Jason Berken is a retired MLB pitcher with 11 years of professional playing experience.
Jason grew up in De Pere, WI and was a standout three sport high school athlete in baseball, basketball, and football. Throughout his high school career he was a four time varsity letterman in baseball and three time letterman in football and basketball. He accumulated several honors and awards – most notably he was twice voted an All-Conference, All-District, and All-Area player. In addition, as a senior, he was the Press Gazette Player of the Year and Gatorade State Player of the Year.
In the spring of his senior year of high school, Jason accepted a baseball scholarship to Clemson University. At that time, Clemson was rated the #1 collegiate team in Division 1 baseball. In his four years at Clemson, Jason compiled an 18-6 record with a 3.03 ERA. He was voted Team Captain twice and was an All-ACC Performer his junior year.
In 2006, Jason was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 6th round (175th overal l) of the MLB draft. After just over two years in the Orioles minor league system, Jason made his MLB debut on May 26, 2009 against the Toronto Blue Jays. He earned his first Major League victory that night as he pitched five innings, giving up two runs. In his rookie season, he compiled 119 innings over 24 starts – the 5th most starts by a rookie in the Orioles franchise history. Over the next four seasons, Jason accumulated a 10-20 record, with a 5.36 ERA in 110 appearances with the Orioles and Cubs.
Jason has been a member of the Orioles, Cubs, White Sox, Giants, Phillies, and Blue Jays organizations.
Erik grew up in Door County, WI, and was a graduate of Southern Door High School. As a three-sport athlete, he received multiple All-Conference awards for football, basketball, and baseball, including 3rd Team All-American Pitcher, Gatorade State Player of the Year, and Louisville Slugger State Player of the Year. As a senior, Erik committed to NC State on a full baseball scholarship but decided to forgo college after being drafted in the second round of the 2004 amateur draft, 63rd pick overall, by the Kansas City Royals.
In 2014, Erik made his MLB debut with the San Francisco Giants, where in just one inning, he threw 16 pitches of at least 100 miles per hour. That same year, Erik would travel with the Giants as an alternate during the playoff run, including a trip to the World Series. Erik received a World Series Championship ring after the Giants won the series, beating the Kansas City Royals.
Erik has been a member of the Royals, Braves, Pirates, Giants, Marlins, and Red Sox organizations, and spent a season playing internationally with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan. He has close to one year of MLB service time between the Giants and Marlins organizations.
Paul Wagner comes to ISA from Base Knox Sports Academy, a training facility he has owned and operated for the past 7 years.
Over the years, Paul has worked with hundreds of NE WI baseball and softball players developing their game both on and off the field. While running Base Knox Sports Academy, Paul and his staff have had several individuals reach their season pinnacle by receiving All-Conference and Player of the Year awards, some of whom have also gone on and enjoyed successful college careers as well. Paul enjoys working with teams on development, and his teams have gone on to have successful summer league and tournament play.
Coach Wagz will continue to dedicate his time and effort through ISA and the greater Green Bay area to make sure each experience is a special one so kids continue to enjoy the game they love to play.
Jenna Woepse was previously the Varsity Head Coach at Bay Port High School, amassing a 70-23 record over 4 years where she was named Coach of the Year twice in the FRCC (2015 & 2017). In years prior to being named Bay Port’s head coach, she held positions as Assistant Coach on the Varsity squad and was the JV coach at both Bay Port and Green Bay Preble.
In 2015, Jenna led the Pirates to their first trip and win in school history at the State Tournament. The Pirates also had two conference championships under Jenna.
Jenna’s playing career consists of playing shortstop for a top premier team in Auckland, New Zealand in 2009 where she amassed a batting average of .400 and a league-leading 21 stolen bases. Jenna completed a 4-year college career at the Division I, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She received First Team All-Conference honors her sophomore year, was named Team Captain her senior year and was on the academic honor roll. Jenna currently resides in Green Bay, but her hometown is Manitowoc, WI where she was a three sport, All-Conference athlete and four year varsity softball member.
After a successful collegiate playing career, Jordan DeBoer has been the assistant coach for the UW Platteville baseball team for the past two seasons.
Jordan DeBoer played two seasons at UW Lacrosse before transferring to Marian University in 2014. As a member of the Sabre baseball team he was a utility player that played infield, outfield, and pitched. In 2014, Jordan was named to Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Honorable Mention All-Conference after leading the Sabres with 47 hits and 27 RBIs. In 2015, he was named Third Team All-Region by D3Baseball.com and also named to the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Second Team.
Kari Bern (Corbeille) is originally from Crivitz, WI and while in high school she played three sports, but excelled in softball. With Kari on the mound her senior year Crivitz won regionals for the first time ever in school history. She was team captain (2007), team MVP (2006 & 2007), 1st Team All-Conference (2006 & 2007) and M&O Conference Player of the Year (2007). She continued her playing career at St. Norbert College. Her sophomore and junior year they won conference and Kari made pitching appearances in both championship games. Her junior year was one for the record books. Her junior year was the most winningest year as an all around athletic team in school history. She also threw St. Norbert’s first ever NCAA Regional win the NCAA regional. Kari was an at-large NCAA regional selection as a pitcher having an ERA that weekend of a .88. During her junior season her ERA was a 1.28. Lastly, she was ranked in the Top 25 Division III pitchers in the nation and a 1st Team All-Conference pitcher in the Midwest Conference. She was then selected to travel with a national team over in Italy the summer after her senior year.
