Nate Gray

Director of Baseball/Softball Operations

Coach Gray is the director of baseball and softball at The FattFro Zone. He specializes in hitting instruction, team practices, and explosive hitting camps. Nate Gray is from Johnson Creek, Wisconsin where he attended Johnson Creek High School. Nate is former Athlete of the Year at his high school, where he was an eleven-time letter winner in football, basketball, and baseball. He received all-conference, and all area honors in all three sports and was an all-state performer in baseball. He continued onto Beloit College to play baseball and football then finished his collegiate career by playing baseball at Concordia University (River Forest).

Nate is the Barrington High School Varsity baseball hitting coach and is also the Head Coach for the Barrington American Legion baseball team. During his first season as Head Coach in 2014, the American Legion Post 158 won the State title. Three-year overall record of 93-32. He is also an assistant coach for the Barrington High School Varsity football team working with the wide receivers.

Olivia Duehr


• Antioch Community High School Graduate.
• 2 time All Lake County Player of the Year.
• All State Selection.
• 3rd Place finish in 2010.
• Northwestern University 4 year letter winner 2012-2015
• Big Ten Freshman of the week 2/27/12
• Big Ten Player of the week 3/21/15 after hitting four home runs and slugging
• 1.700 in a three game series against Penn State.
• 3 time regional series participant.
• Coach of the 14u Illinois Chill Gold
• 6th season coaching premier athletes to the next level. Has been with the program for 9 years, first as a player.
• Barrington Middle School-Station Assistant Softball Coach.
• Helped coach the middle school team to the state series in Bloomington-Normal this fall.

Dylan Lidge


Barrington High School
• Class of 2013
• All-conference Shortstop
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
• B.S., Kinesiology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2017
• Starting shortstop and co-captain for Club Baseball Team
Illinois Travel Baseball Organization
• Coached with High School players ranging from Freshman to Seniors the past two years as Head and Assistant Coach year round
• Also coached 9u-14u this previous fall and winter
• Learned from twin brother Ryan's experience of playing collegiate and professional baseball

Mark Romer


Mark attended Springfield High School in Illinois graduating in 1986. Mark played centerfield and pitched for SHS and in 1985 as a junior, he led Springfield High to a 2nd place finish in the Illinois High School state tournament. At SHS he earned All City and All Conference honors both as a junior and a senior. After high school he attended Lincoln Land Community College in his hometown of Springfield. At Lincoln Land he set school records for at bats, runs, hits, triples, and total bases. In 1988 he was named to the NJCAA All America team. Mark then accepted a full scholarship to attend Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina for his junior and senior seasons. While at Coastal he led them to 73 wins over two seasons in 1989 & 1990. Mark stole 66 bases in his two seasons at Coastal. He was a 2 time All Big South Conference selection as well as being named to the Big South Conference all-tournament team both his junior and senior years. In 1990 Mark was named The Big South Conference Player of the Year and he was also named to the All South Carolina Collegiate team as an outfielder. Mark was also named to the Big South Conference All Decade team for the 1990's. After his senior year, Mark served as an assistant baseball and softball coach at Coastal Carolina and in 2001 Mark was inducted into the Coastal Carolina Hall of Fame. Mark was also recently inducted into the Lincoln Land Community College Hall of Fame.

Tim Stoddard


The Fattfro Zone is proud to have Tim Stoddard in the pitching rotation. Tim Stoddard will be available on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 4:00 to 9:00 PM providing pitching lessons and proper instruction to take your game to the next level. Tim Stoddard is from East Chicago, IN and graduated from North Carolina State University where he played both baseball and basketball. He was drafted by the White Sox in 1975, played on the World Series Champion Orioles in 1983, pitched for the division champion Cubs in 1984, and played for other notable major league teams including the New York Yankees during his 14 year major league career.

MLB Statistics:
• 41 Wins
• 3.95 ERA
• 582 Strikeouts
• 76 Saves

Tim’s pitching coach resume includes Northwestern University and North Central College. He also acted in 1993 film Rookie of the Year, and has an NCAA basketball championship ring with the 1973 -74 Wolfpack.

