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Coaches

coaching staff

Sean Freeman, Varsity Head Coach

Varsity Head Coach Sean Freeman attended Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, Co. where he was a three-sport athlete, lettering in football, basketball and baseball. In college, he obtained his Associate’s Degree while playing baseball at Mid-Plains CC in McCook, Neb. He then attended Chicago State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2008 while playing baseball for the Cougars.  While in college, Freeman also played for the Triple Crown Bandits in the Rocky Mountain Baseball League, twice participating in NBC World Series. He also played for the Hornell Dodgers in the NYCBL.

Coach Freeman began coaching in 2007 while still in college. He helped coach his high school summer team while in Colorado between terms. He began coaching high school baseball in Chicago in 2010 as the pitching coach at Lake View HS. Coach Freeman then served as the Assistant Head Coach at Lane Tech College Prep for two years (2012-13) before returning to Lake View to serve in the same role for three years (2015-17). In 2018 he was named the Head Coach at Lane Tech College Prep and led the Indians to a Class 4A Regional Championship in his first season. He is currently heading into his 2nd season with the Indians.

In addition to coaching high school baseball, Coach Freeman has also coached for several top travel programs in the area including the Homestead Ranchers, Hamlin Park, New Trier Feeder, Glenview Patriots, and several stints as the Horner Park LLWS 12U Manager. Besides baseball, he also coached football for 6 years in the New Trier Feeder program and was the Head Coach for Winnetka Travel basketball for an extended period. He served one year as the Assistant Athletic Director at Lake View High School in 2016-17 and currently works at the school in the Diverse Learner program. He is currently the Head Coach for the Chicago Cubs RBI Elite Jr. Team.


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Brian Telles, Assistant head varsity coach

Baseball and Lane Tech are two institutions that sit close in Coach Brian Telles's heart. Having played Lane Tech baseball from 1988-1991 under the venerable Jerry Szukala, Coach Telles answered the Indian war cry and returned to Lane in 1998 as an assistant freshmen coach, and for 18 years has served the Lane Tech Baseball Program in many capacities. He has been a part of winning 4 city championships and 2 regional championships for Lane Tech.

As a student at Lane, Coach Telles lettered in baseball and won All City honors as a second basemen his senior year. After graduating, he played 2 years at the collegiate level at Oakton Community College and continues to play in the Benito Juarez Baseball League for La Barca. In 2002, upon completion of his Bachelor's Degree in English and Secondary Education from Northeastern Illinois University, he returned to Lane as a teacher of English where he serves as the editor of Lane's literary magazine, the poetry slam team coach, and coordinator for Lane’s Omega Istoria program.

 Coach Telles has served as assistant and head coach for the Lane baseball on all levels. He has also coached little league at Hamlin Park, an American Legion team,  and several travel teams, including the Chicago Mudcats. Further, he has also coached volleyball at both the college and high school levels and is currently coaching girls volleyball at Lane. He and his lovely wife Sandy are the proud parents of four beautiful children: Elia (Lane ℅ 2015), Alec, Arianna (Lane ℅ 2021), and Roman.

telles@lanetechbaseball.org


Jacob Serrato, Assistant Varsity Coach

As a Mather High School alum ('92), Coach Jacob Serrato played on Varsity baseball for all four years in high school. He was All Conference from 1990-1992, All City from 1991-1992, All State in 1992, and City runner up in 1991.  Following High School, Coach Serrato attended Truman College in Chicago where he was a NJCAA Region 4 1st Team All Conference player, Central State University (OH) where he was a SIAC Div. II 1st Team All Conference player as well. Coach Serrato started his professional baseball career and signed with the Chicago Cubs as a free agent from 1993-1995. Signed professionally with the Sultanes de Monterrey of the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol from 1993-1994. In 1996 he played independent professional baseball for the Frontier League Richmond Roosters.  After which, he signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 1997-1998.  In 1999 he returned to independent professional baseball and played for the Northern League Schaumburg Flyers.

Coach Serrato started his coaching career in 2013 as an assistant coach for Holy Trinity High School. Coaching at Holy Trinity for 3 years, he helped lead the team to three straight CPL conference championships and the 2A Regional Championship three years in a row.  In 2014 he was a Bullpen Coach with the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Independent Frontier League. Coach Serrato returns for his third year as an assistant coach at Lane Tech, he was part of the 2016 CPS City Championship team. Currently, in addition to coaching at Lane Tech, he works as a roving instructor with various baseball travel programs and is a 15U coach with the 29ers Baseball Travel program.

