Male Staff

Koa provides coaches for athletes at all levels. Our professional staff creates a fun and safe environment for kids in all of our Koa programs, from Summer Camp, to After School, to the Select level. Our coaches have played at least a level above the teams they coach. They demonstrate a passion for the sport, while keeping a level head and not getting too emotionally charged. Our select coaches generally have collegiate or professional experience, which can help players reach their full potential. Many of our coaches have years of experience in youth sports, and can provide non-biased and objective opinions. Full-time staff provide our coaches with behind-the-scenes support, including scheduling, practice plans and more–making sure our coaches are focused on teaching your player!

All Koa Coaches pass a background check and are trained according to our Coaches Code of Conduct. Meet your coach-read below!

Tony Korson

Koa Sports League Founder and COE (Chief of Everything!) Coach Tony is a local boy, born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland. He attended Walt Whitman High School where, as a senior, he was a Washington Post All Met selection as a pitcher/outfielder.  Coach Tony went on to play ball at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he holds the single season ERA record with a meager 1.39.  Coach Tony also played for the Northwood’s League Champions Madison Mallards. When he’s not on the field, Coach Tony enjoys surfing, and is a 12 handicap with his sticks.

   Chad Abernathy 

Director of Travel Baseball, Coach Abernathy entered his first season with Koa on the heels of a successful playing career, and with 6 years of coaching experience on various levels. During his playing career, he was twice named an All-American, played for the NJCAA Team USA in Beijing, China during the summer of 2004, and played professionally for the UVV Red Lions of Utrecht, Holland. He currently holds 8 hitting records for Truman High School in Independence, Mo, and received scholarships from The University of Alabama and Oklahoma State University while studying health and human performance. He began coaching at Maple Woods Community College in Kansas City, Mo, where he served as a hitting coach, strength and conditioning coordinator, and assisted with the recruitment process. Following Maple Woods, he served as a skill development coordinator for the European Baseball School and the Royal Dutch Baseball Federation (KNBSB) while serving as a private trainer for youth in the Kansas City metro area during the off-season.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with some amazing organizations around the world. My goal is to develop players, in hopes they may have a similar experience in this great game, while preparing them for success off the field.”

imageDerek Tarapacki 

“The Pitching Guy” grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, playing both basketball and baseball in High School where he helped lead his basketball team to a 4a state championship — while lettering all four years in baseball! Derek then went on to play both sports at Yavapai Junior College in Arizona where they ended up just one run shy of winning the D-1 Junior College World Series. After Yavapai he took his baseball talents to the University of Hawaii. After college, Derek went on to play five years in the Dutch Major League in the Netherlands, where he was a three time all-star and voted best reliever in those years. Koa’s new pitching guru ended his career on a good note posting an ERA of less then one in 50+ innings of work.

Cristobal Mata

Cristobal Mata was born in  El Tigre, Venezuela. Originally signed by the Cleveland Indians in 2003 at 16 years old, Coach Chris spent the 2004-2005 seasons in the Dominican Summer league. In 2007, he was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent with an average of 9.4 Strikeouts/9.0 Innings Pitched for the Tronconero Phillies in the Venezuelan Summer League. Chris spent the 2008 season with Gulf Coast League Phillies, and in 2009 and 2010 he played with the Lake Erie Crushers in the Frontier League. Coach Chris brings his professional experience, passion for the game, and coaching enthusiasm to Koa.

Marty Hauck 

Koa Assistant Athletic Director Marty was a member of the Varsity Baseball team at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD. After graduating in 2007, Marty went on to study Marketing and Digital Media at Juniata College (Class of ’11) where he played 4 years for the Juniata Eagles as a right handed pitcher.

Marty was part of Tony’s very first baseball team with Koa’s predecessor, Next Level and played in the organization for many years. Now that he has retired from playing, Marty has moved onto coaching Koa teams and helping to teach young athletes the same skills that he learned through the Koa system!

