Hoover Field boasts some of the best instructors in the Midwest. The experience of this group is unmatched. They have over 160 years of combined coaching and teaching experience at the high school, college and professional levels. These coaches/instructors are professionals and offer everything from hitting to pitching to fielding development in both baseball and softball for ages 7 and up. Check out their bios and see for yourself. Hoover Field is proud to have these qualified people in our facility teaching kids the right way!
Mike Warren has taken over the General Manager duties after a 35 year Jr. College coaching career in which his teams won over 1000 games. In 2015, Warren was inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame. To date, thirty former players and fifteen former assistant coaches have entered the coaching ranks including NCAA Division I schools Texas A&M University, Sam Houston St. University, Nicholls State University, The University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of Nebraska. A strong supporter and instructor of education, Warren reached out to his community encouraging not only education but the participation of players being mentors in children’s lives. From reading programs to father/son mentoring programs, Skip and his players lived the life he taught.
Rocky Helm graduated from Maize High School . After graduating he attended Butler County Community College from 1985-1986 and was named All-Region VI Outfielder. He then went on to attend The University of Kansas from 1987-1988, and was voted Team Captain. In 1989 and 1990 Rocky was a Student Assistant Coach for The University of Kansas.
Travis Downey is originally from Colorado Springs, CO where he started for Harrison HS all four years. In his senior year, he was second statewide in strikeouts as a pitcher and lead his team to the deepest run for a state title in school history. He then played at Friends University where he received All-Conference Honors his Junior and Senior years which landed him on the NAIA academic All-American team his Senior year. After playing at Friends University, Travis signed with the Johnstown Johnnies (PA) of the Frontier League. Playing for just a part of the season, Travis coached at his alma mater between 2013-2015. During that time, the Falcons would finish one win shy of the NAIA World Series. Travis currently does lessons with kids varying in age from 7 years old to college.
Paul has over 35 years of baseball coaching experience, having coached at the professional level with the Florida Marlins and the Washington Nationals. Currently, Paul is the hitting coach for the Wichita Wingnuts professional baseball team. Sanagorski was inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Wichita Sport Hall of Fame in 2012.
Doug Chance, will be in his 13th year as head softball coach in 2017 for Butler County Community College. He has guided the Grizzlies to 506 wins against just 147 losses, a .775 winning percentage. He won his 500th game on May 11 vs Western Nebraska in the first game of the NJCAA District E championship series.
Softball Pitching Instructor
Jenny Meirowsky has lived in Wichita, Kansas her whole life. She grew up playing youth softball at TRYC as well as participating on traveling teams. She graduated from Maize High School, where she also played softball. After graduating she attended Barton County Community College from 2001-2002, where she played collegiate softball. She then went on to attend Wichita State University.
Brent Holman is a 1985 graduate of Wichita North High School. He played collegiate baseball at Butler County Community College 1986-1987 and finished playing at the University of Northern Colorado in 1990.
In his ninth season as the Wingnuts pitching coach, Robertson is the longest tenured member of the Wichita staff. Under Robertson, Wichita’s staff has been third or better in the American Association in team ERA in five of the last seven seasons including first-place finishes in 2009 (3.52), 2010 (4.05), 2013 (3.38), and 2014 (3.60).
Steve Lienhard attended Oklahoma State University from 1983 to 1987. While attending OSU he went to 3 consecutive College World Series, finishing 2nd to Stanford in 1987. In 1987 he was drafted 29th by the San Francisco Giants.
Aaron has his NSCAA Goalkeeper Diploma level 2. He played soccer in both high school and college. While at Rose Hill High School, he was awarded All League Goalkeeper, All Region Goalkeeper and All State Goalkeeper. During his time at McPherson College, he received several awards, including 2014 KCAC Regular season and tournament Champs, 2016 & 2017 NAIA Scholar Athlete, 2015 KCAC All Conference. Aaron has been involved with soccer his whole life and loves training goalkeepers.