Professional Instructors

Major League Experience

CCBA's professional instructors have over 100 years of combined Major League Experience in playing, scouting, and coaching. We have also coached at  every level of youth baseball from tee ball to select teams.

Trusted & Knowledgeable

We have the  ability not only to relate to all types of players, but we know what it takes to play at the highest levels.  Don't trust your player's future to amateurs that have little or no  experience working with the elite player or understand how to reach your goals. 

CCBA Instructors

Mike Hamilton

Catching & Hitting

Larry McCartney


John Patterson


Jeremy Ward

Pitching Director,  Youth Development

Josh Stevenson

Hitting, Pitching, & Fielding

Ricardo Cantu

Softball Hitting & Pitching

Steve Kent


Colin Young


Phil Klein


Kenderick Moore

Hitting & Fielding


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Mike Hamilton


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Mike has been involved in baseball his whole Life. 2014 marked his 33rd year that Mike has been employed by Major League Baseball. The former minor league catcher played with both the Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves. After his playing days ended, Mike graduated from the MLB Scout School where he accepted a position as Video scout. While working in that position Mike scouted the top players each year for the free agent draft. In 1999 he was on the staff of the Silver Medal winning team that represented The United States in the Pan American Games. That team later went on to win a Gold medal in the 2000 Olympics. In the same year, Mike accepted a job with the Colorado Rockies to head up their Video Coaching Dept. While in Colorado , Mike worked with some of the best hitters in the game such as Todd Helton, Larry Walker, Matt Holiday, and Troy Tulowitzki. In 2006 He was promoted to Major League Scout and was in charge of 5 MLB organizations.

Larry Mccartney



Larry McCartney has been a fixture in the North Texas Baseball scene for over 30 Years.  Not only has Coach McCartney coached and won 1000’s of baseball games, he has also worked with some of the best young players in the State. Larry has built many relationships with scores of College and High School coaches through out Texas and Oklahoma region. Many of his former players have gone on to play Division 1 baseball as well as play with multiple Major League organizations.

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John Patterson



John Patterson was the 5th overall pick in the 1st round and the 1st high school player drafted in the 1996 MLB draft.  John earned 1st Team All-American and the Southwest Gatorade Player of the Year at the end of his high school career.  He signed a scholarship to the #1 baseball school in the country, LSU.  In 1999, John was invited to be 1 of 4 starting pitchers for Team USA in the Pan-American Games.  He pitched the opening game against team Canada and the quarter-final game against Panama.  He carried a perfect game into the 8th inning against the Panamanians.  He helped his team win a silver medal and qualify Team USA for the 2000 Olympics.
       John began his big league career in 2002 pitching for the World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks.  His first major league start was against the San Diego Padres in front of a crowd of 55,000 fans.  Later that year, John had the honor of winning the final game of the season against the Colorado Rockies clinching a home field advantage in the playoffs.    
        In 2005, John ranked in the Top Ten in the National League in Strikeouts and ERA.  During that season, John set a career record with 13 strikeouts against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  That game was a finalist for Major League Baseball’s Performance of the Year.  John had 189 strikeouts; 2 of which came against homerun king, Barry Bonds.  Going into the last few weeks of the season, he was in a close battle for the ERA title with 7-time Cy Young award winner, Roger Clemens.  In 2007, John was the Opening Day starter for the Washington Nationals.

        John’s professional career lasted 13 years.  He played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Montreal Expos, Washington Nationals and the Texas Rangers.  John was mentored by and played for/with Frank Robinson, Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling Eddie Murray and other future Hall of Famers. 

Jeremy Ward


Pitching Director of Youth Development

Jeremy lettered 4 years at Rocky Mount Senior High School where he was All-Conference for 4 years and Player of the year his senior season. After graduation, he played college baseball at Wake Forest University and Long Beach State.
 In 1999 The RHP was Drafted (2nd Rd) by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jeremy pitched in the Diamondbacks organization for 6 years. He also played for the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers. During the 2001 season, Jeremy was a member of theWorld Cup Silver Medal winning team while representing the United States on Team USA Baseball. 

Jeremy and his wife Ashley reside in Celina with their 3 boys.9,7,4.

Josh Stevenson



Josh is a North Texas native and a 4 year letterman at both Berkner and South Garland HS. After High School the former RHP and SS  continued his playing at North Lake CC and Mclennnan JC. Josh has coached select teams for the past 6 years and also gives instruction in hitting and pitching and fielding.

