Our Mission

Our mission at B45 Academy is to create complete athletes, equipping them with the tools and knowledge to maximize their full potential and take their game to the next level. We strive to establish an environment of respect and hard work, develop strong character, and inspire leadership on and off the field. 

Training Staff

Pete Laforest, Owner

Hitting, Catching, Fielding, Pitching, Speed and Agility

A native of Hull, Québec, Pete (Pierre-Luc) has 21 years of professional baseball experience. In high school, he played baseball with the Academy of Baseball Canada (ABC) in Montreal. At age 17, he represented his country for the first time on the 18 and under Junior National Team. Pete's professional career began in 1995 when he was drafted by the Montréal Expos. He made his Major League debut in 2003 as a catcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Pete had the humbling opportunity to represent Canada again in the 2004 Olympic games in Athens and in the first World Baseball Classic, held in 2006. He also played at the Major League level for the San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies.

Throughout his career Pete played in multiple countries including Venezuela, The Dominican Republic, Mexico, Australia, Taiwan, and Japan. In 2013 he began managing a professional team in the CanAm League and won his first championship as a manager in 2015.

Pete now resides in Portage, MI with his wife, Cara, and their two young sons. 

Travis Wade
 

Pitching, Hitting, Fielding

Climax, Michigan native, Travis played baseball at Kellogg Community College and Eastern Michigan

University. He had a 13 year professional playing career, including pitching for the Houston Astros organization and the San Francisco Giants organization at the AAA level. In 2000, he was a Florida state League All Star as a closer and was promoted to AA where his team won the championship. He was named 2001 Rolaids Relief Pitcher of the year and a 2001 All-Star team selection. Travis has 535 Professional appearances, 706 innings pitched, 539 career strikeouts, and over 100 saves. Travis finished his professional baseball career overseas in Taiwan.

Following his playing career, Travis became a pitching coach at the professional level and also began working with young athletes in the offseason. Travis was the pitching coach in the Canam League and the Golden League, where he worked under the 1984 World Series Tiger Championship team Daryl Evans. In 2015, he became the Manager of the Kalamazoo Growlers of the Northwoods League.

Travis now resides in Augusta, Michigan, with his wife, Colene, and their two sons. 

Tim Redding

Pitching

 

Having been a part of six professional organizations in his professional

span of nine years, Redding began his career as a mid-round draft pick for

the Huston Astros. Throughout his career, the #3 prospect for the Astros tallied up over 500 strikeouts. Redding's final appearance in the MLB was made in 2009, where he pitched for the New York Mets. As his time in the MLB came to an end in 2009, Tim traveled over seas to play for the Samsung Lions, a South Korean professional baseball team.

 

Now, he splits his time being contracted out by different MLB teams as a pitching coach and at B45 Academy training. 

Natalie Roe

 

A native of Schoolcraft, Michigan, Natalie has had a love for the game since she was six years

old. Her passion grew stronger over the years, leading her to four years of high-level travel ball.

 

In high school, she was a four-year varsity letter winner, all-conference, and all-area. After high school, she continued her softball career at Kalamazoo Valley CC where she started at 2nd base and specialized in slap hitting. The Cougars won back to back state championships, as well as an undefeated season leading them to the NJCAA National Tournament in 2014 during the same year she was awarded Academic All American honors.

 

Natalie also received her Coaching Certification at KVCC. She has four years of experience as a softball instructor and enjoys passing on her knowledge and love for the game to young determined athletes. 

Natalie now resides in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Derek Mitchell

 

Infield, Catching, Hitting

 

Derek spent several years playing for various Major League affiliates, such as

the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves. During his professional career,

Mitchell assumed the role of a utility player, where he had the opportunity to show his skills as an outfielder, third baseman, and second baseman. He continues to play in the minor leagues during the season, while spending the off season training at B45 Academy.

Jordyn Muffley 

Hitting, Catching, Infield 

Jordyn Muffley is a native of Portage, Michigan. He played baseball for Portage

Central HS and went on to play at Parkland College in Illinois. His sophomore year

of college he was drafted in the 24th round by the Tampa Bay Rays as a catcher, and

just completed his second consecutive year of professional baseball. Jordyn has

personal insight into what it takes to play at the highest level, and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with young athletes. 

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B45 Academy

155 McCollum Rd

Galesburg, MI 49053

General Inquiry

269.200.5219

Cara Laforest

Director of Operations

269.744.7786