INSTRUCTORS
Doug Bedinger

Originally from Channahon, IL Doug attended Joliet Catholic Academy and the perennial powerhouse Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Florida.  A power hitting third baseman/hard throwing right handed pitcher, he was drafted and signed by the Minnesota Twins where he was converted him to a full-time pitcher and later played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Sioux City Explorers, and Schaumburg Flyers.  In all, Doug played 10 years of professional baseball and was a two-time All-Star (1996, 1997).

While still playing, Doug started conducting private pitching and hitting lessons in 1995 while he was still a player and used many of his experiences to help players at Line Drives in Shorewood, IL.  Doug soon met and befriended former Major League Pitcher and Pitching Coach Tom House who has been dubbed “The Father of modern-day pitching mechanics”.   This friendship and hard work resulted in him becoming a certified instructor for the National Pitching Association in San Diego, CA and a member of the NPA Coaching Staff

2010 starts the 6th year of existence for Bedinger’s Bullpen which Doug is the Owner/ Head Baseball Instructor and his 15th year of private instruction.  In the 5 years since Bedinger’s Bullpen opened its doors, 46 former baseball students and 19 softball students have received scholarships to attend colleges as well as a 4th Round MLB Draft Pick.  Doug works with approximately 250 students a year and his love of the game and passion for the sport of baseball is impressed upon his students and has a powerful effect of their skills, as well as their lives. 

Mary Jaszczak-Bedinger

Originally from Shorewood, IL Mary is the head of Softball Instruction at Bedinger's Bullpen who specializes in pitching and hitting instruction. Mary’s long list of accomplishments started with the Joliet J's competitive travel softball team who she played with from 1990 to 2000.   Mary helped lead the J's to three consecutive state championships and numerous tournament victories which helped her excel at Joliet Township High School where she played varsity softball all four years.

During her time at Joliet Township, she received numerous awards: Illinois Coaches All-State First Team, Chicago Tribune 1st Team All-State, Joliet Herald News All-Area Team '98-'00, All Chicagoland Area '98-'00, and Daily Southtown Player of the Year 2000. Mary was also a 3-time All-Chicago Team, 3-time All-State Selections, ranked 7th All-Time in wins for the state of Illinois (88-15), and had an ERA of 0.28 (95 innings) and a remarkable 24 shutouts in 2000 (28-1).   Her greatest High School achievement was winning the State Championship in 2000 and being voted as the State Tournament's MVP.

Mary’s High School success landed her a scholarship at Lewis University. In 2004 she led the conference with an ERA of 0.16 and was awarded All-Conference, All-Region and All-American honors in addition to achieving the distinction of  pitching a perfect game.  

While in College Mary started conducting pitching lessons at Line Drives in Shorewood and moved to Bedinger’s Bullpen when it opened in 2005.  She returned to Lewis University as a pitching coach for the 2007 season and then to Lincoln Way Central pitching coach in 2008 and 09. In2008, in her first as a pitching coach at Lincoln Way Central, the team won the state championship. 

Under Mary’s guidance and tutelage, 19 of her former students have gone on to play college softball and she is very active in local youth and high school pitching and hitting camps.  A mother of two Mary’s love for softball and vast experience has led her to become an excellent instructor and role model for young girls.

Ryan Sienko

Ryan enters his first year as the Canyon Crest Academy Head Coach after spending last year coaching at Torrey Pines High School where his team finished with a 20-3 record.  He founded Catch and Throw, a catching instruction, information, and conditioning company, in late 2005 and started conducting comprehensive catching camps in the summer of 2006. Catch and Throw was formed to provide quality professional catching instruction for the health and performance of catchers.  He works catching camps for USC baseball, Las Vegas Baseball Academy, and is the catching consultant for many travel teams across the country.  He also speaks nationally at coaches conventions about all aspects of catching, blocking, throwing, conditioning, and strategy. He has appeared on the popular television show Sports Science as an expert, was a player model for the Midway Games video game MLB Slugfest 2003 and 2004, and has written for Super Series Magazine and Webball.com

An associate scout for the Baltimore Orioles, Ryan was the Director of Operations, Director of Baseball Operations, and Instructor for the National Pitching Association from 2002-2007.  He was responsible for the day to day operations and in charge of the NPA Performance Center and Motion Lab. He has contributed to the NPA website and is currently an NPA Pitching Coach leading camps and clinics along with private instruction.  Ryan and Tom House have traveled across the country conducting pitching clinics for thousands of athletes each year. Prior to joining the NPA full time in the fall of 2003, Ryan helped Tom coach pitching clinics in San Diego and not only taught, but has caught numerous Major League pitchers including future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson. Each year Ryan works with over 1,000 pitchers, coaches, and parents while conducting pitching camps and clinics.  He personally worked with 14 players who were drafted in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. He also works with several professional players every off-season. For 6 years he has spoken nationally on pitching mechanics, conditioning, and strategy.  He also works with pitchers at all levels to maximize  their usable strength, mechanics, and performance.

Before joining the NPA, he was a catcher at Larkin High School (Elgin, IL) where he was a Mizuno Honorable Mention All-American, set a school record for RBI in a season, and was a part of 3 state championship teams (Babe Ruth '91, American Legion '93 and Lombard Orioles 94').  After high school he accepted a scholarship to the University of Iowa where he was a four year starter.  Next played professionally for 8 seasons with the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and in independent baseball where he was an All-Star. For three off-seasons, Ryan was a traveling instructor for Baseball Factory, a college recruiting company, based in Columbia, MD, where he managed several showcase teams and taught hitting and catching across the nation. He also has taught for many organizations, camps, and baseball academies and is a consultant for Bedinger’s Bullpen, a baseball academy, in Joliet, IL. He coached highly competitive travel baseball teams out of Rancho Santa Fe, CA and Del Mar, CA that prides itself in the health and performance of all of its players. 

Ryan lives in Poway, CA with his wife Andrea and their daughter Kacey.

 
Matt Nokes is a consultant and specializes in hitting and catching instruction. He has 11 years of Major League Baseball experience. He has played for the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles and the cleveland Indians. During his time, he was the Silver Slugger Award Winner in 1987, American League All-Star '87, and Runner up in AL Rookie of the Year Voting '87. Matt was also a Northern League All-Star and the former manager for the Joliet Jackhammers (2002-2003).