Steve Fish - Director/Head Coach
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Steve came from a tennis family where his dad Art played at Stanford University. Steve played high school baseball at Jesuit High School in Portland where he was a 1st team All-State shortstop, and then made the conversion to pitching in college at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California. He then transferred onto the University of Nebraska where he was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 1997. Steve was the Angels Minor League Pitcher of the year in 1998 and finished out his professional career with the New Jersey Jackals and St Paul Saints after retiring with shoulder and elbow issues.
After retiring, Steve finished his education at the University of Nebraska with a degree in physical education and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Wesley College in Dover Delaware where he coached college baseball for a season. In 2008, Steve left for Australia where he coached and managed the Perth Heat to 6 Australian Baseball League titles from 2008-2015 and also managed the Wanneroo Giants to 2 State League titles in 2009 and 2011. He also managed the Australian 18U National Team from 2015-2019 and managed the Australian Men’s National Team in 2018. Steve was also a scout for the Boston Red Sox from 2012-2021.
Steve had many other roles in Australia including High Performance and Development Manager in Perth from 2008-2016 as well. Two of his teams reached the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in 2013 and 2014. They were the first Australian teams to ever qualify.
Steve was the Founder and has been the Director of World Baseball Showcases since 2010. Since then he has placed over 150 kids in various US Colleges and has had over 40 professional signs from his tours. Steve has coached several former and current Major Leaguers including All-Star closer Liam Hendriks from the Chicago White Sox.
Steve has 4 children. His two older daughters play competitive softball in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey and his youngest son and daughter are aspiring Tee ball and Baseball players in Perth, Australia.
Jim Fritz - 18U Coach
Coach Fritz is a former three sport varsity letterman from North Eugene HS where he earned several All-state and All-league, MVP honors in both football and baseball. Jim went on to play D1 baseball for the University of Tennessee Volunteers. Fritz was drafted on three occasions during his university years (Orioles, Dodgers, Phillies) and finally elected to play with the Philadelphia Phillies. Jim played for two and a half years in the minor league system making it to the AA level in Reading, PA.
Upon completion of his playing career Jim returned to his home state of Oregon where he continue to stay involved with high school baseball here he coached at Rex Putnam High school. For the past three years Jim has worked at Tahoma High School in Maple Valley Washington as a varsity catcher/hitting coach. Jim has helped guide six varsity catcher's to one All-State, five All-League 1st team and one 2nd team All-League honors. Over the last two seasons Coach Fritz's varsity teams have won two 4A league titles and finished 3rd in State in 2019.
Rod Drew - 18U Coach
Rod Drew has been involved in baseball nearly his whole life and has been instrumental coaching every college and professional player, at some point, that has come out of Perth Australia. After taking up baseball by age 10, he continued to progress through the ranks and was selected on 4 occasions to represent Western Australia in the National Youth Championships between 1986 and 1989. He made his State League debut at 17 and his first plate appearance was against the Powerhouse, Melville Braves. He faced the American Pitcher Dave Rustin and was struck in the shoulder. Unfortunately, his playing career was cut short due to a shoulder injury at just 24. He resumed playing socially 20 years later and still loves running onto the Diamond to this day.
He caught the coaching bug at just 16 when he started coaching his younger brother in T-Ball. He progressed to Little League, then on the U/15s, U/14s and into Senior Teams by the time he was 25. He attended the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra in 1996 for a 7 day coaching accreditation course and an instructional camp with the Seattle Mariners as a coach exchange program in 2005. He has held the Development Officer Role as South Perth Baseball Club for 10 years. He has also held various coaching positions at South Perth Baseball Club, Vic Park/Belmont Baseball Club and Western Australian National Youth Teams over the years 2001-2015. He has won titles with South Perth in 2001, 2002 and 2012 and was honoured with a Life Membership with the club in 2003. He has had the privilege of coaching many players who have gone on to play in the MLB/MILB, Australian Olympic Teams and ABL Team such as: Pete Moylan, Liam Hendricks, Luke Hughes, Warwick Saupold, Robbie Glendinning, Alan De San Miguel, Mitch Neunborn, the Kennelly Brothers Scott Mitchinson, plus many more.
We have had the pleasure of Coach Drew "Drewie", joining our tours in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2023. He has coached with and against Coach Fish on many occasions both in Australia and abroad. They have worked together on development programs, junior programs and with the Perth Heat. He is a passionate, competitive coach who loves passing on knowledge, understanding and the love of the game. He is 100% behind the WBS Colts Concept and the experience it gives to the players, calling the ability to play nearly everyday and work on their craft against quality teams, “priceless.” He also believes this is a great opportunity for coaches to improve their skills and understanding of the game and their ability to communicate with a diverse group of players from all over the world with various skill levels.
Mike Bernards - 15U Coach
Mike Bernards was teammates with Steve Fish at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon where he was a catcher and a first baseman. Mike and Steve were a battery for 3 years together while helping Jesuit to its first ever state playoff appearance. Mike continued on to play baseball at the University of San Diego. Mike has been Steve’s assistant and one of Steve’s right hand men every year since the inception of World Baseball Showcases in 2010. He has also been a host family for several of the kids that come on tour when they arrive in Portland, Oregon.
Brooke Fish - Tour Coordinator
Brooke is an integral part of our tours and has been responsible for administering and coordinating all WBS activities since 2017.
Brooke is a fixture on all summer tours and helps keep the players in-line away from the field. Brooke handles day to day logistics as well as in game GameChanger scoring. She plays mom to every player who is away from their families during the summer.
Brooke currently works and resides in Las Vegas Nevada but clears her calendar during tour season.