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Camp 333

STAFF

Aaron Kottke  |  Owner / Camp Director

Aaron Kottke, owner of CAMP .333, grew up with baseball in his life.

His first memories of baseball were watching the Brewers with his dad. Summers were spent on the bleachers, traveling the state as his dad pitched fastpitch softball during the week and in tournaments on the weekends; then eventually at age 5 becoming the batboy for the team. From an early age he was immersed in baseball . . . fostering a love for it as a player and coach. His summer days were filled with playing baseball in Marathon City.  From teeball, Bronco League, and eventually to high school baseball, his love for baseball continued to grow.

Aaron helped develop and coach the first Northland Lutheran baseball team in 1998. He was also the J.V. Baseball Coach at Wausau East from 2003-2012.

He started CAMP .333 in 2007 because he saw a need for baseball and softball development in the area. Since then, he has been dedicated to providing quality instruction. His vision was to develop a staff of qualified, experienced coaches who sincerely care about the athletes they work with, and have a strong desire to make each individual they come in contact with a better player.

Coach Kottke possesses a sincere desire to make players of all ages the best they can be at baseball/softball. Simply stated, he loves the game of baseball.


Kelley Koebler  |  Camp Staff

Kelley Koebler is a 2008 graduate of Parker High School in Janesville, WI. She was a three-sport athlete all four years there, receiving varsity letters in cross-country, basketball, and softball. She received 1st team all conference accolades as a utility player for both pitching and infield. Kelley then headed north to attend the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and a Spanish minor. She competed in softball while at UWO, starting 3 of her 4 years at second base. While there, she was nationally ranked for sacrifice hits in division three and nominated her senior year for the NCAA National Scholar Athlete Award.


Dave Klug  |  Camp Staff

Dave has coached high school baseball in some capacity for 32 years.  He is currently the freshman coach at Wausau West High School, but has served at all levels in their program over his career.  Dave has also coached tee-ball and Little League, which makes him a valuable member of camp .333.  Dave was a three-year varsity catcher for Wausau East, and also played Wausau Legion Post 10 baseball.


Kendall Nelson  |  Camp Staff

Kendall Nelson attended Tomahawk High School, where she was a 4-year starting catcher on varsity. Throughout her high school career she was a 4-time all-conference selection earning two unanimous first team honors sophomore and junior year. During senior season, she earned first time all-conference, first team all-district and Great Northern Conference Player of the Year.

At the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, Kendall earned a position on the roster as a walk on catcher/third basemen. Her freshman season, she had a .286 batting average and .988 fielding percentage.  She played for 2 seasons at UWSP.


Samantha Polito  |  Camp Staff

Samantha graduated from Stevens Point Area High School in 2003.  While at SPASH she played center field all four years, receiving first team all state honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. She was a member of the State Championship team in 2001, 2002 and 2003.  Sam went on to play at UW-Madison from 2004-2007 receiving first team all region honors as a senior for the Badgers.  Sam still holds records for most career hits, most career runs,  and is tied for longest hitting streak (16 games).


Dave Reinemann  |  Camp Staff

Dave Reinemann, a Wisconsin Lutheran College alumnus and former assistant baseball coach, is the head baseball coach at WLC. Reinemann was named the school's fifth head baseball coach on June 9, 2008.

In his first season as head coach of the Warriors, Reinemann guided Wisconsin Lutheran to a 12-28 overall record, the most victories since the 2002 season.

Reinemann returned to his alma mater after spending five years (2003-08) serving as the head varsity baseball and girls' basketball coach at Northland Lutheran High School in Wausau, Wis.

A certified hitting instructor with Pro Hitting, Reinemann has also spent time in the scouting and baseball operations departments with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Reinemann was a four-year starting infielder on the WLC baseball team. He served as team captain, was named NAIA All-District, All-Lake Michigan Conference and was the recipient of the WLC Scholar-Athlete Award his senior season.


Dan Smet  |  Camp Staff

Dan Smet is currently the head baseball coach at Newman Catholic High School.  Dan made the all tournament team as a pitcher for UW-Oshkosh in 1993, a year in which Oshkosh was World Series runner-up.  He served as the JV Baseball Coach at Wausau West in 2000, Varsity Assistant  Baseball coach for Newman from 2000- 2004, and was the Varsity Newman Fastpitch coach from 2004- 2008.


