Zach McCool: Eastern Iowa Sticks Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cory Harris: QC Field Coordinator/Director: Quad Cities/Hitting/Team Coach – email@example.com
Harry Pells: Coach – firstname.lastname@example.org
Drew Owens: Coach – Drew.email@example.com
Jake Viaene: Coach – Jviaene27@gmail.com
Drew Noble: Coach –Nobled@bhc.edu
Kyle Sherman: IC Field Coordinator/Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Toole: Coach- email@example.com
Brandon Platts: Pitching Coach-
Cole McDonald: Coach-
Zach McCool: Eastern Iowa Sticks Director/Uniform/Apparel: Guest Instructor
Zach holds a BA degree in Health and Sports Studies from the University of Iowa, also a certificate in entrepreneurial management, graduating in 2011. While in college, Zach played four years on the University of Iowa’s baseball team, he managed to accomplish two school records: most hits in a game with 5, most triples in a game (2). Zach was honored as Third-Team All-Big 10 player his junior season, while compiling three Academic All-Big Ten awards, earning one year of Distinguish Scholar Award. Zach was also elected on to the University of Iowa Baseball Team Unity Council. After Zach was done playing he started MVP sports with his Dad and Brother Nick. MVP quickly turned into a top training facility for youth baseball players. Zach started the MVP Prospects baseball club which was constantly a top program in the state. Zach has now come to Sportsplex West along with his brother Nick and the entire MVP Prospects program to merge with the Iowa Sticks. We are super excited to have Zach on staff and his expertise on hitting.
Cory Harris: Field Coordinator: Quad Cities/Hitting/Team Coach
Cory will oversee day-to-day training and practice sessions in the QC as the Field Coordinator for the QC Sticks. In addition, he will oversee much of the hitting. Cory has owned and operated Legends baseball facility in the Quad Cities area for over 16 years and lead many kids to college and professional careers. Cory will communicate with teams, parents and players for coordination for practices and bullpens. Cory will also be coordinating staff and facilities.
Before owning a facility, Cory had 12 years of professional baseball experience with nearly 7 years spent in the Mets and Orioles minor league systems. Over the 12-year career recorded over 1,000 hits and 100 home runs and was a 5-time all-star. Cory represented Greece in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and was named to the all-tournament team. Drafted by the New York Mets in the 1999 Amateur Baseball Draft. While playing at Assumption High School was named 4-time first team all MAC conference and District honors, 3-time first team all-state and 2 time super team all-state honors.
Evan Romanchuk: Director of Development/Hitting/Guest Instructor
Evan will be Director of Player Development for the QC Sticks. He will be coordinating training, competition, education and exposure for the players while communicating heavily with parents and players throughout the year in regard to tournaments, travel, and upcoming events. He will also oversee tournament/rosters and program structures.
Currently, he is the Coordinator for the College Prep and HS Prep programs in Central Iowa and will be the Coordinator for the HS Program in the Quad Cities. He will be one of the primary contacts and organizers of the Fall Program in QC for 2018. Through his work in the Iowa Sticks organization in the DSM area, Evan has developed tremendous relationships throughout the Midwest and the country with college coaches and influential instructors. He has been a huge reason why nearly 150 players have gone on to college over the last 7 years out of the Sticks program and Sportsplex West.
David Conrad: Recruiting Coordinator/Baseball Pitching
David’s primary role for the QC Sticks will be the recruiting coordinator for the players in the organization. His duties will be to educate players and parents on the recruiting process as well as organize opportunities (PBR night/College Days) for the Sticks Organization to gain exposure. His day job is the baseball director of Next Step Sports Advising which has a primary function of helping families navigate the recruiting process. David and other Next Step advisors are available for 1 on 1 advising (additional cost) outside of the Sticks program. For more information visit http://www.nextstepsport.com.
Originally from Polk City, IA, David attended North Polk High School and was a first team all-conference, first team all-district, first team INA all-state, first team IHSCBAA all-state selection and Mid-Iowa Pitcher of the Year going 11-0 as a senior and leading the state in strikeouts. He went on to pitch collegiately, setting school records in strike outs, innings pitched, fewest doubles, pickoffs and wins (tied) in helping DMACC to their first NJCAA World Series in nearly 30 years. David then went on to the Division 1 level (UNI) striking out 1.3 batters/inning and was a starter for national tournament qualifier (UNO).
Mike Mahoney: HS Coordinator/Guest Instructor: Hitting/Catching
Mike is the one of the founders of the Sticks HS program in 2011 in Central Iowa. He has spent the last 7 years helping develop a program that offers the HS player to have a program based in development, education, exposure and top-level competition. He has worked with 1000’s of players over the last 15 years achieve their goals.
