Meet Our Team

Kurt Hewes

CEO

-Founder of Ignite Baseball

-Designed swing model using Physics and Biomechanics

-Has been teaching since 2014

-Written 20+ articles/made 100+ Youtube Videos on Player Development

-Played at Castleton State College (Now Castleton University)

Lansing Veeder

Director of Cadets Baseball/Ignite Certified Hitting Instructor

-Director of Ignite Cadets Travel Baseball

-2 time 1st team All-state in VA

-WCAC Player of the year 2011

-Saint Joseph’s University P/Utl

-7 years of Coaching and Instructing experience with youth through pro players

-Holds PVI Career Home Run Record

Brandon Watkins

Ignite Certified 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

James Keller

Senior Pitching and Catching Instructor

-Catching & Player Development Coach for the Gateway Grizzlies, a professional independent team in the Frontier League

-Former Detroit Tigers AA Bullpen Coach

-Former Pitching & Catching Coach for the University of Mary Washington and Oakton College

-Played 3 years of professional baseball for the Schaumburg Boomers in the Frontier League

-Attended the University of Mary Washington as a catcher and infielder where he set the single-season home run record.

Alex Preston

Director of Ignite Throwing + 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

Conner Walker

Director of Hitting/Ignite Certified Hitting Instructor

•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

Tom Edwards

Ignite Certified Pitching Instructor

- Arlington Native

- All Region at W and L in 2010

- Played Rappahannock Community College and College of Southern Maryland

Hunter Stanton

Ignite Certified Hitting Instructor

- Massachusetts Native
- Has Coached Youth Baseball and Hockey for 4+ Years
- Played Junior Hockey for The Springfield Pics

Eric O'Brien

Ignite Certified Pitching Instructor

- Richmond, VA Native

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

- Pitched at Hampton Sydney and Shepherd University