CARY, N.C. – USA Baseball today announced the coaching staff for the 2022 13U/14U Athlete Development Program (ADP), highlighted by the naming of Mississippi State pitching coach Scott Foxhall and five-time MLB All-Star and current University of Texas assistant coach Troy Tulowitzki as pitching and hitting coordinators, respectively. They will join field coordinator Jim Koerner, USA Baseball's Director of Player Development, in leading the on-field programming during the event.
The ADP, which will now welcome 72 athletes to the USA Baseball National Training Complex for the first time, will feature advanced on-field skills development with positional and team-fundamental drills, along with ongoing evaluation by the coaching staff. The participants will be split across four teams and compete head-to-head in a series of games. Additionally, the athletes will participate in off-field educational seminars while gaining additional exposure to professional scouts and college recruiters.
Four current Division I head coaches also join the ADP coaching staff in 2022 and will each serve as a manager for one of the four teams at the ADP. Erik Bakich (Michigan) returns to the ADP staff for a second-straight year, and he is joined by Randy Hood (UNC-Wilmington), Omar Johnson (Jackson State), and Elton Pollock (Presbyterian College) as team managers in 2022. Additionally, a group of accomplished high school coaches will join them as team assistant and pitching coaches.
“We are very excited about the caliber of the coaches on this year’s Athlete Development Program staff,” said Ben Kelley, USA Baseball's Director of Baseball Operations. “The Athlete Development Program continues to be a tremendous opportunity for young players to learn and grow on and off the field at a pivotal time in their development. We have assembled a group of well-respected coaches from various levels of baseball and, under their guidance, we anticipate hosting a great event this summer for seventy-two of the best young baseball players in the United States."
The full coaching staff for the 2022 13U/14U ADP is as follows (Coaches' bios enclosed below):
- Field Coordinator: Jim Koerner - USA Baseball
- Pitching Coordinator: Scott Foxhall - Mississippi State University
- Hitting Coordinator: Troy Tulowitzki – University of Texas
TEAM LIGHT BLUE
- Manager: Omar Johnson - Jackson State University
- Pitching Coach: Brad Hall - Orange Lutheran (Calif.) High School
- Assistant Coach: Bryan Madsen - St. Joseph (Calif.) High School
- Manager: Erik Bakich - University of Michigan
- Pitching Coach: Larry Vucan - Southlake Carroll (Texas) High School
- Assistant Coach: Tyler Rost - Duke University
- Manager: Elton Pollock - Presbyterian College
- Pitching Coach: Eric Borba - Orange Lutheran (Calif.) High School
- Assistant Coach: Jim Maciejewski - Mauldin (S.C.) High School
- Manager: Randy Hood - UNC-Wilmington
- Pitching Coach: John Weber - Cypress (Calif.) High School
- Assistant Coach: Josh Ellison - Chaparral (Ariz.) High School
The 2022 13U/14U ADP will take place from August 1-4 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The event will serve as an identification event for the 15U National Team, where a minimum of eight athletes will earn an invitation to the 15U National Team Trials. Additionally, at least eight athletes will be invited to the 15U National Team Trials in 2023.
USA Baseball will utilize a rolling invitation process for the 13U/14U ADP participants in 2022. Joining 24 players selected from last year's USA Baseball National Team Identification Series Champions Cup, athletes will be selected from the 2022 13U and 14U National Team Championships in both Arizona and North Carolina, and through recommendations from scouts, coaches, and the amateur baseball community.
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Returning as a manager for the ADP for the second consecutive year is long-time University of Michigan Head Coach Erik Bakich. After just concluding his 10th season at the helm in Ann Arbor, he has established himself as one of the nation’s top coaches. After winning the Big Ten Tournament in 2022, Bakich led the Wolverines to an appearance in the Louisville Regional final. In 2019, Bakich’s squad enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in program history when, despite entering the NCAA Tournament unseeded, the Wolverines made it to the College World Series Final for just the third time in school history. The feat earned him National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Coach of the Year honors. Michigan has made four trips to the NCAA Tournament under Bakich’s guidance, and the program has claimed the Big Ten Tournament Championship twice. Before his time at Michigan, Bakich spent three years as the head coach at the University of Maryland (2010-2012). He also had stints as an assistant coach at Clemson (2002) and Vanderbilt (2003-2009). Bakich played collegiately at East Carolina University before spending a professional season in the Independent Professional Baseball League.
