Staff

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Ryan Wheeler

16u Prime
A design engineer for AT&T by day, Coach Wheeler has been leading young men on the field for 21 years now. Following his high school playing days at Brownstown Central, Wheeler suited up for Indiana University-Southeast and then the independent Dubois County Dragons. He spent five seasons as an assistant coach for IU-Southeast and another five seasons as the head coach at Christian Academy of Indiana. Now an assistant coach at Silver Creek High School, Wheeler has coached various age groups with the Ironmen since 2011.

Wheeler lists his hobbies as golf and coaching, and says that “coaching allows me to create relationships with young men with the hope that they will impact others later in their lives as coaches and fathers.

Wheeler has three children: Shelby (21), Tyler (17) and Cameron (14).

Favorite quote: “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” — John Wooden.
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Joe Decker

15u Prime
Coach Decker is a high school math teacher and the head varsity baseball coach at Silver Creek High School. With 27 years of coaching experience under his belt, Decker is a graduate of Silver Creek and Hanover College. He coached at Indiana University-Southeast from 2003-2006.

Coach Decker sits on the Board of Directors for the Ironmen and serves as the organization’s current President of Baseball Operations. He lists his hobbies as “chasing the kids around to all of their sporting events.” He says he coaches because “I enjoy teaching kids that sports is not about just the sport. It is about teaching them real-life lessons on how to work hard, compete, overcome adversity and work as a team.

Decker and his wife, Stephanie, have three children: Nolan (20), Dominic (15) and Reese (12).

Favorite quote: “I’d run through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.” — Pete Rose.
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Joe Paulin

15u South
Coach Paulin brings seven years of high school and 9 years of youth baseball coaching experience to the Ironmen. A tax specialist and small business owner, Paulin played varsity ball at Evansville Reitz before walking on at Lincoln Trail College. He served as an assistant at Evansville Reitz for five years and was the head coach at Evansville Christian High School for two years. He was active in the Golfmoor Baseball Association as a youth head coach for nine years.

Paulin’s hobbies include spending time with his family, and he says he coaches baseball because ”I love the game. I love the relationships with players. I really enjoy the process of a team working hard throughout a season and achieving success.

Paulin and his wife, Cariann, have six children: Cory (24), Destiney (23), Candace (21), Joey (19), Thomas (15) and Jacklyn (3).

Favorite quote: “What a beautiful day for baseball.
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Syd Whitlock

14u Prime
Coach Whitlock has held a variety of positions on the field for the past decade, including serving as the varsity assistant and head junior varsity coach at Silver Creek High School. A professional banker by day, Whitlock says his main hobby is golf and that he coaches baseball because ”I enjoy working with kids and trying to help them get better.

Coach Whitlock and his wife, Sierra, have three children: Brantley (13), Bryson (12) and Lincoln (8).

Favorite quote: “You never stay the same. You either get better, or you get worse. Always strive to get better.” — Jon Gruden
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Brett Huett

13u Prime
A CPA by day, Coach Huett is in his 12th year as a youth baseball coach. After playing varsity ball at Harrison High School, where he also lettered in basketball and soccer, Huett went on to play at the University of Evansville.

Coach Huett is a member of the Ironmen Board of Directors and is in his fourth year coaching in the organization.

Huett and his wife, Jessica, have three children: Haley (17), Isabella (16) and Cole (13).
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Houston Dillman

13u East
Coach Dillman played varsity baseball for Evansville North High School, where he was a three-year letterman, before spending a season at Southeastern Illinois Junior College. He was the junior varsity coach at Evansville North for 6 years and has been active in coaching travel baseball since 2010.

Dillman, who works in operations for Lamar Advertising, says he enjoys coaching because ”you are teaching kids not only about the game of baseball, but about the game of life. I enjoy seeing kids reach their goals and helping push them.

Dillman and his wife, Taylor, are expecting their first child (Kennedy) this winter. He lists his hobbies as spending time with family, fishing, and coaching both baseball and basketball.

Favorite quote: “There may be people with more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” — Derek Jeter
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Lindell Durham

12u Prime
A shop foreman at B&J Trucking, Coach Durham graduated from Silver Creek High School and Lincoln Tech. He has 16 years of coaching experience between league and travel ball. He lists his hobbies as golfing, hiking and spending time with his grandchildren.

Coach Durham says he coaches ”to teach the game I love. I enjoy the time spent with the kids and watching them grow up.

Durham and his wife, Kelly, have three children: Steven (29), Shae (22) and Spencer (12).

Favorite quote: “Baseball is 90-percent mental, and the other half is physical.” — Yogi Berra
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Brad Benton

11u Prime
Building on his high school playing experiences, Coach Benton began coaching youth baseball in 1995.

His hobbies include spending time with family and he says he enjoys coaching ”for the kids.

He has three children: Bradley (19), Delaney (12) and Blake (11).
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Jeremy White

9u Prime
A former sports writer and current food writer, Coach White has been active in the baseball coaching scene for 10 years now. A three-year letterman in baseball, football and track and field at Springs Valley High School, White ran track at St. Joseph’s College before getting back into baseball when his boys started playing. He has previously coached and sat on the Board of Directors at the Jeff/GRC Little League in Jeffersonville, and now sits on the Board of Directors for the Ironmen organization. Coach White began coaching travel baseball in 2012 and has served as a coach with the Ironmen since 2017. In addition to leading the 9u team this season, he is also an assistant for the 13u Prime club.

White enjoys coaching because “it provides a competitive outlet that allows me to push young athletes to the best of their potential. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing a team train and practice together and then leave it all on the field.

Coach White owns a CrossFit gym as well as Riot Baseball Performance Training in Jeffersonville. His hobbies include CrossFit, cycling, running, reading, cooking, music and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Carri, have two children: Caiden (13) and Camden (9).

Favorite quote: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” — Jackie Robinson
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Charlie Waters

10u Prime
A general manager at A-1 Pallet Co., Coach Waters has been coaching youth baseball for seven years. He played at Jeffersonville High School and has been active in the Jeff/GRC Little League as a head coach, as well as serving in the Ironmen organization.

Waters lists his hobbies as coaching, watching University of Kentucky sports and spending time with his family. He says coaches for the “opportunity to spend time with my son, Cash, and teach the game I love while building relationships. Many of my best memories growing up involved playing baseball with some of my best friends.

Coach Waters and his wife, Alena, have three children: Chaz (15), Carson (13) and Cash (10).

Favorite quote: “Baseball is 90-percent mental, and the other half is physical.” — Yogi Berra