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Coaches & Instructors

Jason Hill
Title: Co-Owner
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Education:
West Charlotte High School
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte BA in English MA in English Education

Experience:
• Played at West Charlotte High School
• An All-Conference and All-State selection
• Powerade/NC State Games participant (Region 6-1993)
• Played American Legion baseball for Post 287
• A four-year starter at UNC Charlotte
• In 1996, he was named to the CUSA All-Freshman Team
• He was named to the CUSA All-Tournament Team in 1996 and 1997
• In 1998, he helped the 49ers to an NCAA Regional batting .357 with 14 homeruns and 73 RBI, during which he received a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week Award
• Jason was named 49ers Team MVP in 1999
• Played for the Wilson Tobs in the Coastal Plains League during the summer of 1997
• Served as an Assistant Coach at UNC Charlotte for four years (1999-2003)
• Head Coach of the On Deck O’s 18U team which finished 3rd at the Perfect Game/ Baseball America World Wood Bat Championships (in 2003)
• English Teacher at Northwest Cabarrus High School, Cabarrus County First Class Teacher Finalist (2003)
• Board Member and President of Parent Council for The Choir School at St. Peter’s (2017/2018)

Kevin Hill
Title: Co-Owner
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Education:
West Charlotte High School
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Experience:
• Played at West Charlotte High
• Was an All-Conference and All-State selection
• Powerade/NC State Games participant (Region 6-1995)
• Played American Legion baseball for Post 287
• Played at UNC Charlotte
• In 1998, he helped the Charlotte 49ers to an NCAA Regional (Texas A&M)
• Assistant Coach at Pfeiffer University (2000)
• Founder and Head Coach of the Carolina O’s (2000), which eventually became the On Deck O’s
• Hitting Consultant for the University of Central Florida Softball Program (2005-2006)
• Associate Scout with Cincinnati Reds (2003-2006)

Lindo Javelona
Title: Director of Teams
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Education:
West Charlotte High School
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte BS in Biology

Experience:
• Played at West Charlotte High
• All-Conference selection
• Assistant Coach of the West Charlotte High Fall Team (1998)
• Assistant Coach of the Carolina O’s (2000)
• Assistant Coach of the On Deck O’s (2001-02)
• Head Coach with the On Deck O’s 2002-present)
• Head Coach of the 16U On Deck O’s, which finished 8th at the Perfect Game/ Baseball America World Wood Bat Underclassmen Championships (2005)
• Head Coach Baseball Coach at Covenant Day Middle School (2012-2014)
• Head JV Coach Marvin Ridge High School (2015)
• NFHS Coaching Certification (2015)
• General Manager On Deck Academy (2011-2018)
• Director of Teams (10U-14U) On Deck Academy (2019-present)  


John Steele
Title: Director of Pitching & Facilities
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Education:
Fort Worth Southwest High School
St. Mary’s University (San Antonio, TX) BS Exercise Sports Science
Texas Wesleyan University MS Physiology

Experience:
• Represented Germany in the 1985 Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA
• Played at Fort Worth Southwest High School which won the 5A State Championship (1989)
• Played at Murray State College and participated in the NJCAA World Series (1992)
• Played at perennial national contender St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX
• NAIA Baseball National Championship participant (1995)
• Began his coaching career at Texas Wesleyan University
• Joined the Texas Rangers player development staff (1996-1999)
• Over two decades of experience developing pitchers at the high school, collegiate and professional levels
• Founder and Lead Instructor Dynamic Pitching Institute (1995)
• Director of Pitching On Deck Academy (2011-present)

Mark Mennitt
Title: Director of Operations - Weddington
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Education: 
Independence High School
Mars Hill College
BA in History/Social Studies Education

Experience: 
• Played in High School at Independence High, State Champion 1984
• Head Baseball Coach for 24 years (Independence, Parkwood, Marvin Ridge)
• Won 12 conference titles as a head coach, 11 Coach of the Year Awards
• Appeared in 4 Regional Championships & won back-to-back State Championships in 2015 & 2016 at Marvin Ridge HS


Jordan Darnell
Title: Assistant Director of Teams  
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Education:
Ardrey Kell High School
Elon University BS Sports Management

Experience:
• Played at Ardrey Kell High School
• Member of the AKHS baseball team which finished runner-up in the NC 4A State Championship (2008), All-Conference selection, All-State selection
• Southwestern 4A Player of the Year (2008)
• Member of the On Deck O’s (2006-2008)
• 3-time Powerade/NC State Games participant (2006, 2007, 2008)
• Played at Elon University (2008-2013)
• 3-time NCAA D-I Regional participant (2009, 2010, 2013)
• SOCON All-Freshman Team selection (2009)
• 3-time Southern Conference Championships at Elon University (2009, 2010, 2013)
• Signed with Barrie Baycats (IBL)
• Certified Dynamic Pitching Institute Instructor
• Assistant Director of Teams & Pitching Program (2014-present)

Josh Pinkham 
Title: Instructor
Hometown:     Montgomery, AL
Education:             
Eastwood Christian School
Auburn University
Auburn University-Montgomery BS Communication Studies

Experience:
•Four-year starter at Eastwood Christian School
•Led Eastwood Christian School to 4 state championship games
•Played Freshman season at Auburn University (2013)
•Transferred to Auburn University Montgomery (2014-2015)
•Coached Eastwood Christian School Varsity team (2016)
•Head instructor for Capital City Strike Zone in Montgomery, AL
•Instructor at On Deck Academy since 2017

