About Us & Meet Our Staff

Facility

RBI Baseball & Softball Academy is a 5,000 square foot indoor training center which offers:

» Turf covered training area
» Batting Cages at major league lengths
» Pitching Machines for softball and hardball players as well as a soft toss machine for beginners
» Professional Hitting/BattingTees in a variety of styles to help you crush the competition
» Dirt Pitching Mound that was professionally installed with adequate space for pitching at variable distances
» Camps and Clinics aimed for all ages (click here for more info)
» Private Lessons available for individuals, partners, groups or an entire team; provided by some of the best experts you can find in Wisconsin, including former Brewer players.
We teach the fundamentals and the “little things” to help you reach your full potential.
» Girls’ Fast Pitch Training and Lessons available for individuals, partners, small groups or teams. We offer pitching, hitting and fielding techniques. Just recently adding an additional
FP trainer we are now capable of handling more training hours. One of our highly qualified instructors, is a local high school coach, who helped lead his team into the finals!
» Men or Mixed Softball Leagues join us to practice your hitting, batting cages available for slow and fast pitch softball; Open practice area to  play catch and loosen up your arm before a
game or just to keep your arm in shape through-out the year
» Manager/Coaches Key program which allows you to bring in your entire team for weekly practices; Use the entire facility to train for 90 or 60 minutes after business hours for a
private practice.
» Membership plans are available for unlimited and limited use; All plans offer discounts on camps & clinics as well as other “members only” price breaks throughout the year.
» Non-Members are always welcome to use the facility for a nominal fee, as well as take part in any of our camps, clinics and/or private lessons with any one of our talented instructors.
» Workout area with jump ropes and resistance bands to help strengthen and condition muscles.


Instructors

Willard “Willie” Mueller – Hardball Instructor (Pitching & Hitting)

MuellerPlayed with the Milwaukee Brewers as a relief pitcher 1978 and 1981. He is currently only one of eight Wisconsin natives to play with the Brewers.
Brewer teammates included Robin Yount, Paul Molitor and Jim Gantner.Willard has coached baseball for the past 17 years, and is currently an
Assistant Coach for Concordia University of Wisconsin (CUW) Falcons. On June 23rd, 2011 Willie, along with Doug Gonring and eight other baseball
greats and icons, he was inducted by the West Bend Baseball Association (WBAA) and added to the Wall of Fame during the Diamond of Honor
ceremony at Regner Park. Willie also performed in the 1989 movie “Major League”. He played the role of “The Duke”

Willie is available for private or group pitching and hitting lessons, as well as participates in various camps and clinics throughout the year


Doug Gonring – Hardball Instructor (Hitting, Catching & Fielding)

GonringDoug spent several seasons as a catcher in the Houston Astros and Toronto Bluejays organization, retiring from professional baseball in 1988.
He became the head coach for the West Bend East baseball team in 1994 and coached them to state titles in 1999 and 2002. During his
nine high school coaching seasons in West Bend, he developed numerous players who have made names for themselves in the professional ranks.
Examples are former Sun hurlers Jason Wiedmeyer (San Diego Padres) and Mike Mueller (Atlanta Braves) who pitched professionally after college and
third baseman Ryan Rohlinger who played for the San Francisco Giants.
Doug played for his college team Florida Atlanta University (FAU) and was elected into their Hall of Fame in 2007. He is currently a varsity coach
at Kewaskum HS as well as an assistant coach at Concordia University in Mequon.
On June 23rd, 2011, along with Willie and eight other baseball icons, Doug was inducted by the West Bend Baseball Association (WBAA) and
added to the Wall of Fame during the Diamond of Honor ceremony at Regner Park.

Doug is available for private or group lessons, as well as participates in various camps and clinics throughout the year


Mitchell “Mitch” Knox – Hardball Instructor (Hitting, Catching & Fielding)
Mitch_Knox_websitephotoMitch is a West Bend graduate as well as a legend in baseball. He is known for his home-run swing, and went on to play at the University of Kentucky,
finishing third in home runs in the SEC. Mr. Knox has been an active coach for the past 20 years, and is currently an assistant coach at Concordia University,
working with the Falcon hitters. His 2009 team set several all-time Concordia offensive standards.
On June 27th 2012, Mitch was inducted into the Land O’ Lakes Hall of Fame.

Mitch is available for private or group lessons, providing his expertise in hitting and fielding, as well as participates in various camps and clinics throughout the year.


