Meet the Triple Crown Instructors

TRIPLE CROWN offers experienced baseball and softball instruction for all facets of the game, including tried and true techniques for pitching, hitting, and fielding.

Our instructors provide a unique approach to help students obtain their optimum potential in a respectful and enjoyable atmosphere. The Triple Crown All Stars staff is unified in their approach to ensure that every one of their students is able to achieve their personal best!

IVAN BALBOA

Ivan currently plays collegiate baseball at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois. He pitches and plays infield for the Bulldogs during the collegiate season, and then takes his versatile skills to the diamond for the Lake County (IN) Corndogs during the summer. In 2023, Ivan was honored as a Northern League All-Star and played in the 2023 All-Star Game for the East Team.

A 2022 graduate, Ivan was a standout at Hobart High School, pitching and playing at middle infield as a varsity starter all four years of his high school career for the Brickies. Travel teams benefiting from Ivan’s skills in the past are Five Star Great Lakes, Elite Baseball Training, and Hobart Storm.

Ivan’s teaching focus for Triple Crown is hitting and pitching, bringing 12 years of experience to his instruction. This Chicago Cubs enthusiast hopes to give back to the baseball community by helping shape the next generation of upcoming athletes, and emphasizing a love of the game through improved skills for all players with whom he works.

 

INSTRUCTION FOCUS:
Pitching and hitting, all age levels.

JASON BECKER

Jason Becker is currently the head coach of the Roosevelt University Lakers in Chicago. He is in his 4th year as the Lakers head coach compiling a 79-61 record in his first three seasons. Previously, Becker served as head coach of Robert Morris University Illinois for nine years, where he compiled a 337-238 career record.

Becker is a 1999 graduate of St. Joseph’s College (Ind.), where he helped the Pumas to the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship during his senior season in Rensselaer, Ind. A Division 2 pre-season All-American and a GLVC All-Conference shortstop in 1998 and 1999, Becker is the St. Joseph’s College all-time leader in stolen bases and sacrifice flies. During his junior season with the Pumas, Becker compiled a .498 on-base percentage and swiped 52 bases to set the SJC single-season record.

Becker was named to the NCAA Division II All-Midwest Region Baseball Team in 1998 and 1999. As shortstop, he was also part of the Pumas 1996 and 1999 NCAA Division II World Series teams while competing for St. Joseph’s College. Following his senior season at Bremen High School in Midlothian, Ill., Becker was drafted by Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees in the 54th round of the 1995 June Amateur Draft.

Becker has also served as an instructor for the Chicago White Sox Training Camps and taught for 21 years as a physical education teacher at Jack Hille Middle School in Oak Forest, Ill.

INSTRUCTION FOCUS:
Fielding, pitching and hitting, all age levels.

Abbey Bond

ABBEY BOND

Bio coming soon.

INSTRUCTION FOCUS:

JARED COMIA

Jared played 2023 collegiate baseball at Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) in Belleville, after a freshman season at the University of Illinois in Champaign. During his sophomore year at SWIC, the premier outfielder hit .403 with 60 total hits through 49 games, including 46 RBIs. That season performance earned him Great Rivers Athletic 1st Team All-Conference honors, as well as All-Region 24 honors.

Jared’s prep career was at Hanover Central High School, where he helped his team to a 2021 IHSAA State runner-up finish as a senior. He excelled on the field and left with an array of high school career honors, including 2nd Team All-Area, 1st Team All-Conference (sophomore), 1st Team All-Area, 1st Team All-State, and North All-Star Team (senior).

Jared currently coaches for the Indiana Bulls North travel team and is in his first year as an assistant varsity coach at his high school alma mater, Hanover Central High School.

INSTRUCTION FOCUS:
Fielding and hitting, all age levels.

TOMMY FUESSEL

An excellent athlete, Tommy played NCAA Division I football as a wide receiver at Northwestern University in Chicago. After having to medically retire from football, Tommy joined the United Shores Professional Baseball league and played two seasons with the Mammoths. In his first season, he led the team in hitting with the highest batting average, and in his second season led in steals.

