Sebastian “Dusty” Rogers is the owner and founder of Dusty Rogers Baseball/Softball Academy.
Dusty, a former first-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds and long-time youth sports coach in the Dubuque area. In 2017, Dusty opened Dusty Rogers Baseball/Softball Academy, with a goal of providing professional level baseball and softball instruction to the region.
A left-handed pitcher, Dusty was the sixth overall pick of the 1984 January Major League Baseball draft. A farmhand for the Reds organization for five years before injuries shortened his career, Dusty was 6-2 in his initial professional season, playing for the Billings Mustangs and a 3.88 ERA. He returned to Billings the following season, where he posted a 6-4 record and improving his ERA to 3.11 with 95 strikeouts. That year, Baseball America named Dusty the league’s 10th-ranked prospect.
Moving up to the Tampa Tarpons in 1986, Dusty went was 4-6 with a 3.89 ERA, while he posted a 3-7 record and a 4.19 ERA for the Cedar Rapids Reds in 1987. In 1988, he finished his professional career with the Greensboro Hornets, going 7-6, with a 2.57 ERA.
Overall, Dusty posted a 26-25 record during his professional career, with a 3.51 ERA in 90 games. He recorded 449 strikeouts in 456 1/3 innings.
Andrew Redman directs the pitching programs, as well as coaches the 18u baseball team at DRBA.
Prior to joining the DRBA team, Andrew served as the pitching coach for the Clarke University baseball program. Overall, he has five years of experience coaching at the collegiate ranks. Prior to his coaching career, Andrew was a star for Clarke, where he was named conference player of the year and honorable mention All-American. During his senior season in 2015, Andrew went 6-2 on the mound, with a 1.68 ERA. As impressive as he was on the mound, he was equally as stellar at the plate, where he put together a .425 batting average, with 62 hits, 9 home runs and 50 RBIs.
Prior to joining Clarke, Andrew played junior college for Iowa Central. He put together a 12-8 record during his two years at Iowa Central, with a 2.05 ERA. He was twice named all-conference. During a stellar prep career at Dubuque Hempstead, Andrew was named the Mississippi Valley Conference Player of the Year during his senior year in 2010, when he tallied a state-low 0.41 ERA.
David Janes is DRBA’s Director of Baseball Operations, as well as a Coach and Instructor.
A four-year varsity baseball at Dubuque Senior High School, David continued his playing career at the collegiate level at Ellsworth Community College and Wayne State College. He is currently the Assistant Varsity Coach at Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque.
As Director of Baseball Operations, David oversees DRBA’s overall baseball operations and player development. As an instructor, David specializes in hitting and catching.
Dave Samson serves as the General Manager and Coach for DRBA. In his general manager role, Dave oversees the day-to-day operations and event planning for DRBA.
A former college coach, Dave has over 20 years of experience coaching youth baseball and basketball. He is currently the coach of DRBA’s 14u and 15u teams.
Austin Clemens is an Instructor and Coach for DRBA.
Austin, a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, was a four-sport athlete in high school, including a four-year member of the varsity baseball team. In college, Austin played for Kirkwood Community College before signing with Division I Eastern Illinois. Prior to his senior season, Austin decided to finish his collegiate career in Dubuque, where he plays for Clarke University.
As an instructor, Austin specializes in pitching and hitting for DRBA.
A five year varsity player for Cascade Jr Sr High School. Derek continued his playing career at the next level at both NIACC (1 year) and the University of Iowa (3 years). While at Iowa Derek was able to represent the USA while participating in the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan.
Derek will be helping with both the hitting and pitching.
Randall Rhomberg serves as the Director of Softball for DRBA.
With 15 years of experience coaching, Randall has experience coaching at all levels of softball, having coached teams from ages 8-18. In 2016, Randall founded the Dubuque Aftershock, a growing softball program with teams ranging from 10u-14u.
As the Director of Softball, Randall oversees the day-to-day operations for DRBA’s softball program, including planning for DRBA travel teams and softball events. He also is the program’s 12u coach.
Megan Loes is an Instructor and Coach for DRBA.
A Cascade (Iowa) High School graduate, Megan was team MVP and a two-year captain for the Cougars while enjoying all-conference recognition. During college, she was a three-year player at the University of Dubuque where she was a pitcher. Megan was named second-team all-conference during her collegiate career, while helping the Spartans to three conference tournaments.
Megan specializes in pitching instruction for DRBA, while coaching the program’s 10u team.
Danielle Stralow is an Instructor and Coach for DRBA.
A Morrison, Ill. native, Danielle had a highly decorated prep career, where she was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection and helped her team to its first-ever state title her senior season. In college, Danielle continued her career at Clarke University, where she pitched and played first base. In college, Danielle earned honorable mention all-conference recognition and was named the team’s MVP during her junior season.
At DRBA, Danielle coaches the program’s 18u team and specializes in providing hitting, slap hitting and pitching instruction.
Tori Woltz is an Instructor and Coach for DRBA.
A Chatfield, Minn. native, Tori played collegiately at the University of Dubuque. As a Spartan, Tori served as team captain her junior and senior seasons. She is holding several team records for the Spartans, including the RBIs in a season (32), career putouts (840), and hits in a season (45) and career hits (113).
Tori coaches DRBA’s 16u team, while specializing in providing hitting and catching instruction.
Mike ‘Vinnie’ Rako
Mike “Vinnie” Rako is a Pitching and Hitting Instructor for DRBA.
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.