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NW Star Academy Coaches

Jeff Bard, NW Star Academy - General Manager

Jeff played at North Eugene HS from 1989 - 93 and continued on at Lane Community College. In 1999, he assumed the Head coaching responsibilities for the Eugene Nighthawks. In five season, the semi-pro team won three (3) championships, two state championships and a regional tournament title. In 2002, he joined the staff at North Eugene HS and played an important role for eight years working with offense, hitters and catchers. After obtaining his Bachelor's degree, Jeff moved to Portland and became a Graduate Assistant at Concordia University in 2008 with specific responsibility working with catchers and hitters. An outstanding motivator and teacher, Jeff plays an important role with NW Star Academy and the General Manager and has been the Head Coach of the NW Star Academy College Prep Team.


Shawn Dirksen, NW Star Academy Coach

Prior to graduating from Concordia University with a major in education, Shawn played two seasons of baseball at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, OR. He graduated from Riverside High School in 2005. A three-time team captain and team MVP for the Pirates, playing at second, shortstop and as a pitcher. He was also a three-time all-state selection. Son of Rosemarie and Dirk...including two sisters, Tracie and Beth. Shawn's personality both on and off the field is of class and respect noted from players and coaches alike. Together in his role with NW Star Academy, Shawn is also one of the assistant coaches for the varsity team at Lakeridge HS in Lake Oswego, OR.

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503.858.3052 or

Casey Dyer, NW Star Academy Coach

Currently, Casey is coaching on the College Prep team. Following his past year, Coach Dyer was the head coach of the 18U NWS Academy Baseball Club. Casey is a key component of the NWS Academy as both an instructor and coach. He also assists at the annual NW Baseball Coaches Convention held each year in January. Casey coached at Cleveland High School and in 2004 was the PIL baseball champion.

2018 NW Star Academy Coaching Staff

College Prep Team

Heach Coach: Casey Dyer

Assistant Coach: Odie Hollingshed

Pitching Coach: Shawn Dirksen

18U Team

Head Coach: Chase Franks

Assistant Coach: MacKenzie Jones

Pitching Coach: Gerhett Moser

HS Prep Team (16U)

Head Coach: Ben Loerner

Assistant Coach: Andrew Barrera

Assitant Coach: Bruin Campbell