The Big Show Instructors

John Jancuska – Baseball Hitting and Pitching Instructor:

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  • 1978-2011 – 34 seasons as Head Baseball Coach at UMBC 682 Career Victories
  • 5 NCAA Tournament Appearances: 1978, 1979, 1986, 1992, 2001
  • Honored as Coach of the Year in 4 Different NCAA Division I Conferences:
  • 1992 – East Coast Conference
  • 1993 – Big South Conference
  • 2000 – Northeast Conference
  • 2008 – America East Conference
  • 2000 – Inducted into Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame
  • 2010 – Inducted into UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame
  • Coached 39 All-Region Players
  • Coached 6 NCAA Academic All-American
  • Coached 6 NCAA All-American
  • Coached 65 Different Players who had career batting averages of .300 and above
  • Coached 21 Players who went on to play professional baseball and broadcast on set top box

Justin Maxwell – Baseball Hitting and Fielding Instructor: 
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Justin Maxwell is a nine year veteran of professional baseball with over three years of Major League service.Justin, an excellent student-athlete who finished high school with a 4.0 GPA, was drafted out of Sherwood High School by the Baltimore Orioles in the 43rd round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, but opted instead to attend college at the University of Maryland, over Harvard. Selected by the Nationals in the fourth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, signed Oct. 11, 2005 was named Best Athlete in Nationals’ system by Baseball America in the Best Tools Survey.

  • Washington Nationals (2007, 2009–2010)
  • Houston Astros (2012–2013)
  • Kansas City Royals (2013–2014)
  • San Francisco Giants (2015)

Rick Straub – Catching Instructor: Baseball and Fastpitch


  • Coached hundreds of baseball players, played in thousands of games, with decades of catching experience.
  • Caught several future major league pitchers while playing in the Baltimore, York Pa and in DC Leagues.
  • Published two books on catching; Advanced Catching Techniques and Catching4Kids – Small Targets.
  • Excelled as a catcher in high school, college and independent leagues; winning many MVP awards.
  • Has coached teams at the rec, high school, college level.

Garrett Stephenson – Baseball Hitting and Pitching Coach
Professional Baseball Career
  •  2000, starter, St. Louis Cardinals, pitched third game, National League Division  Series
  •  May 2000, Pitcher of the Month, St. Louis Cardinals, 5-0 W-L record
  •  1999, won first five starts for St. Louis Cardinals
  •  1997-1998, starter, Philadelphia Phillies, 8-8 W-L record
  •  1997, as starter, Philadelphia Phillies, named Top 20 Rookie Pitcher with 8-6  record, 3.15 ERA
  •  1996, reliever, Baltimore Orioles, 0-1 W-L record
  •  1992-1997, played five levels of minor league baseball, on nine affiliates, leading  each club as top or one of top pitching prospects
  •  1996, starter, Arizona Fall League, went 5-1 as team’s top pitcher, first big-  league invite followed
  •  1995, Top 2 in innings pitched, Eastern League
  •  1993, starter, Albany Polecats, South Atlantic League, Baltimore Single-A affiliate,  June 9; threw the only no-hitter of pro career versus Macon Braves
  •  1993, Orioles Jim Palmer Pitcher of Year Award, 16-7 W-L record, 2.84 ERA
  •  1992, as starter, Championship ring with Bluefield (WVa) Orioles

College Baseball Experience

  • 1990-1992, full athletic scholarship recipient for baseball and basketball (as 6’5” guard), Ricks College, Rexburg, ID; injured left ankle first day of basketball season, chose to play only baseball
  • 1992, Drafted by Baltimore Orioles in sophomore year of college

Justin Myers – Baseball Hitting and Fielding Coach:

  • Linganore High School Graduate, Class of 2013
  • Played 4 years of Baseball and Basketball
  • Played 2 years with 19u WHC Renegades
  • Played 2 years with 22u Maryland Red Dogs
  • Playing Division III Baseball at McDaniel College, Sophomore Shortstop
  • 3 year Assistant Coach for New Market Jr. Lancers Basketball
  • 4 year Assistant Coach with Libertytown Rec Council Baseball/Softball

Heather Patterson – Fastpitch Pitching Coach:
Heather Patterson brings her expertise of Fastpitch Softball pitching and love for the game to our facility.  Heather has been involved with Fastpitch Softball for 25+ years both as a player and coach.  As an All-Met and All-County pitcher in high school, she fell in love with the game and in particular pitching.  She was prepared to play for a local University, but a series of events took her a different direction and she changed her focus from playing to coaching. She has coached at every level including rec, tournament, high school and college.  For the past 5 years she has been head coaching at a local area private high school, and enjoys the challenges of taking players from knowing nothing about the game to falling in love with the game.  Heather also coaches a 14U Jr. Olympic team which is currently ranked 2nd in the state!  She works with many pitchers in the MD, DC and PA area from 7 years old through college.

Alexandra Aburto – Fastpitch Hitting and Fielding Instructor:

  • 2004-2008 – Linganore High School Varsity Softball  Starter
  • 2007 – First Team All Area and All Gazette – Softball
  • 2008 – Honorable Mention – Softball
  • 2008-2009 – Played at Limestone College, Gaffney, SC – Conference Champions
  • 2009-2010 – Played at FCC
  • 2010-2011 – Played at Limestone College – Conference Champion
  • 2011-2012 – Limestone College

Derek Nease – Baseball Hitting, Catching, and Fielding Instructor

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  • Linganore High School Graduate, Class of 2012
  • Played 4 years of varsity baseball
  • 2012 Mid Atlantic Baseball Classic all star
  • Played 2 years with 19u WHC baseball
  • Played 3 years with 22u Maryland Red Dogs
  • Played Division III baseball at the University of Mary Washington, Sophomore Catcher and Outfield
  • 2 year assistant coach Four County Little League
  • 3 year Linganore Softball Camp instructor


Matthew Siggins – Baseball Pitching and Hitting Instructor

High School Playing Career

  • Chapelgate Christian Academy Class of 2008
  • Four years Varsity Baseball

College Playing Career

  • Frederick Community College (2009-2010)
  •  Helped lead FCC to the 2010 Junior College World Series
  •  University of Maryland Baltimore County (2011-2012)


  • The Boys’ Latin Pitching Coach
  • Chapelgate Christian Academy Assistant Coach
Kristen Durbin – Softball Pitching and Hitting Instructor
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  • Current pitcher for Frederick Community College, Average pitching speed: mid 60’s.
  • 3 years of Softball @ Linganore (State Semi’s)
  • 1 year 18u A Fever Fastpitch
  • 1 year 18u B Terror Fastpitch
  • 1 year 16u B Fever Fastpitch
  • 4 years of Rec Ball