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Private Instruction - Instructors - Union County

Mark Mennitt (Hitting, Fielding, Catching)
Title: Director of Operations - Union County
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Independence High School
Mars Hill College
BA in History/Social Studies Education

• 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

Josh Pinkham (Pitching-Hitting-Defense)
Title: Instructor
Hometown:     Montgomery, AL
Eastwood Christian School
Auburn University
Auburn University-Montgomery BS Communication Studies

•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


Chad Griffin (Hitting & Infield Defense)
Title: Instructor
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Education: Garinger High School

- Played for Garinger HS Baseball Team (1990-1993)
- Drafted in the 43rd round of the 1993 MLB Draft (Oakland A's)
- Played 2 years in the Oakland organization before being traded to Seattle
- Played 1 season in the Mariners organization
- Previous owner & operator of Extra Innings Baseball Academy
- Has 20+ years of experience with private instruction, camps, and clinics

Mike Ladka (Pitching-Baseball, Hitting)
Title: Instructor 
Hometown: Monroe, NY
Monroe-Woodbury High School
Elmira College
BA in History/Social Studies Education

• 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

Aaron Hammers (Pitching-Hitting-Defense)
Title: Coach/Instructor
Hometown:     Indian Land, SC
Wingate University
Masters Degree California University of Pennsylvania

•Asst. Varsity Coach with Independence, Parkwood, Marvin Ridge with Coach Mennitt (2001-2013)
•Former Athletic Director UA
•Head Baseball Coach CATA (2017-2020, 2022)
•Head Softball Coach CATA (2021-2022)

Mike Hennessey (Pitching)
Title: Coach
Hometown: Danbury, CT
Maryland Institute, College of Art
Bachelors of Fine Arts

-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 Baseball For Life non profit

Jay Fish (Hitting - Outfield)
Title: Instructor 
Hometown: Springfield, MA
University of North Carolina @ Charlotte – BA English
University of North Carolina @ Charlotte – BA Criminal Justice

• Played four years in high school at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School (MA) and Wilbraham Monson Academy (MA) respectively
• 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
• 2014 – 2017: Assistant Coach @ Cuthbertson High School – Waxhaw, NC
• 2017: Conference Championship
• 2015, 2016, 2017: State Playoffs
• 2017 – 2018: Assistant Coach @ South Mecklenburg High School – Charlotte, NC
• 2018: Conference Championship & State Playoffs
• 2019 – Present: Assistant Coach @ Marvin Ridge High School – Waxhaw, NC

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