Mike Taylor

Founder and Pitching Coach

Mike Taylor has been working with players from the North Dallas area for the past couple of decades. Just over the past few years, pitchers that Mike has helped in their development have gone on to earn 48 HS All-District 1st Team honors, 32 College Scholarships and 4 MLB draft picks. After playing college baseball at Ouachita Baptist University, Mike developed a passion for teaching and coaching, starting with a 17U national showcase team for the Dallas Cyclones, many of those players going on to be recruited by Ouachita and play for the CWS Division 2 national championship for three consecutive years. In addition to working with area HS baseball teams that include Richardson High, WT White with Coach David Shepherd and Matt Whatley, JJ Pearce, Parish, Plano West, and many others, Mike has been the pitching instructor for Ranger Junior College. Mike has worked alongside Jason Smiga as a pitching coach in the Texas Collegiate League (Texas Marshals) as well as the Metro Scouts League. Mike started the North Dallas Baseball organization as a pitching instruction and development tool, and with Jason Smiga and Victor Liu began the NDBA baseball teams. Mike owns and leads his own company Environmental Test Solutions NA, yet finds time to work in his passion for developing HS baseball players.

Jason Smiga

Team & Organization's Head Coach

Prior to coaching baseball and teaching at Richardson High School, Jason attended and played college ball at Sam Houston State and The University of Houston where he earned All-Southwest Conference Shortstop honors. Jason also enjoyed three years of professional baseball: two in the independent league and one with Texas Rangers at the "A" and "AA" levels. During the summers of 2016, 2017, and 2018, Jason oversaw college-level teams through the Texas Collegiate League and the Metro Scout College League. His most recent collaboration was the development and inception of the North Dallas Baseball Academy with Mike Taylor and Victor Liu. Jason oversees the teams ranging from 12U to 17U. Coach Smiga is a sought after private instructor in the areas of hitting and infield mechanics.

Matt Whatley

Catchers and Team Head Coach

Coach Matt Whatley joined NDBA to help coach its 12U team with his former coach, Jason Smiga who coached Matt when he was on the Dallas Knights 17U team several years ago started by Jason Smiga and Logan Stout. Matt's baseball playing background includes being a 4-year starter at Garland High School where he was a 3-time All-District Catcher with his Senior year being All Area, and All-State. Matt then went on to Texarkana Junior College where he played in the JUCO World Series, and then to Univ of Arkansas Monticello and in 2008 to Stephen F Austin State University. Coach Whatley was a 4year assistant to Hall of Fame Coach David Shepherd, and for the past 6 years has been the Head Coach at WT White.

Cason Sherrod

Pitching and Team Coach

In his senior year at WT White High School, Cason was selected as the 39th pick, drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cason, however, turned down the offer to attend Texas A&M where he earned All SEC Community Service honors where he helped the Aggies advance to the Regionals all 4 years, Super Regionals in 2015 —2017, and to the CWS in 2017. Cason was drafted twice, by the Kansas City Royals in 2017, and by the Miami Marlins in 2018. Cason currently is with the High A Marlins organization. Cason is thankful for the coaching, mentorship, and guidance that Mike Taylor has provided since his junior year at WT White. At WT White, Cason was coached by David Shepherd and Matt Whatley

Richard Zastoupil

Organization's Pitching and Team Head Coach

Richard Zastoupil, "Coach Z" grew up in North Dallas, attending Richardson High school where he was All-District in both basketball and baseball. Following playing and graduating from Sam Houston State, "Z" was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds, and pitched in the Reds organization from 1991-1993. Upon returning to the North Dallas area, Coach Z was the inaugural baseball coach at Plano West High School for the first 5 seasons, and then its pitching coach for the next 7. Today, Coach Z is the Athletic Director at Jasper High School in Plano.

Beau Snodgrass

Team Head Coach

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Beau Snodgrass played for Coach Smiga and with Coach Whatley on Mickey Mantle World Series championship team. He was a 4 year Varsity starter in baseball/3 year Varsity starter in football at Garland High School and a member of JUCO World Series team at Texarkana College. He won 2 year all conference and 2007 team MVP at Murray State. Also pitched, caught, and played outfield at Northwestern State University. (2007-2008). He was a Varsity assistant coach at Forney High School (2009-2012) and also a Head Coach at Kaufman High School (2012-2019) with playoff appearances in every season. Beau is currently the Head Coach at Wylie High School (2019-current)

Joe Heineman

Team Coach

Joe Heineman grew up in the DFW metroplex, attending Southlake Carroll. He played football and baseball all four years. In baseball, he earned All-State honors at both the SS and RHP positions. Joe is a JuCo product of Weatherford College where he spent his first collegiate season. From there he transferred on to finish his remaining 3 years at Baylor University. At Baylor he received both academic and athletic Big 12 honors, and is a part of the most recent All Decade Second Team of Pitchers. Joe now resides in Dallas, working as a commercial insurance agent and as Trinity Christian Academy’s varsity pitching coordinator.

Easton Moore

Team Coach

Prior to returning to the DFW area to coach at Trinity Christian Academy, Easton Moore played collegiate baseball at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas. He was apart of 2 conference championship teams and 3 opening round participant teams. Easton also won the NAIA Gold Glove at SS as a sophomore and finished 5th in career hits at Lyon.

Easton joins NDBA as a 12u coach alongside fellow TCA coach, Joe Heineman.

Brandon Bloom

Director

Brandon Bloom grew up in Oklahoma City, attending Putnam City West High School where he played baseball and basketball. After high school, he went on to play baseball at Oklahoma Baptist University, where he was a 4-year starter at shortstop and centerfield. While at OBU, Brandon earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting. After graduating from OBU, Brandon earned his law degree from the University of Oklahoma, and later earned a masters in tax law from the University of Florida. He now resides in Dallas, where he has practiced law since 2007, specializing in tax law, representing clients in the private equity, real estate, and energy industries. Brandon loves spending time with his family, especially watching and coaching his son and daughter and their teammates on the sports field. Brandon serves as an assistant coach and on the Board of Directors of North Dallas Baseball Academy.

Victor Liu

General Manager

Victor's purpose as the manager for NDBA is to build a differentiated, competitive baseball organization that starts with valuing high impact coaches and building a healthy, relational culture. Victor has done this for years in business as the President of Hunt Energy Enterprises, where he has created new energy technology ventures and businesses for Hunt Energy Consolidated where he is also the Company's Chief Technology Officer. Victor has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and has been in the Venture Capital business for the past 25 years. North Dallas Baseball Academy is the combination of Victor's passion for baseball which he shares with his sons, and his venture creation skills where he developed the NDBA teams with Mike Taylor and Jason Smiga, then further growing it with Matt Whatley, and being reunited with Richard Zastoupil with whom he played HS baseball at Richardson HS.