Coaches
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Alex Childers
Head Coach- 5th Season

Alex Childers enters his fifth season as the skipper for the Maple Leafs in 2017 following two years as an assistant for the program. After assuming the program's reins in 2013, Childers has led the Maple Leafs to successively higher win totals in each of the following three seasons.

As a collegiate player, Childers played at both Goshen and Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, Ill.).  In 2007 he received a bachelor's in Business Management from ONU, where he also played volleyball.

Following his collegiate career, he returned to his alma mater, New Haven High School, where he spent two seasons as an assistant coach, helping the Bulldogs to a semi-state appearance.  He has worked as an instructor with Swing Kings LLC, The World Baseball Academy and The Bill Jones league as well as various coaching assignments with The Eric Wedge Camps, Notre Dame Baseball Camps, collegiate summer leagues and various other youth leagues.  He is also an active member of the American Baseball Coaches Association.

 
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Justin Grubbs
Assistant Coach- 5th Season

Justin Grubbs returns to the Maple Leaf coaching staff for his fifth season in 2017 after spending eight years as a high school varsity assistant, including the last five at Goshen High School.  At Goshen High School, he helped the team to the 2008 Elkhart Sectional Championship and he was previously part of Madison-Grant High School's 2006 Central Indiana Conference Championship team.

Grubbs graduated from Triton High School, where he was a two-time All-Northern State Conference selection (one as a pitcher and one as an infielder).  He posted a 15-4 career mark on the mound, while batting .370 with 33 runs and 20 RBI as a senior.  He also played football and was a 1997 Academic All-State honoree.

A 2002 Indiana Wesleyan University graduate - where he pitched for the Wildcats - Grubbs also holds a master's degree in Administration of Physical Education and Sport from Ball State University.  He is currently a mathematics teacher at Goshen High School and has been married to wife Emily since 2004.  The couple has two young children, Eliana and Maycee, and reside in Bremen.

 
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Jackson Hallahan
Assistant Coach- 3rd Season

Jackson Hallahan begins his third season on the Maple Leafs coaching staff in 2017. He graduated from Holy Cross College in South Bend, Indiana, in 2014 with a double major in business and communication with a minor in marketing.

Hallahan played three years of college baseball at Holy Cross, at the time an NAIA program, and one at Wisconsin-Stout in NCAA Division III. In his senior season at Holy Cross, he helped the Saints to the most wins in school history and their first ever conference tournament, where they lost in the championship game.

The son of Pat and Sharon Hallahan, Jackson prepped at Holy Family Catholic in Victoria, Minnesota, where he was a two-time all-conference selection.

 
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Doug Wellenreiter
Assistant Coach- 3rd Season

Doug Wellenreiter enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Maple Leafs in 2017 following 35 years of teaching and coaching in Illinois. Wellenreiter retired in 2014 after spending 27 years at Momence High School as a biology and driver education teacher. He was also the head baseball coach at the high school and junior high school levels and served many years as the varsity assistant in basketball. He finished his high school career with more than 625 wins and six trips to the round of 16 in the state tournament.

In addition to his high-school coaching career, Wellenreiter spent time at the professional level from the fall of 1999 to the spring of 2001 as the pitching coach for the Cook County Cheetahs (now the Windy City Thunderbolts) of the Frontier League. At Cook County, he coached alongside former major leaguers Milt Pappas, Ron LeFlore and Carlos May.

Wellenreiter also spent three years as an assistant basketball coach at Olivet Nazarene University from 1987-1990 under legendary head coach Ralph Hodge. In his second year at ONU, the Tigers advanced to the 1989 NAIA National Basketball Tournament for the first time in school history. Wellenreiter also served as a part-time assistant for the ONU baseball team under head coach Todd Reid in 2007-08.

Wellenreiter earned a bachelor's degree in physical education with minors in biology, health and driver education from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., in 1979. Five years later, he received his master's degree in physical education from Illinois State University.

Wellenreiter has also been a veteran in the officiating ranks, officiating for 37 years. He is active in baseball, softball and basketball officiating, having worked all three sports at the college level. He was assigned to the IESA state finals in basketball four times.

Following his retirement, Wellenreiter moved to Goshen. He and his wife Kelly are the parents of two daughters: Brooke, who lives in New Paris, Ind., with her husband and two children, and Bria, who lives with her husband in Hampton, Virginia.