MIELEWEB2009Dave Miele 

Coach Dave comes to Koa by way of PA, where he played Varsity baseball at Salisbury Senior High School, PA. As team captain in 2004, he helped lead the team to a PIAA District XI Championship. After HS, Dave played 2 seasons at Lehigh Carbon Community College, PA, served as team captain both years, and was named to the Eastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference All-Tournament team in 2007. After LCCC, he transfered to Shepherd University, where he played for a year before landing at Frostburg State to finish his Bachelor’s degree. ¬†He stayed busy during the summers as well, playing in the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League for the Putty Hill Panthers–he was even named a member of the 2009 MCBL All-Star team! Dave was an Assistant Coach while at Frostburg, and is happy to be back to coaching youth with Koa Sports! When he’s not coaching, you can find Dave out on the field (getting his own playing time in!) or studying to finish his Masters Degree in Education!

Mookie Alnassir 

mookieCoach Mookie was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, and has been a Maryland resident since the age of 5. ¬†A graduate of Richard Montgomery High School class of 2002, he was starting shooting guard for the rockets beginning in his sophomore year, making him a 3-time varsity basketball letterman. ¬†In coach Mookie’s senior season he was Montgomery County’s top 3-point shooter and number 3 in the state of Maryland, he received Honorable Mention All-Met and All-County honors, first team All-League 4A for Montgomery County, and was voted team MVP. ¬†Mookie was also the only member from the Richard Montgomery class of 2002 selected to the Montgomery County All-Star team as shooting guard. ¬†Coach Mookie also played for a competitive AAU team which won the Maryland State 17u Tournament to earn a spot in Orlando’s famed National
AAU Tournament held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. ¬†While Mookie’s playing days are behind him, his mission
now is to use his knowledge and experience to educate, empower, and inspire kids to reach their full potential on and off the court. 

Michael Evans

Born and raised in Central Florida, Michael Evans has been a NOVA resident for almost two years. He was a 4 sport varsity athlete in high school and went on to play baseball at a community college in Central Florida for one year before a shoulder injury caused Mike to hang up the cleats and glove. Now he’s a student at George Mason studying sports management and business and of course, coaching baseball! When he’s not on a ball field, you can find this dude in the water!! Surfing’s been a huge part of his life since he was a kid, plus he enjoys wakeboarding and fishing.

Coach Mike’s motto – “Practice makes Permanent.”  His coaching goal is to make sure his players are practicing in an effective, professional, and safe manner that will allow them to have fun and have the opportunity to play at a higher level.

Mike Sheridan

Coach Mike, a Washington, DC native and Gonzaga HS alum, attended the College of William and Mary where he was a starting player for the D-I Tribe.  A first baseman, Mike was also a top hitter and tore up the Colonial Athletic Association earning a reputation as one of the hardest players to strike out – striking out 27 times over three years, including 5 times his entire Junior season!  A lefty hitter, Mike’s 96 hits broke the W&M single-season hits record from 1995 and he also established other records for runs, RBIs and doubles during his collegiate career.

A 5th round draft pick out of W&M in 2008, Mike was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays.  He currently plays for the Rays organization in an Advanced Class A Florida State League where consistently leads his team in RBI’s. As a Coach, Mike brings his talent and passion for baseball to share with the Koa athletes.

Skip Talarak

A graduate of Langley High, Skip Talarak contributed to an amazingly hot team!!  Skip helped the Saxons earn three All Conference Baseball titles and the awesome All Region title X2!!  After graduating from Langley, Skip attended Tusculum College where he earned a Sport Management and Coaching degree and of course, where he played more ball!  During Skip’s tenure, the Pioneers were three-time All SAC Conference, All Region, and a two-time Conference Champion!!  When he graduated, Skip held the single season records for walks-47; doubles-26; RBI’s-68; and runs–68!!  When he’s not coaching on the Koa fields and motivating our ball players, Skip is pursuing a teacher certification program at UVA.

Jerrell Johnson 


Coach Jerrell is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended Shaker Heights High School and kept busy as a four-year letterman in baseball and a member of the concert band, while serving in a student group on race relations. After graduating from Shaker Heights, Jerrell went to¬†undergraduate school at Ohio Wesleyan where he studied Physical Education and played baseball helping the Bishops earn two regional appearances. In 2011, Jerrell earned his graduate degree from The University of Akron where his focus was Sports Administration. Before moving to Maryland, Jerrell served as an assistant coach on Case Western Reserve University’s baseball staff and also has coached several competitive teams in the Cleveland area. Jerrell brings his enthusiasm and knowledge of the game back to the field as a Koa baseball coach!

