About Us

Ignite was founded with the goal of truly helping athletes. After working for other companies where player development was treated like an assembly line, Kurt knew that Ignite had to be different.

Kurt Hewes - Founder and CEO

Our Story


Kurt had felt most training he had done had been counterproductive to his success on the baseball field. He often thought, "is there something wrong with me?" Which over time turned into, "is there something wrong with the training?" 

There was something wrong with the training, and we're fixing it. 

Like science, our work “fixing training,” will never be done, and we will continuously improve. Inching closer and closer to the perfect way to train, knowing we’ll never reach it.

Meet Our Team

Conner Walker - Director of Hitting

•All MEAC twice at Two positions
•Black college nines all HBCU team
•4 year criminal justice degree from Coppin State University
• Spent 2 years at shoreline community college in the Seattle area

Alex Preston - Director of Throwing and Strength

-Ignite Certified Pitching and Catching Instructor

-Five years of instruction experience

-Member of 2015 VCU Baseball roster

-Former GM of Diamond Heroes Baseball 2017-2021

Brandon Watkins - Hitting Instructor

-Played 4 years of Collegiate Baseball at Coppin State University (Division 1)

-First African American to Play Division 1 Baseball in Blake High School History

-3 Years of Camp Instructional Experience

Hunter Stanton - Hitting Instructor

– Massachusetts Native

– Has Coached Youth Baseball and Hockey for 4+ Years

– Played Junior Hockey for The Springfield Pics

Tom Edwards - Pitching , Hitting and Catching Instructor

– Arlington Native

– All Region at W and L in 2010

– Played Rappahannock Community College and College of Southern Maryland

Eric O'Brien - Pitching and Catching Instructor

– Richmond, VA Native

– Pitched at Monroe Community College – Went to the JUCO World Series in 2018

– Pitched at Hampton Sydney and Shepherd University