The VBC Professional Teaching Staff

  The most important quality of any academy is the teaching staff. We have the best coaches/teachers in the region - PLEASE COMPARE our staff to any in the area. Our coaches have the experience of playing at a high level and years of coaching youth and high school baseball or softball. The VBC is managed by certified VA public school educators and experienced coaches. We have teaching professionals for each level of the game - coaches who understand levels of development and how to connect with players.  



STEVE MROWKA, VBC Instructor/College Baseball Advisor

 
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Steve Mrowka has been a lead VBC instructor since 2012.   Steve coached at the collegiate level for 22 years (8 years at George Washington University and 14 years at Georgia College & State University), having a very successful career with 609 wins as college head coach in 19 seasons and 150 wins in NCAA sanctioned collegiate summer baseball leagues. Out of high school, Coach Mrowka attended Bates College in Lewiston, ME, where he was a letterman in football, ice hockey, and baseball. After freshman year, he transferred to Polk Community College in Winter Haven, FL, where he earned an associates degree and was an all-state shortstop. Following junior college, he enrolled at the University of North Carolina where he was a two-year starter in the Tar Heel's infield and earned a degree in physical education. In addition to playing in the prestigious Cape Cod and Alaska Baseball Leagues, he was a ninth-round draft choice of the Boston Red Sox in 1985. Coach Mrowka was in spring training when an elbow injury ended his baseball career. After his playing career, he spent two years at the University of Georgia where he earned a M.Ed. in Sport Management.

 

PAT BAKER, Instructor

 
 
Pat Baker is currently a pitching coach at Centreville High School. Pat was a Pre-Season Collegiate Baseball High School All-American and First-Team All-District at Potomac High School (Woodbridge, VA).  He attended Montgomery College where he was First-Team All-Region (led the team with 10 wins as a pitcher).  He received a baseball scholarship to the University of Maryland and was a First-Team All Met College team as a pitcher, leading the team in wins as a junior with 8, (current record holder for most wins in a single season).  Pat has over twenty years of coaching youth league, travel, and collegiate summer league teams, as well as extensive experience teaching private and small group instruction, and directing baseball camps.

 

 

 

 MIKE COWELL, Instructor 

 
Mike Cowell is a former switch-hitting catcher and a  graduate of Washington Lee HS where he played for both Coach Pototsky and Coach Murray.  He went on to play his collegiate ball at Old Dominion University under Pat McMahon (N.Y. Yankees International head of scouting).  After college Mike went to California where he played 3 years in the AA Western Baseball League under Jeff Burroughs (1974 AL MVP) and Buck Rogers (1987 NL Manager of the Year).  During his pro career Mike became a utility player, starting at every position except for pitcher.  He has instructed for over 20 years around the country, including University of Florida, Mississippi State, and Long Beach State as well as NOVA area.

 

 

JACK GOMERSALL, Instructor 

 

 
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Jack played HS baseball for J.E.B. Stuart HS. Posted 178 Strikeouts in two seasons at the Varsity level. He was named 2013 National District Pitcher of the year and Second Team All-Northern Region.  He played three years at the Virginia Military Institute. Made 71 appearances over 85.1 innings (12th All-time). Made 29 appearances in 2015 (3rd all-time in a single season), and 32 appearances in 2016 (2nd all-time in a single season).  Jack was named a 2015 Summer Collegiate All-American by Perfectgame.org after posting a 0.44 ERA in 41 innings with the Vienna Riverdogs in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL). He was named 2015 CRCBL All-Star, and Pitcher of the year.  Jack played a post graduate year at Lincoln Memorial University, throwing 22.2 innings. 

 

 

BRYCE NIGHTENGALE, Instructor 

 

 

Bryce is a right-handed pitcher that played for George Mason University before being drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 16th round in the 2018 MLB draft. Bryce pitched 88 2/3 innings with 80 strikeouts at GMU in the spring of 2018 before he was drafted. In high school Bryce played four years of baseball and four years of basketball, earning three letters in each sport. HS baseball awards include: 2014 Conference Player of the Year, 2014 AMAC Player of the Year, AMAC First Team 2012 & 2013, First Team Cumberland Times-News All Area 2013 and 2014, Perfect Game Preseason Atlantic Region honorable mention...Basketball awards include: 2014 Cumberland Times-News All Area First Team, AMAC First Team, All-City First Team.

 

 

RANDY LIGHTLE, Instructor & Asst. GM

 
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Randy Lightle brings 50 years of baseball playing and coaching experience to the Virginia Baseball Club. He is the head varsity baseball coach at JEB Stuart High School. He has coached baseball from T-ball through high school levels.   He also manages and plays on 3 senior men's baseball teams. Since his retirement from the Federal Government in 2002 he has committed himself to coaching and developing baseball players of all ages. Randy leads our Tiny Tots and Beginner T-ball programs in Merrifield and works as an insturctor in our youth and high school programs.

 

MIKE MURRAY, VBC Owner and General Manager

 
Coach Murray has directed the Virginia Baseball Club since 1992. He has been coaching varsity level baseball since 1988. Mike was the varsity hitting and infield coach at Yorktown High School from 2003-2014. Mike spent four years as the associate head varsity baseball coach at O'Connell High School (WCAC Champs and #3 ranking in Washington Post in 2001), after spending the previous seven years as the head varsity baseball coach at Wakefield High School. Among the teams Mike has managed include the Arlington American Legion Post 139, Alexandria American Legion Post 129 (co-founder).    Mike taught Sociology and Psychology at Yorktown and Washington-Lee HS for 22 years. He was named in "Who's Who Among American Teachers" in 2006. Mike is the author of two baseball books, Complete Baseball Coach's Handbook and Youth Baseball Coach's Playbook. Mike has presented at dozens of coaching workshops nationally and internationally as a certified trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance and for Major League Baseball International - Latin America. In February 2006, Coach Murray was recognized by the International Sport Institute as one of nine coaches nationwide for his work in promoting a positive sports culture in his community.
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