Founded in 2007 PHD Sports has been an integral part of the Greater Twin Cities area in the Minnesota community with a rich history and an exciting future. PHD Sports has gained the reputation for outstanding service and commitment to customer satisfaction in the greater Midwest Region. Founded as a Baseball Club offering training and skill advancement and now has enhanced on those values along with becoming the largest Baseball/Softball specialty retailer in MN.
Director, Facility Operations & Athlete Development
Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, Northern state university, Aberdeen, SD
Bachelor of Sports Science, Physical Education, Health and Coaching, Northern state university, Aberdeen, SD
“I grew up in a small town called Tyler, MN where I always played baseball, basketball, and football in grade school. After high school, I attended Fergus Falls Community College and continued to play baseball, football and basketball. I then transferred to Northern State University (NSU), working on my Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education, Health, and Coaching degree as well as played football for the Wolves. In 1999 we swept the NSIC with a 9-0 record and were crowned Conference Champions. In the years of 2002 and 2003, I focused my time on NIFL for the Bismarck Roughriders.
In 2006, I went back to NSU to for a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. After NSU I became a trainer for Healthway's Training Center (now Sanford POWER) in Bismarck, ND. I trained athletes of all ages and levels of play. In the fall of 2010, I moved to Sioux Falls, SD and have been a personal trainer for your everyday average person who wants that extra push to athletes from various ages and degrees of experience to be faster, stronger, and smarter.
Being able to help young athletes achieve athletic and personal goals has always been a dream of mine. Growing up in a small town I didn't have the same opportunities other kids did from bigger schools. While it's important to have that person who can help you reach your goals in whatever sport you want to pursue, I am a strong advocate in teaching players the fundamentals of what it takes to be a long-term athlete. Play the game is one thing, but being able to keep playing long after your high school and/or college days will not only help you stay a strong and fast player, but teaching the fundamentals makes any player an even better athlete.”
Karissa Hoehn Junker
I provide private lessons to all levels, beginning to advanced. I also do small group clinics throughout Minnesota for all levels, including coaches. My instruction focuses on correct mechanics and ball placement. With that being my priority, I also believe in movement and last but not least speed. Of course to command all 4 is the goal in becoming an elite pitcher.
I pitched for Stillwater high school where we won the 95' and 96' State Championships. I was named Metro player of the year in 96' among other awards. I then played for St. Cloud State University where I was a three time first team All-American among other awards and where I currently hold many records for pitching. I'm in the Hall of Fame for St. Croix Valley Sports, St. Cloud State, and NCAA Division II.
I have been a softball coach and a private pitching coach for 15+ years. I've coached at the college level, high school, junior high and local community leagues.
Zach grew up playing baseball in Blaine MN. During his 3 years as a varsity starter he was named Most Valuable Pitcher twice, MVP once and all conference twice. He continues to hold many pitching and batting records at Blaine HS. Zach played baseball at Century College for 2 years during which time the team earned the right to play in the World Series both years. Zach earned a Rawlings Gold Glove award and was named an All-Region player in 2017. Zach is currently continuing his baseball career at University of Minnesota Crookston where he is majoring in Sports and Recreation management. During the summer Zach coaches the Blaine VFW baseball team.
Grew up in St. James (Southern Minnesota) and went to high school in New Ulm, MN at Minnesota Valley Lutheran H.S.
Went to Bemidji State University and graduating with a major in physical education and a minor in business.
Played and coaches baseball all my life (high school / college / amateur)
Coaches / Trains: hitting , pitching & fielding!
Born in Chisago City, Minnesota
Graduated High School from Stillwater, Minnesota
1 Year of school at Des Moines Area Community College
1 Year of school at St. Cloud Technical College
Playing History –
Played 3 years of Varsity Baseball at Stillwater
Played one year of college Baseball in Des Moines (DMACC)
I look forward to seeing the athletes grow!
Gather each athletes’ numbers in the first session. From there it will be very exciting to see them grow and progress through out each drill. Show with some hard work and dedication we can make great improvements!
Head Coach of Woodbury Athletic Association, 12U AAA team that summer, along with some parents of the boys on my team that filled in as assistants. I also have coached high-school as I went back to help out at Tartan High school during a spring internship.
I’ve been working at PHD Sports for over 2 years now along with Johnny Economy. My best coaching attributes include 1 on 1 catching lessons, along with hitting lessons. In high school and college, I was known for power hitting and my arm behind the plate.
13U All-Star Team, East Twins
14U All-Star Team, East Twins
15U All-Star Team, East Twins
3rd Place, Babe Ruth World Series, Arkansas
Varsity Baseball, Tartan High School,
Metro East Lions All-Star Team
Metro East Lions All-Conference
JUCO Level, Century College Wood Ducks
2nd Place, World Series, Tyler, TX
2 x State Champions, Miesville Mud Hens
Senior at Chisago Lakes High School. Varsity starter at Chisago Lakes. Three year letter recipient. Mississippi 8 all conference 2017 and 2018. Best offense 2017. Member of Minnesota SnoCatz Fastpitch. Colorado All Star 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018. Colorado All American 2018. Assistant coach Chisago Lakes 12u Fall 2017. Head coach Chisago Lakes 12u Fall 2018. Youth instructor for The Cage. Planning to play College softball.
I am a senior at Hill-Murray High school. I have a passion for the game of softball that is undeniable. I play shortstop and third base for high school as well as experience in the outfield. Last year, I had a blast playing third base for the state tournament team as we took 3rd place. In addition to taking third, I was awarded the All-Section award. I throw right-handed and bat left-handed. I swing for power as well as the occasional slap and bunt combo. I play for the Minnesota Magic club softball 18u gold team and enjoy traveling the country playing ball. I have committed to play DII softball at the University of Minnesota- Winona next year and I am more than happy to share what I know about the game with the upcoming softball players!