Olathe East Hawks Baseball

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Head Coach - Blake Iles


Coach Blake Iles is from Marysville, KS where he graduated high school and played baseball and basketball. Coach Iles was a three-year letterman in baseball and two-year letterman in basketball. Coach Iles then played one season at Dana College in Blair, NE before finishing his education at Fort Hays State University. Coach Iles began his coaching career in 2006 throughout multiple levels ranging from the varsity assistant at Marysville High School, assistant at Olathe Northwest, and for the KC Bullets Baseball Club serving as the head coach for the 16U program.


This will be Coach Iles’ second year at Olathe East, last year serving as the Junior Varsity coach. His coaching statement is: “I coach to inspire young men to be selfless teammates, committed to improving each day, displaying mental toughness, and knowing the importance of The W.I.N.” Coach values building relationships with his players and not only teaching the game of baseball, but the values of becoming a better young man, future husband, father, and member of society. “The W.I.N.” stands for “What’s Important Now”, constantly reminding his players there are much bigger things than baseball and teaching his players how to learn from every situation they are faced with.


Coach Iles is married to his beautiful wife Lindsey, who grew up and graduated from Olathe North. Lindsey is a manager at a home health agency called Kindred. They have 2 young children, Camden and Braden, who love playing sports themselves.


Assistant Head Coach - Murray Droescher

Coach Droescher is from Pierce, NE where he graduated from high school and played football, basketball and track. He also participated in his favorite sport, baseball (not a high school program), in the summers in the area Junior Legion program. Coach Droescher played football for four years at the University of South Dakota. Coach Droescher began his baseball coaching career at the youth level with his three sons, Brock, Tanner and Cole. Fifteen years later he has coached ages ranging from five to 16.


Coach Droescher’s passion is player development. A big part of that process is teaching players what it takes to be winners. He believes that, of all sports, baseball most closely imitates life outside of sports due to the relatively slow pace and amount of failure that is involved. Baseball can teach so many life lessons. Learning to be successful in baseball leads to habits that result in success off the field as well. Coach Droescher is a life-long learner and spends countless hours evaluating his approach to the game.


Coach Droescher is married to his lovely wife of 14 years, Jami and has five children: the three sons mentioned above and two older daughters.

  


Assistant Head Coach- Eric Harrington


Coach Eric Harrington is in his second year with the Olathe East baseball program here in 2019. A native of Port Huron, Michigan Coach Harrington will be working as the Outfield Coordinator this season after working as an Assistant Infield Coordinator last season. This season he will also be calling the shots for the C-team as their game day head coach after serving the same duty last year as well as doing the same for the D-team.


During his playing days, Coach Harrington played at Port Huron Northern High School where he earned all-district and all-league honors his senior season. After graduation he played at St. Clair County Community College for one official season after battling injuries. There he posted a batting average of .297 before hanging up the cleats to just focus on school.


After earning a B.A.A. from Central Michigan University he attended graduate school at Fort Hays State University working as the Sports Information Director Graduate Assistant from 2015-2017. While at FHSU Coach Harrington was the primary media contacts for the men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, softball, and wrestling programs his final year. Working on his third degree, he will be student teaching during the 2019 season in hopes to become a teacher the following year.


Also, while at Fort Hays State he met his now wife Amanda who was a four-year starter on the FHSU softball team. Amanda is also a coach herself as she is the head JV coach for the Olathe East softball program and the head varsity coach for the Shawnee Mission North gymnastics team.


Assistant Head Coach  – Brett Nickle


Coach Nickle is an Olathe native where he graduated from Olathe South (2013). He was a three-year letterman in baseball. He will start his first year in coaching at Olathe East after playing four years in college. He also is a first-year head coach at Kansas City Sports Club at the 16U level.


Coach Nickle earned a scholarship to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas where he played 2 seasons before transferring back home to Johnson County Community College. After one year at JCCC he transferred again to Washburn University where he finished up his last year of baseball. He hopes to use the knowledge he has gained through playing to help young ball players further their careers not only in baseball, but in their future endeavors beyond the game.


Coach Nickle is currently enrolled in the fire academy at Kansas City Community College and will be taking his EMT certification class this spring to become a firefighter. Coach Nickle is married to Christen Nickle, who he met while playing at Arkansas State. She is the physical education teacher at Rolling Ridge Elementary as well as the junior varsity coach at Olathe West. They are proud parents of a yellow lab, Riley.


Assistant Head Coach - Adam Livingston


Coach Livingston is from Neodesha, KS where he graduated high school and played baseball, basketball, and ran cross country. He lettered 4 years baseball, 3 years basketball, and 3 years cross country in addition to being a state contender in cross country. He played one year at Independence Community College before moving into the coaching side. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 2010 and master’s degree in 2015, both from Pittsburg State University. Go Gorillas! Coach Livingston met his future wife at PSU and her graduate program brought them to the KC metro in 2011.

This will be Coach Livingston’s first year at Olathe East. During his 7 years teaching, he has had the opportunity to coach not only baseball, but basketball, cross country, and soccer at high school, middle school and club levels. Sports, particularly baseball, have been a cornerstone of Coach Livingston’s life and he is passionate about sharing the sport from fundamentals up with student athletes. He is very excited to have the opportunity to work with your student athletes this year.

Coach Livingston’s biggest fan is his daughter, Cora, followed closely by his wife Amanda. Amanda is a Physical Therapist, working in inpatient rehab at Saint Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute. Cora and Amanda make it to as many games as they can and Cora will definitely be seen running around in her baseball hat watching her dad coach this season!