Meet our new Sports Performance Director: Coach Vernon Smith
Roundtripper is proud to announce that Vernon Smith will be joining the Roundtripper family as our new Sports Performance Director! Coach Vern is ready to take our strength and conditioning program to a level it has never been at before. In partnership with Vern, we have completely renovated and expanded our weight room and workout area. This space is now ready to go for all our athletes who are looking to take their game to the next level.
Vernon Smith previously spent 13 years as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Marian University. At Marian University, Vern oversaw 26 different sports while helping lead multiple teams to conference championships and over 50 national championships. While at Marian, Vernon also had the opportunity to design a 14,000 square foot, collegiate level weight room. We are lucky to have Vern help us not only take our programing to the next level, but also our weight room.
Coach Vern’s coaching style includes a mixed variation of training types, depending on the sport and individual athletes’ ability. Vern has worked with a wide variety of athletes at almost every level imaginable, from youth athletes, collegiate athletes, professional athletes, national champions, and even Olympians.
Brandon Dillon is one of Coach Vern’s professional athletes that he has worked with for years. Dillon is currently playing for the Minnesota Vikings and took a second to give us some insight on his relationship with Coach Vern. “Coach Smith was instrumental in my development as an athlete in college and helped me reach my goals of playing in the NFL. I gained over 40 pound of muscle in college while working with Coach Smith. He was able to design a program that helped me reach my max potential and for that I will forever be grateful! Coach Smith takes the time to work and develop relationships with his athletes and truly cares about his athletes well being. Vern is one of the strongest individuals I know and is a certified FREAK!”
Due to his background of working with various sports and athletes of all genders and skill levels, Vern is able to adapt quickly and work with athletes in any sport, at any level, to help them reach their goals. “At the end of the day, we are trying to make a better athlete, regardless of what sport they play.” Coach Vern stated.
Coach Vern is excited to partner with Roundtripper. When we asked him why he decided to make the switch from Marian he explained “I wanted bring a college level mentality to the private sector.” Vern understands what it takes for an athlete to get to the next level in any sport and he can get your athlete there. “That’s why I brought TFP or The Freak Performance to Roundtripper.” Vern’s entire philosophy can be summed up in a quote that he lives by “Hard work, dedication, prayers and beliefs.”
Vern will be offering small group sessions in strength and conditioning, speed and agility, and core and mobility, in addition to one on one personal training.
Vernon Smith was a collegiate football player at Marian University. After his sophomore year he suffered a knee injury which led to a reconstruction surgery. He battled back from his injury to play a final football season. In 2010 Following his final season as a player, Vern became a strength and conditioning coach at Marian University where he eventually became the director of strength and conditioning. Vern has also been named the strongest strength coach in the world.
Vern resides in Westfield, IN with his wife Nicole and his 3 daughters Cate, Iri, and Lincoln.
New and Improved Roundtripper Weight Room
We have vastly improved the layout and quality of our sports performance area. There are still smaller renovations to be done but we are excited for all of the progress that has already been made!
The University Trailblazers wrapped up their 2021 season this past Saturday. Roundtripper wants to congratulate the Trailblazers on all of their hard work! The Trailblazers were looking to make their way back to the state championship game and repeat their 2019 state championship title. After the 2020 season being cancelled due to Covid, the team was eager to get back on the field and fight their way through the state tournament. While their final loss may have been a tough one, the Trailblazers finished with both Sectional and Regional Championship wins and a record of 23-10. University High School Baseball will be graduating 6 seniors and we would like to congratulate them all on an excellent senior year as well as thank them for their hard work and dedication to the University baseball program. Congratulations to these 6 young men and good luck in the future! Class of 2021: Jacob Lange, Grady Hay, Luke Hellman Tyler Galyean, Miami of Ohio Adam Oxley, Wabash College Matt Moore, College of Lake County The University Trailblazers now have their sights set on the 2022 season as they will be returning 15+ players and have many promising underclassmen on the team. Coach Reid Andrews gave us a little insight into next season "We're looking forward to bringing back a talented group of underclassmen and we expect they will be able to continue the winning tradition at University. The class of 2021 set the bar high in terms of team success, and we are excited to see our younger guys continue to raise that bar." You can also check out this IndyStar article about the Trailblazers season here.
