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Staff Testimonials
Ryan Additon
Ryan Additon
Class of 2010 - MLB Umpire #67

Baseball has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Once my playing days were over, umpiring kept me in the game. Going to Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School catapulted my career beyond belief. 

Jansen Visconti
Jansen Visconti
Class of 2010 - MLB Umpire #52

I have spent nine years instructing at the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School. My passion for the profession runs deep and enjoy passing along the knowledge I have to other aspiring umpires. 

Junior Valentine
Junior Valentine
Class of 2011 - AAA/ MLB Call- Up #115

I attended The Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School right out of college and have been working professional baseball since then. I was fortunate enough to have Hunter hire me on to staff in 2012. I can say, without a doubt, I love this place! It's changed my life by giving me my dream job and introducing me to some of my best friends. I get to continually learn from the best in Major League Baseball annually while also teaching the next generation. When it comes to umpiring, our school is the best on the planet, and I know you'll enjoy and love the experience as much as I do.

Jeremie Rehak
Jeremie Rehak
Class of 2011 - MLB Umpire #35

After going to school in 2011, I’ve been on staff since 2012. Being part of the Wendelstedt family has been a remarkable experience. Being able to teach and give back to the umpiring profession is very special to me. The lifelong friendships I’ve made with the staff and students is something I wouldn’t trade. 

John Libka
John Libka
Class of 2010 - MLB Umpire #84

I take pride being an instructor at Wendelstedt Umpire School, because I know that our students get the best instruction. Our heritage as the longest running, and by far most successful institution of our kind not only gives me pride, but a sense of obligation to continue that level of excellence. 

Malachi Moore
Malachi Moore
Class of 2012 - Triple- A/ MLB Call-Up #108

Umpire school is an opportunity of a lifetime! The knowledge gained at school is second to none. We offer Major League training from day one!! 

Matt Carlyon
Matt Carlyon
Class of 2013 - Eastern League (AA)

In 2012, I was a Little League umpire that signed up for the Wendelstedt Umpire School Class of 2013 on a whim. I had no idea what the future had in store for me after umpire school, but I can truly say I’ve had some of the best times of my life. Working on a professional diamond is a blessing, but my favorite time of the year is teaching at umpire school. I love meeting all of the ambitious umpires from around the world and helping them to achieve their full potential. 

Erich Bacchus
Erich Bacchus
Class of 2012 - AAA/ MLB Call- Up # 101

Umpire school is a place where people from all backgrounds, personally and career based, come together and learn how to umpire. I enjoy seeing people with many years of experience and those with no years of experience uniting and umpiring together, as one crew. 

 

Tom Hanahan
Tom Hanahan
Class of 2015 - AAA

Attending The Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School has turned out to be one of the most formative decisions of my life. As a student, it provided me the opportunity to learn from some of the best Major League umpires day in and day out and develop lifelong relationships with some of my fellow classmates. Since being hired on staff in 2016, I have had the privilege of giving back to the profession and school that has meant so much to me. I look forward to doing this as long as I can! I love this school and the people that are associated with it, and I hope you take the step to experience it yourself!

Darius Ghani
Darius Ghani
Class of 2013 & 2015 - AAA

Instructing at Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School has been a true blessing. It is an honor to put on the Red Coat every day and teach with the top minds of Major League and Minor League Umpires. But the greatest satisfaction of all comes from seeing students the first week of school evolve into the next group of future Major League Umpires. 

Reed Basner
Reed Basner
Class of 2014-15 - AAA

The opportunities that this school has given to me are unmatched. To be an umpire in professional baseball and even more so to instruct at Wendelstedt are two of my biggest dreams that could not have been accomplished without this school. Every instructor here was once a student at this school, passionate and eager to get in to professional baseball, and now we are here to pass our knowledge on to you, so you can be the best umpire you can be. 

Isaias Barba
Isaias Barba
Class of 2014- Texas League (AA)

My student year at Harry’s was very satisfying, especially after working my first year in professional baseball. Even today, I use the fundamentals I’ve learned and now teach here at umpire school.

Jake Bruner
Jake Bruner
Class of 2017 - Texas League (AA)

One of the coolest parts about being on staff at the Wendelstedt Umpire School is seeing first-hand the vast improvement in each one of our students throughout the progression of the course.

Tom Fornarola
Tom Fornarola
Class of 2017 - Eastern League (AA)

I am extremely fortunate to be able to teach at the Harry Wendelstedt Professional Umpire School. It is an honor to work alongside our amazing Major League, Triple-A and Double-A umpires. While at umpire school, I am a part of the field staff. As a member of the field staff, we assist students with on-field demonstrations, drills, control games, live innings and cage work. 

James Jean
James Jean
Class of 2017 -Southern League (AA)

Umpire school is what made me who I am today. Constantly being surrounded by great people day in and day out makes the job so easy and fun to be around. This is what we look forward to every year!

Ben Engstrand
Ben Engstrand
Class of 2018 -Texas League (AA)

Attending the Wendelstedt Umpire School was a life changing experience. You will learn from some of the best umpires in the world as well as make friendships that will last a lifetime. I am extremely blessed to now Instruct at the Wendelstedt Umpire School and take great pride in developing umpires from around the world. If you are considering attending the Wendelstedt Umpire School, please don't hesitate. In less than 5 weeks you could change your entire life!"

Willie Traynor
Willie Traynor
Class of 2019- Texas League (AA)

I was a part of the 2019 class and was hired as an instructor in 2020. The Wendelstedt umpire school is a special place rich with history and tradition. This school has opened up an infinite number of opportunities for me and continues to help me grow not only as an umpire, but also as a person. There’s no other place I’d want to go to learn to be an umpire. One of the most exciting times of the year is January. It is truly a blessing to be able to come to Ormond Beach and be a part of the most prestigious umpire school in the world.

 

Mitch Trzeciak
Mitch Trzeciak
Class of 2018- Eastern League (AA)

Attending the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School is the single-greatest decision you can make to improve your knowledge and abilities in umpiring. After attending school in 2018 and instructing for three years, I can confidently say that I learn something new about this profession every year, and that is a testament to the staff and the experience that each instructor possesses. Beyond working at the fields and in the classroom, the friendships and memories I have made thanks to umpire school will undoubtedly be with me for a lifetime.

Casey James
Casey James
Class of 2018 - South Atlantic League (A)

It’s an honor to be on staff at Wendelstedt Umpire School. Seeing students grow as umpires each and everyday is probably the best part. While at school I serve on the field staff. As a member of the field staff, we assist students with on-field demonstrations, drills, control games, live innings and cage work.

Kellen Martin
Kellen Martin
Class of 2019- Eastern League (AA)

After going to umpire school, both in 2018 and 2019. Being on staff as of 2022 is a huge opportunity - I learned that being an umpire is about more than just what you do during the game. Being an umpire is about being part of a family, and the valuable lessons learned both on and off the field. I wouldn’t trade my umpiring experience for anything, and I look forward to teaching the new wave of professional umpires at Wendelstedt.

Josiah Shepherd
Josiah Shepherd
Class of 2020- California League (A)

It is an honor to be able to say that I am an instructor at Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School. After attending school as a student in 2020 I immediately had an interest in joining the staff. It isgreat  to be able to instruct alongside umpires of all minor league classifications and even those in the big leagues in an attempt to develop the next wave of professional umpires. 

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