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Lightning Baseball Academy

Lightning Baseball Academy

Lightning Baseball offers access to the most highly qualified and professional coaching staff in Colorado.

Under the expert leadership of Dave Tucker, our coaches are outstanding individuals that all played NCAA Division 1 and/or Professional baseball and want to share their experiences, all in a way that resonates with our young players.

We believe that level of experience is priceless, and brings with it a unique perspective of the game not often witnessed firsthand.  Our coaches focus on their expertise and commit to teaching our players the skills from the positions that they played in. 

Our players are expected to work hard, meet our high expectations, and most importantly have lots of fun in the process!

Sean Kennedy - Director of Training & Nutrition

  • Garden City CC All Conference, Academic All-American
  • Top 5 finisher for Student of the Year!
  • Metro State University Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Conference, All-Academic First Team
  • Athletic Director's Association Academic Achievement Award
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • 2019 MSU Denver Entrepreneurship Student of the Year!

Parker Morin - Director of Catching

  • Played at the College of Southern Idaho 2010-11 & named First team all SWAC
  • College of Southern Idaho Presidents Award Finalist
  • University of Utah 2011-12 First Team All Pac 12
  • Kansas City Royals 2012-14th Round Draft Pick
  • 2013 Baseball America “Best Defensive Catcher”
  • 2013 & 2014 AAA National Championship
  • 2014-2018 MLB Spring Training Invitee
  • Team USA 2015 Team USA national team member
  • Took home the Silver medal in the Premier 12 Tournament hosted in Taiwan and Japan!

Tyler Shepple - Director of Pitching & Throwing


  • Played for Dave Tucker in HS
  • Pitched 3 years for the University of Washington as both a starter and closer
  • 20th Round Selection to the Milwaukee Brewers where he played 2 seasons (cut short due to labrum tear injury)
  • Operated a training facility in Seattle from 2004-10
  • 3-year stint as pitching coach for the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League
  • Previously head coach for Brighton HS
  • Assistant at Wilkes University for 2 years
  • Certified personal trainer and works as an ambassador for Crossover Symmetry

Lightning Instructors

Eric Olguin...played for Dave Tucker in HS...4 year starter/closer at Utah Valley University and 2x Team Leader (Team Captain) and 2x Academic All-WAC...conference champions and NCAA Baton Rouge Regional

Scott VanderWeg...Starting pitcher at Midland College and Lamar University...Drafted by St. Louis Cardinals...pitched for 8 years in professional baseball with an oustanding career ERA of 3.80.

Joe Abeln… 2x Captain - Lehigh University…All-League OF SO year, All-League Catcher JR year…Lehigh Sportsmanship Award…Lehigh Baseball Coaches Award, Two time Partriot League Academic Honor Roll.

Zach Higgins…played for Dave Tucker in HS..JC All-Conference at Ft. Scott CC, Led team in hitting (.425 and doubles)…Distinguished Academic All-American.  2 years at NCAA D1 @ South Dakota St…8 years assistant coach at Mt. Vista HS helping team to one state championship, and five Final Four appearances.

Chad Miller…Single season record holder for AVG (.389) at Arapahoe CC and HR (11); Single season record holder for runs scored (68) while at NCAA D1 Liberty University in 2006…2nd team All-Conference 3B in 2006…Al Worthington Award winner at Liberty U.  Hit for the cycle vs Longwood University.

Grant Gerrard…played for Dave Tucker in HS…University of Washington and Southern Illinois where he was first team All-Conference in 2006, Missouri Valley Scholar-Athlete, finishing his NCAA career with a .323 AVG…drafted by the Texas Rangers, playing 4 years of professional baseball with a career .275 AVG.

Seth Davis…Augustana (IL)…NAIA All-American his SO year…All-Conference and All-Region 3 years…Team Captain Sr. year….Career record holder for IP and K’s.  Helped team to conference Championships 2x, advancing to regionals in 2013...Signed by New York Mets…currently in 3rd year of professional baseball...

Josh Huntley…played for Dave Tucker in HS…All-Conference, led Ivy League in RBI...

Connor Crane…played for Dave Tucker in HS…Phi Theta Kappa Member at Lamar CC…2x First team All-Region IX…NJCAA All-American at Lamar CC…Marucci Elite Hitter Western District…2x second team All-Conference at McNeese St. University…Four years of Professional Baseball...2016 Trois-Rivieres Rookie of the Year, 2018 CANAM League Champions

Travis Orwig...played for Dave Tucker in HS...4 year scholar-athlete at North Carolina St. where he pitched out of the bullpen all 4 years..member of 2013 College World Series team, helped team to 2012 NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville, 2013 and 2016 NCAA regionals at Raleigh and 2015 regional at Ft. Worth.

Contact

Lightning Baseball Academy
851 N Noble Drive  Parker Colorado 80138

Phone: 303-596-4630
Email: [email protected]

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