The greatest pleasure since launching this organization has been the camaraderie and relationships gained throughout North America. Seeing and experiencing the Passion and Love for Baseball and having the privilege of helping the youth of our sport has allowed the vision, for which motivated the creation of Baseball Recruiters, to come true.
OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM
Jeff Benefiel – CEO/Director of Baseball Operations
Jeff comes from Frankton, Indiana and has grown up with the game of baseball. His passion for baseball came at an early age and led him to 4-years as starting Catcher in high school. After high school, Jeff chose to take his passion for the game to Texas where he played his first two years, as starting catcher, at Mary Hardin-Baylor. He finished his college career, as starting catcher, at the University of Texas Pan American where he helped his team obtain a bid in the NCAA Central Regional games. During college he played Summer ball for one of the top summer baseball leagues, Jayhawk, catching for the Clarinda Au2019s in Clarinda, Iowa. Jeff later graduated from Concordia University with his Bachelor’s in Business Management and Communications.Jeff’s passion and love for the game of baseball is what drove him to launch Baseball Recruiters. Jeff’s vision is for every young player to have an opportunity to reach their playing potential and dream through the assistance and commitment of Baseball Recruiters. His mission is to build an organization that will bring glory to our Amazing God!!
Brett Gideon – V. P. Baseball Operations
Brett and his wife Kathleen have been married for 25 years and are the proud parents of two daughters (ages 22 and 20). They currently live in the Austin, TX area.
Brett was drafted in the 6th round out of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1985. Over the next 8 years he was able to spend 2 1/2 years at the Major League level with the Pirates and the Montreal Expos. After his 3rd arm surgery, Brett retired after the 1992 season. While his professional career was over, Brett did serve as the pitching coach for the University of Texas in 1993. After that season he began a career as a sales manager that has lasted over 20 years so far.
One aspect Brett enjoys in his current job is the coaching he is able to do for the company. His greatest reward is helping his employees achieve their goals. Brett has remained active in baseball and softball since retiring through coaching travel teams and giving private lessons. He loves to see the way baseball can be used to teach life lessons and help young men develop their character.
JD Closser – National Position Player Consultant
JD Closser is 33 years old. He’s married to Holley and has 2 children (Belle 10, Callie 8). JD graduated from Alexandria High School in Alexandria, IN in 1998. He signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Georgia. In June of 1998 after winning a State Championship and being named Indiana Mr. Baseball, JD was drafted in the 5th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He chose to pursue his professional career and went on to play for the next 14 years. He played for several different organizations along the way including the Diamondbacks, Rockies, Brewers, A’s, Cubs, Yankees, Padres, Dodgers and Edmonton Capitals (Independent). JD reached the Major Leagues in 2004 with the Rockies playing there over the next 3 seasons.
JD is currently pursuing a professional coaching career after retiring in 2012. He also gives lessons to young players in the Raleigh, NC area as well as doing youth camps. His hobbies include: golf, spending time with his family, and watching his girls in their various activities baseball and gymnastics to name a couple.
1999 Pioneer League Champs Missoula Osprey
1999 Topps Short Season All Star
2001 California League All Star
2003 Texas League Player of the Month (June)
2004 MLB Debut 6/30/04 vs. Brewers
2007 AAA National Champion Sacramento Rivercats
2008 International League Champ Scranton Yankees
2011 North American League Champs Edmonton Captials
Abigail Miller – Business Consultant
Abigail is a dual-degree student at Indiana University pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Operations and Business Law at the Kelley School of Business, as well as her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
An independent consultant, Abigail has been consulting for both for-profit and not-for-profit corporations for over two years, helping her clients to achieve sustainable business solutions, and fostering effective execution of their strategies. Her fluency in Spanish and working proficiency in Italian has enabled her to consult for companies around the world to solve some of their toughest challenges. She is also actively involved in community groups and foundations across the state, including the Special Olympics, the Boys and Girls Club, and performs vocally for retirement homes across Indianapolis and Bloomington.
Former captain of her Varsity softball team, Abigail has a passion for both softball and baseball and is excited to be a part of Baseball Recruiter’s incredible talent.
Jane Benefiel – Director of Player Services
Jane is from Seymour, Indiana and has always had a passion for sports. She has been involved in many sports, but Baseball has always been the true sport running in her blood. She is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing.
Jane’s principle role is in player relations and service, but she also has a background in marketing and accounting. Jane joined Baseball Recruiters because of its mission and vision of developing baseball players of all ages and bringing the passion and respect back to America’s favorite pastime, Baseball.