"Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical."
                - Yogi Berra
 

Kindle's Sports Academy Staff

Owner- Jud Kindle

Jud Kindle, a 2000 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School, brings a wealth of experience to baseball. He served as assistant baseball coach at Missouri State University in 2004-2005 and as head coach for the Chillicothe Mudcats of the MINK (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas) league, a collegiate summer league, in 2008.

From 2007-2012 Kindle taught elementary Physical Education and served as varsity baseball coach in the Knob Noster School District. He has been head varsity baseball coach at Smith-Cotton High School since 2013.

In 2009 Kindle founded the Sedalia Bombers, a MINK league team, and continues to serve as manager. He has been responsible for recruiting players from colleges throughout the country, securing host families, scheduling games, securing sponsorships to fund the program, and spearheading the Bombers’ community service efforts. In 2011 he opened Kindle Sports Academy, which provides instruction in baseball fundamentals for youth who want to improve their skills.

He began his collegiate playing career at Crowder College, where he received an Associate of Arts degree in 2002. He was elected to the Crowder College Hall Of Fame in 2012. He finished his collegiate career at Missouri State University, where he earned Missouri Valley Conference First-Team Catcher of the Year in 2004.

He played minor league baseball for the Ozark Ducks in Ozark, Missouri, in 2004, and for the Evansville Otters in Evansville, Indiana, in 2005.

 Kindle received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education in 2005 and a master’s degree in Health Promotion and Wellness Management in 2008, both from Missouri State University.

Kindle is now the head coach for the newly added baseball program at State Fair Community College.

Facility Manager: Blake Allee-Lightfoot

Blake Allee-Lightfoot is a 2015 graduate from Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia, Missouri. Out of high school Blake attended Missouri Science & Technology in Rolla, Missouri going to obtain his bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management.

After a short sting in Rolla, Blake then transferred to the University of Central Missouri, where he is obtaining his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management.

In 2017, Blake worked as an intern for the collegiate Sedalia Bombers as game day operations. He helped with game day events, game day promotions, concessions, merchandising, and ticketing. He will also oversee these duties for the following years to come.

At Kindle’s Sports Academy, Blake will oversee scheduling, inventory, sales, and budgeting.

Head Instructor - Ty White

Please welcome new head instructor at Kindle's Sports Academy, Tymon (Ty) White! He will be available for any baseball/softball lessons and strength and agility training.

Get to know Ty White: Coach White earned his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis areas in business, exercise science and physical education. He was also a member of the baseball program at both Arkansas State and Crowder College where he played in all 237 games of his career. As a freshman at Crowder, White hit .381 and won the most promising freshman award. In his sophomore season, he hit for a .356 clip, was named team MVP and broke both the school and the NJCAA DI single-season triples record with 15.

In two seasons at Arkansas State, White hit .300 and .318 as the primary leadoff hitter and right fielder. While at ASU, he was given the first ever Ed Way Heart & Hustle Award as well as earning SBC player of the week and all-tournament team honors his senior season. In the conference tournament, White tied the record for most triples in a single game (2) and overall triples in the tournament (3).

After graduation, he joined the coaching staff at Benedictine College alongside Anthony Everman and Adam Hilker as a graduate assistant. Here, White oversaw base running, outfielders, strength and conditioning, helped with hitters and coached first base. The Ravens posted a 35-22 record, which was the best since 2006.

White will join coaches Jud Kindle and Nick Petree on the Roadrunner Baseball staff this fall. He will be in charge of base running and outfielders as well as the strength and conditioning program. His other duties will include helping with the hitters, recruiting and coaching first base in the spring.

Softball Instructor - Haley Kinnison

Haley Kinnison is in her first year as an instructor for softball at Kindle’s Sports Academy.¬† The Lee’s Summit North High School graduate brings a variety of experience to her new position at KSA. Kinnison serves as the pitching coach for the Lady Roadrunners.

Kinnison has experience in working with youth pitchers of all ages and ability levels. She was an assistant coach of the 12U Lee’s Summit Mustangs in 2013-2014, where she coordinated practices. She was also an instructor at the Kearney High School Softball Camp. She taught the fundamentals of hitting, fielding and pitching to elementary and high school athletes in 2013-2014.

From 2012 to the present Kinnison has served as a pitching instructor for beginner and intermediate athletes in Lee’s Summit. She has worked one-on-one with players ranging in age from eight to 15.

Kinnison served as a volunteer for the Joplin School District, where she tutored and read to students from 2012 to 2014. She served as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes baseball/softball camp leader. She taught the fundamentals of pitching to elementary and high school athletes in 2010. She also worked at the Lee’s Summit North Softball Camp as an instructor where she taught fundamentals of hitting, fielding, and pitching to elementary and high school athletes from 2009 to the present.

Kinnison began her collegiate career at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. She was named the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 29, 2014. She was also named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll in 2014.

She transferred to Central Methodist University to finish her collegiate career. She helped her team to the NAIA World Series finishing fifth in 2015. Kinnison was named an NAIA second-team All-American in 2015. She was named first-team all-region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and the Heart of America Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year both in 2015.

Kinnison earned a Bachelor of Science in Child Development in the spring of 2016 from Central Methodist University.