STAFF & COACHES

DAVID HOLDER
Board of Directors
CEO & President

David is a native of the Tidewater region of Virginia and has been involved in Raleigh area youth baseball for over 10 years.  He joined NCDB in 2014 as a coach, CFO, and member of the Board of Directors.  In 2017 he became Chief of Daily Operations and General Manager before being appointed President in 2018.
ROB KATZ
Board of Directors

Organizational Instructor

Rob has been around the game of baseball for almost 30 years which includes time as a player, coach and member of the front offices of two major league teams.  During his playing career, Rob played four years of varsity at baseball powerhouse Nova High School in Davie, FL.  Rob’s focus on the fundamentals of the game and attention to detail was instilled in him by Florida state hall of fame coach Pat McQuaid.  Rob was elected to the Nova Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 for his contributions. 

Following high school, Rob played collegiately at the University of Tampa where he played alongside a lot of exceptional players including Tino Martinez, Fred McGriff, Ozzie Timmons and Sam Militello.  After college, Rob has worked in the front offices of the Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays, and was the batting practice pitcher for the Marlins during the club’s inaugural season in 1993. 

As a coach, Rob has more than eight years of experience at multiple levels including the past five in travel baseball. Through all of his experience, Rob is a huge proponent of the benefits that participating in sports provides kids – from teamwork to confidence to communication skills to cognitive thinking and many more – and uses that philosophy to focus on player development on and off the field.
JORY COUGHENOUR
Board of Directors 
Organizational Instructor
13U & 14U Head Coach

Jory is a native of Pittsburgh and pitched four years for the University of Pittsburgh where remains in those with the most innings pitched.  He was drafted by the Houston Astros and played professionally for five seasons, starting out with the Astros short-season A team and advance through their low A, team, high A team and double-AA team where his professional career ended.  His best professional season he compiled a record of 11-5. 

After his playing days ended in 2006, he founded Sports Zone Baseball, an elite player development academy of multi-age group teams in suburban Pittsburgh before joining NCDB.
ELLIOT JOHNSON
Board of Directors
Organizational Instructor

Elliot retired as an active player in September 2015 after a 13 year professional career.

Johnson signed with the Tampa Bay Rays out of high school in 2002 and began his professional career with the Rays Rookie League team in Princeton, WV.  Between 2002 and 2007, he rose through the ranks of the Rays' farm system making stops with the Visalia Oaks (A), Montgomery Biscuits (AA) and the Durham Bulls (AAA).

Johnson made the Tampa roster for the 2008 season and made his MLB debut on April 5th against the NY Yankees.  He was acquired by the Kansas City Royals in February 2013 as part of the James Shields trade.  He was on the move later that year after being acquired by the Atlanta Braves in August.  He signed with Cleveland for the 2014 season and made the Indians Opening Day roster but was designated for assignment to AAA Toledo in late April.  He elected free agency in October 2014.

Johnson signed with Texas for 2015 but was traded by the Rangers in March to the LA Dodgers and was assigned to AAA Oklahoma City where he played the 2015 season.
RICK NELSON
Board of Directors

​Organizational Instructor

Rick has been involved with professional sports for the past 29 years.  He relocated to Raleigh from Carlsbad, California where he also coached travel and rec baseball teams for the past eight years.

Rick played collegiately at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA.  He was drafted as the number 1 overall pick by the San Francisco Giants in the January 1985 MLB amateur draft.  Rick spent three seasons in the Giants minor league system before an injury led to his ultimate early retirement from the game as a player. 

During his time in the Giants system he was part of a lineup that also featured current Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams and former Giants All-Star Will Clark.  A power hitter, Rick led his team in home runs in each of his three seasons and he was no stranger to winning as each of his teams won the championship of their respective leagues each year.

