About Us


Founded in 2009 by Major League Baseball Hitting Coach John Mallee, the Northwest Indiana Shockers summer travel baseball teams are considered one of the top programs in Northwest Indiana and Eastern Illinois. Those players selected will train and follow the same training drills and practice structure that Minor and Major league teams utilize in professional baseball during the winter months. The goal is to make this the best learning and playing experience for all the players.

As part of the Northern Illinois Metro League (NIML), the season runs April through July, with try-outs taking place in August then practices and workouts starting in November. The Shockers teams participates in various tournaments, sanctioned by several National baseball organizations, approximately 40-60 games per year.

John Mallee, along with his professional staff, will help train the team throughout the fall, winter and early spring months. The team will practice once a week during the winter at an indoor training facility for 1 1/2 hrs per week. Players will have the option to hit 2-3 times each week in our indoor batting cages. Each team will be limited to 12 players to insure everyone gets maximum playing time.

John Mallee – Career Highlights


  • 18 Years as a Professional Baseball Coach
  • Teams include: Florida Marlins, Montreal Expos, Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Phillies and currently with the Angels.
  • 9 years with the Florida Marlins. In charge of all levels of hitters in their minor league system
  • Hitting Coordinator for the 2003 World Champion Florida Marlins
  • 2005 Florida Marlins “Man of the Year”
  • 3 years playing professionally with the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Travels nationally speaking on the “6 Absolutes of a Professional Hitter”
  • Owner John Mallee Pro Style Baseball School
  • Given over 18,000 private lessons
  • Instructors and Staff

    John Mallee: Major League Hitting Coach-Founder and President of the NWI Shockers.

    Bryan M. Milburn: Director of Baseball Operations & General Manager

    Ryan Bridges: Player Development & Hitting & Fielding Advisor. 4 year Purdue University

    Andy Loomis: Gary Railcats/NWI Shockers Pitching Specialist.

    Jeff Boehm: NWI Shockers, Hitting Advisor & Fielding specialist. UIC Graduate Drafted by LAAA & played 2 years in MLB LAA minor league system.

    Julian Griffin: NWI Shockers, Hitting Advisor, Outfield & Catcher specialist. Independent Baseball 5 years.

    Pascual Santiago: NWI Shockers, Hitting Advisor, and Pitching specialist. Over 18 years coaching baseball from college level to Independent Baseball. Current Head Coach at Prairie State College

    Jeff Mojzik: NWI Shockers Catcher, Outfield & Hitting Specialist. 4 years Purdue University.

    Bryan Vanderlee:  NWI Shockers pitching specialist – Grad of LC and Trinity Christian as pitcher.

    Mike Manderino:  NWI Shockers hitting & fielding specialist. Former Cleveland Indians Organization

    Kenny Reynolds: NWI Shockers hitting and fielding specialist. Over 25 years high school coaching TF South.

    DeAndre Gilmore: Assistant Baseball Coach Prairie State College: Outfield and Hitting specialist

    Nic Sampangraro: Assistant Baseball Coach Hanover Central: Infield Specialist

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