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U.S. Baseball Academy

We have worked for 20 years developing a top-notch instructional program, but we all recognize a baseball academy is only as good as the coaches who implement it. That's why each year U.S. Baseball Academy's Site Directors search for the best available high school and college coaches in their area.

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We have worked for 25 years developing a top-notch instructional program, but we all recognize a baseball academy is only as good as the coaches who implement it. That's why each year U.S. Baseball Academy's Site Directors search for the best available high school and college coaches in their area, people who not only are qualified baseball instructors, but who also enjoy working with young players.

We don't waste your money by paying a major-leaguer $3,000 to come lecture and sign autographs for an hour. We load up on the best baseball teachers we can find and maintain a low player-coach ratio. As each Site Director selects his staff, we require that all instructors be current or former coaches at the high school or college level. We will be building our staff at each location as the registrations come in and finalize it a few weeks before the beginning of camp.


Joe Marker, President

Before becoming President/Owner, Marker spent 16 years building U.S. Baseball Academy into the nation’s largest network of baseball camps; first as Director of Operations and then as Vice President. Marker has founded clinics across the country and worked in the baseball camp industry at every level for more than three decades.

Prior to coming to US Baseball Academy, Marker owned and operated Varsity Sports, conducting camps for the likes of former Major League stars such as Hall of Fame inductee Barry Larkin, 5-time World Champion Paul O’Neill, Tom Browning, who pitched the 12th perfect game in Major League history in 1988, Cy Young winner Brandon Webb, Rolaids relief winner Jeff Shaw, and World Series Champion Hal Morris.

Marker brings with him more than 30 years of baseball coaching experience from high school to the professional level. Marker had coaching stints in high school at St. Henry, Russia and Greenville, American Legion and Connie Mack in Greenville, and summer collegiate at Grand Lake Mariners and Dayton Docs. He also scouted professionally for the Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees. During his career, Marker has amassed more than 850 wins as a head coach, including 18 league titles, 12 district championships, 9 regional berths and 1 State Championship. Marker has sent 156 former players on to play college baseball at the NCAA Division I level. Twenty three of those players have been drafted professionally including five players that made it to the “big leagues.” Those players include Travis Miller (Minnesota Twins), Pete Rose Jr. (Cincinnati Reds), current MLB players: Adam Eaton (Washington Nationals), Travis Shaw (Milwaukee Brewers), and Jared Hoying (Texas Rangers). A native of Kenton, Ohio and graduate of Indian Lake HS, Marker currently resides in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Angie. They have five children; Jason 37, Lindsay 34, Jordan 30, Cale 27, and Heath 22 and seven grandsons: Will, Brenden, Logan, Finnegan, Declan, Forrest and Crew.


Our advisory staff of current and former professional players helps in the development and implementation of our program. They help ensure that our drills and weekly itinerary are not only consistent with major-league instruction, but also that we remain aware of innovations and new drills in teaching hitters and pitchers at the highest levels. Please note: Our advisory staff will NOT be coaches at any of our local programs.

Adam Eaton
Eaton was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 19th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, with the 571st overall selection. In 2010 and 2011, Eaton had a .340 batting average with the Diamondbacks' minor league affiliates. Eaton was named a Pioneer League All-Star outfielder in 2010, and a California League All-Star in 2011. In 2011, he batted .318 with 145 hits and 72 walks, good for a .434 OBP, which was the fourth best OBP in minor league baseball. Adam made his MLB debut in 2012 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and played with them through the 2013 season. Eaton currently plays centerfield for the Washington Nationals.

Travis Shaw
Travis Shaw played college baseball at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. He batted a .307 average with a Mid-American Conference-leading 14 home runs while playing 62 games for the Golden Flashes in 2011. He also slugged .553 and collected 51 runs batted in, being named to the first team All-MAC in 2011 and the second team in 2010. Shaw also played in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Bourne Braves. The Red Sox selected Shaw in the ninth round of the 2011 MLB draft. His father, Jeff, is a former two-time All-Star pitcher who played for six major league teams. On July 7, 2015, Shaw was called up from Triple A Pawtucket and recorded his first major league hit. Shaw eventually went 3 for 4 on the night with a run scored. On December 6, 2016, the Red Sox traded Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers. On April 3, 2017, Shaw was the starting third basemen, making his Brewers debut on Opening Day against the Colorado Rockies. He went 2-4, hitting two doubles, including an RBI double.

Yonder Alonso
In 2008, Alonso was drafted with the seventh overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds in the draft. Prior to entering the major leagues, he played college baseball at the University of Miami. Alonso played 155 games for the Padres in 2012, including 144 starts at first base, and posted a batting line of .273/.348/.393 with 9 home runs. He set a Padres franchise record with 39 doubles as a rookie. Alonso currently plays for the Oakland A's.

Brandon Webb
Webb pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2003 through 2009. Webb was a three-time MLB All-Star. Webb won the Cy Young award in 2006 and was runner-up in 2005 and 2007. In 2005 Webb established Brandon Webb's K Foundation, a charity that aims to "improve the lives of critically and chronically ill children throughout Arizona by providing daily support and life changing experiences. In 2009 he was named #31 on the Sporting News' list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball. A series of shoulder injuries sidelined him for much of 2009-2012 and after several aborted comeback attempts, he retired in 2013. Brandon is currently Commentator for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Paul O'Neill
Paul O'Neill broke into the major leagues with the Cincinnati Reds in 1985. He was a member of their 1990 World Championship team. However, the strongest points in his career came as a member of the New York Yankees, winning the '96 World Series and three straight championships with the team in '98, '99, 2000. In nine seasons with the Yankees, he hit 185 homeruns and 858 RBIs while hitting over .300 six times. In 2009, O'Neill was inducted into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame. O'Neill now serves as an analyst on the New York Yankees Pre-Game Show and the New York Yankees Post-Game Show, as well as a color commentator for the YES Network.

