Matt Duncan

Matt played at the University of Kansas. Matt stayed on to coach at KU before joining Dave Bingham for 6 years. He then went to South Dakota State University to help bring that program to a Division I status. After returning to Lawrence he opened Triple Play Academy. In 2010 he began operating Next Level Baseball in New Century and in 2012 opened the Big Springs location. 




Defense/Arm Care

Brandon Johnson

Johnson pitched two years at Hutchinson Community College where he broke the record for career wins. He then pitched at KU where as a Junior he was 8-3 with 7 saves with a 2.59 era. Named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, April 15, 2003. He lead KU to their first-ever appearance at the Big 12 tournament. He was the pitching coach at St James Highschool from 06-08 before moving to a position as a Pitching Coach at Lawrence Highschool from 09-11 where he helped lead the 09 Lions to the 6A State Championship. Johnson was also the Kansas State director for USA Baseball from 2011 through 2015.


Pitching/Catching/Defense/Arm Care

Eric Cheray

After graduating as a 3x state champion from Seaman High School Eric went on and played at Missouri State University.

Cheray was a 4 year starter, Two-time All league selection and drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2014

Kyle Pruitt

After playing at Olathe South, Kyle went on to play baseball at Johnson County Community College and Missouri Southern. Kyle also spent a season coaching at McCaulry Catholic High School in Joplin, MO.



Mike Hill

Mike Hill begins his 22nd season as the head baseball coach at Free State High School.

The Firebirds have claimed 8 Sunflower League Championships, 9 Regional crowns and appeared in the state championship game 4 times, winning state titles in 2006 and 2015. 73 Firebird players have moved forward to play at the college level, including 25 Division I players. Free State has had 48 all-state players and 157 all-Sunflower League honorees.

Hill is a 7-time Sunflower League Coach of the Year and the state of Kansas Coach of the Year on three occasions. He was a finalist for the National High School Coach of the Year in both 2006 and 2015.

Nolan Deitrich

Nolan played at Cloud County and Washburn University. NJCAA Academic All-American and MIA honorable mention 2B. Coached at Washburn, Ft Hays, Ottawa and currently coaching at Free State High School


Justin Shehen 

Shehen won back to back Jayhawk League titles at Cowley County CC, going 14-2 with a 2.81 ERA in 2 seasons on the mound with the Tigers. 1st Team All-Jayhawk League pitcher '06, Cowley Student Athlete of the month April '06. He then moved to Centenary College (LA), competing out of Mid-Continent Conference '07 and Summit League '08. Starting on the mound for 2 season where he was named Mid-Continent Conference pitcher of the week twice in '07 and a 2nd Team All Summit League pitcher in '08. Shehen was the pitching coach at Loyola College Prep '09 & '10/ He also spent two seasons as the pitching coach at Bossier Parish CC in Bossier City, LA from '15-'17. 

Ryan Zeferjahn