Author Archives: Phil Warren


Former Gateway Grizzlies pitcher and Grizzlies Baseball Academy pitching instructor, Trevor Richards, continues to impress with the Miami Marlins.  Trevor has quickly made a name for himself in the Marlins farm system and is quickly climbing their ranks.  To read a little more about Trevor’s continued success, click HERE!


Baseball season is right around the corner.  This means off-season training is at its peak.  Grizzlies Baseball Academy is equipped to handle your training needs and help you achieve your baseball goals.  Lesson time-slots are filling up fast.  Your competition is already training, why aren’t you?

For more information and/or to register for lessons, please contact us at 618-781-8170 or  We have the experience and professionalism to help you achieve your baseball goals.  Grizzlies Baseball Academy has what it takes to handle your hitting, pitching, and fielding needs.


Grizzlies Baseball Academy is excited to welcome Sean Patrick to it’s team of instructors.  Sean’s expertise is catching and our clients will certainly benefit from his teaching.  We look forward to working with Sean moving forward and know he will have a positive impact on youth baseball in our area.


Sean is a graduate of Carterville High School in southern Illinois.  While in high school, he competed in the 1996 Jr. Pan Am and World baseball championships in Chiba, Japan, and was a four-year participant in the Southern Illinois Baseball Coaches Association (SIBCA) all-star game.  He was an academic all-American while a player at John A. Logan College. Also while at Logan, Sean was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 40th round of the 2000 MLB amateur draft.  After Logan, Sean was a two-year starter at catcher and DH at the University of Illinois. Sean signed as a free-agent with the Baltimore Orioles in 2003 and spent one year in the Orioles organization.  Other professional stops included the Gateway Grizzlies and Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier League) and the Schaumburg Flyers (Northern League).  Sean most recently played for the Norway (IA) Bandits of the Iowa Valley League (2013-2015) and the Paxton Swedes of the Eastern Illinois (E.I.) League (2016).


Sean’s coaching background includes two seasons as a volunteer assistant at John A. Logan College, the hitting coach for the Schaumburg Flyers (2005) and the bullpen coach for the So. Illinois Miners (2007). Sean has served as a senior American Legion head coach, was an assistant varsity baseball coach at Carbondale (IL) HS and JV baseball coach at Pinckneyville (IL) HS and has worked as a head or assistant coach for boys and girls golf, softball and girls basketball at the high school level.  Most recently he was the volunteer varsity assistant at Mahomet-Seymour HS in Mahomet, IL.  In addition, Sean has provided group and individual instruction at Future Swings in Marion, IL and ABG Prospects in Cedar Rapids, IA. Sean currently serves as an instructor at various baseball camps held at the University of Illinois and other colleges throughout the year and as the head coach of the 16u Z20 Legends based in Du Quoin, IL.


Sean is a graduate of John A. Logan College (A.A., A.S.), the University of Illinois (B.A.), and SIU-Carbondale (M.S.Ed. – Kinesiology and M.A.T. – Secondary Teaching).  He resides with his family in Millstadt, IL.

For more information and/or to schedule lessons with Sean Patrick, please call us at 618-781-8170 or email us at


We are proud to announce the addition of Darin Kinsolving to the Retro family. Darin is no stranger to youth baseball in the Metro-East and will certainly make a positive impact on the Retro Baseball Club experience.

Darin is currently a professional hitting instructor as well as Co-Owner of Grizzlies Baseball Academy, alongside Gateway Grizzlies Manager and Retro’s Director of Baseball Operations, Phil Warren. Together, Darin and Phil will make up the Baseball Operations department of Retro Baseball Club.  Darin will most certainly be a “face of the organization” moving forward.

Darin Kinsolving – Retro Baseball Club Director of Operations: 

“I’m excited to work with all the players, coaches, and parents in an effort to help make the Retro Organization even better.  We have a strong nucleus of management that knows exactly what it takes to help mold the players into fine young men off the field and successful baseball players on the field.  I appreciate the opportunity and look forward to being a part of the Retro Family!”

Gregg Edwards – Retro Baseball Club GM:

“We, as a staff, feel very fortunate to be having someone like Darin (DK) becoming a member of our leadership group.  DK will bring the day to day consistency in communication we have been missing since Mike Wilhelm stepped down.  DK will bring a level of progression to Retro’s growth as an organization, both internally and externally. Having DK being recognized as a face of Retro’s organization gives the program validity in additional circles of the amateur baseball network which we may not have been necessarily experiencing in the past.”

