Normal, IL – As the 2024 season approaches, The Normal CornBelters President of Operations, Matt Stembridge, announced the hiring of Billy DuBois, Josh Foreman, and Randy Wittenberg as the 2024 Normal CornBelters Coaching Staff.
“We are excited to welcome Billy and his coaching staff!” said General Manager Jarrett Rodgers. “Billy is the right choice for this team, he is a strong leader and has a passion for the game like no other. Billy has shown excellent communication in where he wants to take the team in the 2024 season. We know that under Billy’s leadership we have the potential to compete for a title!”
Billy DuBois will be serving as the team’s new Field Manager.
DuBois is a Lexington, IL native with more than 25 years of experience in collegiate summer league baseball as a player, coach, manager, and league
commissioner. DuBois is a Lexington High School graduate who helped the Minutemen to the 1990 Class A state baseball championship. He played
collegiately at Parkland Community College, Lincoln Community College, and Millikin University. In the summer he played for the now-part of the KCL, Bloomington Bobcats.
DuBois was the general manager and field manager of the now-defunct Lexington Snipes: a wooden-bat collegiate summer team that competed in various leagues, winning three league championships in the 15-year span. DuBois worked as a 16U and 18U head travel baseball coach for four organizations. DuBois is an experienced coach, with a resume that includes two stints with the Normal Cornbelters. After helping on the bench at the end of the 2015 Frontier League season, he served as the third base coach under manager Brooks Cary in 2016 and 2017. He then returned as the team’s third base coach and hitting coach in 2020, helping the Cornbelters win the KCL championship under manager Dave Garcia.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in the dugout with the guys, baseball guys are good guys!” says DuBois, “I will coach just like I have always coached, by just letting them play. They are all coming from really good programs with excellent coaches. These guys are coming here to hit and pitch, that’s it. I do know if you surround yourself with good guys that have some decent talent, it makes for a fun and competitive summer.”
DuBois has spent the past three seasons as the commissioner of the Kernels Collegiate League: recruiting players, hiring coaches and umpire coordinators, and managing the league’s day-to-day operations. DuBois took over the Kernels job from his close friend, Mike Brown, after his passing in 2020.
Billy is sitting on 493 wins in his career as a field manager and head coach. DuBois resides in
Lexington, working full-time as the Water Superintendent and a contract operator for several communities. Billy is married to Heather DuBois and the father of Jackson DuBois and Ella DuBois.
Josh Foreman will return to the Cornbelters as an Assistant Coach, serving as the Hitting coach and 3rd base coach.
Foreman previously was a member of the coaching staff in 2021 that led the ‘Belters to a regular season Great River Division 1st-place finish.
The Kickapoo, IL native is in his 6th year as the Head Coach at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, IL. While at Sandburg, Foreman’s teams have compiled 107 wins while continually finishing near the top of their region in many offensive categories each year.
Prior to Sandburg, Foreman spent time coaching at Brimfield and Princeville High Schools, while running a Peoria area travel baseball organization in the summers. A Brimfield HS graduate, he continued his playing career at Waubonsee CC and Murray State University.
When asked about his relationship with Foreman, field manager DuBois stated “Josh is a baseball coach through and through. We have known each other for about 10 years and I consider him a good friend, we just have a lot in common with each other. He will bring a ton of knowledge to the ballpark and the team. I will definitely be leaning on him a lot throughout this season”.
Randy Wittenberg will be joining the team as the CornBelters Bench Coach.
A native of Pontiac, Illinois, Randy has been involved in baseball as a coach and mentor for more than 40 years. He has been an assistant or manager involved in youth, 18U travel, jr. high, high school and junior college. Randy’s teams have won well over 500 games. During that time he has guided teams to an Eastern Illinois Baseball League Championship; one of the oldest and most respected independent leagues in the United States.
Randy has sent over 50 players on to play at the collegiate level, from juco to D1. Randy currently has 6 former players under professional contract. Randy is extremely excited to return to the Cornbelters dugout after serving as the First Base Coach during their championship run in the Inaugural Kernels Collegiate League.
Randy currently resides in Grant, Florida where he is retired having spent the last 10 years as the Director of the Vermilion Valley Regional Communications Authority 911 in Pontiac, Illinois.
When asked about DuBois and his team, President of Operations Matt Stembridge says, “Billy has been critical to the growth and popularity of the Kernels Collegiate League the last several years. He has and will continue to be a valuable asset for us in the baseball community. Billy is a very popular guy with coaches at the collegiate level, and players alike. We are excited to see where he takes the ‘Belters in the 2024 season.”