Coaches/Instructors

Coaches & Instructors

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JAKE JOHANSEN

12UAAA/Major Head Coach

Jake grew up in Allen Texas and attended Allen High School. He played first, third, and pitcher for the Eagles during his time there. Jake was drafted out of high school in the 45th round by the New York Mets but chose to further his education and baseball career at Dallas Baptist University. During his four year span at DBU, Jake was a part of 1 conference tournament championship, 2 regionals, and 1 super regional appearance. In 2012 Jake was drafted by the Pittsburg Pirates in the 27th round and again turned it down to go back to college to graduate with a degree in Kinesiology and play for another year. In 2013 he was selected 68th overall in the 2nd round by the Washington Nationals. 

 

Jake played in the Washington Nationals organization from 2013-2017 before getting picked up by the Chicago White Sox half way through the 2017 season. He played with the White Sox through the end of the 2018 season and is currently a free agent. During his 6 year professional career, Jake has experience as a starter, reliever, and closer at almost every level in the minor leagues. 

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Cory Taylor

Cory went to high school in Owasso, Oklahoma where he was All-State his senior year. After graduating high school, Cory decided to further his education and playing experience at Dallas Baptist University from 2013-2015.

After his junior year at DBU Cory was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 8th round of the MLB draft. As a right handed pitcher, Cory spent the next few years working his way all the way up to the AAA ranks. Cory spent this last winter playing baseball overseas for the Brisbane Bandits in Australia. Cory is set to Graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Sports Management by the end of this year.

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DANIEL BROWN

Daniel grew up in Mt Vernon Texas where he attended Mt Vernon High School. He played shortstop and pitcher for the Tigers during his time there. After high school Daniel signed with Tyler Junior College. During his one year there, TJC won the NJCAA Div III National Championship. Daniel was named the NJCAA Div III Player and Pitcher of the Year. Daniel then signed with Mississippi State where he played for 2 years. During his time there he played in a Regional, Super Regional, and a SEC Championship. Follwing his Junior season in 2016, Daniel was drafted in the 7th round by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Daniel currently plays in the Brewers Organization where he was a member AA Biloxi Shuckers this past season(runner up in the Southern League).. He was also a team member of the 2018 Peoria Javelinas(winners of the Arizona Fall League Championship).

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DION HOLBROOK

Dion attended Timberview High School in Arlington, TX. As a senior, Holbrook’s speed and ability to blanket the outfield made him one of North Texas’ most sought after baseball recruits. Dion also competed as a member of quite a few select and club teams in the metroplex.

After catching the eye of university recruiters nationwide, Holbrook elected to enroll at Mountain View College to strengthen his academic skills as he prepared to take on collegiate baseball at the next level.

As a member of the Mountain View Lions, Dion recorded a .326 batting average in his 149 plate appearances. Holbrook’s most impressive statistics came as a base runner. Holbrook scored 18 runs off of 13 stolen bases in just one season.

After a year at Mountain View, Dion moved to Grambling State University to continue his education and baseball career. He played outfield from 2012-2014 before transitioning to a full-time pitcher. In 2015, Dion threw the first no-hitter in Grambling State University history earning him SWAC pitcher of the week.

After college, Dion started coaching and returned to Mountain View College as the pitching coach and is currently the assistant coach at Grace Prep High School.

 

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CAMERON WATTEN

2024-Watten Head Coach
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TAYLOR GAMBILL

9UAAA-Head Coach

Taylor recently moved to the Dallas area from Savannah, Georgia. Taylor brings with him 10 years of coaching experience at all levels from youth to high school.

His training comes from connections in the Washington Nationals organization as well as experience coaching under top high school programs in the Savannah region. He specializes in advanced infield techniques but has experience in catching, hitting and pitching training as well.

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Ryan Angus

14UAAA & 2024 Angus-Head Coach

Coaches’ Statement

Our mission as a coaches is to develop your true potential in life. We promise to have an open door policy and be available to you to talk about your needs and dreams. Our goal is to encourage athletic skills through individualized instruction, strengthen inner core values and principles, encourage abilities in leadership, fair play and team work, and provide a fun, rewarding and memorable experience.

After years of playing competitive baseball, our coaches have integral knowledge about baseball and use a wide variety of techniques. We encourage our players to participate in other sports like our coaches did.  It is a great way to cross train and enables them to build other skills for lifelong use. After all, our players are kids and should have a chance to be one.

We feel we must build not only a well-rounded baseball player, but a well-rounded person. As a staff, we constantly work with players to develop individual and team goals, exhibit sportsmanship, and create a positive environment which encourages growth in life skills. We also teach the importance of citizenship thru our teams volunteering in the communities they live and play in.

Baseball is not just something you experience as a child. What we teach at Texas Cannons changes lives.