After two years as HCC asisstant coach, Jimmy Frankos is entering his first season as Head Coach at Heartland. Prior to coming to HCC, Frankos was a 4-year student-athlete at the University of Iowa where he was team captain of the baseball team and earned a Big Ten Co-Player of the Week recognition. Frankos served as the Hawkeyes starting catcher during one of the most successful stretches in University of Iowa Baseball history as the Hawks won over 100 games during his final 3 years while reaching the NCAA Regional final in 2015. Over his career Frankos managed the top two pitching staffs in Iowa history setting team records for strikeouts and ERA. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Leadership with a minor in Sports Studies.
Frankos has 5 seasons of coaching experience under his belt, having served as the assistant coach for the Maine South High School varsity baseball team in Park Ridge, IL, and the head coach of a 17U travel baseball team, the Illinois Indians.
Fankos is a native of Park Ridge, IL.
Coach Razo is in his first year coaching at HCC. He comes to us from Ks Training Academy and will be the Pitching Coach.
Coach Razo attended Heartland Community College before Illinois State University and graduated with Bachelors in Kinesiology. He Lead Heartland to its first NJCAA World Series appearance in school history. He then went on to Illinois State University where his senior year he lead ISU to their first ever Missouri Valley Conference title, while becoming the only pitcher in Illinois State history to win MVC Pitcher Of Year. The Milwaukee Brewers drafted him in 2013 after his senior season and played 3 seasons in that organization.
Coach Razo lives in Rantoul with his wife Hanna and their son Corbin.
Jordan Coons is in his fifth season coaching at the collegiate level, and his first year of coaching at Heartland Community College after spending last year in Asheville, NC with Asheville D-Bat Baseball Facility. Coach Coons will serve as the recruiting coordinator as well as working with the infielders and hitters.
Prior to Asheville D-Bat, Coons spent the 2015-2016 season with Garden City Community College, where he worked with infielders and hitters. He helped lead an offensive attack that finished top ten in the nation in seven different offensive categories. He helped the Broncbusters to a 45-17 record and a final four appearance in the Region VI tournament.
Coach Coons started his coaching career at the University of Central Missouri as a volunteer in 2012-2013 before severing as the Graduate Assistant for two seasons from 2013-2015. He worked primarily with infielders and hitters.
Coons played at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO as a two-way third basemen and pitcher for two seasons before transferring to Coastal Carolina. Coons was selected as a unanimous All-Region 16 third basemen and finished 10th in the nation in batting average with a .472 mark in his sophomore campaign at Jefferson College. At Coastal Carolina as a pitcher, Coons finished the season with a 5-3 record and a 1.38 ERA. His 1.38 ERA ranks 3rd at Coastal Carolina in the Division I era.
Coons finished his playing career at the University of Central Missouri. He has been a part of five 40 plus winning teams in his eight years of college playing and coaching experience.
Coons graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2013 with a General Studies degree, and earned his master’s in Kinesiology from the University of Central Missouri in 2016. He now resides in Normal, IL.