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Aurora Thunder Christmas Break Hitting Clinic

Hosted by:  Eann Cox, Director of Player Development

Guest Speakers:  Trey Hannam, Ryan Sutterer, Les Nozzle

Special Guest:  Josh Stowers, 2018 2nd round draft pick of Seattle Mariners out of Louisville

When: Saturday, December 22, 2018

Where:  Go For It Sports Dome, 9231 Galena Road, Yorkville, IL 60560

Sessions:  8:30am to 11:30am for ages 9u to 13u

12:30pm to 3:30pm for ages 14u-18u

Price:  $120 per 3 hour session, includes camp t-shirt

Please register here!



Eann Cox: 

Eann is our Director of Player Development and our 15u Head Coach.   In his role as Director of Player Development, Eann works closely with the high school aged players and their coaches on developing their recruiting profile, their offseason workout program as well as all responsibilities as the head coach for his 15u team.   Additionally, Eann is the current Head Freshman Coach at Naperville North High School in Naperville, IL  Eann has been coaching in the Aurora Thunder program for 5 years and running his current team the past 4 years.  He played his collegiate baseball at Black Hawk Community College for his first 2 years, where he was an All-American.  He then spent 2 years at Division II Lewis University where he earned All Conference honors.  

Twitter: @cox_eann


Trey Hannam:

Trey is the current hitting coach at Division I Western Illinois University.  Additionally, he currently works with and trains a number of minor league hitters in the off-season.  During his summer months, he plays professional baseball in Puerto Rico and over the last two summers has led his team in HR and in the top 4 in several other offensive categories.   Trey played his collegiate ball at the University of Illinois Springfield for 2 years, where he was selected All-Conference and All-Region both years.

Trey is the creator of SwayTee -

Twitter: @TJHannam10


Ryan Sutterer

Ryan is the Director of Player Development for the Minnesota Iceman travel baseball program, Hitting coach at the University of Northwestern and an Associate Scout with the San Diego Padres.  Ryan played his collegiate baseball at the University of Northwestern and holds number career and season offensive records.


Les Nozzle:

Les works with multiple minor league players on hitting and weight training.  Has a massive social media following where he shares videos of drills and in game at bat of his hitters.  Les is the current head coach of the 11u Omaha Tigers baseball team.

Twitter: @TheLesNozzle

Ready to teach the swing that helped Aaron Judge achieve the AL Rookie of the Year award.

Registration is open and will be limited to 40 kids per session.  Please make sure you register for the appropriate age group session. 


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Our 2019 Season tryouts were a huge success, with over 200 kids trying out for our teams.

2019 players needed:

We are looking for the following players to fill our our 2019 rosters:

13u - 2 players, pitcher preferred

14u/15u - (8th grade/high school freshman team) - 1 to 2 players, 8th graders preferred.  Pitchers preferred.

17u/18u - 2 to 3 players


Please register for tryouts here.  We are not restricted to taking kids from Aurora only.  We have kids from several surrounding communities that comprise our teams.  If you cannot make these tryout dates, please contact us to set up a private tryout.




2018 College commitments

Jacob Gray - Aurora University

Cameron Zimmeron - Ripon College

Caleb Ziehr - Saint Xavier University

Ty Liaromatis - Illinois Benedictine

Zach Haddox - Illinois Benedictine

Stephen Sewruk - Illinois Benedictine

Andy Velazquez - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Mark Sommers - Waubonsee Community College

Dayne Frederick - Judson University

Zach Zavasnik - Olivet Nazarene University

2017 college commitments

David Woods - Carthage College

Ricky Perez - Iowa State


COACHES WANTED - Fall 2018/Summer 2019

Aurora Travel Baseball is seeking qualified high school head coaches for 2019 season (17U) and youth travel baseball  coaches (9u, 10u, 12u and 14u) for the 2019 spring/summer season. These are part-time positions at each age group, which will conclude upon the completion of the 2018 summer season.  This position will begin in August 2018 with weekly practices and fall baseball games in advance of preparing for winter workouts starting in winter 2018 and will continue into the spring and summer season, wrapping up in mid to late July 2019.

