Academy Coach

  • ​​U.S. Baseball Academy Instructor
  • Graduated Eau Claire North 2013
    • ​Two-Year starter for North
    • Two-time All Conference Player
    • Won State Championship in 2011
  • ​Assistant JV Coach at North High School
  • Assistant Coach for Eau Claire Pizza Hut American Legion
    • ​Won State Championship in 2017 for first time in 31 years
    • Advanced to the Great Lakes Regional in Toledo, OH
  • ​Currently playing for the Eau Claire Bears
  • Lifelong Native of Eau Claire
  • Attended UWEC and played football for the Blugolds
  • Grew up playing for Eau Claire Nationals Little League (made two State Tournament appearances), as well as Babe Ruth at Mount Simon (won State Tournament and advanced to the National Regional in 2008)​​

Momentum Baseball Academy Staff

Academy Coach

  • Eau Claire Pizza Hut American Legion Assistant Coach
  • Volunteered Coaching at Lowes Creek
  • 15 Years of Coaching all Levels
  • La Crosse Aquinas
  •      1986 State Champions
  •      1987 State Champions
  •      1988 State Runner Ups
  •   1983 Stars of Tomorrow Champion​​

Academy Director / Owner

  •     Field Manager/Director of Operations, Eau Claire Express Baseball.
    •     Northwoods League All Time Wins Leader
    •     2016 North Division Champions
    •     2013 to Present- Northwoods League Showcase Manager
    •     2010 Northwoods League Champions
    •     2010 Northwoods Manager of the Year
    •     2010 Eau Claire Express ranked #1Perfect Game
    •     2007 South Division Champions
    •     2007, 2009 & 2010 Northwoods League All Star Game Manager
  •     Altoona Youth Softball & Baseball Organization - President
  •     2001-2004 Head Coach Marshfield American Legion
  •     2000 & 2001 NAIA Baseball Midwest Classic Conference Chair
  •     Coached at UWEC (Assistant 1994 & 1995), UWRF (Head Coach 1996 & 1997), and Viterbo University ( Head Coach 1998-2001).

Jeff Janot:

Academy Owner​

  • Head Coach Eau Claire Pizza Hut American Legion 
  •     Assistant Coach for the 1986 State Champs
  •     1989 State Runner up
  •     1994 State Runner up
  • Region 1 Northwest Region Director - American Legion
  • Graduate of Eau Claire North
  •     1974 1st Ever Big Rivers Champion
  •     1975 1st Ever State Appearance
  • Mark is an Eau Claire native and grew up playing Parks & Recreation, Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion Baseball in Eau Claire

brad o'connell:

craig walter:

vic cable:

Rob Fadness:

Academy Pitching Coach

  • Professor, Dept. of Kinesiology, UW-Eau Claire

             -PhD in Exercise Physiology
             -Research expertise in strength and conditioning for baseball and hockey players

  • Baseball:

              -Pitching coach, Eau Claire Memorial HS, 2010-current
                  *Five, 1st team Big Rivers all-conference pitchers (4-Pitchers of the year)
                  *Four, 2nd team Big Rivers all-conference or honorable mention all-conference pitchers
                  *Six, Region 1 All-district pitchers (3 - 1st team; 2 – 2nd team; 1 - Pitcher of Year)
                  *Four, WBCA All-state pitchers (1 - 1st team; 1 - 3rd team; 2 – honorable mention)
               -Pitching coach, Eau Claire Pizza Hut American Legion, 2006-2008
               -Past-president, EC American Little League
               -College of St. Scholastica, 1989-1992
                  *National Small College Athletic Association National Tournament, 1990
                -Racine St. Catherine’s HS
                   *1989 State Champions
                   *All-Metro Conference, 1st team
                   *All-Racine County 1st team​​


Academy Coach

  • Former Assistant Coach Eau Claire Pizza Hut American Legion
  • Coached 22 years at all Levels
  • 2005 Eau Claire Express Volunteer
  • Assistant Coach at Hayward High School
  • Father of Four sons Ty(Duluth), Mickey (Oshkosh), Nolan (Oshkosh) and Will (Milwaukee) who have all played College Baseball
  • Richard O'Brien Youth Hockey Award 

drew steinmetz:

