CHRIS WILLSEY

chrisw@lafayettebaseball.com

Field Manager

On October 10, 2021, Chris Willsey was named the Aviators Field Manager for the 2022 season. A 2013 graduate of Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, IL, and entering his 2nd year at Southeastern Illinois Community College under Head Coach Jeremy Irlbeck. Along working with hitters and outfielders at SIC, he is an Associate Scout for the Atlanta Braves. After playing at SIC and Frontier CC, Chris realized it was time to hang up the cleats and begin a career in coaching.

Between his playing career at SIC and Frontier, Chris worked at Future Swings Baseball/Softball Academy giving lessons to kids ages 5-18. Owned by LA Dodgers Area Scout, Todd Poe and former MLB pitcher, Cory Bailey. Chris began his coaching career at his alma mater, as an assistant coach at Harrisburg High School. He is very blessed to have learned under his former high school coach Jay Thompson, who is in the top 10 for all-time winningest head coaches. In the summer of 2019, Chris coached for Top Tier Baseball out of Chicago, IL, an elite-level travel ball organization. In the summer of 2020, Chris became an assistant coach for the “Snakes” in the Grand Park Summer Collegiate League. In the summer of 2021, an Assistant/Hitting Coach for the Madisonville Miners in the Ohio Valley League. 

“I have a nonstop passion for guiding young men on and off the field. I may not have had the playing career I had always dreamt about, but I have been beyond blessed to have learned from the amazing baseball minds along this journey. I cannot thank GM David Krakower, President Bill Davidson, and everyone in the Lafayette Aviators front office for this opportunity. Let’s bring a Prospect League championship back to Lafayette!” – Chris Willsey

 

DOUG GROVE

Pitching Coach

Gove comes to Lafayette from Southeastern Illinois College, where he is serving in his first season as the Pitching Coach. Prior to SIC he worked as the Pitching Coach for 3 years at Central Christian College in Kansas. During his time the pitching staff saw immense growth, posting the 2nd lowest team ERA in the last 10 years at CCC in 2020. Before coaching at Central, Gove spent four years in
the Seattle, WA area coaching for an elite baseball program with the FCA Baseball Club. While at FCA, Gove assisted over 30 pitchers in moving onto the next level in collegiate and college baseball. His passion for player development and self-growth pushes athletes using data-proven mechanical training, velocity-based throwing, and mental skills discipline to reach peak performance and create
stand-out pitchers.

 

Doug also continues to grow his own knowledge creating new tools for his players. He is currently certified in Titleist Performance Institute Level 1, Rapsodo Pitching, Driveline Foundations of Pitching, and in Pitch Design.


Hometown: Snohomish, Washington
High School: Snohomish High School “12
College: Central Christian College “16
Undergraduate Degree: Sport Management

TYLER BROWN

Hitting Coach

Tyler went to Owasso High School where he was a part of two state championship teams.

Afterwards, he went to Coffeyville Community College for two years, then transferred to Central Christian College. There he was a two-year team captain, and second in the country in doubles per game, he won a Sooner Athletic Conference Gold Glove at third base. After graduating, Tyler immediately began coaching at Central, where he is working on his master’s degree in strategic leadership and in his second year of collegiate coaching.

ANDREW PRATT

Hitting Coach

Played college baseball at Colby-Sawyer in NH (D3). Started sophomore year through senior year behind the plate, and graduated in 2018. Coached in the spring of 2019 at the University of Maine at Farmington where Andrew worked with the catchers. Started coaching at McPherson College in the fall of 2019, and going on his 3rd year where we they are coming off a regional appearance. Most recent summer coaching job was as a hitting coach for the Spearfish Sasquatch in the Expedition League.