Manager/Baseball & Softball Instructor Bobby offers a range of instruction including: Hitting, infield, outfield, catching, throwing mechanics, and base running. Bobby Segal, hitting coach for the Evansville Otters, will be managing the day-to-day operations at Britton’s Bullpen in Fort Branch, IN. Under the offensive guidance of Segal in 2016, the Otters captured their second Frontier League Championship in franchise history. Second baseman Josh Allen was named league Most Valuable Player while the club led the 12-team league in triples, finished second in doubles and stolen bases, and in the top third in every other offensive category. As a collegiate hitting coach over the last nine seasons, Segal has helped his teams to a 358-161 (.690) overall record and 153-60 (.718) league mark. While making stops at Union College (2008-09), Butler University (2010), Iowa Western College (2011), Tarleton State University (2012) and Wabash Valley College (2013-16), his teams have earned seven national rankings and made six appearances in national postseason tournaments. In six summers as a manager and coach, Segal’s teams have compiled a 276-168 (.622) overall record. His clubs recorded three first-place finishes and three second-place efforts. Segal managed in three All-Star Games and helped his teams to five playoff appearances. His 2015 collegiate team, the Terre Haute Rex, captured a Prospect League championship. His 2013 professional club, the Gary RailCats, won an American Association title. Segal was named 2015 Prospect League Manager of the Year after the Rex went 47-17 overall and captured the organization’s first league championship. After beginning the season with a 14-1 record, the nation’s eighth-ranked team set a league record for regular-season wins (43). As the third base and hitting coach in Gary, the 2013 RailCats registered a 64-43 record on their way to a league title. Segal, a native of Indianapolis, has developed and guided 86 collegiate student-athletes who have moved on to play at four-year institutions and 54 other players who have signed professional baseball contracts. As a three-year letterwinner and Academic All-Big Ten selection as a catcher at Indiana University, Segal earned a bachelors degree in sport management in May 2006. He would also go on to earn a master’s degree in health and physical education from Union in May 2009. He and his wife, the former Rachel Harvey, live with their son, Asher and Daughter Lilly, in Fort Branch, IN
Matt is originally from Tamp Florida, a graduate of Gulf High School. He has spent the last 7 years in the area, coaching and training baseball/softball players at Britton’s Bullpen in Olney from 6-7s up to high school ball players. A student of the game, Matt was the head baseball coach for Cisne Middle School in 2014 and 2015, Assistant high school baseball coach for Cisne in 2015, and Head high school baseball coach for Cisne in 2016, before resigning to take on a more active roll in player development with Britton’s Bullpen. In 2016, Matt began head coaching for Britton’s Bullpen beginning with our 18u club. In 2017 he managed both our 16u and 12u ball clubs. In 2018 Matt led our 13u ball club as well as 14u in 2019. This year Matt will manage our 2020 16u ball team. Matt specializes in hitting mechanics, timing, mental approach, and overall athletic development. He also specializes in defensive fundamentals, and pitching mechanics. Matt does an excellent job connecting with young players and creating confidence. Matt now lives in Fort Branch, IN.
Owner & Baseball/Softball Instruction
Phil is a graduate of East Richland High School in Olney, IL. Playing under Newburgh, IN native Andy Julian, Britton lettered 3 of his 4 years at East Richland High school, setting a single season home run record his senior year with 12. After graduating in 2003, Britton attended Olney Central Community College as a catcher under NJCAA Hall Of Fame coach Dennis Conley where he led all of NJCAA in RBI’s with 89. Was 29th with a batting average of .426 and 10th in homeruns with 15. Britton was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 36th round in 2004, was named GRAC freshman of the year, and earned Second team NJCAA All-America honors. Following his 2004 freshman season, in the fall of ‘04, Britton signed a national letter of intent to play at the University of Kentucky. Britton finished his sophomore year at OCC 30th in NJCAA in batting average hitting .430 and 50th in homeruns with 10, earning First Team NJCAA honors. All- Region 24 team honors and All-Region tournament team honors followed both 2004 and 2005 seasons.
After completing two years of JUCO baseball at Olney Central College, Britton elected to decline the offer to the play at the University of Kentucky, and join the Atlanta Braves Professional Baseball Organization. Phil was a member of the Atlanta Braves organization from 2005 -2009, playing in the Gulf coast league(R), Appalachian league (short season A), South Atlantic League (-A), Hawaii Winter Baseball League (Major league Prospects league), Carolina League (+A), Grapefruit League (MLB) Southern League (AA) Eastern League (AA) International League (AAA) with the majority of his time being spent at the AA level. In 2010, he spent the year with the Baltimore Orioles organization where he played at the A, AA, and AAA levels. 2011 was his last year playing professional baseball, spending the first half of the season playing in the American Association with the Fargo-Moorhead Red hawks, and finishing his career with Manager Andy McCauley and the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League.
Following his playing career, Phil began coaching with the 2016 Frontier League Champion Evansville Otters, and in 2012 opened Britton’s Bullpen Inc., a baseball/softball training facility in his hometown of Olney, IL. Britton’s Bullpen is the indoor training facility to the OCC Baseball and Softball teams, as well as local youth baseball and softball teams. Phil now focuses on instructing baseball and softball, and manages youth baseball traveling teams, working to help amateur players and parents not only showcase their ability, but also help them understand the processes of what it takes to advance in the game.
Guest Instructor, MLB Pitcher Jerad Eickhoff
“Britton’s Bullpen instruction and overall knowledge of the game of baseball is second to none. With nearly 10 years of professional experience, Phil Britton knows exactly what’s needed to elevate the game of anyone focused and driven enough to learn and put in the work. Young ball players of all ages have an opportunity to pick the brain of a guy who’s rubbed shoulders with some of the best in the game. Not to mention, the facilities alone are the best in the area. If I had the chance as a kid to sharpen my skills at Britton’s Bullpen, I know I’d be setting myself up for success.” -Jerad Eickhoff, MLB Pitcher