Team Dinger Coaches

 

All coaches in the CM Baseball League are professionals with varying years of baseball experience.  The coaches are selected and trained by Chad Moeller, a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for over ten years with the Minnesota Twins, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, and the New York Yankees.  Chad provides vision and character, and attends each practice to ensure the character of the players and coaches is upheld to his standard.

Chad Moeller leads the organization with over fifteen years of professional baseball experience. Chad attended the University of Southern California and was an All-PAC 10 selection from 1994 to 1996. He was selected in the draft by the Minnesota in 1996. Chad has been teaching and instructing
baseball since 2010. Chad was a member of the 2001 World Series Champion Arizona
Diamondbacks. While playing for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2004, Chad hit for the cycle, and caught Ben Sheets’ historic 18 strike out game.

Stephen Randolph has seventeen years of professional baseball experience.  He attended the University of Texas and was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1995.  Stephen teaches pitching and hitting.

Ben Fritz played baseball at Fresno State University starting as both pitcher and catcher. In 2002, Ben was awarded Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, a second team college All-American and Western Athletic Conference All-Star. He was drafted as a pitcher by the Oakland Athletics in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft – taken in the 1st round, (30th overall). Ben went on to play 9 years of professional baseball. Ben has worked with and coached players from the ages 8 to 25. He is currently a pitching coach in the Padre organization.  He previously helped coach at Pinnacle High School and the collegiate summer wood bat league in Arizona. He coaches both fundamentals and the mental side of the game.

Ryan Dyer brings over 19 years of High School baseball coaching experience to Team Dinger. His career includes stops at Salpointe Catholic, Brophy Prep, Saguaro HS, and he now looks forward to his first season taking over the North Canyon HS program. Ryan has been named Arizona Region Coach of the year 3 times and AZ Coach of the year once. His 2011 team holds the All Time Arizona Record for wins in a season at 34. He has two Arizona State Championship Titles and has had teams ranked in the top 10 nationally. He has never coached a high school team that has not made the playoffs. He has been instrumental in sending over 100 players on to college or professional baseball during his High School coaching career.

John Casey is an expert in Hitting & Fielding Instruction. He attended college at Stanislaus State, and in 1991 was a Division II 1st Team All American. He has 5 years of professional baseball experience and over 13 years of coaching experience. He is currently the Desert Mountain High School Varsity Baseball Head Coach.

Danny Patterson was a late round draft pick out of high school, and decided to attend Cerritos Junior College to continue to develop his skills. He subsequently signed with the Texas Rangers and began what became 16 seasons of professional baseball, eight of which were in the Major Leagues. Danny is a firm believer that the mental aspect of the game is every bit as important as the physical and prides himself on teaching both aspects. Additionally he focuses on the work ethic needed to “overachieve”.

Jeff Cermak went to high school in Chicago, IL, and was selected All-State in 3 sports (Baseball, Football & Basketball) He played college baseball for the Arizona State University Sun Devils (’95-’97) Jeff was subsequently drafted 3 times (Twins, Marlins & Astros), and played in the Astros organization from 1997-2000. Jeff served as the Scottsdale Christian Academy Baseball/Varsity Asst. Coach
from 2004-2010. He has been teaching baseball and softball for 15 years as a private instructor and has coached / managed several travel baseball clubs during the same time period.

Kyle Anderson played high school baseball at Olympic High School where he was an All-State 3rd baseman. He subsequently played baseball at Olympic Community College where he was selected as a Junior College All American 3rd baseman. He eventually played ball at Jamestown College where he was selected as an All American 1st baseman and played in the 2004 NAIA College World Series. Kyle was an assistant coach at Jamestown College in 2005, Desert Mountain HS 2006-
2009, and at Pinnacle HS from 2010-2012. He has been Hitting instructor and Head coach for Team Dinger from 2013- Present. Kyle recently graduated from his PTA program where he practices in a renowned local orthopedic surgery clinic.

Ashton McCoy played at Yavapai College and Emporia State University. During that time he also played for various summer collegiate teams. While playing for the
Casa Grande Cotton Kings, he earned a birth to the NBC World Series, where he was selected as an All-American shortstop in 2012. Since playing, Ash has spent two years coaching at Pinnacle High School under coach John Casey, as well as several youth teams ages 10-14.

Mark Belhorn was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Oviedo, Florida. He was drafted in the 37th round out of high school by the Padres but did not sign. He then went to Auburn University from 1993-1995, and played in the college world series in 1994. The Oakland Athletics drafted him out of Auburn in the 2nd round. Mark subsequently played 15 years of professional baseball for 8
different organizations, playing in the major leagues for 7 years. In 2002 while a member of the Chicago Cubs, he became one of only 2 players in MLB history to hit a homerun from both sides of the plate in the same inning. Mark hit 27 home runs that same year, the most ever by any switch hitter in Chicago Cubs history. In 2004 Mark was the starting second baseman for the World Series Champions Boston Red Sox. He hit .300 with 1 home run and 4 RBI in the World Series.

Michael Benjamin is the son of former 13-year big leaguer Mike Benjamin. Michael is currently playing in the Colorado Rockies minor league organization. He was drafted in the 13th round in 2013 out of Arizona State where he played three years for the Sun Devils. His junior year he earned Third Team Louisville Slugger All-America honors and First Team All-Pac-12 honors. He paced the team offensively as he finished first in the conference in total bases (135), second in hits (83), and third in slugging percentage (.544). He became the first Sun Devil since Jason Kipnis in 2009 to lead the team in batting average, slugging percentage, hits and total bases. He earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors (5/20) after batting .526 (10-for-19) with seven RBI, three doubles, a home run and three runs scored in four games. He put together three separate double-digit hitting streaks, including a team-high 16-game streak to begin the season. He also had two 13-game streaks in the middle of that same year. He also competed in the LLWS in 2003. Growing up around the game, Michael offers extensive baseball knowledge and a strong ability to teach the game at both team practices as well as individually. He believes in playing the game the right way and strives to pass that on to the players he coaches.