Starting this week the college summer league at Grand Park is in full swing! Roundtripper has a number of athletes playing in this league, we want to wish them all good luck this summer! These games are played at Grand Park throughout the week, you can find the schedule here. Regular updates about the league can be found on their Twitter page. See the list of our RT athletes playing in the league below. Good Luck to all!
RoundTripper Athletes in College Summer League
- Community First Bank Moonshots:
- Landon Godsey, Voulnteer State
- Dawson Estep, Rend Lake College
- Rutger Poiry, Eastern Kentucky
- Jonah Wichman, Butler University
- Cameron Holycross, Indiana State University
- Grant Fremion, Saint Louis University
- Jacob Stadler, Purdue University
- Luke Barnes, Danville Area CC
- Academy Park Rangers:
- Gabe Wright, John A Logan College
- Chris Gallagher, Wright State University
- Brock Moore, Danville Area CC
- Pro X Pace Snapping Turtles:
- Max Engelking, Eastern Illinois University
- Chatham Hills Turf Monsters:
- Kaid Muth, Parkland College
- Bryce Dorton, Lansing CC
- Jack Perkins, Louisville
- Jake Andriole, Danville Area CC
- Jared Poland, Louisville
- McGonigal Bag Bandits:
- Grant Trinkle, John A Logan
- Brendan Hord, University of Kentucky
- Ty Johnson, Ball State University
- Houston Bomb Squad:
- Khal Stephen, Purdue
- Peyton Tamm, Lansing CC
- Jack Ellis, Campbell
- Edge Rock Local Legends:
- Cade Nelis, Purdue Fort Wayne
- Logan Nickel, Anderson University
- Cooper Miles, Wabash Valley College
- Nate Bingman, Virginia Military Institute
- Nate Dohm, Ball State University
- Karter Hann, Purdue Fort Wayne
- Jack Firestone, Purdue University
- Derek Haslett, Wabash College
- Adam Hutchinson, Lincoln Trail CC
- Trifectom Tropics
- Jack Taulman, Indiana State University
- Carter Mathison, Indiana University
- Zach Collins, Grand Valley State
Three teams with RoundTripper instructors as Head Coaches took home Sectional Championships this weekend in the first weekend of the 2021 IHSAA State Tournament! University High School coached by Chris Estep won 2A Sectional #43 at Cascade HS, Trader’s Point Christian Academy coached by Jaylen Cushenberry won 1A Sectional #58 at Bethesda Christian HS, and Clinton Central High School coached by Andrew Quinn won 1A Sectional #54 at Frontier High School.
University HS won against Covenant Christian 7-3 in the semi-final game in the morning and over #1 ranked Cascade HS 8-2 to take home the Championship hardware in the night cap. This was University’s first year in Class 2A.
University goes on to play Centerville HS in the Cascade Regional Saturday, June 5th at 1 PM.
Trader’s Point won their first ever baseball Sectional by beating Tindley HS 22-4 in the semi-final game and then beating host Bethesda Christian 7-6 in the Championship game.
Trader’s Point goes on to play Oldenberg Academy in the Morristown Regional Saturday, June 5th at 12 PM.
Clinton Central HS won the schools 2nd Sectional Championship in Coach Quinn’s first year with the Bulldogs, beating Tri-County HS 2-0 in the semifinal game and beating Rossville HS 6-2 in the Championship game.
Clinton Central goes on to play Riverton Parke HS in the Carroll (Flora) Regional Saturday, June 5th!
Good luck to all of our coaches and teams as they look to make a run to an IHSAA State Championship!
This summer marks the inaugural season of the MLB Draft League, a collegiate summer baseball league developed through a collaboration with Major League Baseball and Prep Baseball Report (PBR). The league will serve as a showcase for top draft-eligible prospects this summer with a 68-game regular season, including an All-Star break in July coinciding with the MLB draft.
RoundTripper is excited to have two athletes and former Mustangs who will be participating in the six-team league this summer.
Sam Crail (OF) graduated from Sheridan High School in 2017, was originally an Indiana University commit, and is now attending Saint Leo University in Central Florida.
