Ron Cacini Jr., majority owner of The Ballpark in Mount Prospect, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge playing, teaching, and coaching baseball and softball. He had a full scholarship to play for North Carolina State but elected to sign a professional contract with the Houston Astros. After playing three years professionally, Ron went on to complete his degree at DePaul University and was the Assistant Women’s Softball Coach for the nationally ranked team under Eugene Lenti. He helped the team build one of the top programs in the country. Ron made a comeback with the Schaumburg Flyers in 1999. In 2000, he began giving lessons in his backyard and after developing over 200 clients in a short 2-year time frame, he decided to open an indoor baseball and softball training center, Play Ball USA, which he created and opened in Des Plaines in 2002. Play Ball USA set a standard in instructional facilities, and Ron served over 10,000 private lessons and produced some of the best student-athletes in the northwest suburbs before selling it in 2008 to spend more time with family. Ron has also been featured on WGN, CLTV, 190 North Show, and has been published in numerous softball and baseball publications. Having a passion to teach, Ron also earned his Master’s Degree and has been teaching physical education in District 64-Park Ridge for over 16 years. He is a native of Mount Prospect and graduated from Prospect High School in 1988.