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Coaches & Instructors




Jason Hill

Co-Owner

Hometown
Charlotte, NC

Education
West Charlotte High School, 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
Named to the CUSA All-Freshman Team
Named to the C-USA All-Tournament Team (1996,1997)
Helped the 49ers to an NCAA Regional batting .357 with 14 homeruns and 73 RBI (1998)
Received a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week Award (1998)
Jason was named 49ers Team MVP (1999)
 Played for the Wilson Tobs in the Coastal Plains League (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 (2003)
English Teacher at Northwest Cabarrus High School, Cabarrus County First Class Teacher Finalist (2003)



Kevin Hill
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
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
Director of Pitching

Hometown
Charlotte, NC

Education
Fort Worth Southwest High School
St. Mary’s University (BS in Exercise Sports Science)
Texas Wesleyan University (MS in 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
Director of Catching Academy & Player Development

Hometown
Charlotte, NC

Education
Independence High School
Mars Hill College (BA in History/Social Studies Education)

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





Sam Menegat
Director of Marketing
Instructor/Coach

Hometown
Eugene, Oregon

Education
South Eugene High School
Mt. Hood Community College (AA in English)
University of Illinois at Chicago (BA in Communication, MS in Marketing)

Experience
Was a 3x All-Conference and 2x All-State selection at South Eugene
Selected to the Oregon All-State Team in 2016 
Played American Legion for the Willamette Valley Titans (2014-2016)
Played at Mt. Hood Community College. Was their ace for both years (2017-2018)
Earned 1st Team All-NWAC honors his sophomore year (2018)
Helped lead the 2019 UIC Flames to an NCAA Regional (Louisville)
Was a 4x Pitcher of the Week in the Horizon League (2019, 2022)
Graduated with Magna Cum Laude Honors from both Undergraduate and Graduate School (2020, 2022)
Played Professionally with the Boise Hawks in the Pioneer League (2023)
Coached the Willamette Valley Titans for 2 years (2019, 2020)




Matt Hill
Instructor/Coach

Hometown
Charlotte, NC

Education
South Mecklenburg High School
Wingate University
Northeast Texas Community College (AS in Business Management)
Emory and Henry College

Experience

Four-year varsity player at South Mecklenburg High School
All-Conference selection
Most Outstanding Player (2019)
MVP Award (2020)
Team Captain (2019)
2019 On Deck O’s
Multiple PG All-Tournament Team Selections
Signed with Wingate University (2019-2020)
Transferred to Northeast Texas Community College (2020-2022)
Played in the PRIBL for the Aguada Bucaneros (Puerto Rico) (2022)
Played for SCBL Vipers (2022)
Transferred to Emory and Henry College
Played for the Coastal Ironbirds (2023)
More than seven years of experience giving lessons and working camps at On Deck Academy





Ivan Juez
Instructor/Coach

Hometown
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Education
South Mecklenburg High School

Experience

Played at South Mecklenburg High School
Represented Ecuador’s national team from 2014-2017
Coach at On Deck since 2022




Lamar Briggs

Instructor

Hometown
Charlotte, NC

Education
Davidson Day School
Jackson State University (BS in Health, Physical Education, & Recreation)

Experience
4x All-Conference and All State Selection at Davidson Day
1st Team All-SWAC Honors (2017), 2nd Team All-SWAC Honors (2015, 2018)
Played professionally with the Westside Wooly Mammoths of the United Shores Professional Baseball League (2020, 2021)
2021 USPBL Batting Title and MVP
Played professionally for the Lake County Dockhounds of the American Association (2022)
Played professionally for the Gastonia Honey Hunters of the Atlantic League (2023)
Played professionally for the Tri City Valleycats of the Frontier League (2023)





Tae Washington 
Director of Performance Training & Business Development


Hometown
Charlotte, NC 

Education
Vance High School (Now Julius Chambers HS)
UNC Greensboro (BS in Business Administration) Experience/Certifications
National Academy of Sports Medicine (Certified Personal Trainer)AED/CPR

Began working professional as a personal trainer in 2017 in Greensboro, NC 
Owned/Operated Evolve Fitness serving over 400 clients in a span of 3 years (2018-2020) 
Partnered with brands such as the American Heart Association, Core Life Eatery, Lululemon, and more. 
Lead Coach with a role of training and certifying the coaching staff of a boutique fitness brand in Ballantyne, NC (2022-2023)
Led a team to be recognized as 'Best coaching staff in the network' by The Franchisor 
Accepted role with On Deck Academy in Summer of 2023




