Coaching Staff

2021 Head Coach – Josh Merrill

We are pleased to introduce our 2021 Head Coach, Josh Merrill.

Josh Merrill is a second year assistant coach at Neosho County Community College, under Head Coach Steve Murry. Coach Merrill played two years for the Panthers of Neosho County Community College as a RHP. He then finished his playing career at The University of Arkansas-Little Rock, and King University. Coach Merrill started his coaching career at the high school level working with players throughout the state of Kansas. Josh has been on staff with the Hamilton Joe’s of the Great Lakes Collegiate League and the Rose Hill Sluggers of the Sunflower Collegiate League. Coach Merrill is married to Jennifer Merrill and has three children, Carson (5), Hudson (3), and Oaklee (1). 

Josh believes that the game of baseball is the perfect platform to teach life lessons.  His goal is create winners on the baseball field that end up becoming winners in life.

Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
High School: Trinity Academy ’11
Junior College: Neosho County Community College ’13
College: King University ’15
Undergraduate Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduate Degree: Healthcare Administration (Oklahoma State University ’19)

2021 Assistant Coach – Chris Willsey

Chris is currently in his first year as Assistant Coach at Southeastern Illinois Community College, under Head Coach Jeremy Irlbeck.  He began his coaching career in the summer travel ball scene in 2015 for the 15U Southern Illinois Bullets.   He worked under Los Angeles Dodgers Associate Scout Todd Poe at Future Swings Baseball/Softball Academy.  In 2018, he had the opportunity to return to his alma mater as an Assistant Coach at Harrisburg High School, under Head Coach Jay Thompson, who is currently on the top 10 all-time wins list in Illinois High School Baseball history.  In the summer of 2019, he coached the 16U Nationals for Top Tier Baseball out of Chicago.  For the summer of 2020, he served as an Assistant Coach for the Snakes in the Grand Park Summer Collegiate League.

Hometown:  Harrisburg, Illinois

High School:  Harrisburg High School “13

Junior College:  Frontier Community College ’18

Undergraduate Degree:  Criminal Justice

2021 Assistant Coach – Doug Gove

Gove is currently in his 3rd season as the Pitching Coach for Central Christian College, where he graduated with a  B.S. in Sports Management.  Before coming back to CCC, Gove spent four years in the Seattle, WA area coaching for an elite baseball program with the FCA Baseball Club.  While at FCA, Gove assisted over 30 pitchers in moving to the next level in collegiate baseball.  His passion for player development and self-growth pushes athletes using data proven mechanical training, velocity based throwing and mental skills discipline to teach peak performance and create stand-out pitchers.

Doug continues to grow his own knowledge creating new tools for his players.  He is currently certified in Titleist Performance Institute Level 1, Rapsodo Pitching, Driveline Foundations of Pitching and in Pitch Design.

Hometown:  Snohomish, Washington

High School:  Snohomish High School 2012

College:  Central Christian College 2016

Undergraduate Degree:  Sports Management

Member of the Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League