Rob Dibble
Dibble was one of the most dominant pitchers during his brief major league career. He was one third of the trio known as the "Nasty Boys," winning the MVP of the World Series with the Cincinnati Reds in 1990. He played just seven seasons because of injuries, five with the Reds and one each with the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox. For his career he saved 89 games with a 2.89 earned run average. Rob was a member of the National League All-Star team in 1990 and '91. In 2014 Rob Dibble became the host of the “The Rob Dibble Show” a sports talk show on WUCS 97.9 FM and WAVZ 1300 AM in the ESPN stations in Hartford and New Haven, CT.

Jeff Shaw
Jeff Shaw began his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1990. After years of middle relief, Shaw became one of the game's best closers in 1997 with the Cincinnati Reds, closing 42 games. He began the '98 season with the Reds before being traded to the Dodgers. He saved 48 games total in '98 and went on to save 104 games over his last three seasons with the Dodgers. For his career, he saved 203 games with an earned run average of 3.55, becoming an All-Star in '98 and '01.Jeff currently serves as the varsity pitching coach at his alam mater, Washington Courthouse HS.

Joe Oliver
Oliver began his career with the Cincinnati Reds and played an integral part in their 1990 World Series championship victory. Oliver played thirteen seasons in the majors, eight with the Reds. He also played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox. He played in nearly 1,100 games for his career, hitting 102 homeruns and nearly 500 RBIs. He had his best season in 1992 when he hit .270 with 10 homeruns and 57 RBIs. In 2014, Oliver returned from a 13-year absence from professional baseball to manage the Lowell Spinners, the Red Sox' Short-Season A affiliate in the New York-Penn League. Joe is currently in his second season as the manager of the Class A-Advanced Salem Red Sox od the Carolina League.

Tom Browning
Browning broke into the majors in a big way, winning 20 games in 1985 while losing just 9. He became the first rookie to win 20 games since 1954, a feat that included 11 straight victories. Browning went 106-75 over the next seven seasons, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a World Series championship in 1990. His most memorable moment occurred in 1988 when he pitched a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 16th. In major league history, there have been just 16 perfect games. Browning finished his career 123-90 with an earned run average of 3.94 as one of the best pitchers in Reds history. Browning's book, Tom Browning's Tales from the Reds Dugout, debuted in March 2006 and was co-authored by Reds employee Dann Stupp. Browning serves as a pitching coach for the Dayton Dragons (A) in the Cincinnati Reds organization.

Jeff Davenport
Davenport spent the majority of his career as a bullpen catcher, signing on with the Boston Red Sox in 1994 as a non-drafted free agent. He played in the Red Sox farm system for several years before leaving to coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also served as a bullpen catcher for the Chicago Cubs in 1999. Jeff Davenport is in his 14th season in the Royals organization and seventh as Senior Director of Team Travel/Clubhouse Operations. He served as the hitting coach for the Royals short-season club at Spokane in the Northwest League in 2000 and was named Manager-Team Travel in November, 2000, Director-Team Travel prior to the 2004 season and Senior Director-Team Travel in 2005. Davenport was selected as the travel coordinator for the Major League All-Star tour of Japan in 2006.

Jeff Branson
Branson broke into the major leagues in 1992 with the Cincinnati Reds. He had his best season as a regular in 1995 where he played in 122 games and hit .260 while belting 12 homeruns and 45 RBIs. For his career, he played in 694 games while hitting near .250. Branson also played for the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Branson is currently the hitting coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Steve Foster
Foster was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the twelfth round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft. After his playing career, Foster worked as a scout with the Tampa Bay Rays in 1996. Following the 2003 season, he resigned to become youth pastor at Highland Community Church in Wausau, Wisconsin. Foster returned to baseball in 2005 as pitching coach for the Florida Marlins' Class A South Atlantic League affiliate, the Greensboro Grasshoppers. After two seasons as a minor league coach, Foster became bullpen coach for the Florida Marlins from 2007 to 2009. Steve currently serves as pitching coach for the Colorado Rockies.

Kevin Jarvis
Jarvis began his career in 1994 with the Reds but his best years came as a member of the San Diego Padres. In 1994, he led the Padres with 12 wins, with 11 losses and an earned run average of 4.80. Jarvis began the 2004 season with the Seattle Mariners before parting ways with the team early in the season. During his career, he has started 114 games. Kevin helped the Triple-A affiliate of the A's, the Vancouver Canadians to the Triple-A World Championship posting an excellent record of 10-2, before winning game 2 of the Triple-A World Championship. In 2001, Kevin displayed his best major league season. He was 12-11 in 193 innings pitched with a 4.79 ERA, 133 strikeouts, and hit the only home run of his career (off Kent Bottenfield).

Brian Dorsett
Dorsett played eight seasons in the major leagues, breaking in with the Cleveland Indians in 1987. Dorsett played in 163 games during his career with 92 hits in 411 at bats. A solid catcher, Dorsett made just 4 errors in 134 games. He became a co-promoter of the Terre Haute Action Track in 2008 through 2010. Dorsett back involved in baseball in 2010 when he became the manager of the Terre Haute Rex, a collegiate summer baseball league in the Prospect League for three years up through 2012. In 2012, Dorsett was selected as the Prospect League Manager of the Year.