The Instructors

Josh Ludy


Coaches Hitting, Catching, Defense & Basic Fundamentals

  • 2012 Big XII Player of the Year
  • 2012 Consensus All-American
  • 2012 All Big XII Tournament Team
  • 2012 All Waco Regional Team
  • Johnny Bench award semifinalist
  • 8th round draft pick by the Phillies in 2012
  • Played with Phillies and A’s
  • Currently in 2nd year as player/coach w/River City Rascals of the Frontier League 

Originally  from Portland, Indiana. Went to Jay County High School, played baseball  and tennis.  All-conference, and All-State Honorable mention in Tennis  senior year. All-Conference in baseball 3-4 years.  All-state in baseball senior year.  Signed with Baylor  University fall of senior year. Graduated with a B.A. in Psychology.  Team Captain as a senior.  3x All-Star Selection in the Frontier League,  team has been to Championship Series all 3 years I’ve been there.  2015 Catcher of the Year in the Frontier League. 

Stephanie Mata


Softball Instructor


  • 4 Year Player Southeast Missouri State University
  • Assistant Coach Southeast Missouri State University
  • Assistant Coach Southern Arkansas University
  • Head Coach Oakton Community College

Originally from Chicago suburb, Wheeling, Illinois. Went to Wheeling High School where she achieved 9 varsity letters in 4 sports. Was a 3-Time All-Conference, and 2-Time All-Area selection at shortstop in softball. Played softball for 4 years at Southeast Missouri State University as an outfielder. 

Stephanie has coached at various levels over the last 16 years. She started instructing during summer breaks in college and continued to do so on and off throughout the years. She has coached everything from 10u recreational teams, to college level programs. She coached 5 years collegiately at the JUCO, and NCAA Division I and II levels (Oakton Community College, Southern Arkansas University, and Southeast Missouri State University).

William Shanks


Coaches Pitching

Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1984 draft. Played A, AA and AAA.  He played four years at UMSL, including the 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1984 seasons, earning first team all-MIAA honors in each of his last two seasons.  UMSL Hall of Fame Inductee.  Many years coaching and teaching pitching.

Jason Witte


Coaches Pitching, Hitting, Defense & Basic Fundamentals

President of The Missouri RiverBats Baseball Club.  Has coached youth athletics for over 30 years.  Experience coaching 5U-High School.  Over 1500 games coached.  2015 9U team ranked #69 in country in the USSSA baseball rankings.