Managing Director / Academy Coach

  • ​U.S. Baseball Academy Instructor
  • Signed as a Free-Agent with Los Angeles Dodgers
  • UW-Stout
  •     NCAA National Batting Champion 2001 with a .524 Avg
  •     1st Team All American
  •     1st Team WIAC
  •     WIAC Position Player of the Year 2001
  •     UW Stout Record holder with a .422 Career Avg.
  •     UW Stout Athletic Hall of Fame Member

Adam faanes:

luis velazquez:

Academy Coach

  • Head Coach - Chippewa Falls Post 77 Varsity Legion Team
  • ​Coached with the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League in the Summer of 2017
  • ​Assistant Coach - Chippewa Falls High School Varsity Baseball Team 
  • ​Played for Chippewa Falls High School 2010-2014
  • ​​Played for Madison College 2015-2017 under Mike Davenport

Academy Pitching Coach

  • ​Head Coach - Altoona High School
  • ​​​Drafted by New York Mets, 7th round, 1981
  • Signed with Kansas City Royals, 1983
  • All-star in South Atlantic League, 1984
  • Played 14 seasons with Eau Claire Cavaliers, 155-31 record as pitcher
  • Head Coach at UW-Eau Claire, 1990-95, 120-110 overall record
    • Four WSUC Northern Division titles at Eau Claire
    • Louisville Slugger Conference Coach of the Year, 1993, 94, 96
    • Set UW-Eau Claire record for most wins in a season, 28 in 1994
    • NAIA District 14 coach of the year, 1992
  • Head Coach at UW-River Falls, 1996, 23-14 overall record
    • One WSUC Northern Division title at River Falls
    • Advanced River Falls to their only NCAA Division III baseball playoff
    • Set River Falls record for most wins in a season
  • Five consecutive WSUC Northern Division titles at two schools (The WSUC was the predecessor to the WIAC)
  • Coached two players drafted in Major League Draft (Len Manning, pitcher, UW-Eau Claire, 1994, Phillies; Randy Stearns, outfielder, UW-River Falls, 1996, Dodgers)
  • Head Coach at UW-Stout, 2002-2009

Academy Pitching Coach​

  • Eau Claire Express Pitching Coach
  • UW Eau Claire 
  •      All Conference
  •      MVP
  •      Athletics Hall of Fame Member
  • Eau Claire Cavaliers
  •      Career Leader in Wins 168
  •      Career Leader in Innings Pitched
  •      Career Leader in Strikeouts
  • Assistant Coach for Chippewa Falls High School
  • Assistant Coach for Memorial High School
  • Teacher at Chippewa Fall High School

Academy Pitching Coach


  • ​Puerto Rico Instructional Baseball League (Double AA)
  • Empire Professional Baseball league (Independent)
    • ​2017-Old Orchard Beach Surge 
    • ​​​2018- New Hampshire Wild


  • (2012) MATC-Milwaukee 
    • All-Academic Team 
  • (2013-2014) Southeastern University (NAIA)
  • (2015) Johnson University-Florida(NAIA)
  • (2016) Concordia University (NCAA)

High School

  • 3 Sport-Athlete ( Baseball, Football, Basketball)
  • 3x 1st Team All-Conference/Outfielder 
  • ​2nd Team All-Conference/ Defensive Back


  • Assisted in coaching with RBI Milwaukee Baseball 
  • Currently helps and gives back to non profit baseball league (La Liga Christiana- Milwaukee)

Mark faanes:

troy oestreich:

Academy Coach​

  • Head Coach Eau Claire Cavaliers
  • ​U.S. Baseball Academy Instructor
  • Eau Claire Cavaliers 2006-2012
  •      Team Captain Six Times
  •      MVP Twice
  • Graduated from Western Oklahoma State College
  •      Career .375 average
  • Played at UW Stout in 2001 and played for Minnesota Twins Coach Joe Vavra
  • 1998 Eau Claire Memorial 1st Team All Conference / 2nd Team All State

matt miller: