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meet the instructorS

Mark Hayward - Owner/Instructor

1969 - Bronco World Series Champ (Oak Park, IL)

1975 - Oak Park-River Forest High School Baseball MVP, 2nd Team All State)

1976-1977 - Triton College, River Grove, IL

1978-1979 - Southern Benedictine College, Cullman, AL

1980 - Freshman Baseball Coach Fenwick HS, Oak Park, IL

2000-2002 - Strikes Baseball Academy, Hitting and Pitching Instructor

2002-present - Ballyard Academy


Sam Hufnagle​​ - Director Of Travel Baseball

- Ball Yard 13u Head Coach/Instructor

- 2018 13u Fall Ball Coach

- Graduated from Glenbard West 2015


Bob Gaedele

- Played at Morton East High School

- Played at Morton Junior College

- Played at Jacksonville University in Florida

- Coached 10 years with Arlington Travel Baseball

- Bob's son, Kyle, played AA Baseball in San Diego Padres organization

- Travel Director 


Bryan Poloway 

- All-American Pitcher at North Central College