Instructors/Coaches

Sean Danielson – Owner – Cardinals/Redsox/Reds – Hitting/Defense

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Sean Danielson signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005. During his stint with the Cardinals, Danielson was most known for breaking a franchise record by stealing 6 bases in a single game. In 2007, he was traded from the Cardinals to the Red Sox for right-handed starting pitcher, Joel Pinero. The Sox sent him straight to AAA for a two year campaign with the Pawtucket Red Sox in the International League. Sean became a free agent in 2009 and signed with the Cincinnati Reds, where he spent the 2010 season in AA for the Carolina Mudcats. He has always been known as lead-off man, for his ability to hit for average and steal bases. Sean plays all outfield positions and occasionally makes appearances in the infield. During his 6 year career, Danielson made two all-star teams, averaged 20+ stolen bases a season, and was known as a big league defender with over 60 outfield assists.

Aaron Cunningham -White Sox- Pitching Coordinator/ Director of College Placement – 10 Seasons for HP

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Aaron is local Houston product who played his high school baseball at The Woodlands HS.  At The Woodlands, he was apart of the 2000 5A Texas State Championship team.  He was the MVP of the Houston Coca-Cola Classic in 2001 after striking out 14 Klien Bearkats in the Championship Game. At The Woodlands, he was a 2-time All-District performer.
 He played his college baseball at Bossier Parish CC, where he was All-Conference in his lone junior college season.  Aaron went on to play Division 1 baseball in the Mid-Continent Conference for Centenary College, where he defeated Michigan State, Indiana, Hunter Pence led UT-Arlington, Iowa, and others.
 Aaron then went on to play 7 years of professional baseball with spring training stops with the White Sox, Dodgers, and Marlins. He was apart of the 2010 American Association champion Shreveport Captains.  During his time in the independent American Association of Professional Baseball, he was elected to the All-Star team in 2008. Over his 7 year career, Cunningham pitched as a starter, reliever, and as a closer.
 He has worked with legendary pitching coaches Tom House, Ron Wolforth, Bert Snow, and Doc Edwards.  He specializes in teaching the bio-physical mechanics of pitching, the proper workout habits to reach players goals, along with the rigorous mental side that combines to produce success between the lines.  He works with all ages, from 8U through professional minor league pitchers.

Brad Helton – Director of Youth Baseball

BradAfter several seasons of coaching our youth age groups, Brad has transitioned into our Director of Youth development.  His knowledge, connections and years of experience been key in the development in players and keeping the guidelines of the facility up to the highest standards!

Ryan Allbright – Galveston College – Hitting/Fielding/Pitching Instructor (Aka – Breezy) 8 Seasons

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Ryan Allbright is a former Cy Ranch High School stand out and 2013 State Champion.  After graduate Ryan continued his baseball career with Galveston College as a Whitecap.  He was know for his ability to hit for average, always be on base and play any position on the field.  Ryan was described often as a hard nose no excuse player that would do whatever it took to help his team get the victory.  Ryan is now coaching and instructing at HP and brings his same playing mentality to all of his players.

Christian Heard – Alvin College – Hitting/Fielding/Catching Instructor (Aka – Heardy) 8 Seasons

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Christian Heard is a 2 year Letterman at Cy Fair High School and graduated in 2012.  Christian followed his dream and played his 2013 campaign at Northlake College and then transferred to Alvin College for the 2014 season.  Heard was an asset to every team he played for with his a ability to play every position on the field.  His specialty is in the middle infield with some very fast but soft hands.  As a left handed batter, Christian was a rock at the top of the line up.  His ability to spray the ball to all fields, move runners and hit the long ball was a coaches dream.  Heard is now a coach and instructor at HP, his ability to connect with players is second to none.

Mike James – Erskine- College 16U Coach – 4 Seasons

Mike James is originally from Piscataway, New Jersey.  In high school 4 year letterman in baseball, soccer and football.  Mike’s love for baseball lead him Eskine College on scholarship, where he lead his team in homers and was the MVP his sophomore season.  Next he went on to play at the University of Bridgeport where he was a jack of all trades.  He played all nine positions in his tw0 year campaign with the Purple Knights.  Now MJ has become one of one of HP’s best coaches with this knowledge of the game at every position and desire to help young players develop.

Ryan Crew – Brewers – Hitting – 18U Coach – 7 Seasons

Ryan Crew was a stand out at Fort Bend Austin, earning All-State honors at pitcher and shortstop.  After high school Crew lettered 3 years at the University of Texas San Antonio.  As a Roadrunner he set several records, not to mention becoming the first Freshman All-American in school history.  In his sophomore season Crew finished 2nd in the Southland Conference MVP voting to someone named Hunter Pence.  His final season at UTSA he lead the roadrunners to a Southland Conference championship earning SLC Tournament MVP as well as lead the league in hitting.  Shortly after this season he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005.  Crew played a total of 5 seasons earning multiple All-Star honors while playing all 9 positions on the field. Crew quickly moved up the ranks as one of the Brewers top 10 prospects.  Crew played and became friends with many of the big league Brewers when he was invited to big league spring training in 2007. Ryan currently is a Houston Fire Fighter as well as coaches our 18U  team at HP.  He has been making several connections and has had lots of success sending players to college to play baseball.

