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Coaching Staff 

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Hayes Smith, Founder

Coach Hayes “Smitty” Smith has been coaching since the early ‘70s when he started the Richmond Royals League as both a player and coach. His career includes high school, recreational, travel baseball, softball and umpiring. He founded the Richmond Hornets Baseball Club (RHBC) to increase interest and participation, develop skills and offer a quality baseball program in the Richmond Metro area. He served as Metropolitan Junior Baseball League’ state commissioner for Virginia. Smith opened the Hornet’s Nest, an indoor training facility, in 2016 and has grown the organization to six highly competitive teams.

Email: hsmith1151@verizon.net
Phone: 804-527-1938

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Steve Smith

Steve Smith has been coaching travel and high school baseball for 18 years. Steve is currently the Assistant Baseball Coach for Highland Springs High School and presently is our:

  • Hitters Count Hornets 16U/17U/18U/Showcase-Head Coach

  • Hitters Count Hornets 13U-Head Coach

 

He is available for private and group instruction specializing in pitching, hitting and fielding

Email: stevencsmith07@yahoo.com 

Phone: 804-640-4856

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Arthur Kinsler

Arthur Kinsler, a.k.a "The Professor" has 13 years of coaching experience, manages our college recruiting, and social media platforms for Hitters Count Sports.


Present:

  • Hitters Count Hornets 13U-Head Coach

2018-2023:

  • Hitters Count Hornets 12U-Head Coach

  • Hitters Count Hornets Showcase-Asst. Coach

  • RockIt Sports 15U Showcase Baseball: Volunteer Asst. Coach

  • Glen Allen Youth Athletic Assoc. JR Babe Ruth 13U-15U All-Star Asst. Coach

  • Glen Allen Youth Athletic Assoc. JR Babe Ruth 13U-15U Asst. Coach

2017-2018: RockIt Sports 14U Baseball - Volunteer Assistant Coach

2016-2017: New York Heat 13U Baseball - Assistant Coach

2012-2015: Frozen Ropes - Head Coach for 10U, 11U & 12U

2011-2012: Sullivan County, NY Little League Vice President


Available for private instruction specializing in all aspects of the game.

Contact for Video and Social Media recruiting packages.   
Email: Arthur.Kinsler@comcast.net
Phone: 845-551-1898

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Brad Lahocki

Brad Lahocki duties consist of setting up and assisting with practices and workouts. He is the assistant coach for the Hitters Count Hornets and Showcase team. He coaches 1B during games and help advise our Coaches and players. Works with Arthur Kinsler and Steven Smith on a weekly basis to improve the Hitters Count Sports program.

 

2020-Present: Hitters Count Hornets 16U/17U/18U Showcase-Asst. Coach

2015-2021: Coached at Glen Allen Youth Athletics at various ages

2015-2019: Basketball Head Coached at Glen Allen Youth Athletics

2016-2017: Assistant Coach for RBA West Seminoles Latina 13U & 14U

Available for private instruction specializing in hitting and catching.

Email: hitterscountsports@gmail.com

Phone804-921-3294

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Randy Baker

Randy Baker’s duties consist of setup up and assisting with practices and workouts for the 13U Team. He is the assistant coach for the 13U Hitters Count Hornets Travel team. Randy maintains the team’s scorebook and advises the coaches and players during the games.

 

2019 – Present: Richmond Hornets 10U,11U,12U,13U Head Coach/Assistant Coach

2020 – 2021: Atlee Little league Head Coach, All-Star Assistant Coach 2020

2014 – 2015: Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association 11/12U Assistant Coach

2011 – 2013: Chesterfield Baseball Club Head/Assistant Coach

Available for private instruction specializing in all aspects of the game.

Email: randelba1121@gmail.com

Phone: 804-698-0915

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Rob Ashford

Coach Rob Ashford a.k.a “Coach Roc”is an accomplished Baseball Coach with over 5 years of experience and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

 

2022 - Present: Head Coach for our Hitters Count Hornets 10U travel team

Coach Roc played high school baseball as a middle infielder in Denver, Colorado from 1992-1995 under the guidance and direction of Tom Severson, pro scout for the Cincinnati Reds. During his High School tenure, Coach Roc was invited to the following Camps- Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds and the East West Ambassadors Showcase

 

Coach Roc went on to play as a starting freshman at Virginia State University as a MIF & leadoff batter during 1995-1998 under the guidance of Terrance Whittle, pro scout for the Florida Marlins. Coach Roc then was invited to the Florida Marlins Camp where he made the 3rd cut & was also invited try out for the Richmond Braves as a MIF

 

After graduating Virginia State University, Coach Roc went on to play for the Bethel Red Sox in 1999 within the semi-pro league as a MIF & was chosen to the All-star team where he received the MVP award

 

After his semi-pro career, Coach Roc began coaching on all levels from Recreational Baseball to Travel. Coach Roc is now the Head Baseball Coach for the Maggie Walker Governor School where he helped the team get to the regional playoffs in 2022. Coach Roc is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who owns and operates his own company under Play the Game, LLC.

Available for private instruction specializing in all aspects of the game.

Email: ashfordr@ptgfitnessstudio.com

Phone: 804-665-4447

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Joe Hasting

Joe Hasting has been coaching and training competitive youth baseball the past 3 years while still playing collegiate baseball for:

  • 2020: RHP at Louisburg College

  • 2021: RHP, IF, OF at Bryan College

  • Present: RHP, IF, OF at Virginia State University 

 

In 2018 Joe was named to the  NACA All American First Team

 

Coach Hasting is majoring in Exercise Health Science and is our Assistant Coach for both our Hitters Count Hornets 10U travel and Showcase Teams

Coach Hasting is specialized in Pitching, Strength and Conditioning and is available for private lessons

Email: jhastingsperformance@gmail.com

Phone: 804-909-4029

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Keyon Smith

Keyon Smith, an original Richmond Hornet, has been coaching and training competitive youth baseball the past 3 years while still playing collegiate baseball for:

  • 2018-2020: 1B, OF at Virginia State University

  • 2021: 1B, OF at Claflin University

  • 2022: 1B, OF at Crown College

 

Coach Smith majored in Health and Physical Education and is our Assistant Coach for our Showcase Team

Available for private instruction specializing in all aspects of the game

Email: TBD

Phone: TBD

Experienced Coaches Wanted 

We’re growing! Hitters Count Sports is seeking qualified and experienced youth travel ball coaches that have previous coaching or playing experience at the high school, college, or professional level, and/or have more than 5 years of experience coaching little league or recreational baseball. The candidate must have strong communication skills and knowledge in the game of baseball. This is a volunteer position that comes with a huge benefit of impacting young player’s lives and their futures.   
 

Our program supports youth ages 8 – 18, and we are based in Henrico,VA (Richmond). 

If you are interested, please contact Coach Hayes "Smitty" Smith at 804-527- 1938.

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