All instructors at Extra Innings Vancouver come with an extensive baseball or softball background. Whether they are former or current professional players, college all-stars, or high school or college coaches, Extra Innings Vancouver offers serious professional instruction!
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Chris Gissell - LA Angels of Anaheim / Seasonal Baseball Instructor (All Areas)
(NOTE: Chris is currently coaching in the Angels program, and will be available this fall) - Chris was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 4th Round of the 1996 First Year Player Baseball Draft. He played for 14 seasons reaching the big leagues in 2004 with the Colorado Rockies. Chris is currently a minor league pitching coach in the LA Angels organization. He was pitching coach for the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Single A) in 2012 and will be the pitching coach for the Orem Owlz (Short season A) for the 2013 season. He is available for lessons from October - February.
Tucker Johnson - Extra Innings Instructor
Graduated from Gold Beach Union High School in 1986. - Graduated with a B.S in Manufacturing Engineering in 1993. - Member of Phi Delta Theta - Owner of Sandlot Sports, LLC 2006 to present - Co-Owner/GM Extra Innings Vancouver, 2010 to present
Gregg Coulter - Extra Innings Instructor
Played Division three Baseball at Keene State College - Instructor at Extra Innings Nashua 2006-2010 - Instructor Extra Innings Vancouver 2011-Present
Monte Gunter - Extra Innings Hitting Instructor
Monte has coached teams from t-ball to American Legion over the last 30 years. In 1997 he was asked to give hitting lesson to a few athletes and so he started with 5 boys in a garage that year. The next year there were more than 50 students coming for lessons. In 1998 Upper Deck Training Center opened in Camas, WA. At the end of 2002 numbers were up to over 100 students a week for hitting lessons both boys and girls. Upper Deck was sold in 2006 and Monte moved to Gold’s gym in Salmon Creek in 2008, giving lessons there until a fight club took over the gym. Over the years from 1997 to 2010 Monte has given over 50,000 one on one hitting lessons for baseball and softball. He believes in the long term approach to hitting. By taking 5 to 18 lessons and using video, he can help identify flaws in the students’ swing and work to help correct them over the length of time, working on one item at a time. Monte is very proud of his students for their hard work and dedication to improving their hitting swings. Many of his
Cameron "Chili" Chilcote - Extra Innings Instructor
Cameron played four years of baseball at Skyview HS, where he lettered two years and played under the coaching of Eric Estes. He played for the Vancouver Cardinals for a summer. He also coached a team for Hazel Dell LL during his senior season and was voted to an assistant coaching position with the Hazel Dell 13/14 Junior All Star team. After high school Cameron attended Clark College, where he played one summer, 2009. He coached at Hazel Dell Little League for two seasons (2007 & 2009) and was also voted as manager/head coach of the Junior All Star team in 2009. In 2010, Cameron became head coach of the 14u Demarini Bulldogs out of Vancouver. He led the 14u team to multiple tournament championships and a state title in the Junior Baseball Organization (JBO). Cameron currently is coaching at Skyview High School as an assistant/catching coach. Cameron joined the us as a catching/hitting instructor in 2012.
Steve Short - Extra Innings Instructor
Steve is currently running the Baseball program at Woodland HS. Was previously Hockinson High School’s Varsity Head Coach for 3 seasons after four years as an assistant coach. He played at Chemeketa Community College and finished his career at Concordia University while earning a degree in Business Administration. While playing at Concordia, Steve helped the Cavaliers make their run into the 2004 NAIA World Series, where he pitched and played shortstop during his time there. After college, he spent one season playing for the Portland Kings of the Pacific International League. In 2011, Coach short was selected to coach in the Washington All-State Series which showcases the top seniors in the state. For the past three years, he has helped coach the Washington Metro teams during the Northwest Championships. Short is also currently an assistant coach with the Vancouver Cardinals Baseball Club where he is responsible for coordinating the defense and working with infielders.
Danielle Orvella - Extra Innings Instructor
Danielle started pitching competitively when she was 12 years old. Danielle won several awards in high school that include all league pitcher and all league second baseman. Carrying her passion for pitching on to College, Danielle attended Bellevue College where she was the starting pitcher both her freshman and sophomore year. Danielle was named North Region Pitcher of the Year her sophomore year at Bellevue College. Most recently, Danielle earned a scholarship to play at Concordia University. Danielle has the knowledge and background to teach the fundamentals necessary to become an effective pitcher, both physically and mentally. Danielle has 6 strong pitches; fastball, change-up, curveball, screwball, riseball, and dropball. Danielle has worked with some of the best pitching coaches in the nation, including Eve Gaw, Former University of Washington All American.
Greg Peavey - Extra Innings Instructor
(NOTE: Greg is currently playing in the Mets program, and will be available this fall) - Greg graduated from Hudson's Bay HS in 2007 and was a High School Aflac All American in 2006. He then pitched at Oregon State for three years 2008-2010. The New York Mets drafted him in the 6th round of the 2010 First Year Player Draft. This past Summer he pitched at AA BInghamton, New York. He will entering his third professional season in the Spring of 2013. Greg is available for lessons through October-February.
Ty Howington - Extra Innings Instructor
Ty was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1st round (14th overall) of the 1999 first year player draft. He was with the Reds his entire career from 1999-2006 reaching AA before back-to-back shoulder surgeries that ended his career. Upon returning to Vancouver, Ty volunteered for 2 years at his alma mater Hudson’s Bay High School. He was then hired by Centralia College as their pitching coach from 2009-2012 where he drastically improved the culture of the pitching staff. He has also been involved with the Vancouver Cardinals Baseball Club the past 3 years. Ty has helped several pitchers in High School and Junior College move on to the next level. Career Highlights: 1999 High School All-American; 2001 Cincinnati Reds Minor League Pitcher of the Year; 2001 25th overall on the Top 100 Minor League Players list and 2nd rated left-handed pitcher on that list; 2010 had his first player sign a D-1 scholarship Tyson Schmitt, who was a javelin thrower in High School signed with the University of Washington.