Randy Dunnett played college baseball between 1996 and 1999 before moving on to sign a two-year minor league contract with the Cook County Cheetahs (Windy City Thunderbolts). After seven years of retirement, Randy Dunnett also played a season with the Schaumburg Flyers in 2007.
In 2004, Randy Dunnett returned to his former team in Crestwood, Illinois. The team had just changed their name from Cook County Cheetahs to the Windy City Thunderbolts. Randy Dunnett worked with the Thunderbolts as a pitching coach for the season in 2004. The Windy City Thunderbolts played in the Frontier League and came in 5th under Randy Dunnett’s coaching.
Working with the Windy City Thunderbolts and the Frontier League solidified Randy Dunnett’s commitments to Chicago area baseball. The Frontier League is the oldest running independent league, so a native Chicagoan like Randy Dunnett understands the historical significance of working with teams like the Windy City Thunderbolts.
Coaching on a team that he had played for was a valuable experience for Randy Dunnett because it allowed him to develop his skills as a coach in an atmosphere he was familiar with. To see how a team works from both the player’s side and the coach’s side is a unique experience that not many trainers share. Coaching the Windy City Thunderbolts was one of the foundational experiences that shaped Randy Dunnett’s approach to pitching instruction and team training. Randy Dunnett’s career as both a player and a coach has shown his dedication to Chicago baseball and improving the sport in general.