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OUR COACHES


A baseball organization is only as good as its coaching staff. The HCYP Raiders program is fortunate to have a dedicated group of coaches with extensive baseball and coaching experience. Coaches are selected through a competitive process to ensure that only the most qualified individuals become HCYP Raiders coaches. These volunteers make a year-round commitment to develop our young people into the best individuals and baseball players they can be. If you are interested in coaching an HCYP Raiders team, more information about the selection process is available here.

Managers for 2021 Season

8U Blue
Ryan Hurd
410.499.6636
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Coach Ryan began coaching in the HCYP program in 2016, and has been coaching the Raiders since 2019. He has also coached youth baseball and basketball in Howard County since 2015, and has additional coaching experience with Dulaney High School in the boys basketball program. Coach Ryan grew up playing baseball, basketball, and golf and he now shares his love for athletics as a Physical Education teacher in Howard County. With over 15 years of teaching experience in Howard and Prince George's County, he has the instructional skills to get the most out of his players and help them reach their full potential. He is committed to providing a positive and fun baseball environment for his players, with a strong focus on fundamentals, skill development and growth, teamwork, accountability, and character building.
9U Blue
Peter Choi

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Coach Peter grew up playing baseball and tennis on the mean streets of the Windy City and started coaching youth baseball 5 years ago in the Loudoun South Little League organization in South Riding, VA. He has been an HCYP baseball coach since 2018 and most recently served as an assistant coach for the 8U Raiders travel team during the 2019-2020 season. Coach Peter is dedicated to helping players reach their full potential and places a heavy emphasis on fundamental skills and character development.  
9U White
Mike Martin
443.690.8868
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Coach Mike has been coaching with HCYP since 2014. The HCYP organization and the fundamentals learned from his playing days is what brought him back to the Raiders. As a coach, he preaches to his group  what it means to be part of a team, embracing difference, dealing with adversity, and playing for each other over themselves. He likes to adapt to each player, knowing that not everyone learns the same way nor do they all have the same strengths or weaknesses. Creativity, passionate and fun are words used to describe Coach. Mike received All County honors 3 of his 4 years in high school, All Conference honors 1 of his 4 years in college, and played on multiple showcase and all star teams in his career.  The teams he played on reached success at national, state and local levels.  
10U Blue
Mike Oakes
443.865.2773
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Coach Mike grew up in Maryland and played baseball, basketball, and football as a youngster. In high school, Mike was an all County honorable mention selection in baseball where he played third base. His high school teams were Region champions 3 years in a row and State Semifinalists 2 out of 3 years. He was a first team All Legion performer at first base where he also led the league in home runs. Coach Mike furthered his baseball career by playing for the University of Maryland Terrapin baseball team where he pitched from 1992-94. Coach Mike has been coaching youth sports for over 10 years including baseball, softball, lacrosse, and basketball. He is a big believer in the value of youth sports and how they support building resilient, self-motivated, team first, leaders. Coach Mike really enjoys coaching and takes great pride in helping develop his kid’s baseball skills while at the same time teaching them life lessons.
10U White
Jeffrey Starcher

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Jeff is a lifelong resident of Howard County. In his younger days, Jeff played for Howard County travel baseball programs and also played at Glenelg High School where he won two state championships and won Howard County Player of the year his junior and senior season. He went onto to play at Western Maryland College where he achieved all Centennial Conference honors as a Pitcher. Jeff began his coaching career in 2015 where he has coached at the Rec, Select, and Travel level. He has the ability to build confidence in the players which translates well in baseball to success.

