Gregg Edwards – General Manager

Gregg was born and raised in St. Louis and currently serves as a Varsity High School coach in the St. Louis area.  Gregg has played as well as coached at the JUCO baseball level here in the Metro area.  He has served on the Board of Directors for SLABA Baseball for multiple terms, and was the Director of the Meramec Valley SLABA program for 5 years.  Gregg was the Director of the  Meramec Valley SLABA Program as well as the Founder and Director of The Knights of Under Armour and the Rawlings Titans Baseball Organizations.  He has been a leader in youth sports for 30 plus years.  Gregg looks forward to “the life lessons that parallel sports and watching boys grow into young men.  Helping educate players and parents on what it takes to be successful in youth sports and on to the next level as well with a goal of always trying to make a difference in a positive way”. As the General Manager of RETRO Baseball, Gregg’s an integral part in the day-to-day operations, coaches a team, and provides instruction to our players and coaches. Gregg lives in House Springs, Missouri and has 3 children of his own, 6 step children he shares with his wife Melissa, and 6  grandchildren.

Phil Warren – Director of Baseball Operations

Phil was born and raised in St. Louis and currently serves as the Manager of the Gateway Grizzlies Professional Baseball Teams as well as Co-Owner of Grizzlies Baseball Academy.  Phil is currently the longest tenured Gateway Grizzlies Manager, entering his 11th year as of 2017.  In 2010, Warren passed former manager Danny Cox to become the franchise’s all-time leader in managerial wins.  Phil’s total of 497 career managerial wins is good for 3rd place all-time in Frontier League history as of 2017. The former Frontier League All-Star spent the 2006 season as the Grizzlies Director of Player Personnel and was named as the fourth manager in franchise history November 3, 2006.  Prior to the 2006 season, the St. Louis native spent three seasons on the playing field for the Grizzlies and parts of six seasons total in the Frontier League. Phil retired following the 2005 season, holding many of the Grizzlies career offensive records including most games, most hits, most home runs and most RBIs. Phil held 11 total Grizzlies career offensive records when he retired as a player.  Prior to his Frontier League career, the St. Louis native played baseball at Southeast Missouri State University. Phil played high school baseball and soccer at St. John Vianney High School.  Phil continues to work closely with youth baseball players and their families in the Metro East and the St. Louis area and is committed through RETRO Baseball Club and Grizzlies Baseball Academy to help ensure a successful brand of youth baseball. He will direct Grizzlies Summer camps at GCS Ballpark and local league facilities.  Phil is a Co-Owner of P&D Baseball LLC. The company owns and operates the Grizzlies Baseball Academy. Phil, his wife Sarah, and their three Labrador Retrievers, Drake, Bella, & Dixie reside in Freeburg, Illinois.


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 currently resides in Edwardsville, Illinois.



Richard Barrett was born and raised in Southern California where he is a son to William Barrett and Tami Barrett. He currently serves as a pitching instructor for the Grizzlies Baseball Academy and a lead instructor for Team Retro. He first started his coaching career as an instructor in Burbank, California and went on to serve as the pitching coach at his own high school for two years. From there he continued his coaching career at Lewis and Clark Community College in Alton, Illinois all while still playing professional baseball. Richard spent six years in Independent Baseball playing for Gateway Grizzlies, Windy City Thunderbolts, River City Rascals and then on to the American Association with the Amarillo Thunderheads. He began his professional playing career with the Gateway Grizzlies both as a starter and a reliever for five years, ultimately excelling into the closer role. Richard currently holds two franchise records for the Gateway Grizzles which include the all-time appearances and all-time save records. Upon Richard’s retirement from playing, he went on to be the assistant pitching coach for the Gateway Grizzlies in 2016 and currently still holds that position. For RETRO, Richard has served as a coach and currently serves as a lead pitching instructor.  Richard enjoys being able to teach players from the 8U level all the way through the professional ranks.  Richard currently resides in St. Peters, Missouri.


Jake was born in raised in St. Louis, Missouri. After playing baseball and basketball at St. John Vianney High School, Jake received a baseball scholarship to Colorado Christian University in Denver, Colorado. While studying Youth Ministry, Jake played four years as a P, 1B, and 3B. Jake returned to St. Louis to start the youth ministry at Quest Church in Wildwood, where he currently works as a pastor. Jake has also been a coaching since his return from college. He has coached at Roosevelt High School, Desmet High School, and with SLABA. For Retro, Jake serves as a both a coach and lead instructor. He is also currently coaching baseball at Whitfield School and softball at Lutheran South. Jake loves the many lessons that he has learned on the baseball field and now wishes to impart those lessons on to the players he coaches. Jake lives in Eureka, MO and will be getting married in May of 2017.


