The Impact Team
Meet our coaches
Impact is made up of a team of passionate and knowledgable instructors who believe that positive inspiration and guided repetition is the best way to coach youth. Impact’s methodology is a winning formula for player improvement that makes training fun for kids!
Impact founder Brett Linnenkohl always had passion and talent for sports. His dedication took him from little league all-star teams to all-state awards in high school, successes which made him the envy of top Division-1 programs like University of Washington, Oregon State, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Dartmouth, NC State, and Washington State University. In 2004, Brett was a projected 7th round draft pick by MLB.com, but decided to attend Wake Forest University and become a Demon Deacon. Between seasons at Wake, Brett played on college summer circuit, including the notable Alaska and Cape Cod Leagues. An unfortunate injury in 2008 extinguished Brett’s playing career, but sparked a fire for coaching that still burns today.
Coach Dave played at Shepherd University on scholarship, playing infield and providing the power in the middle of the lineup. Dave continued his career as a coach a Frostburg State University, assisting the team to their first CAC championship. He has worked with numerous kids in surrounding leagues through Impact and has earned the reputation as one of top youth development coaches in the area. Coach Dave is an expert not only in the game of baseball, but a true expert in inspiring athletes to give their all in every workout, while making it fun and enjoyable.
Coach Greg is a Baltimore native who began his college baseball career at CCBC Essex and finished it out at Frostburg State University. Greg was named CAC D3 All-American Player of the Year in 2011 and was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 18th round that same year. In 2014, he was named to the Carolina League All-Star team. Greg then signed with the Washington Nationals in 2016 and is currently on their top farm club at AAA Syracuse.
Coach Ivan started all four years on his high school's varsity baseball team in Seoul, South Korea and, growing up a military brat, also had the opportunity to play baseball in Puerto Rico, Japan, and China. After coming to states, Ivan played up and down the East coast, California, Texas, Ohio, and Nebraska. In college, Ivan played on teams for Nassau Community College in Long Island New York and York College in Pennsylvania. In addition to being a skilled baseball player, Ivan is a proud Eagle Scout. Ivan's passion for the game and 10 years of coaching experience make him an invaluable member of the Impact team!
Coach Joyce had a highly successful softball career, winning the Las Vegas Club female athlete of the year award as a High School HS senior, batting 3rd highest in the nation at .512 at Eastern Arizona University, and finally transferring to finish at Towson University on full scholarship. She has worked with multiple softball athletes in the Baltimore area, legitimizing herself as the go-to softball instructor for long-term results in the Baltimore area.
Coach Stephen started his college career on scholarship at D1 West Virginia as a two way utility player. For his final two season, Stephen transferred to York College where he was team captain, utility player, 4 hole hitter, and closer. Steve has a reputation for getting the most out of his athletes at every age and skill level. With a solid foundation in all sides of the game, Coach Steve helps both pitchers and hitters succeed.
Coach Conor was a four-year starter and a four-time All Centennial Conference selection at Johns Hopkins University. He finished his impressive Hopkins career with a first place in at bats and walks, a second place in runs scored and a third place in hits in school history. He was also given the Player of the Year Award at the Centennial Conference and at the All-Mid-Atlantic Region, both of which were awarded to him in 2017. In the same year, he played as the shortstop for the second team of the DIII All-America baseball team. Currently, he is preparing for his second season of the independent baseball league. He played the last season with the Ultica Unicorns of the United Shore Professional Baseball League. On top of his accomplished career as a baseball player, Coach Conor is also passionate about sharing his experiences and knowledge of the sport to young athletes.
Coach PJ was the primary right-handed pitcher of Towson University, where he played as a starter for four years and was also president of Club Baseball. He impressively threw a no-hitter versus the Lafayette Leopards during his first season with the Towson Tigers. After playing college baseball, he proceeded to help others become better players. The 13U Baltimore Redbirds played in two championships with him as the head and pitching coach. He also worked with Ripken Baseball in their baseball operations department. He toured stadiums in multiple cities to teach baseball during the Chevy Youth Baseball Tour. In addition, he was invited to the Ripken Camps and Clinics in Aberdeen, Maryland where he was able to work alongside Cal and Bill Ripken themselves. His career as both a player and a coach of baseball has given him valuable knowledge of the sport, which he has been sharing as a coach for Impact’s winter clinics since 2014.