After spending 4.5 years in Minnesota, Kari moved back to WI and has done lessons and coached for 7+ years. She coached high school ball at Bay Port High School (WI) and Wayzata High School (MN). She also coached Minnesota club teams (MN Whirl, TC Racers). While in MN she also gave pitching lessons for TC Fastpitch Academy for 3 years.
Jen Roskom joins ISA with nearly 15 years of experience coaching softball. Having had a love for playing softball since she was 5 years old, she developed a keen sense of the strategy and nuances of the game. Jen graduated from Bay Port High School (Green Bay), then applied her softball knowledge and leadership skills coaching youth softball in the summers during college. After graduating from college, she started her career coaching at the high school level, accepting a position as the Freshman softball coach at Bay Port High School (2005).
Jen spent a season coaching at the Varsity level (De Pere High School 2009) which reaffirmed her drive and aptitude for developing young players and helping them achieve a higher level of performance. She accepted Junior Varsity level positions (De Pere 2010 and Bay Port 2006-08, 2014-2017) where developing fundamentals, focusing on gaining that competitive edge, and developing the right winning mindset are keys to furthering a successful softball career.
Ashley Nannemann is originally from Waterford, WI and while in high school she was a varsity letter winner in three sports, but excelled in softball. Her senior year she had pitched two perfect games and four no hitters. She was recognized for All-Conference, All-County, All-Area awards as well as being nominated for the Wisconsin All Star team.
Ashley continued her playing career at the Division I, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. At Green Bay she led her team to win both the Horizon League regular season title, for the first time in school history, as well as the Horizon League tournament title in 2014. Her senior year she was ranked the no.1 pitcher for Division 1 softball Nation-wide, for nearly half the season. She was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament squad while being named the tourney MVP and top pitcher. In 2015 she played professionally for Nuoro – a feeder program for the Italian National Softball League.
While overseas she had the opportunity to pitch as well as play shortstop. After one season with the Nuoro softball team she had returned home to pursue a career as a graphic designer. Currently Ashley resides in Appleton and continues to run pitching clinics and lessons.
Jennifer Timm is a current NCAA Division I athlete who attends Niagara University (N.Y.) on a softball scholarship. The junior infielder/outfielder has played in 72 games during her first two seasons with the Purple Eagles, including 36 as a starter. In the classroom, she owns a 3.95 cumulative grade point average as an adolescence education major. She was named to the 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Softball All-Academic Team.
Timm is a 2015 graduate of West De Pere High School, where she started all 99 softball games for the Phantoms during her four-year varsity career and hit .416 with a school records of 19 home runs, 32 doubles and 85 runs batted in. The three-time All-Bay Conference selection received All-State honorable mention recognition as a senior after hitting .477 with a school-record nine home runs, seven doubles and 32 runs batted in. Timm played in the 2015 Wisconsin High School All-Star Classic and went a combined 5-for-6 at the plate with three home runs in two games.
Timm, who placed fourth in 2009 and second in 2011 in the softball throw at the Hershey’s North America Track & Field Games in Hershey, Pa., has won several state titles and played in numerous national tournaments as a member of youth softball teams affiliated with the West De Pere Fire, Fox Fiver Rush and Green Bay Ice.
A native of East Troy, Wisconsin, Amber O’Connell, attended UW-River Falls, where she was a four year starter as a catcher. As a Falcon she was voted twice as a standout member of the all WIAC Conference teams and was also selected as a three year team captain. Amber helped lead her team to a WIAC Championship and two regional appearances.
Her teammates described her as a great team leader who played with passion; while landing in the UW-RF record books in career triples and doubles and singles. She graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration emphasis in Finance. Amber began her teaching and coaching career while in college with local softball and basketball youth teams. More recently she has coached club softball in northeast Wisconsin. O’Connell currently resides in Green Bay and works as a Firefighter EMT for the Village of Howard.
Jessica Kropp is a former Red Raider from Pulaski, WI. With her defense behind her, she earned great success in 2007 & 2008 as starting pitcher. Both years, Pulaski stood atop the Bay (2007) and FRCC (2008) conference. In 2007, the Raiders fell just one game shy of the state tournament in 2007 after a 2-1 loss to Appleton North. She was named 1st Team All-Conference (2008), 2nd Team All-District (2008), Captain (2008), and 2nd Team All-Conference (2007).
She followed her softball career into college, playing with the Green Knights of St. Norbert College. Graduating in 3.5 years, Kropp pitched for the Green Knights through three Midwest Conference tournaments. Her role on the St. Norbert team varied, she found success as a designated hitter and in the infield when she was not pitching. The experience has taught her a great deal about the mental capacity and tenacity needed to be successful in the game. Over the last seven years she has returned to her home field, in Pulaski, to coach and mentor pitchers (of varied levels of experience and age) and teams for their summer seasons.