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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 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 RBI 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.

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Director of Player Development

Coach Mike Wilson, a Pittsburgh, PA native, has been involved in baseball for over 40 years and is widely respected as the baseball savant in the Greater Pittsburgh Region. 

Most notably, Coach Wilson served as the head coach at Duquesne University (NCAA D1, PA) from 1993  until 2010 when the program was eliminated. In addition to his time at Duquesne, Wilson served as an assistant at the University of Pittsburgh and LSU. Wilson is the father of major leaguer Josh Wilson.

Since finishing at Duquesne, coach Wilson has dedicated his time to increasing the quality of play and coaching for underrepresented youth, particularly those in minority communities. He has spent over a decade coaching with the Pittsburgh Pirates RBI Program. 



Assistant Director of Player Development

Coach TJ Zarewicz, a Pittsburgh, PA native, has field-managed, coached, and played in independent professional baseball since 2016. Currently, Zarewicz serves as the Hitting Coach for the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association, an MLB Partner Association. In 2020, Zarewicz was the Field Manager of the Slammin' Sammies with the Washington Wild Things. 


Zarewicz is a graduate of Bethany College (NCAA D3 - WV) and was a catcher/starting pitcher from 2009-2012. 



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 freshman baseball player at Seton Hill University.



Coaching Development Program Associate

NCAA Division II Pitcher - California University of Pennsylvania 

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Coaching Development Program Associate

NCAA Division III Catcher - LaRoche University


Coaching Development Program Associate

NAIA Infielder - Xavier University of Lousiana 



Strength & Condition / Speed & Agility Coach

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