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 town in Canada and post high school, although talented enough, I decided not to pursue a college and professional baseball career in order to be close to home and for financial reasons, a decision I always regretted. 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. Long story short, I met and married an Austrian woman, have two children with her and live in Austria. I continue to play today at the age of 42 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. Fast forward to present time, I have a network that reaches to the four corners of the world which still blows me away every time I open an email from someone in a completely different time zone. What is probably the most powerful, is that In any given season, winter or summer, I have anywhere from 60-120 players and coaches from my website somewhere around the world networking with new clubs and organizations on my behalf and referring them back to me. The network continues to grow and more and more organizations around the world are bringing over players, coaches or player-coaches to help their club improve.
My role with IBC is to continue to develop strong relationships with clubs around the globe while also supporting our Gold Members by referring clubs to them and as an advisor in their pursuit to take their career overseas. In the past two years, my job has been less virtual and more hands-on as I make my way to leagues and clubs across Europe with plans to do so in Australia and other markets that continue to grow and use the website.
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!”
Jimmy Jensen – International Scout and Recruiting Coordinator
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 in 2017 will play 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.
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 will be 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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 the U.S. where he will also begin a career as a scout, recruiting for IBC.
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.
Jordan Liester – International Scout and Recruiting Coordinator, Colorado
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 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.
Kyle Kennett – International Scout and Recruiting Coordinator
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 Netherlands / 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.