Jared Koutnik- Owner/CEO
Jared grew up in the Milwaukee area, where he attended Nathan Hale High School. After earning all-state honors as a shortstop during junior and season seasons, Jared played collegiately at Triton College before transferring to Michigan State University. An eighth-round draft pick by the New York Yankees in 2001, Koutnik was a six-year professional baseball player, reaching AA within the Yankees’ system, while also being invited to multiple Major League Spring Training camps.
Following his professional career, Jared started his coaching career in 2007, starting his own travel organization. After five years of coaching travel baseball, Jared partnered with Wilson Sporting Goods and DeMarini to create Team DeMarini Illinois in 2012. In the first decade of his coaching career, Jared has developed more than 100 players whom have attended Division I universities as members of their baseball program, including schools such as LSU, TCU, Florida, Indiana, and Michigan State, with dozens of those players continuing their baseball career in professional baseball.
Jared's goal for every player who plays for Rake City is to have the opportunity to excel in the game of baseball, and pursue their dream to play collegiately and hopefully one day professionally. This goal is served by developing each player into hard-working, dedicated and respectable young man that will not only succeed on the field but in the classroom as well.
Jared is a highly respected person in the baseball world and talks with college coaches and professional scouts daily about ALL players, high School and college, throughout the country.
Dan Brewer - President of Operations/Youth Director
Dan grew up in LaGrange, Ill., where he attended Lyons Township High School. While playing at Lyons Township he won three state championships, doing so in the summers of 2002 and 2004 and in the spring of 2003. Dan earned all-conference honors each of the three seasons he played varsity, and an All-State First-team selection in 2005.
After High School Dan attended Bradley University, where he started every game over his three-year career. Dan needed only three years to become the first player in Bradley’s history to record 20 home runs and steal 40 bases. Dan spent the 2007 summer playing the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League, earning an all-star nod in the country’s top summer league.
In 2008, after his junior season, Dan was an eight-round draft pick of the New York Yankees. During his professional career, Dan played four seasons with the Yankees and two with the Atlanta Braves. As a 23-year-old, Dan reached AAA with the Yankees, and participated in a Major League Spring Training camp with the Yankees.
Dan started his coaching career in 2014 with Team DeMarini Illinois. His main objective is to teach every Rake City player the right way to play the game of baseball and have an opportunity to pursue the same dream he had of playing professional baseball.
Dan runs a catching clinic for all youth catchers during the winter months and is available for hitting to players of all ages.
Pete Flores - Director of All Player Development
Pete joined the Team DeMarini Illinois staff in 2014, after serving on the baseball staff at the University of Utah for six seasons. Before his time at Utah, Pete was the top assistant at East Los Angeles College. At East Los Angeles, Pete helped guide the team to the state regional tournament twice.
Pete is back in Illinois after previously coaching for the DuPage Dragons of the Central Illinois Collegiate League, during the summers of 2006-2008. Pete adds tremendous depth to the Rake City staff, specializing in fielding, hitting, base running, and skill work. Pete’s knowledge is unrivaled, helping him to find a way to get the most out of every Rake City player.
Pete runs his "Infield Mafia" class during the winter months for any infielder looking to excel and is also available for additional infield and hitting lessons to players of all ages.
Ryan Crowely - Pitching Coordinator/Director of Recruting
Ryan grew up in Berywn, Ill., where he attended Morton West High School. An all-state pitcher at Morton West, Ryan was drafted out of high school in the 36th round but decided to pass on professional baseball for the moment and attend Northwest Florida State College instead. After spending two seasons at Northwest Florida State, Ryan was then drafted in the 19th round by the Los Angeles Angels in 2011. Ryan pitched three seasons in the Angels farm system, earning all-star honors in 2013, for both the Midwest League and the Angels organization.
Ryan joined the Team DeMarini Illinois staff in the summer of 2014 and coached one of the high school teams every season since, which continues now with Rake City. As the director of recruiting, Ryan travels all over the area finding the best players in the Midwest to compete and play for Rake City. With an ability to modify coaching to best fit the learning style of each player, as the pitching coordinator, Ryan heads the pitching instruction for Rake City’s high school players.
Ryan is available for pitching lessons to players of all ages.
Ryne White - Assistant to Youth Player Development
Ryne grew up in Chicago and attended St. Rita High Scho9ol before attending Purdue University. While at Purdue, Ryne was named to three All-America teams. Ryne set numerous records during his time as a Boilermaker and received three All-Big Ten selections at three different positions.
In the summer of 2007, Ryan was a member of the Cotuit Kettleers of Cape Cod Baseball League which helped make him one of the top prospects in the county. Ryne was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth round of the 2008 MLB Draft, before playing three seasons professionally, spending time in the farm systems of the Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, and Philadelphia Phillies organizations.
Ryne has coached since 2011, coaching all ages over since. He joined Team DeMarini Illinois in 2016, coaching a youth team each year, which continues with Rake City. Ryne is available for hitting lesson for players of all ages