“If this were just baseball, I don’t think it would work, but there’s more to it than that…much more. This plan would serve as a clear catalyst for growth within amateur sports tourism and put Fort Wayne on the map as a youth sports center in the Midwest since there are very few community baseball fields with artificial turf. It will be great for our economy, for our kids and for community redevelopment.

“If you want to do business with good people, you’ll do business with the WBA.”

 

Denny Sutton,

Partner, Burt, Blee, Dixon,

Sutton & Bloom, LLP

 

Meet Our Leadership


Staff Members

Caleb Kimmel, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
(260) 437-9349 (Mobile)
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Andy McManama, Director of Operations
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Austen Rigelman, Tournament Director
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Ken Jones, Senior Lead Baseball Instructor
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Linda Buskirk, Director of Development
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Tim Petersen, On Deck Instructor
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Kristen Kimmel, Marketing Director
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Melinda Petersen, On Deck Administrative Director
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Bud Wolf, Outdoor Campus Maintenance
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Jamie Frazier, Dominican Republic Trip Coordinator
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Contact Our Office

(260) 436-1507 (Office Phone/Fax)

World Baseball Academy
1701 Freeman Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

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Board of Directors

David Kolpien, Board President – Raymond James & Associates
Lee DeTurk, Board Vice President – World Partners
Jim Krafcheck, Board Treasurer – Ash Brokerage
Amos Norman, Board Secretary –  Renaissance Pointe YMCA of Greater FW
Craig Dyer - Board At Large -  Indiana Tech
Adam Henry  - Board At Large -  Beers, Mallers, Backs, & Salin Law Firm
Sarah Neace  - Board At Large -  Vincent Village
Mike Nutter  - Board At Large -  Fort Wayne TinCaps
Rich Powers  - Board At Large -    American Specialty
Jim Underwood  - Board At Large -  Ruoff Home Mortgage

 

In Memory of Board Member

Kimberly Hatch – Community Leader (1966 - 2011)

    

International Baseball Special Advisors

Larry Bryant – Professor of Health, Georgia Southern University
Kraig Cabe – Indiana State Director, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Lee DeTurk – International Sports Director, World Partners
Caleb Kimmel – CEO, World Baseball Academy
Dave Mann – Executive Director, World Partners
Steve Sotir – Former Director of Player Development, International Baseball Federation (IBAF)
Dr. Darin Van Tassell – Competition Director, 2008 Olympic Baseball Games

 

Baseball Instruction Special Advisors

Eric Wedge – Field Coordinator Toronto Blue Jays, Former MLB Manager

 

Annual Financial Review Advisors

Haines, Isenbarger, & Skiba, LLC – CPA Firm