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2017-2018 SBA Baseball Staff

Snyder Baseball and Softball is proud to announce the line up of instructors for the 2017-2018 season.  The staff offers over 60 years of combined professional playing and coaching experience and over 100 years of experience as professional instructors.  Let’s Play Ball!

SBA Lead Instructors:

Brian Snyder: General Manager, Snyder Baseball Academy
Brandon Snyder: Player, Washington Nationals Organization
David Carroll: Director of Instruction, Snyder Baseball Academy
Sean McCauley: Coach, Washington Nationals
Michael Snyder: Player, Los Angeles Angels & Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Matthew Snyder: Player, New York Yankees Organization
Mark Harris: Coach, Washington Nationals Minor League
Billy Rhinehart: Assistant Coach, Kettle Run High School
David Gardziel: Former Head Varsity HS Coach, Head Coach SBA Bucks

Ty Thorpe: Head Coach, Kettle Run High School
Michael McMenamin:  Former Assistant Coach Virginia Tech, Assistant Coach SBA Bucks
Zach Loraine:  Former player St. Louis Cardinals Organization
Nate Abel:  Player, Toronto Blue Jays Organization
Evan Scott:  Battlefield HS, James Madison University
Matt Robles:  Battlefield HS, Delaware Tech, Wesley College
Paul Abraham:  Former Player Texas Rangers & San Diego Padres Organizations

Micah Higgins: Head Coach, Highland Baseball

The Line Up, Up Close

Brian Snyder

Owner & GM, Snyder Baseball & Softball Academy

  • 12 year professional player
  • Professional Instructor (25+ years)
  • Position: LHP
  • Hometown: Centreville, VA
  • High School: Chantilly HS

Playing Experience:

  • Drafted by Texas Rangers 1976 (did not sign, attended Clemson University)
  • Drafted by Seattle Mariners 1979 (signed)
  • Played for Team USA in the Pan American Games 1979
  • MLB with Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s

Coaching & Instruction:

  • Pitching Coach for Tidewater Orioles & Orioles Scout Team
  • Owner of Northern Virginia Baseball Academy 1994-2001Brian Snyder
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Brandon Snyder

Infield, Hitting and Catching Instructor, Snyder Baseball & Softball Academy

Send email to: Brandon@nullsnyderbaseball.com

Professional Baseball Player, Atlanta Braves

  • Professional Baseball Player, Atlanta Braves
  • Position: Infield, Outfield,Catcher
  • Hometown: Centreville, VA
  • High School: Westfield HS

Playing Experience:

  • Selected in the first round of the 2005 MLB draft by the Baltimore Orioles (13th pick overall)
  • 12 Season of Professional Baseball
  • Made his first appearance at the Major League level in 2010
  • Major league experience with the Baltimore Orioles (2010,2011), Texas Rangers (2012) and Boston Red Sox (2013 World Series Champion)

Highlights and Awards:

Professional Career

  • Ranked top prospect of Appalachian League 2005
  • Batting Champion and All Star of Hawaiian Winter League 2007
  • All Star of Arizona Fall League 2008-09
  • 2013 World Series Champion (Red Sox)
  • 2014 International League Champion (Red Sox AAA)
  • 2015 Eastern League Champion (Orioles AA)

High School Career

  • USA Today All USA Baseball Team 2005
  • EA Sports High School All American 2005
  • Baseball America All American 2005
  • USA Junior National Team 2004
  • AABC Connie Mack World Series Champion 2004
  • Louisville Slugger Pre-Season & Post-Season All American 2004 & 2005
  • All Met, All District, All Region, and All State selection 2002-2005
  • All Met, Concorde District, & Northern Region Player of the Year 2005

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David Carroll

Director of Baseball Instruction, Snyder Baseball & Softball Academy

Send email to: DavidCarroll@nullSnyderBaseball.com

  • Former Pro Baseball Player (10 years)
  • Professional Instruction (20+ years)
  • Position: LHP
  • Hometown: Fairfax, VA
  • High School: Chantilly HS 1991
  • College: Texas A&M and Manatee Community College

Playing Experience:

  • Drafted by Los Angeles Dodgers 1991 (did not sign, attended Texas A&M)
  • Drafted by St. Louis Cardinals 1993 (signed)
  • Played professionally for 10 years (St.Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees, MN Twins)

Coaching & Instruction:

  • Pitching Coach for Battlefield High School in Haymarket, VA 2005-2010
  • Professional Instructor for Northern Virginia Baseball Academy & Snyder Baseball since 1993

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Sean McCauley

Catching and Hitting Instructor, Snyder Baseball & Softball Academy

  • 4 years professional player
  • 4th year coaching in professional baseball
  • Position: Catcher
  • Hometown: Manassas VA
  • High school: Osbourn

Playing Experience/ Awards/ Highlights:

  • Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 12th round in 2007.
  • 2008 Player of The Year Idaho Falls Chukars.
  • 2007 1st team all district, all area, all region, and all state
  • 2007 district player of the year.
  • 2007 1st team all Met

