NELSON COOPER IV
18U Head Coach
Coach Nelson Cooper IV, a Seattle, Washington native, played collegiate baseball at North Carolina Central University (NCAA D1, NC).
For the past two years, he has served as the Manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates RBI regional tournament senior team (18U) leading the team to the Regional Championship game both years.
Since the fall of 2019, Coach Cooper has served as a volunteer assistant coach at California University of Pennsylvania (NCAA D2) serving as the hitting coach.
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. After signing with the Santa Fe Fuego of the Pecos League during the ‘16 season as an RHP/ interim field manager, he has served in multiple capacities with the club, most recently serving as the field manager for the Fuego (2017-2019).
With brief stints in the American Association (2017 Salina Stockade), Can-Am League (2018 Salina Stockade/Hollywood Stars), and Pacific Association (2019 San Rafael Pacifics) coach Zarewicz has worked in several facets of coaching serving as a field manager and bench coach while overseeing player development with these clubs.
Zarewicz is a graduate of Bethany College (NCAA D3. WV) and was a catcher/ starting pitcher from 2009-2012.
Coaching Development Program Associate
Ray Jackson was born and raised in Wilkinsburg and will be joining Pittsburgh Hardball Academy as a coach in training during the summer of 2020. Known as "Big Play Ray", Coach Jackson is a graduate of Imani Christian Academy where he competed as a three-sport athlete (baseball, basketball, and football).
Ray currently attends Thiel College and competes as a member of the varsity football team. Ray is passionate about giving back to the community and wants to help develop the next generation of talented baseball players.
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.