Eric Coleman returns to the Danville Dans for his ninth season as manager. His 2022 team finished in first place in the Wabash River Division and made the Prospect League playoffs for the fourth straight season. During his tenure in Danville his teams have compiled a record of 281-199  for a .585 winning percentage, with six of his eight teams making the playoffs. Under Coleman’s leadership, the 2022 Dans finished with a record of 40-17, with six players being selected as All Stars and Coach Coleman named 2022 Prospect League Manager of the Year.  Coleman is no stranger to summer collegiate league baseball. He’s been a coach or assistant coach in the New England Collegiate League, Northwoods League, Coastal Plains League, Texas Collegiate League and Perfect Game Collegiate League. He was named Manager of the Year with the Cooperstown Hawkeyes in 2011. He also spent time coaching in the Frontier League with the Midwest Sliders/Oakland County Cruisers and Joliet Slammers. Coleman is glad to be in Danville. “When I was in the other summer leagues, I heard about the reputation and history of the Danville Dans. These past years I learned first-hand that is was all true.”


Assistant Coach

When legendary college baseball coaches are discussed, the conversation will undoubtedly include the name Ron Polk. Danville Dans are excited to have Coach Polk returning to our dugout for the 2023 season. Polk has 53 years of experience coaching NCAA-D1 teams and has compiled one of the most successful winning records. His resume includes 1,373 wins, eight trips to the College World Series, six Hall of Fames inductions, and seven tours as a USA Baseball coach. Polk’s connection to the Danville Dans goes back to the start of the current franchise. About 34 years ago, he first sent one of his staff to coach in Danville. He even traveled to Danville to be a guest speaker at a local sports banquet. “Our coaching staff and players will learn a lot from him.” said Rick Kurth, Danville Dans co-owner. “I believe his time here will lead to some pretty exciting games, too. After all, we’re all about player development and a fun time at the ballpark. It’s a genuine honor to have Ron Polk join the Danville Dans.” Coach Polk has coached at Georgia Southern University and University of Arizona but is most famous for his 29 years as head coach of the Mississippi State baseball team.  With a total of 31 seasons as a head coach in the SEC, Polk is often referred to as the "Father of Southeastern Conference Baseball." He has coached summer baseball in the Cape Cod League for the last eight years, but wanted to get closer to home during the season. He offered to help out in Danville, and team management welcomed him with open arms.  Polk’s unmatched expertise will benefit the college athletes from across the country who come to Danville, IL to develop their baseball skills during the upcoming Prospect League season. "Anytime you get to work with a baseball legend like Coach Polk, it's an honor,” said Dans manager, Eric Coleman. “His knowledge of the game is second to none. We couldn't be more excited for our players and coaches to learn from him this summer." Polk’s coaching technics get results. Nearly 200 of the players he has coached have signed professional baseball contracts, with 29 of those athletes played in Major League Baseball. Eight of those major leaguers were first round draft picks. This success is why his textbook, The Baseball Playbook, is the chosen teaching tool at 450 colleges and has sold more than 125,000 copies.

Jordan Barrett

Pitching Coach

Jordan Barrett enters his first season in Danville as the Dans pitching coach. Barrett is in his first season as an assistant baseball coach at Polk State College. Prior to Polk, Jordan was an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Florida Southern College, where he worked with pitchers on both the varsity and JV programs. He also assisted with scouting reports and recruiting at Florida Southern. Barrett has also spent time coaching in the Florida Gulf Coast League, where he helped coach pitchers for the St. Pete Tide. Barrett was a standout pitcher at Polk State College from 2014-2015, helping the Eagles earn Suncoast Conference Championships both seasons he competed. Jordan moved on to conclude his collegiate career at NCAA Division I Elon University, where he served as a team captain his senior season. Jordan was drafted in the 18th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Barrett enjoyed a three year career in the Blue Jays organization before competing professionally for three more seasons with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League.

J.D Pulfer

Hitting Coach

J.D Pulfer enters his first season in Danville as the Dans hitting coach.  J.D. “Danny” Pulfer, a former All-Pac-10 (now Pac-12) Oregon infielder and 19th round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011, enters his second season as Hendrix infielders coach and hitting instructor in 2022.  Last year, in his first year as a Warrior, Pulfer led an offense that would that slashed .286/.403/.411 as a team, compared to .242/.346/.323 in 2021.  The 2022 Warriors were led by program record holder Rally Miller, who hit .480 third in the country amongst all college hitters. The 2022 Warriors in program history rank 6th all-time in On-Base Percentage (.403), 6th all-time in Hits (406), 5th all-time in Home Runs (20), 4thall-time in Doubles (81), 4th all-time in Stolen Bases (113), 2nd all-time in Triples (18), 1st all-time in Stolen Base Percentage (.831), 1st all-time in Walks (252), 1st all-time in Runs Scored (333), and 1st all-time in Runs Batted In (292). Additionally, the Warriors fielded at a .963 which ranks 4th all-time in program history.   In two minor league seasons (2011-12) in the Diamondbacks organization, Pulfer hit .271 and totaled four home runs, 47 RBIs, 111 hits, 65 runs scored, 150 total bases, 17 doubles, five triples, 32 walks and 12 stolen bases. In 2012, he and the Missoula Osprey won the Pioneer League.  Pulfer is the CEO and President of Turn It Up Performance Development, a non-profit organization which according to its mission statement develops young athletes and improves their speed, agility and overall athleticism.