DRBA Softball Coach & Catching/Hitting Instructor
With 18 years of coaching experience, Shawn has coached at all levels of softball and baseball, having coached teams from ages 8-18. He has a state championship in baseball and has made three appearances in National softball tournaments. As the Director of Softball, Shawn oversees the day-to-day operations for DRBA’s softball program, including planning for DRBA travel teams and softball events.
Megan is from Cascade, Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Dubuque. Megan has achieved many accolades during her playing career. Megan was high school honorable mention, all-academic team awards winner, team MVP, and a captain her junior and senior years. Megan was a three-year relief and starting pitcher at UD. During Megan’s UD tenure, she competed in IACC tournaments, was named second team all-conference her junior year, and received the Most Valuable Pitcher award. Megan pitched (4) games in IACC tournaments, won two IACC games and compiled an exceptional 1.85 ERA, giving up only three earned runs in IACC tournament play.
Danielle is from Morrison, Illinois and graduated from Clarke University. Danielle has achieved many accolades during her playing career. Danielle was two-time high school first team all-conference selection, two-time Sauk Valley All-Area team selection and two-time Moline Dispatch All-Area team honoree. Danielle was the winning pitcher in her team’s state championship game (first in school history). During Danielle’s Clarke tenure, she was two-time MCC-All-Conference Honorable Mention selection, team MVP her junior season, she holds Clarke’s record for most double plays and has the second highest fielding percentage (.993) in Clarke history.
Natalie was a three year starter for Dubuque Senior High School and was a team leader and captain for the Rams. Natalie was known for her speed, good glove and quick release and played all infield positions, 2nd & 3rd base were her favorite. Several times she was tournament MVP on the winning Rams team and maintained a better than .300 batting average throughout her career. Natalie played one year for the UD Spartans, before retiring to pursue a career in teaching. As one of DRBA Instructor’s Natalie specializes in hitting, fielding and base running.
Randall Rhomberg is from Dubuque and is a Hempstead Graduate. After High School, Randall served honorably for 4yrs in the United States Marine Corps. Randall has several college degrees including a BS in IT Security and Masters in Business Administration. Randall has over 15 yrs of coaching experience and has coached all levels from 8u thru 18u, and was the founder of the Dubuque Aftershock softball program before joining the DRBA team. Also, Randy serves as DRBA Project Manager. Randy oversees DRBA/DSC projects and makes sure everything is up to par!
Mark 'Vinnie' Rako
A self-taught pitcher, Vinnie was inducted into the Southwest Wisconsin Fast Pitch Hall of Fame in 2013.
Vinnie, a native of Arthur, Wis., began playing softball at the age of 14, when he started filling in on men’s softball teams in the area. Vinnie’s fill-in role quickly became a full-time gig, as he spent the next four decades playing for numerous teams throughout Southwest Wisconsin, primarily serving as a pitcher. During his peak playing days in the 1980s, Vinnie played 100-plus games a season.
Vinnie has played in many national tournaments, including the North American Fast-pitch Association (NAFA) tournament and the International Softball Congress (ISC) world tournament in 2008 at age 50. He was named to the Over-45 ASA National All-Star team in 2004 and 2006.
Vinnie ultimately parlayed his self-taught skill into a coaching career. He spent over a decade serving as a pitching coach for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, before holding similar positions at Clarke University and the University of Dubuque.
Brianne was born and raised in Dakota, IL,where she played basketball and softball during high school. Brianne started three years on the softball team and two on the basketball team. After high school, she was recruited to play basketball at Clarke University, but also decided to walk onto the softball program. During her freshman year she was a utility player and helped her team reach the conference championship. Her sophomore year, she started at third base and led the team in stolen bases. Junior year, she started at shortstop and again led the team in stolen bases. During an injury-plagued senior season, she played in centerfield and shortstop.
Randy was born in Connecticut and raised in Puerto Rico. He played 4 years of college baseball - at Muscatine Community College, Clarke College and Iowa Wesleyan University. Randy played for 6 years in Independent Baseball in Puerto Rico and 4 years in the United States and currently playing for a semi-pro team in Key West. He was the catching and hitting coach for Muscatine Community College for five years and three years as the assistant varsity coach in Muscatine. He also created the Muskies Baseball feeder program and served as president for three years.