Dream Big Athletics provides an unparalleled opportunity for players to develop and maximize their potential. Chicagoland Based Premier Baseball Instruction and Strength/Conditioning for youth, high school, collegiate and professionals. The training takes place in a professional, competitive learning environment with qualified instructors.
Tad Slowik, Skokie, IL
Tad has 28 years of professional baseball experience as a player, scout, coach and executive. As a player Tad was a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros for 6 seasons. After his playing career was over he joined the Houston Astros Scouting Department where he worked as a scout in the upper midwest and also served as a pitching coach in the Astros minor league system. He became Central Region Scouting Supervisor and eventually became National Crosschecker. In 2005 he was named Coordinator of Amateur Scouting for the Astros. His duties included overseeing the day to day operations of the Scouting Department and was responsible for selecting the players in the MLB Draft. That year he also served as Advance Scout for the 2005 World Series between the Astros and the White Sox. After 3 years as Coordinator of Amateur Scouting he was assigned to the Major League Scouting Staff. During his tenure in Houston Tad played a big part in scouting and developing over 100 major league players for the Astros
In 2012 Tad started Dream Big Athletics on a full time basis. As President/Owner of DBA he has developed the skills of many youth players. He and his staff have helped place over 100 players in college baseball and Dream Big has had 4 players drafted in the MLB Draft the last 4 years. Tad continues to grow the training and development of DBA and its Athletes through the Illinois Patriots Travel Baseball Club and many camp and training offerings.
Tad also is one of the owners of Keep Swinging Stix, LLC., a Chicago-based wooden baseball bat company supplying MLB grade bats to youth, amateur and professional players all over the United States and Canada.
Bill Miller (CSCS),Chicago, IL
Attended Gordon Tech High School, Bill earned MVP, all-league, and all-area honors. Bill was a 4 year outfielder starter for Trinity Christian College. As a senior, Bill Had a .378 batting average with 59 hits, including 12 doubles, one triple, and five home runs. Bill led the conference in on-base percentage at .505 as a Junior. He has a .297 career batting average with 103 hits, including 20 doubles, three triples, and five home runs, 74 career RBI's, which ranks ranks fifth in Trinity’s career records book with 65 walks. Bill is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology, and also played 2 seasons of Independent Professional Baseball in the Frontier League.Bill is currently a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - one of the highest certifications one can receive who practice Strength and Conditioning for athletes.
Training Focus: Outfield, Hitting, Strength and Conditioning