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Willie Phillips– Willie grew up in Miami, FL before moving to Duncan, SC where he starred at Byrnes High School at CF and Pitcher.  He was voted Co-Captain his senior year.  Collegiately, Willie played at USC Salkahatchie where he was selected to the All-Tournament Team and in his final year was voted the Region X Player of the Year.  Upon completing his collegiate career at North Greenville University, Willie played professionally for the Buffalo Stars in the Independent League before his career was cut short due to injury.
Willie brings a strong background in the fundamentals of baseball and softball hitting, as well as outfield play and baseball pitching.  He has served as Head and Assistant softball coach at the High School level along with coaching travel baseball at an Elite level. 
Willie is a much sought after hitting instructor giving private, one on one lessons and working camps on the collegiate level throughout the Southeast.  Willie’s students are among the best High School, College and travel ball hitters in North and South Carolina. 
Willie is available for hitting, outfield and pitching instruction to players of all skill levels at “The Cage”.  He also provides strength, speed and agility training.

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"Gookie" Dawkins– Gookie was born and raised in Newberry, SC.  A three sport star at Newberry High School, Gookie was drafted in the second round of the MLB draft by the Cincinnati Reds.  He made his Major League debut on September 3, 1999, beginning his career with a single in his first at bat against the Philadelphia Phillies.  That was the beginning of a 14 year professional career.  Gookie spent time in the Cincinatti Reds, LA Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburg Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago White Sox organizations before retiring after the 2011 season.
Gookie spent his off-seasons during his professional career teaching hitting and infield to players at all levels.  One of Gookie’s most prized accomplishments is being a member of the 2000 US Olympic team that beat Cuba for the first time ever to capture the Gold Medal.
Gookie brings a wealth of experience to “The Cage” and is available to provide hitting, infield, and speed/ agility training.

Marc Rape

Marc Rape– A Lancaster, SC native, enters his second season as the Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the SMC Pioneer Baseball program. Coach Rape helped lead the Pioneers their third consecutive trip to Grand Junction, Colorado and the JUCO World Series where SMC finished in third place. The Pioneers won 48 games, had a team earned run average of 3.24 with 406 strike outs in 491 innings.
Rape, also a Spartanburg Methodist College alum was a member of the 2009 Pioneer team that made a trip to Grand Junction and the World Series. Rape went 10-2 on the hill for SMC in 81 innings. He had 66 strikeouts and only 18 walks while sporting a 2.80 earned run average.
After leaving Spartanburg Methodist, Coach Rape went on to play at Wingate University where he went 5-1 with 43 strikeouts and tossed a complete game two hit shutout against Carson Newman to clinch the SAC Conference Championship for the Bulldogs.
In 2013, Rape served as the pitching coach for Buford High School and was head coach for the Lancaster Post 31 American Legion team that won the league championship. 
Marc is available pitching instruction to players of all skill levels at “The Cage”.

Jake Koenig– A Greenville native, enters his second season with the Spartanburg Methodist Pioneers after a 48 win season and 3rd place finish at the JUCO World Series.  Koenig works with hitters and infielders while assisting with recruiting. 
In the 2014, the Pioneers had a team batting average of .315 and lead the league in hits, triples, walks and stolen bases. 
During his days as a student- athlete, Koenig was an All-CAA shortstop at UNC Wilmington. He helped the program to a Colonial Athletic Association regular season title and tournament championship in 2012, helping the Seahawks return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.
Before his time at UNCW, Koenig was a shortstop at SMC and was part of the 2009 Junior College World Series team.
In the summers of 2009-2010, Koenig helped lead the Forest City Owls to two Coastal Plains League championships and the number 1 national ranking by Perfect Game 2009.
Koenig prepped at Greenville High School and received his degree from UNCW in 2012.
Jake is available for hitting & fielding instruction to players of all skill levels at “The Cage”.