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INSTRUCTORS

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

Tom is an alum of Hill-Murry High School where he currently is the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach. 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.

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 recieved 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. Kreitlow has been giving instruction and teaching since 2008 and has been full time as a Lead Instructor and General Manager at Players Only since December of 2012. He is also the Pitching Coach for Centennial High School, along side Head Coach Rollie Goertzen. 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. Has been giving instruction since 2008.

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 and is now the Head Baseball Coach at his alma mater. Kerry is available for ages 14 and up.


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 strenght & conditioning clinics. Rachel has a degree in secondary educaiton an is currently pursuing a law degree a the U of M, Rachel has been giving private and clinic instruction 2005.

Beth Donnillon

Fastpitch Softball Hitting and Fielding

Beth graduated from Mahtomedi High School as Captain of her hockey and softball teams. She then went on to win a National Championship with the University of St. Thomas Fastpitch Softball team in 2005 and was also a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Scholar-Athlete. Beth was primarily a first baseman. She has had the opportunity to coach many softball clinics through the University. Beth graduated in 2008 with degrees in Business and Spanish. She continues to instruct at various clinics and evaluate tryouts for surrounding communities. Beth has coached traveling softball teams in Mahtomedi at the 14U and 16U age levels and enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge of the game.


Chase Hentges

Pitching and Hitting

Chase attended Shakopee High school where he was a high school All-American as a senior in 2008. He signed a letter of intent to Iowa Western Community College but opted to sign with the Kansas City Royals in the 14th round of the 2008 MLB draft out of high school. He played 5 seasons in the Kansas City Royals organization. Chase has been working at Players Only since March of 2013.

AJ Pettersen

Hitting and Fielding

Pettersen is an infielder in the Minnesota Twins organization. He graduated from Minnetonka High School in 2007 and went on to play Division I baseball at the University of Minnesota. He was a member of the Gopher's 2010 Big 10 Championship team. After graduating in 2011, Pettersen was drafted in the 25th by the Minnesota Twins. AJ most recently spent the 2013 season playing in Class A Fort Myers and in Class AA New Britain.


Dan Ellefson

Pitching and Hitting

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. 

 

Kevin Manson

Pitching

Kevin is a former pitcher from the University of Illinois. As a starting pitcher Kevin was a four year letter winner from 2007-2010. During the 2008 season, he went 8-2 and received All-Big Ten Team nominations. Following the 2008 season, Kevin played with the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League. After graduating, he worked as an instructor with the California Winter Baseball League where he helped with pitching instruction and player development. Kevin is currently working as the Director of Sports and Recreation at North Hennepin Community College.
 


Jake Petricka

Pitching

Petricka graduated High School from Faribault MN in 2006. He started his collegiate career at Iowa Western Community College before transferring to Indiana State University. Jake was drafted three times: '06 by White Sox, '09 by Yankees, and again in the 2nd Round of the 2010 draft where he signed with the Chicago White Sox where he still plays. He made his Major League Debut with the Chicago White Sox August 22nd, 2013. Petricka will be instructing at Players Only starting December 2013. 

Jacob Esch

Pitching

Jacob graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall High School. Jacob was a strong 3 sport athlete during his high school years. His team won the 2007 State Baseball Championship under head coach Jim O'Neill and won the Pioneer Press Metro Player of the Year in baseball. Jacob attended Georgia Tech and played for 3 seasons as a Yellow Jacket. He was a full-time starter and was named to the All-Atlanta Regional squad. In 2011 he was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 11th round as a pitcher and has played in the summer organization for the GCL Marlins and Jamestown Jammers of the New York Penn League.


Rob Wassenaar

Pitching and Hitting

Rob played 7 seasons in the minor leagues with the CA Angels, MN Twins, CO Rockies and SF Giants, including three seasons at the AAA levels and was selected to the MN Twins 40-man roster for the 1992 season.  He played his college years at Stanford University where his team was the 1987 NCAA College World Series Champions.  He is 8th on the career list of winning percentage with a record of 25-5 and was a 4-year letter winner.  Rob grew up and played baseball at Edina HS.  His team won the 1983 MN State Tournament and were the 1983 American Legion National Champions.  He was a 2-time MVP of the American Legion MN State Tournament and was indcuted into the Edina HS Hall of Fame in 1998.  
 


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