Corey Johnson  

JohnsonCoach Corey is a long way from home, having grown up in a small eastern Oregon town (Ontario). Corey played baseball and basketball all throughout high school, and after graduation he joined the Marines. Corey had the opportunity to play on the All-Marine baseball team, during which time he played the All-Navy team in the San Diego Padres stadium (Corey and the Marines won!) Graduated in 1993 and joined the Marines.  After serving 6 years in the Marines, he moved to NYC and attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he played shortstop and pitched, earning a CUNY all-star selection in all 4 years. Coach Corey brings his energy, enthusiasm and experience to the Koa program!

Adam Tidball

Adam is Koa’s travel baseball go-to guy, as well as the lead hitting and fielding instructor. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 2005 with a degree in Business Management. As a sophomore, he helped the University’s baseball team break the school record in wins (53-13) and ranking (9th in the country) and led them to their first appearance in the Super Regionals in school history. He was top 10 in career doubles, home runs, and slugging percentage at the University of Richmond before being drafted by the Chicago Cubs after his junior season. He graduated from Georgetown Prep in 2000 where he was an All-IAC, All-County, and All-Met athlete in Football, Basketball, and Baseball.

Adam was recently listed in the’s article on “Montgomery County’s greatest high school athletes of the past decade”.¬†Check it out!

Jeff Rodgers

Coach Jeff is a graduate of Lafayette College (Division 1), where he was a three year starting infielder. During his junior season, Coach Jeff hit .379 and was named first team All Patriot League. Coach Jeff is our on-deck “braniac,” holding an undergraduate degree in Economics and Business, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He’s one of those guys who gets it done on the field and in the office!

Brian Brewer

Howard Co. local Brian Brewer played ball for Hammond HS (Class of 2001) and earned 1st Team All-County and All-Metro 3 times plus 1st Team All-State his senior year. As the closer on the mound, Brian had a 1.91 career ERA. Brewer’s career batting average of .475 with 31career HR is the 3rd highest in the state, right behind teammate and Koa coach, Jason Maxey! His 13 HR in a season still stand as the MD State HS record. Brian was recruited to play for D-I UNC Wilmington and helped get the team their 2003 NCAA Regional Appearance. After transferring to Towson, he was part of the 2005 team that played for the CAA Championship.

Coach Brewer has been with Koa and it’s predecessor Next Level for years now and his teams have had much success. He is also an Asst. Baseball Coach for the State Champ Runnerup Hammond Bears. Coach Brewer believes in sound mechanics and mental toughness and works hard to get his players good exposure for college. His catch phrase — “Turn the page.” Look for Coach Brewer at Fed Ex field on Sundays — he’s a Redskins fanatic!

John Antokas

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in his third year as a student at The American University located in Washington D.C, where he is majoring in Business Administration and is the captain of his very successful club baseball team. John attended Oratory Prep in Summit, New Jersey, and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in 2008, where he lettered in Basketball, Soccer and was the captain of the Varsity Baseball Team. John has been with Koa since 2007 and considers Koa Sports the best job a college kid can ask for. He loves working with kids and making them the best student-athletes on and off the field!!

Dan Wolff

Dan, or just “Wolff” as the kids call him, is another Whitman graduate who went on to attend High Point University, and finished with a degree in Sports Management.  Wolff coaches baseball and flag football.  He currently works as an Assistant Football Coach and an Assistant Wrestling Coach at Walt Whitman High School.  Wolff is a big believer in giving back to the community, and has served for many years in the Big Brother, Little Brother program.  Wolff has also coached at the YMCA.

If you’re a Cowboys fan, you better stay away from Wolff … he’s diehard for the Skins!

Pat Siebenlist

A Gaithersburg native, Pat Siebenlist is a senior and right-handed pitcher for the Bates College Bobcats in Lewiston, Maine. Coach Pat graduated from Bullis in 2009. While there he pitched and played outfield. Pat also played in the Koa/Next Level baseball program for 4 seasons.

