Derek Stecklein- Head Varsity Coach
Derek begins his second year as an Head Coach for Pleasant Valley. In his first year as head coach, Derek led the Spartans to a state tournament bid. Derek brings a passion of working with young individuals to help further the game. Previously he worked with college athletes at the University of Iowa and most recently Western Illinois University. Coach Stecklein went graduated from the University of Iowa where he was a student manager and later became a student assistant coach. Following graduation, Derek went on to become an assistant at Western Illinois for former Iowa assistant and head coach at Western Illinois, Ryan Brownlee. Derek worked with hitters and catchers, along with running camps and on campus recruiting for the Leathernecks. As a player, Derek was an All-State player for Oelwein High School in Oelwein, IA.
Ben Boore- Head Sophomore Coach
Coach Boore is in his third year at Pleasant Valley as the head sophomore coach. The two years before he coached at United Township High School as the varsity assistant. He currently teaches Special Education at Glenview Middle School in East Moline. Coach Boore also went to United Township and was a three year varsity letter winner and helped lead them to back to back conference championships for the first time in nineteen years. He then went on to play at Southeastern and Carl Sandburg Community Colleges before graduating from Western Illinois University-Macomb. Coach Boore is married to his wife, Leah, and has a son, Beckham.
Jake Grafenberg- Assistant Freshman Coach
Coach Grafenberg is currently in his 5th year on the Pleasant Valley Baseball Staff. He has coached at all levels, with this being his second year as Freshman Assistant this year. He currently works as a 6th grade teacher at Cody Elementary in Le Claire. Before becoming part of the PV staff, Coach Grafenberg served as the Head Baseball Coach in Grundy Center. In the 4 years at Grundy Center, he took the team to two District Final games, winning one of them. He graduated from North Fayette High School, was a four sport athlete, and made it to the state semifinal game in his senior year of baseball. After graduating from high school, Coach Grafenberg went to the University of Northern Iowa, graduating with an Elementary and Middle Level Degree and a minor in Math Education. Coach G is married to his wife, Kelsey, who teaches 4th grade in Dewitt and has a daughter, Hallie.
Jeff Lindmark- Assistant Varsity Coach
Jeff begins his second year back on staff after previously serving as a varsity assistant coach at Pleasant Valley from 2001-2005 and playing baseball in the mid 80’s at PV under Iowa high school hall of fame coach Ed Merritt. While previously coaching at PV, the baseball program won the MAC in 2001, qualified for state in 2003 and set the school record for wins in 2004. Jeff was a head varsity baseball coach from 1994-2000 at Sherrard High School and also served as the head football coach there for four seasons. He then moved on to the Augustana College football staff from 1999-2014 and worked in a variety of capacities including the offensive coordinator. Jeff is currently in sales for a flooring distributor and is married to Stephanie. They have 3 children Ellie, Peyton and Barrett, who have all attended PV schools.
Andy Merrill- Head Freshman Coach
Coach Merrill is a 1994 graduate of Indianola High School. He was a three sport athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball. He went on to attend Simpson College where he continued his baseball career. Coach Merrill currently works at Hopewell Elementary as a Physical Education Teacher. He is married to his wife, Erin, who teaches 6th grade at Riverdale Heights and has a son, Owen and a daughter, Elly.