Our Trainers

Nashville Baseball Academy's trainers are dedicated to helping players reach their potential in baseball and softball.

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Ryan Bear - P/H/F/S&A

Graduate of UC Florida 2003, Ryan was drafted in 2003 by the Florida Marlins. He was a 2005 Florida State League All-Star, and a 2008 All-Star in Bridgeport Connecticut. Ryan was awarded the Ed Hales award in 2007 by the Carolina Mudcats for dedication and commitment to the community. 

Russ Burroughs - P/H/F/S&A

Russ is the Head Coach for the Edenton Steamers in the Coastal Plain League (CPL) one of the premier collegiate summer leagues. With the Steamers, Russ works with top talent from all over the country. In 2018, Steamers pitchers led the league in strikeouts and set a new franchise record. Prior to be named head coach, Russ was the pitching coach and worked with 4 pitchers taken in the 2018 draft.

Russ played and graduated from Lipscomb University. He also played four years of professional ball, including one season internationally. He was a relief pitcher and designated hitter.

Matt Gantner - H/F/C

Matt played D-1 baseball at High Point University in North Carolina for five years and graduated in 2010. While there, he set the HPU single season records for hits (88) and doubles (25) in his final season. As captain, Matt hit .379 with 71 RBIs on his way to an All-Big South first team selection. He has a passion for baseball and has played many positions over his career including outfield, infield, and catching. His father Jim Gantner played in the majors for 17 seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers. 

Mark Lamm - P/H/F

Mark was a 5-year letter winner at Vanderbilt University where he pitched in a multitude of roles. After the 2011 Vandy CWS campaign, Mark was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 6th round. Since then, Mark has been selected to participate in the Braves Future Stars Game twice and was a AA Southern League All-Star in 2013. Mark brings a wide-range of knowledge to those looking to become better pitchers both mentally and physically. 

Patrick Duester - P/H/F

Patrick signed with the LA Dodgers in 2016 as a free agent. He played for the Ogden Raptors and Great Lakes Loons, with a 7-5 record and a 3.93 ERA.

Patrick is a Tulane University graduate where he majored in Health and Wellness. He was a starter and a reliever on the Green Wave 2016 Conference Championship team.

During his career, Patrick has also played first base and third base. Patrick looks forward to teaching all aspects of the game, and sharing his passion to help players reach their potential.

Erich Butler - P/H/F

Since finishing his playing career with Corpus Christi in 1994 and the Moose Jaw Diamond Dogs of the CBL in 1995, Erich has coached and taught the game in the Nashville area to players of all ages and abilities. Dedication to the game and teaching it are his passion.

Matt Price - P/H/F

Matt played college ball at Pepperdine and Cal Baptist. He played a year in the SCBL for the Rock Hill Sox in Rock Hill, SC and one season for the Pomona Diablos in Southern California. Matt was also an assistant coach for the CPA middle school team for two years. He brings not only knowledge of the game, but also a passion for teaching it. 

Pam Fowler - P/H/F/C

Pam was an All-Star pitcher and short-stop for the University of Iowa.
Aaron Spragg - H/F/C/S&A

Aaron played at Lipscomb University. Since graduating in 2014, he has worked extensively at all levels of youth baseball - travel teams, middle school and high school. Aaron has a passion for teaching the sport and helping players reach their full potential.
Matt Verdillo - P/H/F/S&A

Matt coached throughout his playing career at Christopher Newport University and continued after his playing days at Richmond Baseball Academy. He also coached the 15-17U Evoshield Seminoles of Richmond, VA. He also provided individual and group instruction at RBA. Matt is excited to start training and coaching at NBA.
Ricky Hague - H/F/S&A

Ricky was the starting SS for the Rice University Owls, was selected to Team USA and led in hitting, playing 3rd base. Drafted 83rd by the Washington Nationals, he played six seasons, finishing in Triple A. Ricky finished his career with the Sugarland Skeeters batting .310 with 17 HRs, helping the team to their first Championship. He's played every position and looks forward to helping develop the next generation of baseball players in Nashville.
Keith Brown - P

Keith was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1986. He made his Major League debut with a win August 1988 against the St. Louis Cardinals. Keith was part of the 1990 World Series team.

Since his retirement, Keith has continued with private instruction, with several former students receiving college scholarships, and has two former students in the Major Leagues today. He participates in many camps throughout the year with the Reds, and is a volunteer with several organizations.
Nashville Baseball Academy
491 Allied Drive, Nashville, TN 37211