Evers Burns

Coach Evers Burns has been involved in basketball for more than 30 years, playing and coaching.  Evers attended Woodlawn High School in Baltimore and, in addition to basketball, was a heavily recruited All American football player.  Because basketball was his true passion, he decided to stay local and pursue his dream of playing basketball for the University of Maryland Terrapins.  Following his successful career at Maryland, he was drafted and played professionally for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, and later went on to play in the CBA and overseas.  Evers has coached at Howard Community College and Suitland High School and is excited to be part of the Koa Sports team!

Daniel Lustig

As a standout two-sport athlete at Alexandria Monroe High School in Indiana, Daniel earned four varsity letters in tennis and two in basketball.  In 1998 during his junior season, he led his high school team to the Class II-A State Championship and then to the semifinals his senior year. Daniel joined the Notre Dame basketball team, as a senior year walk-on, for the 2002-03 season in which they finished with a 24-10 record and a trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Daniel graduated with a degree in electrical engineering and as a better athlete.

Since graduating, Daniel has been a volunteer coach for Holy Trinity School in Georgetown working with kids in grades 3-6.¬† Daniel is one of Koa’s Rising Star Hoops coaches, and he brings a high level of enthusiasm and a sincere appreciation for the sport of basketball.

Antoine White

Antoine White is a man for all sports!  A Walt Whitman HS graduate, this Viking played JV Baseball, Lax, Football (3 years) and Basketball (4 years)!!  Antoine’s hoops highlights include starting point guard on the 2006 State Championship Team and the best record as Starting Point Guard at Whitman (38-15)!!

Antoine, the current coach of the Walt Whitman Men’s JV Basketball Team, brings plenty of¬†coaching experience to Koa with 2 years of AAU basketball for the Bethesda Bobcats, and 4 seasons of summer league basketball for Churchill and Whitman!!¬† And have you seen Coach Antoine on the flag field?¬† We can‚Äôt tell who‚Äôs having more fun ‚Äì the coach or the kids!!

Jamaal Clarke

Jamaal has played sports all of his life! A 2004 Prince George (Virginia) High School graduate, Jamaal went on to play D-1 basketball at VCU and several other schools. He also played collegiate baseball his senior year at Virginia Intermont College. After college, Jamaal had an opportunity to play basketball over-seas in Puerto Rico. In addition to playing, Jamaal has coached at summer hoops camps for USC, UNC Charlotte, Florida State and Va Tech. He also has managed to get in some peewee football and high school baseball coaching experience as well. Coach Jamaal loves to give back to the youth of our area and he continues to have a passion for being involved with sports.

Chad Baker

Coach Chad is a two sport coach for Koa with a solid background in basketball and baseball. In high school, Chad was a 4 year letterman in both basketball and baseball and was All-Metro Athletic Conference (MAC) in both. He owns the rebounding record for Canfield High School and in his senior year, Chad was First Team All Leaugue and All County. Chad returned to his alma mater to coach freshman basketball.

In college, Chad pitched two years at the University of Pittsburgh where he was both a starter and reliever and was 5-0 in 19 career appearances.¬†As a sophomore, Chad was the team representative on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.cCoach Chad Transferred from Pitt to Ohio State where graduated with and Economics degree.¬† In addition to coaching with Koa Sports, Chad is currently working towards a Master’s In Public Administration.

Nick Christakos

Coach Nick is one of Koa’s most experienced coaches, having coached basketball at a high level in the DC area for 15 years.¬† His many teams have competed successfully in almost every league in the area, including the Capital Beltway League, Mo. Co. Rising Star League, Mo. Co. Summer High School League, Force One League, Flames Fall League, Paradigm Athletics League, and others.¬† For the last¬†two years, Nick has worked with the Walter Johnson HS Varsity and JV teams in spring, summer and fall leagues, and has coached elements of the Whitman HS JV team in the Seniors Division of the I-270 League.¬† In addition, his teams have won or placed second in area tournaments, and many of his players have gone on to highly successful high school and college hoops careers.

In his high school days in Des Moines, Iowa, Nick was team captain and the number one player on the Varsity tennis team, and took second place in the 18U Division of the Des Moines Junior Jaycees Pepsi Cola Tennis Tournament in 1974.  Later in college, and going in a slightly different direction, Nick became captain of the Harvard Table Tennis Team, leading his team to the Northeast Intercollegiate Table Tennis League
championship in 1978.

