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Missouri Bulls Coaching Staff

Todd Pennington - Director of the Missouri Bulls & 18u Head Coach

Todd played for the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks from 1999 to 2001 where he became the staff ace.  In 2001 he was named a Louisville Slugger/TPX All-American and also a Baseball Weekly All-American.  He was named 1st Team All OVC and was named National Pitcher of the week.  His junior year Todd went 12-2 and led all NCAA Division 1 pitchers in ERA with a 1.33.  He was ranked nationally in wins with 12, in strikeouts with 121 and ranked 12th all time in NCAA history with 4.81 hits per nine innings.
Todd was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2001 where he spent most of his time in AA. He was named to the Rawlings All South Region pitcher of the year that same year.
Todd played in 7 professional seasons, winning four championship rings, and named to two all-star teams.  In 2003 he was named to the Baseball Weekly minor league all star team, lead Cleveland Indians minor league system in saves, named Rolaids relief man of the month, and  named to the prestigious Arizona Fall League.
In 2018, Todd was inducted into the Southeast Missouri State University Hall of Fame for his exceptional college baseball career.
Todd is in his 11th season will the Missouri Bulls Organization.  Coach Pennington lives in Jackson, MO with his wife Kristi. They have three children, Tuc (9u Bull), Ella, and Via. Coach Pennington enjoys playing golf, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Zach McKenney- 16u Head Coach

Zach graduated from Northwest High School in Cedar Hill, Missouri in 2012.  In time spent there he complied over 110 hits at the varsity level while earning all district and all region honors. After graduating Coach McKenney attended Three Rivers College and played infield.  After graduating from Three Rivers Zach attended the University of Missouri-St. Louis to continue his baseball career. He graduated from UMSL with a Bachelors in History. 

Immediately after graduation Coach McKenney began his college coaching career at UMSL with Jim Brady as a hitting and infield coach. During his time there UMSL was in the top five in hitting categories in the GLVC. After two seasons at UMSL McKenney moved to Poplar Bluff, Missouri and started coaching at Three Rivers College. He is currently in his third year coaching at Three Rivers and teaching at Poplar Bluff Junior High School. This will be his 3rd year coaching with the Missouri Bulls.  Coach McKenney resides in Poplar Bluff with his wife and family. 

Neil Johnson- 15u Head Coach

Neil Johnson played high school baseball for 4 years at Woodland High School in Marble Hill where he received honors as all conference, all district and all state. 

Neil went to play college baseball at Three Rivers on a scholarship as a outfielder and pitcher. Injuries would later not allowing him to finish his baseball career at the college level. Neil also coached at his alma mater, Woodland, for 2 years and had 2 successful seasons. He also works at Balls N Strikes as an instructor. This is Neil's 4th season coaching with the Missouri Bulls.  Neil resides in Advance, MO, with his wife Torie, and his son, Tyson, a 9u Bull.

Braden Cox- 14u Head Coach

Braden Cox was born and raised in Scott City, MO.  He was a multi-sport stand out at Scott City High School where he lettered in baseball, football, and basketball.  Braden was named the Scott-Mississippi County Conference Player of the Year for 2 consecutive years.  He was also named first team all-district, and first team all state.
Coach Cox's college baseball career continued at Three Rivers his freshman year, followed by his career at Southeast Missouri State University which began as a sophomore on the mound. In the summer of 2019, Braden played the inaugural winning season with the Cape Catfish and was considered one of the most dependable arms in the League coming out of the bullpen. He finished off that summer leading the Catfish in appearances with a 2.73 ERA and striking out 28 batters, while only walking 7. He was referred to as an unsung hero as a middle reliever, successfully getting the ball from the starter to the closer.
Braden resides in Cape Girardeau area.  He works for KFVS 12 and trains athletes at Balls N Strikes Cape Girardeau as well as coaching with Missouri Bulls Baseball.  

Lance Miller- 13u Head Coach

Lance Miller played 4 years of baseball for Scott City High School.  After high school, Lance attended Arkansas State University, where he played college football for 4 years. He earned All Big West Conference as a defensive lineman. Lance has coached youth baseball for the past 7 years, and this is his 3rd year with the Missouri Bulls Organization.

Lance resides in Scott City with his wife, Tiffani, and their 4 children, Ava, Khloe, Averie, and Lane (13u Bull).

