MEET OUR SCOUTS
Jason Lauren, who lives in Milwaukee, Wis., is the Owner and a Scout for ScoutU. Since 2008, he has helped over 300 athletes from the Midwest move on to play in college to programs at every level across the country — from major NCAA Division I schools like Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Missouri and Purdue to Division III and JUCOs. The athletes he has guided through the recruiting process have committed to 133 colleges in 25 different states, from Arizona to Florida, Texas to Massachusettes and accross the Midwest.
Jason has implemented recruiting methods for his athletes that have resulted in millions of dollars of scholarships. Through his personal conversations with college coaches over the years and going through the recruiting process with hundreds of athletes, he has learned the ins and outs of how the recruiting process works and how to best guide athletes and their families through it. Jason has established relationships with hundreds of colleges coaches at all levels, most of which have come by meeting in person at games and events. He has given recruiting seminars for the Future Collegiate High Exposure Basketball League for 9 years; for the Greater Milwaukee College Workshop for the last 4 years; the Dare To Dream Softball Tournament in each of its 4 years of existence and many other teams, schools and events. Jason has been featured in the Milwaukee Business Journal and has been mentioned in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel many times when his athletes have made their college commitments. He employed two scouts who became scouts with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Jason started his career as an award-winning sports journalist. He worked for the Green Bay Press-Gazette as a sports copy editor and reporter, covering hockey and writing a fantasy football column. He self-syndicated the column to papers around the country, including the Chicago Tribune. He also was the sports editor and a sports reporter for the Freeport (Ill.) Journal Standard. During Jason’s sports journalism career, he connected with several college coaches, learning how to communicate effectively with them. He graduated with a BS degree in entrepreneurship and minored in journalism at Northern Michigan University. He grew up in Ishpeming, Mich., a small town in the Upper Peninsula, and graduated from Westwood High School.
Jason resides in Greendale, Wis., with his wife, Laurie, 7-year-old daughter, Maisey, and their yellow-lab mix dog, Dorsey.
San Diego, CA
Perek Belleh lives in Oceanside, Calif., and originally is from Syracuse, NY. He is a retired professional soccer player who spent time in Major League Soccer and the German 3rd Division. At the University of Rhode Island, he was a two-time Atlantic 10 champion, All-Rookie Team and, 2nd-Team All-Conference and Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player. He currently holds a USSF National B Coaching License and spent five seasons as an assistant coach at LeMoyne College, an NCAA Division II school. Perek has a wealth of experience at the club, high school and college levels. He’s the CEO of FC Red & Blacks and the Vice President and Director of Football at Gremio FC San Diego. He is supported by his partner, Nicole, and their two sons, Alessandro and Cristiano.
LINDA BLACKWELL BENTLEY
Linda Blackwell Bentley, who lives in Chicago, Ill., is a former collegiate women’s basketball player at the University of Illinois-Chicago – an NCAA Division I school — and has coached both girls high school tennis and basketball. A three-sport All-Conference and All-Sectional varsity athlete in tennis, basketball and softball at a high school with over 3,200 students, she also was named All-State honorable mention in basketball and invited to tryout for the Pan American Games/Junior Olympics after graduation. Linda was recruited by various colleges and still has her National Letter of Intent from the University of Alabama-Huntsville, an NCAA Division II school. She was offered a full scholarship to play in both tennis and basketball there. Instead, she decided to accept a full scholarship and play for Illinois-Chicago and a was a top basketball player during her career there, averaging 14.4 points a game and being in the top 20 in career field goals made. Linda was the varsity basketball coach at Beacon Academy High School in Evanston, Ill., during the 2019-20 season. Linda earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and art education at UIC. She has made a career in business of graphic design and created marketing materials for various clients, including the Chicago Blackhawks and Nike. Additionally, she manages an art collection. The Getty Museum in Los Angeles has acquired a portion of the collection to become part of its permanent collection.
Brody Cunningham, who lives in Jacksonville, Texas, originally is from Blooming Grove, Texas. He has been a high school football and baseball coach for 5 years, two of those years as a head baseball coach. Currently, Brody is a baseball coach at Jacksonville High School. He is currently working on opening up his own baseball facility. Brody played baseball at Blooming Grove High School where he was named 1st-Team All-District his junior and senior years. After high school, Brody went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in special education from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Brody lives with his wife, Sara, and their five pets.
Jamar Dorival, who resides in Fayetteville, NC, has been developing and mentoring athletes since 2013. He has helped a plethora of athletes from all over the country move on to play at various colleges in programs at every level across the country, as well as internationally. Jamar currently is a scout with JD Trenches Academy and for the Wyoming Mustangs (Champions Indoor Football), scouting top pro leagues stateside as well as international. He trains football players overseas and in the U.S. as preparation for the NFL and Canadian Football League drafts and their upcoming pro seasons. Jamar played professionally in the CFL (Montreal Alouettes), Indoor Football League (Wichita Force and Cedar Rapids Kings) and in a Tier 1 league in Spain (Zaragoza Hurricanes). He is the offensive line coach at Triad City Academy in North Carolina and played offensive line and defensive line at Trinity International University in Illinois where he studied biblical studies and criminal justice.
