Coach Profiles

Varsity Coach Brad D’Orazio

doraziob@verona.k12.wi.us

Coach D’Orazio started coaching in the Wildcat baseball program in 2002 and he took over as the varsity coach in 2007. Coach D’Orazio has an undergraduate and master’s degree from Edgewood College where he played college baseball. Later he earned a JD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Coach D’Orazio enjoys spending time with his family that includes his wife and three children. 

Asst Varsity Coach Randy Gentile

Randy Gentile is entering his 8th season as a coach with VAHS baseball.  Previous to coaching at VAHS, he coached for many years in West Madison and Verona LL at all levels. Born and raised in Kenosha, WI, Randy attended Saint Joseph HS where he was a tri-captain in golf, basketball, baseball and was inducted into St. Joes Hall of Fame.  Randy attended Illinois State University and graduated with a BS degree in Business Management.  After playing 4 years as a starter for the Redbirds and 3 summers in collegiate leagues, he was drafted as a 3rd baseman by the Minnesota Twins and played 2.5 years in their minor league system winning the Appalachian League Championship during his rookie season.

Randy and his wife, Chris have three children that have attended Verona schools, Sydnee (’16), Torin (’19), and Miya (’22).  He enjoys spending time fishing and boating with his family on Lake Camelot in Adams County and tries to play golf whenever possible.  Randy currently works for UW-Madison at the Wisconsin School of Business as a Senior Academic Advisor Transfer Manager. 

Assistant Varsity Coach Semrad

My name is Kyle Semrad and this is my second season as a Varsity Assistant for VAHS. I am currently a 4th Grade Teacher at Olson Elementary school. I grew up playing baseball in the Hitters Baseball organization before playing out my High School career at Horlick High School in Racine, Wisconsin. At Horlick I was a 3x All Conference and All County 1st team selection. I went on to be a 4 year starter at Edgewood College, wearing a number of hats for the team making starts at 3B, 1B, and on the mound. Teaching and mentoring young student athletes is a passion of mine, and I plan to be around the VAHS baseball program for the foreseeable future.

 

Asst Varsity Coach Jacob Slonim

This is my second year as a coach for VAHS baseball. I graduated from Verona in 2017 after playing for coach D’Orazio for 3 years. After high school I played baseball for 2 years at McHenry County College before transferring to Edgewood College to finish my playing career. The highlight of my baseball career was playing in the Northwoods League for the Madison Mallards and Lacrosse Loggers.

​JV Head Coach Rob Capener

I live in Verona and have been there since 2013 and am married with 3 kids. I graduated from Baraboo high school and went on to MATC (now Madison College) and Winona State University. Our high school team won state 1 year while I was the MVP of the tournament. I was an All-conference short stop and pitcher for 3 years and honorary mention All-state player for multiple seasons as well. I then played in college and our local Home Talent League for 20 seasons.

Currently, I coach my kid’s baseball teams for Verona Little League, which I have done for the last 4 seasons. I also coach his football and club basketball teams. Recently, I joined the little league board as the VP of Operations as well. I do all of this because I was diagnosed in 2016 with stage 4 cancer (Sarcoma) and I have found joy in teaching kids through sports to be better players and people.

JV2 Coach Cory Zimmerman

Happy Whatever Day It Is!!!! I have had the opportunity to work with the Baseball program the last 4 years. It’s amazing to work with the students and coaches to provide an amazing opportunity for our students. If you have any questions, please let me know. Keep on smiling.

JV 2 Coach Brett Frieder

I am currently working as a Physical Education Teacher at Verona Area High School. I graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Physical and Health Education. I coach the JV2 boys basketball team at the high school as well. I have played baseball my whole life up until college. I attended Bay Port High School and played in their program for all four seasons. I was a pitcher and loved being on the mound. Baseball was a huge part of my childhood going from tournament to tournament every weekend in the summer and creating lifelong friendships with some of my teammates. I look forward to the upcoming season and helping these young men become better baseball players and people.