Brock Bainter has been with the Western Illinois Baseball program as the hitting and outfield coach since the 2008 season.
During the 2010 season, Bainter helped raise the team's batting average for the fourth consecutive season, helping the team post a .312 batting average in his third season with the Fighting Leathernecks.
Under Bainter's guidance, six different Leathernecks posted hitting streaks of at least 10 games in 2010 and Jason Summers led The Summit League with a .423 batting average. Western had six players post a batting average of .300 or better and each regular batted .280 or better.
Bainter also helped the team post 39 home runs, up from 37 the previous season, as four players hit five or more homers. The Leathernecks also had three players post 40 or more RBI.
The 2010 season saw three players etch their name into the single-season top ten lists for batting. Summers finished in the top ten in batting average, hits and doubles while Bryan Jordan finished in the top ten in runs and doubles. Cole Waddell entered the top ten in both single-season and career doubles.
In 2009, he helped the team to a .297 team batting average, the highest team mark since 2003. In each of his first two seasons, he has raised the team batting average from the previous year, with ten hitters in that span recording at least a .300 batting average. Eight returning players saw improvements in their averages from the 2008 season to 2009.
The 37 homers in 2009 were the most for a Leatherneck team since the 2001 squad knocked out 48. Tyler Metcalf and Andrew Hagins were the first set of teammates to each record double-digit home run totals in a single season since, also in the 2001 season, Sean Munger, Joe Rooney and Pete Tronick.
Under Bainter's guidance for two season's, Drew Laidig etched his name into the Western Illinois record books with a .354 career mark, placing him eighth all time.
In his first season with the Leathernecks, Bainter helped guide three different Leatherneck batters to Summit League Player of the Week awards. Two different players recorded hitting streaks of 10 or more games during the 2008 campaign under the guidance of Bainter.
The offense knocked out double-digit totals in hits 22 times last season, including a season best 21 against Oral Roberts in The Summit League Tournament.
Bainter played baseball at Parkland College before transferring to Western Illinois to finish his bachelors degree. He served as assistant baseball coach at Macomb High School (2002-07) and as head coach of the Macomb American Legion team (2002-present). His legion teams produced four-straight 20-win seasons. In addition, he was assistant boys basketball coach (2002-07) at Macomb High and head coach of the sophomore squad (2002-07). Bainter was a baseball and basketball player at Macomb HS (1996-99).
As a coach for the Macomb Legion Team, Bainter worked with numerous former Leatherneck baseball players such as Brett Pendell, Ryley Smith and Russell Orrill.