IVL Baseball Instructors

Our coaches have experience from College to Major League Baseball

Coach Joe Inglett

Joe Inglett

Joe Inglett attended the University of Nevada- Reno where he set seven university records in baseball. After a successful career, Inglett was a six year MLB player for the Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers, and Houston Astros.  During his career, he played every position except catcher and first base, and his career batting average was a .283.  In 2011, he was inducted into the University of Nevada-Reno Hall of Fame.  He has been awarded the 2000 Big West Conference Player of the Year, the 2000 3rd Team All-American, and 1st Team All Big West at the University of Nevada-Reno.  He resides in the Akron area with his wife, Kelly, and children, Ava and Austin.

E— inglett@ivlbaseball.com
C— 916-417-6431

Coach John VenturaJohn Ventura

John Ventura is a 1994 graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School. After four years of baseball and basketball at WJHS, he attended Walsh University in Canton. During his four years at Walsh University, he played as a pitcher and earned All-Conference Honors in 1997. Currently,
Ventura recently retired from coaching high school baseball after 15 years to spend more time with his family.  John has spent 13 years as a private pitching instructor, and many summers as a travel team coach and will continue to do private pitching instruction at IVL.  He has coached seventeen division one pitchers and mentored six MLB draft picks. John resides in Norton with his wife, Nikki, and their three children: Jay, Mason, and Khloe.

E— ventura@ivlbaseball.com
C— 330-388-9412

Coach Joe Lazor

Joe Lazor

Joe Lazor graduated from Medina High School in 1983. At Medina, his baseball career earned him an All State Pitcher and MVP of the Southwest Conference. Upon graduation, he attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University and played three years of baseball before getting drafted into the MLB by the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth round. He had a successful five years with the Reds organization and made two All Star Teams: the Billings Mustangs (Rookie A) and the Chattanooga Lookouts (AA). His career stats include a 35W-30L, a 3.42 ERA, 588 innings, 471 hits, 254 BB’s, 545 K’s, and 1.23 Whip. In 1991, Joe retired due to two elbow surgeries. Joe is married to his wife, Kim, and have three beautiful children.

E— lazor@ivlbaseball.com
C— 330-441-1700

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Ron Bayduke

Coach Bayduke is a 1968 graduate of Wadsworth High School where he quarterbacked 2 consecutive undefeated seasons with state rankings. He graduated  and was a 3 year starter for the Yellowjackets of Eastern Montana. (today Montana State University-Billings) with a double major in Pre-Law and Health/ Physical Education.  In 1973, Coach Bayduke returned to Ohio to earn his Masters in Secondary Education and play Youngstown Hardhats of the Midwest Professional Football League.  Coach Bayduke has over 3 decades of coaching experience including several state championship titles. His former athletes have gone to the college and professional levels including Mike Golic, Desmond Howard, Mike Timko, Elvis Grbac, and London Fletcher.


Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly is currently an Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at his alma mater, Norton High School.   A 2005 graduate of Norton High School, Mark lettered in Varsity Baseball there in 2003-2005.  His accomplishments at Norton included earning All-Suburban and All-Beacon Journal awards, being a starter of the Final Four team, and setting several school records.  In 2013, Mark got voted into Norton’s Hall of Fame.  He then continued his career as a four year starter at Walsh University where he started in the 2007 NAIA World Series.  In each of his four years, he received All-AMC conference awards and received two Gold-Glove awards.  In addition, Mark is third all time in career hits and fifth all time in career runs at Walsh. Mark graduated from Walsh in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education.  Mark specializes in individual hitting, defense, and base running training.  Mark resides in Norton with his wife, Leya.


Joel Beard

Joel Beard is a graduate from Kent Roosevelt High School.  During college, he was a four year letterman, all league middle infield performer and a two year captain for the Mount Union College Purple Raiders.  During his time at Mount, Joel set career records for most hits in a career and most stolen bases and was named team MVP for 3 years.  After college, Joel has played on the Kent VFW state championship men’s team and with several local championship men’s teams including the Raptors and the Colonels.  Joel coached baseball at Kent Roosevelt High School for two years.  He then went on to coach several youth teams.  Over a four year span, his Jackson Youth Baseball teams amassed a record of 75-9.  He currently has been coaching with the Medina Sting program over the last two seasons.   Joel resides in Jackson Township with his wife, Sandi.  He has two stepsons, David and Aaron along with his two daughters, Hailey and Macy.


Josh Nice

Josh nice is a 2001 graduate from Highland High School.  During his time at Highland, he was a four year letterman in baseball and upon graduation, received a full ride to Winthrop University in South Carolina.  In his sophomore year of undergraduate school, he transferred to Ohio Wesleyan University and pitched for three years on the varsity team.  In 2005, Nice graduated with a degree in Economics Management.  Since 2006, Nice has coached privately and in small groups.  While his specialty is pitching, Nice coaches all aspects of baseball while incorporating a conditioning element.  Nice is detail oriented and and enjoys explaining the “why” behind the “what” to ensure his athletes understand what they are being shown and can apply the lessons both inside the lines and our.  He is currently a coach on the Ohio Elite Staff.

Coach Phil Solitario

Phil Solitario

Phil Solitario, 1976 graduate of Chesterland West Geauga HS, lettered in baseball and basketball. Phil pitched at the University of Akron graduating with a Bachelors of Education. Phil retired from 30 years of teaching, coached baseball, basketball and football, which included 7 years as head baseball coach.  Phil coached several elite travel programs (Ohio Thunder, Canton Jackson Select, Brownlee Lookouts). Prior to becoming a private pitching instructor, he was the pitching coach at the University of Akron.  For the last 17 years, Phil has tutored over 1,000 students, including 1 professional and many college pitchers. Phil’s lessons are focused primarily on 1 on 1 highly instructional training, including video analysis, placing emphasis on basic pitching mechanics, arm strength improvement and functional training for pitchers. Phil resides in Wadsworth with his wife Pam. His two sons Nick and Brian both played baseball at Akron University and Youngstown State respectively.