IBC is The #1 Platform for the Recruitment of Professional Players and Coaches to Clubs Overseas
Since the launch of he website in December 2012, there have been over 250 contracts signed by IBC members with overseas organizations within the following countries:
Austria, Australia, Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovakia, South Africa, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
Message from David Burns – Founder and CEO of IBC
“I would like to take a brief moment to introduce myself so you have a clear picture of who I am and what this website is all about.
I grew up playing ball in a small town in Canada and post high school, although talented enough, I decided not to pursue a college and professional baseball career for financial reasons. Instead I decided to get an education at a local college where there was no baseball program at the time (UBC-Okanagan). I continued to play the game I love in a local competitive men’s league until an opportunity to play in Austria one summer fell in my lap.
In 1999 I came to Austria as an import baseball player for the Attnang Athletics. To make a long story short, I met and married an Austrian woman and now have two children here in Austria. I continue to play today at the age of 41 and house the imports who come to play for us every year. This keeps me feeling young and motivates me to keep playing. However sliding is no longer an option. It is a stand up double or long single these days.
The website started as a fun project when I discovered the need for such a platform and it rapidly grew into my full-time job. With the help of the IBC team (below), we annually connect over 120 talented players and coaches with more and more organizations around the globe. As sponsors continue to come on board it will allow the company to continue to grow while also to keeping it affordable for our members.
I have a bachelor’s degree in business with a major in marketing which for the most part is outdated in today’s online marketing world. I had to teach myself the marketing ways of the modern world with social media while also becoming adept at building websites using WordPress.
My role with IBC is to continue to develop strong relationships with clubs around the globe while also supporting our Gold Members as an advisor in their pursuit to take their career overseas. I also support the IBC staff in their roles when needed.
I encourage you to reach out and say hi by either email or over social media. If you have any questions I will get back to you ASAP!”
Zach Miller –International Scout and Recruiting Coordinator, U.S.A.
Zach is a native of St. Louis and graduated from St. Leo University with a Masters in Sports Business. He took his baseball career overseas in 2013 to play in the French Elite League where he was the batting champion. From there he decided to hang up the cleats from there and settle down with his then girlfriend to focus on a life together and his career and has been with IBC ever since. Zach brings with him a ton of passion in helping others achieve their dreams in playing baseball overseas. IBC receives numerous compliments on Zach’s dedication to his work, his responsiveness and eagerness to help.
Zach has worn multiple hats over the years with IBC and his current role is to scout and recruit talented college and pro players across the U.S. to play overseas.
Jimmy Jensen – International Scout and Recruiting Coordinator, California / Sydney
A native of Castro Valley, California, Jimmy played for Menlo College (NAIA) and in the Pecos league before taking his career overseas to Austria in 2015. He just wrapped up a winter playing in Sydney, Australia and will spend the summer of 2016 playing in France.
His passion to help others and for the game of baseball combined with a degree in business from the “Silicon Valley’s Business School” make Jimmy a perfect addition to the IBC staff. Jimmy is of the utmost character and is a workhorse while on the mound and in his work life. He genuinely cares about people in general and truly loves helping others achieve their dreams in baseball.
Jimmy’s role with IBC is to network with clubs within the various leagues overseas of which he plays in while also recruiting new talent to play abroad. He also assists in the creation of the verified profiles of our Gold Members.
Max MacNabb – International Scout and Recruiting Coordinator, California
Born and raised in Encinitas, Southern California, Max played ball at the University of San Diego where he earned a degree in business marketing before being drafted in the 18th round by the San Diego Padres.
In 2015 Max decided to continue his career internationally in Australia and is now playing in the French first division for the Senart Templiers. Max is passionate about his role with IBC because he wants to help provide other players with the same great experiences he is currently having overseas.