Off the field, Jeff is employed with Sandy Spring Bank as Vice president for the last 17 years. He enjoys golf on his free time. Jeff current resides in Western Howard County with his wife and 3 children.
11U Blue
John Rayne
202.657.2174
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Coach John grew up in Salisbury, MD where he played high school baseball at Parkside High. John was a 3 year Varsity player at Parkside as a pitcher and shortstop. John was selected to the Maryland all-state team his senior year. After high school John earned a Division 1 scholarship to play baseball at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1988-1992. John was a 4 year starting pitcher for the Terps and is second on the all-time wins list at Maryland, as well as in the top 5 in innings pitched and games started. During his senior year, John was named the NCAA National Player of the Week after pitching a no-hitter vs. University of Virginia. After college John spent 4 years as an assistant baseball coach at his former high school. John was also the head coach of Salisbury’s American Legion team for 2 years, with the team finishing 3rd in the Maryland state tournament in his second year. John was elected to the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. John has been with HCYP for 2 years as an assistant coach with the 8u and 9u Raiders before becoming a head coach. John is a big believer that youth sports helps kids build a sense of teamwork and other valuable life skills that they will carry with them long after they are done playing.
11U White
Skip Baylor
443.745.6539
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Coach Skip is a native of Baltimore, and a Vietnam veteran, who has worked in public safety for over 43 years. He was introduced to baseball at the age of 8 and has been actively involved in the game, either through playing, umpiring, or coaching, to the present day. Skip coached his son through the HCYP rec and part-time travel program before moving on to coach with other regional travel programs and competing in, both, regional and national tournaments. In 2014 Skip created Maryland Pride Baseball, Inc, an independent 501 (c) (3) program, committed to preparing young student-athletes to compete in baseball at the high school level and beyond. Although the vehicle of the program was baseball, the fundamental take away for participants were valuable, character-building skills, that will serve the players long after they have left the game. This year, Coach Skip returns to HCYP to, once again, work with young players in an effort to assist their development, both, on and off of the field of baseball.
12U Blue
Jimmy Kittelberger
443.527.1529
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Coach Jimmy was raised on the Peninsula in southern Virginia where he played baseball through his High School years. He was a 1st team All-Peninsula District player at Shortstop and earned “Top Senior Player” honor while playing for the Monarchs. He was also a 3-time American Legion All-Star and his team won the Virginia State Championship in 1997. After High School, Jimmy earned a scholarship to play Division I baseball at Towson University where his team won a regular season conference championship, played in two conference championship games, and broke the school record for wins in a season during his time. Jimmy was a 2-time 1st Team All-Conference performer and was also named to an All-Tournament team. He broke two Towson University single season records and currently ranks in the top 10 in Batting Average and in the top 5 in multiple other offensive categories in Towson baseball history. Jimmy was inducted to the Towson University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016. He signed with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the Northern Independent League where he played minor league ball at second base. Coach Jimmy has coaching experience at the Little League, High School, and Collegiate levels. Most recently, he has coached the 8U, 9U, and 10U Raiders teams to 17 tournament championship games while winning over 120 games over the three year span. Coach Jimmy’s passion is to give back to the game that has shaped his life by coaching young ballplayers the fundamentals of baseball while teaching about discipline, teamwork, work ethic, and character building.
12U White Johnny Carpenter
410.903.5990
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Coach Johnny has been an HCYP baseball coach since 2012, Spring and Fall, from Pinto to Minor league, most recently as the 8U HCYP Summer All-Star Blue Team. In addition, Johnny has coached and mentored young athletes in other programs, including NFL “Play 60” flag football, Ellicott City Patriots football and HCYP/HYBA basketball. Johnny was a high school and college intramural star at UMBC, which he discovered means absolutely nothing! Coach Johnny takes special satisfaction in assisting his players in developing better baseball skills and, more importantly, developing a sense of pride, teamwork and good sportsmanship. He places a high value on the role that youth sports plays in developing those positive attributes and is glad to play his part as Coach. In his spare time, Johnny is a practicing attorney, husband to an angel and father of three wonderful boys.
12U Black Eric Balighian
240.274.0920
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Coach Eric has been coaching baseball with HCYP since 2012. He also coaches or coached many other youth sports such as basketball, soccer, and wrestling. He has learned from some great baseball minds by helping coach HCYP Raiders White and Summer All Stars in previous years. Eric has played baseball and basketball most of life his and still plays basketball weekly. Coach Eric is a pediatrician who puts kids first and everything else second. He enjoys teaching both the mental and physical aspects of baseball. He believes baseball teaches confidence while having humility, teamwork while improving individually, and resilience to handle well the ups and downs of baseball and life.
13U Blue Jeff Stachera
301-704-7529
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Coach Jeff has been coaching HCYP baseball teams for the past ten years, including recreational teams from Rookie to Majors, as well as Memorial Day and Summer All-Star Tournament Teams.  For five years, Coach Jeff was an assistant coach for two Raiders Blue teams before becoming head coach of the 12U Blue team in 2020.  A native of northwest Pennsylvania, Coach Jeff played baseball, football, and wrestled.  He believes in the unique life lessons of team sports and has three children who all play multiple sports.  His coaching philosophy focuses on energy, positive attitude, and 100% effort from each and every player, as well as good sportsmanship.  Coach Jeff’s goal is to prepare his players to be ready to play at the next level and to ensure that they continue to love the game of baseball. 
13U White
Brendon Johnston
301.343.9757
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Coach Brendon has coached both spring and fall baseball for HCYP for the last 4 years at levels ranging from rookie to major. He has also been the head coach of a 12U summer rec all-star team, and an assistant coach of an 8U all-star team. Growing up Brendon played catcher and 2nd base. Coach Brendon brings a passion for the game and an upbeat positive approach that kids enjoy. He believes in developing the skills kids possess and helping all improve both their mental and physical approach to the game. In his spare time Coach Brendon is an NCAA Division 1 Football official.
13U Black Scott Houghton