Coaching and Instruction:

  • 2013-2015 Minor league coach in Washington Nationals Organization.
  • Snyder Baseball Instructor
Sean McCauley
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Michael Snyder

Infield and Hitting Instructor, Snyder Baseball & Softball Academy

Professional Baseball Player, Los Angeles Angels

  • Position: Infield
  • Hometown: Centreville, VA
  • High School: Westfield HS

Playing Experience:

  • Selected in the 23rd round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angels Angels
  • Ended 2015 season with the AA Arkansas Travelers
  • Played at Florida Southern College for 2 years – 3rd basemen
  • Played at University of Mississippi for 2 years – 1st and 3rd
  • Played at Westfield High School

Highlights and Awards:

Professional Career

  • 2013 California League Champion (Inland Empire 66ers Advanced A)
  • Named to the 2012 Pioneer League All-Star Team for the Orem Owlz
  • Named to the 2013 Californa League All-Star Team for the Inland Empire 66ers
  • Topps Pioneer League Player of the Month for July 2012
  • Ended with a batting average of .332 in his first pro season and led the league in doubles with 25. Michael led the league with 16 extra-base hits and 66 total bases in July. Snyder finished in the top five in games, RBIs, doubles, total bases, hits and extra-base hits after first pro-season.

College Career

  • First Team third baseman (All-Sunshine State Conference Team)
  • Daktronics All-South Region baseball team
  • Postseason All-South Region team
  • ABCA First Team All-Region
  • Finished his senior year batting .325 with 13 doubles, 12 HR and 47 RBI.  He led the Moccasins in both homers and RBI two years in a row.

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Matthew Snyder

Infield and Hitting Instructor, Snyder Baseball & Softball Academy

Professional Baseball Player, New York Yankees

  • Position: Infield
  • Hometown: Centreville, VA
  • High School: Westfield HS

Playing Experience:

  • Selected in the 10th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft
  • Ended 2015 season with the AA Trenton Thunder
  • Played at University of Mississippi for 4 years – 1st base
  • Played at Westfield High School – holds the single season state record for home runs in the highest division for high school

Highlights and Awards:

Professional Career

  • Named to the 2012 New York Penn All-Star Team
  • Topps NY Penn League Player of the Month for July 2012
  • Prior to 2015 injury, second in all minor league baseball on base percentage.  Ended season with a .359 batting average.

College Career

  • 2012 All-SEC second-team at first base – led first basemen in home runs, batting average, RBIs and fielding percentage
  • Finished his career tied for second all-time in home runs with 41
  • Finished his career with third all time in RBIs with 173
  • Finished the season ranked in the top 10 in the SEC in five offensive categories (slugging percentage, RBI, home runs, doubles and total bases)
  • Committed only one error in the field to post a .998 fielding percentage on the 2012 season
  • Named to the SEC Community Service team for his efforts in the local community

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Mark Harris

Infield Instructor, Snyder Baseball & Softball Academy

  • Position:  Short Stop
  • Hometown:  Gainesville, VA
  • Drafted first round, New York Yankees in 1978
  • Area Scout for 10 years – Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies Organizations
  • Infield Coordinator with the Kansas City Royals for 5 years
  • Minor League Hitting Coach with the Washington Nationals for 6 years
  • Currently with AA Harrisburg as a Hitting Coach (Washington Nationals Organization)

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Bill Rhinehart

Catching and Hitting Instructor, Snyder Baseball & Softball Academy

  • 4 year professional player/Single A
  • Position:  Catcher
  • Hometown:  Fairfax, VA
  • High School:  WT Woodson

Playing Experience:

  • High School 4 years/ State Championship 1989
  • Methodist College Fayetteville, NC 1991-1994
  • Kentucky Rifles/Independent 1994-1995
  • Anderson Lawmen/Independent 1995-1997

Coaching & Instruction:

  • Owner of Pro-Edge Baseball Academy 1994-2002
  • Owner of Rhinehart Baseball, Inc 2002-present
  • Baseball instructor 1994-present
  • Kettle Run Assistant Varsity coach 2012-present

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David Gardziel

Instructor, Snyder Baseball & Softball Academy

Coaching & Instruction:

  • Head Coach Snyder Baseball Bucks Elite Travel Baseball Program 2012 to Current
  • Varsity Head Coach Thomas Jefferson High School, Alexandria, VA- 2008 to 2011
  • Varsity Head Coach Robert E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA- 2002 to 2007
  • Junior Varsity Head Coach and Varsity Assistant Centreville HS, Centreville, VA 2001
  • Varsity Assistant Coach West Springfield High School, Springfield, VA – 1995 to 2000

Playing Experience:

  • Virginia Tech Catcher – 1990 – 1991
  • Potomac Senior High School Catcher – 1986 to 1989
  • 1989 VHSCA All State Catcher

Professional Experience:

