Meet our coaches!
14U Head Coach
Dani Knaak is the head coach of Hounds Softball 14U team. Dani was a three-year letter winner for Bolingbrook High School. She was named All-Area Team following her Junior year, and was selected as both Team captain and Team MVP as a senior. She was a three-time Raider Academic Excellence award winner and three-time All-Conference selection. She graduated from Lewis University in 2017 with a special education and elementary degree, where she played outfield for four years. Dani was a natural righty but turned a lefty slapper at 13 years old. She coached for Pride Elite out of Joliet for 5 years and has coached everywhere between 11 year olds and 18 year olds. She has also coached one year at Bolingbrook High School.
14U Head Coach
Donna played for the Lemont Sizzlers travel organization throughout high school and played as a 4 year Varsity starting infielder at Hinsdale South. She then attended Carthage College to play softball in 2018. She was a 4 year starting second baseman and a member of the All-Regional Team her freshman year in a record breaking postseason run, as well being named to the CCIW All Conference team in 2020. Her senior year, she was awarded the Carthage RESPECT award that embodies the intangible traits of a student athlete as a leader and positive role model. Donna has played softball for 17 years and has a fierce passion for the game and wants to instill a love for softball in the younger generations.