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.
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.
Pitching Coordinator/Director of Recruiting
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.
Jake grew up in New Lenox, Ill., attending Providence Catholic, where he was an All-State pitcher at won a state title in 2014. He was drafted out of high school in the 21st round, by the Atlanta Braves, but decided to pass on professional baseball to pursue an education at Louisiana State University. At LSU Jake was a starting pitcher as part of the Tigers run to the College World Series in 2015, a posting a 7-1 record during his freshman season. Jake transferred to Northwest Florida State Junior College for one season, before returning to Division I baseball with Arizona State. He finished his last two years of college with the Sun Devils with both starting and relieving roles. Jake graduated from ASU in the summer of 2018.
While in Tempe for school Jake worked for the Arizona Prospects program giving lessons and helping coach the 17U team. Jake joined Rake City in the fall of 2018 and has been helping develop and working with our youth program.
Jake is available for lessons at all ages and levels.
Spencer grew up in LaGrange Park, IL and attended Lyons Township High School. During his High School career he was an All-State shortstop and a state champion in 2011. After High School Spencer attended Valparaiso University where he pursued a Degree in Education. He left Valparaiso University as the all-time assist leader in the programs history.
Once his college career came to an end, Spencer played a season as an infielder with the Gary Rail Cats, an independent baseball team in Indiana. In 2016, after spending 4 months at the Driveline facility, a weighted ball program designed to increase arm strength, he made his way into the New York Yankee organization as a pitcher.
Spencer joined Rake City in 2017 after playing for Jared Koutnik throughout his High School career. With his background in Education, Spencer works well with kids. He works to establish a unique relationship with each kid to find different ways to achieve individualized success.
Spencer runs a modified Driveline Weighted Ball throwing program for ages 14 and up. The program enables kids to gain and maintain arm strength while providing arm care habits that will help keep their arm healthy.
Spencer played both as a pitcher and position player in professional baseball and is available for both hitting and pitching lessons for all ages and skill level.
Jim grew up in Melrose Park, IL where he attended Fenwick High School in Oak Park, IL. He was an All-State Catcher under the Hall of Fame coach Dave Hogan. From there, Jim continued his education at Triton College where he became a 1st Team All-American and continues to hold several hitting records at the school to this day.
Jims next stop was to Cumberland University in Lebenon TN. He played just one season before being selected in the 18th round by the Milwaukee Brewers. He played three years in the Brewers system reaching the high A Florida State League before succumbing to a knee injury that ended his career.
Jim began his coaching career at Willowbrook High School at the varsity level, from there he was reunited at Triton College with his former coach and legend Bob Symonds where he remained coaching for several years. While at Triton he primarily worked with the hitters and catchers. In his time at Triton college he met and coached Jared Koutnik beginning a relationship that has lasted for 20 years.
Jim began coaching a youth team with the organization in 2015 and has become a full time instructor in 2018. Jims goal is to give every player the knowledge and instructions he needs to get to the next level, and believes this is the best organization with the right instructors to achieve that goal.
Jim has knowledge and experience to offer and is available for lessons at all ages and levels