Meet the Staff

Phil Britton
Phil is a graduate of East Richland High School in Olney, IL.  Playing under Newburgh, IN native Andy Julian, Britton lettered 3 of his 4 years at East Richland High school, setting a single season home run record his senior year with 12. After graduating in 2003, Britton attended Olney Central Community College as a catcher under NJCAA Hall Of Fame coach Dennis Conley where he led all of NJCAA in RBI’s with 89.  Was 29th with a batting average of .426 and 10th in homeruns with 15. Britton was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 36th round in 2004, was named GRAC freshman of the year, and earned Second team NJCAA All-America honors. Following his 2004 freshman season, in the fall of ‘04, Britton signed a national letter of intent to play at the University of Kentucky. Britton finished his sophomore year at OCC 30th in NJCAA in batting average hitting .430 and 50th in homeruns with 10, earning First Team NJCAA honors. All- Region 24 team honors and All-Region tournament team honors followed both 2004 and 2005 seasons. After completing two years of JUCO baseball at Olney Central College, Britton elected to decline the offer the play at the University of Kentucky, and join the Atlanta Braves Organization.  Phil was a member of the Atlanta Braves organization from 2005 -2009, playing in the Gulf coast league(R), Appalachian league (short season A), South Atlantic League (-A), Hawaii Winter Baseball League (Major league Prospects league), Carolina League (+A), Grapefruit League (MLB) Southern League (AA) Eastern League (AA) International League (AAA) with the majority of his time being spent at the AA level.  In 2010, he spent the year with the Baltimore Orioles organization where he played at the A, AA, and AAA levels.  2011 was his last year playing professional baseball, spending the first half of the season playing in the American Association with the Fargo-Moorhead Red hawks, and finishing his career with Manager Andy McCauley and the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League.  Following his playing career, Phil began coaching with the 2016 Frontier League Champion Evansville Otters, and in 2012 opened Britton’s Bullpen Inc., a baseball/softball training facility in his hometown of Olney, IL. Britton’s Bullpen is the indoor training facility to the OCC Baseball and Softball teams, as well as local youth baseball and softball teams. Phil now focuses on instructing baseball and softball, and manages youth baseball traveling teams, working to help amateur players and parents not only showcase their ability, but also help them understand the processes of what it takes to advance in the game. 

bobby-segalBobby Segal
Manager/Baseball & Softball Instructor Bobby offers a range of instruction including: Hitting, infield, outfield, catching, throwing mechanics, and base running.   Bobby Segal, hitting coach for the Evansville Otters, will be managing the day-to-day operations at Britton’s Bullpen in Booneville, IN.  Under the offensive guidance of Segal in 2016, the Otters captured their second Frontier League Championship in franchise history.  Second baseman Josh Allen was named league Most Valuable Player while the club led the 12-team league in triples, finished second in doubles and stolen bases, and in the top third in every other offensive category.   As a collegiate hitting coach over the last nine seasons, Segal has helped his teams to a 358-161 (.690) overall record and 153-60 (.718) league mark.  While making stops at Union College (2008-09), Butler University (2010), Iowa Western College (2011), Tarleton State University (2012) and Wabash Valley College (2013-16), his teams have earned seven national rankings and made six appearances in national postseason tournaments.  In six summers as a manager and coach, Segal’s teams have compiled a 276-168 (.622) overall record.  His clubs recorded three first-place finishes and three second-place efforts.  Segal managed in three All-Star Games and helped his teams to five playoff appearances.  His 2015 collegiate team, the Terre Haute Rex, captured a Prospect League championship.  His 2013 professional club, the Gary RailCats, won an American Association title. Segal was named 2015 Prospect League Manager of the Year after the Rex went 47-17 overall and captured the organization’s first league championship.  After beginning the season with a 14-1 record, the nation’s eighth-ranked team set a league record for regular-season wins (43).  As the third base and hitting coach in Gary, the 2013 RailCats registered a 64-43 record on their way to a league title.   Segal, a native of Indianapolis, has developed and guided 86 collegiate student-athletes who have moved on to play at four-year institutions and 54 other players who have signed professional baseball contracts.   As a three-year letterwinner and Academic All-Big Ten selec­tion as a catcher at Indiana University, Segal earned a bachelors degree in sport management in May 2006. He would also go on to earn a master’s degree in health and physical education from Union in May 2009.  He and his wife, the former Rachel Harvey, live with their son, Asher and Daughter Lilly, in Fort Branch, IN

Josh Wetzel
Josh Wetzel is a 2017 graduate of Brescia University.  He graduated with a bachelors degree in accounting while playing four years for the Bearcats.  Josh was a utility player, playing 2nd base, shortstop, 3rd base, right and left field.  Josh specialized in base running while playing for the Bearcats.  Josh was also a 2016 Ohio Valley League All-Star.  Before Brescia, Josh graduated from Massac County High school in Metropolis, IL.  He was a two time all conference award winner and his Senior year, he was nominated to the SIBCA All-South team.  Since graduating, Josh spent 8 months away from the game of baseball and has decided to give instruction at Britton’s Bullpen for love for the game and to help young athletes with their dreams of playing at the next level.

Conner Porter
Baseball: Pitching/Baseball Fundamentals
Conner Porter brings his knowledge and experience straight from professional baseball. Conner pitched for 3 professional baseball Organizations including the Washington Nationals Of Major League Baseball. Porter also coached for the Memphis Tigers Division I NCAA baseball team. He played his collegiate baseball at Olney Central College and the University of Memphis, Porter also pitched in the Great lakes and Coastal Plains Collegiate Summer Leagues. Conner grew up in Newburgh, IN and was a Part of the Castle Knights Baseball Teams as well as a Two Time State Champion for the Newburgh Post 44 Legion Team. Coach Porter also has a Bachelors Degree in Health and Human Performance and is currently one of the Exercise Scientist on staff at Toyota Indiana. Conner’s education in biomechanics and arm care is extremely valuable to young pitchers in the area.