Over the past 12 years, the Indiana Chargers have become one of the premier travel baseball programs in the Midwest. The organization is designed to be a college prep program preparing players to become successful at the high school level and beyond. Since 2008, 184+ players have gone on from the Chargers organization to play college baseball. High-level information and instruction is given to the players so that ultimately they can become their own coach. The Chargers firmly believe development and arm care trumps everything. The only thing the Chargers are concerned about winning is the next pitch!
The Chargers organization strives on being DIFFERENT. Development both on and off the field is the primary emphasis of the Chargers organization. All coaches are currently playing college baseball or have played college or professional baseball. No dads coach in our program. Along with Charger players, all players are welcome to train in the off-season at Diamond Performance Academy (our indoor training facility) located in Fort Wayne, IN. The facility includes 5 cages, plyo wall, band wall, turf area for fielding, and a weight room. The 2020 offseason is slated for over 100+ hours of baseball skill development (arm care, fielding, hitting, and strength and conditioning).
2019-2020 Diamond Performance Academy
Evan Jurjevic, DPT, CSCS, USAW-L1SP
Director of Operations & Player Development
Evan joined the Chargers staff in 2015 as the Chargers Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Goshen Location. Evan has since taken over the Charger organization in Fort Wayne, IN in 2019-2020 as the owner and director of player development.
He graduated from La Porte High School in La Porte, IN in 2010 with Academic Honors and a member of the National Honors Society. While attending La Porte High School, Evan earned six varsity letters. He was a three-year high school letterman in both varsity baseball and basketball. Evan was a two-year varsity basketball captain where he played the point guard position his junior and senior years. In baseball, he was a 2-time All-Region selection and had a career batting average of .400. During his senior campaign, the Slicers were ranked 22nd in the nation by USA Today. The Slicer team consisted of 11 players who went on to play collegiate baseball.
After high school, Evan went on and attended Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN, where he played baseball while juggling his college academics. He was selected team captain of the Eagles for 2 seasons and had a career batting average of .321. As a senior, Evan batted a team and collegiate career-best .358 while earning All-South Atlantic Conference honors. He set the all-time Carson-Newman baseball record with reaching base safely in 43 consecutive games, and he was the recipient of the 2015 Carson-Newman University Baseball MVP and Best Hitter awards. On March 24th, 2015, Evan was named the Player of the Week in the Volunteer State by the Tennessee Sportswriters' Association marking the first time that a Carson-Newman baseball player has earned the accolade. Evan finished 13th in the nation in doubles and was ranked top 10 nationally in doubles per game. While taking care of business at the plate, he also held a .991 fielding percentage.
Evan graduated from Carson-Newman in 2014 with a degree in Exercise Science and in 2015 with a Master’s in Education, with an emphasis in Leadership and Coaching. He recently graduated from Trine University's Doctorate of Physical therapy program in Fort Wayne, IN in 2020 and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
Assistant Director of Player Development and Coach
Sorensen was born and raised in Utah he attended Payson High School. In High School Sorensen was a three-year letter winner and was voted the Region 12 MVP and was selected to the All-State team. After High School Sorensen began his Colligate career at Taft Junior College in California, during his Freshman season he received the most improved player award. After his Freshman year Sorensen played Summer Baseball for the Regina Red Sox in Regina Saskatchewan Canada. Following the summer Sorensen went back to Taft and during his last season Sorensen received the Bakersfield Jockey Club Award for outstanding citizens and athletes, along with being named to the Central Valley All-Conference Team for Relief Pitcher as well as being named Academic All-Conference and receiving MVP of his team. After receiving his Associates Degree in Physical Education and Health at Taft Junior College Sorensen Transferred to Indiana Tech to further his education and baseball career, he pitched for two years at Indiana Tech winning the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference regular season championship his Junior year. His Senior year Sorensen was a starting pitcher and his team won the Wolverine Hoosier regular season and Tournament Championship and won the Williamsburg Opening round he pitched the game to take his team to the World Series he threw 6.2 striking out 10 with 5 hits and 3 runs and collected the win against Cumberlands Kentucky to send his team to the NAIA World Series. After his Senior season he signed a Independent Professional Contract with the Utica Unicorns. He has Coached the Indiana Chargers for 3 years and previously Coached at Ivy Tech Community College and is currently on staff at Indiana Tech as Pitching Coach. Sorensen has a true passion for player development not only on the field but off the field.
Chargers General Manager and co-founder Joel Mishler has been involved with coaching, scouting, and giving lessons for over 30 years. He served as the Glen Oaks Community College head baseball coach for 10 years where he won over 300 games and took his 2000 team to the World Series and a third-place finish in NJCAA Div. II. During his tenure at Glen Oaks, he coached 12 players that went on to play professional baseball and over 60 players that played at four-year universities and colleges. He served as an Associate Scout for the Baltimore Orioles from 1996 through 2005 and is currently an associate scout with the Miami Marlins. Coach Mishler is dedicated to helping use his coaching skills and college connections to help young men achieve their dreams of playing at the next level.