“Its an honor to be a part of the first season of the MLB draft league. Being able to compete against other great players in some of the country’s best baseball environment is a blessing. This is something I will remember for the rest of my life”
Crail finished the 2021 season tied for 2nd in HR’s for the St. Leo Lions, was second on the team in RBI’s, while leading the team in doubles and stolen bases and batting .290.
Cade Carlson (RHP) is a 2018 University High School graduate who finished the 2021 season at Lincoln Trail College in Illinois. Carlson will continue his collegiate career at D1 East Tennessee State University.
“I’m honored to be here and excited to see how the season goes. I’ve been working hard for years and I’m happy to be one of the names to perform in this league for the inaugural season,” Cade said when asked about his thoughts on the experience so far.
Carlson finished the 2021 season with a 2.72 ERA striking out 62 and averaging 9.35 K’s/9 innings.
At Roundtripper we love to see hard work paying off! The Roundtripper family looks forward to following the careers of these young men and supporting all of our athletes on the path to success.
The 13u Colts Baseball Club has started the 2021 baseball season as one of the top USSSA teams in the state. Back to back championships in the USSSA Turf Madness and King of the Mound has propelled the Colts to a #3 USSSA state ranking and a Top 100 ranking in the nation. Currently sitting at 15-3, the 13u Colts also have two 3rd place finishes and a 4th place finish to add to their 2021 season.
Coached by Pat LaFave, the team is building a culture of effort, attitude, and fun to help young players learn a love for the game.
“Our boys just want to play baseball for the love of the game. They want to get better and are willing to work hard to do it.”Coach Pat LaFave
Training out of RoundTripper Sports Academy, with it’s professional instructors in the off season, the 13u Colts have emphasized training, both as a team and on their own.
“We have a player/coach group chat where we show each other when we are working outside of practice. It’s contagious, everyone works hard at practice and at home. Each kid pushes the next,” said Coach LaFave.
The 13u Colts have also focused on giving back to the community. They have donated $2000 to Toys for Tots as well as raising over $1000 to donate to aid Melanoma research. “…we do our best to be great people and give back,” said 13u Colts players Michael Burchfield, “…a member of our Colts family is deeply affected by melanoma cancer and we are doing our best to help that individual.”
Coach LaFave and the 13u Colts continue their season this weekend in the USSSA RBI Showdown in Indianapolis! Thank you to Coach LaFave and the 13u Colts players and families for being a great example of what a hard working team looks like! Good luck the rest of the season!
Andrew Quinn has been a staff member and coach at RoundTripper Sports Academy since the summer of 2018. He currently coaches a 14U Indiana Mustangs team and serves as a lead pitching instructor at the RoundTripper facility.
Originally from the Saint Louis area, Quinn played his college baseball at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, where he majored in Communications and was a 4 year letter winner for the Tigers as a pitcher. After spending 2 years as an Assistant Coach at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN, Coach Quinn was offered the Head Coach job at Clinton Central HS in Michigantown, IN. Coach Quinn was hired prior to the COVID-19 cancelled 2020 season and is now serving his first year as Head Coach for the Bulldogs!
The fourth coach in four years for the Bulldogs, Quinn is working to build consistency and confidence in his players in the program.
“Other than coaching turnover, the main struggle with this group is that they have never tasted success. The team has struggled over the years, and their confidence was lacking when I first got there. We have worked hard to build up confidence in our abilities, much of which comes from practicing hard. We have seen a lot of success so far this season as a result.”
Coach Quinn is also working to build a culture of family and hard work within the Bulldogs program, using the “We Are Family” motto.
“I stress with the team the importance of working hard every day, being thankful for the game of baseball, respecting the game, and doing all of the little things the right way. I am excited to be a part of the Clinton Central baseball program and to see it grow over the next few years.”Coach Andrew Quinn
Coach Quinn is working on getting his Master’s degree in secondary education with an emphasis on English so that he can teach and coach in high school full-time. He currently serves as a full-time substitute teacher at Clinton Central Jr/Sr High School.
Find the Clinton Central Bulldogs Schedule HERE on MaxPreps!
Coach Jaylen Cushenberry is entering his fourth year as a RoundTripper instructor and Indiana Mustangs coach, while embracing new challenges as he eyes his coaching future. A current 17u Indiana Mustangs coach, Coach Cushenberry has coached at all age groups in the high school level, as well as being an Assistant Coach at Plainfield High School and at University High School, where he was part of the coaching staff for their 2019 IHSAA State Championship.
