Junior Coaches Announced for 16/17 Season


The Springvale Lions Baseball Club are excited to announce junior coaches for the upcoming 2016/17 summer season.

Including three former Australian  representatives, one current Australian representative, the current Australian Women’s Team Head Coach, plus two club life members, the Big Cats are looking forward to providing some great development opportunities for all young players at the club.

The summer season for juniors will include an eight week high performance program (2 x four week blocks) that will run on a Monday night  The free program will provide extra training sessions for representative level and developing players who are looking for position specific one on one, high intensity instruction on top or regular club trainings.

The High Performance program will be conducted by a variety of coaches throughout the season, including on-field and off-field sessions with Club Coach Myles Barnden, Assistant coach Michael Crooks and other current men’s and women’s Division One players.

Details in regard to our T-Ball program will be provided in the coming months, with a scheduled start date of mid-October 2016.


Under 12’s

HEAD COACH – Simone Wearne

ASSISTANTS – Sinead Flanigan & Peter Gelsi

Under 14’s

HEAD COACH – Shae Lillywhite

ASSISTANTS – TBC (please enquire)

Under 16’s

HEAD COACH – Chipper Maurer

ASSISTANTS – TBC (please enquire)

Under 18’s

HEAD COACH – Ben Rosewall



Coach History

Simone Wearne 

  • Current Australian Women’s Team Head Coach (bronze medal 2014 Women’s World Cup, Japan)
  • 11 time Australian Team representative
  • 9 time Victorian Women’s Team representative
  • 2 time Australian Women’s Player of the Year
  • 2006 All-World Team Selection, Starting Pitcher (Taiwan)
  • 2012 Induction as first female and youngest person into the Australian Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 2013 Victorian Women’s Baseball Team, Head Coach
  • 15+ years experience in junior coaching at Springvale Baseball Club

Sinead Flanigan

  • 2010 Australian Team representative
  • 2010 Silver medallist, Women’s World Cup (Venezuela)
  • 6 time Victorian Women’s Team representative
  • 2013 Under 15 Girls Victorian Team, Assistant Coach
  • 2015/16 Bill Reay Trophy winner (Springvale Women’s Division One Team Best & Fairest)

Peter Gelsi

  • 30+ years coaching junior player at Springvale
  • Current BV and DBA accredited umpire
  • Springvale Life Member

Shae Lillywhite

  • 15 years as a player on Australian Women’s Team
  • Silver medal (2010 World Cup), bronze medal (2014 World Cup)
  • 16 time Victorian Women’s Team representative
  • 2015/2016, Victorian Women’s Team, Assistant Coach
  • 2 time All-World Selection, Infielder
  • 1 time Australian Women’s Player of the Year
  • 2015 Head Coach, Victorian Junior Girls Training Academy
  • 2016 Head Coach, Southern Mariners Junior Girls Team (champions)
  • 2015 Head Coach, Aussie Hearts Junior Touring Team (LA)
  • 5+ years experience in junior coaching

Chipper Maurer

  • Former Head Coach, Victorian Summer League, Division Two
  • 2014/15 – current Springvale Lions, Division One Reserves, Head Coach
  • Former Head Coach, Melbourne Winter Baseball League
  • Current Division One player, Victorian Summer League
  • 2015/16 Division One Firsts, Assistant Coach
  • 10+ years experience in junior coaching

Ben Rosewall

  • 5+ years experience in junior coaching at Springvale Baseball Club and Berwick Baseball Club
  • 2013-14, Dandenong Baseball Association representative Junior Coach
  • 2015, Dandenong Baseball Association Under 14 Coach
  • 2014-current, Under 18 Metro Team, Head Coach

Robert Hogan

  • Australian Team representative, Pitcher
  • Waverley Reds representative, Pitcher
  • Victorian Claxton Shield representative, Pitcher
  • National League Championship winner, Waverley Reds (ABL)
  • 4th all time in innings pitched for the Waverley Reds (172)
  • 5th all time in ERA for the Waverley Reds with an ERA (4.66)
  • 5th all time in Strikeouts for the Waverley Reds (103)
  • O’Brien medallist, DBA Best & Fairest
  • 20+ years experience in junior coaching at Springvale Baseball Club and Berwick Baseball Club
  • 2016 Victorian Under 18 White Team, Assistant Coach
  • Springvale Life Member