Meet Our Instructors
Shawn is a recognized member of the Quincy baseball community. While at Quincy Senior High School, he participated on the varsity baseball team for four years. After high school Shawn went on to excel on the diamond at John Wood Community College. While at JWCC Shawn set a number of offensive records. His play earned him All-Conference 1st Team selection in both his freshman and sophomore year. Shawn's performance his sophomore year helped place him on the All-Region team. Shawn then split the next two years of his career at both Quincy University and Hannibal LaGrange University. He finished his Bachelor's of Science in Recreational Management at HLG in 2008. Shawn will be a primary hitting instructor here at River City Sports Academy. His wealth of knowledge and baseball experience will make for a valuable addition to our Baseball Staff.
Mike Giles is one of the co - owners of River City Sports Academy. Mike has had the dream of owning a sports facility for the last ten years and is very excited about being part of RCSA. Mike played baseball at John Wood Community College and played Left and Center field. Mike has over 12 years of coaching experience and now coaches a local Quincy traveling baseball team that took third place in the 2010 USSSA World Series. Mike has coached at the little league, high school and college level and know how to work with all players no matter what level they are currently at. Mike has also provided athletes with individual instruction for over ten years and has worked with players from all over the nation. Mike provides instruction in hitting, fielding and pitching. Mike's attention to detail, knowledge of the game and enthusiasm for teaching keeps players coming back to him year after year. Mike believes that all players are able to develop into solid baseball players if they are willing to make the commitment.
Matt, a co-owner of River City Sports Academy has a passion for baseball and instruction. A former athlete and the current assistant coach at John Wood Community College, he continues to be one of the premier baseball instructors in the area.
During his time at JWCC, Coach Stembridge has been instrumental in the success the Trail Blazers have experienced in the previous four seasons.Under his guidance, his pitching staffs have broken a number of program records, including team ERA and total strikeouts. He has helped a number of athletes continue their collegiate careers at four year institutions.
Coach Stembridge believes in a simple principle regarding instruction.. "Ask the athlete to appreciate the work, to take ownership in his/her development and in turn you create an environment conducive to discovery learning."
"I love working with athletes that share an enthusiasm for excellence."
Originally from Chicago, Ill., Polak attended Brother Rice High School where he was an all-state shortstop in 1985. He accepted a full baseball scholarship to University of Central Florida and was a four year lettermen for the Knights.
Justin Dunning was a four year starter at catcher for the Quincy University Hawks and was considered one of the top defensive catchers in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. He earned Third Team All-Conference honors as a junior and led the conference in caught stealing, throwing out 23 runners that year. In addition Dunning provided an offensive attack at the plate finishing his career with a .272 batting average and 16 home runs with 99 runs batted in. He had a career year as a junior when he hit .306 with 10 home runs and 31 runs batted in. Dunning was a team captain for three seasons and led Quincy University to a Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship in his senior season. He controlled the pitching staff and led them to the lowest earned run average (3.80) in school history. Currently, Dunning is an assistant coach at Quincy University where he works specifically with the catchers and hitters.
Brandon DeJaynes is in his fourth season as a member of the Hawks baseball coaching staff. DeJaynes, who previously was a standout pitcher at Quincy University, will also serve as recruiting coordinator for the Hawks. In addition DeJaynes recently named an associate scout for the Kansas City Royals.
Levi has been around baseball since he was able to walk. He attended Jacksonville High School and lettered in Varsity Baseball all four years. His senior year he led his team to win their first regional title in 36 years and finished second in the all-time batting average at Jacksonville High with a .477 batting average. He was named to the All-Conference team as a catcher in the CS8 his junior and senior year. In the Journal Register All-Star game he was named offensive MVP. After high school Levi went onto pursue his career in baseball at JWCC. While at JWCC Levi had two very good years which allowed his name to be scattered throughout the John Wood record books. During his sophomore year, Levi’s play earned him a place on the All-Region team. After earning his Associate’s degree in Science Levi took his game and knowledge to Hannibal-LaGrange University. Levi worked his way into the top 5 on the all-time homerun list in just a short two year stent at HLG. His senior year he helped his team set the school record with team wins and his team went farther than they ever had before in post-season. Levi graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Secondary Education in 2011 with a 3.8 GPA. All four years of college Levi was named to the Academic All-Conference team.
Trish graduated from JWCC and Quincy University with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and an endorsement for K-12 Physical Education. During her time at JWCC she was used as a utility player on the field, but primarily played 2nd and 1st base. She batted at .395 with no recorded strike outs. Trish is now an assistant softball coach at Unity High School and has volunteered in the past at local schools within the Illinois and Missouri area. She is also a certified fast pitch and slow pitch umpire. Trish is one of River City's hitting and fielding instructors.
Teresa started her college career at Culver Stockton College before transferring to Quincy University in 2005. Where she played with QU in the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Bertelli led the Lady Hawks in hitting in 2005 with a .409 batting average, becoming just the fifth player in program history to hit above .400 in a season. Her .409 average is the third highest batting average in a season. That season she added three home runs and 35 runs batted in while holding a .597 slugging percentage. In 2006 she hit .310 with seven home runs and 30 runs batted in. She ranked 5th all-time in career batting average and is tied for first with most hits in a season with 65.
Megan Corey recently completed a standout softball career. Corey, a pitcher and infielder and outfielder, was a four year member of the Quincy University Lady Hawks. She helped her team increase their win total each year and helped lead the program to their first ever NCAA Division II National Tournament appearance during her senior season when they recorded 37 wins.