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18U Head Coach

Coach Nelson Cooper IV, a Seattle, Washington native, played collegiate baseball at North Carolina Central University (NCAA D1, NC). Since the fall of 2019, Coach Cooper has served as a volunteer assistant coach at California University of Pennsylvania (NCAA D2), serving as the primary hitting coach and assisting with recruiting.

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16U Head Coach

Coach Groff has several years of coaching experience at the collegiate level. Currently, Coach Groff is an assistant coach at Point Park University (NAIA). Prior to Point Park, Coach Groff was an assistant coach at Chatham University (NCAA D3) and a graduate assistant at Notre Dame College (NCAA D2) baseball team, where he oversaw recruiting efforts for both the varsity and junior varsity squads and served as the head coach for junior varsity. Prior to Notre Dame, Groff played professionally in the Pecos League of Professional Baseball for both the Salina Stockade and the Santa Fe Fuego before moving his talents to the Beach Collegiate Baseball League as a head coach and general manager.

Groff played his collegiate career at Penn State Greater Allegheny, graduating in 2015 with a degree in Business Marketing and Management. In his senior year alone, he served as a team captain, won the Team Leadership Award, and was named to the First Team All-PSUAC. 

He received his Master of Education degree from Notre Dame College in 2019 and now serves as a substitute teacher in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system.

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14U Head Coach

Coach Jacobson has been involved in coaching and providing baseball & softball programming for over ~30 years for players ranging from 8 years of age through college. Coach Jacobson has coached countless community-based teams in the Citisports League (formerly, the City of Pittsburgh’s B.I.G. League), Allderdice High School, and founded the Pittsburgh East Baseball “show up & play” program, among several others.



18U Assistant Coach

Coach Pete Heh, a Pittsburgh, PA native, has been involved in coaching for the past 30 years around the Pittsburgh area. 

For the past 10 years, he has served as a head coach, or an assistant coach, for elite softball and baseball programs within the Western Pennsylvania area.  Most recently, Coach Heh has been coaching showcase baseball teams with an emphasis on college exposure and recruitment.

Coach Heh graduated from Washington and Jefferson College (NCAA D3. PA) and was a member of the baseball team.  He earned his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently a professor at California University of Pennsylvania.



Pitching Instructor

Coach Bubba Snider brings 20 years of baseball coaching experience to Pittsburgh Hardball Academy.  A graduate of Taylor Allderdice, he played collegiate at Bethany College as a pitcher. Coach Snider returned to Allderice, his alma mater, and served as pitching coach for several years.  In 2018 he joined the staff at South Fayette High School serving as the pithcing and outfield coach for the varsity program. 

Coach Snider brings a vast amount of experience when it comes to "teaching young men how to be pitchers and not throwers, while insuring they keep their arms healthy through the process." He also takes pride in teaching "the game of baseball."

"Not only do I love teaching pitchers, I also consider myself a baseball IQ coach.  The more a player understands the game, the better they will be at it."

Coach Snider is married with 4 children. His son Eli is a sophomore student-athlete at Seton Hill University.

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Intern / Coaching Development Program Associate

NCAA D3 Catcher - LaRoche University

**Pittsburgh Hardball Alumnus**



Intern / Coaching Development Program Associate

NCAA Division II Pitcher - California University of Pennsylvania 



Intern / Coaching Development Program Associate

NAIA Infielder - Xavier University of Louisiana 



Intern / Coaching Development Program Associate

NCAA D2 Outfielder - California University of Pennsylvania

**Pittsburgh Hardball Alumnus**



Intern / Coaching Development Program Associate

NCAA D3 Infielder - Chatham University

**Pittsburgh Hardball Alumnus**



Strength & Conditioning Coach

Owner & Director of Strength & Conditioning - Blaze Sports Performance, MS, CSCS