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

 

 

 


 

Bill Albrecht – Hardball Instructor (Hitting & Fielding)
ALBRECHT_WBill has been a teacher/coach at West Bend West for the past 21 years; he is also an alumni of that school, graduating in 1983. He is currently the
West Bend West “Spartans” varsity coach, who hold quite a dominant record winning the 2007 summer championship and Mr. Albrecht was named  WBCA state coach of the year. Bill took over the baseball program in 2001, and built the team’s foundation on fundamentals, hard work and execution, and has been referred to as a “perfectionist” by his players. Bill has a great deal of playing history as well, holding a multiple of positions. He ended a 19 year career in 2003; was Rookie of the Year for Barton in 1984; 10-time All League Northern Divison; Nine-time all-star, including game MVP three times (1989, 1995, 1996); 1997 home run champion; 1990 batting champion (.469); Two-time Northern Division MVP (1990 & 1996); Participated in eight Land O’ Lakes grand championships, winning in 2000 and 2001 and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010;
Named 2011 Little Ten Conference Coach of the year

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

 


 

Ryan Rohlinger (aka “Rollie) – Hardball Instructor (Hitting, Catching & Fielding)
Ryan_Rohlinger_2bRyan is a 2002 graduate of West Bend East High School, where he participated in baseball, football, basketball and tennis. Rohlinger was an all-state pick in all four sports he participated in his senior season, an accomplishment that had never occurred in Wisconsin Prep History. He was also named the 2001-2002 State Scholar Athlete of the year my WIAA. Rohlinger was an all-state second baseman as a freshman and sophomore; all-state selection at shortstop as a junior and senior; holds state records in doubles and total bases. On December 23, 2008 Rohlinger’s baseball number 17 was retired and is now displayed in the West Bend Gymnasium.
College Years: Member of the Midwest Blazers where he was named tournament Most Valuable Player three times; hitting over .400 in two years as their shortstop; Attended Clarendon Junior College in Texas in 2002-2003 becoming a Junior College All American; Transferred to the University of Oklahoma and was the starting third baseman for the Sooners; Nicknamed Mr. Clutch for all his winning home runs and hits; Named Most Valuable Player in 2004 in the Cape Cod baseball league Championship series.
Major/Minor League: Ryan’s Major and Minor League playing career is quite extensive. He was signed by the Cleveland Indians to a minor league contract for the 2012 season. In 2010 he was playing for the  San Francisco Giants and went on with them to win the World Series championship (insert for all of our younger readers, yes this means he owns a World Series ring) Competing and playing at this level Ryan experienced a lot of trading and moving from team to team. There are several websites listing further information about Mr. Rohlinger, listed below are a few links to follow more of his career moves and baseball experiences.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Rohlinger

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rohliry01.shtml

http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=489262#gameType=’S’&sectionType=career&statType=1&season=2012&level=’ALL’

Ryan is available for private lessons as well as helps out with our camps and clinics.   

 


 

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.

 

 


 

Other Camp & Clinic Staff:

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

Jim GantnerFormer Milwaukee Brewer, primarily as a second baseman; Part of the “Brew Crew” went to the World Series in 1982; Elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005