About the International Baseball Community
IBC is The #1 Platform for the Recruitment of Professional Players and Coaches to Clubs Overseas
Since the launch of the website in December 2012, there have been over 380 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 city in Canada where there is no high school or college baseball, only club baseball. Post high school I decided not to pursue college baseball in the U.S. and studied at a local college.
The summer following my sophomore year (1999) I received a call from a former teammate playing in Austria asking me if I could come play for the Attnang Athletics for the remaining part of the summer. I soon found myself to be the second ever import baseball player for the Athletics in what was to be years of importing players and coaches to follow.
This was a life changing experience for me not only because I had the opportunity to play the game I love while experiencing Europe, but also because I met my wife-to-be that summer, a local Austrian girl.
Fast forward five years I am married with two small children and living in Canada working the 9-to-5 cubical job and find myself in the midst of a divorce. Long story short, I moved to Austria to be near my children and re-kindle my love with baseball, re-joining the Athletics in 2004.
I soon found myself in the role of import recruiter for the Athletics and annually I spent countless hours communicating with imports to find the calibre of player we wanted with the right mindset for baseball overseas.
This led me to the creation of the this website which originally was free for both players and clubs to use, but as it grew it became a full time job just to maintain. This is when I decided to monetize it and reduce my hours at work and focus on making the website the best it can be and facilitating the import-club connections the best I can.
Over the years I have continued to expand my network and help clubs out pro-bono, thus building long-lasting trust and establishing myself as the go-to guy for finding imports. In recent years I have built a team of experienced international players and coaches to support the daily tasks of recruiting talent and supporting clubs in their search. Today, the website is widely known internationally and clubs and organizations regularly visit the website recruiting their next import player or coach. We have now expanded into women’s fastpitch softball and every year it seems like a new league somewhere in the world jumps on board with utilizing imports to improve their game.
I encourage anyone who has read this boring bio this far 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!”
Jimmy Jensen – Baseball Recruitment Manager
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 has since played in Australia, France and spent in Germany. He is also the star of our Globetrotters youtube series.
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 members.
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.
Louis Cohen – International Scout and Recruiting Coordinator
After graduating from Cal State Northridge in 2015 Louis did not receive any professional attention and decided to use our website to take his career overseas. His first stop was Australia for the 2015-2016 winter, then Germany for the summer of 2016, and then returned to Australia for 2016-2017 and became a key starter for the Canberra Cavalry of the Australian Baseball League. His performance in the ABL earned him a pro contract with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League where he will also be recruiting for IBC in addition to playing.
Arik Sikula – International Scout and Recruiting Coordinator
In 2015, Arik was pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays at the AA level. He was in his fourth year with the organization and had shared dugouts with Dalton Pompey, Kevin Pillar and Roberto Osuna. In 2016 he played for the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League before pursuing a business opportunity in his home in TN. After hearing what IBC could do, he decided to pursue a contract overseas in Australia for the winter of 2016-2017. After a dominating winter pitching in the South Australian Baseball League with some innings with the Adelaide Bite, Arik has decided to return to independent pro baseball (CanAm) in where he will also begin a career as a scout, recruiting for IBC.
Chelsea Cohen – International Scout and Recruiting Coordinator (Softball)
Chelsea played four years at University of Arkansas where she participated in NCAA regionals. Upon graduation she in 2013 she played in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she also working with their junior national pitchers. In 2014 she played in Austria which was followed by a winter in South Australia. Upon returning home she undertook a coaching role at the University of Nevada in 2015. In 2016 she returned to Europe to play in Italy for the Legnano Softball Club and is now in her second stint in Australia, returning to the Walkerville Cats for a second season. Chelsea’s role will be as a consultant to the various opportunities around the globe as well as a recruiter for IBC.
Owen Ozanich – International Scout and Recruiting Coordinator
Owen Ozanich has pitched for the French national team in the European Championship (2012, 2014, 2016), the Universiades (2015, 2017) and in qualifiers for the World Baseball Classic (2012, 2016). He has led the French Division I in wins four times and ERA four times and has gone 78-13 for the Rouen Huskies in French regular season and postseason play and in the European Cup tournament. Since joining the Huskies in 2011 he has helped the team win 6 French titles in 7 seasons.
He has also played in the Australian Baseball League for the Adelaide Bite (2011-2013), for Team Europe (2015-2017) and had played NCAA Division I (2008-2009) in the United States where he graduated with a double major in French/Geography from The University of Vermont.
Ozanich has played infield and outfield at times in his career in addition to his work on the mound. He has pitched the only perfect game in French D1 history and is the only European player to have played for Team Europe in all three of it’s tournaments since it’s creation in March 2015.
