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


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 was a part of the West Bend West High School Softball program 2014 thru 2019.
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.


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.


Maddie Blankenship – Softball / Fastpitch Instructor

Maddie has been playing softball since she was 12 years old. Her background includes playing for the Wisconsin Bandits out of Horicon and BATS Academy out of Mequon.

Maddie is a 4 year letter winner and starting varsity pitcher at West Bend East High School from 2015- 2018.  She earned Second Team All-Conference Honors her senior year.  She was team captain for East her sophomore, junior and senior year.  Maddie is currently a student- athlete at Lakeland University.  She is in her junior year pursuing a degree in Exercise Science.  She hopes to continue school in a PA program, after graduation in 2022.  She currently plays third base for Lakeland and was a team captain her sophomore year.

During the summer, Maddie volunteered coaching for West Bend Nitro 12u, the summer after her freshman year.


Cara Wittneben – Softball Pitching Instructor

Cara comes to RBI with a lot of pitching experience. Cara has been playing softball since she was eight years old. She grew up in Aurora, Illinois.  She was a four year Varsity letter winner from Rosary High School in Aurora. Cara earned First Team All-Conference and All-Area honors during her high school career, and was an area leader for strikeouts.

Cara went on to play all four years at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Warhawks were conference champions all four years Cara played in 2014-2017.  All four years, Cara was an NFCA Scholar Athlete and on the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll. In 2017, she was a Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete and selected for the WIAC All-Sportsmanship Team. 

Currently, she is a third grade teacher in Port Washington and is the Assistant Varsity Softball Coach for Port Washington High School. Cara started coaching at the high school in 2019. Cara is also head of Player and Coach Development for the Port Washington Youth Baseball/Softball Board and volunteers at the youth level practices and games. 

Cara is excited to expand her pitching lessons to the West Bend area. 


Other Camp & Clinic Staff:

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