The head coach at Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.), Eric Borba will return for his second season as a pitching coach at the ADP. He has led one of the Trinity League’s most consistent high school programs in the nation since he arrived in 2009, amassing a 293-111-1 record and five Trinity League championships in 14 years at the helm of the Lancers. Borba also led Orange Lutheran to an unprecedented three consecutive USA Baseball National High School Invitational titles from 2017-2019, becoming the first program in the event’s history to accomplish such a feat. In addition to his success at Orange Lutheran, Borba served as the head coach for the 2016 12U National Team and was also an assistant coach for the 2014 12U National Team that won a silver medal in the 2014 COPABE Pan American “A” Championships.
Josh Ellison is set to reprise his role as an assistant coach for the 2022 ADP after serving in the same position a year ago. Currently an assistant coach at Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Ellison previously served as an assistant coach at Arcadia High School (Phoenix, Ariz.). Prior to his time at Arcadia, Ellison began his coaching career at Tonopah Valley High School (Tonopah, Ariz.) in 2009 and then coached at Desert Edge (Goodyear, Ariz.) from 2011-2014 and Shadow Ridge (Surprise, Ariz.) from 2015-2016. In his playing days, Ellison was selected in the 11th round of the 2001 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners after a stellar high school career at Westminster Academy and amassed five years of professional baseball experience. In four years with the Mariners – where he reached Triple-A in 2004 – and one season in the Yankees system in 2005, Ellison hit .281 while collecting 217 hits, 139 runs, and 78 RBIs. He has previously assisted at other USA Baseball events as well, including the 2019 14U National Team Development Program and the 2019 and 2021 15U Trials.
University of Mississippi pitching coach and 2021 ABCA Assistant Coach of the Year Scott Foxhall is slated to be the pitching coordinator for this year’s 13U/14U Athlete Development Program. During his coaching career, Foxhall has made 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, including six consecutive trips to the NCAA Regional round. He has coached 11 major leaguers, including Gold Glove award winners and World Series Champions, and his pitching staff helped lead the Bulldogs to two consecutive College World Series appearances, culminating in an NCAA National Championship in 2021. Prior to arriving in Starkville, Foxhall spent four seasons as the pitching coach at North Carolina State (2015-2018), six years at Auburn (2009-2014), and 13 seasons at his alma mater, the College of Charleston (1996-2008). In three seasons as a player with the Cougars (1992-1994), the right-hander finished his career among the school leaders in strikeouts (156), games started (28), and innings pitched (193.2), while his nine complete games still rank No. 3 all-time at College of Charleston. The Greer, South Carolina, native has seen 56 of his pitchers selected in the MLB Draft, including 14 in the first 10 rounds of the draft.
Brad Hall is set to serve as a pitching coach at the 2022 event, bringing with him a wealth of experience having coached at the high school, collegiate, professional, and international levels. Currently the pitching coach at Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.) under fellow ADP coach Eric Borba, Hall has previously coached over 40 players who have gone on to play professionally, including 10 major leaguers and four first-round draft picks. In addition to coaching for seven seasons in the Washington Nationals minor-league system, he also has experience as an assistant coach at Barton College, Southern Arkansas University, and with the national teams of New Zealand, Sweden, and the Czech Republic. Hall spent two years as the minor-league pitching coach for the CTBC Brothers in Taiwan, as well as three seasons as a coach for the independent Southern Illinois Miners (2007-2008, 2013), where he was named the pitching coach for the 2008 Frontier League All-Star Game. The founder and director of Pitch Commander, he is also the co-author of “The Fit Formula.”