He enjoys travelling, geography, foreign languages and learning about new cultures through baseball. Owen would like to help young ballplayers experience the world through baseball the same way he has.
Michael Click is a veteran professional pitcher and travel enthusiast who has been playing professional baseball for 8 years.
Michael was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa. He grew up playing baseball in the Philadelphia region earning him Perfect Game top 200 National Prospects honors as a junior in high school. He later on attended Temple University, Division 1, where he played all 4 years and earned his degree from the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management.
Michael signed as a free agent in 2011 with the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League. He was later traded to the Windy City Thunderbolts in 2012 and was selected to the All Star team in 2013. Michael then moved on to the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association in 2014 and was then acquired by the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League for the 2014-2015 seasons. He then signed with the Canberra Cavalry of the ABL and earned another All Star spot for the 2015/2016 World Team. Michael then returned to the Atlantic League later that spring with the York Revolution in 2016 and recently won the Atlantic League Championship with York in 2017. He recently collected his 400th career strikeout and holds a career 9.7 strikeouts per 9 innings.
Michael is returning to Canberra, AUS to play with the Cavalry for the 2017/2018 season. His passion for travel led Michael to open his own travel business, Untapped Travel. He looks to continue to travel and assist IBC in finding quality players who wish to play internationally.
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.
Daniel Catalan – IBC Player Recruitment Adviser Spain/Latin America
Hola, mi nombre es Daniel Catalán. Soy nacido y creado en Los Ángeles, California, E.E.U.U. Vengo de raíces latinas con madre Mexicana y padre Chileno. Llegue a obtener una beca al nivel universitario donde jugué por Holy Names University (NCAA DII) en Oakland, California. Después de recibir mi bachillerato en sociología seguí me deseó de viajar y jugar hasta España donde jugué por Beisbol Barcelona en la División de Honor. Actualmente también juego por la selección de Chile, por la cual he viajado a Suramérica varias veces. Con IBC ayudó como consultante y* reclutador. También como translator para los jugadores hispanohablantes que desean comunicarse con equipos afuera de Latinoamérica. También asisto en conectar a jugadores afuera de Latinoamérica con equipos en Suramérica.
Wayne Ough – IBC Recruitment & Placement Consultant
Wayne is of Australian baseball legendary status with a 2004 Olympic silver medal and New York Mets AA baseball headlining his resume. What makes Wayne one of the most value assets to the IBC staff is the fact that he has played in numerous European leagues (Czech, Germany, Croatia, Austria) and has been a permanent fixture in Australian baseball for years, mostly Adelaide within the top teams in the state league and with the Bite. In 2014-2015 he pitched for the Canberra Cavalry and in the summers has been with the Solingen Alligators of the German Bundesliga since 2015. In 2017 he was back with Solingen as their player-coach.
Wayne’s role with IBC will be that as a recruiter/scout and as a consultant. He will also use his connections within professional and semi baseball overseas to help with the placement of our members.
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.
Eric Brenk – IBC Player Recruitment Adviser, Germany
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.
Scotty Mulhearn –International Scout and Recruiting Coordinator
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.
Scott “Hurler” Weaver – International Scout and Recruiting Coordinator /Washington D.C.
Scott lives in Potomac, Maryland and was a 2 year letterman as pitcher at the University of Colorado where received his degree in Business and a minor in Computer Science. He also has a masters degree in International Relations from Northwestern Oklahoma State.
He is a retired Lt. Col. in the USAF with 20 years of service, where he has over 2,600 hours of flight time and two combat tours in F16C. He was also T38 as an instructor pilot. Scott currently flies the Boeing 777-200/300 for American Airlines out of Miami to London, Paris, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and Sao Paulo.
His coaching credentials include 3 Maryland state championships and multiple league champions and both youth and club levels. Scott was the General Manager for the College Park Bombers (U of Maryland) in the Cal Rikpen Sr. Collegiate Wood Bat Summer League. He also hosts an annual Father Son Baseball Classic at the Georgetown University home field. Scott has strong baseball ties and helps support youth and club teams in London and Buenos Aires.
Scott’s role is to help increase IBC recruiting around the world to include Europe and South America.
Max MacNabb – International Scout and Recruiting Coordinator
Born and raised in Encinitas, Southern California, Max pitched for 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 from there signed on in the French first division for the Senart Templiers. Max returned to Australian in his second year and got picked up by the Adelaide Bite where he quickly became their number one starter and earned a spot at the ABL All-Star game. In 2017 Max took his game to the Czech Republic and it was at Prague Baseball Week that summer that he impressed Baltimore Orioles scout and IBC consultant, Boomer Prinstein so much that he had him sign with the Orioles.
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.