Jon Feyen, who lives in Knightdale, NC, is ScoutU’s Raleigh (NC) Scout. Before becoming a scout, Jon worked in college athletics for 10 years. He managed events, kept statistics, wrote articles, operated social media and helped coaches with their recruiting. Jon’s resume includes experience at Division I, Division III and NAIA schools. Jon has worked hundreds of college basketball, baseball and football games, so he knows the talent required to compete at that level. During the 2018 signing class, Jon helped numerous student-athletes from the Midwest earn college scholarships. His Division I prospects included Lorenza Martinez (Loyola) and Elliott Nielsen (Northern Iowa), while Alexa Owen chose Division II St. Cloud State. Jon also assisted Jake Schroeckenthaler (Viterbo) and Savannah Walsdorf (Dakota State), who signed with NAIA programs.
Jon worked in advance scouting and video for the Milwaukee Brewers during 2018. He is constantly involved in the local sporting scene, owning experience with Minor League Baseball (2013-17), NBA G-League Basketball (2017-18) and several high school state championships. Jon also executed media relations and official statistics for the NCAA Division III World Series from 2008-17. Jon owns a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a master’s degree in sports management from Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, Wis.). His writing profile includes a published book (How Twitter Changed Sports Journalism) and the 2016 Spira Research Award for his thesis, “Analytics: The New Currency of MLB.”
San Antonio, TX
Tony Gallegos, who is originally from California, lives in San Antonio, Texas. His sports background includes JUCO baseball at Mesa Community College in Arizona and four seasons as an Independent League player in Europe. As a coach, Tony has had opportunities to work at the youth, high school and college levels. He was the wide receivers coach and assistant offensive coordinator for the Kaiserslautern Pikes in the German Football League (GFL) during the 2012-13 season. Additionally, Tony was the manager/head coach for the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) American High School varsity baseball team on a NATO installation in Belgium for six seasons. Tony’s knowledge and experience helped propel and change the culture of the SHAPE program as they ascended divisions. The program produced six winning seasons, a 3.7 collective GPA, six All-Region and three All-Conference players and four NCAA commits during his tenure. Furthermore, his mentorship prepared three Military Academy commits and 15 joint service recruits for their journey into military service. Tony has a bachelor’s degree in sports management and has retired after 20 years of service in the United States Air Force. He currently provides private instruction to high school and college baseball players.
CORI HARRIS II
Cori Harris, who lives in Rosharon, Texas, is a graduate from Texas Southern University, where he gained experience playing basketball on the NCAA Division I level as well as receiving his bachelor’s degree in business finance. Cori was a highly touted high school basketball player. During his senior year, he was named 1st-Team All-District and was the slam dunk contest winner in his district. Cori is a former law enforcement officer. He also has 3 years of experience as a basketball development director and has coached AAU basketball teams of boys and girls ages 12 to 14. Cori currently helps numerous student-athletes train and develop basketball fundamentals and skills. He and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Malaysia and Malachi.
Royce Hill lives in Cypress, Texas. He has been a high school coach for the last 23 years in football, basketball, track and powerlifting. Royce coached eight players who have moved on to the NFL. Royce has been the head football coach at Hempstead High School since 2015 and was named the 2017 District Coach of the Year. He has built many relationships with collegiate coaches across the country that has allowed him to help a multitude of athletes earn college opportunities. Royce is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University (now known as Texas State University) where he received a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science with a minor in health wellness and education. Royce also holds a masters in educational administration from Texas A&M-Commerce. He currently resides with his wife and two daughters.
Chris Horteales, who lives in Belvidere, Ill., is a graduate from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Ill.) where he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology. During Chris’ high school years, he played with the Chicago Magic and Chicago Sockers FC soccer clubs. During this time, Chris was a soccer referee in many national tournaments that he also was playing in. During his college years, he played at Rock Valley College (Rockford, Ill.) and with the NIU men’s club team. Now, Chris is in his second year as head coach at Belvidere (Ill.) High School and has been coaching for 5 years.
Tyler Murphy, who lives in Cypress, TX, is a former college softball player who started at Clarendon College, went on to Fort Scott College and finished her career with a scholarship to Ottawa University-Kansas, an NAIA Division I school. She will earn her bachelor’s degree in health and wellness from Purdue University in the spring of 2022. Throughout her 18-year softball career, Tyler has earned many MVP awards and an All-District selection. Tyler was starting varsity at Klein High School and has continued to coach girls around the local area in pitching, fielding and batting. Tyler and her fiancé, Eddie, love attending and playing all sports and hiking with their 140-pound lab/great pyrenees, Chisholm.
Greg Shyne lives in Grapevine, Texas, and grew up in Minden, La. He received a full scholarship to Louisiana State University-Shreveport where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general studies. While playing for LSU-Shreveport, an NAIA Division I national powerhouse, Greg’s team won three conference championships and he received All-American and All-Louisiana honors. After graduating college, he went to play professionally for the Harlem Globetrotters for three tours. Greg owns a basketball training business, training numerous kids of all ages who have gone on to play at NCAA Division I schools. Greg also trains on the professional level. He graduated from Minden High School in 2008 where he received All-State, All-District, was a three-time district MVP, three time All-American and holds the record for most 3-pointers made in school history.
Chase Williams lives in College Station, Texas. He was a 14th-round MLB Draft pick in 2003 by the Cleveland Indians and played collegiately at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, an NCAA Division I school, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in media communications in 2008. He was a non-drafted free agent in 2008 by the San Diego Padres and played in Rookie and low Class A leagues. Chase also played collegiately at two Texas JUCO schools: San Jacinto College and McClennan Community College. He was an assistant high school baseball coach for 4 years and also has experience coaching in football, basketball and track.
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