Head Coach - 1st Season
David A Mitroff joins the Cornerstone athletic program staff with more than 800 games of experience coaching. Before completing his degree at Bethel University in 1983 in business administration he was a three year starting catcher from 1979 to 1982
Mitroff has been a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association for 13 years. He served as head coach of the Arlington Cardinals summer collegiate team for seven years. He also served as head coach of Illinois Select baseball for four years. From 2001 to 2007 he held the position of head baseball coach for the McHenry County Hurricanes. At the same time he served as vice president of operations for the McHenry County Hurricanes and created numerous programs that have benefited the local community and educated coaches to be the best they can be. He created a community fund raising program called P.I.T.C. H. (players investing toward community help) and pioneered the Baseball Leadership Summit of Illinois which mentors coaches and trained student athletes.
He is married to Linda Lee Mitroff of Palatine IL and has three adult children. Melanie Good (27), Corinne VanArsdale (25), and David N Mitroff (22).
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Ron Engels, a native of Wyoming, Mich., played football, basketball and baseball for Grand Rapids Community College.He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1963 and earned masters degree from Central Michigan in 1969.
As coach at Wyoming Park High School, where he taught history and family living, the team won the State Championship, three runner up State Championships, 15 conference titles, 11 district titles and seven regional titles. He retired from teaching in 1994 and has since been helping coach baseball at Hudsonville High School.
He has served as president of the MHSBCA for two years, selected to the MHSBCA Hall of Fame and received the Coach of the Year for 1980, 1984, 1992 and 2001.
Engles and his wife, Barbara, have five children.
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Chuck Lowitzki coached baseball at Conference Champion Prairie Ridge High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois for 12 years. His responsibilities included coaching pitchers and catchers. During his tenure, Prairie Ridge won five conference championships, three conference tournament championships, seven regional championships and finished second place in the state IHSBCA summer tournament of 2011. He has coached eight pitchers and four catchers who signed NCAA Division I scholarships from Prairie Ridge with three of those pitchers signing professional contracts.
Prior to coaching, Chuck was a two time all-conference and all-area performer in both baseball and football. He attended Trinity International University on a football scholarship where he was an option fullback for two years before an injury prematurely ended his career. He earned a bachelors degree at National-Louis University in applied behavioral science.
For the past six years Chuck has worked as a teaching assistant in the special education department in Algonquin, IL. He and his, Kimberly, have two sons.