Senior Advisor, USA Baseball National Teams
Head Baseball Coach, University of Arizona (Retired)
Bio: Coming Soon!
Bob “Ish” Smith
Area Director for FCA in Southern Illinois
Bio: Grew up in Dallas, Texas loving sports but being a very “average” athlete. Went to two small Christian colleges and got a great education and had wonderful experiences (Central College in Kansas and Greenville College in Illinois. Met my sweet wife (Joanna) (now 54 years) and did a Masters degree from Southern Illinois University right after college. Then taught and coached baseball at Taylor University for three years before returning to my alma mater (Greenville College) where I served as professor; coach; head of physical education dept.; Assistant to the president; VP for institutional advancement; and then president…all in 38 years. Took two years off to get my doctorate at Florida State University and coached baseball there during those two years. Served as a baseball executive for the NAIA baseball; United States Baseball Federation; and the International Baseball Association and had some great experiences. When I was with the NAIA I had FCA breakfasts for our coaches and players in the national tournament. I attended the FCA breakfasts at the ABCA conventions for close to 50 years and was blessed by these and our late night get togethers with coaches for sharing and worship. Joanna and I are blessed to have two wonderful children (Chuck and Cyndi) and now they have given us five super grandkids. We are blessed to have a wonderful church and many, many wonderful friends, many right here in Greenville. After reading back over this, it is obvious that I am “blessed”, which is so true. I was hired by the FCA in 2001 to have a part time job as the Area Director and I love that opportunity.
Favorite Scriptures: I love the promised in Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not be weary; they will walk and not faint.
1st Corinthians 1:5 which says: For in Him I have been enriched in every way.
The story in John 13 of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.
Vice President Sales & Marketing, WARE
Bio: Born in Louisville, KY August 19, 1968
Moved to Galena, Indiana at age 10
Education HS - Floyd Central HS, Indiana * College - Greenville College Business Management / Sports Management
Work History - Trevecca Nazarene University Assistant Baseball / Sports Information Dir.
National Sales Director for U-Bat-It
Owner / Board Advisor - iXL
VP WARE / Chairman of Board
Committee Member for Keith Madison Golf Classic for Score International
Board Member Fellowship of Christian Athletes Baseball 07 - Present
Played at Floyd Central HS in Galena, IN 83-86 * Played at Greenville College, Greenville, IL 88-91 * Signed in 1991 w/ Los Angeles Dodgers ( Injury release )
HS All Conference SS * College NAIA 2nd Team All American 2nd Baseman * NCCAA All American * All Conference * All District * 1991 Unlimited Potential Christian Leadership NCCAA Recipient
Coaching - Trevecca Nazarene University 91-95 * 16 U Wilson County travel team '94 * Indiana University Southeast 95 - 03 * Southern Crush (Youth Travel Team) 05 - 08 *
Silver Creek HS 09 - Present * 16 U IRONMEN Summer of '12
Came across Fellowship of Christian Athletes through Dave Altopp and was asked to serve on baseball board. I have enjoyed being a part of a great organization that ministers to people through the great game of baseball.
Family - Wife Lisa, Son Brayden (16), Daughters Brynn (14) Karli (10)
Favorite Scriptures: Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
A gentle nudge for me. Ephesians 4:29 - Let no unwholesome words come out of your mouth, but what is only helpful for building others up according to their needs.
A reminder. Proverbs 11:25 - "A generous man will prosper, he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."
San Fransisco Giants Minor League Hitting Coach
Cactus Athletic Camps- Founder & President
Arizona Baseball League- Founder & League Administrator
Billy grew up in the small town of West Branch, MI and attended Cactus High School in Glendale, AZ. Even though he was cut his freshman year, he eventually earned a college baseball scholarship to Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. Billy went undrafted out of college, but signed as a free agent and played in the Minor Leagues from 1997-2000. He has 16 years of coaching experience and in 2012 he was hired by the San Francisco Giants as a minor league hitting coach. Some of his previous employers are the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers. He founded the youth baseball companies Cactus Athletic Camps and the Arizona Baseball League in 2006 and 2007. Billy’s first book, “7 Day Fast”, a book about understanding God’s plan through faith and action, was published in November, 2012. He is on the board of directors for multiple organizations including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Baseball Division, Unashamed Athletes and Tales from the Dugout. Billy lives in Scottsdale, AZ with his beautiful wife Taleen and his two amazing sons, Connor and Bryce.
Favorite Scripture is Proverbs 27:17- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another