Lightning Baseball

Our work is very much "hands on" and the kids get many, many reps. That's the best way to learn, doing it over and over. We spend time on all aspects of the game!

First and foremost, our Lightning baseball coaches (of over 50 coaches) played NCAA Division 1, or Professional, baseball (or both) that are all OUTSTANDING individuals that want to share their experiences. We believe that level of experience brings with it a unique perspective of the game not often witnessed firsthand. Along with that knowledge, our staff has to meet a high standard of character to be included in Lightning Baseball. We believe that we can have high expectations, work the kids hard and do it all while being of strong character and having fun. As well, all of the knowledge in the world isn't valuable if one doesn't have the skillset to effectively communicate it. We take it personally to ensure we're able to communicate effectively with the kids.

Lightning Baseball Instructors

Name Position Coaching Experience College Degree Pro Experience Special Notes
Dave Tucker Head Coach 1994 - Present Bellevue CC / University of Washington Criminal Justice 13yrs. Pro Scout with Seattle Mariners & Baltimore Orioles
Michael Tucker Hitting/IF/Pitching 2007 - Present Seward County CC / Univ. of Washington Marketing '02: Bluefield; '03: Delmarva; '04: Delarva/Frederick/Bowie/Ottawa; '05: Mesa; '06-'07: Reno; '08: St. George
Matt Tucker Hitting/Infield/OF 2009 - Present Dallas Baptist University Kinesiology '07: Bluefield/Aberdeen; '08: Delmarva; '09: Bluefield/Frederick; '10: Bowie; '11: Amarillo; '12: Laredo/Amarillo
Tyler Shepple Pitching 2005 - Present University of Washington Pre Arts & Sciences Major '02: Ogden; '03: Milwaukee Brewers Organization

Catching

Name Position Coaching Experience College Degree Pro Experience Special Notes
Brandon Bantz Catching 2013 - Present Dallas Baptist University Exercise Science and Sports Nutrition '09: Polaski/Everett; '10: Clinton/WTenn; '11: Jackson; '12: High Desert/Tacoma; '13: Jackson/Tacoma/Seattle (MLB); '14: Long Is/Harrisburg
Pat Farrell Catcher/IF 2012 - Present Colby CC / UNLV / Regis University '10: Kingsport/Brooklyn/Savannah; '11 Savannah
Josh Huntley Catcher 2015-Present Brown University Business Economics N/A

1st Team All Ivy League 2016

Led Ivy League in RBI in 2017

BB Kimbrel Catcher 2016 - Present Hutchinson CC / Witchita State University Criminal Justice N/A
Drake Biggins Catcher 2016 - Present Colby CC/Wayne State College/Metro State University Sports Management N/A
Nate Saylor Catcher/First Base/OF 2017 Monterey Peninsula College / Oregon State University / University of Northern Colorado Communication Studies N/A

Infield

Name Position Coaching Experience College Degree Pro Experience Special Notes
Jordan Maynard Infield 2015-Present Hutchinson CC Sociology/Criminal Justice N/A
Zach Higgins Infield 2011 - Present Fort Scott CC / South Dakota State Univ. Bachelor of Nutritional Science, Recreation Administration N/A
Chad Miller
Ryan Mulhern 1B/3B 2010 - Present Trinidad State JC / Univ. of South Alabama Psychology '03: Mahoning Valley, '04: Lake County; '05: Kinston/Akron; '06: Akron; '07: Buffalo; '08: Indianapolis/Buffalo; '09-'10: Lancaster; '11: Siebu/So.Maryland/Santillo; '12: Santillo; '13: So.Maryland/Santillo
Chad Steiner Infield 2010 - Present Lamar CC '05: AZL Padres/Eugene; '06: Fort Wayne
Jake Thurston Infield 2017 Metro State University

