The 2011 IMG Wood Bat League should be another competitive summer. Here are the coaches for the High School league:
1. Pete Paciorek - Principia College. 2010 WBL champion.
Pete comes to IMG after what will be his sixth season as the head coach at Principia College.
Prior to Pete's time at Principia, he served as an assistant at Cal State Los Angeles and at Whittier College. Pete has also spent time in the Northeast League coaching professional Independent players. He was drafted as a player in 1994 in the 16th round by the San Diego Padres and spent 9 years between the Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations. Pete was recognized by Baseball America as a two-time âBest Defensive 1st Basemanâ.
Pete will work with Corner Infielders while at IMG.
2. Ryan Holmes - Palm Beach Atlantic
Ryan comes to IMG after what will be his fourth year at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Ryan is originally from California where he played at Thousand Oaks HS. After his HS experience, Ryan went on to compete collegiately at Pepperdine University. Ryan played professionally in the Central Baseball League for the Rio Grande Valley White Wings in 2002. Ryan's responsibilities at PBA include recruiting and handling the Outfield and Catcher development.
Ryan will work with catchers while at IMG.
3. Mack Paciorek - Former Coach at Cal State Pomona/San Marino HS
Mack comes to IMG after his fourth year of leading San Marino HS in San Marino, CA. Mack has also spent time coaching at Cal State Pomona as a Hitting/Infield Instructor.
Mack spent 5 years competing professionally following his collegiate career at Northwestern State University and Iowa State. His professional time was spent in Independent Baseball leagues including the Central Baseball League, Frontier Baseball League, the Northern Baseball League, and the Western Baseball League.
Mack will work with Infielders while at IMG.
4. Graham Johnson - Western Illinois University
Graham comes to IMG following his first year as the Volunteer Assistant at Western Illinois University. His stint at WIU follows three years of service time at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.
Graham started his career at Culver-Stockton College where he first competed as a player and then served as the Varsity Pitching Coach. Graham finished a Masters Degree in Education in May 2010.
Graham will work with pitchers while at IMG.
5. Cliff Wren - Arkansas State University
Cliff comes to IMG following his first year on the staff at Arkansas State University.
Cliff played collegiately at Mississippi State University and the University Southern Mississippi. Following his collegiate career, Cliff went on to play professionally in the LA Dodgers organization. After a three year professional stint, Cliff began his coaching career. Coach Wren has owned and operated the Wren Baseball and Softball facility in Hattiesburg, MS since 2004.
Coach Wren will work with Infielders while at IMG.
6. Jason Elias - IMG Academy baseball program
Jason has been a Full Time member of the IMG Academy baseball program Staff since August 2007.
Coach Elias competed collegiately at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH and went on to finish an MBA at Youngstown State University and an MSA at Ohio University. Prior to coming to IMG he served as the Associate Head Coach at Warren Harding HS in Warren, OH for two years and as the General Manager of the Penn-Ohio baseball Club for two years. Jason serves as the Lead Outfield Instructor, Head JV Coach and Coordinator of Summer Wood Bat programs at IMG Academy baseball program.
Jason will work with Outfielders and serve as the League Commissioner this summer at IMG.