Coach Jake Sale
COLLEGE & HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
• Parkland College Closer 2012-2014
• Illinois State Relief Pitcher 2014-2016
• Top 5 in ISU history for single season appearances (31)
• Fastball up to 94 MPH
• Midwest Collegiate League All Star (2x)
• Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All Star
• Played in Northwood’s League in final summer
• A member of the IHSA All-State team in high school
Coach Colton Wagner
Originally from Lake Zurich Illinois, I was a 2 sport athlete at Lake Zurich H.S., receiving All-Conference honors in the NSC In baseball and football. I attended the University of Wisconsin Whitewater for a year before coming to ISU to pursue my baseball career. I have 15 years of baseball experience allowing me to reach the collegiate level. Having played catcher i have experience in all aspects, fielding throwing as well as hitting. I am passionate about teaching your son everything I have learned along the way.
Coach Mark Demboski
I enjoy helping girls improve their hitting skills and reach their potential. The game is just more fun, when girls are hitting the ball hard, putting it in play and getting hits. As a team we start out working on improving your girls mechanics. Recognizing the pitch location and the correct contact point. Next I talk about how to improve the mental side of the game. being a good teammate, how to relax at the plate and how to play with confidence. next we learn how to prepare for what it takes to be a successful player. I was a high school softball coach for 13 years, a junior high coach for 20 and a travel coach for 15. I work worth girls of all levels and enjoy helping them improve their game and achieve success.
Coach Elexis Swartzentruber
My name is Elexis Swartzentruber. I am a sophomore at Heartland Community College studying Criminal Justice and playing softball. I was born and raised in Bloomington Normal and have yet to leave. I attended Normal Community High School, where I hold several softball records which include: most doubles in a season (16), most homeruns in a season (10), best average in one season (.516), and the most homeruns in a career (21). My senior season I was the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Playing for the Heartland Hawks I ended my freshman year with a .471 average, 57 RBIs, and 9 homeruns. I had .987 fielding percentage only making two errors all season in 43 games. For the Heartland Hawks I was All Region First Team, and All Conference First Team. I also played for several travel teams around Illinois including Midland Magic, Central Illinois Diamondstorm, and Lincoln Chill. I have given hitting lessons to several girls and have assisted at almost every junior high team in Unit 5 such as Kingsley Junior High, Chiddix Junior High, and Evans Junior High. I love to share the passion I have for the game with younger girls and teach them everything I know. I love seeing the girls I help succeed and enjoy the game just as I did at their age. Ultimately, helping girls achieve personal and team goals, while enjoying the game we all love is what I strive to do every day.
Coach Bob Oitker 309-200-8718
Playing baseball is a passion of mine, and has been for more than 38 years. I am a catcher that has played baseball at many levels including high school, college, and semi-pro. In my high school days, I played for Springfield High School in Springfield, IL, earning all-city and all-conference honors. From there, I played at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield where I was a region XXIV first team designated hitter, and a participant on the World Series team that placed 5th nationally in 1993. A baseball scholarship followed to Gulf Coast NAIA powerhouse Belhaven College in Jackson, MS. The fall of 1994 brought me to Illinois State University (ISU) where I made the team as a walk-on. ISU is where I studied physical education, and obtained a Bachelors in Exercise Science and Coaching. My playing days continued after college in the Midwest Suburban League for the Waukegan Mudsharks,where I earned the league’s MVP award in 1998 until a torn rotator cuff ended my competitive playing days.
My coaching career started as an assistant coach to the Springfield Pride in 1991. This was a team of high school age boys where I was the pitching, catchers, and hitting coach. I was a coach for the Pride for 4 years. As I started to have a family, I coached my own sons’ teams from 1999 to 2009. I have also assisted my wife in coaching my twin daughters’ softball teams since 2007.
I enjoy passing on my knowledge and love for the game of baseball to those who want to keep progressing to the next level. Whether it be making a team or being paid to play, I know what it takes to get you there, and will do my best to help you.
Coach Kevin Therien
As a former baseball player, Kevin learned early on that hitting success comes from the seven fundamentals: Bat grip, hand placement, loading, stride length, hip rotation, contact, and follow through. With each lesson, these steps are broken down and reviewed to best fit his clients’ hitting needs. All hitters learn how to apply these techniques to overcome their weaknesses and improve their hitting abilities.
Kevin’s expertise and enthusiasm are built on the foundation of his own successes as a student and college athlete. He attended high school in Lexington, Illinois and played football, basketball, and baseball all four years while achieving allstate honors his junior and senior year in baseball. During his junior year, Kevin, shortstop for the Minutemen, pitched the team to a state victory in 1990 and was named the state MVP. In the summer of ’91 he played in the Area vs. Inner City All-Star game where his five hits propelled the Area to a victory and once again Kevin received the MVP award. Kevin’s achievements caught the attention of baseball scouts from the New York Mets, Houston Astros, and Kansas City Royals. Kevin’s accomplishments in high school earned him a baseball scholarship to Lincoln Land Community College in 1991. While playing for the loggers under the coaching staff of Claude Kracik, Ron Riggle, and the hitting instruction of Bruce Richards and Baltimore Orioles’ Tim Hulett, Kevin played in the NJCAA National Tournament in 1993 ranking the Lincoln Land Loggers 5th in the nation. The next year with a regular season hitting average of .455, he led the Loggers to a National Championship. In 2007, Kevin, along with the rest of the 1994 champions, was inducted into the Springfield Baseball Hall of Fame. During the summer of 1997 Kevin earned his coaching certificate through the state of Illinois. Since then, he has been instructing athletes of all ages in the Bloomington-Normal area and has coached many summer league programs in baseball and softball.
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