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# Brian Blondell
Head Coach
1st Season
Blondell has strong roots in the baseball community, coming to Holy Cross from Elkhart Memorial High School, where he was lead assistant coach, charged with the development of the team's pitching staff.  Brian is also director of the north-central area's College Prospects of America, where he works to prepare high school student-athletes for collegiate level academics and athletics. Brian currently serves as Director of Player Operations for the Michiana Scrappers Travel Baseball Program.  

Blondell began his coaching career at South Bend Washington High School where he was lead assistant for four years.  He was then named pitching coach at Bethel College where he groomed two All-American pitchers, one of whom currently plays in the major leagues.  In 2005, Brian took the head coaching position at South Bend Riley High School where he led the Wildcats until 2007.  From 2007 to 2011, Coach Blondell served as lead assistant of St. Joseph's High School's baseball program.  


Blondell graduated from Bethel College in 1998 with a degree in business administration and marketing.  As a pitcher for the Bethel Pilots, Blondell was a three-year letter-winner and an NCCAA All-American.  

His extensive experience in baseball also includes working at the University of Notre Dame's baseball camps, serving as the site director for the Midwest Baseball Winter Camps, coaching the Crossroads Classic for top juniors in the State of Indiana, serving as committee director for the selection of the IHSBCA 2007 North All-Stars, and directing the 2008 North South All-Star Series held at the University of Notre Dame.  Brian is also an active member of the IHSBCA and ABCA.

Brian is married to the former Christi Whitfield, a standout volleyball player at Mishawaka High School and Bethel College, where she was competed on the 1998 NCCAA National Championship team.  Brian and Christi have three children: Alexis (10), Bryce (9), and Brenden (5).
2013 Baseball Roster
Roster for 2013 Baseball Team
#NameCl.Pos.B/THt.Wt.HometownPrevious School
1Mike TaralaSO1B 6-3175Schererville, Ind.
2Giovanni AyalaSO2B/OF/C 5-5160Miami, Fla.
3Max LinnvilleFRSS 5-10185Boone, Nc.
4Tom McCartneySOUTL 5-7165Saginaw, Mich.
5Jared JayneFRRHP/UTL 5-7160Lombard, Ill.
6Pat SweeneyJROF 5-7150Sarasota, Fla.
7Trevor HurleySOSS/3B 6-1175Sioux Falls, Sd.
9Andrew SalazarSOLHP 5-11165Tucson, Az.
10Brandon WeinkaufFRRHP/3B 6-0215Elkhart, Ind.
12Blake ComellaSORHP 6-3190Glendale, Az.
14Zach MahalkoFRRHP 5-10180Belle Vernon, Pa.
15Matt RudorferJROF 5-10170Farmington, Minn.
17Austin Kiser-PetrieJRRHP 5-10160Star City, Ind.
19Alec RodriguezSOC 6-0170Chicago, Ill.
21Blake CorrellFRC 5-11190Oak Creek, Wisc.
22Ben BournayJROF/3B 5-10190Dowagiac, Mich.
23Jake WoodJRRHP 6-0175South Haven, Mich.
24Paul KappazSO3B 6-2155Grosse Pointe, Mich.
25Jordan GardFRLHP 6-4190Mishawaka, Ind.
27Calib WiningerSORHP 6-1170Kokomo, Ind.
28Jordan HollenFROF 5-9190Victoria, Minn.
30Dan WawrzusinSROF 5-11175Potomac, Md.
31Alex ErwinFRRHP 6-5210Niles, Mich.
33Shane SiwekSORHP 6-5215Woodstock, Ill.
34Mike PizzutoSO1B 6-3225Sarasota, Fla.
Brian Blondell - Head Coach - 1st season
Todd Marazita - Head Assistant Coach - 1st season
Fred Bournay - Assistant Coach - 2nd season
Patrick Huyge - Manager - 1st season