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Meet coach Bryan, 2 year varsity player for the Walt Whitman Vikings basektball team. As a senior, Bryan was a starting point guard and team captain. After graduation, Bryan moved on to Caltech where he’s playing point guard. Bryan has spent the last 4 summers as a coach/counselor for Coach Lun’s Fast Break Basketball Camp and he’ll be working with Coach Lun again this summer. He also enjoys coaching one-on-one training with middle school players.

Bryan’s a huge fan of college hoops and when he’s not playing, he’s rooting for either the Wolverines or the Princeton Tigers — keeping to family loyalties!

Stephen White

Raised in Warwick, RI, Stephen White was a 3 season varsity athlete at Warwick Veterans Memorial HS, lettering in football (3 yrs) , basketball (2yrs) and track and field (1yr).  Also a scholar-athlete, in football Stephen was a 2 time Academic All Division as well as 1st Team All Division and All-City as Defensive Tackle.   At Center his sophomore year, Stephen was part of WVMHS’ 2000 JV State Championship hoops team.  In track, Stephen placed 4th in the City Championship discus and was part of the Conference Championship. After graduating in 2002, Stephen went on to the University of Rhode Island where he played 2 seasons as an Offensive Linesman for the Rams before a concussion cut short his collegiate athletic career.  Coach Stephen graduated from URI in 2007 with a Kinesiology BS and Biology Minor and is currently attending Howard University’s Physician Assistant program with the goal of working in Sports Medicine.

When Coach Stephen isn‚Äôt studying, he finds time to bowl, play some hoops, volunteer and of course coach.¬† His passion for coaching comes from the love of competition and athletics. Coach Stephen believes, ‚ÄúThere’s nothing more gratifying than teaching lessons on the field to kids that they can take off the field.‚Äù

Michael J. Brown

Although Coach Mike is a native of Tampa, Florida, he is a Bethesda Chevy Chase HS graduate were he lettered in football and track.  He went on to Marshall University where he received a football scholarship and played for the Thundering Herd from 1998-2000 before transferring to FSU.  After college Mike played Arena Football with the Tampa Bay Storm organization.  His professional career includes a DFL Citrus Bowl win with the Hernando County Eagles, an ECFA Championship with the Frederick Outlaws and the GDFL National Championship with the Chambersburg Cardinals Minor League.

In his free time, Coach Mike enjoys working out and rooting for his favorite sports teams!  Not sure which one – here’s a hint, “It’s no debate, it’s Florida State” is Mike’s creed. Mike believes teaching kids is easy, but getting kids to learn is real progress!

Mark Woodford

Coach Mark started playing basketball when he was only 6. He played for his local rec department and for the AAU organization. Although basketball is Coach Mark’s favorite sport, this 2002 Oxon Hill HS grad also played softball for one year as well as flag football. After high school Mark attended University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Prince Georges Community College. Mark brings his skills and knowledge of basketball (and football) to his coaching. Ask him which NBA players he has competed with over the years!

Jasper Hney

A Montgomery County native, Coach Jasper played football for the Colonels at Magruder High School in Rockville. Not one to limit himself, Jasper also played select baseball in high school and then went on to play Junior College basketball. A 2008 graduate of University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Coach Jasper is psyched to bring his energy and sports knowledge to the kids

Dan Serron

Coach Dan grew up loving sports! He played hoops, soccer and lacrosse from the time he was young. A 2004 graduate of Penfield HS in Rochester, NY, Dan lettered in both soccer and lax. In high school he was part of the Monroe County Lacrosse Championship team. Dan went on to study at SUNY, Oneonta where he got his degree in sports management and kept playing his favorite sports. While at SUNY, he began coaching JV lacrosse. Throughout his time in college he also organized hoops tournaments and coached rec soccer. Dan has translated his love of sports into a passion for coaching kids.

Mike Slade

Coach Mike is a Montgomery County athlete and graduate of Paint Branch High School.  At PBHS, Mike played football and was a member of the Panthers’ track team.  Mike continued his football career while attending West Virginia State University where he received his Business Management and Administration Degree.  At WVSU, he was a 4 year starter at nose guard.  Since graduating, Mike has kept sports in his life with softball, flag football, basketball and racing dirt bikes.

