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Sean Danielson – Owner – Cardinals/Red Sox/Reds – Hitting/Defense
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 and High School Operations
Ryan Crew – Brewers – Hitting – Player Development/ Field Coordinator
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.
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 – 2024 Coach/Hitting/Fielding Instructor
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.
Wallace is a graduate of Lamar high school and played college baseball at Corpus Christi A&M. His strentghs as a player was his versitylity to produce power numbers at the plate, high velocities on the mound and was a brick wall behind the plate. Since hanging up the spikes, Wallace has found more gradification in coaching than playing. His ability to push, inspire and discipline players in a postive way is second to none. This is why he is the perfect fit as HP’s Director of Youth Baseball.
Cameron has been called the HP catching whisperer by many!!! After graduating from Morton Ranch HS, he played 4 years at Texas Lutheran University. He caught all 4 years and was a conference champion three out his four years in college and a national champion runner up in 2018. He was known best for his ability to control a pitching staff, hold runners and had the ability to drive the ball out of the yard on a regular basis. Cameron has made a beleiver out of all of us at HP after changing a couple catchers seasons in a short period of time. If your looking for catching instruction he’s your guy! Check his availibility on our HP baseball app.
Kohl Lasell is a former HP Alum who played his college baseball Prairie View A&M University. He received his B.B.A. in Accounting in 2016 and Master of Business Administration in 2018. The HP family environment he experienced as a player brought him back to share his knowledge of the game with the youth and mentally prepare them for the next level. He wants to instill confidence in the minds of our players and help develop good work habits.
Phillip Allen is a former Kempner HS and UTSA standout. After graduation Allen joined forces with HP. His ability to connect with his students and players is he best asset. Phillip knows how to get the most out his players and prepare them for their next level of baseball!
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. 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 12U 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.
Connor Bubb an HP alum, was a 4 year letterman and 3 time All-District player out of Mayde Creek HS. Bubb was able to contribute at literally every position through his HS carrer and the team never skipped a beat. His high baseball IQ was one of his greatest assets along with being an absolute pest at the plate. Bubb’s ability to get on base, steal base and hit for power was why he always hit between 1-3 in the line up. Bubb enjoyed and appreciated his playing days so much with HP that he’s come back and has become one of HP’s best coaches & instructors, especially teaching baseball the HP way.
Eric Burns – 2024 Coach & Hitting Instructor
Eric Burns is originally from Louisiana but attended high school in Connecticut. In high school, a 4 year year letterman in baseball and football. He was a verbal commit to Gettysburg College but decided not to play college ball. While attending LSU, he was a student manager for the Fall of 2010. Since then, Burns has coached at various levels – 10 year old Major ball in Baton Rouge, 12 year old Little League in Connecticut, high school assistant in both Connecticut and Louisiana. Burns came to HP as an assistant for the summer of 2020 and has since been a Head Coach as well as hitting/catching instructor. He enjoys pushing and developing players in their skills and their love for the game.
Cord Cockrell – Southern Mississippi – 2027 12U Coach & Hitting/Pitching Instructor
Cord grew up in Louisianna and started his collegiate career as SS & Pitcher (2-way player) as a Ragin’ Cagin at the University of Louisianna Lafayette. He finshed up his final two years as a pitcher at Southern Mississippi. After college Cord took a pitching coach positon at Wharton College, where he was in charge of the pitching staff, but actually took on alot of the fielding and hitting duties as well. Now, Cord calls Houston home and is getting his baseball fix in by coaching and give back to the youth.
Matt is a former Conroe HS stand out and was committed to UT Brownsville as a 1B/OF/LHP. Since then, Matt has scouted for the Indians for a short stint and has been coaching youth and showcase baseball in the greater Houston area for the last 12 years. Giving back to the youth and teaching baseball the right way is his passion!
Will Dawson – Dominican College – 13U Coach/Hitting & Pitching Instructor
Will Dawson is born and raised in Cypress, TX. He went to Cy-Fair HS where he played football and baseball. Will went to Northeast Texas CC after high school where he started both years at first base and various relief outings earning him all-conference honors. After NTCC Will played at Dominican College in Orangeburg, NY. While in NY, Will played outfield before transitioning into a full-time relief pitcher. After various injuries Will came back to Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University. He now works as a financial professional for Rethink Wealth, where he works to provide financial freedom for his community. He has a desire for the game of baseball and is passionate about giving back to youth of his hometown!
Dan Williams – UT Tyler/USPBL – 2022 Coach & Hitting Instructor
Hs: all district junior and senior year & team mvp
College: freshman all state, all American 2017, conference tournament MVP led nation in hits
Pro: 2x all-star, HR derby participant
About me: I have always dreamed of playing baseball and when I finally got the chance I was so thankful and couldn’t help but reflect on all the people who got me there so now it is my goal to be that coach who is there for his players and not only helps them get to the next level in sports but to the next level as men. I’m thankful for the opportunity to do that at HP and love working with all the players.
Joshua Chavez – UH Victoria – 13U Coach & Hitting Instructor
Joshua is a native Houstonian and graduate of Cy-Woods HS. He will graduate from University of Houston-Victoria with a B.S. in Business Administration in the fall of 2021. He also played for Dallas Christian College and Texas College where he was 2-time all-conference and 4 times player of the week. His main position was left-handed pitcher but he also spent time at first base and in the outfield. Joshua has played baseball since he was 4 years old and understands the committee and hard work it takes to play at any level. He has been a part of the Hunter Pence Academy for the past 9 years as a player, assistant coach, and helping with youth summer camp program. He enjoys working and helping the players by developing a trusting relationship and guide them to the next level of baseball.
Ryan Burciaga – University of Texas Dallas – Assistant 14U Coach, Hitting & Fielding Instructor
After graduating from Morton Ranch high school, Ryan attended the University of Texas at Dallas where he played infield all four years. Ryan is the UTD record holder in runs batted in (RBI) and total bases (TB) along with being a four time all conference and three time all region player of the year. His junior year, Ryan helped lead the Comets to their first ever conference championship since the program began back in 2002. Although he still continues to learn everyday, his baseball IQ is top of the line and helps him play and coach the game with an edge. Ryan’s goal is to share his knowledge with you, in hopes of getting you to that next level!
Jose Reyes – University of Houston – 13U Coach / Hitting, Pitching and Fielding Instructor
Jose Reyes is a proud Houstonian and is the newest coach at Hunter Pence Academy. He grew up playing little league but his best decision he made was playing select ball and traveling with a team. He was able to learn so many valuable lessons that he took with him to high school. After high school, he received a full scholarship to play shortstop at Blinn college and help lead the team to their first Junior College World Series appearance. He received multiple D1 offers and decided to stay home and chose the University of Houston. He finished his career playing at Tarleton state. Now, Jose is excited to share with the kids the knowledge and skills he gained from playing in college.
Ruben Aguirre – Western Texas College – 14U Coach&Hitting/Catching/Pitching Instructor
Aguirre started playing ball at 4 years old and never lost focus or passion for the game. He was an HP stand out for 3 years and was the starting catcher for Klein HS for two years. After HS Aguirre went on to play college ball at Western Texas College. He was a primary catcher but, along the way he learned all infiield postions and excelled on the mound as well. Some of his best assets were learned behind the plate, for example IQ, being vocal, being the eyes on the field and knowing how to have a good relationship with your pitchers. Aguirre says “As I get older and continue coaching, I’ve learned so much from this prespective. Things that I should have done as a player. I’m here to relay that information in the best way that I can to make kids better ball players.”
Coming from a family of 3 generations of baseball players Ryan Frier has a great feel for the game. Ryan graduated from Tomball Memorial HS as well as Stephan F Austin State University. He played 3 years of club baseball for SFA as the teams catcher and was also the teams Head Coach. Over his years of playing Ryan always found himself at the top of the lineup due to his speed/high average and ended up behind the plate or in the middle infield. Ryan hopes to pass on his knowledge and lessons learned from the game with the next generation of players. Check out his lesson availability to work on all aspects of catching or hitting!
Zach Sweet – Lamar University – 2022 Showcase Coach / Hitting, Pitching and Fielding Instructor
Zach Sweet is a former 3 year letterman at Langham Creek high school. After signing to UTSA out of high school and redshirting as a freshman, he transferred to Cisco Junior College, starting in all 58 games finishing with a 52-6 record. Sweet was tabbed a JBB All-American after posting a .421 batting average with 4 home runs, 7 triples, 18 doubles, and 51 RBI’s. In his second year he posted a .367 batting average with 14 XBH and 38 RBI’s. After two years at Cisco College he signed with and played for Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Zach has his bachelor’s in marketing and is currently a roofing contractor hoping to stay close to the game he loves through coaching.
Joining the HP program as a sophomore out of Cy-Ranch HS, Goss immediately became an impact player and leader on the field. His ability to attack hitters and command the strike zone is incredible for his age. This lead to him committing to Texas A&M University, his childhood dream school. Although he never ended up at A&M it was for good reason. He was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round of the 2019 MLB draft. Recently his fastball has been clocked at 98mph, slider 88mph and change up in the low 80’s. Goss is a seasonal instructor for us for obvious reasons, but when he is home do not miss out on the opportunity to work with one of the games young up and coming stars!
Corey Julks – Astros (current AA) – 2024 Coach & Hitting Instructor (Seasonal)
Corey is a former UH standout and 8th round pick of the Houston Astros in 2017. Since starting his journey in prfessional baseball he has flow up the ladder making it as high as AA Corpus Christi in 2019. At the start of the 2020 spring training Corey was called up to 2 big league games under Astros skipper Dusty Baker and he did not disapoint. Corey hit a grand slam in his first game and a solo homer in his second. Unfortunatly covid-19 put an end to spring training and Corey was sent home along with all of the other players, but lucky for us he’s available at HP for private instruction. Book him while you can!
Johnny Rizer – Orioles (current A) – 2023 Coach & Hitting Instructor(seasonal)Johnny started coming to HP as a 12 year old and join our teams at 15. He graduated from Cy Fair HS in 2015 and went to ULL. After a year there he left to get more rep’s at Blinn College and it paid off. He lead the confrence with 15 home runs and that landed him at TCU for his next two years. Johnny was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 7th round of 2019 and put up great number immediatly hit over .300 at 2 different levels and hitting a massive home run off of Mets ace Noah Syndergaard in one of his rehab starts in the minors. Johnny is only here for a limited time so do not miss out on a chance to work with him.
Dondrei Hubbard – San Diego Padres – Hitting, Catching, Fielding, Personal training Instructor (Seasonal)
Dondrei has been all over the world playing ball. He is what we call a swiss army knife meaning he plays basically every position on the field. His ability to hit for power and averge makes his skill set very unique. If hes asked to catch, play center field or short stop he can do it all at a professional level. The thing we like about Dondrei aka Dre is his ability to connect with players and get the most out of them. He has a natural ability help players by creating new ways for them to understand. He is currently getting ready to leave to play ball again so get in with him while you can!
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 Southern California with his wife Allison and there five beautiful children, Hayley-Jane, Striker, Ace, Maverick & Paisley-Kay.
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.
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.