"If you are a serious player and have the desire to become a great player"

jerry thaut

  • Instructor at Line Drives/Players Choice Academy since February 2004. During that time he has instructed hundreds of athletes of all ages with much success.
  • Jerry originally comes from the state of Washington where he accumulated over a 70% winning record as a high school coach. He was twice named conference coach of the year and North Central Washington State Coach of the year. His high school team won the Big School State Championship in 1981. In 2002 Jerry was inducted into the Moses Lake High School Hall of Fame for his athletic and coaching achievements.
  • Jerry has also had outstanding success in summer baseball appearing in 4 Babe Ruth Baseball World Series, winning 2 National Championships and placing 3rd and 4th in the other two. He has coached in two AAU World Series placing 3rd and 4th as well as winning a Cal Ripkin U10 State Championship.
  • It is to Jerry’s credit that 22 of his players have been drafted or signed professional contracts. Most notably Ryan Doumit of the Minnesota Twins and B.J. Garbe who was the 5th player taken in the 1999 professional draft and the National Gatorade Player of the year.
  • In 1998 Jerry was selected as the head coach for the Babe Ruth Baseball USA National Team. He has also been an associate scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • Jerry has an extensive background in coaching baseball at all age levels.

Brandon hayes

• Head Coach at Player’s Choice Academy for 3 years

• Instructing players of all ages for 5 years

• Played college baseball at Oregon State University

  (recruiting class ranked 2nd in nation)

• Nephew of former Major League outfielder Von Hayes

• Selected in the 2007 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers but did not sign

• Ranked #2 - Oregon’s top 40 players in high school class of 2007

• Perfect Game Preseason Rawlings All-American Honors

• Bachelor's Degree in Business (Finance and Management) Dean’s List Honors

Steve ontiveros

An 11 year MLB veteran and All Star.   Coached the Chinese Olympic team in 2008. 

Our qualified instructors have a combined over a century of playing/coaching experience, including specialties in hitting, fielding, pitching, catching and more. Our staff includes:




meet the instructors


• 20 year pro career with 15 years in Major League

• Career .295 batting average

• Played in 2 World Series

• 1991 World series Champion Minnesota Twins

• 15 year coaching career

• Angels/Giants/Cubs

• Currently AAA hitting coach Chicago Cubs

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