As a player and coach, Mike spent parts of 3 years in MLB with the Cubs and Cardinals. Previously, he was drafted by the Braves in 1995 after attending Creighton University in Omaha. For 13 years, he played in multiple organizations including the Braves, Cubs, Cardinals, and Blue Jays organizations. He coached at the AAA level in Des Moines(Cubs) in 2007 before retiring from professional baseball.
Front Office Personnel may change slightly.
Coaches and Instructors
Dakota Bacus: Pitching Instructor/Coach
Dakota will be a tremendous asset to the Sticks organization as he helps bring the most current information of what is being taught at the highest levels to the program. His expertise and experience will be extremely valuable to all player throughout the organization.
Dakota has over 7 years of professional pitching experience in Oakland A’s and Washington organization. Drafted in the 9th round by the Oakland A’s in 2012, Dakota was traded by the A’s to the Nationals for Major League catcher Kurt Suzuki. Went to Indiana State in 2011-2012 where he was named MVC first team all-conference and Newcomer of the year. Was a 2 time all region and all-conference selection while attending Southeastern Community College in Burlington, IA. Graduated from Moline High School in 2009.
Ian Fink– Instructor/Coach
Ian has a history of over 30 years of instruction at all levels of baseball from private lessons to the professional ranks. He has been a huge asset to the Quad Cities area baseball community as a top instructor and coach.
As a player, Ian played 7 years of professional baseball experience. Signed with the Detroit Tigers out of high school in 1970 and played up to the Triple A level while being invited to 2 Major League Spring Trainings.
Eric Toole- Instructor/Coach
University of Iowa (2012-2015)- Holds U of I school record with 207 career singles
2nd in at-bats (776)
3rd in career hits (239)
4th in steals (70)
Was Iowa’s lead off hitter in 2014 & 2015
Starred as an outfielder from 2012-2015
Took a leadership role as being 1 of 4 of Iowa’s team captains in 2015. Professional:
Following his senior season Eric was selected in the 22nd round of the 2015 MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies. In his professional baseball career he was a .265 hitter for over 3 seasons!
Brandon Platts- Pitching Coach/Instructor/Coach
Native of Mason City, Iowa. Brandon lettered 4 years for Mason City High School.
Brandon was a 13th Round Draft pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2011 MLB Draft
Played at the University of Missouri from 2011-2013.
Transferred to NIACC Community College during the 2013-2014 season.
Transferred back to D1University of Iowa for the 2014-2015 baseball season.
Pitched to a 4-2 record his Senior year with a 1.65 ERA and 41 strikeouts.
Registered only 7 walks during his final season.
Junior year gave up only 8 earned runs in over 51 innings pitched.
Recorded a 10-0 record that year with a save, 54 strikeouts, and a WHIP of .91.
School finished as Iowa’s state runner-up his Senior season.
Selected to the INA 4A First team All-State group, Class 4A First All-District team, Class 4A First team All-Conference, Class 4A First team All-State by Iowa Sports Connection, Class 4A Second team Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All State, Globe Gazette Baseball Player of the Year in 2010.
Picked for the Class 4A First team All-District, Class 4A First team All-Conference, Class 4A First team All-State by Iowa Sports Connection, INA 4A Second-team All-State, Class 4A Second team IHSBCA All-State, Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason Central Region All-American First team, Globe Gazette’s All-Area Baseball Team for the 2011 season.
Also medaled in the Distance Medley for his High School track team in the 2010 Iowa State Finals in 2010.
Picked to the Class 4A State Track and Field Elite Super Team in 2010.
Cole McDonald- Pitching Coach/Instructor
Selected in the 15th round by the Houston Astros in the 2019 MLB Draft
2.39 ERA in first pro season
College: Iowa Hawkeyes
Threw Iowa’s first nine inning no-hitter since 1965 agaisnt Czech Republic in World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan
5th All-Time In career strikeouts (203)
7th in single-season strikeouts (89)
45 career starts
2019 Friday night starter
Finished the 2019 season with a 6-3 record and a 3.54 ERA
2019 Team Captain
Academic All-Big Ten (2017-2019)
High School: New Hampton, Iowa.
Rated as Top-500 Prospect Nationally by Perfect Game. 3-time All-State selection (1st Team senior year)
4-time All-District and All-Conference selection
Did not pitch senior year due to Tommy John recovery
Junior year (Tom UCL in seoond start of season)• 2-0 reoord, .39 ERA, 29 strikeouts
Sophomore year – 10-3 reoord, .98 ERA, 152 strikeouts
Freshman year – 10-2 record, 2.12 ERA, 94 strikeouts
All-State selection in football
All-Conference selection In basketball
State placewinner in track McDonald
Roster of coaches and instructors will change and grow frequently.