Mike Robinson
Performance & Training Coach

Hometown
Charlotte, NC

Experience/Certifications
Certified through PPSC in 1:1 Personal Training
Decade plus experience in Athletic/Sports Specific Performance Training (Baseball & Football)
Was a Personal Trainer at LA Fitness
Former Coach at Body20 (EMS Training)





Janine Hill
Instructor

Hometown
Somerville, NJ

Education
Somerville High School
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (BA in Mathematics)

Experience
Played at Somerville High School (NJ). 
Earned 12 Varsity Letters during high school career
Was an All-Conference selection in softball, basketball, and field hockey
Inducted into the Somerville High School Hall of Fame (2000)
Four-year starter at UNC Charlotte  
Remains in the top five in nearly every career offensive and pitching category at UNC Charlotte  
Drafted and played professionally for the Durham Dragons of the WPFSL (1999) 
Served as Head Coach at West Mecklenburg H.S. (2000)
Head Softball Coach at Central Cabarrus H.S. (2001-02), where she led the 2001 Vikings team to the NC State Finals
3X Conference Coach of the Year (Southwestern 4A in 2000, MECA-8 in 2002, MECA-8 in 2003)
NC State Certified Math Teacher (West Mecklenburg HS, Central Cabarrus HS, JM Robinson HS, Hickory Ridge HS, South Mecklenburg HS)
Head Coach On Deck Lady O’s (2005-2006) & On Deck Angels (2012-2013)
Youth League Softball Coach SPYA (2008-2012)
Head Softball Coach Quail Hollow Middle School (2014-2015)
Head Coach Team NC-Hill (2018-2019)
Assistant Coach at South Mecklenburg (2021-2023)
Math Teacher at Charlotte Teacher Early College (2023-present)
Over 25 years of coaching and instructional experience





Emily Hill
Instructor

Hometown
Charlotte, NC

Education
South Mecklenburg High School
Maryville College (BA in Elementary Education)

Experience
A four-year starter at South Mecklenburg High School
3x Academic All-Conference selection
Coach’s Award (2017) 
Coach’s Award (2018)
Most Spirited Award (2017)
MVP Award (2020)
Charlotte Observer Female Student-Athlete of the Year (2020)
Team Captain (2017-2020)
Miss On Deck O Award for (Commitment, Leadership, Competitiveness, Coachability, Professionalism)
Tom Little Scholarship Recipient
Played for Team NC-Mele & Team NC-Hill
Started as a freshman for the Maryville Scots (2021)
Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Scholarship Recipient (2021-2022)
Started every game as a freshman for the Scots
As a sophomore posted a .314 batting average, .413 slugging percentage, led the team in RBIs (32), and had 38 hits in 39 games (2022)
As a junior had a .311 batting average, .374 OBP, .369 SLG. Led the Scots with 21-game on-base streak that resulted in a .349 average. During that stretch, tied for team season best with a 10-game hitting streak and batted .353 (12-for-34) during that hitting clip.
More than six years of experience giving lessons and working camps at On Deck Academy and Maryville College
1st Team CCS All Conference (2024)
CCS Tournament Champion (2024)
2-Time Academic All Conference 
Led the conference with a .541 batting average (2024)
Had an overall batting average of .386 and an OPS of .904 (2024)
Had a team-leading 16-game hit streak (2024)
Maryville College Outstanding Preservice Elementary Education Award
Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship Recipient
NCAA DIII Montgomery Regional Participant
NCAA DIII Montgomery Regional All-Tournament Team selection





Jimmy Kerley
Instructor

Hometown
Indian Trail, NC

Education
Sun Valley High School
Kutztown University

Experience
Sun Valley High School Baseball Standout
Entering senior year at Kutztown University, 3-year starter at 3rd base
Started 49 games in 2024 Season at Kutztown
Had a .321 batting average, 55 hits, 6 doubles, 7 home runs, and 38 RBI (2024)
Started 113 games in his career at Kutztown
.287 batting average, 115 hits, 18 doubles, 14 home runs, and 76 RBI (2022-2024)
2024 PSAC All-Conference Award-Winner


 

 


Carter Heller
Coach

Hometown
Quakertown, PA

Education

Faith Christian High School
Hartford Community College
Gardner-Webb University

Experience
Was a 3-year star at Faith Christian High School (2016-2019)
4x First-Team All-League Honors
Won a State Championship (2017), 3 district championships (2017, 2018, 2019)
Bicentennial League MVP
Was a Pre-Season Perfect Game All American
Attended Hartford Community College
Went 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA as a Freshman (2020)
Transferred to Gardner-Webb University






