Owner and Director of Player Advancement
Jeremy has virtually been a baseball player or coach his entire life. His ability and drive has taken him to some opportunities that few young players get to experience. District championships in high school at MacArthur in San Antonio with All-City honors, Conference and National Championships at Louisiana State University as a starting pitcher, and Conference Championships as a coach at South East Missouri State University make up a resume in the baseball world that few can match. As fate would have it, shoulder injury in college led to two surgeries that ended what would have most certainly been a budding pro career.
With the bad luck, however, comes the good luck. After spending 6 years as pitching coach and recruiter at 3 universities, UTSA, SE Missouri, and Stetson, Jeremy decided to head back to San Antonio and start his own baseball academy. Hardball U was born in 2006, and through our player’s hard work and Jeremy’s college contacts, 115 of our players in the past 9 years have moved on to play college baseball. Few organizations in South Texas can match that success.
As Jeremy will tell you, “There are a lot of players of equal ability wanting the same opportunity to play baseball in college. The difference many times is playing well in front of a next level evaluator and having the coaching connections to help make the difference.”
Coach Jerry graduated from Permian High School in Odessa where he was All District in both baseball and basketball playing on two teams that made it to the Texas State Tournament. He attended Sul Ross State University on a full Herbert Kokernot Scholarship where he pulled off the rare feat of lettering four years in both baseball and basketball and making the Dean’s List academically. After graduating with honors, Coach Jerry signed with the Baltimore Orioles and enjoyed a brief career in professional baseball before an arm injury ended his career, as well. Unfortunately, like father, like son. Coach Jerry worked 5 years as an associate scout for the Chicago Cubs before Hardball U came along. Coach Jerry’s Hardball U teams have enjoyed amazing success through the years. He believes in the “old school” philosophy that success comes from the fundamental approach to the game. Every player that plays for Coach Jerry will know what it takes to be “athletic”.
Head Coach 14U
Noah Miles graduated from Monahans High School in Monahans Texas in 2003. While at MHS he achieved many honors such as All-Permian Basin Newcomer of the year, San Angelo Standard Times Sophomore of the year, Texas High School Magazine 3-A Pitcher Top Prospect, Jeff Beck Top 50 Prospects, 2 Time All District MVP, 2 Time All State Pitcher and won a State Championship in the summer baseball league in 2000.
After High School Noah attended Seward County Community College in Liberal Kansas. While at Seward Noah was a member of the back to back Jayhawk West Conference Champs as well as competing in the Njcaa World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. After completing his Associate of Arts degree from SCCC, Noah attended the University of Texas San Antonio and played for the UTSA Roadrunners. While at UTSA Noah was a member of the 2007 Southland Conference Champions. Throughout his college baseball career he played in the Jayhawk Summer wood bat leagues playing for the Wichita Rattlers, Dodge City Desperados and the Nevada Griffons. Noah completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from UTSA in 2008. He has worked for Hardball U coaching players ranging in age from 11-18 for 3 years. He has taught private lessons as well as assisting in UTSA, Hardball U, and Sandlot Advantage baseball camps. Miles and his wife Amanda have a daughter Mallory Sue.
Head Coach 12U
James Keithley was a 3 year varsity starter at Reagan High in Austin playing 6 different positions in those 3 years. His honors included All District Short Stop 2 years and was a member of the All City Super Team as a senior.
James attended UTSA on a Division 1 scholarship.During the 3 years at UTSA he started in all games except 4 and played all positions except pitcher. He received All Conference Second Baseman in his sophomore year and All Conference Short Stop his junior year. He also set records for the longest hit streak and came close to breaking the record for runs scored.
After college he was selected by the Washington Nationals and played for 2 years for the Vermont Lake Monsters and the Hagerstown Suns. He started his coaching career during the off season by hosting camps and giving private lessons. James is a dedicated and motivational coach. He believes that the most important aspect of his job is finding a college for our players to attend and play baseball. James believes that their future is just one short step away and it is time to work.
Josh McElroy was a 3 year starter and graduated from O’Connor High School. In High School, he earned All District honors as an outfielder and twice as a shortstop. His outstanding performance earned him a scholarship to St. Mary’s University where he was a 3 ½ year starter. Josh won three Heartland Conference championships with the Rattlers and during his senior season, earned the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Championship and advanced to the College World Series. Throughout his collegiate career, Josh has sketched his name in several categories in the St. Mary’s Record Books.
Neuromuscular Realignment Specialist