenacious mound presence and familiarity with the league will help the Bomber pitchers prepare and make adjustments in this very competitive league. Both Rick and Pat will also assist Chris during the Bomber Baseball Camps.”
The CICL is in its 43rd year and its status as a premier “Wood Bat” college league draws considerable attention from major league scouts. Over 150 major league players are CICL alumni including Mike Schmidt and Joe Gerardi. Each of the 8 teams will play a 44 game schedule running from mid June to mid August.
The Bombers’ relocated from Alton, IL to Huntingburg in December. They will open their season on June 14th against the Twin City Stars at League Stadium, 203 South Cherry Street, in Huntingburg.
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