Our program consists of non-parent coaching if possible and strives to prepare our kids to play at the next level.  Our younger teams will focus on player development and building the bridge to the next year, while playing in very competitive tournaments.  Our goals for our high school teams (15u - 18u) will be to participate in a number of top national collegiate showcase tournaments, which will provide access to numerous college coaches and pro scouts each and every game and tournament.

Responsibilities include on-field coaching, pregame preparation, practice organization, mentoring players, and day to day communication with players, parents, college coaches and scouts (at the high school level).

We are seeking candidates that have previous coaching or playing experience at the high school, college, or professional level. The candidate must have strong communication skills and knowledge in the game of baseball. 

At the high school level, the candidate must be able to communicate to college coaches and scouts regarding the skill set and abilities of players. Further, the candidate must have schedule flexibility throughout the summer, as we play a very competitive schedule throughout the Midwest.

If you are interested in this position please send a resume to, or call Matt at (630) 258-2894.

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2018 Aurora Travel Baseball Tournaments Announced

Aurora Travel Baseball will host two tournaments in the 2018 season.  

The 8th Annual Spring Fling Tournament will be held Friday, May 4th through Sunday, May 6th, 2018.

The 7th Annual Summer Heat Tournament will be held Friday, June 8th through Sunday, June 10th, 2018.

Both tournaments will be held in Aurora, IL at several newly renovated Fox Valley Park District fields.

Further information and registration can be found on our tournaments page or by clicking here.

2018 7th Annual Aurora Thunder Poker and Bags Tournament

The Aurora Thunder will host our 7th Annual Poker and Bags Tournament on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at Bliss Creek Golf Club in the Pine Room, located at 1 Golfview Road, Sugar Grove, IL 60554.  Event will run from 5pm to 1am CST.

Bags Registration is closed as of 10pm on Feb 23rd, 2018.  Poker registration is still open.  

There are over $5,000 in raffle prizes as of Feb 1st, 2018:

Two – LG 49” 1080p HD Smart TV’s
Cubs tickets – (3 sets, which is 4 seats to a game x 3 games – one set will be over a $500 value, one will be over a $400 value and the third will be between a $300 value and $400 value)
Kris Bryant 4th of July Jersey
Rounders Autographed Poster
John Lackey Cubs Plaque
Chicago Wolves – 2 seats for 1 game
Paramount Theater – 2 seats to any show in 2018
Praxis Fit – 1 month free gym membership 
Northwestern Medicine – 1 month free gym membership
Delnor Health & Fitness - 1 month certificate ($185 value)
Bulldog Ale House – 3 x $10 gift certs
Epic Air - $75 gift basket
Aurora Skate Center – 10 tickets for free skating
Kane County Cougars – 2  tickets for a game 
Coopers Hawk – wine tasting for 4
Blackberry Oaks – Two foursomes including cart – weekday golf
Cubs tickets (don’t know if 2 or 4 seats for 2 games or 4 seats for 1 game)
Liquor/wine basket – a few of these are being put together
Womens Spa Package – a couple of these have been put together
Escape Room/Haunted House package
Cubs Jersey (player of your choice on back) package
Sox Jersey (player of your choice on back) package
Blackhawks Jersey (player of your choice on back) package
Movie Night basket
Restaurant certificates
Eagle Brook (private club) – golf foursome package
Bliss Creek – golf foursome package
Go For It Sports Dome –  free turf rental
Bogies Indoor Golf Club & Fore! Family Fun - Foursome Mini Golf

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Thunder 17u players named all-conference:
Jacob Gray was named 1st team All-Conference in the Upstate 8 as a junior as well as a nomination by the conference coaches to the Chicagoland Classic Collegiate Showcase. It is a two day showcase event with the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of more than 100 college coaches and professional scouts. Coaches from the Big 10, Big XII, Pac 12, SEC, Ivy League, several Division II and Division III schools and U.S. service academies are registered to attend.

Caleb Ziehr, also a junior, was named 2nd team All-Conference in the Big Northern Conference. Caleb was also nominated to play in a conference tournament featuring all conference players from the Big Northern Conference and the NIC 10 Conference later this summer.

Congratulations to Jacob Gray and Caleb Ziehr.


Former Aurora Travel Baseball players making trip to IHSA 3A State Playoffs:
Jackson Best, Eric Lundell, Elias Flowers and Jake Carlson - all sophomores at Marmion Academy. Go Cadets and good luck at state.



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