Josh Spiegel  |  Camp Staff

Josh played his high school ball at Wausau East High School, then went on to play at Northland College.  Josh currently plays fastpitch softball in the summer.

 


Adam Sulko  |  Camp Staff

Coach Sulko is entering his 8th season of coaching baseball. He spent 2 years as the Freshman Baseball Coach at Wausau East High School and is currently coaching with the Kenosha Tremper Trojans at the JV level. In 2010, he led Tremper to a 19-3 finish. Coach Sulko played Legion Baseball in Wausau, as well as fastpitch softball.

Alex Tarras  |  Camp Staff

Alex graduated from D.C. Everest High School in 2012.  He was the 2012 Conference player of the year his senior season with the Evergreens.  Alex is currently a junior catcher at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  He was a member of the Pointers 4th place finish at the 2013 College World Series.  Alex is enthusiastic about working with, and developing young catchers.

Jeff Tarras  |  Camp Staff

Jeff has lived in the Wausau area for 25 years and has coached for 20 of those years. He has coached baseball, softball, basketball, cross country, and track, mainly at the Edgar High School. He has coached at the grade school, middle school and high school level.

Jeff has played fast pitch softball since he was 12 years old, all as a pitcher.  “I love sports, but more importantly, I love working with young student-athletes who want to improve themselves as competitors, but also as citizens. I like to stress good sportsmanship, excellence, integrity, teamwork and dedication to whatever a young person pursues.”


Lauren Watkins  |  Camp Staff

Lauren graduated from Baraboo High School in 2007. Started 3 years earning 3 varsity letters, 1st team all conference as a freshman, junior and senior.  She graduated from UW-Stevens Point in May, 2011.  As a player there, she started 3 out of her 4 years at 1st base. Lauren was defensive player of the year her sophomore year. She currently ranks 3rd all time for most home runs in a career.


Jon Winter  |  Camp Staff

Jon played baseball at Wausau East High School.  From there he went on to play at Triton Junior College, Southern Illinois University, and UW-Stevens Point.  He was a member of the 1996 and 1998 Wisconsin Woodchucks.

In 1999 Jon played Single A baseball for the Tampa Bay Rays.  Jon has nine years of coaching experience.  He has coached at UW-Stout, LaCrosse Central High School, and is currently a varsity assistant at Wausau East High School.


Jordan Ziemanski  |  Camp Staff

Jordan is a graduate of Mosinee High School, where he played 4 years of varsity baseball. He had 2 all-conference honors. Jordan then pursued his baseball career at Iowa Western Community College where they took 4th place in the World Series. Currently, Jordan is coaching JV baseball at Mosinee High School.


Ryan Bargender  |  Camp Staff

Ryan is currently the varsity assistant baseball coach at Athens High School. Ryan was also the Varsity Assistant baseball coach at Stratford High School in 2002. He has a passion for baseball and was a two time 1st Team All Conference baseball player for the Edgar Wildcats. Ryan currently spends his summers traveling around the country playing slow pitch softball.


Craig Diedrich  |  Camp Staff

Craig Diedrich is currently the head softball coach at Athens High School and has been since the spring of 2001.Coach Diedrich played high school and college baseball before making the switch to the game of fast pitch softball.Coach Diedrich has played competitive fast pitch softball for many years and has been a member of state championship fast pitch teams and national qualifying fast pitch teams.

Under the direction of Coach Diedrich, the Athens high school softball team has won 2 conference championships, has made 2 sectional appearances and his team is always ready to compete.Coach Diedrich also has started youth fast pitch softball in the Athens area and oversees 3 summer teams in Athens: 12U, 16U and 18U.Coach Diedrich loves to teach the game of fast pitch softball and enjoys the opportunity to compete through coaching as well as playing the game of fast pitch softball.


Darrell Kottke  |  Camp Staff

With the recent completion of his 42nd year of pitching fastpitch softball, Darrell brings not only a great deal of experience, but also a deep knowledge of the game to the staff.  He has coached Little League at multiple levels, and enjoys teaching the game to young players.  Darrell has, and is still carrying on the tradition of pitching in the Wausau area as his father did when he was a boy.