Head Coach/ General Manager
Phone: 480 4523876
Played collegiately at Wayland Baptist University 1996—1999. Threw the first no-hitter in school history in 1998. Worked as an instructor for Doyle Baseball Academy from 2003 to 2005 doing
instructional schools from anywhere from three days to a week at a time in various locations around the country including Arizona, New Mexico, Washington, and Alaska.
In 2004 he decided to restore the Casa Grande Cotton Kings who operated as a semi-pro team in the National Baseball Congress (NBC) from 1948 to 1962. The Cotton Kings of old captured 10 consecutive state titles , earning berths to the NBC World Series in Wichita, KS. Growing up in Casa Grande Walter heard countless stories about the Cotton Kings and the high baseball standards they set for not just Casa Grande, but for all of Pinal County. With the blessing of Cotton Kings original owner, John Singh, Walter joined the Pacific Southwest League of the NBC. In 2007 the Cotton Kings won the Pacific Southwest League regional qualifying tournament berth and returned to Wichita for the first time in over 45 years. Since the Cotton Kings have won the Pacific Southwest League and/or Regional Qualifying Tournament for seven consecutive years (2007-2013).
Joseph hails from Browning, Montana and is married to Sara Walter of Abington, PA. They are the proud parents of a daughter (Lauren) and son (Andrew).
Mike has been with the Cotton Kings since 2007 when he joined them for the NBC World Series in Wichita, KS. He returned to be a staple in the middle of their lineup from 2008 to 2009.
DeVito played collegiately at Central Arizona College under the legendary Clint Myers and for Jon Wente in his first year at the helm of the Vaqueros. After two seasons at Central he transferred to Henderson State in Arkansas where he was the team leader in homeruns in his two year stint with the "Reddies".
In 2011 he played for the Ruidoso Osos of the Pecos League as a two-way player.
Mike brings the experience of a collegiate career under some of the best coaches in all Arizona. Having made four trips to Wichita with the Cotton Kings, he knows what it will take to make it back.
Former Cotton Kings catcher from 2006-2007, Balich was a member of the first Cotton Kings team to return to the NBC World Series in Wichita, KS in over 45 years. Upon completing his playing career at Northwood University in Texas he coached one season as an assistant at Arizona Christian University as a first year NAIA program.
Justin brings plenty of playing and coaching experience to the Cotton Kings and we're glad to have him back in uniform.
The Cotton Kings have the following coaching positions available.
Please contact us at (480) 452-3876 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details
The ideal candidate must have collegiate or professional experience. Prior coaching experience is preferred
This person is responsible for managing the pitching staff, ensuring all pitchers are properly conditioned and prepared to assume their respective roles within the team ranks.
The chief concern of the pitching coach is safety and injury prevention.
Therefore, they must maintain pitch counts, delegate radar gun monitoring (tracking velocity throughout each outing), and manage each pitcher’s mechanics. Finally, the pitching coach will abide by all instructions provided by the player’s college coaches (if applicable).
This person will work with all hitters on swing maintenance and development, as well as their mental approach. The hitting coach will provide feedback and make recommendations. They will spend time with each player individually on a weekly basis. The hitting coach will abide by all instructions provided by the player’s college coaches (if applicable).
The ideal candidate must have college or professional experience. Prior coaching experience is preferred
This person is responsible for roster management, lineup creation, and pitching use. They
will work with the infielders and outfielders on their positioning for various defensive alignments and situations; including bunt coverage, relays, and timed pick-offs. They will serve as the third
base coach and develop signs for bunts, hit-and-runs, steals, squeeze plays, etc. During practice time they will work closely with all players to ensure they know their defensive responsibilities and
establish communication guidelines for any and all situations they may encounter.
The ideal candidate must have high school, college, or professional coaching experience.