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Howard "HoJo" Johnson

Howard Johnson

Owner, Hitting Instructor

​Played 14 years in MLB (1982-1995) for the Detroit Tigers, NY Mets, Colorado Rockies, and Chicago Cubs.
- 1984 World Series Champion Tigers
- 1986 World Series Champion Mets.
1992–1997:
Held career National League record for home runs by a switch hitter.
1987–1996:
Held single-season National League record for home runs by a switch hitter.
Three-time member of the 30–30 club (1987, 1989 and 1991).
1987–1991:
Second highest home run total in the National League behind Darryl Strawberry.
1989 and 1991:

Member of the National League All-Star team.
1989 and 1991:

Winner of National League Silver Slugger award for third basemen.
Second on Mets all-time home run list from 1991 until 2004.
Second on Mets all-time RBI list from 1993 until 2005.
1991:
Became only switch-hitter to ever lead NL in both HRs and RBIs in the same season.
1991:
Became only Met to lead National League in RBI.


*Has had Major League and Minor League Hitting Coach stints with the NY Mets, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers from 2001-Present.

Glen Johnson

Glen Johnson

Owner/GM, Hitting & Fielding Instructor

4-year Varsity starting shortstop and switch hitter for South Fork HS in Stuart, FL
2007:

Earned All-American accolades and played in the All-American game presented by PlayStation in Albuquerque, NM.
Made Baseball America’s Top-300 Prospects List.
Drafted in the 36th round by the New York Mets.

2008-2012:
Played 4 years of College Baseball under scholarship for Jacksonville University and Pace University.
2011:
Signed as a free agent in 2011 with the Rockland Boulders.
Played two more years of Independent Ball for the Newark Bears and Edinburgh Roadrunners.
 
Comes from great lineage as his father, Howard “HoJo” Johnson, played for 14 years in the MLB as a switch-hitting third-baseman for the Detroit Tigers, NY Mets, Colorado Rockies, and the Chicago Cubs.
 
*Hitting/fielding instructor for Showtime Sports Academy since 2013.
*HS Varsity Head Baseball Coach at Franklin Road Academy.

Andrew Beaman

Andrew Beaman

Assistant GM, Director of HoJo Baseball, Hitting/Fielding/Catching Instructor

Four-year Centennial High catcher & outfielder.
Academic Letterman all four years.

2014-2018:
Worked in the Nashville Sounds Clubhouse from 2014-2018.
2019:

Andrew worked at the Ripken Experience in Pigeon Forge.

Dalton Ney

Dalton Ney

Hitting and Fielding Instructor

Right-handed hitting, infield/outfield.
2012-2016:

Played at Franklin Road Academy.
Earned 4 All-District and 2 All-Region accolades.
Career .395 Batting Avg with 11 HRs at FRA.
Helped lead FRA to its 2016 State Championship Victory.
2017-2019:
Played 3 years at Lee University
Competed in the Gulf South Conference Tournament Championship.
Led his Sophomore year at Lee University with a .290 Batting Avg.

2020-2021:

Played 2 years at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Matt Whisenant

Matt Whisenant

HoJo Baseball Recruiting Director, Head of Player Development, Pitching Instructor

Professional pitcher for over 12 years, including at the Major League Level for 4 years with the Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres, and the 1997 World Champions Florida Marlins.
1989:
Signed professional contract after being selected in the 18th round by the Philadelphia Phillies.
1993:
Traded to the Florida Marlins for Danny Jackson.
1997:
Traded to the Kansas City Royals for Matt Treanor.
1999:
Signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Padres.
1995 & 1997: Played in the Arizona Fall League. 
1996: Played in the Puerto Rican Winter League for the Ponce Leones.

*Current Head Pitching Coach at Franklin Road Academy.
*Headed 3 Southern California High Baseball programs for 20 years, including Montclair Prep, Village Christian Schools, and Matt’s high school alma mater La Canada High School.
*Private instructor for over 25 years.
*Pitching coach for the Southern California Chicago Cubs Scout Team for over 10 years. 
*Assisted over 300 student-athletes get to the collegiate and professional levels.

Brandon Hynick

Brandon Hynick

Pitching and Hitting Instructor

Pitched 8 years with 4 different Major League organizations (Rockies, White Sox, Reds, and Angels)
2006:
Drafted in the 8th round of the MLB out of Birmingham Southern College

*Two time pitcher of the year (2006 Pioneer League and 2007 California League)
*Finished his career with a 71-51 record and a 3.62 ERA

Brooks Price

Brooks Price

Hitting and Fielding Instructor

Right-handed hitting, shortstop, 2nd base. Current HoJo 13U Head Coach.
2015-2017:
Played two years at Fredericksburg HS near Austin, TX as starting middle infielder.
2017-2019:
Played two years at Franklin Road Academy as starting middle infielder and leadoff hitter.
2-time All-District and 3-time All-Tournament team achiever.
Made All-Region Tournament Team.
Finished up as a career .320 Hitter and .988 Fielder
2019-2023: 
Played at Cairn University near Philadelphia, PA.
Accomplished a .985 Fielding percentage, Team’s leading infielder at SS..

Jeff Farnsworth

Jeff Farnsworth

Pitching Instructor

Professional Pitcher for a total of 18 years, including being in the MLB in 2002 for the Detroit Tigers.
1996:

Signed after being drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 2nd round (57th overall).
2002:

Played with the Detroit Tigers Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals, and Philadelphia Phillies organizations.