Glenn Dehne – Softball / Fastpitch Instructor

As Owner of RBI, Glenn brings his expertise and enthusiasm to the Academy. He is very involved in the Fast Pitch Community. His main goal is to help players reach their full potential. Glenn has 10+ years of experience in fast-pitch, with 8 years of coaching.
He has been a part of the West Bend West High School Softball program since 2014, and is currently the Varsity Head Coach.
He attends coaches’ clinics yearly that are taught by some of the best college coaches from all over the country.
Glenn’s focus in training has been working with students on hitting & fielding, with a special focus on catchers.
Glenn is available for private or group lessons, as well as participates in various camps and clinics throughout the year.


Dallas Wodsedalek – Softball / Fastpitch Instructor

Dallas has many years of experience as a girls’ fast pitch coach, and is currently the pitching coach for the Kewaskum High School, girls’ fast-pitch team. Dallas helped lead the KHS girls team into a conference championship win in the 2011 season, with an 18-6 record.

As an instructor Dallas’ commitment to his players goes above and beyond. His focus and dedication to ensure his players are getting the most out of their lessons normally has him exceeding the scheduled time frames.

Dallas is available for private or group lessons; His expertise lies in girls’ softball/fast pitch techniques, but is available for both softball and hardball; He also participates in various camps and clinics throughout the year


Courtney Young – Softball / Fastpitch Instructor

Courtney comes to us with a very good background in the fast-pitch world. Her background includes playing her college ball at Concordia University, Chicago where she earned the team captain for 2 seasons. Courtney holds the record at Concordia for career stolen bases.

Courtney’s coaching background is even more impressive. She has coached varsity squads in two different programs in Michigan. As head coach in River Valley, Three Oaks, Michigan she earned conference & district coach of the year honors in 2012. That same year she took her team to a conference & district championship which ended a 29 year drought without a district title. Courtney also held the head coaching position with St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph, Michigan. At St. Joseph she also earned district & regional coach of the year honors in 2015. She also coached her way to a district & regional championship which ended a 30 year drought with this program.

Courtney will help us fill the overwhelming needs of our customers to seek out fast-pitch instruction. She specializes in pitching, hitting and defensive teachings. Courtney not only teaches her players the physical skills, she works with them to strengthen their mental conditioning.


Kylee Cornelius – Softball / Fastpitch Instructor

Kylee has been playing softball since she was five years old. Her background includes playing for the Wisconsin Bandits out of Horicon where she traveled to various states to compete at a very high level of fastpitch softball.

In high school, Kylee broke the school record for throwing the most strikeouts in single game, which was 18 out of 21 outs. She led the team in batting average, number of hits, home runs, RBI’s, and slugging percentage her junior and senior year. She was also all conference her sophomore, junior, and senior year, and was all area her junior and senior year. Kylee was then recruited to play softball at Concordia University Wisconsin. She played some of the fall season, but after an injury, she decided to focus more on grades and help others develop the love for the game just like she has.

Kylee specializes in pitching and hitting techniques. She loves to teach girls the physical skills they need, but also loves to challenge their mental skills they need to become a great player.


Emily Laufer – Softball / Fastpitch Instructor

Emily has been playing softball since she was 12 years old. Her background includes playing for the Wisconsin Rampage out of Horicon. During her 4 summers, the Rampage racked up a total of 99 wins and 30 losses.

Emily is a 4 year letter winner and starting varsity catcher at West Bend East High School from 2009 – 2012. Freshmen year she was a part of a triple play during the regional round of playoffs. She earned All-Conference Honors her senior year. After high school Emily attended St. Norbert College. She graduated in 2016 with a major in Communications and minor in Graphic Design. Emily is a 4 year varsity letter winner from St. Norbert College. She walked-on freshmen year and earned the roles of DH and back-up catcher. She racked up 24 hits on 65 at bats to round out a .369 average. Sophomore year she started half the games at first base and finished out the year behind the dish due to the starting catcher’s season ending injury. She ranked 2nd on the team for most RBIs with 22. Her junior and senior years she became the starting catcher. Senior year she broke out hitting wise. She led the team in RBIs with 27, tied for first in hits with 31, and was second on the team in homeruns with 5, one of which was a grand slam. In 2016 Emily received All-Conference 2nd Team AT-LARGE in the Midwest Conference.

After College Emily coached for the West Bend Nitro for 3 seasons coaching 12u and 16u. She also volunteered her time for 3 seasons with the West Bend East varsity program.

Emily specializes in catching and hitting fundamentals/techniques. She loves to see each player take their game to the next level physically and mentally.

Other Camp & Clinic Staff:

We have also recruited local coaches and former players to help us with camps and clinics.