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Coach Scott grew up in southern Michigan where he played football, baseball and wrestled. In High School Scott was an all-state wrestler, two-time league honorable mention in football. During Scott’s senior year, his wrestling team won the state championship, and the team was later inducted into the school and county sports hall of fame. Scott has been coaching youth sports for 10 years, including wrestling, football and baseball. Scott emphasizes two things, first that regardless of the sport, kids need to be athletes first and secondly that lessons of the game reach far beyond sports and eventually become life lessons. Coach Scott is passionate about teaching kids that with focus and effort anything is possible.
14U Blue
Jeremy Schwendeman
410.782.9761
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Coach Jeremy has coached both spring and fall baseball for HCYP for the last 4 years. Growing up in Ohio, he played catcher and infield in high school and in American Legion baseball. Coach Jeremy first started his coaching career at the University of Akron, where he coached football. Coach Jeremy brings his innate love of teaching to his coaching philosophy, which focuses on individual player development, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
14U White Eric Jayne
443.414.8669
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Coach Eric has coached youth baseball since 2013 -- from 6U up -- for both rec and travel. He has been involved with the White team since its 9U inception. Eric has also coached youth basketball since 2011, again for both rec and travel. Eric is a graduate of Howard County's Oakland Mills High School, where he played CF on both the J.V. and Varsity baseball teams. He earned a Master's in Teaching from The Johns Hopkins University and has been an elementary educator in Howard County since 2001. Coach Eric utilizes the synergy between teaching and coaching to inspire, motivate, encourage, and teach the players and students he works with.
14U Black Anthony Kerere
443.812.2752
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Coach Anthony has been involved with HCYP since 2009. However, baseball has been a fixture in his life for a long time. As an effort to share his experience and passion for the game, Kerere began his coaching career in 2009 and over the past several years he has been a fixture at HCYP serving as Head Coach or Assistant Coach for: Rec Spring season; Rec Fall ball for International through Major aged teams and Raiders. In the past 10 years, he has been a Head or Assistant Coach of 19 different teams.

As the 12U Black coach this past year, his team won both the Armed Forces Slug-Fest Purple Heart Division Championship as well as the MABA Piedmont Tournament Championship.

Coach Kerere does not demand perfection, but he does expect that his teams are ready to go every day and leave everything on the field each and every game. He will provide them with all the necessary resources to succeed and will make sure that they are ready to play at a high level every day.
15U Blue
Joe D'Alonzo
410.905.2932
[email protected]
Coach Joe started his HCYP career as a little league and travel team All-Star catcher in the late 70's.  While growing up only minutes from the fields, as a youth he competed on the same HCYP diamonds that he coaches on today.  Perhaps the biggest highlight of D'Alonzo's early HCYP playing days was in 1980 winning the Babe Ruth Maryland State Championship, then competing in the Regional Championship held in Millville, NJ.  A pioneer of the HCYP Raiders program, Joe not only played on one of the first Raiders teams ever, but helped build Buckshot Field. Joe had a stellar high school baseball career at Centennial High School, where he played catcher, was a team captain and earned All-Region, All-Metro, and All-County honors. Following high school, Joe earned a D1 scholarship to the University of Maryland where he played catcher and first base. Joe has been coaching HCYP baseball since 2008.

As an effort to share his knowledge, experience and passion for the game, D'Alonzo has been a fixture at HCYP serving as Head Coach or Assistant Coach for:  Rec spring season; Rec fall ball; Memorial Day All Stars; and Summer All-Stars for International through Pony aged teams.  In the past 10 years "Coach Joe" has been a Head or Assistant Coach of 22 different teams.  Over the past 4 years where D'Alonzo served as Head Coach his teams have compiled an impressive 193-75 overall record and a 72-20 MABA regular season record.

