Jeff Rodin enters his 16th season with the Arizona Diamondbacks as Director of Baseball Outreach & Development. He founded the D-backs Baseball Academy in 2000 and has continued to mentor and coach youth at every level, from basics to elite. A native of Chicago, Ill., Rodin attended the University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC) on a baseball scholarship and earned bachelor's degrees in kinesiology and secondary education. He has served as an assistant baseball coach with UIC (1992-95), Harper Junior College (1996) and Maine West High School (1997). While working as an assistant baseball coach, Rodin also served as the Academy Director and Lead Instructor for Batting Zone, Inc. (1993-97) in Buffalo Grove, Ill. Simultaneously, Rodin worked as a Team Leader for the Chicago White Sox Training Centers (1994-97), where he ran youth baseball camps for the White Sox. He moved to Phoenix in 1998 and taught in both the Scottsdale and Peoria school districts before joining the D-backs staff in 1999. He was quickly given the task to evaluate the D-backs community initiatives and began to create a youth baseball and softball program that allows Phoenix area youth to learn the same tools and techniques as D-backs players. He and his wife Lisa have a daughter, Katie, and son, Keegan, who are both actively involved with D-backs youth baseball and softball programs. Rodin enjoys sharing his passion for baseball and continues to help youth refine their skills to become the next D-backs star!