Coach Cushenberry is now getting the opportunity to lead his own high school team after being named the new Head Coach at Trader’s Point Christian Academy in Brownsburg. Cushenberry’s enthusiastic approach to coaching is translating to the team’s play as they have embraced a “Ride The Wave” culture!
“When you are on a wave of emotions throughout the course of the game and throughout the course of life, you must stay consistent. You can’t get too high in the high times or too low in the low times, you must ride the wave.”Coach Jaylen Cushenberry
Coach Cushenberry has also focused on challenging the team by beefing up their game schedule. “Our schedule has some great games on there to challenge our kids everyday so they are ready for Sectionals. I stole this same approach from Reid Andrews and Chris Estep at University.”
Coach Cushenberry is a 2016 graduate of Avon High School and a 2020 graduate of Marian University where he received a BS in Physical Education. Coach Cushenberry teaches both hitting and outfield at RoundTripper Sports Academy and has elevated himself to a leading outfield instruction position within the RoundTripper staff. Jaylen also participates in all continuing education offered by RoundTripper and is an up an coming coach to watch!
Find the Knights Baseball Schedule on MaxPreps HERE!
Cesar Barrientos has been passionate about sports from a young age. Growing up in Los Angeles, California, Cesar recognized the power of teammates, coaches, and athletic pursuits to influence the lives of young people. The community and challenges he encountered as a young athlete, provided a positive, purposeful structure that helped him find success and purpose.
A love of baseball and football lead Cesar to collegiate athletics and even All-Army baseball during his military service. When life brought him to the mid-west twenty years ago, his coaching and training experience helped him to found the Indiana Baseball Academy and IBA Storm travel organization. After closing the doors of IBA 8 years ago, Coach Barrientos was excited to bring his client base and expertise to Roundtripper and the Mustangs organization.
He has worked with clients ranging from youth to professional ballplayers. He has placed countless baseball and softball players in the collegiate ranks during his coaching career. Cesar has also been involved with independent baseball leagues, and he has assisted with multiple professional tryouts with the Evansville Otters and Traverse City Beach Bums. Coach Barrientos has a strong ability to advance players’ fundamentals, explain the physics of baseball in order to improve performance, and develop well-rounded, intelligent players. In addition to working with athletes at RoundTripper, Coach B is currently in his fifth season as an Assistant Coach at Wabash College.
Coach B is passionate about staying relevant and knowledgeable about best practices in catching and hitting to support the growth and excellence of his athletes. He loves to learn from and with other experts in the field and then share his new understandings with coaches and clients.
When Cesar is not teaching, coaching, learning, or thinking about baseball, he can be found cheering on his beloved Dodgers or L.A. Rams or shopping at Lululemon (just kidding J). He lives in Westfield with his wife, Stephanie, daughter, Madison, and step-children, Kennedy and Deagan. He also loves visiting his son Nick up in Chicago and is looking forward to officially being an “Indiana Dad,” when Madison attends IU in the fall of 2021.This past winter, Cesar was truly moved by the care and generosity of the Roundtripper and baseball community when everyone rallied around Coach B and his family after undergoing heart surgery. He is ecstatic to be back in the cages and working with the people and game he loves so much.
The San Francisco Giants Scout Team has added some prestigious hardware to their trophy case for the second year in a row! On Sunday, at Grand Park, the upperclass SF Giants Scout Team held off the Cangelosi Sparks (Lockport, IL) 4-3, to claim the 2017 PBR Fall Championships trophy. This marks their second major championship in as many years, after winning the Perfect Game 2016 WWBA Underclass World Championships in Ft. Myers, Florida last fall.
