Baseball and Softball Training through Advanced Technology
Professional Instruction for Every Aspect of the Game...

Professional Staff
starRiechl Mayne, Hitting Instructorstar
Riechl brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and history of success to Virtual Baseball. He has been involved in baseball for over forty years as a player, coach, general manager and trainer. He played both amateur and semi-pro ball including semi-pro ball in Detroit’s Federal League. Additionally, Mayne served as Athletic Director and Head Coach at St. Mary’s College and Madonna University for several seasons where they consistently ranked in the top 20 nationally in the NAIA. For three seasons he was also Head Coach for the 18u Michigan Red Sox Travel Baseball Program. Mayne, now in high demand as a personal baseball instructor, works with players of all ages and consults to the baseball program at the University of Michigan. His greatest impact on the game has been the specialized training he provides aspiring ball players and his ability to help them realize their potential.

"Advancements in technology impact virtually every sport. Baseball and softball are no different and we see it in equipment, televised broadcasts and now in training. At Virtual Baseball, we’ve combined simulation and reality for a unique and complete training experience."  – Riechl Mayne


 
starEric Coleman, Pitching Instructorstar

Eric is a veteran baseball coach and pitching instructor, with over twenty years of on-field experience. He has coached extensively throughout the Jr. College and College levels, as well as Collegiate-level summer leagues. Currently, Eric is a manager in the Prospect League with the Danville Dans.  Throughout his career, he has coached 10 Junior College All-Americans, and to-date, 130 players that went on to sign professional baseball contracts. Virtual Baseball is pleased to have Eric join its training staff. Eric has conenctions with over 100 college baseball programs. 


“There is nothing more rewarding than working with a young athlete, helping them to develop their skills and unlock their full potential. I am thrilled to be   a part of Virtual Baseball, combining traditional baseball training with the advanced technology and teaching tools they offer.” – Eric Coleman

 

starTyler Palm, Pitching Instructorstar

Tyler joins Virtual Baseball bringing a wealth of playing experience.  Tyler is a native of West Branch, Michigan and played his college ball at Oakland University (2013-2017).  Tyler began his professional career in the USPBL (United Shore Professional Baseball League) in Utica (2017-2018) before being picked up by the Minnesota Twins in June of 2018.  He then led the Elizabethton Twins in strikeouts and helped lead the Twins to the Appalachian Leagues Championship.   Tyler is excited to train young pitchers with the knowledge he has gained from his collegiate and professional experiences!


"I am very fortunate to still be a part of baseball and I'm privileged to help others achieve what they thought were dreams into reality. With the technology of this facility there will be greater steps toward each players goals." – Tyler Palm

 

starMike Tomlinson, Softball Instructorstar

Mike joins Virtual Baseball bringing over fifteen years of softball coaching and instruction at high school and collegiate levels. His accomplishments include numerous top ten divisional and national finishes, undefeated seasons, school records and the title of Mid Continent Conference Coach of the Year during his time as head softball coach for Oakland University. His work outside of school affiliations is comprised of professional training and management for softball and baseball including clinics for pitching, hitting, catching and fielding.

"I’ve enjoyed many years of seeing young people embrace the sport, achieve their goals and take those successes forward into their adult lives. Helping  to shape all of those moments is something that continues to give me great satisfaction and I’m really enthusiastic about bringing that spirit to Virtual Baseball."
  – Mike Tomlinson

 

starJesse Schmidt, Softball Instructorstar

Jesse joins Virtual Baseball bringing over 10 years of softball coaching and instruction at the high school (Clarkston/Waterford Kettering) and travel levels (Michigan Outlaws, ICE). He is currently an assistant coach at Waterford Kettering High School.  He continues to hone his craft through workshops, clinics and his coaching mentor, our very own Mike Tomlinson.  He has led his teams to the ASAUSA National Tournament, state quarterfinals and has won a handful of tournaments in the Midwest region. We are excited to have his intense energy level and deep rooted passion for the mental aspect of the game. 


"I feel I have been a part of the Virtual Baseball family from the start as a client and now an instructor.  My goal is to transfer my love of the game, knowledge and techniques to our students who may take it to the next level and beyond.  High School Coach Tim Notke says, “Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard!” I want to inspire our student athletes to live their lives in that spirit." - Jesse Schmidt

 

starJim Tomlinson, Speed and Agility Instructor / Personal Trainerstar

Jim Tomlinson has been training Speed, Agility, and Quickness (SAQT) at Virtual Baseball since 2017. He has worked with both individuals and teams. Jim has been a lifelong runner, played colligate baseball and personally trained for ironmans. Jim's clients range from teen's athletes, an average individual looking to improve balance and strength to Master Swimmer's looking to improve speed. Along with training at Virtual Baseball, Jim also trains at Oakland University and Sola Fitness. Jim offers individual, group, and team training sessions for players of any age.  Jim also offers his personal training services to parents who may be intersted as well!