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About Eastlake Chargers Baseball Academy
The Eastlake Chargers Baseball/Softball Academy is northern Indiana's premier baseball and softball training facility. ECBSA is located inside of Eastlake Athletic Club in Goshen, Indiana.
Our Goshen facility opened in October of 2015, and it includes 3 state of the art, pro-style batting cages 90' L x 14' W x 20' H, 3 pitching mounds, and 2 walls around the perimeter of the cages dedicated to elite arm care and velocity development. All of our batting cages are retractable which allows for a great 92' x 92' open area for throwing, fielding, and team defensive work.
Director of Operations
Justin Barber is in his third year at ECBSA as the Director of Operations. As a player, Justin recorded 250 strikeouts in high school during his four years of Varsity baseball. He led his high school, Inter-City Baptist (MI) to their only state championship game appearance in 2007. In 2007, he earned 1st-team All-State and conference MVP honors. Justin continued his playing career at Spring Arbor University from 2007-2011 where he played for legendary NAIA Hall of Fame coach, Sam Riggleman. At Spring Arbor, he was a part of a team that went to back-to-back NAIA World Series finishing 2nd & 3rd in the country respectively and was named team captain his senior year. Since graduating in 2011, his coaching resume includes two seasons as the head Varsity baseball coach at Lincoln HS in Ypsilanti, MI, five seasons as a coach for the Indiana Chargers, and 18 months as a lead pitching/hitting instructor at Great Lakes Baseball Academy in Canton, MI. Since Nov. of 2014, Justin has coached 17 athletes who have thrown a baseball 90 mph or harder as the lead pitching instructor at ECBSA.
ECBSA co-director and co-founder Joel Mishler has been involved with coaching, scouting, and giving lessons for 30 plus years. He served as the Glen Oaks Community College head baseball coach for 10 years where he won over 300 games and took his 2000 team to the World Series and a third place finish in NJCAA Div. II. During his tenure at Glen Oaks he coached 9 players that went on to play professional baseball and over 60 players that played at four-year universities and colleges. He served as an Associate Scout for the Baltimore Orioles from 1996 through 2005 and is currently an associate scout with the Miami Marlins. Mishler is co-director of the Indiana Chargers, as well, and since its inception in 2006, the Chargers have sent over 120 high school players onto play collegiate baseball.
Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
Evan joins ECBSA in 2015 as the strength & conditioning coordinator. He graduated from La Porte High School in La Porte, IN in 2010, with Academic Honors and a member of the National Honors Society. While attending La Porte High School, Evan earned six varsity letters. He was a three year high school letterman in both varsity baseball and basketball. Evan was a two year varsity basketball captain where he played the point guard position his junior and senior years. In baseball he was a 2 time All-Region selection and had a career batting average of .400. During his senior campaign, the Slicers were ranked 22nd in the nation by USA Today. The Slicer team consisted of 11 players who went on to play collegiate baseball. After high school, Evan went on and attended Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN, where he played baseball while juggling his college academics. He was selected team captain of the Eagles for 2 seasons and had a career batting average of .321.
As a senior, Evan batted a team and collegiate career best .358 while earning All-South Atlantic Conference honors. He set the all-time Carson-Newman baseball record with reaching base safely in 43 consecutive games, and he was the recipient of the 2015 Carson-Newman University Baseball MVP and Best Hitter awards. On March 24th, 2015, Evan was named the Player of the Week in the Volunteer State by the Tennessee Sportswriters' Association marking the first time that a Carson-Newman baseball player has earned the accolade. Evan finish 13th in the nation in doubles and was ranked top 10 nationally in doubles per game. While taking care of business at the plate, he also held a .991 fielding percentage. Evan graduated from Carson-Newman in 2014 with a degree in Exercise Science and in 2015 with a Master's in Education, with an emphasis in Leadership and Coaching. He is currently employed at Indiana University Health as the Wellness and Rehabilitation Clinical Specialist and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist.