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Our Program Staff

Owner - CODY SMITH

Cody Smith attended Kettle Moraine High School from 2005 to 2008.  He helped take Kettle Moraine to their first State Championship baseball game in 20 years. During his time at Kettle Moraine, Cody was named All-Lake County, All-Conference, All-State, and runner up to Player of The Year.

After High School, he continued his playing career at Dominican College in New York, where he played from 2008 to 2012. Struggles with injuries throughout his college career led Smith to pursue his love of coaching and player development.  He returned to Wisconsin in 2011 and joined the Wisconsin Wildcats staff.  He coached several teams until starting PoundTown Baseball in 2013.

 

PoundTown grew on the national stage with their U15-U17 teams, all nationally ranked, and committing 100% of his seniors to college programs. In 2015, Cody had an opportunity to partner and rebrand to Prospect Training Academy, moving to The Rock Sports Complex.  Since this transition, Cody has assisted with committing over 70 players to college programs;  half of these players have continued playing baseball with Division I schools such as Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Texas Christian, University of North Carolina, and many more.

In 2017, he turned his attention to the recruiting process.  He started The Factory, a recruiting service that focused on getting college scholarships for baseball players. In the first two recruiting classes, Smith was able to receive commitments for 19 players to schools such as the University of Evansville, Indiana University-Kokomo, and the University of Missouri.  

Cody’s passion for training and developing players has always been his primary goal. He looks forward to developing the Midwest Halos into a national powerhouse.

Owner/coach - Trevor theissen

 

Coach Trevor Theissen is one of the co-founders of the Midwest Halos Program. Prior to the Halos, he coached in the area at other local travel ball programs as well in the High School circuit as an Assistant Varsity coach at New Berlin Eisenhower and West Allis Hale. 

Coach Theissen attended Franklin High school from 2008-2011. He helped lead the Sabers to back to back State Championships in 2010 and 2011 and was named first-team all-state, all-district, all-area, and all-conference in 2011. 

After high school, he spent his first two college seasons playing at UW-Milwaukee (D1), while redshirting his freshman year.

Coach Theissen spent his redshirt sophomore season at College of Lake County Junior College where he hit .300 over 44 starts that included 10 doubles, 22 runs, and 10 stolen bases. That same season, Theissen also received a Rawlings Gold Glove award, given to some of the premier defenders across the country. He spent his final two college seasons at North Carolina Central University (D1). In 2015, he started in 48 games, where he hit .250 with 10 doubles. In his senior season in 2016, he started in 47 games, where he hit .300 with 27 RBI’s, 13 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs, and was named Second Team All-Conference. Coach Theissen specializes in his work with our infielders as well as working with our hitters. 

DIRECTOR of Player Development - Dominic Clementi

Our newest addition to the Midwest Halos Staff is Dominic Clementi. Clementi comes to the Midwest Halos eager to make an immediate impact within our organization. Clementi, an Arrowhead High School graduate, played at the University of Michigan, where he was a College World Series finalist. In 2018, Clementi was awarded the Bill Freehan Offensive Player of the Year after leading the Big Ten Conference in hitting. Off the field, Clementi was a representative for the Student-Athlete Academic Committee, amongst many other groups for which he was passionate about. After his playing career finished, Clementi earned positions on the coaching staff at Wayne State University, Creighton University, and the Michigan Monarchs, a team in the Great Lake Summer Collegiate Baseball League.

Director of Baseball Operations - Logan Rezash

A former Milwaukee Angel and former player of Cody Smith, who leads the Midwest Halos, Coach Logan Rezash is excited to be back within the program. Logan serves as the Director of Baseball Operations for both the Milwaukee Angels and Midwest Halos and will be working with all of our athletes as an instructor, with in-depth knowledge surrounding the catching position. Throughout his playing career, Logan and his team traveled the country against some of the nation's top talent. Logan had the opportunity to play under two of our own coaches, Brian Johnsen and Mark Bombien, at Greendale High School where he was awarded the 2016 Woodland Conference Player of the Year. He spent the last four years playing at the collegiate level, at both McHenry County College (NJCAA DI) and Lindenwood University (NCAA DII). His senior year, he was a team captain and was named Lindenwood University’s Scholar Athlete of the Year. In 2023, Coach Rezash will lead our Halos Scout 2024 team.

Coach - tyler peccioli

From Gurnee, IL, Tyler Peccioli attended Marian University from 2016-19 and studied exercise science. In his Marian career, Peccioli pitched 39 times making 22 starts with nine wins, a save, and two complete games.  He struck out a total of 144 hitters during his career, 10th on the all-time strikeout list, over 155.1 innings for an 8.34 strikeouts per nine innings rate. Peccioli dominated his senior season starting in nine games with a 2.92 earned-run average over 61.2 innings of work. He also struck out 66 hitters, tied for seventh-most in a single season in Marian baseball history. Throughout his college career, Peccioli played in the Northwoods League and Prospect League. After college, he signed a professional contract with the Schaumburg Boomers. Now that Tyler is back in the area, we're looking forward to him working with our players. 

Coach - Nolan Peterson

We're excited to have Coach Nolan Peterson as a coach and instructor in the Midwest Halos Baseball Program. Peterson is a graduate of Marquette University High School where he won a state title in baseball and was named state tournament MVP during his sophomore year. He played under coaches Sal Bando Jr. and Jim Wilkinson. Nolan also earned multiple accolades as a three-sport athlete. He was ranked the #2 overall player in the state according to Perfect Game. In 2010, he played in Japan representing Team USSSA and shortly after signed a D1 scholarship to Jacksonville University. 

He has been coaching and doing lessons for over ten years. Nolan will help our outfielders as well as our pitching staff as they continue to perfect their craft.

Coach - Alex Tricoli-Walkanoff

Coach Alex Tricoli-Walkanoff will be working as an instructor and coach with both hitters and infielders with extensive knowledge in both aspects of the game. He played at a high level in both high school and college competing against some of the best talent around. After a successful high school career, Alex received a scholarship to play college baseball for two years at Heartland Community College before an injury that ended his playing career. Now, Alex looks to share his baseball knowledge to the athletes in the program and ultimately help prepare all of the athletes to play at the next level with the help of the other coaches!

Coach - Wil Comfort

Coach Wil Comfort enters his 9th year of coaching and 4th year with the Midwest Halos. He played high school baseball at Creighton Prep in Omaha, Nebraska. Comfort began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas (2013-2015). While at Benedictine, Coach Comfort primarily worked with catchers, outfielders, and served as the first base coach. In the summer of 2015 he took over the East Mills varsity baseball team in Southwest Iowa, and in 2016 took over as the Athletic Director for grades 7-12. During the 2016 summer, Wil managed a team that set school records in wins, batting average, and fielding percentage. In the summer of 2018, the team finished with their best season, advancing all the way to the District Semifinals. Currently, he is entering his 4th season at Oak Creek, to where he was recently named Varsity’s Associate Head Coach.

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