At D-BAT OKC, lessons are taught with the ballplayer as the primary focus while also involving the parents during the lessons. We have great instructors who can instruct players at every level for improvement.  Because our instructors can not be at the ballplayer's games, they rely on the parents for feedback on how the player is doing in game situations.  

Kale Thaxton

Baseball Instructor

Kale was selected to play in the All-State game as a senior at Duncan High School. He then earned baseball scholarships at Redlands Community College and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He was named to an All Conference team three times while playing in college. Prior to moving to Oklahoma City, he instructed hitting lessons and helped host a baseball camp in Duncan, Oklahoma. 

Bennett Pickar

Baseball Instructor

Bennett just finished a three-year stint as a catcher in the Detroit Tigers minor league organization where he had the opportunity to catch pitchers such as Justin Verlander, Joe Nathan, and Joba Chamberlin. Prior to signing with the Detroit Tigers (11th round, 2012 MLB draft), Bennett earned a scholarship to Oral Roberts University where he competed in three NCAA D1 Tournaments and played summer baseball in the Cape Cod League. In high school, Bennett was drafted by the Atlanta Braves (15th round, 2009 MLB draft) and was a part of four winning Colorado State Championship teams.

Brian Shackleford

Brian Shackelford was an All-American outfielder at the University of Oklahoma from 1995 to 1998) and is currently the OU all-time record holder for RBI's, Extra Base hits, and Doubles. Brian was originally drafted by Kansas City in 1998. He was then traded to the Cincinnati in 2003, Tampa Bay in 2007, and signed as free agent with the LA Dodgers in 2008. He converted from outfielder to pitcher in 2003 and made his Major League debut in June 2005 with Cincinnati. With over 10 years of Major League experience, Brian's vast knowledge of the game has made him a premier pitching, hitting & fielding instructor. Brian works with athletes all over the state and has several former students pitching in college as well as Major and Minor League Baseball.

 

Lauren Moore

Softball Instructor

Lauren currently holds the record for All Decade first baseman at the University of Central Oklahoma. She has coached softball at the High School level at Casady School in Oklahoma City for the past 8 years, 4 as assistant coach & is currently in her 4th year as head coach. Lauren is a Physical Education teacher for grades K-12 and enjoys working with all ages.

Allison McCartney

Softball Instructor

Allison is currently the Head softball coach at Oklahoma Christian Academy.

Allison holds the record at her high school for the most strikeouts in a single season. She attended Pittsburg State Junior College & in Allison’s Freshman season of college, she recorded a 2.1 ERA. She was awarded the National Fastpitch Coach’s Association & NJCAA Academic All American Award in 2005. Allison is comfortable working with all ages.

Kelsey Berlin

Kelsey comes to us from Wichita, Kansas. She Pitched at Butler, University of Arkansas & finished her college career at the University of Central Oklahoma where she is currently a Graduate assistant with the Bronchos. Kelsey specializes in pitching & speed & agility training. She is qualified to teach, fielding, catching & hitting as well.

Sierra Thorp

Sierra currently coaches within the Edmond Heat Organization. She has coached the 18U, 10U, 12U, and 14U teams. Sierra was a starter 4 years at Cashion High School and received the Tommy Maxon award, Golden Glove award and was a home run record holder. Sierra was injured after receiving a softball scholarship at Central Methodist University in Missouri. Sierra specializes in catching, fielding, hitting, and agilities.

Nick Baker

Nick was second in the state of Oklahoma in home runs as well as achieving All State status in 2001 while attending Hammon High School. Nick pitched at Cameron University then transferred to Western Oklahoma State University where his pitching career was cut short due to injury. Nick works with all ages and abilities. He specializes in pitching, hitting, fielding, speed, agility, and base running.

Tony Willoughby

Tony began his coaching career in 2001 at Whitesboro High School in Whitesboro, TX. During his time in Whitesboro, he coached catchers as well as hitting. Tony was also the strength and conditioning coordinator where he worked with the athletes in their offseason to develop sport specific strength and agility. After leaving Whitesboro, Tony spent time at Greenville High School in Greenville, TX and Plainview High School in Ardmore, OK, where he worked with all positions, hitting, as well as strength and conditioning. In 2014, Tony helped start the Oklahoma Crush 10u and 12u tournament teams. Tony has experience working with athletes of all ages. He specializes in coaching catchers, hitting, fielding, strength and agility, and baserunning.