GREG REINHARD – OWNER
Reinhard is the founder of the GRB Academy and the Rays program. Prior to leading the way in amateur baseball in Wisconsin, Reinhard played for the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays professionally for 6 seasons. He also was voted the 2005 D3 National Baseball Pitcher of the Year unanimously, while leading the UW-Whitewater Warhawks to their 1st Baseball National Championship in school history. Reinhard grew up in Marinette, WI. Under his direction, the Rays program has become one of the most desirable programs to play for in the Midwest. The Rays boast impressive numbers under Reinhard’s guidance, with over 125 college players coming from the Rays program, spread out across the country playing at the next level. Of those 125 players, 88 went to scholarship schools. Two players have been drafted under Reinhard (Dan Jansen and Jeren Kendall). Reinhard does pitching instruction at the facility, and manages the day to day operations of the Academy and the Rays. He also manages the 17U team and the college recruiting for the program.
Max Cordio is a partner at the GRB Academy, and has been a key figure in developing the Academy and the Rays program since day one. Cordio, a Whitewater native, chose to stay home for his college career and played for the hometown Warhawks. While there, Cordio made an appearance in the NCAA D3 World Series. Playing multiple positions, Cordio is well rounded in the game of baseball. Cordio has led the Rays offensive attack for years, and is one of the most sought after hitting instructors in the Midwest. In addition to his training at the Academy, Cordio coaches 3rd base and manages game play of the 17U team. Cordio has had 32 D1 hitters come from his guidance, including 4 State Player of the Year awards in Wisconsin.
Stewart joined the GRB staff in May of 2015. Prior to coming to GRB, Stewart spent several years at the D1 level as a player and coach. Stewart was a 4 year starter at Western Illinois. Following his collegiate career, Stewart played two seasons of professional baseball in the Frontier League for the River City Rascals in O’Fallon, Missouri. Following his playing days, Stewart returned to the D1 level to coach back at his alma mater. Back at Western Illinois, Stewart was responsible for the catchers, and developing offensive strategy. Both of these make Stewart a great addition to GRB to train the catching staff, and work directly with hitters. Stewart trains catchers and hitters in private instruction. He also has knowledge in pitching, as well as strength and conditioning.
Ransom returned to teach and work at the program that he came from, becoming the first Rays player to return to work for the program after his playing days. Ransom, a North Dakota recruit in 2010, was the first Rays player to sign to play D1 baseball. Ransom left the Rays program holding the wins record in a season, and still is the holder of this record currently. A true competitor on the mound, Ransom has developed the Academy’s velocity program, and takes the lead on several of the pitching development programs. Ransom also does some hitting lessons, and speed and strength training.
Burmeister joins the GRB staff after coaching the Madison Mallards in 2015 and 2016 as their hitting coach. Prior to the Mallards, Burmeister coached at D2 Minnesota-Duluth (2016) and D3 power UW-LaCrosse (2014-15). Burmeister was a standout player at both Madison College (JUCO) and UW-LaCrosse from 2010-13. After his playing career finished, Burmeister dove right into college coaching at UW-L where he was a part of the 2015 National Runner Up Team. At Minnesota-Duluth, Burmeister was the head hitting coach of a team that was 3rd in the country as a team for batting average, and 2nd in the country in both home runs and slugging percentage. Trevor will join into the GRB staff in training hitting and defense. Burmeister will also be the head assistant at Madison College during certain times of the year.
Pierce is an offensive and defensive asset to the GRB Academy and the Rays program. Originally a D1 recruit for Troy in Alabama, by way of De Pere, WI, Pierce ended his college career at UW-Whitewater. There, Pierce manned the shortstop position, in addition to leading the Warhawks to the 2014 National Championship. Pierce is one of the most decorated baseball players in Warhawks history, ending his career as being voted a 3 time All-Conference, 3 time All-Region, 2 time All-American player. Pierce was also voted the 2014 Conference and Region Player of the Year. In 2015, Pierce was voted an Academic All-American. He is #1 in the Warhawk record books with 15 career triples. A career .404 hitter, Pierce smashed 25 Home Runs in his 3 years at UW-W. He works solely with the hitters and infielders at GRB.
Stauber, a De Pere, WI native, brought his college coaching and playing background to GRB in 2013. Prior to GRB, Stauber played college baseball for St. Norbert’s. As a player, Stauber served as team captain in 2007 and 2008, winning the Midwest Conference title both years with a combined 51-22 record. Stabber hit .381 in 2008. Post playing days, Stauber has had coaching stints at St. Norbert’s, Lawrence, and Central College (IA). Stauber has also coached for the Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League from 2009-2011. The Bullfrogs compiled a 98-77 record over his time in Green Bay, earning a playoff berth in 2011. Stauber has worked with over 30 MLB draft picks in his time. Stauber leads much of the infielding at GRB, and also does personal instruction for hitters and pitchers.
Mueller, a LaCrosse native, joins GRB Fastpitch after coaching at Winona State and playing for the Wisconsin Badgers. Mueller plastered her name all over the Wisconsin record books during her time there (2011-2014). Mueller was the first Badger to ever be named the ASA and USA National Player of the week. Three times she was named Big Ten Player of the week in her career, and was 2nd Team All Big Ten selection in 2014. In 2013, Mueller guided the Badgers to the Big Ten Tournament Championship. In the record books, Mueller is 1st All Time at UW in Sac Flies, 3rd in RBI’s, 5th in Home Runs, 6th in Batting Average, with many more mentions throughout the books. Mueller will be a great asset for the GRB softball program teaching hitting and fielding. All three of Mueller’s brothers played high level college baseball, with 2 playing professionally.
Rodenkirch joins the GRB Academy Fastpitch Softball staff after a college career that excelled at both Southwest Minnesota State and Winona State. Rodenkirch, originally hails from Sun Prairie, WI, will specialize in infield play and hitting. After a season ending injury her freshman year, Rodenkirch was a staple in the SMSU lineup her redshirt freshman and sophomore year. Between those two years, Rodenkirch started 95 of 95 games at the shortstop position, totaling 284 at bats. In those 284 at bats, Rodenkirch produced 54 runs, a .296 batting average, 15 doubles, 7 home runs, a .423 slugging percentage, while drawing 46 walks. Defensively, Rodenkirch put together 125 putouts and tallied 211 assists. In high school, Rodenkirch was also an All-State Academic selection.
Oppermann, an Iowa native, joins GRB as a softball pitching instructor. Prior to coming to GRB, Oppermann coached high school softball in several capacities, including as head coach at Middleton High School. Oppermann is currently on the Edgewood College staff as pitching coach. With over a decade of experience as a pitching instructor, she has developed numerous athletes into successful high school and college softball players. Oppermann was a starting pitcher at Kirkwood and Luther College. As a high schooler, she threw two perfect games, set the school homerun record, made 1st team all state, and was voted conference player of the year.