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
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