Joe Marker, Director of Baseball Operations
Marker has founded clinics and worked in the baseball camp industry for over 25 years. He is in his
eighth season with U.S. Baseball Academy. In addition to program development, he is the liaison to
each Site Director and is responsible for maintaining quality control at each location nationwide.
Marker has spent eight years as a professional scout with the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds and
has amassed more than 800 wins as a high school and American Legion coach in Greenville, Ohio. As a high school and Legion coach,
Marker has sent over 100 athletes to play Division I college baseball, and has had numerous players drafted by professional teams.
Our advisory staff of current and former professional players helps in the
development and implementation of our program. They help ensure that our drills
and weekly itinerary are not only consistent with major-league instruction, but
also that we remain aware of innovations and new drills in teaching hitters and
pitchers at the highest levels.
Webb, as the ace of the pitching staff for the Arizona Diamondbacks, has already established himself
as one of the elite pitchers in the game. He has won over 100 games in his career including a career
high 22 wins in 2008. Webb won the National League Cy Young award in 2006 and was runner-up in 2005,
2007 and 2008. He ranks among the league's best in innings pitched, strikeouts, quality starts, wins,
shutouts, complete games and opponent's batting average.
Paul O'Neill broke into the major leagues with the Cincinnati Reds in 1985. He
was a member of their 1990 World Championship team. However, the strongest
points in his career came as a member of the New York Yankees, winning the '96
World Series and three straight championships with the team in '98, '99, 2000.
In nine seasons with the Yankees, he hit 185 homeruns and 858 RBIs while
hitting over .300 six times.
Dibble was one of the most dominant pitchers during his brief major league
career. He was one third of the trio known as the "Nasty Boys," winning the MVP
of the World Series with the Cincinnati Reds in 1990. He played just seven
seasons because of injuries, five with the Reds and one each with the Milwaukee
Brewers and Chicago White Sox. For his career he saved 89 games with a 2.89
earned run average. He became an All-Star in 1990 and '91 and currently serves
as a baseball analyst for ESPN television.
Jeff Shaw began his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1990. After years of
middle relief, Shaw became one of the game's best closers in 1997 with the
Cincinnati Reds, closing 42 games. He began the '98 season with the Reds before
being traded to the Dodgers. He saved 48 games total in '98 and went on to save
104 games over his last three seasons with the Dodgers. For his career, he
saved 203 games with an earned run average of 3.55, becoming an All-Star in '98
Oliver began his career with the Cincinnati Reds and played an integral part in
their 1990 World Series championship victory. Oliver played thirteen seasons in
the majors, eight with the Reds. He also played for the Milwaukee Brewers,
Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox. He
played in nearly 1,100 games for his career, hitting 102 homeruns and nearly
500 RBIs. He had his best season in 1992 when he hit .270 with 10 homeruns and
Browning broke into the majors in a big way, winning 20 games in 1985 while
losing just 9. He became the first rookie to win 20 games since 1954, a feat
that included 11 straight victories. Browning went 106-75 over the next seven
seasons, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a World Series championship in 1990.
His most memorable moment occurred in 1988 when he pitched a perfect game
against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 16. In major league history, there
have been just 16 perfect games. Browning finished his career 123-90 with an
earned run average of 3.94.
Davenport spent the majority of his career as a bullpen catcher, signing on
with the Boston Red Sox in 1994 as a non-drafted free agent. He played in the
Red Sox farm system for several years before leaving to coach with the Arizona
Diamondbacks. He also served as a bullpen catcher for the Chicago Cubs in 1999.
Branson broke into the major leagues in 1992 with the Cincinnati Reds. He had
his best season as a regular in 1995 where he played in 122 games and hit .260
while belting 12 homeruns and 45 RBIs. For his career, he played in 694 games
while hitting near .250. Branson also played for the Cleveland Indians and the
Los Angeles Dodgers.
Jarvis began his career in 1994 with the Reds but his best years came as a
member of the San Diego Padres. In 1994, he led the Padres with 12 wins, with
11 losses and an earned run average of 4.80. Jarvis began the 2004 season with
the Seattle Mariners before parting ways with the team early in the season.
During his career, he has started 114 games.
Dorsett played eight seasons in the major leagues, breaking in with the
Cleveland Indians in 1987. Dorsett played in 163 games during his career with
92 hits in 411 at bats. A solid catcher, Dorsett made just 4 errors in 134
We have worked for 20 years developing a top-notch instructional program, but
we all recognize a baseball academy is only as good as the coaches who
implement it. That's why each year U.S. Baseball Academy's Site Directors
search for the best available high school and college coaches in their area,
people who not only are qualified baseball instructors, but who also enjoy
working with young players. We don't waste your money by paying a major-leaguer
$3,000 to come lecture and sign autographs for an hour. We load up on the best
baseball teachers we can find and maintain a 5:1 or 6:1 player-coach ratio. As
each Site Director selects his staff, we require that all instructors be
current or former coaches at the high school or college level. We will be
building our staff at each location as the registrations come in and finalize
it a few weeks before the beginning of camp.