Rich Janor


  • Founder of Ducks Baseball and Head Coach of the original Ducks team (2003)
  • Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, IL
  • High School Varsity Coach of the Year in 2011, 2013 (IHSBCA Area)
  • IHSA 3A State Finalist (2013) and IHSA 3A Elite Eight (2011)

Bill Smith

Director – Ducks Gold™

  • 30+ year veteran of amateur baseball
  • Former player and coach at the College of St. Francis in Joliet, IL
  • Disciple of the legendary Coach Gordie Gillespie
  • Former High School Coach at St. Joseph High School in Westchester, IL

Brian Smith

Director – Ducks Academy™

  • Former standout pitcher at Northern Illinois University
  • Master’s Degree in Sports Management
  • Former Coach of the Madison Mallards (Northwoods League)
  • Former Pitching Coach for Windy City Thunderbolts
  • Former Manager of the Rockford Rivets
  • Current Manager of the Windy City Thunderbolts
  • Current WAA Manager of Programing

Cal Djuraskovic

  • Played Collegiately at Central Michigan University and Davenport University
  • Pitching Coach at Prairie State College
  • Professional Pitcher (Windy City ThunderBolts)
  • 2023 Frontier League All Star Pitcher

Scott Kelsch

  • Former baseball player at Naperville North High School, College of DuPage and Benedictine University
  • Four years as a head coach for Ducks Baseball 9U-12U
  • Multiple years as a paid travel baseball coach/instructor for ages 10U-16U in various organizations
  • USA Baseball Coach Certified
  • Past president of the Oswego East All Sports Boosters
  • Two adult children, Riley and Alex, former Oswego East HS and college athletes played for the Spikes and Ducks. Riley is an assistant softball coach at University of Wisconsin- Platteville

John Knauss

  • Coached 30+ teams locally in travel Baseball, Basketball & Football over the past 15+ years, including the 4 years as a Head Coach in the Ducks Organization.
  • Former varsity baseball player at Prospect High School and Harper College in Palatine. Multiple family members that played baseball at the college or pro level
  • Active volunteer in the local community and is a current member and past Scholarship Chair for Oswego East All Sports Boosters
  • Sons Cameron and Spencer, who were both active in WAA Sports and played Varsity Baseball at Oswego East HS

David Cronin

  • Played Collegiately at University of Illinois Chicago
  • 2017 All Horizon League 2nd Team
  • MVP of 2017 Horizon League Tournament
  • Selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft (Round 20/Pick 597)
  • 2018 Frontier League All Star Infielder (Evansville Otters)

Frank Meisl

  • Played Collegiately at Benedictine University
  • Former Assistant Coach at Evergreen Park High School
  • Learning Behavior Specialist (District 68)
  • Current High School Ducks Head Coach

Alex Kelsch

  • 10-year travel ball player including five with the Ducks
  • Played for 16U National Team USA-LABC in Santigo Domingo, DC
  • 4-year starter at Oswego East High School
  • Played collegiately at Loras College; Freshman starter
  • Coached a 10U travel team
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