Hunter Carrington
Coach/Instructor

Hometown
Buchanan, Michigan

Education
Buchanan High School
Muskegon Community College
University of Tennessee Southern


Experience
Played for Buchanan High School
Won the 2022 3A State Championship
Played at Muskegon Community College from 2022-2024
Transferred to the University of Tennessee Southern in 2024




Travis Hill
Coach

Hometown
Charlotte, NC

Education
Vance High School
Pfeiffer University
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Experience
Played at West Charlotte High and Vance High School
Was an All-Conference and All-State selection
Powerade/NC State Games participant (Region 6-1997)
Played American Legion baseball for Post 287
Played at Pfeiffer University 
Played at UNC Charlotte



Chris Detweiler
 
Instructor/Coach

Hometown
Solon, Ohio


Education
Solon High School
University of Louisville
Kent State University (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 Kent State (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
Served as the head baseball coach at Lake Norman Charter from 2010-201
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




Ben Krise
Coach

Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA

Education
Seneca Valley High School
University of Richmond (BA in Criminal Justice, Minors in Spanish and Sociology)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (MS in 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)





Cam McKenzie
Coach

Hometown
Royal Oak, Michigan
Education
Royal Oak High School
Macomb Community College
Oakland University (BA in History)

Experience

Played at Royal Oak High School
School single season record holder for batting average (.541)
School carrier record holder for batting average (.473)
Made the 2013 and 2014 All-District Teams
Made the 2014 All-Conference Team
Played at Macomb Community College (2014 & 2015)
Carrier .305 batting average while at Macomb
Assistant Coach at Royal Oak High School for 6 seasons
Part of the 2017 District Championship Team 
Part of the 2019 and 2022 League Championship Teams
Currently an assistant coach at Porter Ridge High School
Social Studies teacher at Porter Ridge High School






Mike Ladka
Coach


Hometown
Monroe, NY

Education
Monroe-Woodbury High School
Elmira College
BA in History/Social Studies Education

Experience
Sullivan County Community College in Coch Sheldrake, NY
Elmira College
Team Captain of Elmira College Baseball Team (2016)
Holds single game RBI record at Elmira College
Holds single season appearance record Elmira College
2x Hudson Valley Collegiate Baseball League All-Star
Pitching Coach at Marvin Ridge High School





Mike Hennessey
Coach

Hometown
Danbury, CT

Education
Maryland Institute, College of Art (BFA)

Experience
Head Coach and Program Head at Charlotte Country Day School
Has taken Charlotte Country Day in each full season as Head Coach
Inducted into the Canterbury School Sports Hall Of Fame
Active board member with Non-Profit Organization Baseball For Life





Jay Fish
Instructor/Coach

Hometown
Springfield, MA

Education
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (BA in English, BA in Criminal Justice)

Experience
Played 4 years in high school at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School (MA) and Wilbraham Monson Academy (MA)
Four-year career high school BA .400+
Team Leader/Top 3 in batting average, stolen bases, and runs scored each season 
10+ years coaching ages 7-13 in the Charlotte, NC area
Assistant Coach at Cuthbertson High School(2014-2017)
Helped lead Cuthbertson to a Conference Championship (2014)
Helped lead Cuthbertson to the State Playoffs (2015, 2016, 2017)
Assistant Coach at South Mecklenburg High School(2017-2018)
Helped lead South Meck to a Conference Championship & State Playoffs (2018)
Assistant Coach @ Marvin Ridge High School (2019-present)




Cameron Hill
Coach

Hometown
Wingate, NC

Education
Forrest Hills High School
Wingate University (BS in Health & Physical Education)

Experience
Played at Forrest Hills High
Head JV/Varsity Assistant Coach - Porter Ridge HS (2016-2019)
Head JV/Varsity Assistant Coach - Marvin Ridge HS (2020-present)


Aaron Hammers
Coach

Hometown
Fort Mill, SC

Education
East Mecklenburg HS
Wingate University (BA in Kinesiology, BA in Education)
University California at Pennsylvania (MS Sports Management and Administration)

Experience
Played in High School at East Mecklenburg
Played Belmont Abbey College
High School Baseball Assistant Coach: (Independence, Parkwood, Marvin Ridge with Mark Mennitt)
Head Baseball Coach CATA 2017 – Current
Head Softball Coach CATA 2020 - Current



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