Darin (DK) is a 1996 graduate of East Prairie High School. DK earned a Division I scholarship to play baseball at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) for four years, ultimately graduating with a Sports Management and Marketing Degree in 2002. DK earned several awards as a player at SEMO, including the Honorable Mention All Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Award in 1998, 1st Team All Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Award in 2000, and the All OVC Tournament Team Award in 2000. DK was also a member of the 1998 team at SEMO that won the OVC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA D1 Baseball Regional Tournament. In 1998, DK played summer baseball in the Northeast Collegiate Baseball League where he earned the team MVP award. DK is still in the top 10 ranks for home runs and RBI in SEMO’s record book. After college, DK went on to play 6 years of professional baseball, spending time in the Frontier League and the Northern League. Professionally, DK is a 2-time MVP, 2-time Frontier League All Star, and ranks in the top 10 in home runs in the Frontier League record book. Since retiring from playing, DK has served as a volunteer hitting coach for the Gateway Grizzlies Professional Baseball Team. DK is also Co-Owner of Grizzlies Baseball Academy with current Gateway Grizzlies Manager, Phil Warren. DK specializes in hitting and serves the Metro-East area’s youth baseball movement by performing individual hitting lessons at Grizzlies Baseball Academy. DK is also an asset to parents as they navigate through their son’s baseball goals. DK is newly married and currently resides in Edwardsville, Illinois.