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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 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 for athletes ages 11 and up.

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Scott Ring

Scott Ring has been successfully teaching all disciplines of baseball for 20 years. His 10 years of coaching recreational and travel baseball include winning a national championship. He truly enjoys helping athletes learn foundational mechanics, enabling them set the stage for many years of successful play. Scott provides instruction in hitting, fielding, pitching and catching.

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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 infield class on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

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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 and fielding 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.

Caleb Stayton

Ball State alum Caleb Stayton joined 5 Tool Academy as a baseball instructor following his highly successful collegiate career.
Stayton was an outstanding first baseman and was nationally ranked 10th in RBI’s in 2016. He led the MAC batting average (.377) in 2016 and the team batting average (.331) and on-base percentage (.455) in 2017.

He was twice named an Academic All American. He is only one of two players in 2017 to earn first team honors for the second year in a row and the only player named from the MAC. Stayton also was named to the All-MAC second team in 2017.

Stayton 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.

Matt Gardner

Matt was a unique collegiate player in that he was both a shortstop and a pitcher. He played at Chabot Junior College where he led the team to two Top 5 state finishes before being recruited to pitch for Jacksonville University. In 2007, he was awarded 2nd team All-Conference honors after leading the team with a 2.51 ERA.
Following his collegiate career, Matt coached travel baseball before serving six years in the US Army.
Matt is available to teach hitting, fielding and pitching.

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