As a parent, Mike has coached baseball, basketball and football for 6 years, with 2 years as a baseball commissioner.¬† While seeking out the best opportunities for his oldest son to learn the great sport of baseball, Mike found Koa Sports!¬† After sitting on the sidelines watching the Koa staff have all the fun, Mike decided to join Koa Sports in 2011 and was dubbed ‚ÄúThe Legend.‚Äù When he‚Äôs not coaching, Mike is currently a Systems Engineer at NASA.¬† Coach Mike still believes “you can teach life through sports, and hard work offers rewards that last a lifetime.‚Äù

Alex Barnes

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Alex grew up playing football, baseball, basketball, and soccer.  In high school he excelled in football and baseball earning 8 varsity letters and 7 All Conference Honors for the Christian Brothers College HS team, including defensive player of the year and 1st team All State in baseball his senior year.  He led the state in interceptions in football and also led the state in triples in baseball in his senior year.  After high school, Alex attended Yale University where he focused on football as a placekicker and punter.  He was a three year letter winner and two year starter during his four years.  His senior year he was the Bulldogs’ top punter with a 36.3 average on 26 attempts.  After graduation in 2011,
Coach Alex moved to the DC area to start his career as a Portfolio Manager for a Commercial and Specialty Finance group.


Meet Coach Terrance, a native Washingtonian and multi-sport player! He grew up right here in D.C. and from the time he was little played every sport he could including soccer, basketball, baseball and football! Terrance attended St. Albans from 4-12th grade. After middle school hoops and baseball, he was a two year Varsity player for St. A’s Football and Track & Field teams. In his senior year, he led the Bulldogs to an IAC Track Championship placing 2nd in discus! After graduation, Terrance prepped at Phillips Exeter Academy where he continued his track and field magic leading the team to their first NEPSTA Track & Field championship this decade. As the #2 discus in New England, Terrance was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. Coach Terrance graduated from the University of Michigan with an Economics degree and when he’s not coaching, he’s pursuing a career in real estate finance.

Jesse Simon

Potomac resident and 2011 Churchill Grad, Coach Jesse already has an impressive athletic resume. Jesse was a 3 year varsity letterman for the Bulldgos football and basketball teams and a varsity baseball player as well. He says he feels like a seasoned veteran. Jesse coaches flag football, hoops and baseball for Koa and bring his enthusiasm and athletic versatility to all of our programs.

Jim Kuhn

Jim Kuhn is Head Coach and steward of the Whitman Football program. Coach Kuhn brings his extensive football coaching experience to a job that is incredibly demanding. This will be his 13th year coaching football at Whitman. Coach Kuhn also headed up Whitman’s Varsity Baseball team for 10 years.

His work on the field is rivaled only by his work in the classroom. For the past 15 years, Coach Kuhn has taught in Whitman’s Math Department. His dedication has earned him the respect of his peers, students, and parents.¬†Coach Kuhn is a native of Battle Creek, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a B.S. in Kinesiology. He received his post graduate degree in Teaching from Western Michigan and pursued additional studies at Johns Hopkins.

Coach Kuhn and his wife, Kate, have been married 19 years and have two children. Henry attends Randolph Macon College and Jake is at Pyle Middle School.

Tim Nori

Tim Nori brings plenty of coaching experience to Koa.  He is the current Churchill HS JV boys baseball coach and has worked as the Walter Johnson Asst. Varsity football coach for two years. A 2007 Salisbury University grad, Tim earned a BA in Communications with a minor in coaching.  While at Salisbury he worked in the Athletic Department with the strength and conditioning staff. Tim attended Gaithersburg HS and was a 2000 graduate of Watkins Mill HS. During his high school career, Tim lettered in 3 sports and played on 8 state playoff baseball and football teams!  Coach Tim is currently pursuing his certification in Phys Ed Master Coaching. Tim works as a para-educator at WJ and is the 2009 winner of the teacher pie eating contest!

