2018 Baseball Coaching Staff
Aaron Kroll – Head Coach
After graduating from Burlington High School in Burlington, Iowa in 1998, Coach Kroll attended Coe College where he earned his Bachelor's degree in education. He also played four years of baseball as a 1st baseman and pitcher. During college he also spent time as an assistant coach for two years at Notre Dame High School and one year as the freshmen baseball coach at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School.
Coach Kroll moved to Arizona after college and became the head baseball coach at Parker High School. He also spent two years as an assistant coach with the semi-pro team Havasu Heat. From 2008-2014 he was the head coach at Ben Davis High School where he led the Giants to a Class 4A Sectional Title in 2014, the school’s first since 1996. Coach Kroll and his staff are 48-13 in their first two seasons at Roncalli. The Rebels finished 23-9 last season and won the first baseball state championship in school history. He is very excited about his third year leading a young Rebels team, and looks forward to building upon Roncalli’s successful baseball tradition.
Coach Kroll lives in Indianapolis with his wife Brooke, his son Griffin, and his daughter Kamryn.
James Thorpe - JV Coach
Coach Thorpe is a 1995 Graduate of Southport High School. He attended Olney Central College to play baseball for the next 2 years. Coach Thorpe has been a Head JV Coach for 8 years at Southport ( 2001-2003 ) and Perry Meridian ( 2004 & 2014-2017 ). During that time he accumulated a 85-55 record and had the opportunity to Coach and work with the 2004 Indiana Mr. Baseball.
Coach Thorpe still resides in Perry Township with his wife Jodi and daughters Olivia and Ava.
Coach Konkel graduated from Harrison High School (West Lafayette) in 2012 where he was a 3-year starter at third base competing in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference. He then went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Operations Management from Indiana University, graduating in 2016. Currently, he works in manufacturing for Rolls-Royce and has spent the last year dedicating his free time to the Roncalli Baseball program. With a fitness focus, Sam is developing and implementing strength & conditioning programs to consistently improve the durability and physical tools of our players. He will be returning for his second year as a member of Coach Kroll’s staff and looks forward competing with an experienced and dedicated group of Rebels.
Ryan was a graduate of the class of 2011 from Roncalli. He then went on to play at the collegiate level of baseball at University of Indianapolis for two years and Olney Central College for one year. Ryan was primarily a 3rd baseman, as well as a catcher and 1st basemen. He is currently in school to get his Special Education Degree and hopes to pursue a teaching career as well as coaching. Ryan has been instructing children and high school players ever since graduating high school. During his college career, he helped out travel organizations throughout the summer as an assistant coach. Ryan is coaching for the Indiana Twins Baseball Club.