“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

 

Instructional Staff

Instructor Bios

Ken Jones – Senior Lead Baseball Instructor

Ken Jones grew up in Auburn, Indiana and was a standout athlete both on and off the field throughout his years at DeKalb High School. At the conclusion of his high school career, Ken was awarded an athletic scholarship to attend Western Michigan University. He enjoyed a successful college career, receiving multiple All Mid Conference Catcher awards as well as being an Academic All-American.

In 1995, Ken was selected in the 33rd round of the Major League Draft by the San Diego Padres. At the conclusion of his professional career, Ken moved on to the coaching scene, accepting an assistant coaching position at Ball State University.

Ken returned to his alma mater in 1999 and served as an assistant coach at Western Michigan University for five years. During his college coaching days he was able to coach a large number of professional draft picks and gain some great experience in helping athletes develop their talents and progress within their baseball careers.

The leadership of the World Baseball Academy had already developed working relationships with both Ken and his father, Bill Jones, who served as the Executive Director for the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association, by the time Ken arrived in Fort Wayne in 2005.

In 2010, the World Baseball Academy hired Ken as the full-time director of player development to help strengthen the instructional programming that has continued to grow since his arrival. The WBA is proud to have Ken Jones as a key leader in helping make an impact in the lives of athletes here in the Fort Wayne community.

 

Andy McManama – Director of Operations / Baseball Instructor

Andy McManama has really been a poster child for the World Baseball Academy, fulfilling our mission. Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Andy attended Carroll High School. Throughout his middle school and high school years, Andy attended numerous World Baseball Academy training programs.

While playing for the Carroll Chargers Baseball program, Andy had a career-ending injury to his lower back. Instead of hanging up his cleats, he chose to jump in and get involved, serving as a volunteer assistant instructor and site director for the Hoosier Classic Summer Tournaments. Through his perseverance and initiative, Andy has become a key instructor and the full-time Tournament Director of the Hoosier Classic Baseball Tournaments at a very young age. Under his leadership, the Hoosier Classic Tournaments have continued to see significant growth in participation.

Andy also serves at the camp director for the annual Eric Wedge Baseball Camps.  Working alongside Eric Wedge and numerous high school and college coaches, Andy has proven himself to be a leader within the baseball community.

Andy has also become an international instructor while serving as an outreach coach in Kenya and Bulgaria working with the Bulgarian Baseball Federation and World Partners.

 

Tim Peterson – Scholarship Baseball Instructor

Tim Petersen was born and raised in Fort Wayne IN. He played baseball in the Fort Wayne Little League system in his younger years where he developed his core understanding of the game and what it means to have a good coach that teaches the game, as well as focusing on developing good character in his players. During Tim’s high school days he played baseball at Elmhurst High school where he learned some of his coaching philosophy from Coach Derbyshire, a philosophy that Tim still uses today.

Tim Petersen’s baseball coaching career spans over 30 years. He has coached Little League teams, all-star teams, Runner up city championship team, City Championship all-star team, and travel teams. He has been an assistant high school coach, head high school coach, and has been an international instructor.   

Tim Petersen was an Air Technician and Traditional Guardsman at the local Air National Guard for almost thirty years. In 2006 he was injured In Iraq and was retired and medically discharged. Upon his discharge he returned to College to earn his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. As a counselor he worked with at risk youth to help them prepare to be successful in life.

Tim Petersen was hired in 2013 to be the WBA’s Scholarship Instructor in a part-time capacity. With his training and passion for kids who oftentimes are underserved, he is a great fit for the WBA’s mission of using baseball to develop kids who will impact our world in a positive way. Because of the continued growth of the Scholarship Program, Tim is now serving full-time at the WBA.

  

Zach Huttie – Tournament Director / Baseball Instructor

Zach Huttie joins World Baseball Academy as the new Tournament Director of the Hoosier Classic Tournaments.

Prior to joining WBA’s team, Zach spent time as an assistant coach at Indiana Tech, a graduate assistant at Ohio University and a volunteer assistant at his alma mater Denison University where he served as the infield instructor and recruiting coordinator.

Huttie has also worked as a director and instructor at a wide variety of camps serving as the Director of the Air Force Academy baseball camps the past two summers.  He has served as an instructor with the College Coaches Skills Camp in more than a dozen states and has been an instructor at a variety of university camps including Duke, Harvard and Notre Dame.  He has also worked as an instructor at The Headfirst Honor Roll Camps.

Huttie received his Masters in Sports and Recreation Sciences with a focus in Coaching Education from Ohio University in 2014 after graduating from Denison in 2010 with a double major, Bachelors of Arts in Communication and Environmental Studies. He currently resides in Fort Wayne. 

 

Caleb Kimmel – CEO / Baseball Instructor

Caleb Kimmel has dedicated his career to using the game of baseball as a platform to help positively impact athletes in his own community and around the world.

Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Caleb attended Homestead High School. He had the unique opportunity to start on his career path while still in school. While playing baseball at Valparaiso University, he also served as the tournament director of the Hoosier Classic Baseball Tournaments in Fort Wayne, Indiana throughout the summer months.

These tournaments served as a platform for Caleb to become the owner of Between the Lines, LLC. His organization focused on using baseball event planning as a means of providing quality baseball programming in the community.

His passion and drive to use the game of baseball to serve others led to the creation of the World Baseball Academy.  In 2005, Caleb began to network with Steve Sotir, Darin Van Tassell and Larry Bryant about the opportunities to make Fort Wayne a destination for international federations. The cross-cultural educational components—combined with outstanding baseball instruction and teaching—was a common thread among this set of leadership.

After four years of strategic planning, the World Baseball Academy became an official tenant at the ASH Centre in Fort Wayne, Indiana on September 1, 2009. In 2012, WBA became the official owners & operator of ASH Centre.   Caleb serves as the full-time CEO of the World Baseball Academy and focuses his efforts on positioning this organization to make a significant impact in the lives of young people on and off the field.