In 2018, Tommy became a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports medicine, and is currently studying accounting at Colorado State University’s global campus.

INSTRUCTION FOCUS: Fielding, pitching and hitting, all ages.

AMY KANIEWSKI

Amy played at the University of Indianapolis from 2019 to 2022, earning her undergraduate degree in entrepreneurship, with a minor in psychology. The 6’1 pitcher was an Academic All-America Scholar Athlete and Academic All-GLVC her last two years at UIndy.

At Munster High School, she is the record holder for lowest ERA and most strike outs. She was All-Northwest Crossroads Conference First Team as both a junior and senior, and finished her perp career with a 2.08 ERA, striking out 303 batters in 231 innings. As a Mustang, Amy was also a member of the National Honor Society, while helping her team to IHSAA 4A Regional and Semi-State appearances in 2016.

INSTRUCTION FOCUS:
Softball hitting and pitching, all age levels.

JEFF MYSZAK

Jeff was a multi sport athlete at Lake Central HS, playing on the basketball and baseball teams. He acquired a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, with a minor in psychology, from St. Joseph’s College in 2002, and earned a coaching endorsement, all while playing on the Pumas baseball team.

After college graduation, Jeff immediately launched into his coaching career. Jeff spent three years as the hitting coach for Calumet College before heading back to his high school alma mater, joining the Lake Central baseball staff. For more than a decade, Jeff coached at each level at Lake Central and was on staff during the 2012 State Championship season. He helped to create an environment for each Lake Central student athlete to be successful on and off the field.

Jeff also is a certified mental performance mastery coach through one of the world’s most sought after mental conditioning coaches in the sports psychology universe, Brian Cain. As someone who lives what he preaches and teaches, Jeff will educate, inspire and help you become the best version of yourself, regardless of ability and adversity. He has 20 years of experience coaching and empowering student athletes at every age.

Jeff most recently served as the head varsity baseball coach at Hebron High School before stepping away to be more available for his daughters,who are student athletes in their own right.

INSTRUCTION FOCUS:
Hitting, mental performance mastery, infield play, and athletic development, all age levels.

JESSICA SCOTT

Jessica played softball for Aurora University for four years, helping the Spartans to appearances in NCAA Division III National Tournament play in 2008 & 2010. She was named 1st team All-Conference for the Northern Athletics Conference, D3 2nd Team All-Region National Fastpitch Coaches Association Great Lakes in 2009 & D3 3rd Team NFCA Great Lakes All-Region in 2010. Jessica recorded the Spartan’s highest batting average in 2009 at a .436 clip on 44 hits for 101 at-bats. She was also named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine District V Academic All-District 2nd team in 2009 & 2010, and was a scholar athlete for the Northern Athletics Conference all 4 years at Aurora University, graduating cum laude with a degree in Athletic Training.

In high school at Crete Monee HS in Illinois, she was named team MVP after two seasons on varsity.

Jessica has coached the Diamond Queens, Triple Crown Bandits, and Triple Crown Angels.

INSTRUCTION FOCUS:
Softball hitting (slapping), pitching, and fielding, all age levels.

CARLYE WALTER

Carlye Walter is a 2022 Lowell High School grad, where she was a three-year varsity pitching and shortstop starter.

Carlye boasted a stellar career batting average of .412 and an ERA of 2.6. She was the three-time Lowell award winner for both MVP and Offensive Player of the Year. As a senior, she earned NCC First Team All Conference, SCAI District 1 All Star, and ICGSA 3rd Team All State honors, and was also chosen to play in the Softball Coaches Association of Indiana North/South All Star Classic.

After high school, Carlye played college softball for the 2023 Indiana Tech Warriors, where she debuted as a starting freshman pitcher on the varsity squad. During that first year of college play, not only did she help the team reach nationals for the first time in program history, but she also led the team in doubles at the plate.

Carlye is excited about entering the coaching world, and being a part of pitching and hitting development of up-and-coming players.

INSTRUCTION FOCUS:
Softball hitting, pitching, and fielding, all age levels.