Scott Patterson

Scott's baseball career began in 2002 for the Gateway Grizzles, where he was named pitcher of the year in 2003. His drive, passion, and leadership abilities on the field launched him to a very successful baseball career. 

Former pitcher for the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres, Scott is an accomplished athlete with 15 years of playing experience in professional baseball. 

  • 2003, Pitcher of the Year for the Grizzles

  • 2005, AA for Trenton Thunder

  • 2006, Runner up Minor League Pitcher of the Year for Thunder

  • 2006, Eastern League Champions for Trenton Thunder

  • 2008, AAA Scranton Yankees

  • 2008, Middle Relief Pitcher for New York Yankees

  • 2008, Middle Relief Pitcher for San Diego Padres

  • 2009, All Star for AAA Portland Beavers 

  • AAA for Seattle Mariners

  • Pacific Coast League Champions

  • Team USA, Bronze in World Cup

  • Team USA, Silver in Pan Am Games (most saves recorded for a pitcher, 4 in series)

  • AAA, Middle Relief Pitcher for New York Mets

  • Lancaster Barnstormers, Atlantic League Champions

  • 2017, Pitching Coach for Lancaster Barnstormers

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Neil Fiala

A former major league player for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds in 1981, Neil brings over four decades of playing, coaching and instructing experience to the Zone. His dedication and passion for the game doesn’t go unnoticed as he’s earned numerous awards throughout his playing and coaching career. His strong reputation as an instructor and coach has led to 92 of his former players signing professional contracts along with 14 playing in the major leagues.

  • 25 year Head Coach of Southwestern Illinois College 1994-2018. Finished with 890 wins.

  • Gateway Grizzlies Bench coach - 2003-2006

  • River City Rascals Manager - 2000-2002

  • University of Illinois Asst. Baseball Coach, '91-93.

  • New York Yankees minor league coach '89-90

  • Named to Junior College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame 2016

  • Named to St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame 2007

  • Named to NJCAA JUCO World Series 50th Golden Anniversary Team 2007

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Steve Nicollerat

With about 40 years of coaching varsity baseball at St. Louis University High School, running his Youth Baseball Camp for almost 30 years, and many more years playing, including collegiate ball at St. Louis University, Steve has developed a system of teaching baseball which emphasizes fundamentals and positive development, both athletically and personally.

He offers hitting lessons for both baseball and fastpitch.

  • 38 years as Varsity Head Coach at St. Louis University High School

  • 28 years of running Youth Baseball Camps

  • Former NCAA D-1 Men's Basketball Referee

  • Greater St. Louis Amateur Baseball Association Hall of Fame Member

  • Bob Broeg Award Winner - Most Influential Coach

  • Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

  • Missouri Umpire Coach of the Year Award

  • 1 of only 6 National Epstein Certified Master Hitting Instructors

  • 600+ wins (3rd overall in Missouri)