Our Experienced Coaches

Bill Sampen

Bill was drafted in the 12th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1985 MLB draft. Bill pitched 10 years professionally including 5 seasons at the Major League level with the Montreal Expos, Kansas City Royals, and California Angels. In 1990 Bill was voted to the Baseball Digest All-Rookie Team. He has 10 years of experience as varsity head coach at the high school level.
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Kevin Barnhart

Kevin is a graduate of Ben Davis High School and has much experience as a coach at various levels. He is the father of Tucker Barnhart, the Detroit Tigers gold glove winning catcher. Kevin is an Educator by trade and combines his knowledge of the game with his love for teaching kids.
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Derek Hankins

Derek was the 10th round selection of the Pittsburg Pirates in 2004 out of the University of Memphis, where he still holds the single season strikeout record. His professional playing career included a rise to the AAA level as well as stints in the Arizona Fall League, Venezuealan and Dominican Winter Leagues as well as Korea.
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Isaac Sampen

After being named as an Indiana All-Star, Isaac originally committed to play baseball at West Virginia of the Big 12 Conference. Personal matters led Isaac to Parkland Community College where he became a Junior College All-American after leading the nation in slugging percentage. Isaac then continued to Eastern Illinois University as a two-way player, but played only a few games before injuries ended his playing career.

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Jeremy Kehrt – Pitching Coach

Jeremy was a 2004 graduate of Plainfield High School. In 2008, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox. He then went on to play professionally for 9 years with the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations where he totaled over 1,000 innings pitched and was a 2015 Texas league All star. Jeremy is now a scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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 Leo Tobasco – Fielding Coach

Leo graduated from Brownsburg High School in 2012 after only 3 errors in his high school career. He took an academic scholarship to IU and played two years of club ball under the legendary IU coach, Bob Morgan. Leo served as an assistant for the 13u Indiana Expos in 2017.
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Rachel Fiscus

Rachel played 9 years of travel softball and was a 3 year varsity softball pitcher as Brownsburg High School. Following her high school playing career, Rachel went on to play collegiately at Anderson University where she tied the school record for saves in a season in 2016. Rachel also helped lead to her team to three HCAC conference championships, two NCAA regional tournament appearances, and was selected as HCAC first team All-Conference pitcher in 2017.
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Ryan McCaslin

Coach Ryan McCaslin was born and raised in Avon, IN. He was a 4-year player for Avon High School (3-year Varsity) playing both Catcher and Pitcher. After finishing his High School career, Ryan went on to play baseball at Otterbein University as a two-way player. Following his time at Otterbein University, Ryan has spent time coaching for Avon Baseball Club serving as both the Catching instructor and assistant coach for 14u Gold for the past 2 ½ years.  This year he will be assisting Coach Isaac Sampen with the 16u Indiana Expos National.


Ryan East

As a player, Ryan was an All-Marion County and all MIC team selection in his senior season at Warren Central High School. After high school, Coach East went on to play collegiately at Franklin College and was a 4 year letter winner. As a senior he earned all HCAC conference honors and was named co-MVP of the Grizzlies. Upon graduation, Coach East was named head freshman coach at Avon High School, he spent 1 year as the freshman head coach 2 years as the JV coach. He has been an assistant at the varsity level for Coach Drosche for the past 10 years. Ryan is a 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Avon Middle School South. He resides in Avon with his Megan and has one son, Vincent.

 


 

Taylor Astell

I have played softball for as long as I can remember! I started in t-ball at about 5 years old and worked my way through rec teams, all star teams, travel teams, middle and high school teams, and ultimately a college team. I played competitive travel ball from about 12 until 18 playing in a variety of tournaments and winning multiple along the way! I switched to the left side during my eighth grade year and it did wonders for me on the offense. I have always played outfield and that is where I really thrive. I played varsity in high school starting as a sophomore. I played at Brownsburg High School and I was lead off batter and played left and centerfield. While in high school, I played on a travel team known as the “Indiana Stingers” with girls who have played college ball or are actively playing, and my coaches coached at bethel college, Indiana State, and one is currently the assistant coach at Ball State. I committed to IU in South Bend my senior year and was honored to play on Team #1 for the school. I started as a freshman and was lead off batter and in center field there as well. We hosted many camps for younger players, so I started instructing then. After my freshman year, I had my daughter so that is when my competitive softball career as a player ended, but my love for the game is still strong as ever! I have played slow pitch over the years to stay active and stay engaged in the game, even if it’s not on the same level. I recently started offering hitting lessons for players and am excited to really dive in as an instructor at Samp’s! My biggest area of experience is as a left handed slapper, but i still have lots of knowledge about power hitting and right side as well. 


Alex Vela

Alex was a 3-year varsity player at Cardinal Ritter High School where he was a 2x All-Conference player, 1x All-City, and IHSAA 2A State Champion in 2017. Alex then moved on to Ivy Tech CC where he was elected captain of the baseball team in 2018 and 2019. Following his time at Ivy Tech CC, Alex was a 3-year starter at the University of Indianapolis where he was selected Second Team All-Conference GLVC in 2022.


Tavian Cosby

Coach Cosby was a 4 year varsity letter winner at Edinburgh High School as a first baseman and pitcher, winning a Sectional Championship as a j

unior and a MHC team selection in his senior year. After High School, Coach Cosby attended Ball State University where his is majoring in Sports Administration and Coaching. Tavian also played club baseball at the University for 3 years. During this time, he was also the varsity pitching coach at Muncie Burris High School. Tavian has been a Head Coach for the Indiana Expos since 2019 (Enter Hyperlink to website).

 

Cameron Ginter

Cam was a 4-year starter at Cascade High School where he was named All-Conference three times and All-County twice before earning an athletic scholarship to the University Indianapolis. He has been both a starting pitcher and relief pitcher in his time at UIndy.