Phil Britton | Owner & Baseball/Softball Instruction.
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 to the play at the University of Kentucky, and join the Atlanta Braves Professional Baseball 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.
Pierce Jones | Baseball/Pitching Instruction.
Jones, a redshirt freshman at Olney Central College, specializes in arm strengthening and arm care. This isn’t a typical pitching lesson, Pierce works with his pitchers off the mound, balance, direction, drive, and explains the reasoning behind the drills and how it works with pitching mechanics. Pitching is all about getting the ball to the plate as efficiently as possible and getting hitters out. The efficiency in effort is what keeps pitchers healthy. That is what makes Pierce such an asset to our local pitchers. Now is a great time to get a jump on pitching mechanics as well as the physical and mental fitness side to pitching. Call or text Pierce today to schedule @ 618-843-8824
Guest Instructor, MLB Pitcher Jerad Eickhoff
“Britton’s Bullpen instruction and overall knowledge of the game of baseball is second to none. With nearly 10 years of professional experience, Phil Britton knows exactly what’s needed to elevate the game of anyone focused and driven enough to learn and put in the work. Young ball players of all ages have an opportunity to pick the brain of a guy who’s rubbed shoulders with some of the best in the game. Not to mention, the facilities alone are the best in the area. If I had the chance as a kid to sharpen my skills at Britton’s Bullpen, I know I’d be setting myself up for success.” -Jerad Eickhoff, Philadelphia Phillies – Pitcher