Since retiring from baseball, Rick has built a highly successful career as an executive in the professional golf industry.
JON LINK
Organizational Instructor 


Jon joined the NCDB staff for the 2016/17 season and brings additional collegiate and professional experience to NCDB.  John played collegiately for Bluefield College and Virginia Commonweath University.  He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 2005 draft and assigned to Eugene in the Northwest League.  He made his MLB debut for the LA Dodgers on April 20, 2010 vs. the Cincinnati Reds where he pitched two scoreless innings.  He retired as a player following the 2016 season.
JANCARLO "JC" SANTIAGO
Organizational Instructor

  
JC is a native of Bayamón, Puerto Rico, where he played travel ball for the Bayamón Mets throughout his high school years. At the same time, he became an assistant coach for one of their younger affiliate teams. After graduating high school, he received a scholarship to pitch for the University of Puerto Rico, which he attended for one year. He then transferred to Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, on a full scholarship. He was there for two years before returning to Puerto Rico, to play semi-pro baseball for Cataño, Cayey and Dorado. He moved to Florida with his family, where he became an assistant coach for the St. Cloud High School Bulldogs. He relocated to Raleigh in 2018 with his wife and two boys.
RAYMOND ALLEN
Organizational Instructor


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KEVIN SCORSONE
Organizational Instructor

  
Kevin is a graduate of the University at Albany. From 2012-2017 he served as Head Baseball Coach in the prestigious summer travel program, the South Troy Dodgers. He compiled a 221-81-1 record, Kevin led his team to five World Series berths, and three World Series Final Four finishes along with two North Atlantic Regional championships and two New York State championships. 
 
In addition to his head coaching experience Kevin served for two seasons as the Assistant Coach at The College of Saint Rose, Student Manager at The University at Albany and the Associate Head Coach at Catholic Central High School.  Kevin also served as Assistant to the General Manager for the Oneonta Outlaws and Saratoga Brigade of the NECBL. 
 
Kevin serves as President of the One Base At A Time Foundation, raising awareness for rare childhood auto immune diseases.
   
ERICK CASTILLO
Organizational Instructor


Originally from La Romana, Dominican Republic, Coach Erick packs a ton of international experience as he spent years in many professional MLB academies such as Minessota Twins, Kansas City Royals and Anaheim Angels as well as college playing experience in New York where he was selected "First Team All Region" first baseman in 2009 appearing in most leading charts and hitting .494. He was also the team's captain in the sophomore season and led the team to a conference championship in 2009 which was played in Keyspan Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones against Queensborough College. 
ANDREW COOK
Organizational Instructor

  
Andrew Cook is currently a High School Sports Medicine and PE teacher at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte, NC where he coaches both Basketball and Baseball for the West Brunswick Trojans.  After having Tommy John surgery his senior year of high school Coach Cook moved from Maryland to North Carolina to attend Lenoir CC on a full baseball scholarship where he led the Lancers pitching staff in ERA en route to a Region 10 championship and JUCO World Series appearance where the Lancers finished as the 4th ranked team in the country. Andrew then accepted a D1 full scholarship to join the pitching staff at North Carolina A&T.  While at A&T numerous injuries including a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder and a second UCL tear ended his playing career. After serving one season as a volunteer part time graduate assistant with the Aggies, Coach Cook then went on to coach one season at West Carteret High School before moving to Brunswick County to continue his teaching and coaching career.  As a pitching coach giving private lessons, Coach Cook has worked with 14 pitchers over a 4 year span and all 14 went on to play college baseball, including 8 D1 players.
     
MIKE DANIEL
Organizational Instructor

  
As a former professional baseball player and now a sports management professional, Mike Daniel strives to provide elite guidance and career preparation services to top baseball talent and their families. With his experience as a Division I collegiate baseball player (UNC Tar Heels), a 2005 MLB 7th Round Draft pick and an 8-year professional baseball player (outfielder) with the Nationals, Braves and Rockies organizations, Mike has a clear understanding of what is necessary to successfully advance through the top levels of play. His passion for both the game of baseball and helping athletes and their families achieve their goals and dreams motivates him as a Player Advisor/Agent for PSM. Mike uses his playing experience, which includes time at every level of the minor leagues and Major League Spring Training, as well as his expertise as a certified sports performance coach, as a valuable supplement to the support and guidance he provides to ensure his clients are reaching their full potential on and off the field. Mike earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Master’s degree in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University.
     
NCDB ALUMNI GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACHES
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DENNIS DELGADO
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SAM RAPPAPORT
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MAX RUSKIE
NCDB Honored Player
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