Elissa Wisniewski


Libertyville HS Head Varsity Coach (8th Year) W-L: 170-75
- Illinois Coaches Association Coach of the Year 2014, 2016
- Regional Championship 2014, 2016,2017, 2018
- Conference Championship 2016
- Broke School Record for Wins in a Season 2014,2016,2017
Played In Collage At: Winona State University
- 4 Year Starter 2003 – 2006
- NSIC Champions 2004,2006
- NSIC Tournament Champions 2003
- 1st Team All Tournament Team 2006
- NCAA Regional Appearances 2003,2005
- Finished top 3 in all major Career and Single season pitching records.
- Led Conference in Wins/Strikeouts (2003) & ERA (2006)
- 2 Time Selection to USSSA All World Team
Played in High School At: Stevenson
- 4 Year Varsity Starter 1999-2002
- Conference Champions 1999-2002
- Regional Champions 1999,2001,2002
- Sectional Champions 1999,2001
- IHSA State 1999 (5th Place)
- 1st Team All Conference 1999-2002
- 1st Team All Area (Capt ‘00) 1999-2002
- 1st Team All State 1999,2002
- Player of the Year 2000
- Super 60 Selection
- IHSA AA State records – Wins (1st), Shutouts (3rd), ERA (4th), Strikeouts (5th)
- IHSA All Time State records – Wins (3rd), Shutouts (19th)
- All Decade Team – Pioneer Press - 2010

Pat WIre


Patrick Wire, a teacher and former player sporting a long association with Barrington-area baseball, became head coach of the Barrington High School varsity baseball program beginning with the 2012-13 season. Wire teaches social studies at Barrington High School. He has taught over 10 years in Barrington 220. He holds a master’s degree in teaching and leadership from Concordia University.

Wire has a storied connection to Barrington-area baseball, having played under legendary coach Kirby Smith on the 1995 State Champion American Legion Baseball Team and the 1996 third-place American Legion Baseball Team. Wire was Athlete of the Year at Cary-Grove High School in 1996 after lettering in three sports – baseball, basketball and football – during his four years there. He played football and baseball at the University of Wisconsin White-Water, Concordia University and at Beloit College,

Wire's other accolades include: Two MVP, All-Conference, and All-Area Awards while at Cary-Grove High School in football and baseball. Wire was also Pitcher of the Year at Cary-Grove in 1996, holds the Cary-Grove Baseball School record for stolen bases (41 of 42), and is a member of Cary-Grove Football's "Ring of Honor." In college, he earned All Mid-West Conference, Pitcher and Rookie of the Year Awards, and is still currently in the record books at Beloit. As a pitcher, he is 4th all-time in Beloit College history in a single season for ERA (2.36), and still holds the Beloit College school record for the lowest career Earned Run Average (2.64).
Wire’s coaching pedigree is well-earned. He has assisted both the baseball and football programs at Barrington High School since 2001. Pat is also the offensive coordinator for Barrington Football in the fall.

Now Wire is here at the FattFro Zone offering top of the line training and pitching instruction.

Ryan Lidge


Graduated from Barrington High School in 2013. Two time all-conference selection, two-time all-area selection. Selected All-State Senior year. Played for White Sox Area Code team as well as Cincinnati Reds Scout Team in his Junior year. Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 40th round in 2013.

Attended The University Of Notre Dame from 2013-2017 on a baseball scholarship. Selected to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Made 180 starts during a four-year career at Notre Dame in the ACC. Named the Northwoods Summer Collegiate League Gold Glove Award Winner in 2014. Played in the prestigious Cape Cod League in 2015.

Caught 22 runners stealing in 2017, more than any other catcher in the ACC. Drafted in 2017 by the New York Yankees in the 20th round. Currently in his second year with the Yankees. Spent the majority of his 2018 season with the Yankees AA affiliate the Trenton Thunder.