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, team MVP, Junior and Senior year team captain. Megan was a UD (3) year relief and starting pitcher. During Megan’s UD tenure, she competed in IACC tournaments, made 2nd team all-conference her Junior year, and received Most Valuable Pitcher. Megan pitched (4) games in IACC tournaments, won (2) IACC games and compiled an exceptional 1.85 ERA, giving up only (3) 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 2x HS 1st team all-conference, 2x Sauk Valley All-Area team and 2x Moline Dispatch All-Area team. Danielle was the winning pitcher in her team’s State Championship game (first in school history). During Danielle’s Clarke tenure, she was 2x MCC-All-Conference Honorable Mention, team MVP her Junior season, she holds Clarke’s record for most double plays and has the 2nd 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 is the founder of the Dubuque Aftershock softball program which is still a growing organization. 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.
Andrea 'Andie' Smith
Andrea has served a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Dubuque, where she received her Masters Degree. Under Andrea’s guidance, a UD outfielder earned American Rivers Conference and NFCA All-Midwest Region second-team selection.
Prior to joining the UD staff, Andrea was a volunteer assistant coach for Syracuse University for the 2017-18 season. During her time at Syracuse, Andrea coached first base and oversaw the outfielders. She also assisted with hitting and creating daily practice plans. While at Syracuse, Smith coached outfielders that received First Team All-ACC, NFCA All-Region and All-ECAC honors for the 2018 season.
At Southeastern Community College in 2016, Smith was an assistant coach, primarily responsible for the offensive and outfield drills. She helped improve SCC’s 13-21 2016 record to 30-20 in the 2017 season. Under Smith, two outfielders received Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) honors, which included an ICCAC Defensive Player of the Year recipient.
Andrea completed her collegiate career at the University of Dubuque, where she earned first-team all-conference honors as an outfielder in 2015 and was honorable mention all-conference in 2016. She was also a 2x NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete selection. Additionally, she was a two-time Dubuque Spartan Softball Award recipient and was named a co-captain her senior year.
From 2012-2014, Smith played two seasons at Southeastern Community College where she received Second Team All-Conference Outfield, First Team All-Conference Academic Team and won the 2014Region XI Championship.