Cory Harris: Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Mitchell: Asst: Director – 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
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).
David Stagg: Uniform/Apparel: Guest Instructor Pitching
David’s primary role will be with servicing uniforms and apparel for the QC players and families. A “Sticks Store” will be open at the beginning of the year for uniform and apparel orders. In addition, David is a tremendous instructor that may work with pitchers in the program.
Previously, David is from West Des Moines, IA and attended Heartland Community College for 2 years before graduating from Indiana State University. At Heartland David received 1st team All-Conference and 1st team All-Region honors. At Indiana State David received second team All-Conference honors for the Missouri Valley Conference. Graduated with a degree in Exercise Science from Indiana State. After Indiana State David played professionally in the Frontier League for the Normal (Il) Cornbelters.
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.
Jake Yacinich: Guest Instructor: Middle Infield/Hitting, Defensive Coordinator
Jake has been a huge part of the success of getting infielders to the next level for the Sticks. He has an extraordinary ability to teach mechanics and relate to the developing player in a way that find success quickly. We hope to get Jake to the Quad Cities this fall to work with these talented athletes.
Jake was a 1st team All-Big 10 shortstop for the Iowa Hawkeyes after being an all-state player for Dowling. In 2014, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 8th round and is currently playing in their organization. He has played at the AA and AAA level over the last few years. Jake is by far one of the premier infield coaches in the Midwest and we hope to have him on a guest instructor basis in the Quad Cities.
Jake will be providing guidance frequently for defensive workouts and development plans.
Roster of coaches and instructors will change and grow frequently.