Our Instructors

Mark Haley

Mark Haley

Director of Training & Instruction

Mark Haley is the former manager of the South Bend Silver Hawks, having led the team from 2005-2014. During that time, he was named manager of the year in the Midwest League in 2005, 2008 & 2013. He was Player Development Man of the Year for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005 and was the first recipient of the Joe Garagiola Jr. Award for excellence in player development for the Diamondbacks in 2008. While at the helm, his teams were able to work themselves into the play offs 8 of the 10 years and won one Midwest League Championship and three Eastern Division championships. Early on, Haley was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 26th round of the 1977 amateur draft but instead chose to attend the University of Nebraska to play ball while earning his degree in education. He started coaching at UNL as an assistant from 1982-86. He also coached in the summer for the Alaska League and the Jayhawk League. He then became a recruiting coordinator and interim head coach while at the University of Tennessee (1987-91). He spent over a decade in the Chicago White Sox organization as a coach. He was with the South Bend White Sox (1991-1992), Sarasota White Sox (1993), Hickory Crawdads (1994), Venezuela League (1994) South Bend Silver Hawks (1995), Prince William Cannons (1996), and Winston-Salem Warthogs (1997), where he managed for 49 games. Returning to coaching, he was at Winston-Salem (1999, 2001-2002), with the Birmingham Barron’s (2003) and the Great Falls White Sox (2004) before joining the South Bend Silver Hawks. Throughout his coaching career, Haley has worked with over a hundred and twenty major league players.

Doug Buysse

Doug Buysse

Hitting & Catching Instructor

In addition to coaching catchers and hitters at the collegiate level, Doug Buysse has traveled throughout the Midwest as a baseball camp instructor, making appearances at Silver Spikes, Top 96, and College Coaches Skills Camps. He played for four years at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., where he holds a career .351 batting average and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage as a back-up catcher. Buysse is currently the head baseball coach at Washington High School in South Bend.

John Coddington

John Coddington

Softball/Baseball Throwing Mechanics Specialist

John Coddington has more than 40 years of experience in teaching throwing mechanics, injury care and prevention, and pre and post- surgical rehabilitation. He is a NATA board-certified athletic trainer, an Indiana-licensed athletic trainer and has attended numerous clinics and seminars relating to throwing mechanics and injuries to the throwing athlete. John was voted Athletic Trainer of the Year in the Clinical and Professional Division by the Indiana Athletic Trainer’s Association in 1989 and was also inducted into the Indiana Athletic Trainer’s Association Hall of Fame in 2001. He was inducted into the Ball State Sports Medicine Society Ring of Honor in 2008. Coddington is a 1976 graduate of Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in physiology and health science with a specialization in athletic training and sports medicine.

Carlos Ferrá

Carlos Ferrá

Hitting & Infield Instructor

Carlos Ferrá has coached baseball for over 18 years, and is a physical education and Spanish teacher in the South Bend schools. In his native country of Cuba, Ferrá coached youth, high school and collegiate level baseball. He studied in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba at Nancy Uranga University and majored in baseball with a master’s degree in physical culture and sports. Several of his students play at the professional level in the United States and Mexico. Ferrá specializes in teaching professionally minded students between the ages of 11 to 18 and is adept at training any position.

Kevin Gray

Strength & Conditioning Instructor

 

Kevin Gray graduated from John Adams High School where he was named a Metro All-Star and was two-time All Conference. He played baseball at Holy Cross College and was named team MVP in his second season after having a batting average of over .400. Kevin is an International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) Certified Personal Trainer and is currently an assistant baseball coach at John Adams High School.

CURT HASLER

Curt Hasler

Pitching Advisor

Curt Hasler has been teaching the mechanics of baseball for nearly 25 years as both a coach and an instructor. His skills as a ballplayer were developed while in the minor leagues, having played for multiple ball clubs in the Chicago White Sox franchise after he was drafted in 1987. (Hasler spent the 1988 season in South Bend as a pitcher for the South Bend White Sox). In 1991, he transitioned his career to pitching coach, moving throughout the White Sox organization. He is currently a Pitching Coordinator for the Chicago White Sox.

Ashley Burkhardt

Softball Coordinator

As a softball player at the college and professional levels, Ashley brings a wealth of teaching talent to the Performance Center. She was a two time all state selection while at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, IN. She then went on to play at Purdue University where she was voted NFCA All-Midwest Region first team and Academic All Big Ten as a senior. She set the school record for stolen bases in a game and home runs in a game. She ended her career at 4th in sacrifice flies, fifth in batting average, and RBIs. Ashley was drafted by the Dallas Charge of the National Pro Fastpitch League where she played for 2 seasons. After her professional softball career, she went on to be a volunteer softball assistant coach at Purdue University.  She received a degree in Applied Exercise and Health with a Sports Performance Concentration, with a Minor in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University.

Anna Irons

Softball Instructor

Serving as the starting pitcher at Saint Joseph high school for three years, and a two-year captain, Anna Irons lead the Indians to Semi-State four seasons in a row. Anna holds two school records in the most wins and most strikeouts, and was a two-time, first team all-NIC selection and two-time, all-state honorable mention. While in high school, she served as a student coach for Holy Family grade school, and at Chet Waggoner Little League working primarily with pitchers. Currently, Anna attends Saint Mary’s College and serves as the head JV softball coach at St. Joseph high school in South Bend.

Walter Lehmann

Walter Lehmann

Pitching & Hitting Instructor

A graduate of Marian High School and Bethel College in Mishawaka, Walter Lehmann is an exceptional trainer, specializing in catching, pitching, and infielding. Currently, the assistant baseball coach at Marian High School, Lehmann is also an assistant coach for the South Bend Junior Silver Hawks. Every summer, he serves as a camp instructor for multiple University of Notre Dame and Bethel College summer camps.

Trace Myers

Hitting & Infield

Instructor

Trace Myers comes to the 1st Source Bank Performance Center from the University of Notre Dame where he worked in athletic program operations since 2014. Trace was a 4 year collegiate baseball player at Ancilla College and Holy Cross College respectively. At both institutions he played middle infield and ended his career with a 1.000 fielding percentage as a senior in 2012. Myers was also a .394 hitter as senior at North Newton Jr./Sr. High School in Morocco, IN where he also compiled all-area honors as well as first team all-conference honors in 2008. Trace also serves as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for the Indiana University-South Bend Titan’s baseball program.

Vimael Machin

 Hitting & Infield Instructor

Vimael Machin was the Chicago Cubs 10th Round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. During his two and a half years of professional baseball experience, Machin has played in over 200 games as an infielder and outfielder. Vimael played college baseball at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was the programs highest draft pick since 2008. As a senior, Machin led the team with a .339 batting average and 53 RBIs. Vimael finished his VCU baseball career ranking fifth in school history in at-bats and games played as well as ranking seventh in RBIs and hits. He was a three time all-conference shortstop and was also named the Dallas Baptist NCAA Tournament Regional most outstanding player.

 

Joey Lange

Joey Lange graduated from Clay High School in South Bend and currently plays for Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN. He has received many recognitions over the course of his baseball career including NIC’s Most Valuable Player. Joey has led many instructional camps for young players and he’s an experienced youth baseball coach. His training process begins with fundamentals and extends all the way through to the mechanical building blocks that create a dynamic athlete.

Lessons

To speak with a trainer or for more information on custom training packages for individual or group lessons, call 574-404-3636.

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