Ryan Schurman – IBC Professional/Amateur Adviser, Global Recruiting Coordinator
Raised in Portland, Oregon, Ryan was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 10th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Ryan brings 14 seasons of professional baseball experience which entailed stints pitching within the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and St Louis Cardinals organizations, as well as the Independent Atlantic League. Ryan then took his career overseas to Perth, Western Australia where he spent 9 seasons as a club import player, club head coach, while also being promoted within Baseball WA as a State Team Head Coach and High Performance Pitching Coordinator for the ABL Champion Perth Heat in the Australian Baseball League. Ryan now lives in Germany with his wife (who he met in Australia) and three year old son. Here, he is learning a new language, coaching baseball all around Germany, and is a Consultant for the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, covering parts of Europe.
Ryan’s role with IBC is as an advisor as well as recruiter.
Jordan Liester – International Scout and Recruiting Coordinator
A graduate of Colorado Mesa University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management, Business, Jordan fits right in with the theme of “youthful energy and enthusiasm” that the IBC team possess. He spent a year playing baseball overseas in Australia and France as a Gold Member of the International Baseball Community.
His role with IBC is to actively recruit baseball talent in the U.S. to become IBC members. He will often personally verify their skills and character of baseball players in Colorado and when the opportunity arises while on the road in the U.S.A.
Eric is a graduate of Wofford college and used the International Baseball Community to launch his own international career. Eric has dual citizenship with Germany and now plays for the Bonn Capitals and the German National Team and lived in Germany year-round while working on his masters degree in International Business at Cologne Business School.
Eric’s role with IBC is multi-faceted. It involves facilitating the importing of professional players to both softball and baseball clubs in Germany. He is also involved in the recruitment of talented European players who wish to play professional baseball outside their home country.
Justin “Boomer” Prinstein – IBC Recruitment & Placement Consultant
Boomer is a long time overseas baseball journeyman who had a career in Europe and Australia from 2006-2014. He is now a full-time Pro Scout for the Baltimore Orioles and is the Founder of Boomer Baseball International. Our recent alliance and collaboration on the placement of players and coaches in Europe will only strengthen our ability to make the right match for both the club and the baseball professional.
Scotty, a native of Brisbane Australia, has played in Japan, Sweden, Austria and now Czech Republic. Recently he was drafted by the Canberra Calvary of the Australian Baseball League. Scotty’s network of baseball friends in both Europe and Australia is a valuable asset to the IBC team.
Scotty’s role involves the referring of IBC members to clubs in Australia while also recruiting Australian and European talent to play outside their home country.
Kyle, a native of Spring Lake New Jersey, played four years of college baseball at Rider University (NCAA D1) and one year of professional baseball in Austria. He has an astute knowledge of college baseball in the U.S. and is a valuable asset with the recruitment of new talent to play overseas.
Rick van Dijck – IBC Player Recruitment Adviser, the Netherland / Czech Republic
Born in Veldhoven, Netherlands, Rick has made a career as a left-handed pitcher in Europe playing in the Dutch First and Head Class and is currently playing for the Prague Eagles in the Czech Extraliga. He attended Koning Willem 1 College where he completed his Undergraduate in communications. Rick speaks German, English and Dutch and has a working knowledge of French and Spanish.
His role with IBC is multi-faceted. It involved facilitating the importing of professional players to both softball and baseball clubs in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. He is also involved in the recruitment of talented European players who wish to play professional baseball outside their home country.
Casey Dill – International Scout and Recruiting Coordinator
Casey is currently the Head Coach with the Palm Springs POWER Baseball Club, Associate Head Coach at Harris-Stowe State University and Associate Scout for the Toronto Blue Jays. He has also coached collegiately at the NCAA DII level for Chico State University and New Mexico Highlands University.
He worked as a Field Manager in professional and summer collegiate baseball for 9 years with 5 different clubs; Nor Cal Pirates (Horizon Air Summer Series), Las Cruces Vaqueros (Pecos League), Las Vegas Train Robbers (Pecos League), Sonoma Stompers (Pacific Association) and Springfield Sliders (Prospect League). He has earned four league championships in that time period and an overall record of 371-220.
Casey earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Columbia College and successfully completed MLB Scout School certification hosted by the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau.