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Beau Franklin: 17U Head Coach

Coaching Career:
Baker University Assistant Coach (2021-present)

YBC Head Coach 18U 
YBC Assistant Coach 

Park University Assistant Coach (4 years)
Wentworth Community College Head Coach (1 year)
Wentworth Community College Assistant (2 years)

ABCA Certified

Playing Career:

Wentworth CC - 2 time MVP award. career batting average .325

Greenwood HS (Sedalia)/Pleasant Hill HS - 4 year Varsity Starter; 4 time All Conference; 4 time All District; All State (2012) 

YBC Alum (2012)

Clint Culbertson

Coaching Career:

Head Coach at MCC-Longview for eleven years. His career record at Longview was 334-288. In his first year as a collegiate head coach, he helped lead the Lakers to the 2007 DII National Championship. Culbertson would receive the NJCAA DII Coach of the Year as well as the ABCA DII Coach of the Year awards. It was only the second time in school history that the Longview baseball program had made the World Series. The Lakers set a school record for wins going 41-18. The Lakers would return to the World Series in 2008 and finish 5th. During his tenure for the Lakers his teams won 10 Regional Champsionships. He helped 88 players to baseball scholarships at four-year institutions. He has had two First Team, three Second Team and one Third Team All-Americans. Two players (Drew Gray 2007 & Brandon Dulin 2013) were drafted by MLB while at Longview. Three other players were drafted after their time at Longview. He took over Athletic Director duties in 2010 and was named Physical Education Director in 2013.

Culbertson began his college coaching career in 1999 with a four-year stint at the University of Central Missouri under former UCM and Kansas State head coach, Brad Hill. As pitching coach for the Mules, he helped lead the team to an impressive four consecutive 50-win seasons and four World Series appearances; finishing fifth, second and third and ultimately winning the National Championship in 2003. Under Culbertson's direction, his pitchers broke the UCM team strikeout record each of his four years and the MIAA conference record in 2003, led the MIAA in team ERA's each year, finished 7th in team ERA in 2003 and 10th in 2001 nationally in Division II, and had the four best ERA's during Coach Hill's tenure at UCM. Eight pitchers under Culbertson's tutelage went on to play professional baseball.

While at Central, Culbertson coached two summers in the Ban Johnson League for the Kansas City Vipers. As head coach, he lead the Vipers to their first ever division title.

From UCM, Clint went on to the University of Arkansas-Little Rock as pitching coach. As recruiting coordinator, his 2004 recruiting class was nationally recognized by Collegiate Baseball Magazine. Four of Culbertson's pitchers continued on to the professional level.

Culbertson received his BS in Education at the University of Missouri in 1994, where he served as a student assistant for three years under American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame coach Gene McArtor, former MU head coach Tim Jamieson and former Mississippi State University head coach John Cohen (now AD).

Clint earned his Masters in Sports Business and Athletic Administration at the University of Central Missouri in 2003. His thesis work, on the effect of weights in pitching recovery, began his interest in designing conditioning programs specifically for the needs of the baseball player. Each team he has worked with has seen the physical benefits of his strength and conditioning knowledge.

Donnie McGowan

Donnie McGowan, Pitching Coach

Coaching Career:

Coach McGowan has many years of experience coaching at the youth and high school levels.  He is entering his 3rd year as an assistant with us.

Playing Career:

Boston Red Sox- 4th Round Draft Pick
MIAA 1st Team Pitcher
MIAA Pitcher of the Year 1985
Central Missouri State University
Missouri Valley College- Dual Sport Baseball/Basketball
William Chrisman HS

Jon Doughty

Coaching Career:

Coach Doughty is an extremely experienced coach who has spent his entire life in the game.  He has over 20 years of youth coaching experience at all levels.  Prior to YBC Jon spent several years in the Raytown American Legion organization as a head coach and an assistant at the 18U level.  

Playing Career:

4 years at Oral Roberts University

Alec Stahly Pitching Coach

Donnie McGowan, Pitching Coach

Coaching Career:

YBC Pitching Instructor

Certified Athletic Trainer with a corrective exercise certification

Experience as an NFL Athletic Training Intern

Playing Career:

Hesston College
Mid America Nazarene
Newton High School in Newton, Kansas

Miles Shelton: 16U Head Coach

Coaching Career:

  • Student Coach, Graceland University 2013 — 2014
  • Assistant Coach, Missouri Express 2014 — 2015
  • Assistant Coach, Junior Varsity Post Legion 2014 summer
  • Assistant Varisty Baseball Coach, William Chrisman HS 2015-2016
  • Varsity Head Coach, William Chrisman HS 2017-Present
  • Assistant JV softball Coach, William Chrisman HS 2015- present
  • 7th year with YBC organization

Playing Career:

Raytown South HS 2005-2009
Longview Community College 2009-2011
Graceland University 2011-2013
Edmonton Prospects Summer 2012

Achievements

  • First Team All-Conference HS (2007/2008-2008/2009)
  • Ban Johnson League Hustle Award winner (Summer 2011)
  • Ban Johnson All Star (Summer 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • 2nd place finish Gold Glove in the HAAC in 2012

Jimmy Barragan: 18U Assistant Coach

Jimmy is currently a Spanish teacher @ St. Michael the Archangel.

