ALYB Baseball Academy
American Legion Youth Baseball is proud to offer a special opportunity for ALYB members only that is included as part of your application fee. The ALYB Academy is an opportunity for players at the Pony, A, B and C League levels to take part in specialized training sessions led by local individuals with a deep background in baseball.
The ALYB Academy will be comprised of two parts, a Spring Session and a Summer Session. The Spring Session will be comprised of three dates that each focus on a specific topic. Players may choose to attend all three sessions free of charge. The dates and times for the spring session can be found below.
ALYB Academy Dates & Times (Spring Session)
4:00 – 6:00 pm
4:00 – 6:00 pm
4:00 – 6:00 pm
NOTE: Please use the pre-registration form at the bottom of this page to let us know which sessions you will be attending.
ALYB Academy Instructors
Bunton came to Danville Area Community College in May of 1995 from Southwest Missouri State University (currently Missouri State University) in Springfield, Missouri. He was asked to revive a baseball program that had been extinct for almost fourteen years. His first year squad of 1996 finished with an overall record of 14-29 but that group of young men also laid the foundation of a very consistent and competitive program. The Jaguars played for the Region 24 championship the following year in 1997 and finished with an overall record of 30-26. The 1999 team won the Region 24 Championship with a record of 38-15 and that began a stretch of seven consecutive winning seasons (1999-2005) in which the Jaguars averaged 33 wins. Bunton took a year off from the head coaching duties in 2010-2011 and from 2012 to the present the Jaguars have averaged 32 wins and have competed in two Region 24 Championships (2013&2014). He has an overall record at Danville of 582-465. Bunton has had 206 sophomores in his twenty years and 176 of these sophomores have continued their education past Danville Area Community College (See list of schools below). There have been two conference championships, a region championship, a National Player of the Year, 5 Gold Glove winners, seven All-Americans, eight National Academic Award Winners, 10 professional players, 79 All-Conference selections, and 55 All-Region 24 selections.
Bunton served as an assistant coach at Missouri State University from 1991-1995. He worked primarily with the infielders and had other game, practice, and administrative duties within the program. He was also the coordinator of student employees at the 9,000 seat Hammons Student Center on the campus of Missouri State University. The 1995 Bears team finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference and received an at large bid to the NCAA Division I West Regional in Fresno, California.
Bunton managed the Danville Dans of the Central Illinois Collegiate League (Prospect League today) for seven summers from 1993-1999. The Dans played for the league championship every year that Bunton was there and the 1994 team was the first in CICL history to win the first half, second half, overall, and tournament championships. He managed twenty-five players that went on to compete professionally. Bunton stepped down from the managerial post after winning the CICL championship in August of 1999 and then served as CICL Commissioner for two summers.
Bunton was a four year letterman at Missouri State from 1986-1990 and graduated with a degree in history. He finished his playing days in 1990 as the Bears’ second baseman and team captain, where he hit .308 with 31 RBI. He hit .306 as a sophomore and .364 as a junior for a career average of .311. He played on three Mid-Continent Conference championship teams and was a member of the 1987 squad which was the first ever Missouri State team to compete in the NCAA Division I Tournament at Arizona State University.
Geoff Desmond was the captain and MVP of the Danville High School baseball team in 2001 and played for the Post 210 Speakers and Danville Dans.
Desmond also played for DACC from 2002-2003 and would play for Arkansas State from 2004-2005, leading the Red Wolves in 2005 with a .384 batting average, 20 home runs and 72 RBIs. Desmond was an All-American at both schools.
Desmond also played minor league baseball for two seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
Gritton had a 193-179-3 record with regional titles in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2012 and a sectional title in 2012. Twenty-five players were able to go to college with seven of them going to Division I schools and two players were drafted in the Major League Baseball draft.