Cameron Dantley

Cameron Dantley is a flat out sports enthusiast, playing football, hoops, and baseball since he was 5 years old.  While at St. Albans high school (Grades 4-12), he helped lead his varsity basketball team to an IAC title his senior year. He also played 4 years at QB, (Captain Sr. year), throwing for 2,850 yards and 28 TDs in his senior season. Cameron was named All Met Honorable Mention for the D.C. metro area his senior year and named IAC All-League as a junior. At Phillips Exeter Academy for post-grad (2005), he was a first team All-New England pick at QB and earned team MVP honors as well in football and basketball.  Cameron then went on to play QB at Syracuse University where he played in 17 career games and threw for over 2,000 yards and 16 TDs.

After graduating with a psychology degree, Cameron went on to play one season of arena football, and is still pursuing a football career.¬† He also trains young kids in various sports and has begun personal training as well.¬† Coach Cam is now a Koa veteran, coaching in all of Koa’s programs at all levels!

john_bergwall2John Bergwall 

John is a local athlete who attended Wheaton High School where he played baseball and basketball for the Knights.  He was a pitcher, catcher and IF and as a senior, John earned All Gazette honors. After graduation, John attended Montgomery College Germantown and continued to play ball.  He had a career record of 9-4 with 4 saves and was part of the National Championship runner up team in 2009.  John went on to play 2 more years at Coppin State University in Baltimore and was named to the all conference academic team.  A Deans List student, John earned a BS in Biology.  He has future plans to complete the Physician’s Assistant degree program.  In addition to his academics and baseball, John has also coached JV hoops at Seneca Valley HS. Coach John is looking forward to working with the Koa travel kids this spring and bringing his baseball passion to the program.

stevechristakos Steve Christakos 

Steve‚Äôs passion in life is baseball –”always has been and always will be!” Steve attended nearby Walter Johnson High School, where he was a starting pitcher for the varsity baseball team for three years. He was also a member of Tony‚Äôs first baseball team, with Koa’s predecessor Next Level. He went on to become a starting pitcher for the Ursinus College Bears for 4 years. Steve graduated from Ursinus with a BA in Business and Minor in Coaching.¬† Steve is looking forward to teaching young players the skills they need to succeed on and off the field.

Jesse Mates

Baseball is in Jesse’s blood—he’s been playing since he was 4 and is a huge fan of the Minnesota Twins and the Nats! Growing up, Jesse played for the BCC Heat, which was consistently ranked top-50 in the nation. He also played summer HS ball for Coach Tony! Jesse attended Walt Whitman HS in Bethesda. As a senior, he led the 2009 Vikings to Regional Finals and was selected for the Senior All-Star game along with First-Team All-County honors at shortstop. Jesse avoided Maryland’s cold winters in Delray Beach, training at Bucky Dent’s Baseball Academy, where he honed and refined his skills.

After high school, Jesse attended the University of
Pittsburgh where he walked-on to the baseball team. He later transferred to the University of Maryland and he is currently a rising
senior majoring in Kinesiology with plans on working in the field of sports management. Coach Jesse is a strong believer that “hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” Jesse enjoys coaching and working out on-and-off the diamond.

Picture(KOA)Kevan Creppy  

Coach Kevan is a lifelong basketball player, having played basketball at all levels, from high school all the way up to professionally in Shanghai, China!! Kevan spent four years playing basketball on a full-athletic scholarship at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL. He’s not just an athlete, either. Coach Kevan is currently pursuing an MBA and plans to finish his law degree in the area soon after! He’s getting his studying in now before he spends his summer competing with the Guyanese National Basketball National team for the prequalifying round of the Olympics! This is Coach Kevan’s first year with Koa Sports and he’s excited to pass on his love and knowledge of the game!

ethanEthan Thompson 

Ethan is currently a senior at the University of Maryland where he is a double major in Government and Politics and History. Ethan has been playing and coaching baseball for over 15 years, and has coaching experience with players of all ages. An experienced youth private instructor, Ethan has also worked with high school players, most notably with Whitman and Gonzaga summer teams. He is currently a co-coach for KOA’s 9u travel team, which plays in the Virginia State Prospects League.


