Coaches & Instructors

Jim Chamblee

Jim Chamblee

2025 & 2027 Chamblee-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.



Pitching & Hitting Instructor
Ray Gaither is a graduate of Coppell, Tx where he spent 3 years on the Varsity team. Ray was an All-State Selection and District MVP his senior year. Ray also played in the Area Code games and represented team USA on the 17u team while he was in High school. Ray was a top recruit as a pitcher and hitter out of the state of Texas in high school.
Ray attended Dallas Baptist University to continue playing career. Ray pitched at DBU as a starter and a reliever during his career getting big time wins in Regionals and having the only Super Regional win in program history.
Following his time at DBU Ray was signed by the Houston Astros where he has played two full seasons. In which he has a 3.82 ERA and 111 SO in 94 innings. He just finished his first full season in AA where he had a 3.5 ERA. Following the season he was selected to represent the Astors in the Arizona Fall League where teams send there top prospects. He is looking forward to making a push to get into the Astros Bullpen in this coming season.


2027 Johansen-Head Coach
Pitching & Hitting Instructor

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. 


Zak Adams

Pitching & Hitting Instructor

15th-round draft pick 2010 MLB Draft out of  Flower Mound High School as a left-handed pitcher. During his 8 years in travel baseball, Zak has produced 20+ All-Americans and has had over 100+ players commit to NCAA/NJCAA programs (including SEC, Big 12, Pac 12, ACC, Missouri Valley, Big 10, and C-USA). Zak specializes in optimizing health, maximizing efficiency, and mitigating risk for pitchers while maintaining unique movement patterns that allow athletes to perform at their most effective levels to produce in-game results.


Dylan King

Asst. Coach
Pitching & Hitting Instructor

Graduate of Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, TN where hr was voted pitcher of the year of the 7AAA district his senior year. Dylan went on to get drafted by the New York Mets in the 25th round, but decided to go to college instead.

He attended Belmont University which is a division 1 school in Nashville, TN. Dylan found success at Belmont winning first Team ALL OVC honors his sophomore year and was invited to play in the Cape Cod League that summer.  He had a great summer and started meeting with professional teams that were projecting him to go top 5 rounds in the 2018 draft. Unfortunately, Dylan tore his UCL during his junior year and had to have Tommy John Surgery.

Dylan thought his pro chances were over that year until his agent asked if he was still interested in signing and starting rehab with a pro team. Of course he jumped at the opportunity and the Angels ended up drafting him in the 18th round. Dylan continued rehab with them and started his pro career June 2019 in Orem, UT playing rookie ball.

He was quickly was promoted to Single A in Iowa where he would finish the year on innings restrictions. The next season was cancelled due to COVID. The next 2 years he spent in Washington for the Angels' High A team the Tri-City Dust Devils. In 2023, he started there again before getting promoted to AAA in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dylan decided to retire in May 2023. After much thought and reflection, he knew he wanted to continue working in baseball and decided to start giving lessons again. Dylan has been giving lessons and developing athletes since high school, so he's always had the passion to teach. He specializes in teaching proper arm care routines and mechanics to help keep the athlete healthy. In his free time he enjoys playing golf, cooking, and working out!



Cody Gunter

2027 Johansen-Assistant Coach
Hitting Instructor

Cody Gunter is a graduate of Flower Mound High School where he was all district and captain of the baseball team.  Cody pitched and played 3rd base/outfield for the Jags. During his senior season at Flower Mound, Gunter had a 1.28 ERA in thirteen starts and he hit .411 which led to being drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 19th round of the 2012 amateur draft.

Originally committing to Kansas State, Cody opted to attend Grayson College his freshman year to remain draft eligible. Gunter played third base and was the closer for Grayson Community College. He batted .321 with seven home runs and 39 RBIs, while allowing just one earned run in 15 innings on the mound. After his freshman year, Cody was drafted in the 6th round by the Washington Nationals.

Cody played 3rd base to start his minor league career for 2 seasons before transitioning to a pitcher with both the Nationals and Rockies before retiring due to injuries after the 2016 season.



Cole Solomon

12U & 13U Solomon-Head Coach
Catching, Hitting & Pitching Instructor

Cole Solomon grew up in Coppell, TX and attended Coppell High School where he spent 3 years as the starting catcher on the #1 team in the nation. During his senior year, he hit .340 and was 1st team all-district. After high school, Cole spent his freshman year at Abilene Christian University starting 43 games as a Catcher/3rd baseman.

Cole transferred for his sophomore season to Fort Scott Community College hitting .344 with 11 home runs and 35 RBI’s and received ALL-KJCCC Honors. Cole finished his collegiate career with a 3 year span at the University of Texas at Arlington as a catcher, while not allowing a single passed ball during UTA career and finished with a near perfect .996 fielding percentage.

Cole specializes in catching and hitting bringing over 15 years of experience at the position, including 4 years of catching at the Division 1 Level.



