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 Tim Adams started as a player coach in 1974 in the U.S. Army as a Single A player on the U.S. Army Inter-Agency All Stars. After baseball, Coach Adams developed the Non-Commissioned Officers’ Athletic & Recreation Division for athletes stationed away overseas. Coach Adams developed and established divisional and battalion leagues for football, baseball and basketball; then establishing a men’s volleyball and softball league. Coach Adams returned to the U.S. to coach little league and high school in Orange County and Palm Desert before coming to College of the Desert.
Clint Cleland comes to College of the Desert after 2 years as the Head Baseball Coach for the Xavier College Prep Saints in Palm Desert, CA. Clint led the Saints to their first ever appearance in the CIF playoffs in 2013 as well as ranking second in the Desert Valley League in batting average and fielding percentage in 2012. Prior to the head coaching stint at Xavier Prep, Clint served as the assistant baseball coach for 3 seasons working with the infielders and hitters. Clint has also served as an assistant coach for the Desert Prospects Connie Mack club who were state tournament qualifiers 2011-2013. During his time with the Prospects, Clint coached and mentored many players receiving scholarships and moving on to play at the Division 1 & 2 levels including; Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, Arizona State, Oregon, Cal Poly SLO, UC-Santa Barbara, Fresno State, Sacramento State, Cal Baptist University, CSU-Pueblo and CSU-Chico.
Clint’s playing experience includes 2 years with the San Diego Padres Organization from 2005 to 2006 as a middle infielder. Prior to signing as a free agent, Clint spent 3 seasons at Metro State University in Denver Colorado where he ranks in the top ten all time in HR (24), RBI (120), Doubles (44), Hits (185), Runs Scored (132), and Hit by Pitch (29). Clint transferred to MSU after playing his freshman season and rehabbing an injured shoulder his red shirt freshman seasons at Santa Clara University. During Clint’s prep career he was a 2 time all Sierra Valley league performer at El Dorado High School in Placerville, CA, 1999 Area Code Games participant, Goodwill Games series player, Sacramento Optimist Club All Star, and was ranked the 33rd best prospect by Baseball America for the 2000 high school class.
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.