  • Assistant Director of Student Activities Thomas Jefferson HS, Alexandria, VA- 2008 to Current
  • Physical Education Teacher Fairfax County Public Schools – 1995 to Current
  • Prince William County Park Ranger 1993 to Current

Dave Gardziel

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Ty Thorpe

Instructor, Snyder Baseball & Softball Academy

Head Coach, Kettle Run High School

Ty Thorpe

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Michael McMenamin

Instructor and Coach, Snyder Baseball & Softball Academy

  • 18 years of playing for/coaching with Brian Snyder
  • Position: C/1B
  • Hometown: Clifton, VA
  • High School: Paul VI Catholic HS (Fairfax, VA)

Playing Experience:

  • Paul VI Catholic HS 2005-2008
  • Virginia Tech Hokie 2008-2012

Coaching & Instruction:

  • Chatham Anglers Assistant Coach (Cape Cod Baseball League) 2011-2012
    • Coached three MLB 1st round draft picks, over 20 players in professional baseball and 5 in the MLB.
  • Virginia Tech Volunteer Coach 2013
    • Hosted a NCAA Regional for first time in school history
  • Paul VI Catholic HS Coach 2014-Present
    • One year as Varsity Assistant and one year as JV Head Coach

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Zach Loraine

Pitching and Catching Instructor, Snyder Baseball & Softball Academy

  • 3 year minor league player
  • Professional Instructor
  • Position: RHP
  • Hometown: St. Louis, MO.
  • High School: Fort Zumwalt West High

Playing Experience:

  • Drafted by St. Louis Cardinals 2013
  • St. Louis Cardinals Rookie Reliever of the Year
  • Appalachian League All-Star
  • Midwest League All-Star

Coaching & Instruction:

  • Exercise Programs for Arm Strength & Injury Prevention
  • Pitching & Catching lessons for 5+ years

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Nate Abel

Pitching Instructor, Snyder Baseball & Softball Academy

Professional Baseball Player, Toronto Blue Jays

  • Position:  LHP
  • Hometown:  Haymarket, VA
  • High School:  Battlefield HS

Playing Experience:

  • Played at Battlefield HS from 2008-2011 as a pitcher and 1st basemen
  • Played at the University of Virginia from 2012-2013
  • Played at Flagler College from 2014-2015
  • 1 year professional experience with Toronto Blue Jays playing for the GCL Blue Jays and Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays

Highlights and Awards:

  • 2011 Cedar Run District Pitcher of the Year
  • All-Met honorable mention
  • Played for the Northern Virginia Stars travel team
  • Two time selection for Northern team in the Virginia Commonwealth Games

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Evan Scott

Pitching, Hitting and Infield Instructor, Snyder Baseball Academy

  • James Madison University (2008-2012)
  • 4+ years experience as an instructor
  • Position: RHP and 1B
  • Hometown: Haymarket, VA
  • High School: Battlefield High School

Playing Experience

  • Drafted by Los Angeles Angels 2008 (did not sign)
  • Starting pitcher for James Madison University 2008-2012
  • Played High School Baseball under the guidance and instruction of Brian Snyder and David Carroll

Coaching and Instruction

  • Pitching Coach for the SBA Bucks 2013
  • Instructor at SBA since 2011

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Matt Robles

Hitting and Infield Instructor, Snyder Baseball Academy

Playing Experience:

  • 2004-2008 Battlefield High School
  • 2009-2011 Delaware Tech (JUCO) JUCO Region 19 leader in stolen bases (28-30) in 36 games…Ranked 19th nationally in Division II JUCO for stolen bases. .310 batting average, six doubles, two triples, ten RBI’s, and 28 runs scored from the lead off position.
  • 2011-2013 Wesley College All Capital Athletic Conference (2B) Lead CAC in walks, OBP and second in Stolen Bases.

Coaching Experience:

  • Infield and Hitting instruction at “Snyder Baseball Academy” (2008-Present)
  • Lead infield instructor for “Wolverine Baseball” in Dover, De (2011-2013)

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Paul Abraham

Pitching Instructor, Snyder Baseball Academy

  • High School:  Centreville

Playing Experience:

  • Played at Shippensburg University
  • All American honors in 2000
  • Drafted in the 12th round by the Texas Rangers in 2001
  • Signed with the San Diego Padres in 2004
  • Retired from professional baseball in 2008 after enduring a shoulder surgery

Coaching Experience:

  • Over 15 years of experience instructing camps and lessons

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Micah Higgins

Instructor, Snyder Baseball & Softball Academy

  • Graduate of Osbourn High School
  • Graduate of George Mason University

Playing Experience:

  • 1996 – Highland School Baseball
  • 1997-1999 Osbourn High School Baseball

Coaching Experience:

  • Head Coach at Manassas Christian School 2004-2011 (8 Seasons)
  • Current Head Varsity Coach at Highland School 2011-2012 (1st Season)
  • Highland Head Varsity Baseball Coach 2012-Current (5th Season)
  • 2014 DAC Coach of the Year
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