Joining the 2022 13U/14U Athlete Development Program as a manager is UNC-Wilmington Head Coach Randy Hood. He just wrapped up his third season at the helm of the Seahawks and 21st season overall with the program since joining as an assistant in 2001. During his tenure, UNCW has won six Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament championships, nine CAA regular-season titles, and made 10 appearances in the NCAA Regionals. Hood played at Campbell from 1987-1990 where he helped lead the Camels to their first NCAA Regional appearance in his senior season. In his final campaign, Hood paced the Big South Conference in batting (.366) and finished second in stolen bases with a school-record 26 thefts. Throughout his collegiate playing career, the Goldsboro native compiled a .320 batting average with 209 hits, 35 doubles, 14 home runs, 86 RBIs, and set 13 school records. Following graduation, Hood played five full seasons of professional baseball, winning a Single-A championship with the Helena Brewers in 1990 and a Double-A crown with the 1993 Birmingham Barons in the White Sox system.
Longtime Jackson State head coach Omar Johnson will make his USA Baseball coaching debut as a manager at the 2022 ADP. In 15 seasons at the helm at Jackson State, Johnson has posted 13 campaigns of 30-plus wins, including seven consecutive from 2012-2019. He has also led the Tigers to seven Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Eastern Division titles while winning over 500 games at the helm. During the 2021 season, JSU posted an undefeated 24-0 record in conference play for the first time in program history, was ranked the No. 1 team in Black College Nines (BCN) HBCU Baseball Large School Top 10 Poll, and received votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top 30 poll a season ago. Before coaching at Jackson State, Johnson worked at the University of North Alabama for four years where he helped guide the Lions to their first South Central Regional Championship and an appearance in the 1999 NCAA II College World Series. From 2008-2010, Johnson served on the coaching staff for the German National Team which competed in the World Baseball Challenge, Baseball World Cup, and European Baseball Championships.
ADP Field Coordinator and USA Baseball Director of Player Development Jim Koerner was the head coach at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) from 2011-2021. As just the second head coach in the program’s modern-day history, Koerner took NCCU baseball to new heights in his 10 years at the helm. Under his guidance, the Eagles set the school record for wins twice, in 2013 (27) and again in 2018 (28). He also coached two MLB Draft picks with NCCU, including Corey Joyce, who became the highest selection in program history when he was taken in the 12th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2019. Before his time at NCCU, Koerner was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Buffalo from 2007-2011, helping the Bulls reach their best offensive performances in program history in 2009 and 2010. The team recorded an all-time high in wins since 1999 during the 2009 season and set the records for team batting average (.312), home runs (46), and stolen bases (71) in 2010. In those two seasons combined, the Bulls broke over 25 season, career, team, and individual records. He began his coaching career in 2001 as the head coach at Medaille College, where he helped found the program and was named the 2003 North Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. He broke into the Division I ranks as an assistant at Monmouth University before a stint at Marshall University.
As Director of Player Development, Koerner is responsible for developing on-field programming for the six USA Baseball national teams, three national team development programs, and the PDP League. He also produces curriculums related to player development for USABDevelops.com, the organization’s free online educational resource center.
Set to join the 2022 ADP as an assistant coach is Jim Maciejewski. The head coach at Mauldin High School (Mauldin, S.C.) for the past 13 seasons, Maciejewski added athletic director to his title in 2020. The Buffalo, New York, native started his coaching career at USC Upstate in 2005 following a four-year playing career with the Spartans. He then served as an assistant coach at Dorman High School (Roebuck, S.C.) for four seasons before getting the top job at Mauldin. In between, he coached in the New York Collegiate League in 2007, as well as for American Legion and travel baseball teams. Maciejewski has had nearly 40 players play at the collegiate level and has previously served on various USA Baseball Task Forces since 2018.
Bryan Madsen will serve as an assistant coach at the 2022 ADP. Fresh off his first season as the head coach at St. Joseph’s High School (Santa Maria, Calif.), Madsen also assisted at the USA Baseball 12U Trials last year. Prior to arriving at St. Joseph’s, he was an assistant coach at Arroyo Grande (Calif.) High School. Madsen also co-owns Coastal Empire Baseball.