Reed Gamache 
Title: Assistant Director of Teams
Hometown: Exeter, RI
Education:
Bishop Hendricken High School
Binghamton University BA in History

Experience
• 3-Time Rhode Island State Champion at Bishop Hendricken High School
• Binghamton University baseball captain
• 2016 Male athlete of the year at Binghamton University batting .366 with 7 homeruns
• 2016 All-Tournament team and First team All-Conference
• America East Conference tournament champion in 2013, 2014, and 2016
• Played in NCAA regionals at NC State, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M
• Signed professionally with the New York Mets playing in: Kingsport (Rookie), Brooklyn (Short-Season- A), and Columbia (Full season-A)
• Began coaching career at the college level in 2018 as the assistant/ hitting coach with the Edenton Steamers in the Coastal Plain League

Chris Detweiler

Title: Head Coach & Instructor
Hometown: Solon, Ohio
Education:
Solon High School
University of Louisville
Kent State University BS Health and Physical Education BA in Geological Sciences with a Minor in Secondary Science Education

Experience:
• A four-year starter at Solon High School
• Signed with and played SS and CF for the University of Louisville (1997-1998)
• Transferred and played for three years at Kent State University (1998-2001)
• Team Captain for KSU (2001) • Led Kent State to a Mid-American Tournament Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance (2001)
• Served as the student assistant coach at Kent State University (2002)
• Taught at Hopewell High School and Lake Norman Charter High School
• He served as the head baseball coach at Lake Norman Charter from 2010-2013
• Chris started the varsity program as Lake Norman Charter opened
• Currently teaches AP Physics, Honors Physics, Astronomy, and Earth Science at Stuart Cramer High School in Gaston County
• On Deck Coach and Instructor since 2010


Brad Elwood 
Title: Head Coach / Instructor
Hometown: Indian Trail, NC
Education: 
Piedmont High School
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Experience:
• On Deck O’s Coach/Instructor (Since Fall 2018)
• Carolina Vipers Coach/Instructor (Fall 2016-Winter 2017) 
• Piedmont High School Assistant Coach (Spring 2016)
• Collegiate Summer Baseball (2012: North Shore Navigators - Futures Collegiate Baseball League) 
• (2013: Florence RedWolves - Coastal Plains League) 
• (2014: Alexandria Aces - Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League) 
• On Deck O’s Player (Class of 2011) 

• ACBA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award (2015)
• NCCSIA All-State Second Team (2015)
• NCAA Outfield Assists Leader (2015)
• Preseason All-Conference USA (2014)
• NCAA 3rd toughest to strikeout (2013)
• All-Atlantic 10 Tournament Team (2013)
• A-10 Player of the Week (2013)
• Academic All Conference (2013)
• 2-Time A-10 Rookie of the Week (2012)
• Louisville Preseason High School All-American 
• NCHSAA Single Season and Career Doubles Leader
• Powerade State Games - Region 6 (2009-2011)
• 2-Year Player for American Legion Post 535


John Jimenez
Title: Head Coach & Instructor
Hometown: Milford, Pennsylvania
Education:
Delaware Valley High School
East Stroudsburg University BS in Business Management

Experience:
• Four Year Starter at Delaware Valley High School Signed with and played 2B & SS with NHCC (1997-1999)
• Signed with and played 2B for East Stroudsburg University (1999-2000)
• Led NHCC to a Junior College state title in 1998
• Currently, teaches at Poplin Elementary in Union County
• Currently, serves as a Certified Translator for UCPS
• Nephew of former MLB All-star/World Champion, Pedro Guerrero
• Coach at Sun Valley High School since 2014-2018 and Marvin Ridge in 2018-2019
• On Deck Coach & Instructor since 2015

Ben Krise
Title: Assistant Coach & Instructor
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education:
Seneca Valley High School
University of Richmond BA Criminal Justice: Minors in Spanish and Sociology
UNC Charlotte MS Criminology

Experience:
• A four-year starter at Seneca Valley High School: SS, P, 1B
• First Division 1 scholarship athlete from SVHS
• Received full scholarship and played four years at University of Richmond (1990-1994)
• Played in Upstate New York wooden bat league for Little Falls Diamonds 1991
• Played in Shenandoah Valley Collegiate baseball league for Front Royal Virginia 1992
• Signed and pitched in 12 games for Zanesville Ohio independent league 1994


Matt Gilman
Title: Head Coach 2024 On Deck O's - Orange   
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Education: 
Yorktown High School
James Madison University

Experience: 
• Yorktown High School - JV Assistant Coach (2009-2010)
• Langley High School - Head JV Coach 2011-16
• Langley High School - Varsity Assistant Coach (2017)
• South Meck High School - JV Assistant Coach & Varsity Assistant Coach (2018)  


Kyle Shelton (Hitting-Defense-Catching)
Title: Instructor
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Education: South Mecklenburg High School
UNC-Chapel Hill

Experience:
-Played at South Mecklenburg High School
-Two time All-Conference 
-Mecklenburg Player of the Year (2004)
-Member of On Deck O’s (2001,2003-2004)
-3 time Powerade/NC State Games participant (2002-2004)
-Played at UNC-Chapel Hill (2004-2008)
-Played in 3 CWS with 2 runner-up finishes (2006-2008)
-Signed by the Chicago White Sox 
-Played 5 seasons in the White Sox organization finishing with AAA Charlotte (2008-2012)
-Volunteer Assistant Coach at Northwest Florida State College (2013)
-Assistant Coach at South Mecklenburg High School (2013-2016)
-Assist Coach on the 2013 South Mecklenburg High School State Championship Team

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