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.
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.
Chelsey Rodenkirch heads the GRB Rays Softball program and has helped guide five Rays softball players to make college commitments in the first full summer of the program. Rodenkirch most recently finished her senior season at Winona State University, helping the Warriors to a 35-17 record. Rodenkirch started all 52 games at shortstop in 2016, leading the team with 28 walks and finishing second with a .412 on-base percentage.
Rodenkirch transferred to Winona State from Southwest Minnesota State prior to her senior season. In 2014 At Southwest Minnesota State, Rodenkirch finished second on the team with a .299 batting average while starting all 46 games at shortstop. Rodenkirch lead the Mustangs with four home runs, eight doubles, 21 walks, 23 runs with a .448 slugging percentage and .444 on-base percentage.
As a sophomore at SMSU in 2013, Rodenkirch started all 40 games at shortstop finishing second on the team with a .302 batting average. Rodenkirch also finished second on the team with 38 hits, 7 doubles and 22 walks. Between her redshirt freshman and sophomore season at SMSU, Rodenkirch combined for a .296 batting average, 54 runs, 15 doubles, 7 home runs while drawing 46 walks.
Overall for her career, Rodenkirch has started at shortstop the last 138 games her teams have played.
Hoppman joins GRB as an assistant director of softball after a decorated four-years as a student-athlete at Purdue University. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten Selection, Hoppman made 205 career starts for the Boilermakers and played in 214 of a possible 223 games. Primarily a shortstop, the Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, native saw playing time at every position other than first base and pitcher over the course of her career. Hoppman led the Boilermakers to four Big Ten Tournament appearances while hitting .286 with a .395 slugging percentage and a .341 on-base percentage. She accumulated 164 hits in 574 at-bats 80 runs scored and 49 runs batted in. She proved to be one of the best base stealers in the conference in her junior and senior seasons as she tallied 59 stolen bases in her career with 54 of them coming in her final two seasons.