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Mark Taylor

Mark’s lifelong passion for baseball earned him a spot in the Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame for his high school career at Northside High School. He later played second base for University of South Carolina, where he set fielding records and was team captain his senior year. Mark’s love of the game was rekindled when his own son began to play baseball. He has coached championship-winning Little League teams as well as a nationally-ranked youth travel team. His goal for 5 Tool Academy is to instill in each athlete an enthusiasm for the game while building skills, character and ultimately success.

Mark is available for hitting and fielding lessons.

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Joe Butts

Joe Butts played NCAA Division I college baseball as a four-year starting catcher for Xavier University as well as being an accomplished high school catcher. Over the past 15 years, Butts has run numerous catching camps in Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana and coached at various levels from collegiate level through Little League.

Butts has spent years learning the position, the skills and drills that will enable an athlete to become an excellent catcher if they choose to put in the training time. The curriculum for instructing catchers offers a comprehensive training program for the most demanding position – permitting catchers to progress through several levels of receiving, blocking, throwing, fielding, handling pitchers and even calling the game.

“I am a catcher, think like a catcher, and love the position of catching. I love teaching the position to players who also love the position. I want to help kids build character and become leaders through catching!”

Joe is available for catching, fielding, pitching and hitting lessons.

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Bruce Bowling

Bruce Bowling possesses a unique passion for helping baseball players take their game to the next level. He has been successfully providing instruction to some of area’s best athletes at some of the most recognized training facilities for more than 15 years. In particular, he works with several of the region’s best high school pitchers including those committed to Division 1 schools. Bruce successfully teaches pitching, hitting and fielding.

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Tony Dungan

Tony Dungan is a respected coach with more than 15 years of experience. He has coached with several organizations including Indiana Prospects, Indiana Bulls and Indiana Longhorns. Several of his players have been recruited to play at D1 schools. He also has taught infield for several years at area facilities. Dungan teaches an hitting as well as infield lessons and classes.

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Zach Tanner

Zach Tanner played professionally in the Frontier League following a successful college career at Wright State University and Lincoln Trail Community College. As a junior at Wright State he was named MVP of the Horizon League tournament and completed his senior season with 58 hits, 26 runs and 30 RBI’s in 47 games. Prior to his collegiate career, he played for Yorktown High School where is was a two-time All-State selection and team MVP for three years. Tanner also coached at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio and at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is available for hitting, fielding, pitching and catching lessons.

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Cal Bowling

Cal Bowling spent two seasons with the White Sox organization after signing as an undrafted free agent. In his final year of professional play, Bowling’s team won the 2014 Frontier League Championship where he started as the opening night pitcher. His minor league career followed his stellar career at Ball State University. During his senior year, Bowling struck out a team-high of 74 batters while walking just 19 and posted a 4-3 record with a 3.99 ERA. He was a 4-year letter winner.

Bowling’s was an outstanding high school pitcher at Yorktown High School where he was a 4-year letter winner. His record his senior year was7-4 with a 1.70 ERA, tallying 122 strikeouts and only 25 walks. That same year, he also posted a .375 batting average with 12 doubles and 7 home runs.

Bowling is available to teach all aspects of baseball.

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Note: While 5 Tool memberships are a terrific value, a membership is NOT required to take lessons.

TJ Weir

TJ Wier joined 5 Tool in the fall of 2019 after playing in the San Diego Padres organization as a relief pitcher. He was drafted in 2014 from Ball State University where he pitched and played infield. During his professional career Weir played six seasons, including one at the AAA level. In 2014, Weir also was selected in for the All-Mideast Region Second Team and the MAC Academic All Conference Team. During his high school and college career, Weir was a talented pitcher, hitter and defensive player. Today he also serves as an Assistant Coach at Kokomo High School where he was a four-year letterwinner during his career and holds the record games played and started in a career.

Weir is available to teach all aspects of the game on Sundays.

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Note: While 5 Tool memberships are a terrific value, a membership is NOT required to take lessons.

Blake Turner

Blake Turner had a standout career at Wapahani before playing for Huntington College. He later went on to be an Assistant Coach at Monroe Central before taking his current Assistant Coach position at Wapahani. Turner also has travel baseball coaching experience. As an educator, he has the ability to connect well with athletes and explain complex concepts in an easily understood manner.

Turner is available for hitting and catching lessons.

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Tyler Reynolds

Tyler Reynolds is joining the 5 Tool instructional team having recently returned to Indiana after coaching High School baseball for three years in California. A Muncie native, Reynolds played his high school career at Muncie Southside before pitching for Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne. An educator by trade, Reynolds excels at breaking down the mechanics of the game and connecting with athletes. He is available to teach pitching, hitting, fielding and catching.

Reynolds is available for lessons in all aspects of the game.

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Note: While 5 Tool memberships are a terrific value, a membership is NOT required to take lessons.