At the age of 8 Alejandro Cahue began learning and playing baseball for the Hegewisch Little League (Cubs). Alejandro attended Mt. Carmel High School 2002-2006, where he pitched and played 3rd base for the Caravan. During his time at Mt. Carmel the Caravan won State Championships in ’02, ’03 and ’05. Before College, Alejandro played in a few travel ball leagues including the American Legion, where he was recruited and signed to pitch for the Robert Morris University Eagles.
He went on to study Computer Networking. While earning his bachelors, He continued to play baseball for RMU from 2008-2011. The Eagles won back to back NAIA Conference Championships in 2010 and 2011. The 2010 Championship marked the 1st ever title in RMU Baseball History.
In 2015 he signed on as pitching coach for George Washington High School (Patriots). Alex soon realized the need for Pitching development within the City of Chicago.
This is Coach Alejandros 3rd year with Lou Collier’s Baseball Association and 4th year as a pitching coach. He plans to continue his mentoring and development of young pitchers through the LCBA.
Louis Keith Collier grew up loving baseball. At seven, he started playing at Roseland Little League. Lou quickly excelled, making every All-Star team from age seven to thirteen in Roseland Little League. He enrolled in Chicago Vocational High School and played Frosh-Soph his freshman year and was the ace pitcher and starting shortstop. That summer Lou started playing for the 14-15 year South Shore Mets and led them to the 1988 Illinois State Championship, where he stole home to win the Championship game. In his sophomore year, Lou was promoted to the Varsity team and was the starting third baseman, earning All-City honors.
By Lou’s junior year he was moved back to his natural position of Shortstop and went on to make All-City, All-Area, and All-State in his junior and senior campaign. In Lou’s senior season, he was offered a scholarship to play baseball at Southern University in Baton Rouge and was drafted by the Houston Astros.
While Lou was an academic qualifier out of high school he elected to attend Kishwaukee Junior College, one of the top junior colleges in the nation at the time, to improve his skills and garner a second opportunity to get drafted the following year. At Kishwaukee, Lou was 1st Team All-Conference and named to the Regional All-Tournament Team. That year he received scholarship offers from the University of Arkansas, Illinois State and Indiana State, while being redrafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 31st round. He chose not to sign. Lou decided to transfer to powerhouse Triton Community College for his sophomore year and went on to have a defining year.
At Triton, Lou received a host of honors including All-Conference, Region IV MVP, Region IV Big Stick Award, Triton’s Most Valuable Hitter, 1st Team All-American, and to top it off Lou was named National Junior College Player of the Year. His stat line for the year was .468 10 hrs, 50 RBIs, and 39 stolen bases. Lou led Triton to the Juco World Series and they eventually lost to Yavapi, AZ in the championship 7-4. Lou received offers from Arizona State University and Mississippi State but elected to sign a pro contract with the Pittsburg Pirates who still owned his rights before the draft.
Lou was drafted in the 31st round by the Pittsburgh Pirates and made his Major League debut on June 28, 1997, after a three-year minor league stint. He played two seasons with the Pirates before joining the Milwaukee Brewers from 1999-2001. He then spent single seasons with the Montreal Expos (2002), Boston Red Sox (2003) and Philadelphia Phillies (2004). Lou then went on to play in Korea for another two seasons before retiring from baseball in 2007.
With his clinics, private lessons, and non-profit work, Lou seeks to give back to the community that has given so much to him. Lou Collier Baseball, Inc on creating a positive environment for Chicago youth in which children have mentors and role models. This helps gives kids an opportunity and acquire tools necessarily to form a successful life. In an article from his alma mater, Triton College, Lou said, “Anytime I can share what I’ve learned from playing baseball or give anything to help see a kid improve or to help them be successful is always great. Giving back is what it’s all about.”
Lou Collier's Honors & Career Highlights
IHSA All State, Drafted by Houston Astros
National Junior College player of the year, 1st team All American, Region IV Big Stick Award, Signed Pro Contract with Pittsburgh Pirates
MVP, South Atlantic League All Star Game, Rated 5th Best Prospect in South Atlantic League
Rated #2 prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization by Baseball America
Southern League All Star, Named Team MVP Carolina Mudcats, Arizona Fall League player of the week, Rated 7th Best Prospect in Southern League by Baseball America
Named to Pacific Coast League All Star Team, Rated 8th Best Prospect in Pacific Coast League, Calgary Cannons Mr. Hustle Award, Major League Debut
Pittsburgh Pirates: Opening Day Starting Shortstop, Led Pirate club with 98 starts at Shortstop
Super Utility Player for Milwaukee Brewers
Traded to Mets, Traded and Played for Montreal Expos
Played for Boston Red Sox
Played for Philadelphia Phillies
Played for LG Twins in the KBO, Led LG Twins in Batting Avg
Played for Hanwah Eagles, Played for KBO Championship
Inducted into Region IV Junior College Hall of Fame
May 12th, 2016
Triton College Jersey Retirement Ceremony
Coach Jeff Latimore attended Chicago Vocational High School where he played Football, Baseball and Basketball. As an all around and successful athlete, he was selected in the major league draft by the Houston Astros during his senior year in high school.
Focusing more on his education, Latimore opted to attend Kishwaukee College, Brown Mackie College and Lincoln University. While lettering in two sports at Lincoln, Latimore received his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice.
1999-2000 As Assistant Coach for Bowie State University, Coach Latimore’s contributions lead the Bulldogs to finish third in the NCAA Division II conference. During his time with Bowie State University, he was successful in sharpening the skills of both the catchers and pitchers.
2009-2011 Latimore coached Black Ice, a fast-pitch girls softball team located in Jefferson, MO. Under his direction, Black Ice won numerous tournaments. Several players were offered and accepted athletic scholarships to four-year universities and colleges.
2010-2011 Coach Latimore doubled as both a Varsity Basketball and Baseball coach for Calvary Lutheran High School located in Jefferson, MO. Despite the fact that both sports were a first year program for Calvary, he led the team to finish .500 in both sports. Under his direction, two seniors on the baseball team were offered athletic scholarships.
From the age of 4 Michael Davis grew up playing with Southshore Little League where he developed a love and passion for baseball. He enrolled in Chicago Vocational High School and was a four year Varsity starter as a freshman. In his junior year Michael helped lead his team to a conference title and on to play in the city championship game at U S Cellular Field. He earned All-City and All-Area honors in his junior year followed by All-Area and All-State in his senior year which lead him to being a 39th round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers.
Michael attended Kishwaukee Junior College where he was a two year starter at second base. During his second season at Kish, he posted a .460 AVG, 10 HRs, 35 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.
Mike signed an independent professional contract with the Cook County Cheetahs of the Frontier League. In his second season there he lead the league with 49 stolen bases, at season’s end Mike was sent overseas to Play in Perth Australia’s summer league where there he also lead that league with 40 stolen bases. Upon returning home in early April of 2000, Michael was signed and sent to Fort Wayne Indiana an affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Michael went on to enjoy six full seasons of minor league baseball winning a championship in 2003.
As a Coach/Instructor Michael has spent the last 9 years helping kids develop their skills and passion for the game he loves so dearly. He spent four years volunteering at Roesland Little League, coached two years at Finish Strong Indoor Sportsplex, has been with Lou Collier’s Baseball Association for the past five years and is entering his third year as a coach/instructor for the Chicago White Sox Amateur City Elite program. Coach Mike is a mentor to countless youth and specializes in group and individual player development (hitting and fielding mechanics) and evaluation.