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Joe Inglett


Joe Inglett attended the University of Nevada- Reno where he set seven university records in baseball. After a successful career, Inglett was a six year MLB player for the Cleveland IndiansToronto Blue JaysMilwaukee Brewers, and Houston Astros.  During his career, he played every position except catcher and first base, and his career batting average was a .283.  In 2011, he was inducted into the University of Nevada-Reno Hall of Fame.  He has been awarded the 2000 Big West Conference Player of the Year, the 2000 3rd Team All-American, and 1st Team All Big West at the University of Nevada-Reno.  Joe was inducted into the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016 along side IVL coach Joe Lazor.  He resides in the Akron area with his wife, Kelly, and children, Ava, Austin and Hudson.

John Ventura


John Ventura is a 1994 graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School. After four years of baseball and basketball at WJHS, he attended Walsh University in Canton. During his four years at Walsh University, he played as a pitcher and earned All-Conference Honors in 1997.  Ventura continued his career as he transitioned into coaching.   He won two division 1 state championship rings in 2006 and 2008 and two State Runner ups in 2009, 2010 coaching at Walsh Jesuit High School.  In 2017, John Ventura was inducted into the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame.   John has been private pitching instructor for over 15 years, and many summers as a travel team coach and will continue to do private pitching instruction at IVL.  He has coached 20 division one pitchers and mentored six MLB draft picks.  John resides in Norton with his wife, Nikki, and their three children: Jay, Mason, and Khloe.

Joe Lazor


Joe Lazor graduated from Medina High School in 1983. At Medina, his baseball career earned him an All State Pitcher and MVP of the Southwest Conference. Upon graduation, he attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University and played three years of baseball before getting drafted into the MLB by the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth round. He had a successful five years with the Reds organization and made two All Star Teams: the Billings Mustangs (Rookie A) and the Chattanooga Lookouts (AA). His career stats include a 35W-30L, a 3.42 ERA, 588 innings, 471 hits, 254 BB’s, 545 K’s, and 1.23 Whip. In 2016, Joe was inducted into the Great Akron Baseball Hall of Fame along side IVL coach Joe Inglett.  In 1991, Joe retired due to two elbow surgeries. Joe resides in Medina with his wife, Shawna.

Craig Welch


Craig Welch – Bio coming soon.

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