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Reel Baseball Experience
Reel Baseball Experience

Coaching Staff

The Reel Baseball Experience boasts a talented staff of college coaches that have an array of expertise in all aspects of the game.  Position specific coaches are available at all camps, lessons and showcases.  Our staff is here to assist your needs and provide the best possible instruction the area has to offer.

Benjamin Reel

Benjamin K. Reel is currently entering his 10th season as the head coach for his alma mater, Indiana University Southeast. Reel also serves as the residing baseball chairman for the River States Conference.

At the age of 33, Reel has compiled an overall record of 329-178-1. He is one of the youngest coaches in college baseball to reach the 300-win milestone. His overall career winning percentage (.649) remains atop the 38 year history of baseball coaches at IU Southeast.

Under Reel, IU Southeast holds a 158-40 record in the River State Conference (RSC) with five regular season titles and two tournament championships. For his efforts over the past nine seasons, Reel has been name RSC Coach of the Year five times.

Reel has recruited, coached, and mentored 16 players to reach the professional ranks including IU Southeast’s first-ever Major League Baseball draft pick in 2010 when the Kansas City Royals selected Cameron Conner in the 20th round.

The 2017 season did not disappoint with the Grenadiers setting the new school record for wins (48) and winning percentage (.762%), the highest ever top 25 ranking NAIA Coaches’ Poll (No. 15 in the nation) and advanced one win away from the NAIA-Avista World Series. The Grenadiers impressive postseason run in the NAIA Opening Round Championship, involved two wins against a former NAIA World Series Champion and national juggernaut #10 Tennessee Wesleyan, and one win again the nations top pitching staff, #5 Keiser University, before being eliminated in the championship game of the opening round bracket in Kingsport, Tennessee. After an amazing season the Grenadiers finished with a win-loss record of 48-15.

During the 2016 season, the Grenadiers set the school record for wins (43) and won the KIAC regular season championship for the fifth time in Reel’s tenure. IU Southeast earned its first top 25 ranking in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll and were ranked as high as No. 19 in the nation, the Grenadiers’ highest ranking ever.  

In the last nine years, Reel and his staff have recruited, mentored, and coached over 95 players to be named to the All-Conference teams and over 20 All-Conference Gold Glove winners. 

This impressive list includes four NAIA All-Americans, three Conference Pitcher of the Year, three Freshmen of the Year, along with three Conference Players of the Year and one Conference Male Athlete of the Year.

Reel has also produced five IU Southeast Male Athletes of the Year along with three IU Southeast Champions of Character award winners.

In the classroom, the Grenadiers have boasted 60 players earn IU Southeast academic honors and 15 NAIA Academic All-Americans.

Also during his nine seasons at the helm of IU Southeast Baseball, Reel has coached in eight conference tournament championship games, competed in four NAIA Opening Rounds, while also holding the IU Southeast record for most wins in a single season (48), most consecutive wins in a single season (23) and the highest winning percentage in a single season (.762).

Reel was inducted in the IU Southeast Wall of Fame for his efforts on the field and in the classroom.  He led IU Southeast as team captain, was named a First Team All-Conference Selection, and All-Region Selection as a catcher for the Grenadiers while also receiving recognition as an NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete in the spring of 2006. His 19 doubles in a single season, still stands as most doubles by a catcher in school history.

Before his time at IU Southeast, Reel played at Cleveland State Community College for legendary coach Mike Policastro.  During his sophomore year at CSCC, Reel posted a 1.000 fielding percentage behind the plate for the Cougars and helped lead them to a second place finish in the Tennessee Junior College Athletic Association (TJCAA). 

Originally a native of Dillsboro, Ind., Reel is a graduate of South Dearborn High School. He lives in New Albany with his wife, Morgan, and their two dogs, Leo and Oakley.


 

Jarret Young

Jarret Young is currently entering his third season as an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator for his alma mater, Indiana University Southeast.

In addition to handling the recruiting duties, Young works with infielders and hitters, assists in day-to-day operations, and serves as the team’s third base coach.

In his second season, the Grenadier offense led the River States Conference in runs scored (464), hits (593), RBIs (424), doubles (120), and home runs (37).  The Grenadiers also finished the season with more base-on-balls and hit-by-pitches than strikeouts (312-276).  The Grenadier defense also led the conference with a .962 fielding percentage on the year.

Young also helped two Grenadier infielders earn 1st-Team All-RSC honors in Logan Barnes (2B) and Rich Rodriguez (SS) with Hector Marmol (1B) earned 2nd-Team honors.

In his first season, Young helped lead the Grenadier offense to a team batting average of .317 overall and .351 in conference play, ranking first in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC).  The Grenadier offense also led conference play in slugging percentage (.518), runs/game (7.68), hits/game (9.86), runs batted in (RBI)/game (7.32), doubles (58) and triples (13).

The Grenadier offense also featured NAIA National Player of the Week, Logan Coughlin (.750 batting average, seven runs scored, four doubles, two triples and two home runs) and KIAC Player of the Year & NAIA 2nd-Team All-American, Trent Simpson (.429 batting average, 82 hits, 17 doubles, seven home runs, 51 RBI, .628 slugging percentage, .525 on-base percentage).

Prior to returning to the IU Southeast baseball program in September of 2015, Young played one summer professionally for the Alpine Cowboys (TX) of the Pecos League hitting .284 with four doubles, one triple, one home run and an on-base percentage of .435 through 19 games before suffering a season-ending injury.

In two seasons at IU Southeast after two seasons at Olney Central College (IL), Young was a KIAC Second Team All-Conference selection in both 2014 and 2015, and he earned recognition on the KIAC Gold Glove team in 2015 with only nine errors in 55 games and 227 chances.

His senior year, Young started all 55 games for the Grenadiers playing every inning as the team’s short stop. He hit .313 and led the team with 14 doubles and his 56 hits ranked fourth on the team.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and graduated in May of 2015 with highest distinction. He was named to the Chancellor's List with a 4.0 GPA every semester during his time at IU Southeast.

Originally an Evansville, IN native, Young is a graduate of Francis J. Reitz High School.