John WelkerHead Coach
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Coach Welker is in his second season as head baseball coach for the Roadrunners. In 2011 with five returning players he began to rebuild the COD program. The Roadrunners improved from a 13-23 overall record in 2011 to a 3rd place league finish, 15-9 and 18-16 overall for the 2012 season.
Coach Welker has over 30 years of coaching experience which includes coaching select players for Baseball Northwest & West Coast Baseball Training and Development Academy in Seattle, Washington, Baseball Northwest /Washington State’s Senior Fall Scout team, Arizona Fall Showcase Team, Baseball Northwest Regional Team at Baseball America's Perfect Game Tournaments in Florida, and 18U Northwest Timberjack’s Prospect Scout Team in Tacoma, Washington. From 2006 to 2010 coach Welker rebuilt Sumner high school’s baseball program (Sumner, WA). In 2010 Welker coached them to their first Washington State Tournament of Champions in 25 years and was nominated for Sumner school district Coach of the Year.
Coach Welker has a passion for helping athletes reach the next level. In the past eight years of coaching select and prospect players, 100 players went on to play Division-I baseball and 34 players were drafted by MLB.
Coach John Welker and his wife, Jill, have thre grown sons. All three received Division-I baseball scholarships, two played professionally, one of whom currently is on the 40-man roster, playing Triple-A ball for the Pittsburgh Pirate organization.
Coach Tim Adams started as a player coach in 1974 in the U.S. Army as a Single A player on the U.S. Army Inter-Agency All Stars. After baseball, Coach Adams developed the Non-Commissioned Officers’ Athletic & Recreation Division for athletes stationed away overseas. Coach Adams developed and established divisional and battalion leagues for football, baseball and basketball; then establishing a men’s volleyball and softball league. Coach Adams returned to the U.S. to coach little league and high school in Orange County and Palm Desert before coming to College of the Desert