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DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS

JASON
GARCIA

Hailing from Land o’Lakes, Florida, Jason is one of three children.  He was drafted out of high school by the Red Sox organization.  Jason later transferred to play with the Baltimore Orioles.  Jason is a pitcher and he has played professional baseball since 2011.  He has been invited to play for the Puerto Rican Olympic team in summer 2021.  

Jason is an extremely talented coach and is adaptable with players of all ages.  He is in charge of player development, coaching, and program creation.  When not on the field, he spends time with his wife and 4-year old daughter.  

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Head of sports performance

christian
ALMEDA

MS, CSCS

Christian holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in exercise science; his masters degree focused on strength and conditioning.  He has taught at the collegiate level, presented at numerous industry conferences, and he possess an encyclopedic-level of knowledge regarding developing athletic bodies.  

Christian has experience training youth, middle and high school athletes, and elite collegiate and professional athletes.  

Christian holds his CSCS certification from the NSCA.  

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EXPERIENCE, TALENT, DEDICATION, PASSION

The Team

BASEBALl coach
CHRIS BURGESS
An Atlanta native, Chris Burgess played for Middle Georgia University until June 22, 2019 when he forwent his senior season to sign with the Baltimore Orioles organization on June 22, 2019.  He was assigned to the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Orioles (GCL).  
 
Burgess arrived at MGA in the the spring of 2018 and red-shirted the 2018 season before playing with the Knights.  In 39 games in 2019, he batted .217 with an on-base percentage of .410 with 3 home runs, 4 doubles, 25 RBIs, and 8 runs scored.  Defensively, Burgess had a fielding percentage of .971 in 306 chances and threw out 25 of 46 attempted base stealers.  
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softball coach
kerry busby
When not coaching collegiate softball at Agnes Scott College, Kerry is at home with The Baseball Foundry giving softball lessons to players of all ages.  Busby graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia where she earned her B.S. in Business Administration and followed that with a Master’s degree from Georgia State in Sports Administration.  
 

Busby was a four-year starter for the Eagles softball team and a two-year team captain. In 2011 Busby played a summer in Europe for the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA). The team traveled to Holland, Belgium, and France and went undefeated. As a catcher, Busby earned second-team all-conference honors in the Capital Athletic Conference in 2013.  In December 2017, Busby graduated from the Women’s Coaches Academy, class #43.

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BASEBALL COACH
CARLOS DIAZ

Khaalis is a Decatur, GA native who attended Lakeside HS.  He played baseball at Grambling State University and Reinhardt College.  With a compact athletic build, King played in the middle infield and 3rd base.   He’s got smooth and polished defensive abilities and he’s lightening fast on his feet. 

Khaalis was named to the Showcase Top Prospect team in 2014.  King is a coach of the 13u and 14u team at TBF.    King gives batting, fielding, and general skills lessons.  

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BRANDON HILL

A local to Lilburn, GA, Brandon played high school ball with Parkview.  He helped lead his team to the 2015 Class AAAAAA state championship as a senior; he batted .364 with 11 HR, 38 RBI, and 45 runs scored.

He played two seasons at CVCC, for The University of Alabama, and for Georgia State University.  Brandon is a. left-handed pitcher and outfielder. 

Hill is a coach for the 13u and 14u teams at TBF.  Coach Hill gives pitching, general skills lessons, and batting lessons.  

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KHAALIS KING

Khaalis is a Decatur, GA native who attended Lakeside HS.  He played baseball at Grambling State University and Reinhardt College.  With a compact athletic build, King played in the middle infield and 3rd base.   He’s got smooth and polished defensive abilities and he’s lightening fast on his feet. 

Khaalis was named to the Showcase Top Prospect team in 2014.  King is a coach of the 13u and 14u team at TBF.    King gives batting, fielding, and general skills lessons.  

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batting coach
jamil phillips

Phillips hails from Stone Mountain, GA and graduated from Redan High School.  Carrying the Phillips last name is no easy task, yet Jamil lives up to every expectation.  He was drafted out of high school into the Texas Rangers organization and played until he was sidelined by injury.  

Working with his father, Mr. Phillips, Jamil was integral in opening and operating the Phillips Baseball Center in Pine Lake.  Cranking out batting lessons with equal parts grit and finesse, Jamil works tirelessly on increasing rep counts for his players while not sacrificing quality of instruction.  

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BASEBALL COACH
mj rookard

Also an Atlanta native, MJ attended CVCC and played independent ball for the Gary SouthShore Railcats.   He played OF and pitched.  While playing collegiate ball, Rookard finished his senior hitting .348 with nine homers and 57 RBIs. 

Rookard grew up immersed in baseball; his father, Mike, is a life-long and esteemed baseball coach and is currently with the well-respected 6-4-3 DP baseball organization.  Rookard is a 12u head coach and is available to give batting, fielding, and general skills lessons.  

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BASEBALL COACH
BRANDON HILL

A local to Lilburn, GA, Brandon played high school ball with Parkview.  He helped lead his team to the 2015 Class AAAAAA state championship as a senior; he batted .364 with 11 HR, 38 RBI, and 45 runs scored.

He played two seasons at CVCC, for The University of Alabama, and for Georgia State University.  Brandon is a. left-handed pitcher and outfielder. 

Hill is a coach for the 13u and 14u teams at TBF.  Coach Hill gives pitching, general skills lessons, and batting lessons.  

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BASEBALL coach
KHAALIS KING

Khaalis is a Decatur, GA native who attended Lakeside HS.  He played baseball at Grambling State University and Reinhardt College.  With a compact athletic build, King played in the middle infield and 3rd base.   He’s got smooth and polished defensive abilities and he’s lightening fast on his feet. 

Khaalis was named to the Showcase Top Prospect team in 2014.  King is a coach of the 13u and 14u team at TBF.    King gives batting, fielding, and general skills lessons.  

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batting coach
jamil phillips

Phillips hails from Stone Mountain, GA and graduated from Redan High School.  Carrying the Phillips last name is no easy task, yet Jamil lives up to every expectation.  He was drafted out of high school into the Texas Rangers organization and played until he was sidelined by injury.  

Working with his father, Mr. Phillips, Jamil was integral in opening and operating the Phillips Baseball Center in Pine Lake.  Cranking out batting lessons with equal parts grit and finesse, Jamil works tirelessly on increasing rep counts for his players while not sacrificing quality of instruction.  

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BASEBALL COACH
mj rookard

Also an Atlanta native, MJ attended CVCC and played independent ball for the Gary SouthShore Railcats.   He played OF and pitched.  While playing collegiate ball, Rookard finished his senior hitting .348 with nine homers and 57 RBIs. 

Rookard grew up immersed in baseball; his father, Mike, is a life-long and esteemed baseball coach and is currently with the well-respected 6-4-3 DP baseball organization.  Rookard is a 12u head coach and is available to give batting, fielding, and general skills lessons.  

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