Jim Duby- 13u Head Coach

Brian Hall- 13u Head Coach

Jamie Jackson- 12u Head Coach

Greg Hellwege- 12u Head Coach

Greg was born and raised in Cape Girardeau. He was a 3-year letterman in baseball and basketball for Cape Central High School. In 1994, Greg played 2nd base for the 4A State Championship Tiger baseball team. That summer he was a utility player and pitcher for the Post 63 American Legion State Championship baseball team. Greg went on to play 2nd base and pitch for William Jewell College and was named Freshman of the Year. Greg returned to Cape to finish his degree at Southeast Missouri State University. While going to college, he was an assistant coach for Jr. Legion with Coach Bob Coons and Sr. Babe Ruth with Coach Steve Williams. Over the years he has coached many youth sports teams in Cape.

Greg resides in Cape Girardeau with his wife Leslie and 3 of their 4 children: Heidi, Liam (12u Bull) and Paxton. Their oldest son Joshua is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State and resides in Franklin, KY.

Craig Ringwald- 11u Head Coach

Craig played baseball at Baylor University his freshman season. Following an injury at Baylor, he transferred to Three Rivers Community College where he played for two seasons. Following his time at Three Rivers, he completed his collegiate career at Murray State University. During his time at Murray State, he was honored as All-Conference Honorable Mention his senior season and was twice named Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week. Craig helped lead Murray State to the 2003 OVC Tournament Championship and a berth into the NCAA Regional Tournament. Craig is still tied for 4th in games started in a single season for Murray State. 

Craig has had the honor of playing under two head coaches for USA Baseball, Bob Coons and Steve Smith. 

This is Craig's 3rd season with the Missouri Bulls Organization. He lives in Cape Girardeau, MO with his wife Beth. They have four children: Addison, Sydney, Kennedy, and Max, an 11u Bull.

Dave Lawson- 10u Head Coach

Dave Lawson graduated from Windsor High school in Imperial Missouri as a 3 sport athlete.  Dave continued his baseball career at Jefferson College 1998-2000 where he was an all conference infielder.  After graduating Jeffco, Dave transferred to Southeast Missouri State 2001-2003 where he played infield, catcher, as well as finishing his career as outfielder.  Dave was a part of the OVC championship SEMO Indians team in 2002.  
After college Dave spent 2 seasons as assistant coach at SEMO assisting with hitters as well as outfielders.  Dave spent 10 years in Florida serving as a coach for several select baseball clubs in Tampa area as well as assistant coach for one season at Hernando Christian academy.   
Dave has spent the last 3 summers as an assistant coach with the Cape Catfish of the Prospect Collegiate League which he has helped to a runner up and a Championship season In 2021.  

Dave resides in Cape Girardeau with his wife Ashley, who is the SEMO head gymnastics coach, along with sons Chase (13u Bulls), and Bryce (10u Bulls).  Dave will serve as the 10u Missouri bulls coach as well will assist with 13u Bulls team.   Dave also works at balls and strikes as an instructor.  Dave truly loves the outdoors and spends most his free time hunting, fishing, golf, and family time.

Jamey Heisserer- 10u Head Coach

Coach Jamey Heisserer played baseball in high school and has coached both of his boys for the past 7 years. "I would like to thank Todd and the parents for allowing me to coach this Bulls team. Looking forward to a great year!!"

Coach Heisserer began coaching for the Missouri Bulls last fall, and we appreciate his energy and love of the game!  We are excited to have him involved in our organization. 

Ross Bennett- 9u Head Coach

Ross played baseball at Baylor University from 1999-2003. Bennett was a two-time All Big XII DH and a two-time All Midwest Region Selection.  Bennett led the Bears in batting in 2002 and remains the only player in Big XII history to bat over .350 for 3 consecutive seasons. Bennett led the Bears to a Big XII championship, 4 NCAA Regional Appearances, and 2 Super Regional Appearances. 

Bennett won a Gold Medal playing for Team USA in the 1996 Jr Pan American Games. Bennett was then drafted by the Washington Nationals (Montreal Expos) in the 1998 MLB Draft after an All American career for Cape Central High School. He declined the professional contract to attend Baylor University. 

While at Baylor, Bennett was named the Big XII Student Athlete of the year and a 1st Team Academic All American. He majored in Biochemistry and became a dentist following his playing career. Bennett has provided private batting instruction to athletes from T-ball players to Major League Baseball players.

Bennett resides in Cape Girardeau with his wife Jocey and their 5 kids.

Travis Smith- 9u Head Coach

Jonathan Blattel, Ridge Glasstetter, Josh Ford- 8u Coaches

Coach Jonathan Blattel was born and raised in Cape Girardeau, MO. He played golf at Notre Dame Regional High School and later one season for Missouri Baptist. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time with his family in the woods or on the lake. 

Coaching for the Bulls has renewed a competitive spirit and he is looking forward to an amazing 8u season. Jonathan resides in Cape Girardeau with his wife Jamie and their two children Keagan (8u Bull) and Kaleb. 

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