In 2014 D'Alonzo served as Pitching Coach for the 13U Raiders. In 2015, D'Alonzo led the 14U White team to a 33-10 overall record and a 19-2 MABA Atlantic Division championship. His team also won the Elkridge Stars and Strikes tournament. In 2015, D'Alonzo served as Head Coach for both the 13U Black and 15U Raiders. The 13U roster was started from scratch and finished their 1st season together 39-10 overall, and compiled a 22-2 MABA Piedmont Division record (a .910 winning %). The highlight of the season was winning the Elkridge Stars and Strikes Tournament. As a 15U team, D'Alonzo entered his team in the 16U MABA division and won the regular season championship by posting an impressive 15-3 record. Over the span of 18 games, the team gave up only 34 runs (an impressive 1.8 runs given up per game). The team also won both the Fruitland Last Chance Tournament as well as the prestigious Elite Maryland Slugfest Tournament held at Towson University.

In 2016, D'Alonzo served as Head Coach for both the 14U "A" and 16U "A" Showcase Raiders. As a 16U Showcase team playing in front of both college and pro scouts regularly, D'Alonzo's club boasted (5) players that were named to the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches (MSABC) All-Star teams and (4) players that were selected for their respective All-County baseball teams. The team also won the top 16U "A" Bracket Championship at the Elkridge Stars and Strikes Memorial Day Tournament; as well winning the top 16U "A" Medal of Honor Championship at the Frederick, MD Armed Forces Slugfest Tournament. The 16U season culminated with an NABF National Championship Runner-Up finish in Toledo, OH finishing 2nd out of the 12 best 16U teams from New York, Canada, Ohio, Michigan, and Florida.

In 2017, D'Alonzo served as Head Coach for both the 15U "A" and 17U "A" Showcase Raiders.  The 15U “A” team boasted an overall record of 24-7 and went 15-2 in tournament play winning championships in both the HCYP Summer Clash 15/16U Silver Division and Cove Creek 15U brackets. The team also earned a Runner-Up finish in the prestigious Rowan College Invitational located in New Jersey.  The 17U “A” Showcase team competed in the extremely competitive wood bat Eddie Brooks league.  On the roster the team featured the top players in Howard County, and beyond.  Six players out of this talented group received partial baseball scholarships and a total of (6) College Commitments: (1) D1, (5) D2, and (6) All County Players including the Howard County Player of the Year; (11) MSABC All Stars; (2) Baltimore Sun All Metro; (2) All Maryland selections; and (1) All Pennsylvania player. The club won the 17U/18U Frederick Battle of the Wood Bats Championship and earned a semi-final finish in the Dynamic Baseball 17U/18U National Championship held in North Carolina, competing at NC State, Elon University, and the historic Durham Athletic Park.

Since 2016, D’Alonzo led teams have finished as Champion or Runner-Up in 14 different League or Tournament Championships. Outside of D'Alonzo's HCYP Raider Head Coaching duties, in early 2013 D'Alonzo was asked to serve as the International Rec League commissioner; a position he still holds today.  He has been a key piece to the HCYP Baseball Executive Committee charged with supporting the entire HCYP Baseball program. Leading the effort to restore and renovate Buckshot Field; serving as the current Mid Atlantic Baseball League Coordinator; participating on the New Raider Head Coach Selection Committee, and leading the HCYP Recreation Summer All-Star Teams as Coordinator for the past 4 years are just a few examples of his HCYP Raider volunteerism. D’Alonzo also served as Tournament Director of the 2018 NABF 17U National High School World Series.  For the 5th year in a row, D'Alonzo was asked to support the Mt. Hebron High School Fall Baseball program.  In the fall of 2017, both the JV and Varsity teams went undefeated and won the CCBC and Siegert League championships respectively.