*10 winter seasons in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, multiple seasons in the Independent Atlantic League, 1 season in the Taiwan Professional Baseball League, and 2 seasons in the Italian Professional Baseball League.
*1236.2 Career IP; 956 Total K

Wes Todd

Wes Todd

Pitching Instructor

Pitcher and HoJo 16U PItching Coach
2009-2012:
3-year Varsity Letterman at Independence High School.
2012-2016:
4-year starter at Lincoln Memorial University.
15-6 career win-loss record, 158.0 innings pitched, 88 SO, 54 BB
2013:

South Atlantic Conference All-Tournament team.
2013 South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship.


*Earned Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
*Current passion now lies in helping young athletes not only recover from injury, but also maximize their athletic abilities through skilled mechanical analysis and individualized training to optimize the kinetic chain.

Zac Benedetti

Zac Benedetti

Pitching and Fielding Instructor

Pitcher and current HoJo 12U and 15U Head Coach.
2009-2013:

Houston High School - Pitcher/Utility.
2013-2015:
Northern Fairfax Baseball - Pitcher.
2016-2018:

Chattanooga University Pitcher/Utility.
NCBA Div II 2016 Regional Champion.
NCBA Div II Southern Conference Champion.
 NCBA Div II National Champion.
 
UTC 2017 Saves Leader.
 
*Fury Baseball Academy: Pitching Coach 16U.
*Nashville Baseball Academy: 11U Head Coach & 16U Pitching Coach.
*Current HoJo Baseball 12U Head Coach.

Clark Massick

Clark Massick

Hitting, Pitching, and Catching Instructor

Coming soon..

Julie Harmon

Julie Harmon

Pitching Instructor

Pitcher and Certified Exercise Physiologist.
2003-2007:
Played at Brentwood High, earning two-time All-State selection, Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA), AAA All-State three time honoree,  Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association (MTSCA), Senior All-Star Team, The Tennessean’s All-Mid-State Teams three times, All-District 11-AAA First Team twice, Second Team once, Williamson County Player of the Year as a sophomore  MTSCA All-Academic AAA honors twice.
*Aided BHS to 5th place finish in the state as a senior with a 44-5 record,  and MVP honors at Kentucky Colonial Classic (2005).
2007-
2011:
4-year letter winner at Belmont University.

*Certified Exercise Physiologist through ACSM as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA *Works at Chadwick’s Fitness as well.
*Pitching and hitting instructor at Showtime for over a decade, developing hundreds of girls to reach their potential.

Libby Sugg

Libby Sugg

Hitting and Fielding Instructor

Drafted ninth overall in American Softball Association Draft by the E-1 Pro Ballers of Mobile, AL in 2019.
2012-2016:
Led Franklin High School in all offensive categories 2012-2015 and finished as the all-time career leader in: batting average (.540), runs (137), hits (163), doubles (41), home runs (40), RBIs (157), walks (137), on base percentage (.670), slugging percentage (1.080).
Won first Annual Wilco Award for Softball Player of the Year.
2016-2019:
Played at Brigham Young University
*Started 219 of 223 games, finishing her career as BYU’s all-time leader in sacrifice flies (15), 2nd in doubles (47) & RBIs (211), 3rd in slugging percentage (.666), 4th in home runs (49), total bases (420) & walks (106), 8th in batting average (.361), and 9th in hits (224).
During her tenure at BYU as Team Captain, Sugg was selected to the ASA/Team USA Top 50 National Player of the Year Watch List, including being Nationally ranked in the NCAA D1 in home runs (22nd) and home runs per game (21st).
2019:
Led E-1 Pro Ballers team in all hitting categories and was ASBA top 3 in average, doubles, and home runs.
2020:
Named Tennessean All Decade Team.

*Named First Team All ASBA and named Gold MVP at ASBA All-Star Game.
*Named Tennessean First Team All Midstate 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015.

Annie Wade

Annie Wade

Hitting, Slap-Hitting, and Fielding Instructor

D1 Recruit in high school and 4-year starter at University of Kentucky.
2003-2007:
Starting Shortstop and leadoff hitter all 4 years at Bishop Ready High in Colombus, Ohio.
Team Caption Junior and Senior year

Broke high school record for home runs, triples, and stolen bases.
2x First Team All Ohio (Shortstop)
Selected to the Ohio-West Virginia All Star Roster
D1 Recruit in High school

2007-2011:
University of Kentucky
4 year starter (3rd base/Outfield)
3 NCAA Tournament Appearances
2011 Super Regional Appearance
4x SEC All Academic Team

Jordan Benefield

Jordan Benefiel

Pitching Instructor

4-year pitcher at Austin Peay State University.

2016-2020:

Started at Pendleton Heights High School. Had a 0.85 ERA and a school single season record 243 strikeouts while holding opposing hitters to a .122 batting average. 

Was named first-team Class 4A All-State, Madison County Pitcher of the Year, Madison County First-Team All-Area, and IndyStar Super Team selection. Named first-team all-conference and to the Madison County All-Area Team. Was selected for the Indiana All-Star game as a senior.

2021-2024: 

Pitched at Austin Peay State University all four years of college. 

As a freshman, was selected as OVC Freshman of the year, All-OVC Second Team, and All-OVC Newcomers Team. 

As a sophomore, appeared in 33 games and was selected to All-OVC second team, named OVC pitcher of the week, and hit a career 200 strikeouts. 

As a junior, appeared in 34 games and threw a no-hitter. Led the team in wins, ERA, shutouts, and strikeouts for the season. Received ASUN pitcher of the week honors and became the 6th pitcher in program history to reach 300 career strikeouts. 

As a senior, appeared in 33 games and was selected to All-ASUN third team as well as ASUN pitcher of the week honors. Became the third pitcher in program history to earn 50 wins as well as 500 career strikeouts.

Mackenzie Pixley

Mackenzie Pixley

Front Desk

Allie Baughman

Allie Baughman

Front Desk

Ashley Baker

Ashley Baker

Front Desk

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