STAFF & COACHES


DEAN JORDAN
Founder, Chairman of Board


A 12 year MLB team senior executive with over 35 years of working around professional & amateur baseball, Dean founded NCDB with a single team in 2009 as a way to give back to the game he loves and which has given so much to he and his family.  Far removed from its humble beginnings in 2009, NCDB is now a multiple team operation and is known as one of the most successful player development organizations in the mid-Atlantic region.  He served as NCDB's CEO and President until September 2018.  He remains involved with the organization utilizing his relationships in professional and collegiate baseball to provide NCDB players with development guidance and advancement assistance. 

A native North Carolinian, Dean was an executive officer for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1987 thru 1992 and was part of the management team for the three consecutive NL Eastern Division titles won by the Pirates from 1990 - 1992. He then moved on to a senior executive role with the Florida Marlins and was a member of the executive team that launched the franchise in 1993 and remained through 1997, the season in which the Marlins won the World Series.

He is currently a Managing Executive at Wasserman, one of the world's largest sports management and representation firms.  In this role, he is an advisor / consultant to professional leagues, teams, major collegiate conferences, and universities across all sports. In 2013, he was included in Sports Business Journal's list of 25 Most Influential People in college and in 2014 he was named to the Sport Development Advisory Board of USA Baseball.

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.
JORY COUGHENOUR
Board of Directors 
Organizational Instructor
12U & 13U 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.
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.
JON LINK
Organizational Instructor 
16U Team Elite American Head Coach

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.
JAIME SCHULTZ
Organizational Pitching Instructor

(October-February) 

Jaime is currently a pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  He works with NCDB pitchers across all age groups during the off season on conditioning programs and mechanics.

​Selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 14th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.  In 2016, his first season at Triple A, he went 5-7 with a 3.58 ERA.  He struckout 163 batters in just 130 innings pitched.  He was acquired by the Dodgers following the 2018 season.

Jaime played college baseball at High Point University.  A native of NY, he threw four no-hitters for Maple Hill High School of Castleton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
TYLER BOLTON
Organizational Pitching Instructor


Tyler is a native of Wake Forest and was a three year letter winner at East Carolina.  After his playing days with the Pirates, he was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2014 MLB Draft.  He pitched two seasons in the D-backs system - at Hillsboro in the Northwest League (Rookie) and Missoula in the Pioneer League (Class A)  before retiring as a player in the spring of 2016. 

At East Carolina, he had a career record of 2-7, 3.44 ERA, in 27 appearances (15 starts), with 45 strikeouts. He was named to the Conference USA Commissioner Honor Roll (2012) and the ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll in the fall of 2011 and fall of 2013.

​Attended Kerr-Vance Academy where he was an eleven-time letter winner for the Spartans (baseball 5, basketball 4, soccer 2).  He helped the Spartans to a three-year record of 67-19 including the 2010 2A EPIC state title.  He was a two time EPIC Player-of-the-Year (2010-11), and three-time N.C. All-State and EPIC All Conference selection (2009-11). 
RAYMOND ALLEN
Organizational Instructor


Ricky 
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. 
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.
CJ NEEDHAM
Organizational Instructor

  
CJ is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. While at Knightdale HS, he was 3 time All- Conference and All-Region performer as well as a All- State Player. After graduation, CJ accepted a scholarship to play college baseball at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina. After Redshirting at Belmont Abbey, he played at Louisburg College in Louisburg, North Carolina where he was A 2 time All- Conference, for Louisburg. After Louisburg, CJ played at the University of Mount Olive for one year and later signed a pro contract with the Joliet Slammers in Joliet, Illinois.
 
CHANCE REYNOLDS
Organizational Instructor

  
Since his retirement as a professional baseball player, Chance Reynolds has been helping young men earn collegiate baseball scholarships and opportunities in professional baseball for nearly 20 years.  A former catcher, this two-time Frontier League All-Star was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 1993 Amateur Draft and later also played professionally with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers Organizations.  Following retirement as a player, Reynolds led American Legion Post 202 to a Georgia State Championship in 2003 and was recognized as the American Legion Coach of the Year for the State of Georgia twice (2003, 2000).  Reynolds has also spent time coaching collegiate at his alma mater, the University of North Florida (1997), Presbyterian College (2001), and in the travel team ranks with TNL Sports (2008-2005) and Team Elite (2014-2009).  A former Associate Scout for the Florida Marlins, Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies organizations, Reynolds also led Stratford Academy in Macon, GA to two GISA AAA Final Four berths and an overall winning percentage of over .600 during his five seasons as their Head Coach (2015-2011). 
NCDB ALUMNI GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACHES
Ricky 
DENNIS DELGADO
Ricky 
SAM RAPPAPORT
Ricky 
MAX RUSKIE
NCDB Honored Player
Ricky