Sports Management with a minor in Environmental Science

N/A
John Tosches First Base 2012 - Present Regis University Marketing N/A
Jason Van Kooten Infield 2012 - Present Seward CC '04: Casper/Tri-City; '05: Tri-City; '06: Asheville; '07: Asheville/Modesto; '08-'09: Modesto; '10: Tulsa
Jason White Infield 2014 - Present University of Iowa Masters Degree: Business Administration; BS: Health & Sports Studies. '07: Bluefield; '08: Delmarva/Frederick; '09: Frederick/Bowie; '10: Frederick; '11-'12: Amarillo

Outfield

Name Position Coaching Experience College Degree Pro Experience Special Notes
Joe Abeln Outfield/Catcher 2016-Present Lehigh University Mechanical Engineering N/A
Connor Crane Outfield/First Base 2016-Present Lamar CC/McNeese State University Business Administration '16: Trois-Rivieres Aigles
Sean Fisher Outfield 2016 - Present

Fontbonne University in St Louis, MO

Sports Management & Business Administration Degree

N/A
Grant Gerrard Outfield 2010 - Present Univ. of Washington / Southern Illinois Univ. Doctor of Law (J.D.), Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law '06: Spokane/Clinton; '07: Clinton; '08: Bakersfield
Andy Mees Outfield 2010 - Present Central AZ Community College, Univ. Northern Colorado Exercise Science N/A
Brandon Mikulka Outfield/First Base 2016-Present Creighton University/Rockhurst University Finance, Marketing/MBA N/A
Joel Patrick Outfield 2004 - Present Liberty Univ. / Canisius College Bachelor of Arts, PR./Advertising; Master's degree, Health & Physical Education/Fitness Syracuse Soldiers (Nat'l Indoor Football League)
Payton Soicher Outfield 2016-Present Washburn University Actuarial Mathematics N/A
Drew Tooley Outfield 2010 - Present Central Arizona CC / University of Northern Colorado Marketing major, Finance minor N/A

Pitching

Name Position Coaching Experience College Degree Pro Experience Special Notes
Seth Davis Pitching 2015-Present Augustana College Marketing & Minor in Political Science '15: Kingsport Mets; '16: Columbia Fireflies
Kelly Johnson Pitching 2008 - Present Yavapai CC (AZ) Bachelor of Science degree '00: Johnson City; '01-'02: NJ Cards/Peoria; '03 River City/Nogales; '04 River City; '05: Mesa
Braxton Lorenzini Pitching 2017
Michael Morales Pitching 2013 - Present Hutchinson CC / Northwestern Oklahoma State Univ. Accounting '14: Douglas Diablos
Eric Olguin Pitching 2015 - Present Utah Valley University Communication - Public Realtions N/A
Carl Opitz Pitching 1977 - Present University of Northern Colorado Education N/A
Travis Orwig Pitching 2016-Present NC State University Business Administration - Marketing N/A
Mike Scott Pitcher 2016-Present Hutchinson CC/Tusculum College Business Administration N/A
Nick Stephens Pitcher 2015-Present Lehigh University Political Science N/A
Scott Vander Weg Pitching 2011 - Present Midland CC / Lamar Univ. Bachelor of General Studies '05: NJ Cards; '06: Quad Cities; '07: Palm Beach; '08: Springfield/Clearwater; '09: St Paul/Ft Worth; '10 Ft Worth/Pensicola; '11: El Paso/Ft Worth; '12: Abiliene

Coaches On Sabbatical

Name Position Coaching Experience College Degree Pro Experience Special Notes
Tommy Clouthier Infield 2016-Present Creighton University Marketing and Financial Analysis N/A
Tucker Cross Infield 2014 - Present Hutchinson CC / Univ. of Central Missouri Economics N/A
Justin Dillard Catcher 2005 - Present Yavapai College / Dallas Baptist Univ. Bachelor of Arts, Communication and Media Studies N/A
Travis Sweet Outfield 2012 - Present University of Iowa '07: Greeneville/Tri-City; '08: Salem