THE TPA DIFFERENCE MAKER
The TPA Nationals programs are all coached by the highest caliber coaches and staff. We are unique in that every single coach has college level playing or coaching experience. Our staff uses their expertise and experience to bring the most out of your player’s skill set and take their game to the next level. Learn more about some of our coaches below!
Coaching Career: Over the past 4 years, Kyle has done over 5500 individual lessons, ranging from youth baseball players, all the way up to professional athletes. Kyle has also ran NC State Baseball Camps, coached several travel/showcase teams, had numerous players go on to play collegiate baseball, and developed a free YouTube video series geared toward improving baseball players across the country!
Check out his video series by clicking on the following link: YouTube Video Series
Playing Career: At Hill College in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference, Kyle was a two time all-conference selection while batting .380 with a .502 on-base percentage and .651 slugging percentage as a sophomore.
In his junior year with the NC State Wolfpack, Kyle set a school single-season record with 30 stolen bases. He is just one of just eight players in NC State history to steal 20 or more bases in a single season; one of just three to steal 25 or more and the first to steal 30. In 2010 as a senior, the Wolfpack outfielder batted .368 with 7 homers, 34 RBIs and 61 runs.
Kyle was drafted in the 24th round in 2010 by the San Francisco Giants.
Jordan played college baseball at High Point University in 2013 where he made 19 relief appearances, striking out 20 in 14-1/3 innings pitched. His HPU debut was against Dayton (2/25), throwing a scoreless inning with one strikeout. Jordan did not allow an earned run in first nine appearances of the season, spanning 7-1/3 innings. He struck out a career-high four batters in 2-1/3 innings at Missouri (3/17); and struck out three in 1-2/3 innings of relief against Wake Forest (3/27).
Before High Point University, Jordan spent the 2011 season at Wake Tech Community College, where he pitched 47-1/3 innings in 2011, striking out 55 batters. He finished the season with a 3.99 ERA.
In High School, Jordan was Captain of the South View High School team as a senior; earned All-Conference honorable mention in his final season; and helped South View win three Conference Championships.
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Damien recently graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Exercise physiology.
Damien was a team captain his senior year and a 3 year varsity letterman in football at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, NC. After High School, Damien continued his playing career at Victor Valley College, in Victorville, CA. After just one season, Damien’s playing career was cut short due to past injuries.
After transferring to East Carolina, Damien participated in University’s Boxing and Olympic Weight Lifting clubs.
Damien is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and has experience working with athletes from Elementary to the Professional level.
- Former MLB Detroit Tigers Strength & Conditioning Coach- During Kyle’s time with the Tigers they achieved the following:
o 2011 & 2012 American League Division Champs
o 2012 American League Champions
o 2012 World Series
- Worked with the following TOP MLB All-Stars:
o 2013 AL Triple Crown winner & two time MVP- Miguel Cabrera
o 2011 MVP & Cy Young winner Justin Verlander
o Cy Young winner David Price
o Cy Young winner Max Scherzer
o 5x All-Star Victor Martinez
o Magglio Ordonez, Carlos Guillen, Yoenis Cespedes, Price Fielder, and many more!
- 2013 International League Triple-A Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year
- 2010 & 2011 Director of Strength and Conditioning- Carlos Guillen Academy
- Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists (CSCS)
- Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach (RSCC)
- FMS Certified
- 9 years Strength & Conditioning Experience
o 2 Years Collegiate & 7 Years Professional
- 4 Year Collegiate Baseball Player
Kyle’s philosophy is a simple one. He wants to train every athlete to improve their peak performance and athletic ability through scientifically proven protocols and movements.
Born and raised in South Florida, Danny now lives in Apex, NC. Danny graduated this year with a B.S. in Political Science from N.C. State.
The following is Danny’s baseball experience:
- Committed to N.C. State in 2009.
- Started four games his Freshman year, earned his first college win against Old Dominion.
- Was weekend starter his Sophomore season, starting 11 games.
- First start was against Elon, working 5 innings, giving up just 1 run on 2 hits and striking out 6.
- Earned win against Coastal Carolina at the “Baseball at the Beach” tournament in Myrtle Beach, pitching 7 innings, giving up 2 runs and 2 hits and striking out 6.
- Pitched 6 1/3 innings against Penn State, giving up 1 run and 3 hits.
- Earned win against William & Mary, pitching 6 1/3 shutout innings.
- Played Varsity all four years in Cooper City (Broward County), Florida.
- Played catcher, first base and outfield Freshman and Sophomore seasons but concentrated on pitching his Junior and Senior seasons.
- Pitched for one of the nation’s top travel teams, the All American Prospects in 2008, struck out 17 in 16 innings, with a 0.87 ERA.
- Pitched in the East Coast Pro showcase for the Tigers and Red Sox.
- Named top pitcher in the Perfect Game USA Undergrad showcase in 2007.
- Committed to the University of Florida in 2008 as part of the Number 1 ranked recruiting class in the country.
- Received a medical release from the University of Florida in 2008 due to ulnar nerve surgery.
- Graduated with a 4.29 GPA and received the school’s Scholar Athlete Award.
A native of Warren County NC, Orlando Jones is a 1995 graduate of Warren County High School where he excelled as a baseball player. He continued to continue his academic and baseball career by attending Saint Augustine’s University on a baseball scholarship as a pitcher.
Jones help led the Saint Augustine’s University Falcons to a CIAA Championship in 1999. Jones capped a successful year by winning the schools Falcon Foundation Award that is presented to the most outstanding Jr. Athlete in his class. Jones brings over 15 years of baseball coaching experience to TPA with stops on almost every level. Middle school, high school, showcase, Volunteer Assistant on the DI level, Assistant DII and Assistant/Pitching Coach on the Division III level.
His experiences and passion to teach the game of baseball made him an ideal candidate for our organization. Orlando’s personal coaching philosophy is to provide for his players a coaching platform that inspires, motivates, and produces positive changes so that they can achieve their desired level of productivity, efficiency and effectiveness for baseball land in life.
Orlando is also the Director of Wellness/Trackout Program here at TPA.
Orlando received his B.S. from Saint Augustine’s University in Human Performance and Wellness in 2000, and his Master’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Sport Psychology from Capella University 2013.
He has been married to his wife Shelverly B. Jones for 15 years and a father of three children Landon (Eli) 12, Jadon 10 and Austyn 8.