IMG_3103.PNG

Staff

We want to introduce our staff to you. We are extremely proud to offer this level of experience and knowledge to our players and families. We believe this is an elite staff of quality instructors and quality people. We are very excited for the future for all of our players!

Jon George

President of Baseball Operations

Jon has spent the last 10 years as a scout for the Texas Rangers. Hired in 2011, Jon covered the Mid-Atlantic region for the Rangers in search of players for the Major League draft until 2015. While scouting the Mid-Atlantic, Jon was responsible for building relationships with college coaches at the D1, D2 and D3 levels as well as numerous junior college coaches along with evaluating the top amateur talent in the region. 

In 2015, Jon moved into the Pro Scouting Department with the Rangers. His responsibilities included scouting opposing organizations for trades at the Major League level and evaluating free agent Major League and minor league players. Following the 2016 season, Jon took on an additional role as Latin America Cross Checker. In this role, his responsibilities were to scout and help in the signing process of international amateur players throughout Latin America. 

Prior to his career in scouting, Jon spent 8 seasons as a minor league pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies organizations.

Jon believes in utilizing the latest training methods and technology available to players to blend new school development with old school training. Jon is well versed in TrackMan and Rapsodo data and how to take data and apply it to correctives and the development of players. During his time with the Rangers, Jon was given the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the game through attending Lantz Wheeler’s Pitch-A-Palooza, attending OnBaseU certification courses, SABR Seminar and other scouting and development conferences and courses. It’s this exposure to new philosophies and techniques, combined with his playing experience, that shapes Jon’s philosophy of assembling a player development staff that combines countless years of hands on experience playing, coaching and developing athletes while utilizing the latest technology and objective measurements to give a 360 degree development model.

Marc Wilkins

Director, Player Development

  • 47th round draft pick in 1992 by the Pittsburgh Pirates

  • 12 years total of professional baseball experience as a player

  • 10 years of professional playing experience with the Pirates

  • 6 year MLB pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Owner of Marc Wilkins Baseball Academy in Ohio from 2004 – 2013

  • 12 years experience overseeing AAU and travel baseball programs

  • Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors 2010 – 2017

  • Financial Advisor with Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation 2017 - present

Brian Graham

Director, Player Instruction

  • 38 years in Professional baseball as a Player, Coach, Manager, Coordinator of Instruction, Director of Player Development and Interim General Manager.

  • Spent five seasons as the Director of Instruction for the Baltimore Orioles before assuming the Director of Player Development responsibilities.

  • From September thru November of 2018, Brian assumed the General Manager responsibilities for the Baltimore Orioles.

  • Prior to joining the Orioles, Brian spent six seasons as the Senior Director of Player Development for the Pittsburgh Pirates. During his tenure the Pirates minor league system was recognized as the best Player Development System in baseball, earning the 2002 Topps Baseball “Organization of the Year” and totaling 54 home grown players who reached the major league level.

  • Served as the interim General Manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2007.

  • Major League coach with the American League Central Division Champion Cleveland Indians (1998-1999) and with the Baltimore Orioles (2000). 

  • Spent the 2001 season as the Field Coordinator for the Florida Marlins.

  • Originally selected by the Oakland A’s in the fourth round of the 1982 June draft

  • Played five seasons in the minor leagues with the Oakland A’s, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, and Cleveland Indians.

  • Played both football and baseball at UCLA and was a member of the 1978 Fiesta Bowl team.

  • First team all PAC-10 infielder in 1982, and finished his collegiate career as UCLA’s all-time leader in hits, stolen bases and runs scored. 

  • Elected to the UCLA Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996, inducted into the Buffalo Bisons Hall of Fame in 2008 2009. 

  • Recognized in December of 2013 as the winner of the annual Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award, presented by Minor League Baseball to an individual with distinguished service who has been instrumental in player development.

Kevan Smith

Director, Catching Instruction

  • Current MLB catcher who spent the 2020 season with the American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays; appearing in the 2020 World Series

  • Graduate of Seneca Valley High School in 2006

  • Played both football and baseball at the University of Pittsburgh

  • Starting QB for the Panthers during the 2007 season

  • Drafted in the 7th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox

  • Made his MLB debut with the White Sox in 2016

  • Has spent the last 5 seasons in the big leagues with the White Sox, Angels and Rays

Chris Peters

Director, Pitching Operations

  • Graduate of Peters Township High School

  • Played college baseball at Indiana University

  • Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1993

  • Made his Major League debut with the Pirates in 1996

  • Pitched in the Major Leagues with the Pirates from 1996 – 2000

  • Pitched for the Montreal Expos in 2001

  • Retired from professional baseball in 2004 and began his coaching career

  • Pitching Coach for Point Park for 1 season

  • Over 10 years of AAU and travel baseball coaching experience

  • Currently the Pitching Coach for Shadyside Academy High School

Michael Ryan

Hitting Consultant

  • Drafted in the 5th round of the 1996 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins

  • Played in the Major Leagues with the Twins from 2002 – 2005

  • Last played in the Major Leagues in 2010 for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

  • Began his professional coaching career in 2011 when he signed a player/coach contract with the Pirates

  • Was named manager of the West Virginia Power in 2013

  • In 2015, was promoted to manage the Pirates High A ball affiliate in Bradenton

  • Won the Florida State League championship in 2016

  • In 2017, was promoted again to manage Double A Altoona and led the team to back to back Eastern League championship series; winning the League Championship in 2017

  • Spent the 2020 season as the Double A manager for the Chicago Cubs organization

Tommy Williams

Director Infield & Outfield Defense

  • A native of Pittsburgh

  • Entering his second season as the assistant baseball coach at Bethany College.

  • Entering his fourth year coaching at the collegiate level after coaching at Penn State Greater Allegheny and Chatham University.

  • Played at Penn State Greater Allegheny where he was part of the 2013 USCAA National Runner-up, and two-time PSUAC champions

  • While playing at Penn State Greater Allegheny, Williams set the school record for assists in a single-season.

  • In 2015, transferred to Pennsylvania State University where he was part of the Penn State Baseball Club and was awarded North-Atlantic Region All-Team his senior year.

  • In addition to his primary role coaching baseball, Williams also coaches infield for the Bethany College Softball team.

  • During the off-season, Williams runs professional sports camps for teams including the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, and New York Yankees.

Matt Sprinkle

Director, Recruiting Resources and Development Programs

  • Currently the Head Baseball Coach at Penn State New Kensington in Lower Burrell

  • Over 25 years coaching experience at the College and High School level.

  • Prior to becoming the Head Coach at Penn State, Sprinkle was the Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Chatham University, where he helped the Cougars start their first baseball program.

  • There, he developed the team's hitting and base-running programs as well as established community outreach and fundraising opportunities.

  • Prior to Chatham, was the assistant varsity baseball coach for five years at Pittsburgh Central Catholic where he coached numerous WPIAL All-Section players including a WPIAL Player of the Year.

  • Got his start in collegiate coaching back in 2008 as the assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

  • Also highly involved with the Keystone State Games as the junior team coordinator and head coach of Team Western PA. He coached his teams to three consecutive gold medal game appearances and captured the gold medal in both 2013 and 2014.

© 2019 Hardcore Baseball, All Rights Reserved.

  • White Facebook Icon