Baseball Coaches | Southwestern Illinois College

AND HEAD COACH – Dave Garcia

David Garcia, a long-time junior college head coach who also has experience at the independent professional level, Garcia (pronounced GARSH- shuh ) joins the SWIC program after making three-consecutive trips to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series as the head coach at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill. In July he was named as the Head Coach of the SWIC Blue Storm Baseball Program after spending the 2019 season at Western Carolina University as the team’s hitting coach. 

Over five seasons at Parkland, Garcia compiled a record of 214-88-2 as the head coach, guiding the Cobras to three-straight appearances in the NJCAA Division 2 World Series including a national runner-up finish in 2018. The 2017 squad finished with a 53-8 overall record, placing third nationally. Over his final two seasons, Parkland won a combined 98 games.

Garcia was two-time Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) Coach of the Year selection in 2016 and 2017 and collected Region 24 Coach of the Year three-straight seasons from 2016 to 2018. He mentored five NJCAA All-America selections while at Parkland with four players taken in the MLB Draft. He also moved 47 players to NCAA Division I programs from the junior college level.

While at Parkland in a full-time capacity, Garcia also helped supervise the athletic facilities, while also working with the fitness center and teaching kinesiology classes.

Garcia got his coaching start at Putnam County High where he served as the head baseball coach and athletic director. Over a seven-year period, Garcia posted an overall record of 124-51. He guided PCHS to appearances in the 1-A state baseball tournament in 2011 and 2013, leading the Panthers to the Sweet 16 in 2011 and a state runner-up finish in 2013. While a prep coach, he helped over 25 players move on to intercollegiate baseball.

Garcia also has eight years of professional baseball coaching experience. He spent four years with the independent Frontier League-member River City Rascals in O’Fallon, Missouri, where he was the bench coach for the 2010 squad that won the league championship. He was also a part of setting a league record with 68 regular season wins in 2011, again as the bench coach while adding assistant hitting coach duties.

Garcia spent a season with the Joliet (Ill.) Slammers as the hitting coach and working with the catchers, as well as working a couple seasons with the Normal (Ill.) Cornbelters as an assistant and hitting coach, both of the Frontier League. He was scheduled to serve as the Windy City Thunderbolts Pitching coach for the COVID season of 2020z

From 2017-2018, Garcia worked as an associate scout with the Los Angeles Dodgers, providing reports on potential prospects from his region that included the Big 10, Missouri Valley Conference, and junior college teams.

All told, 23 of the players he mentored over eight seasons in the independent league went on to sign with an MLB affiliated team.

A Granville, Ill., native, Garcia played collegiate baseball at Parkland College from 1998-2000 before venturing to Northern Illinois for baseball. Following his senior season, he signed a professional contract to play in the Frontier League with the Rockford (Ill.) Riverhawks.

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Adam Donachie-3rd Base Coach/Catching Coach

Adam Donachie’s playing career was comprised of 15 professional seasons as a catcher, first baseman, and third baseman. He was drafted in 2002 in the second round by the Kansas City Royals. Over his nine seasons in affiliated baseball, he progressed to AAA in the Baltimore Orioles organization (3 Big League Spring Training Invites) and up to AA with the Kansas City Royals organization (5 Big League Spring Training Invites). In 2012, he signed with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League (Independent) and played 5 seasons with them. In 2017 he shifted to a player-coach role with the team, thus beginning his coaching career. Since 2017 he has coached at Chicago State University and has been the catching coordinator for the Nexen Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization. Adam is looking to continue to teach the game at a high level.

Coach Garcia’s Quote on Coach Donachie:

“We are extremely lucky to add a baseball mind like Adam to the staff.  His experience both as a player and as a coach successfully at such high levels will be huge asset to our players both on the field and off.  Adam will work primarily with our defense specializing in developing our catchers and our corner infielders. Having over a decade of professional playing experience to go along with coaching collegiately  and internationally, his knowledge will contribute to the SWIC Program’s success immediately”

Tim Brown-Pitching Coach

Tim Brown is a veteran professional pitcher and travel enthusiast who has been playing professional baseball for 8 years and has established himself as one of the best pitchers in independent professional baseball history. A 2009 graduate of Pittsburg State University, Tim has spent his professional years playing mostly in the American Association and in the Frontier League with a brief stint in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. In his past three seasons with the Wingnuts.

In addition to being a durable starting pitcher who goes deep into games, he also has great command. His manager with the Wingnuts, Kevin Hooper, describes Tim as very “Greg Maddux-like,” referring to his ability to out-think opponents and use his pin-point accuracy to dominate games. The combination of these two strengths were on full display on July 20, 2013 when he threw a no hitter for the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League. Tim also won the American Association Championship in 2014 as a starting pitcher for the Wichita Wingnuts.

Coach Garcia’s Quote on Coach Brown:

 “Having Tim Brown join our coaching staff is to lead our pitchers is such a great addition to our team.  Tim has pitched professionally and internationally for over a decade.  Tim’s knowledge and competitiveness as a pitcher will be contagious to our pitchers in their careers.  Tim has had an unbelievable amount of success as a player, I am sure his successes as a player will be just as a great as a pitching coach.  Coach Brown knows pitching, I can’t wait to see his impact on our players”

Jacob Claspille-Asst Coach/Player Development Assistant

Jacob Claspille joins to Blue Storm Staff after working with the San Diego Padres as a Player Development Assistant.  Before joining the Padres, the 2018 Webster University Grad worked as a statistician for the Metro Collegiate League.  Afterwards, he entered college baseball as the Director of Analytics and the Assistant Coach for Harris Stowe State University.  Collecting data and analytics for both hitters and pitchers, Coach Claspille was responsible for developing scouting reports. Coach Claspille will be assisting the entire team, but primarily with the pitching staff on integrating arm care plans using date driven performance training techniques through the use of Driveline and Rhapsodo .

Coach Garcia’s Quote on Coach Claspille:

“Coach Claspille is a huge resource for our program.  He brings an incredible amount of knowledge of player development techniques/programs that will greatly impact our players throughout the year. He has experience both collegiately and professionally.  He will add a new element to our training techniques and statistical driven player development to our program”