PBR Pennsylvania Announces Additions to Staff

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

Prep Baseball Report Pennsylvania has announced the addition of Kevin Leitzel and Mark Chimel to its staff of scouts. Leitzel began in his role as an area scout, writer and evaluator as of November 1. Chimel will begin a similar role as of December.

Kevin Leitzel previously spent four years as an assistant coach with the Bloomsburg University Huskies. In 2012 he helped guide the Huskies to 25 wins, the most by the program since 1999 and just the fourth time they reached that mark in the program’s history. In 2014 he was part of a record breaking season for the Huskies which saw them break the program record for conference wins and secured the 2nd seed from the PSAC East. He has coached ten All-PSAC players including the 2013 and 2014 Freshman of the Year. Leitzel was the Recruiting Coordinator, 1st Base Coach, outfield coach and assisted Coach Collins with the Huskies' offense.  The Huskies had a .300 team batting average in each of his three years and the outfielders improved upon their fielding percentage and outfield assists each season.

Leitzel spent the 2012 summer coaching the Licking County Settlers of the Great Lakes Collegiate League. He was the associate Head Coach and helped lead the Settlers to their first GLSCL Championship in organization history. He also had two players from that team selected in the 2013 MLB Draft. In addition to his coaching duties, Leitzel directed the Huskies' baseball camp programs. The Huskies offer a one-week summer camp as well as five clinics throughout the academic year. Leitzel joined the Huskies coaching staff after working for All-Star Baseball Academy in West Chester and serving one year as the varsity assistant at Line Mountain High School.

Chimel resides in Middletown, PA and played his high school baseball at Middletown Area High School. He played collegiately for three years at Penn State Harrisburg as a starting pitcher and outfielder. Chimel helped lead the team to the Northeastern Athletic Conference championship game in 2010, leading the teams in wins and appearances that year. He graduated in 2012 finishing his career as the program leader in appearances and second in wins.

Chimel just completed his second year as head coach for the Tri-State Arsenal at the 14U age group. He was also recently hired as the pitching coach at Lancaster Bible College for the 2014-2015 season. Chimel previously gave instruction at Carmen Fusco Pro and All-Star Baseball Academies.

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