NILES 108 COACHING STAFF

Dean Stiles / Coach

       DEAN STILES 
         

Dean Stiles is excited to return to Eugene to assist with the vision of the Niles 108 Baseball Academy. Stiles has spent the past three years as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching development department, culminating with a World Series championship in 2020. His affiliate teams in the historic Pioneer League shattered 27-year ERA and strikeout records.

Prior to his experience with the Dodgers, Stiles held pitching coach positions with the University of Oregon, Florida International and San Jose State University. He also has experience as a head coach in the NWAAC at Lane Community College. During his collegiate coaching career, he has mentored 54 pitchers who have been taken in the MLB draft, including 1st round selections: Tyler Anderson, Colorado/San Francisco: Nate Pearson, Toronto and David Peterson, New York Mets. More than 20 of those pitchers were selected in the top 10 rounds.

He has also served in head coaching capacities at high schools in both Oregon and California and was instrumental in the development of Bend, Oregon's collegiate summer baseball program and former Western Baseball League independent team.

His commitment to youth baseball continues to be his number one goal. He is excited to share his wealth of knowledge he has gained throughout his career. Coach Stiles and Coach Niles have worked together since 1995 sharing the same passion for kids and baseball. Often times while working NCAA camps they discussed a vision to work together some day in this capacity. We are thrilled to have him on board with Niles 108.

Jon Guldager / Coach

JON GULDAGER
     

Jon Guldager brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Niles 108. "Guldy" is currently serving a role where he is primarily focusing on pitching but he is no stranger to every aspect of the game as he has led multiple programs as a head coach. 
 
A graduate of Linfield College, where he was an all-conference and all-district first baseman, has over 30 years of coaching at the high school level in multiple sports. His career began at Elmira High School as the head coach of the Falcons from 1993-2007. In those 15 years, he lead them to 10 state appearances and in 1995 they went 22-3 advancing to the quarter-finals. Jon was selected as the State Coach of the Year for his efforts. 

Jon went on to be the head coach at Willamette High School for the next 10 years where he guided the Wolverines to the state playoffs four times. He has compiled 340 wins at the time that ranked him in the top 50 of all time wins in the state of Oregon. 

Jon has also coached the Willamette Valley Titans where he served as their pitching coach. Guldy joined the staff at Churchill High School in the same role. Coach has led the Lancers to a robust win-loss record and his pitching staff boasts an ERA under 1.75 and has produced many all state players. Jon also has served as the pitching coach for the Eugene Challengers. This is his second time involved with the AAA club and has helped lead them to a 80-20 record, an Area 4 title, and state runner-up in 2019. Coach Guldy is closing in on 30 years as a classroom teacher and is very good with young baseball minds. 

Scott Johnson / Coach

SCOTT JOHNSON

Scott Johnson is eager to bring his 40 years of experience to Niles 108. Coach Johnson's primary emphasis is on hitting and infield play but he is experienced in teaching all aspects of the game. He has coached and provided lessons to athletes from the youth level all the way up to the professional player. 

Prior to relocating to Oregon from California, Coach Johnson coached in several very successful youth travel ball organizations and coached JV and varsity baseball at Sonora High School in the extremely competitive Valley Oak League. Johnson excelled at sending many of his graduates on to play at elite colleges and professional ranks 

Coach Johnson was selected to coach in the Merced Area High School All Star Game on two occasions representing Sonora High School and lead the Wildcats to three C.I.F. Playoffs. Before headed to Oregon Johnson was honored by the California Coaches Association for his 100th win.

Since relocating back to Oregon Johnson has garnished great respect for his ability to develop the young player. He has coached at North Eugene, Churchill, and the Eugene Challengers. He has also worked several youth camps in the area and is always a campers favorite.

Since retiring from Law Enforcement in California Scott is giving back to todays youth by mentoring kids as a Campus Monitor in the Eugene 4J School District while coaching full-time.

Tommy Richards / Coach

Having Tommy join the staff at Niles 108 has been a full circle experience. Kenny Niles coached Tommy when he was just 5 years old on a Bend recreational team. Niles also worked doing lessons 25 years ago for Tommy's father Jim who was a long time baseball pioneer in Central Oregon as the owner of the Bend Elks, Bend Bucks and the Field House. To say Tommy has spent his entire life being a baseball guy is a tremendous understatement. Tommy and Niles are connecting in a couple different baseball ventures and Bushnell University is extremely lucky to have hired him to lead the Beacon program that just reinstated baseball. 

  • ​2021 Head Coach of Bushnell University (NAIA) 

  • 2016-2020 Assistant Baseball Coach in Recruiting Coordinator at Whitman College (NCAA Division III)

  • 2019 Helped lead Whitman to first conference tournament appearance in program history 

  • 2016 Promoted to full-time Assistant Baseball Coach at Lindenwood University Belleville (NAIA)

  • 2015 Graduate Assistant Baseball Coach at Lindenwood University Belleville 

  • 2012-2015 Professional Baseball Prospect-Baltimore Orioles and Gateway Grizzles 

  • 2012 Drafted in the 24th round by the Baltimore Orioles 

  • 2012 Set the single season record for fielding percentage by a 2nd baseman at Washington State University (NCAA Division I)

  • 2008-2012 Washington State University Infielder 

  • 2011 All Star in the New England Collegiate Baseball Summer League 

  • 2010 West Coast League Player of the Year (Bend Elks)

  • 2008 IMC Player of the Year and First Team OSAA All-State Infielder (Bend High School)

 

 

TOMMY RICHARDS

Jamie Christopher

LOUIS "JAMIE" CHRISTOPHER
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Louis “Jamie” Christopher is our Director of Business Operations. After graduating from UCLA, Jamie joined the Navy. He served as the Division Officer and Strike Planning Officer on the USS Kitty Hawk during Operation Southern Watch. After injuring his back while in the service, he attended law school at the University of Southern California. Graduating near the top of his class he went to work for an multinational law firm. In 2008, he and his wife moved to Eugene, Oregon to start a business. After experiencing continued financial success, he sold the business and went to work for a local manufacturer.
 
Combining business development, sales, marketing, and operations he again found success. Seeking to stay closer to home, he took a position doing business development for a local college. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he needed to be home with his son. Now, he is using his experience operating a business, his legal background, and his leadership skills to help build NILES 108 LLC.

Kenny Niles Founder/Owner

KENNY NILES

 

   

  • Baseball and Athletics Coach from 1996-Present

  • Sheldon High School ranked in the top-50 nationally ranked baseball programs in 2007 as the Head Coach

  • Greater than a .650 winning percentage as a head coach from 2004--2019 

  • A record of 131-44 as the Head Baseball Coach of Churchill High School 2013-2019

  • State Semi Finalists 2016

  • State Champions 2017

  • State Coach of the year 2017

  • State Semi Finalist 2018

  • A record of 80-20 as Eugene Challengers Head Coach 2019/2020

  • Area 4 Champions as Eugene Challengers Head Coach 2019

  • State Runner-Ups as Eugene Challengers Head Coach 2019

  • Lead Instructor: Challengers Camps, Eugene Emeralds Camps

  • Instructor: OSU Baseball, University of Oregon Camps

  • Baseball Northwest Evaluator

  • Jordan Kent Camp Instructor

         

Our owner Kenny Niles, has a championship pedigree with a proven track record of success, as well as a strong record of developing young athletes. Coach Niles accomplishments include: