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
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.
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.
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 – 14U/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.
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.
Avain is a local Cy Fair standout that was drafted in the 20th round of 2013 MLB draft by the Cincinnati Reds. Avain was know for his ability to hit for power and play a big league level short stop. Since joining HP he has become one of our most effective coaches. His firm approach to teaching the game with a encouraging attitude keeps his students engaged and seeing big time results.
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.
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.
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!
Nick Martin – Chicago Cubs – Showcase Coach & Pitching Instructor
Daniel Blake (HP Alum) Bossier Parish/Newman University – 2022 Coach & Catching/Hitting Instructor
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.