Henry Szumal, Varsity pitching Coach | Program pitching Coordinator

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Coach Henry Szumal (Lane Tech Alum 2009) grew up on the Northside of Chicago. He was a standout Varsity pitcher and shortstop under Coach Telles during his high school years before eventually finishing up his playing career at Oakton Community College.

Once Coach Henry’s playing days were over he jumped right into coaching. He began his career with the 13U Niles West feeder baseball team as an assistant coach and pitching coach before joining the Chicago Mudcats and several other area travel programs.

Coach Henry brings a vast knowledge of pitching to our program. He believes pitchers can only be at their best when they physically feel their best, which is why he puts huge emphasis on the strength building and recovery process. Along with helping pitchers become as efficient as possible with their mechanics, Coach Henry brings a fiery competitive attitude with him everyday.

Away from Baseball, Coach Henry continues to grow his animal care business which he started four years ago.



ELBERT RENIVA, SOPHOMORE HEAD COACH

Coach Elbert Reniva attended Lane Tech High School from 1979-1983 during which he played both baseball and football.  In college, Coach Reniva played  baseball and football at Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, Iowa).  Coach Reniva then attended University of Illinois at Chicago where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics.  Coach Reniva later on attended the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law where he earned his law degree in 1990.

Coach Reniva began coaching baseball in 1991.  He has successfully coached playoff and championship teams in the Wheaton Youth baseball league, the Oak Park Pony baseball league (14U-16U), with the Oak Park-River Forest Huskies full time travel summer and fall baseball teams, and with the St. Joseph (MI) High School freshman and sophomore baseball teams. 

In addition to coaching baseball, Coach Reniva has coached and still coaches youth, high school and professional football, youth and travel team fast pitch girls softball, and has served on the boards of the Oak Park River Forest baseball and football boards.  Coach Reniva is currently the defensive coordinator for a professional indoor arena football team, the Westchester Apaches.

NOEL PAGAN, SOPHOMORE ASSISTANT COACH

Noel Pagan joins Lane Tech’s staff after an extensive career with the Chicago Mudcats where he was a part of the organization since its inception. He started his coaching career with the Mudcats as a Summer Camp Instructor and made his way to his current roles within the organization including Director of Player Development, boys head coach and Lead Trainer for Mudcat Fitness. In addition to his Mudcats responsibilities, Noel is the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Lane Tech High School boys baseball teams.

Pagan’s baseball career started at an early age and led him to Lane Tech High School where he was a varsity catcher for three years and a member of three conference championship teams. Noel continued playing in college, both catching and pitching, at Oakton Community College and Judson University.

He is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (NASM CPT) and began his personal training career at Dave Barton Gym (River North) in 2014. While at Dave Barton Gym, Noel not only worked one-on-one with Personal Training Clients, he also led group workout classes including spin and cardio. Noel is also AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) certified.

In 2015, Noel initiated Chicago Mudcat Fitness, which provides both adults and youth with an array of fitness training option.

Marcus murphree, Sophomore assistant Coach

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A recent Chicago transplant, Coach Murphree brings more than 20 years of baseball knowledge and experience to Lane Tech. He grew up playing Little League in Beaumont, Texas and spending summers at the Mark Cresse School of Baseball in Irvine, Calif., while tacking on four years in Southeast Asia before returning to Texas and rounding out his career playing collegiate club baseball for Texas Christian University. 

Following his time as a catcher and outfielder on the diamond, Murphree continued his involvement with competitive baseball from the press box as a sports writer and editor for The Dallas Morning News, covering the 2014 MLB Draft and various interscholastic prep tournaments. 

In addition to playing and writing about baseball, he has coached Lane Tech's Horner Park fall team and the Chicago Mudcats 16U summer team.

Additional youth development work came in Texas as a head coach in South Garland Little League outside of Dallas, Texas. 


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Randy dixon, head freshmen coach

Randy Dixon has coached high school baseball since 2009, first at Von Steuben High School for three years, before accepting a coaching position at Lane Tech in 2012.  During Coach Dixon's first year as a coach at Lane Tech, his Freshmen team finished second in the City Conference. 

In addition to his years as a high school baseball coach, Coach Dixon has extensive experience coaching baseball, and has served as a coach since 1996. He has coached and won championships at every level he has coached. Coach Dixon also coaches in the Senior Division at Hamlin Park, where his team won both the house and the league championships in 2013.