INSTRUCTORS

We believe that the cornerstone of superior athletic performance is sound fundamentals, and with our hands-on instruction we build that foundation into success. We have teamed with some of the best local coaches to give you and your children the highest quality instruction for a solid foundation of baseball & softball techniques & instruction, key elements in developing athletes to higher levels. Listed here is our team of professionals who love to impart their knowledge and experience to you and your children in their coaching and training. Sign up for lessons from one of our professional instructors by calling us at 865-288-3624.

Tony Campana

Baseball Hitting Instructor

Tony has Major League experience, previously playing for the Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels. Currently, Campana plays for the Rieleros de Aguascientes of the Mexican Baseball League. In 2017, he was named American Assiocation Defensive Player of the Year. Tony played college ball at the Univerity of Cincinnati. 

Bill Davis

Baseball Pitching Instructor

Bill played at Robert E. Lee High School, from 1978-1981. He was named All District, All Region and All State. He pitched at Auburn University from 1981-1983, lettering both years. He went on to play at Faulkner University 1984-1986, winning two National Christian College Athletic Association World Series. Bill was named Most Valuable Player.

Bill has lived in Knoxville for over 20 years. He and his wife, Tammy, have two daughters, Olivia and Emma. 

Tony Delmonico

Baseball Hitting Instructor

Tony was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008 and played professionally for several years. Before the big leagues, the Knoxville native played at the University Tennessee, where he was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team. He finished his collegiate baseball at Florida State.

Amanda Fazio

Softball Pitching & Slap Hitting Instructor (for ages 6-13)

Amanda is a graduate assistant at The University of Tennessee. Last season she was an assistant coach at Colgate University, primarily working with pitchers. Fazio played at Bucknell University and was named 2012-2013 Bucknell Female Rookie of the Year.

Brian Hochevar

Baseball Pitching Coordinator

Brian has been involved with coaching at the college, junior college, and high school levels for over 35 years. During that tenure, many of his players have gone to the next level of Division I, Division II and professional baseball.

The main objectives of Brian's pitching method is a balanced approach to mechanics, the mental game, arm care and training, and competing at a high level. "It's all about getting hitters out."
Brian received his Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Colorado State University - Pueblo, where he played basketball. Out of high school, he was recruited to Division I in football, basketball and baseball. Brian was a free agent with the Denver Nuggets (NBA) in 1979, and inducted into the GPSA Hall of Fame in 1993 as both player and coach.
Brian and his wife have three children, two sons and a daughter. His son, Luke, is a former professional pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. Currently retired from baseball coaching, "Hoch" is revered as the area's top pitching instructor.

Kathy LaRue

Softball Hitting & Catching Instructor

Kathy has coached softball for over 18 years in Tennessee and Arkansas. Before that, she received a full scholarship to play softball at Louisburg Jr College, Nichols State and McNeese State University. Kathy was one of only 106 invited to tryout for the first USA Olympic Softball team. 

Stephen McCray

Baseball Pitching Instructor

Stephen played high school ball at Parkview High where he was drafted in the 34th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. He played 2 years at Young Harris Jr. College. IN 2007, he lead them to the NJCAA World Series. He then moved on to the University of Tennessee from 2009-10. He was drafted in 2010 MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox where he played 3 years, reaching Triple-A. 

Caleb Moore

Baseball Hitting & Catching Instructor

Caleb Moore is the current Head Baseball Coach at Knoxville Catholic High School, where he also played his high school ball.
Moore went on to play college ball at ETSU.  Moore, who played for the Bucs from 2002-05, finished his career as the all-time ETSU leader in hits, doubles and RBI. He was named second team All-American in 2004 after leading the nation in batting average and doubles, and reprised that honor as a senior in 2005. He was twice named to the All-Southern Conference team, and in 2004 was awarded SoCon Player of the Year.  He is a two-time Division 1 All-American, 2004 NCAA Batting Champion, and the 2005 4th round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins.

