Over the Wall Baseball Academy, LLC is owned and operated by Michael & Stephanie Wallerich, along with Christopher Krepline. Over the Wall was founded on the premise that we need to build a better future by creating better people using baseball. It is the goal to get our youth better. The Green Bay area has not had the level of knowledge that Over the Wall offers. All of our instructors have at least played in College. This allows them to say that they know what it takes to be at the next level because they did it. Mike and Chris both were stand out college players. They now have taken their knowledge and are offering it to the surrounding communities.
Coach Krepline is in his third year as the Pitching Coach at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. Formerly the pitching coach for Lawrence University, he previously spent a summer as an assistant coach with the Green Bay Bullfrogs in the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is a premier collegiate league showcasing top college prospects from all over the country. It is the largest spectated league in the United States drawing in thousands of fans each game.
Krepline also served as Reedsville High School’s head baseball coach for three years where he led them to a regional championship in 2012. Chris is also one of the Over the Wall Braves Head Coaches, 15-U. Chris is in charge of all thrown and pitching for the Developmental program and all trainings.
Chris graduated from Carthage College in 2009 with an Exercise Sports Science degree. He was a four year letter winner on the baseball team and a two year letter winner on the football team. Coach Krepline was 1st team All-Conference as a pitcher, 2nd team All-Region and was also an All-Tournament team selection. He was a member of the 2006 Conference Championship team, the 2007 NCAA Division III Central Regional Championship team, and took 4th place in the NCAA DIII College World Series. During the offseason as a football player he was part of the 2004 Conference Championship team as a wide receiver. That team would advance to the NCAA DIII National Quarterfinals.
In 2007, Krepline signed a contract to play with the Green Bay Bullfrogs in the Northwoods League. He finished the summer 6-3 with a 2.77 era and helped the Bullfrogs to a first half championship title and a playoff birth.
Senior year in 2008 brought the biggest challenge he would ever see. After starting the season 4-0 with a 2.77 era he would suffer a season ending shoulder injury. He would undergo surgery and after many rehab programs and studying proper mechanics and arm care he would come back to finish his senior year.
Going undrafted in 2010, Krepline signed a free agent contract with the Macon Pinetoppers in the Peach State League. After the season he would play in the Arizona Winter League to continue to develop his arm and was later signed by the Traverse City Beach Bums out of the Frontier League. He would be traded during spring training for a AA pitching prospect to the Rockford River Hawks in the North American League. He was later released after spring training. Chris finished his playing career by signing a professional contract mid-summer with the Lake County Fielders in the North American League where he would help them finish their season. Professionally Krepline’s pitching record was 11-1 with a 3.07 ERA.
Now that he has turned to coaching and offering his knowledge to young players he has seen 12 of his pitchers go on to the collegiate level since 2011.
His firm belief is that everything is derived from mechanics, arm strength, and proper training. Through his drills and knowledge of pitching philosophy he will give you the tools to become the complete pitcher. Along with being the pitching coach at St. Norbert College, he also teaches at Mishicot High School as a physical education teacher. Him and his wife Brianne were married in October 2013 and reside in Green Bay with their son Boe.
Mike is in his 9th year as an assistant coach at his Alma matter, St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. He is currently the St. Norbert College Hitting and Infield Coach. He is in charge of all the hitters and the defensive game. Mike graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors of Business Administration.
During his playing career, Mike helped two of his three teams win the Midwest Conference North Division. He was an All-Midwest Conference Performer in 2006 and 2008. Mike also was a team captain his freshman year at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL (JUCO). Mike played corner infield and was a relief pitcher. It was at Junior College that Mike realized he wanted to eventually become a collegiate coach.
Mike is from a South Suburb of Chicago, Midlothian, where he was a three sport athlete; Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Plagued by injuries, Mike has had his share of dealing with adversity. Tearing his ACL in both knees, his final two years of high school, taught him how to work hard at a goal of his and to strive the best he can to reach it. Mike is the youngest of 6 children. Having 5 older siblings has given him the ability to time manage.
Now, in his coaching career, Mike has helped coach a St. Norbert team to a 30-win season in 2017. In 2012, 2014, and 2017, St. Norbert won the Conference and made it to the NCAA Regional where they also won the school's first regional game in 2012. Mike has been a Pitching Coach, an assistant hitting coach, the Outfield Coach, and currently is the Infield Coach and Lead Hitting Coach. During his time as the Outfield Coach, his teams have increased Outfield Assists by 5-6 each year.
In the summer of 2015, Over the Walls inaugural Travel Team Summer, Mike was the head coach of the 15-U Braves. The team finished 9-6 with winning the USSSA Wisconsin State Title at Ripon College. In the summer of the 2016 season, Mike was the head coach of the 16-U Braves team that went 21-7.. Mike is in charge of the Over the Wall programs Hitting, Fielding, and Baserunning programs.
Mike has been doing instruction at camps or individual instructions for the past 10 years in both Wisconsin and Illinois. Being from a South Suburb of Chicago, baseball has always been a big part of Mike's life. Working camps and providing instruction has given Mike the experience to help the surrounding youth. He says, “I get my competitiveness from coaching during the collegiate season. I do this purely because I love the game and want young athletes to have the same opportunity, to learn the game of baseball and life, which I had.” It is Mike's belief that all players have the drive to become better. It is up to the coach to find out where it is hidden in each athlete.
Mike and his wife Stef were married in October of 2010 at Old St. Josephs Church on the Campus of St. Norbert where they met. Stef is a teacher in Green Bay School District. They reside in Green Bay, WI with their three children Scarlett, Marlee and Fisher.