We have worked for 25 years developing a top-notch instructional program, but
we all recognize a baseball academy is only as good as the coaches who
implement it. That's why each year U.S. Baseball Academy's Site Directors
search for the best available high school and college coaches in their area,
people who not only are qualified baseball instructors, but who also enjoy
working with young players.
We don't waste your money by paying a major-leaguer
$3,000 to come lecture and sign autographs for an hour. We load up on the best
baseball teachers we can find and maintain a low player-coach ratio. As
each Site Director selects his staff, we require that all instructors be
current or former coaches at the high school or college level. We will be
building our staff at each location as the registrations come in and finalize
it a few weeks before the beginning of camp.
Joe Marker, Director of Baseball Operations
Marker has founded clinics and worked in the baseball camp industry for over 25 years. He is in his
thirteenth season with U.S. Baseball Academy. In addition to program development, he is the liaison to
each Site Director and is responsible for maintaining quality control at each location nationwide.
Marker has spent eight years as a professional scout with the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds and
has amassed more than 800 wins as a high school and American Legion coach in Greenville, Ohio. As a high school and Legion coach,
Marker has sent over 100 athletes to play Division I college baseball, and has had numerous players drafted by professional teams.
Our advisory staff of current and former professional players helps in the
development and implementation of our program. They help ensure that our drills
and weekly itinerary are not only consistent with major-league instruction, but
also that we remain aware of innovations and new drills in teaching hitters and
pitchers at the highest levels. Please note: Our advisory staff will NOT be coaches at any of our local programs.
Webb pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks from
2003 through 2009. Webb was a three-time MLB All-Star. Webb won the Cy Young
award in 2006 and was runner-up in 2005 and 2007. In 2005 Webb established
Brandon Webb's K Foundation, a charity that aims to "improve the lives of critically
and chronically ill children throughout Arizona by providing daily support and life
changing experiences. In 2009 he was named #31 on the Sporting News' list of the
50 greatest current players in baseball. A series of shoulder injuries sidelined him
for much of 2009-2012 and after several aborted comeback attempts, he retired in 2013.
Paul O'Neill broke into the major leagues with the Cincinnati Reds in 1985. He
was a member of their 1990 World Championship team. However, the strongest
points in his career came as a member of the New York Yankees, winning the '96
World Series and three straight championships with the team in '98, '99, 2000.
In nine seasons with the Yankees, he hit 185 homeruns and 858 RBIs while
hitting over .300 six times. In 2009, O'Neill was inducted into the Irish American
Baseball Hall of Fame. O'Neill now serves as an analyst on the New York Yankees
Pre-Game Show and the New York Yankees Post-Game Show, as well as a color commentator
for the YES Network.
Dibble was one of the most dominant pitchers during his brief major league
career. He was one third of the trio known as the "Nasty Boys," winning the MVP
of the World Series with the Cincinnati Reds in 1990. He played just seven
seasons because of injuries, five with the Reds and one each with the Milwaukee
Brewers and Chicago White Sox. For his career he saved 89 games with a 2.89
earned run average. Rob was a member of the National League All-Star team in 1990
and '91. In 2014 Rob Dibble became the host of the “The Rob Dibble Show” a sports
talk show on WUCS 97.9 FM and WAVZ 1300 AM in the ESPN stations in Hartford and New Haven, CT.
Jeff Shaw began his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1990. After years of
middle relief, Shaw became one of the game's best closers in 1997 with the
Cincinnati Reds, closing 42 games. He began the '98 season with the Reds before
being traded to the Dodgers. He saved 48 games total in '98 and went on to save
104 games over his last three seasons with the Dodgers. For his career, he
saved 203 games with an earned run average of 3.55, becoming an All-Star in '98
Oliver began his career with the Cincinnati Reds and played an integral part in
their 1990 World Series championship victory. Oliver played thirteen seasons in
the majors, eight with the Reds. He also played for the Milwaukee Brewers,
Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox. He
played in nearly 1,100 games for his career, hitting 102 homeruns and nearly
500 RBIs. He had his best season in 1992 when he hit .270 with 10 homeruns and
57 RBIs. In 2014, Oliver returned from a 13-year absence from professional baseball
to manage the Lowell Spinners, the Red Sox' Short-Season A affiliate in the New
York-Penn League. Oliver took over for 2013 manager Bruce Crabbe, who joined
Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox in a coaching capacity.
Browning broke into the majors in a big way, winning 20 games in 1985 while losing
just 9. He became the first rookie to win 20 games since 1954, a feat that included
11 straight victories. Browning went 106-75 over the next seven seasons, leading the
Cincinnati Reds to a World Series championship in 1990. His most memorable moment
occurred in 1988 when he pitched a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on
September 16th. In major league history, there have been just 16 perfect games.
Browning finished his career 123-90 with an earned run average of 3.94 as one of the
best pitchers in Reds history. Browning's book, Tom Browning's Tales from the Reds
Dugout, debuted in March 2006 and was co-authored by Reds employee Dann Stupp. Browning
serves as a pitching coach for the Dayton Dragons (A) in the Cincinnati Reds organization.
Davenport spent the majority of his career as a bullpen catcher, signing on
with the Boston Red Sox in 1994 as a non-drafted free agent. He played in the
Red Sox farm system for several years before leaving to coach with the Arizona
Diamondbacks. He also served as a bullpen catcher for the Chicago Cubs in 1999.
Jeff Davenport is in his 14th season in the Royals organization and seventh as
Senior Director of Team Travel/Clubhouse Operations. He served as the hitting
coach for the Royals short-season club at Spokane in the Northwest League in 2000
and was named Manager-Team Travel in November, 2000, Director-Team Travel prior to
the 2004 season and Senior Director-Team Travel in 2005. Davenport was selected
as the travel coordinator for the Major League All-Star tour of Japan in 2006.
Branson broke into the major leagues in 1992 with the Cincinnati Reds. He had
his best season as a regular in 1995 where he played in 122 games and hit .260
while belting 12 homeruns and 45 RBIs. For his career, he played in 694 games
while hitting near .250. Branson also played for the Cleveland Indians and the
Los Angeles Dodgers. Branson is currently the hitting coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Jarvis began his career in 1994 with the Reds but his best years came as a
member of the San Diego Padres. In 1994, he led the Padres with 12 wins, with
11 losses and an earned run average of 4.80. Jarvis began the 2004 season with
the Seattle Mariners before parting ways with the team early in the season.
During his career, he has started 114 games. Kevin helped the Triple-A affiliate
of the A's, the Vancouver Canadians to the Triple-A World Championship posting an
excellent record of 10-2, before winning game 2 of the Triple-A World Championship.
In 2001, Kevin displayed his best major league season. He was 12-11 in 193 innings
pitched with a 4.79 ERA, 133 strikeouts, and hit the only home run of his career
(off Kent Bottenfield).
Dorsett played eight seasons in the major leagues, breaking in with the
Cleveland Indians in 1987. Dorsett played in 163 games during his career with
92 hits in 411 at bats. A solid catcher, Dorsett made just 4 errors in 134
games. He became a co-promoter of the Terre Haute Action Track in 2008 through 2010.
Dorsett back involved in baseball in 2010 when he became the manager of the Terre Haute
Rex, a collegiate summer baseball league in the Prospect League for three years up through
2012. In 2012, Dorsett was selected as the Prospect League Manager of the Year.