Ricardo Cantu


Softball Hitting and Pitching

Ricardo has been coaching competitive fast-pitch softball for over 15 years . He has been a part of the Texas Elite Fastpitch Organization for 10 years now, and while doing so has assisted many players reach their goal to play collegiate softball from DI, DII , DIII and Jr. College.
Coach Cantu teaches hitting/pitching to all age groups including college bound seniors. Coach Cantu wishes the best for every player he coaches and pushes them to compete at the highest level of competition. He looks forward to bringing his passion and knowledge for the game of Fastpitch Softball to Collin County Baseball Academy.
    Ricardo Cantu and his wife Debra have two daughters Alexis and Ashley. His daughter, Alexis Cantu, attended Creighton University as a Pitcher/Power Hitter and received numerous  accolades during her years at Creighton, including Missouri Valley 
Newcomer of the Year, 2014 All-Big East First Team honor as a pitcher/utility player and Big East All-Tournament team. Alexis is now a 
Division I pitching coach at  Creighton University and his younger daughter Ashley will also be attending Creighton University this 2016 Fall. .

Steve Kent


Steve Kent is a former Major League Baseball pitcher with Tampa Bay, appearing in a career high 34 games in 2002.  He was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 9th round of the 1999 MLB Draft and was the first player from his draft class to reach the Major Leagues. 
During his 12 professional seasons, Steve pitched over 630 innings for the Rays, Astros, Rockies, Braves, Mariners and Marlins organizations.  Steve was drafted out of Florida International University in Miami, previously playing two years of junior college baseball at Odessa Junior College in Odessa, TX. 

In addition to the United States, Steve has played in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Japan, Venezuela, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Taiwan.  His wealth of professional experience, passion for the game, keen insight in identifying talent and ability to relate to prospects at all levels are invaluable to Paragon’s clients and their development throughout their careers.

Steve has served in a scouting capacity since his playing days concluded in 2012 while also working within the baseball industry for Zinger Bats. He was born in Frankfurt, Germany, while his father was stationed overseas with the U.S. Army.  

Steve attended Ellison High School in Killeen, TX and holds the proud distinction of being the only professional baseball player to ever play in the Major Leagues from Killeen.  He currently resides in Dallas, TX

Colin Young


Colin Young was drafted in the 9th round out of Fordham University by the Colorado Rockies in the 1999 MLB draft.  He played for the Rockies for 5 seasons and was called up to the Major League 40 Man Roster in 2002.  He pitched for the Cubs, Red Sox, and Cardinals organizations as well.  From 2005-2007 he pitched in Independent Professional Baseball in the Atlantic League and the American Association League.
Highlights:1st team Atlantic 10 All-Conference 

Phil Klein


Phil is a former Major League pitcher with the Texas Rangers and Philadelphia
Phillies. He was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 30 th round of the 2011 draft.
During his 7 years professional career, Phil threw 435 innings for the Rangers,
Phillies and Baystars. Accumulating a 27-11 record, 2.75 ERA, .182 BAA, and over
480 strikeouts.

Phil worked his way up through the minor leagues and first got to the Big Leagues
with the Rangers at the end of the 2014 season. He then split time between AAA
and the big leagues in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, Phil signed with the Yokohama
Baystars of Japan’s NPB League where he worked as a starting pitcher.
He is very keen on working with pitchers to have sound mechanics, understanding
not everyone will throw the same way. Phil will want to help you set attainable
goals that will push you to perform your best. Most importantly he understands
the mental aspects of the game and how challenging those can be to overcome.
Phil was born and raised in Columbus, OH. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from
Youngstown State University in 2011 with a degree in finance. Phil and his wife
currently live in the Prosper area.

Kenderick Moore


Kenderick Moore played high school baseball in Ardmore, Ok where he made the Oklahoma All State team and Sunbelt Classic that featured top Texas and Oklahoma graduating seniors. He then attended the University of Arkansas and finished as a four year letterman, All SEC 1st baseman in 1995', All American second baseman in 1996' and held University of Arkansas career records in 6 categories in hits, at bats, singles, runs, stolen bases, and hit by pitch. Also, he is tied for the record of 6 hits in one game in the SEC. After college he signed with the Kansas City Royals organization and played second base and outfield for 4 years before retiring. After retiring from playing baseball Kenderick has been an instructor and coaching all levels of select baseball.

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