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To Schedule a lesson Email us at: neverslarkinbaseball@playersonlyinc.com  

Lessons are Cash or Check Only (Made out to Nevers/Larkin Baseball or NLB)

 

Players Only - the ultimate baseball training experience for players 8-18 and beyond. 

Nevers Larkin Baseball and Softball Training (NLB Training) provides the best baseball and softball instruction in Minnesota. Regardless of your present skill set, NLB offers group instruction and individual lessons designed to enhance an athlete's physical and mental abilities.

Tom Nevers and Gene Larkin combine more than 20 years of Major and Minor league baseball experience and provide young men and women with the opportunity to develop the fundamental skills to play the game the "winning way."

Tom and Gene lead a qualified and well rounded team of instructors, each with extensive playing and coaching backgrounds. It is our belief at NLB that every player deserves an opportunity to reach his or her full potential on and off the field. At NLB Training we provide that opportunity.

Tom Nevers - President/Owner

Hitting and Fielding

  • 2-Time Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year for Baseball
  • All-State first team in 1989 and 1990 in Baseball
  • High School All American in Baseball in 1990
  • Member of the 1989 Junior Olympic Gold Medal Baseball Team
  • Member of the Select 16 and 17 USA Junior Olympic Hockey Teams
  • Drafted in 1989 NHL draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins (100th overall pick)
  • Drafted in the 1st round (21st pick) by the Houston Astros in the 1990 Major League Baseball Draft
  • Signed a Professional Contract with the Houston Astros and spent 13 years in Professional Baseball
  • Played for the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, Anaheim Angels, Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers
  • Went to College after 6 baseball seasons and was a member of the Minnesota Gophers Hockey Team (1995-1997)
  • Letter winner in Hockey as a member of the 1996-1997 Gopher Hockey Team

Tom has been teaching baseball to kids since 2000 and since retiring in 2002 has accumulated a great staff and partnership with Gene Larkin to develop Nevers/Larkin Baseball at Players Only. Tom is married to Stacy Nevers and they have 3 boys named Mason, Jackson, and Chase.

Gene Larkin - Vice President/Owner

Hitting and Fielding

  • Former Minnesota Twin, member of the 1987 and 1991 World Series Champion Teams.
  • Earned the Sherry Robertson Award as a Twins Minor League Player of the Year, 1986
  • Minnesota Twins 20th Round Draft Pick, 1984
  • Converse All American Team Member
  • Voted into the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame
  • Broke many of Lou Gehrig's hitting records

As a former Minnesota Twins switch-hitting first baseman, designated hitter, and right-fielder, Coach Gene Larkin brings his major league experience to help train the next generation of players. Coach Larkin has become known as a top trainer, has run fielding and hitting instructional camps for nine years, and coached in Eden Prairie for the last decade.

 

Tom Quinlan

Hitting and Fielding

Tom is an alum of Hill-Murry High School. He was then drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays and continued playing professionally for 16 seasons. He earned a World Series ring with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992. Tom has been instructing since 2007.

Kerry Ligtenberg

Pitching

After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Ligtenberg spent 12 years playing in the major league for the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays. Ligtenberg most recently played in 2009 for the St. Paul Saints. Kerry was a member of the class of '89 from Park-Cottage Grove High School. Kerry is available for ages 14 and up.

Brad Mazer

Hitting, Pitching, & Catching

Brad played high school baseball at Orono High School before moving on to Gustavus Adolphus College. In 2002 he was the MIAC Player of the year and an All-American. After Gustavus, Brad went on to win the Northern League Championship in 2004 playing with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. He received an M.A. degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas. Brad has been giving instruction since 2005. 

Cass Kreitlow

Pitching, Hitting, & Fielding

Cass graduated from Minnewaska Area High School and went on to play collegiately at Hamline University. In his final year he led the Pipers to their first Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship and their first regional tournament berth in school history while setting a school record for wins in a season. In his senior year he was an All-MIAC and Midwest All-Region selection as a starting pitcher. Cass is currently the pitching coach for Hamline University and the Edina Legion Program. Kreitlow has been giving instruction and teaching since 2008 and has been full time as an Instructor and General Manager at Players Only since February of 2012. Cass does individual pitching, hitting, and fielding lessons for players of all ages. 

