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

Member of the Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League