Zach Townsell – Cy Ranch HS – Pitching Instructor – 4 Seasons

Zach spent 3 years as a letterman at Cy Ranch High School.  He won a state championship under HC John Pope ( Now Pitching Coach at Rice University) in 2012 and was one of their most dominate pitchers on the staff.  Zach’s average fastball was 90 mph and he occasionally touched 94 mph.  He also contributed with his bat and glove, playing third base and averaging a .309 batting average over his 3 year campaign with Ranch.  Unfortunately Zach’s baseball career was cut short due to an incident at a college showcase that landed him with a broken back.  Zach has now focused all of his efforts into coaching and giving private instruction to youth ball players, as his passion for the game is still in full effect.

Connor Wrye- Tarleton State University – Catching/Hitting/Fielding/ Instructor (NEW)

Avian Rachal – Cincinnati Reds – Hitting/Fielding/Pitching Instructor (NEW)

Bobby Poland – Panola College – Pitching/Hitting – 1 Season

Bobby comes to HP after spending the previous two years as a private pitching instructor and coach for the Texas Patriots in The Woodlands, Texas. This is his first season coaching at HP. 

Bobby is a local product and was a standout player at The Woodlands High School.  In 2002, he was nominated as the 15-5A District Pitcher of the Year. Bobby was a part of the 2000 5A State Championship team throwing out of the bullpen as a left handed reliever.  Bobby posted a 7-1 record with a 1.61 ERA in leading a top ranked team at The Woodlands.  That season, he started the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All Star Game at the University of Houston, where he struck out the side facing the best hitters in the state.  Bobby was a two way player at The Woodlands, where he was a two year letterman as the starting 1st basemen. 

Bobby was also a standout on the travel ball scene as well, playing for Mike Harris’ Houston Miracles team that played in the AAU National Championships, where Coach Poland was named 1st team All Tournament team.  

After high school, Bobby accepted a full scholarship to play college baseball at Panola Junior College.  At Panola, Poland was a conference starter who helped lead Panola to a conference tournament birth in one of the nation’s best JUCO conferences. 

Poland will be a head coach for the 10U team this season, and will help handle pitchers with the high school showcase teams.  He will be available for private instruction as his schedule allows. 

Ryan Patterson – Blue Jays/Tigers/Marlins/D-Backs –  Hitting Instructor


Ryan Patterson started his career at Texarkana Junior college. There he won the honors of freshman of the year and played along-side of childhood teammate Hunter Pence. From there Patterson went to LSU, where in his three year stint as a tiger he shattered several school records. By 2005 Patterson had lead his team to the college world series twice and was in the running for the Golden Spike award among many other awards. Soon after his Sr year, he was selected in the 4th round of MLB amateur draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. In his 6 years of playing pro ball, Patterson has made several All-Star teams, has over 100 career homers, and once had a game where he went 6-6 with three home runs, two doubles and nine RBIs. Patterson was also recently inducted in the LSU Hall of Fame.

Paul Combs – 8 Season for HP 

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Brent Powers – Athletics – Pitching

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Brent Powers was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2011 after his senior year at Sam Houston State University. Following a successful first season, he was invited to the A’s Instructional League at the end of the year. Brent went on to play three more seasons in the A’s organization with 2013 being his best year. He led his team in innings, wins, ERA, strikeouts, complete games and shutouts and was top 5 in almost all of the New-York Penn League’s pitching categories, leading to him being named the All-Star Game’s starting pitcher. He ended the year with the best ERA in the Athletics organization, earning him the Pitcher of the Year award for the A’s Low A team, the Vermont Lake Monsters. His last year was 2014 where he became a free agent and was picked up by the Blue Jays organization, finishing the year in Lansings starting rotation.  Brent has been mentored and worked along side top-tier coaches such as Ron Wolforth, Randy Sullivan, Wes Johnson, Flint Wallace and elite strength trainers, Lee Fiocchi and Kevin Poppe. His vast knowledge of how to keep pitchers healthy, explosive, efficient and effective has helped him in his own career and the career of countless rising elite pitchers.

Howie Pence – Padres/Astros – Pitcher (Seasonal)

Howie Pence was born in Fort Worth Texas October 1, 1979. He graduated from Arlington High School in 1998 where he lettered one year in baseball. He played collegiately at Sam Houston State University for two years where he suffered a torn UCL ligament. The next two years he spent rehabilitating and then resurfaced in 2003 as a fifth year senior at the University of Texas in Arlington. In June of 2003 he was signed as a non drafted free agent by the San Diego Padres out of a MLB scouting bureau tryout. He played in the Padres organization until 2006 reaching High Class A ball in Lake Elsinore California. In 2006 he played for the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the Northern League and was named to the Northern League All Star Team. By the end of the season his contract was purchased by the Houston Astros, and he finished the season with the Salem Avalanche.  Howie now resides in Pearland with his wife Allison and there three beautiful children, Hayley-Jane, Striker, and Ace.

 

Caleb Ramsey – Nationals – OF/INF/Hitting (Seasonal – currently in AAA)

Caleb just got home from a another successful .290 season.  They have given him the nickname Mr. Consistency in the clubhouse. We are lucky to have this hometown hero hear during his off-season to give lessons at HP.  Come in and work with Caleb and get on track to have a consistent approach at the plate!