USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Illinois Baseball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2015-16 season.
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COACH OF THE YEAR
Mark Smith, Providence Catholic (New Lenox)
Smith didn’t have a star-studded lineup full of MLB draft prospects, but he still guided the Celtics to their third straight Class 4A state championship, the first team to accomplish that feat. Providence Catholic finished 33-9 and blasted Mundelein to clinch the title, 10-3.
Player of the Year
Tyler Fitzgerald, INF, Rochester, 6-3/190, Sr.
Fitzgerald batted an even .500 with nine home runs, 31 RBI, 54 runs scored and 37 stolen bases. The state’s Gatorade Player of the Year was drafted in the 30th round by the Red Sox, but will likely honor his commitment to play shortstop at Louisville.
Drake Fellows, P, Joliet Catholic, 6-5/210, Sr.
Brenden Heiss, P, Jacobs (Algonquin), 6-1/200, Sr.
Ben Brecht, P, New Trier (Winnetka), 6-7/205, Sr.
Cooper Johnson, C, Carmel Catholic (Mundelein), 6-0/200, Sr.
Joey Polak, INF, Notre Dame (Quincy), 6-5/225, Sr.
Erik Kaiser, INF, Waterloo, 6-5/205, Jr.
Cal Coughlin, INF, Lake Forest, 6-1/205, Sr.
Jordan McFarland, OF, Waterloo, 6-4/225, Sr.
Alek Thomas, OF, Mount Carmel (Chicago), 5-10/165, So.
Bradley Harrison, OF, O’Fallon, 6-3/220, Sr.
Brent Headrick, P, Reed-Custer (Braidwood), 6-6/185, Sr.
Brendan Murphy, P, Mundelein, 6-4/200, Jr.
Dalton Parker, P, St. Joseph-Ogden (St. Joseph), 6-4/205, Sr.
Cal Greenfield, C, St. Rita (Chicago), 6-1/195, Jr.
Mike Madej, INF, Providence Catholic (New Lenox), 5-11/185, Sr.
Ryan Kutt, INF, Brother Rice (Chicago), 6-1/175, Jr.
Christian Bullock, INF, Morgan Park (Chicago), 6-0/170, Sr.
Jake Garella, INF, Edwardsville, 6-1/185, Sr.
Jack Suwinski, OF, Taft (Chicago), 6-2/200, Sr.
Brad Czerniejewski, OF, Lake Forest, 6-2/190, Jr.
Andrew Dyke, OF, Brother Rice (Chicago), 6-0/190, Sr.