Presbyterian College Head Coach Elton Pollock is slated to serve as a manager at the 2022 ADP. Recently finishing his 18th season as the leader of the Blue Hose baseball team, Pollock has amassed nearly 400 wins at his alma mater since taking over in 2005. In 2021, he guided PC to a pair of program firsts as it claimed the Big South Tournament title and earned a bid to the NCAA Championship. A former two-sport standout at Presbyterian College from 1992-1995, Pollock was a three-year letter winner with the football team and a four-year letter winner with the baseball team. Pollock set numerous records with the baseball team and remains in the top five in many career offensive categories, including home runs (34), slugging percentage (.616), triples (11), runs scored (169), and total bases (382). Following his graduation, Pollock was drafted in the 15th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, spending three years in their minor league system.
Tyler Rost will make his USA Baseball coaching debut as an assistant at this year's ADP. Rost is the Director of Player Development at Duke, where he helped the Blue Devils capture the program’s first ACC Tournament title in 2021. Before he arrived in Durham, the Rootstown, Ohio, native spent two seasons at North Carolina Central (2017, 2020) and two seasons as an assistant coach at Winston Salem State (2018-2019), guiding the Rams to an HBCU National Championship and D2 Independent Tournament title in 2019. Rost has also coached at Wake Tech Community College (2016) and was a graduate assistant at Greenville University in Illinois (2014-2015). He was a four-year starter at Cedarville University from 2008-2011, earning National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-American and first-team all-conference honors and setting several school records, including career games played (213), hits (209), and runs scored (138). Rost also played two seasons of professional baseball with the Alpine Cowboys of the Pecos League.
2021 USA Baseball Volunteer Coach of the Year and 13-year MLB veteran Troy Tulowitzki will serve as the hitting coordinator for this year’s 13U/14U ADP. The five-time MLB All-Star and two-time Gold Glove award winner coached with both the Collegiate National Team and the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program in 2021 and is currently an assistant coach at the University of Texas. Tulowitzki will also bring with him the knowledge of playing for Team USA, having helped lead the Collegiate National Team to the gold medal at the 2004 International University Sports Federation (FISU) World University Championships in Tainan, Taiwan. Following a standout collegiate career at Long Beach State where he was twice named an All-American, he would go on to spend 13 seasons in the big leagues where he was a five-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove award winner, and two-time Silver Slugger. A career .290 hitter, he finished in the top-10 in MVP voting three times in his career and helped lead the Colorado Rockies to the first World Series in franchise history in 2007. He began his coaching career at Texas in 2019, where he works with infielders and hitters. In 2021, he helped guide the Longhorns to a Big 12 regular-season title, the No. 2 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, and a berth in the College World Series.
Another standout coach at the high school level, Larry Vucan is set to return to the 13U/14U Athlete Development Program for the second consecutive year as a pitching coach. Vucan just wrapped up his fourth season as the head coach at Southlake Carroll High School in Texas where he has already led the Dragons to a pair of Class 6A state titles in 2018 and 2019. The El Paso, Texas, native took over the Southlake Carroll program in 2017 and promptly guided his team to the state semifinals that year, earning him his first of two Dallas Morning News DFW High School Coach of the Year awards. Vucan claimed the honors after the 2019 campaign as well. He previously coached at Franklin High School (El Paso, Texas) where he spent eight seasons at the helm. Vucan has also played professionally and managed in the Italian Baseball League in Trieste, Italy, and played collegiately at New Mexico Highlands University.
Returning for his second stint as a pitching coach at the ADP in 2022 is John Weber. After finishing his 17th season as the head coach at Cypress High School (Cypress, Calif.), Weber is the longest-tenured head coach in school history. He joins this year’s staff as no stranger to USA Baseball, having served on the Task Forces for the 2014 and 2015 12U National Teams, as well as the 2015 18U National Team and 2021 15U National Team. In his time at Cypress, Weber’s teams have won 12 league championships and he was named the 2019 National High School Coach of the Year by both USA Today and Max Preps. He has also coached a handful of future professional players, including current Los Angeles Angels infielder David Fletcher and top Boston Red Sox prospect Jarren Duran. Prior to taking the job at Cypress, Weber held jobs as an assistant coach at Los Alamitos High School and Santa Ana College. He also coached in the Alaskan Summer League.