Nate Hanson

Hitting and Fielding

Nate graduated from Eden Prairie High School where he was a standout 2 sport athlete in both baseball and hockey. He went on to play three seasons at the University if Minnesota where he was a 2-time first team all big ten selection. Nate was drafted in 2008 by the Minnesota Twins and continues to play in the Twins organization. Hanson been giving instruction since 2008.

Rachel Osdoba

Fastpitch Softball Hitting and Fielding

Rachel graduated from Mankato East High School where she was a standout 3 sport athlete. While attending the University of St. Thomas, Rachel was an Academic All-Region and a NFCA Academic Award Winner. She played softball at the University and has coached various softball and strength/conditioning clinics. Rachel has a degree in secondary education and a law degree from the University of Minnesota. Osdoba has been giving private and clinic instruction since 2005.

Andrew Thome

Pitching

Andrew was a 2011 graduate of St. Cloud Cathedral high school and went on to play collegiately at the University of North Dakota. He was the Friday night starter for all 4 years he played at UND and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Andrew currently is with the Houston Astros organization and finished the 2016 season with the system’s Advanced A affiliate, Lancaster Jethawks. Andrew is an assistant pitching coach at the St. Cloud State University, and does individual pitching lessons for players of all ages.
 

Casey Kopitske

Catching, Hitting, & Fielding

Casey is originally from De Pere, Wisconsin and played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where he was a two-time Division III All-American catcher.  In 1999 he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and spent eight years in the minor leagues.  After his playing career he spent six years coaching in the Cubs system as both the Catching Coordinator and a Minor League Manager.  In 2015, Casey earned his Law degree from Marquette University.

Dan Ellefson

Camps

Dan was a graduate of Burnsville Senior high school and played baseball at Hamline University. He was a part of the program's first conference tournament championship, NCAA tournament appearance, and Regional win. He was a 4-year player as a 3rd baseman and starting pitcher. Individually, he earned 2 all-MIAC selections, MIAC pitcher of the week honors, and was chosen as the 3rd baseman for the MIAC all-defensive team. 

 

Casey Benford

Camps

Casey was a graduate of Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona and moved to Minnesota in 2009 to continue playing baseball at Hamline University. At Hamline, he pitched all 4 years and was a part of the 2011 MIAC Conference Championship team. He has been instructing all facets of the game since 2009.

Nick Denn

Camps

Nick graduated from Edina High School in 2011, after playing four years of legion baseball for Edina. After graduating he went on to Northfield, playing for St. Olaf College for four years, mainly splitting time between catching and playing in the outfield. He received a management degree after graduating in 2015 and is currently working on a masters towards Sport Marketing at the University of Minnesota. Nick has coached with Tom Nevers the past couple summers, mainly working with the Summer Elite League. Primarily working with camps, and individual hitting and fielding lessons. 

Jake Picht

Jake graduated from Tartan Senior High School in 2013 and went on to play collegiately at Hamline University. During his time at Hamline, he was a 4-year starter primarily acting as a utility infielder.  During his junior season he was named to the MIAC All-Defensive team, ABCA Midwest All-Regional team, D3baseball.com team of the week, MIAC athlete of the week, and set Hamline’s single season doubles and putouts record. Picht joined NLB in 2015 and has a significant role in our Summer Baseball as well as our off-season training programs. 

Will Vanderbilt

Will graduated from Edina High School in 2014 where he was an All-State selection as a senior. He went on to play collegiately at the University of St. Thomas primarily an as outfielder and has worked extensively with the Summer Elite League, Advanced Training Program, and high school camps helping Gene Larkin and Cass Kreitlow. Will has been giving instruction since 2012.

Alex Alvarez

Camps

Alvarez was a standout right-handed pitcher at DII Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, playing under current Head Coach Paul Blanchard the Mustangs all-time leader in victories. Alex was named SMSU’s Pitcher of the Year in 2012, which marked his senior season, pitching in eleven total games and starting six. In his three seasons as a Mustang, Alvarez made 24 appearances, pitching 92.1 innings. In the past he coached the St. Thomas Academy Cadets and Minnesota Millers with Pitch 2 Pitch. Alex is currently the pitching coach for the Hopkins Flyers. Alvarez has been giving private and clinical lessons in all facets of the game since 2008.