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Lessons at The Yard

Instructors are developed and directed by Trey Frahler, president of IBA. Trey has a baseball pedigree and reputation unmatched in the area. The quality of Trey’s leadership permeates the organization from top to bottom. A bit of background on Trey:
Former Wheaton College, Wilmette Waves & New Trier High School Pitching Coach
Led Wheaton College to the 12th lowest team ERA in the country (lowest Wheaton team ERA in over 50 years)
Multiple all-conference, all-region, all-American & professional pitchers under his tutelage
Former four-year pitcher at Bucknell University
Holds numerous top-5 all-time pitching records at Bucknell
Director of Player Development at New Trier Feeder
Meet the instructors:
Brian Schlitter
Drafted in 2005 & 2007 by the Los Angeles Angels & Philadelphia Phillies
Pitched for the Chicago Cubs & Oakland Athletics
Made his MLB debut on June 28th, 2010
Former Maine South Pitcher
Instructional focus on pitcher
Christian Friedrich
Former First Round Draft Pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2008
Ranked the 33rd best prospect in 2010
Made his MLB debut on May 7th, 2012
Played for the Colorado Rockies & San Diego Padres
Former Loyola Academy Pitcher
Instructional focus on pitcher
Charlie Tilson
Former Second Round Draft Pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011
Ranked the 9th best prospect in 2014
Made his MLB debut on August 2nd, 2016
Played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox & Pittsburgh Pirates
Former New Trier High School Outfielder
Instructional focus on hitting & defense
Drew Thomas
Former Heartland Community College & Coppin State Baseball Player
Played Professionally in the United Shores League
Played overseas in Germany Bundesliga
DePaul Prep/Gordon Tech where was All-State and 4 year All-Conference and current Home-Run record holder
Instructional focus on hitting & defense
Liam McKeough
Four year pitcher & outfielder at Loyola Academy & Denison University
First team all-conference Chicago Catholic League & team captain
Current New Trier Feeder head coach and Director of Player Development for New Trier Youth
Instructional focus is on pitching, hitting & defense
Bobby garrick
IBA Director of Operations
Former New Trier High School and recruited catcher at Elmhurst College
Current New Trier Feeder Coach
Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology, Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership
Instructional focus on hitting, defense & catching
Michael Jahns
Former Northwestern University Pitcher
Played professionally in the Frontier League for 2+ years
Two-Time All-State Pitcher in High School in Hawaii
Instructional focus is on pitching, hitting & defense
Alex Vannucci
Former Pitcher at Lyons Township High School & North Park University
Finished college career with 122 innings pitched
Earned D3 Baseball Team of the Week honors in 2015
Instructional focus is on pitching, hitting & defense
Tyler Kopp
Current 13U coach with New Trier Feeder
Former outfielder at North Park University
Three-year varsity outfielder at Lincoln-Way West High School
First team all-area and all-conference as a senior at Lincoln-Way West
Instructional focus is on hitting & defense

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