Meet the Ignite Team

Kurt Hewes

Director of Hitting, CEO

Designed swing model using Physics and Biomechanics

Has been teaching hitting since 2014 up to 40 Lessons per week

Written 20+ articles/made 100+ Youtube Videos on hitting and player development

Played at Castleton State College (Now Castleton University)

Lansing Veeder

Director of Performance, CFO

2 time 1st team All-state in VA

WCAC Player of the year 2011

Saint Joseph’s University P/Utl

5+ years of Coaching and Instructing experience with youth through pro players

Holds PVI Career Home Run Record

Aaron Tarr

Director of Throwing, COO

Assistant Coach at Coppin State University
Former Assistant Coach at Georgetown University
Coached high school baseball for 13 years
Marshall High School Head Coach for 7 years
3-Time National Conference Coach of the Year
State Coach of the Year in 2015

James Keller

Head of Pitcher and Catcher Development

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.

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 instruction experience

Attended a professional showcase in Chicago

Alex Preston

Assistant Director of Operations

Five years of instruction experience

Member of 2015 VCU Baseball roster

Former GM of Diamond Heroes Baseball 2017-2021

Mitchell Aker

Head of Athletic Development and Pitching Coach

Former Pitcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks Organization

National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach

BS in Exercise Science from William and Mary