Richie is a former college and professional player. He played 4 years at Sam HoustonState University where he received many accolades as a pitcher. After college he played with the Texas Rangers organization, the St. Louis Cardinals organization, and several independent teams. He has given private instruction, group instruction, conducted camps, promoted players, taught in several Texas public schools, and coached high school baseball for the last 20 years. Richie has taken part in over 30,000 hours of instruction and on the field training during that time period. Likewise, Richie has taken part in thousands of hours of video analysis and research relating to hitting and pitching. Richie designed and developed the “sport specific” training program for pitchers that has proven to dramatically increase velocity, control, mechanics, strength levels, flexibility, range of motion, and overall performance. He has a B.S. in Exercise Science with emphasis on bio-mechanics and motor learning, from Sam Houston State University and a M.S. in Instructional Technology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. In order to help develop his students further; he is working on his doctorates degree in human movement and performance. He is in charge of curriculum and Programs development for Hardball Academy; designing, developing, and monitoring of all instruction.
Coach Cathcart played high school baseball at Brazoswood High School in Clute, TX where he was a Houston area standout at second base finishing his high school career with a .989 fielding percentage. After graduating from A&M with a bachelor’s degree in sports science and management, he began his coaching career at his former High School. Coach Cathcart coached at Brazoswood for 10 years and was part of 2 regional finals, 2 regional semifinals, 2 regional quarterfinals, and in 2011 was the hitting and infield coach for the Texas 5A state championship team from Brazoswood who completed their playoff run without dropping a game. Coach Cathcart is a student of the game; always on the lookout for new ideas to help develop young players reach their full potential, and has been a personal hitting instructor in the Houston area since 2002. He is in the process of authoring a book on hitting, and has worked/coordinated numerous camps in the Houston area. Coach Cathcart is an advanced hitting instructor for Hardball Academy and he helps with the hitting development program and infield development program, as well as coordinating the Academies travel teams.
Former collegiate athlete in Division 1 and Division 3 with 5+ years of coaching experience from beginners to collegiate athletes.
Former awards: Pearland HS State Champion 2010 McNeese State University Conference Champion 2013 Attended the World Series in 2014 with East Texas Baptist University ETBU Conference Champion in 2016 ETBU Regional Champion in 2017 Assistant at ETBU
Positions played: Pitcher, Third Base, Second Base
Jim is a former college and professional player. He played college ball at Pepperdine University , where he also obtained a degree in teaching with an endorsement in baseball. Following college, he played professionally with the Cincinnati Reds organization. Jim also served as assistant coach at Pepperdine University and coached many youth league teams. Jim has conducted over 22,000 private, group, and team instructional sessions over the past 15 years with Hardball Academy. Jim has had tremendous success with his fundamental approach to hitting where he emphasizes biomechanical principals and not a specific “style” hitting.
Brandon Hoeffler is a former Captain All-State at Manhattan High School, Captain All-Conference at Barton County, and Captain All-Conference at Fort Hays State. Since graduating college, Brandon took on the role of coaching the younger generations. He has since coached at his former JUCO Barton County, and the semi-professional Junction City Brigade, and now our Hardball Elite 13U Team, and Hardball Elite 16U Showcase Team. We are pleased to have had Brandon join the team here at Hardball in 2017. He is a great instructor, and even better role model for our kids.
Rocky Hughes is a former college and professional baseball player. After being named Oklahoma Pitcher of the Year, he played 2 years at Pratt Community college in Kansas. In 1999 he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox’s and played 5 years within their organization. Shortly after playing, Rocky began his coaching career in Midland Texas. There he worked as a private instructor and Head Coach of Trinity High School, where they won back to back State Championships. In 2009 he moved to Houston Texas and spent 9 years coaching within an organization in NW Houston. Rocky is a well-versed instructor/coach, and is very knowledgeable in his area of expertise.
“After many years of coaching top teams I felt Hardball Baseball possessed the talent and attitude required to continue my path towards developing young athletes.” -Rocky Hughes