Coaching Career:

Two years Assistant Coach at St. Michael the Archangel. Eight years as Head Coach at Raytown South HS as well as 19 years as an assistant coach. Jimmy has been coaching in the HS ranks for 25 years.  He is entering his 9th season with YBC.

Playing Career:

Oklahoma State University

While at Oklahoma State Coach Barragan was a 2-time All American. In 1986 he was named mid west regional MVP. In 1987 he was named to the All Tournament team at the College World Series.  In 1999 Jimmy was inducted into the OSU Baseball Hall of Fame.

Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1987 in the 19th round.  Played 4 years of minor league baseball.

Jimmy enjoys coaching as he loves the game of baseball and helping players develop. His biggest strength is making the game fun but still grinding,

AUSTIN ROSS: 17U ASSISTANT COACH

Austin is currently a Software Engineer @ Garmin.

Coaching Career:

Fourth year as an Assistant Coach & Pitching Instructor.  This is his 2nd year with YBC.

Playing Career:

2013-2016 - Lee’s Summit High School

Austin loves being around others who share his passion for baseball. 

STEFON GRIDDINE: 15U HEAD COACH

Stefon Griddine

Coaching History:

1 year at Harris-Stowe State University

Grandview High School 2 years

Raytown High School 1 year.

Playing History:

Played 4 years of Baseball at Grandview High School

Scholarship to K-State as a Catcher. Scholarship to Hesston College (transferred out of KSU) as a C/1B.

Finished playing career at SLU/Harris-Stowe University as a Scholarship Catcher Own 15 hitting records at Grandview and 3 hitting records at Hesston. 1x

All-State Catcher in Missouri 1x 2nd team All-American Catcher at Hesston NJCAA

Zac Slaven: 16U ASSISTANT COACH

Zac Slaven

Coaching History:

3rd year coaching for YBC (1 as assistant, 2 as head coach)

Playing History:

Grain Valley HS

Blue Springs South HS

Central Methodist

YBC Alum 2013-2014

GARRETT McGOWAN: ORGANIZATIONAL HITTING & FIRST BASE INSTRUCTOR

Current Full Time Job: Professional Baseball Player in the Houston Astros Organization

Coaching History:

YBC volunteer coach & instructor since 2020.

Playing History:

2022-drafted in 17th round by Houston Astros

2022 - Pittsburg State: .399 batting average with 18HRs and 79RBIs, breaking Pitt State single season HR & RBI records. Won National Rawlings Gold Glove Award. Named first team All MIAA, 1st team All Region, and 1st team All American.

Transferred to Pitt State from University of Illinois were season was cut short due to Covid-19 pandemic.  Spent two seasons at Dodge City Community College earning two-time honorable mention All Region VI selection for the Conquistadors, Region VI Gold Glove recipient.

Blue Springs High School - First team All District performer (2017), honorable mention All Suburban Conference selection, member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.

YBC Alum - 8 years with YBC 

CADEN POGUE - 15U ASSISTANT COACH

Coaching History:

1st year coaching for YBC 

Playing History:

Baker University - 2021-present

Hutchinson Community College - 2019-2021 

Stillwater High School 

BILL CAIN - PITCHING INSTRUCTOR

Bill Cain

Coaching History:

1st year coaching for YBC 

Playing History:

High School- 2nd team All State, 2 times All Conference, 2 times All District, 2 times All Area

College-State Fair Community College, Dodge City Community College, and Emporia State University.  Awards: National Pitcher of the Week (SFCC), 1st team All Conference (SFCC), 1st team All Region (SFCC)

Degree in Coaching and passed the Coaches Evaluation test.

YBC Alum

Jeff Jolliffe: YBC Owner

Coaching Career:

Yard Baseball Club (Since 2011)

Prior to starting YBC, Coach Jolliffe spent several years coaching at KC 3&2 and Showcase baseball at the youth and HS ages.  He is entering his 7th season as the Head Coach of our 18U team and is the head of the organization.

Playing Career:

Raytown High School
Southwestern Iowa Community College
Iowa State University