Coach D'Alonzo is thrilled for the future of Raider's baseball and his involvement as a Head Coach.  "I have been blessed to have strong mentors throughout my baseball career and can still remember the words of encouragement and guidance of many of my HCYP, American Legion, and U of Maryland Coaches growing up. I understand the responsibility each of us has to lead our players, and I take that role very seriously.  I want my players to remember me years from now as a huge influence in their careers and lives.  There is nothing more rewarding to me than giving back and teaching the game of baseball."
15U White
Gerard Boarman
443.691.3848
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Coach Gerard grew up in Ellicott City playing HCYP baseball and ice hockey. He played baseball at Mount Saint Joseph High School where his teams won championships at the J.V. and Varsity levels. He played for the Edreco Eagles where his team won the National Amateur Baseball Federation national championship team in the 13-14 year old division. He also played American Legion baseball for Dewey Lowman Post 108. Coach Gerard has been coaching baseball in various roles for the past seven years for HCYP. He believes that developing the player and the person are the keys to success. Build them up, not tear them down through positive reinforcement. He hopes that his players will love the game as much as he does. Coach Gerard has also been an ice hockey coach for the last 5 years with Howard Huskies Hockey Club and he has 15 years of experience as an ice hockey referee. He has refereed the USA Hockey and NCAA Club Division 1 National Championship tournament games.
15U Black
Chris Vernick

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Coach Chris has been an active member of the HCYP Community for over 7 years. Coach Chris began coaching teams at the Rookie level through Majors, and has coached two Summer All Star Teams and has been an Assistant Coach for several years with the Raiders. He has also coached other youth sports in Flag Football and Basketball. Coach Chris is a big believer in ensuring that his players reach their full potential as well-rounded athletes, and that they will learn as much from trying and failing then from not trying at all (you will miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!).
16U Blue
Scott Arnold
240.319.5571
[email protected]
Coach Scott has coached over 25 baseball and basketball teams in HCYP. He has coached in the Raiders travel baseball program for the past 9 years. Coach Scott believes that success is best achieved by developing fundamental skills and confidence.
16U White
Joel Zolnier
443.803.7888
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Coach Joel has been involved with HCYP for over 10 years, coaching as and assistant or head coach at all levels from Rookie through Pony, winning 2 International championships, a Minor championship, and a Memorial Day Tournament championship. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, he played baseball up to the high school level and is a long time fan of the game, fondly remembering the days of being one of the few people to attend Cleveland Indians games in the 80s, including being one of the 1 million fans in attendance at Len Barker’s perfect game in 1981. One of Coach Joel’s most admired players is Roberto Clemente, both because of his on field play and his off field contributions and charity work. Coach Joel takes special interest in developing baseball IQ and mental preparedness, and emphasizes the importance of teamwork. He strives to create an environment where players can prepare themselves for playing at the next level, while ensuring that they have a positive experience that they will remember for years to come.
16U Black
Paul Jenkins

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Coach Paul has been involved in HCYP for over 7 years, coaching as an assistant or head coach from Minor through Pony and a year as an assistant Raiders coach before taking over as head coach. He went to high school in New Jersey, playing varsity football, track and baseball. He went on to play four years of Division III baseball as a middle infielder at The Catholic University of America. He has also been a member of an adult men's baseball team since 1995. Coach Paul believes in teaching good fundamental skills and developing confidence, sportsmanship, and teamwork.
17U/18U Showcase
Barry Lake
443.414.9011
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Coach Barry has been a long time member of the HCYP community and is a third year head coach within the HCYP Raiders program.  Barry has coached baseball for 10 years and has coached HCYP All-Star teams at the 8U, 10U, and 12U age groups.  He brings a wealth of experience to the field and loves to share this with the players.  His passion is boundless and represents the highest standards within the HCYP organization.
17U Blue

Dave Baer
410.564.6719
[email protected]

Coach Dave has been part of the HCYP community since he was a youth player. He has 11 years of coaching experience, serving as a head coach and assistant coach in the HCYP recreational program from Rookie through Minor, the Memorial Day Tournament, and the Raiders program. He and his coaching staff use tailored skills development techniques to meet the individual needs of each player. Dave is passionate about the positive impact that young players derive from youth sports. 
18U Blue
Jeff Wills
410.935.7539
[email protected]
Coach Jeff has coached youth baseball for 17 years, including 10 years with HCYP in both the recreational and travel programs.  In addition to coaching with the HCYP Raiders for 5 years, Jeff has managed multiple HCYP recreation teams, an HCYP Memorial Day Tournament team, and the 10u Summer All Star team in 2012.  Jeff has also coached youth basketball at Trinity School for the past nine years and served on the Trinity Athletic Committee for five years, including two as Chairman.  Jeff played baseball on three continents growing up.  As a 12 year old, Jeff was invited to try out for the Australian National Little League team.   Jeff played baseball through his first year of high school, before switching over to golf which he played in college.
College Andy Sancomb
301.343.9123
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