Instructors

We believe that the cornerstone of superior athletic performance is sound fundamentals, and with our hands-on instruction we build that foundation into success. We have teamed with some of the best local coaches to give you and your children the highest quality instruction for a solid foundation of baseball & softball techniques & instruction, key elements in developing athletes to higher levels. Listed here is our team of professionals who love to impart their knowledge and experience to you and your children in their coaching and training. Sign up for lessons from one of our professional instructors by calling us at 865-288-3624.

Tony Campana

TONY CAMPANA

Tony has Major League experience, previously playing for the Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels. Currently, Campana plays for the Rieleros de Aguascientes of the Mexican Baseball League. In 2017, he was named American Association Defensive Player of the Year. Tony played college ball at the University of Cincinnati.

BILL DAVIS

Bill played at Robert E. Lee High School, from 1978-1981. He was named All District, All Region and All State. He pitched at Auburn University from 1981-1983, lettering both years. He went on to play at Faulkner University 1984-1986, winning two National Christian College Athletic Association World Series. Bill was named Most Valuable Player.

Bill has lived in Knoxville for over 20 years. He and his wife, Tammy, have two daughters, Olivia and Emma.

TONY DELMONICO

Tony was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008 and played professionally for several years. Before the big leagues, the Knoxville native played at the University Tennessee, where he was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team. He finished his collegiate baseball at Florida State.

BRIAN HOCHEVAR

Brian has been involved with coaching at the college, junior college, and high school levels for over 35 years. During that tenure, many of his players have gone to the next level of Division I, Division II and professional baseball.

The main objectives of Brian’s pitching method is a balanced approach to mechanics, the mental game, arm care and training, and competing at a high level. “It’s all about getting hitters out.”
Brian received his Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Colorado State University – Pueblo, where he played basketball. Out of high school, he was recruited to Division I in football, basketball and baseball. Brian was a free agent with the Denver Nuggets (NBA) in 1979, and inducted into the GPSA Hall of Fame in 1993 as both player and coach.
Brian and his wife have three children, two sons and a daughter. His son, Luke, is a former professional pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.

Stephen McCray

STEPHEN McCRAY

Stephen played high school ball at Parkview High where he was drafted in the 34th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. He played 2 years at Young Harris Jr. College. IN 2007, he lead them to the NJCAA World Series. He then moved on to the University of Tennessee from 2009-10. He was drafted in 2010 MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox where he played 3 years, reaching Triple-A.

Caleb Moore

STEPHEN McCRAY

Caleb Moore is the current Head Baseball Coach at Knoxville Catholic High School, where he also played his high school ball.
Moore went on to play college ball at ETSU. Moore, who played for the Bucs from 2002-05, finished his career as the all-time ETSU leader in hits, doubles and RBI. He was named second team All-American in 2004 after leading the nation in batting average and doubles, and reprised that honor as a senior in 2005. He was twice named to the All-Southern Conference team, and in 2004 was awarded SoCon Player of the Year. He is a two-time Division 1 All-American, 2004 NCAA Batting Champion, and the 2005 4th round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins.

JEFF NETTLES

Jeff was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1998 and played professionally until 2012. Nearly half a decade of his career he played for the Somerset Pirates in the Atlantic League. During which, he was voted AL Playoff MVP, seven time All-Star and hold numerous AL records.

Curt Powell

CURT POWELL

Curt is a graduate of Farragut High who led the Admirals to back-to-back Class AAA state titles in 2008 & 2009. He began his collegiate career at Vanderbilt before transferring to Vol State, then Georgia. Curt was a 2-year An All-SEC Second Team member. He was selected by the Tigers in the 21st round of the 2013 amateur draft. Curt played for 4 teams in the Minors, finishing up with Lakeland Flying Tigers in 2016.

AJ Simcox

AJ SIMCOX

AJ was a star at Farragut High School. He played his college ball at the University of TN. The Detroit Tigers selected Simcox in the 14th round, of the 2015 MLB draft. He played with the Gulf Coast Tigers before being promoted to the Connecticut Tigers. AJ played in 25 games before being promoted to the West Michigan Whitecaps. He posted a .330 batting average and 21 RBIs in 49 games between the three clubs. In 2016, he played for the Lakeland Flying Tigers, where he batted .262 with 5 home runs and 51 RBIs. Simcox spent 2017 with the Erie SeaWolves where he posted a .250 batting average, eight home runs, 36 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases.

Larry Simcox

LARRY SIMCOX

During his coaching career, over 100 players signed pro contracts, including 10 first round picks. Simcox has coached 15 players who have played MLB. Larry is a 1982 graduate of the University of Mississippi. As a senior at Ole Miss in 1981, Larry was an All-SEC shortstop after batting a team high .374.
Simcox was drafted in the 9th round by the Houston Astros. He batted .356 as Class-A Daytona Beach won the Florida State League championship. While playing in AA Columbus in 1983, a knee injury ended his professional playing days.
The Chattanooga native coached for 24 years in the Southeastern Conference, 19 at the University of Tennessee and the 5 at Ole Miss. While at UT, the Vols appeared in three College World Series, and won a pair of SEC championships. Also, three players were SEC Players of the Year (Todd Helton 1995, Jeff Pickler 1998, and Chris Burke 2001), four players won SEC batting titles (Andy Blanco 1992, Jeff Pickler 1998, Chris Burke 2001, and Chase Headley 2005) and 26 players were All-American.
Larry lives in Farragut with his wife Linda. They have two children, a daughter Erin and son, A.J.

Will Swofford

WILL SWOFFORD

Will played high school baseball and football at North St. Francois County High School in Boone Terre, MO. He went on to play college ball at Southwest Baptist University (DII), where he was awarded the Rex Brown Award, given to a student-athlete who has exhibited strong Christian character, academic achievement, leadership qualities, and has had a major impact in their sport. He has also been an instructor at 2k Baseball & Choice baseball.

TURNER WHITFIELD

A native Knoxvillian, Turner was a standout at Knoxville Catholic High School. He went on to play college ball at Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, TN), where injury ultimately sidelined his career.

He is a graduate from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors in Sport & Fitness Administration / Management. Turner currently serves as Head Coach of Diamond’s 16U (2023) Showcase team and Assistant Coach at Knoxville Catholic High.

ANDREW WILLIS

Andrew is a graduate of Gibbs High School, Knoxville. During high school, he was selected Two-time All-District (AA & AAA), All-Region 3-AAA and Team MVP. He played college ball at Tusculum College (Greenville, TN).

Andrew was named the Tusculum Athletics Comeback Player of the Year, after returning from a line drive to the face injury. He posted a 0.96 ERA in his last three appearances.