Rob has over 30 years of baseball playing and coaching experience. He is a former college all-star shortstop/infielder and went on to be a professional baseball player in the Cleveland Indians organization. He is owner/operator and head instructor at Smith Baseball Academy. He is currently an assistant coach for Hayden HS varsity baseball. He offers advanced baseball instruction, utilizing his expertise in hitting, fielding, throwing techniques and the mental & physical concepts of the game. He has a talent for evaluating students and creating a tailored lesson plan – to maximize each student’s potential. He networks with dozens of the college coaches in the area and surrounding states.
Mike has over 20 years of baseball playing and coaching experience. He has been instructing and mentoring youth for many years. As a former college pitcher at Johnson County CC and Washburn University, with experience as an infielder & outfielder as well, Mike offers expertise in all aspects of the game. With his passion for teaching and advanced knowledge in the area of pitching, hitting, and fielding, players will have an opportunity to learn basic and/or advanced fundamentals of baseball and softball, refining and maximizing their overall ability.
The Midwest Bruin summer program will also receive support coaching from other Quality Coaches from around the area. All support coaches with have college baseball experience and also have a strong passion to teach/coach at a high level — coaching player baseball skills and player character development and life skills.
Jacob Kirmer — (catching / hitting / fielding) — Former High school player under Rob Smith. Former baseball player at Benedictine College. Current guest instructor at SBA. Now a teacher and baseball coach at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic HS in Leawood, KS.
Chris Linnemann — (Pitching Coach) — Former High school player at Rossville HS. Former college pitcher at Coffeyville CC and Sterling. Now a Pitching instructor at SBA.
Colby Smith — (hitting / fielding) — Former high school player under Rob Smith. Current baseball player at Rockhurst University. Current guest instructor at SBA.
And other guest coaches...
FORMER COACHES & CO-FOUNDERS:
The Midwest Bruin Baseball program was co-founded in 2009 by Kenny Swart and Adam Schroeder. They both coached in the organization from 2009 through the 2015 season. Kristen Swart was the business manager during that same time frame.
Kenny Swart was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. Kenny has been around the sport of baseball for 20 plus years. He graduated from Topeka West High School in 1998. While at West, Kenny played varsity baseball all four years. Upon graduating from Topeka West, Kenny went on to play baseball at the collegiate level. He earned scholarships to play baseball at Emporia State University, Missouri Western State College and Washburn University. He graduated from Washburn University in 2003, with a degree in Education. In 2003 and 2004 Kenny was an assistant baseball coach at Highland Park High School. In the fall of 2004, Kenny got his first teaching job at Santa Fe Trail High School in Carbondale. From 2004-2007, Kenny was an assistant baseball coach there. Along with his coaching experience, Kenny has also been a volunteer and event Captain for the Special Olympics. He has helped at a baseball camp for underprivileged youth and has volunteered for Topeka Parks & Recreation in an after school program that provided sports activities for mentally and physically challenged students. Kenny is currently an assistant baseball coach for the Washburn University Baseball team.
Adam Schroeder has been involved with baseball most of his life. Adam is a Seaman High School 2002 graduate where he earned many honors as a varsity baseball player. The fall after Adam graduated from Seaman started the beginning of his collegiate baseball career. He earned a scholarship to Hutchinson Community College, where he played for Jon Wente. In 2003, Adam went east to pitch for Bob Hughes at Saint Louis University. In 2006, Adam moved back to Topeka and played baseball at Washburn University for Steve Anson. Adam coached 7 seasons with the Midwest Bruins. He has previously coached two years with Post 400, and three seasons with the Topeka Golden Giants. During the 2006 season, he was the pitching coach for the Golden Giants college team. For the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Adam was the head coach for the 18 year old team. In addition to coaching. Adam also provides personal training.