Brian was born and raised in Cahokia, Illinois before moving to Imperial, Missouri prior to his sophomore year of high school. Brian played at the varsity level all four years of high school and received numerous all-conference honors. He received multiple opportunities to play at the collegiate level, but due to arm injuries decided his days as a player were at an end. Brian currently serves as a lead instructor and manager of the 14u team. He has been coaching youth baseball for four years and enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge of the game with the players he teaches. Brian lives in Imperial with his wife Marie.


Chris was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating from Webster Groves High School in 2006. Chris played multiple sports, including baseball, football, and wrestling.

Upon graduating from Webster Groves High School, Chris went on to play football at Missouri valley college before transferring to McKendree University. At McKendree, Chris played football and baseball for three years while earning his Masters of Business Administration Degree. Chris began coaching select baseball his sophomore year of college with the St. Louis Sting.  During his junior year, Chris managed an independent team out of Webster Groves high school while also heading the RBI program at Mathew-Dickey’s Boys and Girls Club. In 2012, Chris joined with Gregg Edwards and Mike Wilhelm to continue his youth baseball coaching.  Chris assisted on the 13U National Team and continued to coach them until they completed their 17U season.  Chris currently coaches at Webster Groves High School, the RBI Program at Mathew-Dickey’s, and with RETRO. To Chris, the most rewarding part about coaching is inspiring, motivating, and showing kids their true potential.  As a coach, Chris’ goal is not only to teach the mechanics and philosophies of the game, but to help the players foster a sense of humility and discipline in order to build character for their respective future.


Mike was born in Tiffin, Ohio.  Mike graduated from Seneca East High School in Attica, Ohio in 2000, where he played baseball and basketball. In 2000, Mike received the Division 3 Ohio Player of the Year Award for baseball and was awarded the Rawlings 1st team All American Award.  Mike currently still holds the Ohio single season batting average record of .810.  After graduating high school, Mike received an athletic scholarship to play baseball at Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois.  At Rend Lake College, Mike earned the Division 1 Junior College All American Award in 2002 as well as graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree. From there, Mike received a baseball scholarship from the University of Kentucky for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. During his 2-year career at the University of Kentucky, Mike compiled a .324 batting average, 24 homeruns and 97RBI.  Upon graduating from the University of Kentucky, Mike was signed by the Gateway Grizzlies Professional Baseball Club in June of 2004. Mike played professionally for the Grizzlies for 5 years. As a member of the Gateway Grizzlies, Mike was a 2-time Frontier League All-Star, was named to the post season All Frontier League Team, holds the all-time RBI (315) and Hits record (459) for the Frontier League, and is second all-time in the Frontier League in home runs (83).  Mike was inducted into the Frontier League Hall of Fame in 2015.  Mike’s coaching career began in 2005, where he led the varsity baseball team at Buckeye Central High School in Ohio (20-5 record) to the regional finals. In the fall of 2008, Mike coached for the Southern Illinois Swing.  Mike’s professional coaching experience includes serving as the hitting coach for the Gateway Grizzlies, Manager of the Joliet Slammers in the Frontier League, and the hitting coach for the River City Rascals.  Currently, Mike serves as a lead hitting instructor at Grizzlies Baseball Academy and a volunteer hitting coach for the Gateway Grizzlies.  Mike enjoys helping youth baseball players achieve their goals and chase their baseball dreams.  Mike resides in Belleville, Illinois.

MIKE WILHELM – Director of Baseball Operations

Mike attended Oakville High School and went on to pitch locally at Harris Stowe University and Jefferson College.  He received Bachelor’s Degrees in both Kinesiology and Sports Management from Missouri Baptist University.  He coached baseball for Oakville American Legion, Webster Groves High School, Whitfield High School and was the pitching coordinator for the Meramec Valley Baseball Organization before moving on to his current position with RETRO Baseball.  Since 2002, Mike’s full-time job has been doing private pitching instruction at the St. Louis Baseball Academy in Lemay, MO.  Mike’s goal is to get each player to achieve his personal best.  Mike resides in Fenton, MO with his wife Amanda and Puggle Spartacus.


Dom was born and raised in Joliet, Illinois.  Dom graduated from Providence Catholic High School in 2011.  Dom went on to play college baseball at Joliet Junior College (2011-2013) where he was a NJCAA All-American in 2012-2013 and a NJCAA National Champion in 2011.  After his 2 years at Joliet Junior College, Dom earned a full athletic scholarship to play baseball at Saint Joseph’s College (2013-2015).  After a solid collegiate playing career, Dom moved on to coaching.  Dom is currently an Assistant Baseball Coach at Lindenwood-Belleville University (2015-Present) as well as a Lead Instructor & Coach for RETRO.  Dom’s baseball area of expertise is catching, hitting, and defense.  Dom enjoys and takes pride in helping players achieve their baseball goals, on and off the field, as well as being a mentor as the players grow into adulthood.  Dom also serves as a catching and hitting instructor at Grizzlies Baseball Academy.  Dom currently resides in Belleville, Illinois.