Owner Tom Lenz with 6 year old son Drew (Aug. 2009)

Owner Tom Lenz with 6 year old son Drew (Aug. 2009)

Owner/President

E-Mail: tom@lenzfield.com
Tom Lenz began his coaching career as a little league baseball coach in Fond du Lac, Wi in the summer of 1982. “I became the head coach of my brother Brian’s little league teams in the mid 80’s. At the end of the summer we would form an all-star team and play tournaments in central Wisconsin. We were the first teams to start what is now known as travel team baseball.”
After Lenz finished his carreer as a catcher at Ripon College (1984-87) he began coaching baseball as an assistant at the college level. His first job was as pitching coach at Marian College in Wisconsin during the spring of 1989. “I worked for a coach named Brian Gillogly. Brian really taught me the fundamentals of the game. He is now the head coach at Luther College in IA and has a great division III program.”
The next year Lenz was a graduate assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menominee, WI. As a graduate assistant Lenz helped guide WI-Stout to the NAIA College World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.
The following spring Lenz returned to Ripon to assist Bob Gillespie with the Red Hawk baseball program.
After stints coaching high school and college football Lenz became the head baseball coach at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL in 1995. Lenz guided the Highlanders to a record of 131-54-1, 3 St. Louis Conference titles, 2 NCAA tournament appearences (96 & 97) and is still the all-time winningest baseball coach in MacMurray baseball history. Lenz’s 1996 and 1997 MacMurray teams finished in the top 20 in NCAA Division III baseball. “Coaching college baseball at MacMurray was a great experience. We had some really great players and teams. Defeating Aurora University and Carthage College back to back in the National NCAA Tournament in 1996 was probably the highlight of my college coaching career.”
Tom lives in Jacksonville with his wife Kim and their three children Morgan age 13, Katie age 9 and Drew age 6.
4 year starting catcher Ripon College 1985-88; Assistant Coach Marion College, WI (1989); Assistant Coach UW WI-Stout (1990); Assistant Coach Ripon College (1991); Head coach MacMurray College IL (1995-98) Record: 131-54-1
Tournament Director: JD Long cell: 217 371 5447
e:mail: jdlong@lenzfield.com
JD Long began his traveling baseball experience at a young age. From ages 9-18 he played on a traveling team based out of Springfield, Illinois.  That team played in tournaments from Nebraska to Georgia to Michigan. Long admits that traveling baseball definitely helped him develop into a strong college player. “Travel baseball was a great experience for me. It helped me learn how to compete at a very high level. The friends I made during those years will last a lifetime. I loved it,” explained JD. Long attended Jacksonville High School from 2002-2005, where he was a three year baseball letter winner after sitting out his freshman year with a broken ankle.
After graduating from high school JD signed a full athletic baseball scholarship with Parkland College out of Champaign, IL. Parkland is one of the top Junior College baseball programs in the Nation. After one year in Champaign JD transferred to Springfield College in Springfield, Illinois.  At Springfield College JD played for head coach Steve Torricelli, where according to JD he gained  the most baseball knowledge of his carrer. “ The coaching staff at SCI was phenomenal, everyday we were on the field, we learned something new that made us better.” In two years at SCI,  J.D.  was a part of the Region 24 NJCAA champions both years. In Long’s sophomore year he was named Co-Captain, as well as earning Co-MVP honors.   That year SCI finished 7th in the nation in batting average, and JD led the team with a .440 average.
JD is currently the Facilities Manager and Tournament Director at Lenz Field and Sports Complex  and resides in Jacksonville with his girlfriend Ashton, and son Hunter.
League Director: Bill Strubbe cell: 217 371 5339
e:mail: bill@lenzfield.com
Bill grew up in Jacksonville, IL where he played organized baseball for over 10 years. Bill, a 1987 graduate of Jacksonville High School, was a four year starter at shortstop under former head coach Fred Curtis. He was voted “Best Defensive Player” by his teamates his senior year and was selected to the All-Greater Midwestern Conference team in baseball and football. Bill was a member of the American Legion baseball team that went to the State Tournament in 1985. After graduating from high school Bill played one year at Lincoln Land Community College under former head coach Claude Krasik, before an ankle injury ended his baseball career. Bill has been coaching at Lenz Field and Sports Complex for two years and now is the League Director and Lenz Field Office Manager. Bill lives in rural Jacksonville with his wife Julie and two children, Sabre age 11 and Dalton age 7.

Staff

 

Tournament Director:  Tim Culbertson   Cell/Text: 309-868-5324

Tim joined the Lenz Staff in October of 2013. He has ran the Pre-Season Classic Tourney and the St. Jude Brad Wallin Memorial Tournament in Chillicothe for many years.  Since it’s inception, the Brad Wallin Memorial Tournament has raised over $892,000 for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  Tim will continue to oversee these two events as well as being the full-time tournament director for Lenz Field & Sports Complex. Owner and president of Lenz Field & Sports Complex Tom Lenz is very excited about this new addition. “We could not be more excited that Tim has joined our staff. His reputation in the tournament business is absolutely second to none.  He brings to us a wealth of knowledge, experience, and contacts that are also second to none.”

E-Mail: director2@lenzfield.com