Coaches/Instructors

Coaches & Instructors

Jim Chamblee

Jim Chamblee

14U Major and Chamblee 2023-Head Coach

Jim is a graduate of Denton High School where he lettered in both basketball and baseball.  As a shortstop he helped lead the Bronco baseball team to the Regional Finals back to back seasons in 92' and 93'.

Following his high school career Jim signed with Odessa College on a baseball scholarship and won the starting shortstop job as a freshman.  He had a great freshman campaign and followed it up a stellar sophomore year hitting .425 with 18 homers earning him WJCAC MVP, All Region, All American and JUCO World Series All Tournament Team honors.  After the success of his 95' season Jim signed a letter of intent to play at Texas Tech but was drafted in the 12th round of the June Amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox. He opted to follow his dream and play professional baseball.

Jim played for 10 seasons with 4 different organizations (Red Sox, Astros, Cardinals and Reds) and finally retired in 2004. The highlight of his career was reaching the big leagues in 2003 briefly with the Cincinnati Reds.  Over his 10 seasons as a professional ballplayer he logged 1,162 games and finished his career with a .264 AVG, 1,046 hits, 131 HR and 560 RBI.  Jim is married with 2 sons and enjoys spending time with his family, coaching his boys, golfing, hunting and teaching kids the game he loves.

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JAKE JOHANSEN

12U 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

Pitching and Hittng Instructor
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

Sean Smith

Sean Smith

2024- Smith Head Coach
Catching Instructor

Sean Smith is from Coppell where he was a 2-time All-State Catcher and a member of the 1995 AAAA State Champions.  He played one year at Navarro Junior College (1998) for Skip Johnson.  After battling injuries, Smith became the starting catcher at the University of Oklahoma in 2001.

Smith has been in teaching and coaching for 15 years.  He currently teaches Junior English at Coppell High School.  He was a head coach for 4 years, 2 years at Pearsall High School and 2 years at North Dallas High School.  He spent many years as an assistant baseball, football, and basketball coach at various high schools in Texas (Lytle, Pearsall, Fredericksburg, North Dallas, & Coppell).

Since 2015, Smith has been strictly teaching and doing private instruction, specializing in catching and hitting, while coaching his son’s various athletic teams

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Ryan Angus

14UAAA-Head Coach
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DION HOLBROOK

11UAA-Head Coach

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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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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Stephen Taft

9UAA-Head Coach

Stephen is a 2016 graduate from Flower Mound and was a top 300 RHP in 2016.  He has been coaching at the youth level for 4+ years with various teams and organizations.

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.