Jeff Nettles

Baseball Hitting Instructor

Jeff was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1998 and played professionally until 2012. Nearly half a decade of his career he played for the Somerset Pirates in the Atlantic League. During which, he was voted AL Playoff MVP, seven time All-Star and hold numerous AL records. 

Lindsay Rakes

Softball Pitching Instructor

Lindsay Bridges Rakes became the current Head Softball Coach at Knoxville Catholic High School prior to the 2018-2019 school year after helping lead the Powell High School softball team to back to back TSSAA 3A state championship games as an assistant/pitching coach. Before coaching, Lindsay played her high school softball at Halls High School, where she was a starting pitcher for the Lady Red Devils. After graduating in 2008, Lindsay signed an athletic scholarship with Tusculum College (now Tusculum University) to play for the Lady Pioneer softball team as a starting pitcher and corner infielder. Lindsay’s life work in softball, both playing and coaching, has fueled her passion to help develop young and aspiring female athletes to achieve the most of their softball careers.

Larry Simcox

Baseball Hitting Coordinator

During his coaching career, over 100 players signed pro contracts, including 10 first round picks. Simcox has coached 15 players that have played major league baseball. Larry is a 1982 graduate of the University of Mississippi. As a senior at Ole Miss in 1981, Larry was an All-SEC shortstop after batting a team high 374. During that season he had a remarkable eye, striking out only once in 174 at bats, a mark that still stands as an NCAA record for that many appearances.
Simcox was drafted in the 9th round by the Houston Astros. That summer he batted .356 as Class-A Daytona Beach won the Florida State League championship. While playing in AA Columbus in 1983, a knee injury ended his professional playing days.
The Chattanooga native coached for 24 years in the Southeastern Conference, 19 at the University of Tennessee and the 5 at Ole Miss. While at UT, the Vols appeared in three College World Series, and won a pair of SEC championships. Also, three players were SEC Players of the Year (Todd Helton 1995, Jeff Pickler 1998, and Chris Burke 2001), four players won SEC batting titles (Andy Blanco 1992, Jeff Pickler 1998, Chris Burke 2001, and Chase Headley 2005) and 26 players were All-American.
Larry has produced a DVD entitled, “Infield Play: Fundamentals & Drills,” an instructional video for all ages. Larry currently lives in Farragut with his wife Linda. They have two children, a daughter Erin and son, A.J.

Turner Whitfield

Baseball Hitting Instructor

A native Knoxvillian, Turner was a standout at Knoxville Catholic High School. He went on to play college ball at Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, TN),  where injury ultimatley sidelined his career.

 

He is a graduate from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors in Sport & Fitness Administration / Management. Turner currently serves as Head Coach of Diamond's 16U (2023) Showcase team and Assistant Coach at Knoxville Catholic High. 

Andrew Willis

Baseball Pitching Instructor

Andrew is a graduate of Gibbs High School, Knoxville. Durng high school, he was selected Two-time All-District (AA & AAA), All-Region 3-AAA and Team MVP.  He played college ball at Tusculum College (Greenville, TN). 

 

Andrew was named the Tusculum Athletics Comeback Player of the Year, after returning from a line drive to the face injury. He posted a 0.96 ERA in his last three appearances.

Kaleigh Wynne

Softball Hitting & Catching Instructor

Kaleigh won the State 7A Championship and Tournament MVP with North Little Rock High School (AR) in 2013. She went on to play college softball at Chattanooga State, where she was named Freshman 1st Team All Confernence and 2nd Team All America Pitcher. 

Kaleigh was named TCCAA Player and Pitcher of the Year in 2018.  

Todd Yost

Baseball Hitting & Fielding Instructor

Diamond Baseball is excited to welcome Todd Yost. Todd played shortstop and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Communications Studies and Student Athlete at Westmont College, CA. Since graduation, he has coached with Orange County Riptide and Fullerton College. Additionally, Todd has worked youth and prospect camps at Cal State Fullerton and the University of Tennessee.
 

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