Meet Our Team

Kurt Hewes

CEO/Director of Hitting

-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/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


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

-Five years of instruction experience

-Member of 2015 VCU Baseball roster

-Former GM of Diamond Heroes Baseball 2017-2021

Conner Walker

Hitting Instructor

Bradley Tuttle

Pitching Instructor

Kent Blackstone

Hitting Instructor

-Played 2 years at New Mexico St

-Played 2 years at George Mason University

-Played 3 Years with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in The Atlantic League

-2012 All MET while playing at Marshal High School

-Played on the Great Britain National Team at the Euro Championships

Max Glasser

Hitting Instructor

-Former AAA Development Coach in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization

-Spent 4 years as Director of Baseball Operations at the University of Pittsburgh

-3 years of instruction experience