The San Francisco Giants Upperclass Scout Team Celebrates Their 2017 PBR Fall Championship
The SF Giants scout team is sprinkled with local talent, including seven RoundTripper athletes, along with some of the best ball players from Ohio and Kentucky. RoundTripper athletes Cade Carlson (University HS, IN), Jack Capobianco (North Laurel HS, KY), Garrett Hill (University HS, IN), Ethan McDaniel (Franklin Central HS, IN), Will Richman (Brebeuf HS, IN), Zyon Avery (Ben Davis HS, IN), and Jackson Mitchell (Plainfield HS, IN) compose a portion of the 27 man roster (listed below).
|Cade Carlson||University HS, IN|
|Jack Capobianco||North Laurel HS, KY|
|Gabe Bierman||Jeffersonville HS, IN|
|Drew Rom||Highlands HS, KY|
|Grant Johnston||Hamilton Southeastern HS, IN|
|Colten Panaranto||Roncalli HS, IN|
|Bryce Johnson||Lakota West HS, OH|
|Casey Maniglia||Solon HS, OH|
|AJ Fritz||Lebanon HS, OH|
|Garrett Hill||University HS, IN|
|Nate Kappers||St. Xavier HS, OH|
|Gage Hughes||Greenup County HS, KY|
|Cole Ayers||West Clermont HS, OH|
|Keegan Fish||Lakota West HS, OH|
|Ethan McDaniel||Franklin Central HS, IN|
|Caleb Rush||Mt. Vernon HS, IN|
|Will Richman||Brebeuf Jesuit HS, IN|
|Zyon Avery||Ben Davis HS, IN|
|Owen Evans||Zionsville HS, IN|
|Jacob Daftari||Hamilton Southeastern HS, IN|
|Jackson Mitchell||Plainfield HS, IN|
|Kyle Music||West Clermont HS, OH|
|Will Pfennig||Mason HS, OH|
|Nick Hoffman||Centerville HS, OH|
|Ethan McCarty||Edgewood HS, OH|
|AJ Petersen||Lakota West HS, OH|
|Cameron Swanger||Archbishop Moeller HS, OH|
San Francisco Giants Scout Team Head Coach and area SF Giants scout, Kevin Christman, is excited about how his team has played so far and is anticipating that their success will carry over through the rest of the fall. “Our upper class team is a special group. They really embrace the team concept and they have the arrow moving in the right direction,” Christman said.
The 2016 SF Giants Underclass Team are Defending Champions at the Perfect Game WWBA World Championships
The SF Giants Scout Team not only fields an upper class team, but has carried an underclass team this fall as well. Composed of players almost strictly from Indiana, with a majority being local RoundTripper products, the underclass team has enjoyed their own successes this fall. “Both of our Giants Scout Teams have played very well and are eagerly preparing for our upcoming games,” said coach Christman.
Both Giants Scout Teams will travel to Ft. Myers, Florida later this fall to participate in the 2017 WWBA World Championships, where the upperclass team is defending champions.
2017 San Francisco Giants Underclass Scout Team
Coached by RoundTripper Sports Academy owner, Chris Estep, the underclass team will look to continue the success the now upperclass team had at the tournament in 2016. “We want to go down [to Florida] and build on the success that the upperclass team had last year. We have a great group of guys, who we think can do some damage and win some games,” said Coach Estep. He continued “Last year was a great experience for the upperclass guys. We want to put our team in position to have that same success this year.”
The underclass roster is listed below.
|Cooper Miles||Noblesville HS, IN|
|Dawson Estep||University HS, IN|
|Alec Rees||Noblesville HS, IN|
|Bradley McDowell||Greenfield HS, IN|
|Jake Stadler||Mt. Vernon HS, IN|
|Brevan Rivers||Wapahani HS, IN|
|Adam Hutchison||Greenfield Central HS, IN|
|Jack Firestone||Zionsville HS, IN|
|Sam Tackett||Plainfield HS, IN|
|Reese Sharp||Noblesville HS, IN|
|Payton Schofield||Cathedral HS, IN|
|Mitchell Ayers||Bishop Chatard HS, IN|
|Conner Vanosdol||Noblesville HS, IN|
|Bryce Ginder||Carroll HS, IN|
|DJ Owens||Noblesville HS, IN|
|Brock Moore||University HS, IN|
|Max Engelking||Guerin HS, IN|
|Blayne Robinson||Defiance HS, OH|
|Derick Haslett||Cathedral HS, IN|
|Grant Hickman||New Palestine HS, IN|
|Grant Trinkle||Columbus North HS, IN|
|Jack Helman||Westfield HS, IN|
|Mac Ayres||Scecina Memorial HS, IN|
**You can follow the San Francisco Giants Scout Team on Twitter at @SFGteam2017! Also stay up to date each weekend via GameChanger!**