Coaches & Instructors
14U AAA, Chamblee 2025 & 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.
14U Major 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.
14U Assistant Coach
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.
11U & 12U 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.
14UAAA & 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.
Catching & Hitting 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
14UAA 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.
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.
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.
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.