Title/Position: Hitting/Fielding
Favorite MLB Team: Chicago Cubs

We welcome Sarah, this fall with over 10 years experience with hitting/fielding both infield and outfield. To date still holds Elk Grove High School's Season Homerun record (24) and career walks

•All-Conference 2014, 2015, and 2016

•All-Area 2015 & 2016

•Second Team All-State 2015

•First Team All-State 2016

•Played Softbsall at Saint Leo University, in Saint Leo, FL

•NCCAA D2 Softball Championship in Salem, VA 

•2018 NFCA All-South Region Second Team (UTL)

•2019 All-SSC Second Team (UTL)

•2020 ALL SSC First Team (OF)

Location(s): Player Development Academy
Owner Matt Mahay
Title/Position: Owner, Director of Player Development
Favorite MLB Team: Chicago White Sox

Matt Mahay joined the Play Ball USA team in January of 2008 as a hitting instructor. In the following years, Matt rose to the facility manager and program coordinator before taking over as General Manager. In the Summer of 2013 Matt, along with Ross Wolfson purchased the business from former owner Nelson Gord.

Location(s): Team Training Center, Player Development Academy
Title/Position: Hitting/Catching
Favorite MLB Team: Chicago White Sox

This fall we welcome Anthony Alvarez to the Play Ball USA family. 

  • 2014-2017 Taft High School 4 year Varsity starting catcher (all conference 2016 and 2017) CPS all star 2017
  • Oakton Community College 2017-2018 NJCAA DIII National Champion 
  • Travel Ball 3 year Illinois Travel Baseball Club Alumni •
  • Pro Experience 2020 Spring training with Toros De Tijuana 2020-2021 MLB Partner League 2022 Chicago Dogs
Location(s): Player Development Academy
Instructor Larry Giovinco
Title/Position: Director of ITB Marucci Program
Favorite MLB Team: Chicago Cubs

Larry joined the Play Ball community last fall in 2021. He has recently became one of our main hitting instructors. Larry also has a full time job, working at a school. He works with young adults with learning disabilities. 

  • Over 20 years of experience in hitting/catching
  • Worked in Las Vegas, High School Feeder Program for 20 years
  • Larry coaches teams 15U -18U currently
  • Illinois Travel Baseball Coach
  • Currently ITB Marucci Program Director and ITB Player & Program Director/Coaching Development Trainer
  • He likes to instill in players the same passion and love for the game that he has. He prides himself on teaching the rewards of hard work, as well as the mental aspect of the game.
Location(s): Team Training Center, Player Development Academy
Instructor Chris Michals
Title/Position: Director of Pitching, Hitting Instructor, Co-Owner
Favorite MLB Team: San Diego Padres
  • Pitcher at Oakton Community College (2010) 
  • 6 year professional international pitcher/infielder: Slovakia (2012 inter-league champion), Czech Republic (2013), Switzerland (2014-2017, Swiss Champion)
  • Assistant Coach for the Slovakian National Team in 2012
  • Director of Pitcher Development at Play Ball USA
  • Specializes in biomechanics, velocity development, pitch design, video (Rapsodo) analysis, injury prevention
Location(s): Team Training Center, Player Development Academy
Title/Position: Hitting/Infield Instructor
Favorite MLB Team: San Diego Padres
  • Play Ball USA and Illinois Travel Baseball Club Alumni 
  • Was a 4 year varsity player at Maine West High School earning All Conference twice and All Area once
  • Played 1 year at Webster University 
  • Moved on to play infield for North Central College where Eric double majored in Marketing and Management 
  • All 4 year of college he was a NCAA regional tournament participant and was named Second Team All CCIW in 2018
  • In 2020 he was named to the D3baseball.com Team in the spring
Location(s): Team Training Center, Player Development Academy
Instructor Angel Sanchez
Title/Position: Pitching and hitting instructor
Favorite MLB Team: Chicago Cubs
  • Pitcher at Waubonsee Community College 2013-2014 (1st team All American, 1st team All-Area, 1st team All-Conference, Pitcher of the Year 2014, National-bound 2013-2014)
  • Pitcher at Judson University 2014-2016 (1st team All American, 1st team All-Area, 1st team All-Conference)
  • Assistant Coach for the Illinois Slammers in 2017 
Location(s): Team Training Center, Player Development Academy
Instructor Nata Segura
Title/Position: Hitting/Defense/Catching Instructor, Facility Manager
Favorite MLB Team: Chicago White Sox
  • Four Year Starter at St. Patrick High School 
  • Catcher at Adrian College (A top 20 DIII baseball program) 
  • 6 Year Play Ball USA Alumni 
  • Illinois Travel Baseball Club Alum 
Location(s): Team Training Center, Player Development Academy