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

Bob Gaedele - Travel Director

- 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 

Bryan Poloway 

- All-American Pitcher at North Central College 

Jim McDonald

-Quincy College

-All-Area at Lake Park

-Holds school record for most strikeouts in a game (17)