9U Guay, 10U Guay & 2025 Chamblee ASSISTANT COACH
Pitching & Hitting Instructor

Adam is a graduate of Creekview High School where he lettered in both basketball and baseball. As a pitcher, he helped lead the way to 2 district championships and 3 playoff appearances in 4 years for the Mustangs. He was named to an All-District team in his Sophomore, Junior, and Senior seasons.

Following high school, Adam walked on at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas. After a slow start to his first year, Adam finished strong with a conference championship clinching win in the last game of the regular season throwing a 2 hit shut out. In the NJCAA Region 6 Tournament, Adam was the go-to arm out of the bullpen and notched wins against the #2 and #25 ranked teams in the same day about 12 hours apart helping get the Saints to the Region 6 championship game.

After two years at Seward, Adam signed with Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio to continue his collegiate career as a Blue Knight. His Junior year came to an abrupt end the second week of conference play with a season-ending knee injury. After rehabbing and getting back to full strength, Adam enjoyed great success in his Senior season where he set a school record for wins in a season (7), came in second all-time in school history for winning percentage (.875), and was named to the Second Team All-Conference roster.



Pitching & Hitting Instructor

Born in Denton, TX. Went to High School and Was a four-year member of the baseball team at Denton Braswell High School (Texas) ... as a senior, tossed 71 innings, recorded 122 strikeouts and finished with a minuscule 0.50 ERA ... in his junior season, he threw 62 innings and had 85 strikeouts for a 1.50 ERA ... was named District Pitcher of the Year and DRC All-Area Pitcher of the Year ... was an all-district and Dallas Morning News all-area selection

Before Washburn: Played two seasons at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas ... was a member of the Highlander squad that finished in second place in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference and advanced to the championship game of the Region V Tournament in 2019 ... earned back-to-back academic all-conference second team selections ... pitched 12 innings for the Highlanders, recording eight strikeouts and a 4.30 ERA in his freshman season ... made two appearances his sophomore season before the remainder of the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At Washburn he worked eight innings in 12 relief appearances on the mound and finished with a 3.38 ERA and five strikeouts ... picked up a save at Northwest Missouri on May 7th


Marcos Campos

11U Campos & 2027 Campos-Head Coach
Hitting, Catching & Fielding Instructor
Marcos attended Newman Smith High School where he played on varsity for 3 years. During his time at Newman Smith, Marcos won several awards including all-district and won the 2010 Area Championship.

Marcos is passionate about coaching youth baseball players to not only be the best they can be on the field, but off the field as well. His primary areas of instruction are hitting, fielding and catching where he teaches young men how to be great competitors.

Off the field, Marcos' primary focus is his family and being the best husband and father(2 kids) he can.


Caleb Vuono

11U Woods-Assistant Coach
Hitting, Pitching and Fielding Instructor

Caleb Vuono grew up in Lewisville, TX and attended Lewisville High School for 4 years where he was a 4 year varsity player as an outfielder and pitcher. He was part of the playoff team in 2017 for LHS and was an all district player in his career. After Caleb attend Weatherford College, UTPB and is currently playing at UTD. Caleb has experience as a collegiate pitcher, outfielder, and infielder.

Caleb is available for pitching, hitting and fielding lessons.


Austin Baker

Hitting, Pitching and Fielding Instructor

A native of Canyon, TX, Austin Baker graduated Canyon High School in 2015. Starting two years on the Varsity baseball team. he was 1st team All District at 2nd Base in 2014 and 2nd team All District at Shortstop in 2015. He then played at Howard College (medical redshirt Freshmen year) two years and graduated with his Associate’s Degree in 2017.

Austin then transferred to Southern Arkansas University, where he started all 178 games (177 at 2nd Base, 1 in Right Field) over four years. In 2018, he earned Great American Conference MVP Honors on the Tournament Champion Muleriders, leading them to the Central Regional Finals. In 2019 he was a 2nd Team All Conference team member and 1st Team All Conference Defensive Team member, as well as an All Central Region Honorable Mention. In 2021, Baker hit .397 in 46 games, including 71 Hits, 19 Doubles, 3 Triples and 3 Home Runs while Slugging .587, again helping lead the team to the Central Regional Finals. With an On Base Percentage of .498, he scored 58 times and drove in 24 RBI’s with 22 Walks and 16 Hit by Pitch. He earned All Conference and All Region honors, and was an All American in two polls, 2nd Team D2CCA and named 1st Team by Rawlings/ABCA. He holds career records at SAU of 252 Hits (3rd All Time) and 87 Stolen Bases (6th All Time) with a career Batting Average of .347 and career Fielding Percentage of 97.1%. Baker graduated with his B.S. in Exercise Science in 2021.

Austin specializes in Hitting and Fielding and is passionate about helping players develop and reach their full potential on the field.

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.