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INTRODUCING OUR SUMMER STAFF!!
Stu Fritz - (head coach) - Stu has been the Hope College (Holland, Michigan) coach since 1994 during which time he has guided the Flying Dutchmen to the championship of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) four times in six seasons (1994, 1997, 1998 and 1999). His collegiate coaching record is 123-119-2 and 79-50 against conference opponents and his 1998 team competed in the NCAA Division III championships, a first in school history. An assistant professor of kinesiology, Stu also coaches the quarterbacks on the Hope College football team. In recent summers he has traveled as a baseball coach with teams of American all-stars competing in Puerto Rico. Coach Fritz is a 1988 graduate of Wartburg College where he lettered in baseball and football. Re received a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 1992, and served as a graduate assistant coach in their baseball program.
Kevin Ritter - (assistant coach) - In addition to his current post as the Executive Program Director for Coast to Coast, Coach Ritter has a long and varied background in baseball. After playing four years (1987-1990) of Division I baseball at Central Michigan University, Ritter went on to coach at both the high school and college level (Case Western Reserve University). From 1996-1998, Kevin spent three summers playing and coaching for the Aalen Strikers Baseball Club in southern Germany. His involvement with international baseball has also taken him to China, Australia, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands where he has served both as a coach and as a delegation leader. Kevin now resides in Marietta, Ohio and works full time for Coast to Coast.
Pete Sherwin - (head coach) - Coach Sherwin’s first exposure to Australian baseball came when he coached a team of American all-stars that competed in the 1994 Adelaide Friendship Series. In addition to this international experience, Pete’s resume reflects a lifelong commitment to the game as well as a record of success (322-131 lifetime) everywhere he’s coached. A gifted instructor, Sherwin has worked part-time the past 10 years for the Doyle Baseball School in Dundee, Florida. In this capacity he traveled the country working with top amateur ballplayers in a camp-like setting. His formal coaching experience includes stops at Clermont, Hernando, and Kathleen High Schools in Florida as well as Karns City High School near Pittsburgh (PA). For several seasons, Pete served as the pitching instructor and assistant coach at Florida Southern University where his 1988 squad won the NCAA Division II national championship. During his tenure at both the high school and university level many players under Pete’s tutelage have gone on to successful college and professional careers.
Bill Hamilton - (head coach) - This spring Bill Hamilton enters his 11th season as the head coach of the Pensacola Junior College (FL) Pirates. In his first 10 years at the helm he has recorded a 276-223 record in one of the toughest Junior College Conferences in the country. In 1999, Hamilton let his squad to their best season during his tenure. The Pirates posted an impressive 35-14 record while breaking numerous PJC records and sending five players into professional baseball. Prior to beginning his career as a head coach, Hamilton served as an assistant at Chipola Junior College (FL), North Florida Junior College and Columbus State University (GA). At Columbus, he helped the Cougars to two World Series appearances, finishing runner-up in 1986 and fourth in 1987. In addition to his background in college ball, Bill has 14 years experience as a professional scout with the Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, and Arizona Diamondbacks. A native of Lake City, Florida, he received a bachelor’s degree from Huntingdon College in 1982 and an M.A. from Columbus State University in 1987.
Chip Stahl - (assistant coach) - Currently serving as an assistant coach at Lake Havasu High School (Lake Havasu, AZ), Coach Stahl plans to join the Coast to Coast Baseball staff full time shortly after this summer’s trips. During his 8 seasons at Lake Havasu, the team has won 6 conference, and 4 regional championships as well as 2 state titles. Chip has also worked with college players while on staff with the Havasu Heat, a top Arizona collegiate league team. During his 3 seasons with the Heat, the club complied a 65-10 win-loss record. Chip’s resume also reflects his interest in international baseball. His first experience overseas came when he played 5 seasons of semi-pro baseball in Italy for the U.S. Ambassadors, a team made up of various military personnel stationed in Europe. As a member of the club, Chip played over most of Western Europe and in parts of North Africa. He has also led American all-star teams in both Australia and Germany.
Ron Sendre - (trainer) - “Doc” Sendre has been a part of Central Michigan University baseball for 20 years as the Chippewas’ popular trainer. A 1964 graduate of Ball State University, Sendre came to CMU in the fall of 1976 as the men’s athletic trainer for all sports except football. Born August 5, 1938, Sendre spent two years in the navy following college and then earned a Master’s Degree from Ball State in 1967. He remained there as an assistant trainer from 1967-1976. While at BSU, Ron developed an undergraduate athletic training minor curriculum and now has a training room in Ball State’s Health and Physical Activity Complex named after him. He developed the first undergraduate major in athletic training in the nation at CMU in 1981. “Doc” has been with the Chippewa baseball team for eight Mid-American Conference championship seasons. Now retired, Ron and his wife Beth live in Clare, Michigan.
Danny Lee - (head coach) - Coach Lee has recently returned to the high school coaching ranks after a number of years on the college level. Currently, Lee is serving as the head baseball coach at St. Stephens Academy in Bradenton (FL) where he also directs the St. Stephens summer baseball camp. Prior to this, Danny worked as an assistant to several top Florida coaches: Jack Pantelias at Seminole Community College, Jay Bergman at the University of Central Florida, and Tim Hill at Manatee Community College. Coach Lee also served for 4 years as the Director of Sales and Marketing for The Baseball Academy (Bradenton, FL), a nationally recognized athletic development program for high school age ballplayers. Danny has also overseen the development of numerous college and professional players as the manager of a locally based collegiate summer team. During his first 6 years in this position, Coach Lee’s summer teams won 5 league championships with many players later going on to play professional ball. That success led Danny to serve as the President of the Florida Collegiate Baseball League for the past 3 years. Coach Lee has also traveled with a national all-star team to Hawaii in the past.
Scott Ott - (assistant coach) - Coach Ott has a diverse and exceptional baseball and sports background. A former college and professional umpire, Ott has coached baseball teams of American all-stars in the Netherlands and Belgium. His resume includes 12 years of experience with the La Crosse Juniors Baseball Team (La Crosse, WI), a high-profile, traveling summer baseball program whose players competed in tournaments in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio. From 1979-1990 Coach Ott was involved with the marketing and organizing of the Stars of Tomorrow Baseball Tournament (La Crosse, WI), the largest one-site, unaffiliated baseball tournament in the world. Ott has also served as the Director of Satellite School Operation for Doyle Baseball (Winter Haven, FL) and as a General Managing Partner of Gerry Davis Sports (Appleton, WI). While a partner at GDS, Ott organized and conducted national instructional seminars for amateur umpires and players.
Manny Mantrana - (head coach) - Head Baseball Coach St. Thomas University (Miami, Florida). A full biography will be posted soon.
James King - (assistant coach) - As a player, James King played professionally in the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations, as well as in Mexico.
He is currently a scout with the Baltimore Orioles after having served 6 years as an associate scout for the New York Yankees. Aside from his association with professional baseball, King spent 10 years as a head college coach, during which time his overall record was 421-211. For 5 of those years he coached NCAA Division I baseball at North Texas State University and Stephen F. Austin University (TX). He was 5 times named his league’s “Coach of the Year” during his career, leading two teams to the NAIA World Series. He now coaches at Seymour High School (TX) and runs the James King Baseball School organizing camps and clinics, and conducting private lessons around the state.