John WelkerHead Coach
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Coach Welker is in his second season as head baseball coach for the Roadrunners. In 2011 with five returning players he began to rebuild the COD program. The Roadrunners improved from a 13-23 overall record in 2011 to a 3rd place league finish, 15-9 and 18-16 overall for the 2012 season.
Coach Welker has over 30 years of coaching experience which includes coaching select players for Baseball Northwest & West Coast Baseball Training and Development Academy in Seattle, Washington, Baseball Northwest /Washington State’s Senior Fall Scout team, Arizona Fall Showcase Team, Baseball Northwest Regional Team at Baseball America's Perfect Game Tournaments in Florida, and 18U Northwest Timberjack’s Prospect Scout Team in Tacoma, Washington. From 2006 to 2010 coach Welker rebuilt Sumner high school’s baseball program (Sumner, WA). In 2010 Welker coached them to their first Washington State Tournament of Champions in 25 years and was nominated for Sumner school district Coach of the Year.
Coach Welker has a passion for helping athletes reach the next level. In the past eight years of coaching select and prospect players, 100 players went on to play Division-I baseball and 34 players were drafted by MLB.
Coach John Welker and his wife, Jill, have thre grown sons. All three received Division-I baseball scholarships, two played professionally, one of whom currently is on the 40-man roster, playing Triple-A ball for the Pittsburgh Pirate organization.
Coach Vikander begins
his first season as part of the Roadrunner Staff. He has been coaching on the amateur and
professional level for more than 35 years. At every level, he is recognized as
one of the games elite pitching instructors.
He can deliver everything to a pitcher about timing, sequencing and
mechanics, however, it is his ability to create the psychological foundation
from which real pitchers are made that separates him from others on the
field. He has frequently been sought out by college and professional
organizations, who have a ‘talented’ but underachieving pitcher and asked to
work with them to bridge a gap.
study and research has provided him with insights that have proved valuable to
pitchers at all levels, High School to the Major Leagues. He has worked with
some of the most important names in baseball, including Dr. Tom House, on whose
staff he worked in 2011-2012. Many college and professional pitchers remark
that it was Vikander’s insight, communication and teaching that provided for
the way in which they were able to turn their season or career around. Among them is former Cy Young Award Winner,
Barry Zito, who credits Coach Vikander as being a contributor to his turnaround
baseball instruction is vitally important, Coach Vikander prides himself in the
life lessons that he has imparted to his players. Not only have tens of players
gone on to play baseball professionally, many more have gone on to university
degrees, Master’s and Doctorate’s, and developed very successful careers after
Emmitt WilsonAssistant Coach
Coach Wilson begins his 5th year with the Roadrunners. Emmitt has been involved in baseball as a player, coach and administrator for over 30 years. Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, he recently moved to the desert from Anchorage, Alaska where he was commissioner of the Alaska summer league for 15 years.
Bill GrotenrathStrength Coach - ACSM, NSCA
Bill started volunteering at College of the Desert in the fall of 2000 and has now been acting as our Strength Coach since 2001. He has been involved in weight training for over 40 years, he competed in Olympic lifting, Powerlifting and was a State and National champion in the Masters Division besides also officiating in ADFPA, AAU, and USAPL events for many years. Bill also works with individual students, men and women, on enhancing their general physical fitness and specific strength goals.