"The guys at AE are as passionate about hitting as I am. Hitting a baseball can
be awfully tough. These are good guys--good teachers."--Tony Gwynn, 16-time All-Star and 8-time NL Batting Champion
"Phil isn't as good looking as he thinks he is,
but he knows all about hitting the baseball. He understands how to keep it simple and use what the player has to work
with. His guys get a lot better and have a good time. What more do you want to do?"--Bill Madlock, 4-time Major League Batting
"Phil, I wanted to thank
you for putting on the clinic this past Sunday morning. The kids learned a lot and had a ton of fun. I know they loved
the game of MAD!! I was also able to pick up on a number of teaching/coaching techniques that will be very helpful to me.
It was a great event!! Your coaching staff was awesome--they did a great job of teaching while also connecting with the boys.
I just opened the video and the kids will love it!! Thanks again." --Tom
Burr, Glencoe Baseball
"The measure of a great lesson is the amount of knowledge transferred. The measure of a great coach
is his ability to take a complicated action such as hitting a golf ball or baseball, and break it down into the 200 components
that comprise the action. Last Saturday, I watched Coach Apostle adjust Willy's hips, lead leg, lead knee,
upper torso, hands, wrists, head, shoulders, elbow, and bat. Some of the adjustments were in two or three
planes. Coach did this repeatedly for an entire 30 minutes until one-by-one, the various parts fell into place.
This was coaching at the highest level." --Charles Moore,Youth Basketball and Baseball Coach
"Phil can flat out teach hitting. He knows
how to relate the game and swing essentials to his kids and keeps guys loose. I've coached hitting in the big leagues
for 9 seasons and I learn something every time we speak. I recommend his teaching." --Clarence Jones, MLB Hitting Insrtuctor
known Phil Apostle for nearly ten years. Phil’s true strength is mentoring kids, youth to teenager.
His extraordinary skill as a baseball coach and trainer is defined by a keen depth and breadth of knowledge of both
the mental and physical game, on and off the field. Phil knows baseball and he knows kids.
He can break down a swing and affect small adjustments to find success and build confidence in each individual student.
Phil appreciates what each player brings to the game and works with him to maximize opportunity and broaden skill sets.
He inspires the best out of each and every player. His goal is to take each athlete beyond his potential
to be certain that he achieve his personal best. Phil is tireless, intuitive and supportive; loyal and
honest. Phil’s passion for baseball and for what he does is infectious and energizes all who are
--Nina Schroeder, Glencoe, Mother of AE/COLBY catcher Johnny Schroeder
A wonderful letter from summer 2008:
I wanted to drop you a line, as well as a heart felt thank you, for
help, guidance, and support you gave me throughout my baseball
career. My senior season was all I could have hoped
for in college.
I wanted to share with you just a few of the highlights. First and
foremost, this year was
an excellent test in leadership and community
on our team - we went to our coach at the end of last season and told
him we as seniors and captains were going to change the culture on our
team, and return to winning ways. If baseball
in college has been
anything, it's been a test of friendships, a crash course in how to
lead, and a great experience
with friends. We succeeded in our pledge
to our coach, and set a school wins record with 27, and made it to the
conference championship. We lost there to Johns
Hopkins, the eventual
runner up in D-III. It wasn't for lack of opportunity, just lack of
We were tied 1-1 in the ninth, and my buddy hit a two run
home run to go up 3-1, and then in what would be my final college
i homered to left field. In the bottom of the ninth, however, they
rallied to win. We had beaten
them the weekend before at their place
in the first end of a double header, and we lost the second game in
innings after putting them on the ropes.
On more personal notes, I was named second team all conference,
first all conference honors I've ever earned. I ended up hitting .294
for the year, .305 for the career,
with 6 home runs this year. I was
co-MVP of the team, and I think I'm walking away from the playing days
my career knowing I've left it all out there, which is nice to know.
I also think that I've lived up to what you once
told me was the
greatest complement a baseball player could get, and that's that I was
a good teammate.
I wanted to thank you for all your enthusiasm, hitting guidance, life
guidance, and friendship over the years.
As I transition into my
coaching career, you will be in the forefront of my mind as the type
of baseball guy I want
to be. Thanks again for all your help, and let
me know when I can come buy you a beer.
--Will Stafford, ETHS Captain & Haverford University MVP
"Will Stafford is the reason coaches like
myself do what we do. He is why we wake up at 3am wondering how our kids will mentally bounce back from adversity
and why we get nervous every weekend knowing they're out driving around. Coaching baseball isn't hard. It's when
you fall in love with the kids you coach that you truly experience the joys and depth of emotion competing can bring.
I can no longer play effectively, but knowing and being priviledged to coach kids like Will Stafford surpasses any success
I could have hoped for as a player."
HALL OF FAMERS
Ummm...we'rre like 3 years
behind here...we gotta get some new pics posted!!!
|Mark Mazzone, IF, Amherst 2007
|Ross Donnan C-IF, ETHS, Monmouth College, 2008
|Derek Anderson, LHP, Trinity College 2010
|James Hall, OF, New Trier-Denison University 2007
|Will Stafford, Catcher, Haverford, 2008
|Danny Pritz, OF, Denison University 2011
|Jimmy Heinz, IF, Cornell University 2008
|Austin Turban, OF, Bucknell university 2008
|Aiden Lucas, C-P, Denison University 2010
|Sam Franklin, OF, Harvard University 2011
|Matt Fritz, IF, Bradley University 2010
|Tim Sullivan, RHP, Johns Hopkins University 2010