Caleb Kimmel has dedicated his career to using the game of baseball as a platform to help positively impact athletes in his own community and around the world.
Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Caleb attended Homestead High School. He had the unique opportunity to start on his career path while still in school. While playing baseball at Valparaiso University, he also served as the tournament director of the Hoosier Classic Baseball Tournaments in Fort Wayne, Indiana throughout the summer months.
These tournaments served as a platform for Caleb to become the owner of Between the Lines, LLC. His organization focused on using baseball event planning as a means of providing quality baseball programming in the community.
His passion and drive to use the game of baseball to serve others led to the creation of the World Baseball Academy. In 2005, Caleb began to network with Steve Sotir, Darin Van Tassell and Larry Bryant about the opportunities to make Fort Wayne a destination for international federations. The cross-cultural educational components—combined with outstanding baseball instruction and teaching—was a common thread among this set of leadership.
After four years of strategic planning, the World Baseball Academy became an official tenant at the ASH Centre in Fort Wayne, Indiana on September 1, 2009. In 2012, WBA became the official owners & operator of ASH Centre. Caleb serves as the full-time CEO of the World Baseball Academy and focuses his efforts on positioning this organization to make a significant impact in the lives of young people on and off the field.
Caleb's baseball teaching background has also included serving as Camp Director for numerous camps featuring Eric Wedge, Lloyd McClendon, and Rob Bowen. In 2007, he was asked to be a featured speaker at the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) Congressional Hearings in Lithuania on multidimensional leadership. His international efforts have spanned the globe.
Recently, Caleb Kimmel was awarded the 2018 Forty Under 40 Leadership Award and inducted into the Northeast Indiana Baseball 2020 Hall of Fame Class for his contributions to the community.
Countries Served: USA, Cambodia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Canada, El Salvador