1311833553_sdcard_DSC_1782Jason Carter

Jason Carter, A.K.A., ‚ÄúCoach JP‚Äù was born and raised in Washington D.C., where he graduated from Northwestern High School and went on to receive an Associates degree in Business Administration from Everest College. He grew up playing basketball, football and boxing.¬† Coach JP has an undeniable passion for coaching and helping build athletes of all ages. He believes in preparing athletes for the next level by working hard, building character and enhancing their athletic skills. When Coach JP is not on the court with Koa, he’s busy spending time with his family, volunteering in the community, working on his photography skills and working for an organization called SAFEO. ¬†He’s extremely happy to be involved with Koa Sports League, and looks forward to watching Koa athletes grow!

seanSean Hagan  

Coach Sean is a local boy–born and raised in Gaithersburg, MD, and a graduate of Magruder High School! While there, Sean played baseball as a Varsity pitcher for 3 years. After graduating from high school, he went on to play at Montgomery College as both a Pitcher and Outfielder. After¬†receiving his Associate’s¬†Degree in General¬†Studies¬†from Montgomery College, Sean decided to attend The University of Maryland, College Park, to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. While attending UMD, Sean stayed in the game, playing and refereeing intramural sports–including Basketball, Flag Football and Soccer! When he’s not coaching one of his Koa teams, he enjoys playing pick-up basketball, and, of course, some men’s softball!

Al Davis  

aldBefore joining Koa in 2010, coach Al was a high school football & baseball standout at Springfield Gardens H.S. in Queens, New York. After HS, he earned a degree in physical education while playing baseball at Norfolk State University. After college he successfully served in United States Navy in Operation Desert Storm / Desert Shield as Petty Officer. After 16 years of dedicated service at Rosedale Sports Association as a football coach & Vice President, he was recently promoted to the chairman of the “Executive Board” for the 45-year-old scholastic and youth sports program in NYC. Coach Al is a certified sports official with the NYC Public School Athletic League (PSAL) as a Football Official and Baseball Umpire as well as a member of National Association of Sports Officials (NASO). Before relocating to the DC Metro area, Coach Al coached football on the high school level at Flushing High School in (NYC) and has remained a consultant to the program since relocating four years ago. Coach Al still feels most at home on the baseball diamond or on the football field between the white lines!

Bryan Freeland 

Coach Bryan played field hockey for Harford Community College in 1998, and was elected Captain in 1999. With the team, he traveled up and down the eastern seaboard, as well as traveling with the team to play in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. In 2000, he was an Assistant Field Hockey Coach at Havre de Grace High School, his alma mater.¬†Coach Bryan hung up his field hockey stick for a while to play rugby for ten years with teams in Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, but he’s back now! When he is not driving field hockey balls past goalies or kicking rugby balls through the uprights, he also enjoys rock climbing.¬†Coach Bryan holds an associate’s degree in secondary education from Harford Community College,and a bachelor’s degree in English from Eastern Connecticut State University.

Jon Chwirut

Coach Jon is graduate of The Heights School in Potomac where he pitched for the Cavaliers and was named 1st Team All County and Honorable Mention all Met by the Washington Post his senior year.  He went on to play D-III baseball for Elizabethtown College before transferring to Salisbury U to focus on his degree.  In addition to his coaching duties at Koa, Jon has been a Varsity Assistant for the Heights and helps on and off with fall ball and the pitchers.

Danny Miller

Coach Danny is a Sherwood HS graduate (C’2003) where he was a 2 year football letterman and a 4 year baseball letterman. ¬†Danny earned a D-1 scholarship to Elon University for baseball and proudly served as captain of his team. ¬†Danny finished his degree at Mors Hill College and went on to get his Masters in Education at John Hopkins in 2012. ¬†In addition to coaching with Koa, Danny is a teacher and he has worked as the Head JV Football Coach at Gaithersburg HS and as an Asst. Baseball Coach at his alma mater, Sherwood HS.

Danny Williams

A recent UMD grad (C’2013) Danny is a local Bethesda athlete.  He played 3 years of Varsity Baseball for the Vikings and was part of the team that advanced to the Montgomery County Regional Finals.  Danny has been coaching kids of all ages for over 5 years and has been working with Koa for 3 seasons.  He is excited about passing on his love of the game to the next generation of players.

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