Phil Warren – Retro Baseball Club Director of Baseball Operations:

“I’m extremely excited about the addition of Darin to the Retro family.  I’ve been close to Darin for over 20 years and know that he brings nothing less than professionalism to the table.  There is no doubt that our players and coaches will benefit from Darin’s instruction, baseball expertise, and collegiate reach throughout the country.  Our Retro parents will also benefit from the addition of Darin by way of his handling of the Retro day-to-day operations and his efforts to ultimately enhance the Retro Baseball Club experience for all.”

DK’s experience includes:

High School…

– East Prairie High School
– 1996 Graduate


– Southeast Missouri State University
– May 2002 Graduate
– Major in Sports Management/ Minor in Marketing
– Division I Baseball Scholarship
– Honorable Mention All Ohio Valley Conference 3rd Base 1998
– Won Ohio Valley Conference Tournament 1998 – Advanced to   Regionals
– Played in the Northeast Collegiate Baseball League 1998
– Awarded team MVP in the Northeast Collegiate League 1998
– 1st team All Ohio Valley Conference 1st Base 2000
– All OVC Tournament Team 3rd Base 2000
– 2nd all-time at Southeast Missouri State in career home runs
– Top 10 all-time at Southeast Missouri State in RBI


– 6 years professional experience-Frontier League/ Northern League
– 2 time team MVP
– 2 time Frontier League All-Star
– Participated in Frontier League All-Star Homerun Derby 2002
– Frontier League All-Star (post-season selection) 2003
– Runner-up Frontier League MVP 2003
– 4th all-time in Frontier League in homeruns
– Former Gateway Grizzlies Hitting Coach


– CO-OWNER of Grizzlies Baseball Academy
– Hitting Instructor @ Grizzlies Baseball Academy






Along with former Gateway Grizzlies hitting coach Darin Kinsolving, Phil Warren is the owner of the Grizzlies Baseball Academy.

Warren is also the manager of the Grizzlies.  2014 will mark Warren’s eighth season as the skipper of the Grizzlies.  The St. Louis native is the longest tenured manager in Grizzlies history.

“I am truly blessed to have the opportunities in front of me that I do.  I couldn’t do what I do without the support of my wife, the guidance and quality up-bringing of my parents, the teamwork and companionship of my staff with the Gateway Grizzlies and Grizzlies Baseball Academy, and the trust and commitment of Rich Sauget and the Gateway Grizzlies Organization.  I enjoy helping develop youth baseball players in the Metro-East as well as Manage the Gateway Grizzlies Baseball Team in our quest for a Frontier League Championship.  It is a pleasure to be an integral component in our owner Rich Sauget’s mission to provide an affordable, family-friendly, fun, and complete baseball experience here at GCS Ballpark.”

Warren will enter 2014 with 356 career managerial wins, good for the most in team history and sixth most in league history.

A former star at Vianney High School and Southeast Missouri State University, Warren has led the Grizzlies to 54 wins or more in three of the last four seasons, including a West Division Title in 2012.  His 2013 team finished 53-43 and only one game short of the postseason.

“Phil has done an outstanding job as our manager,” Grizzlies general manager Steve Gomric said.  “We’re thrilled to have him back for another year.”

In 2010, Warren passed former manager Danny Cox to become the franchise’s all-time leader in managerial wins.

Warren guided the Grizzlies to a second-half turnaround and a second straight post-season appearance in his second season in the dugout in 2008. He led the club to a franchise-record 64 wins, and the West Division title in his inaugural season as the skipper.

The former Frontier League All-Star spent the 2006 season as the Director of Player Personnel and was named as the fourth manager in franchise history November 3, 2006.

Prior to the 2006 season, he spent three seasons on the playing field for the Grizzlies and parts of six seasons total in the Frontier League. Warren retired following the 2005 season, holding many of the Grizzlies career offensive records including most games, most hits, most home runs and most RBIs. Warren held 11 total Grizzlies career offensive records when he retired as a player.

Prior to his Frontier League career, the St. Louis native played baseball at SEMO. Warren played high school baseball and soccer at Vianney High School.

Warren continues to work closely with little leagues in the Metro East and the St. Louis area. He will direct Grizzlies Summer camps at GCS Ballpark and local league facilities.

Phil and his wife Sarah reside in Freeburg, Illinois along with their three labrador retrievers.