About Chris Beacom
Chris Beacom is the founder and President of Illinois Baseball Academy (IBA). A native of Winnetka, he currently lives in Wilmette with his wife and three children. His passion for baseball and child development led him to create IBA in 2005. This business was built from the ground up – starting in a church gym. Now IBA serves more than 2,000 children, ages 4 – 18, each year. Recently, Chris helped to develop two indoor baseball facilities (The Yard in Northfield, and The Dome in Rosemont).
Chris’ vision for IBA is “to grow the game of baseball and develop the leaders of tomorrow . . . to re-pay those who have gone before us by teaching proper fundamentals and instilling core values in the players of today.” His philosophy is to work hand in hand with community associations and park districts and to fully support community-based baseball programming.
Chris’ greatest satisfaction comes from the relationships he has cultivated with players and their families over the years; for him, baseball has always been a vehicle for teaching life lessons, and Illinois Baseball Academy is an extension of this philosophy.
Highlights about Chris:
- High School All-American at New Trier
- All Big-10 at Northwestern and team captain
- Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays
- Honored with “Minor League Player of the Month” his rookie season
- Former Head Varsity baseball coach at New Trier High School