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Ross DiGiorgio

I grew up in Bluff Park, Alabama where I’m the oldest of 4, lucky me I have 3 wonderful sisters! I fell in love with the game early when I started tee ball at Shades Mountain ballpark where I played little league, all stars and travel ball before going on to play at John Carroll Catholic High school. I got my first taste of coaching last season with VBC and loved every second of it! Looking forward to getting to know you guys!

Michael Hurst

My name is Michael Hurst and I grew up right here in Vestavia Hills, AL. I started playing baseball at age 4 and have loved it ever since. I’m the youngest of 4 siblings, 2 sisters and a brother. I graduated from Vestavia Hills High School in 2005. I was fortunate enough to play for the late legendary Coach Sammy Dunn, who played an instrumental part in my passion and progression in baseball. I continued my baseball career at Auburn University from 2006-2010 where I was lucky to have Coach Butch Thompson as my pitching coach. I would have played college baseball forever if they would have let me.

As for coaching, I have given pitching lessons for many years to kids in the Birmingham area. I have also coached several of my nephew’s teams over the years. Also, this past year I worked with CABA Baseball and coached many of the 14–16-year-old teams.

I currently live in Vestavia with my beautiful wife Brooke, and our two wonderful sons Russell (soon to be 4 in January) and Brooks Ryder (1.5 years old).  I love playing with my boys, playing golf, and watching sports (mostly Auburn sports- WDE).

God gave me a passion to give back and help develop kids. To me, baseball is a vessel to help teach young men lessons like discipline and comradery that they can carry throughout the rest of life. I truly love working with and watching them succeed in something like baseball that I know they enjoy so much while helping grow the future generation. 

I am truly passionate about helping others and living a life of service. I believe in daily personal development, leading by example, doing the work, and positively impacting everyone we meet. I’m so excited for this opportunity!

Shane McDade

Starting out, I began playing ball in the Dixie Youth Baseball League in Pelham until I started at Oak Mountain Middle School. This was the second year of the school being opened, so me and a buddy of mine started the first team at Oak Mountain. From there, I had the option of going to Hoover High or Vestavia High School. Lucky for the Hoover Bucs Baseball (and football) Programs, I chose the Bucaneers, LOL..I was a left handed pitcher and right fielder. I began as a middle relief pitcher and by my senior year, I was 11-1 with 1.36 ERA and 95 strike-outs and 2 no-hitters. I was on the first Team  All-Metro, and East-West All Star participant. This led to numerous scholarship offers from SEC schools such as Kentucky, LSU, and Auburn. Needless to say, I chose the Auburn Tigers, where I played for two years under the legendary coach, Hal Baird. I was middle relief for the Tigers my freshman and sophomore year. I ended up hurting my left shoulder during a off-season throwing program. Unfortunately, that is when my baseball career had to end. But, God has a plan and he outdid himself by giving me my son, Hudson Lee McDade, who blows my stats out of the water! He is a beast. He is an all-natural athlete. He is 5'5, 140 pounds, and wearing a size 11 shoe. He has a cannon for an arm, and can hit bombs (hitting 4 out of the park his first year at kid pitch here in the Vestavia Program.) So, coaches, be ready for him! I have been coaching Hudson and his teammates since he was five years old. I love it. I am definitely still a kid at heart and know how important it is to have a father and coach you can look up to, not just in sports, but in life. I will give this program everything I have and I will teach them everything I know to further their baseball careers and help the Vestavia High School Baseball Program.

Edgar Olmos

I grew up in Southern California in a very close knit family. I was the oldest of 4 siblings, 2 sisters and a brother. I fell in love with the game of baseball at 4 years old. I went on to discover the joy of pitching at 8 years old & haven’t stopped since. I originally signed with the University of Arizona but then was drafted out of high school by the Florida (Miami) Marlins in 2008.
 

I made my Major League debut in 2013 with the Marlins & have since gone on to be part of the Seatle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, & Boston Red Sox organizations. My 2018 season was spent in Japan with the Chiba Lotte Marines. I have also been a part of 2 Arizona Fall Leagues and 5 Major League Spring Trainings. I intended on pitching in Mexico with the Tijuana Toros but ended up having surgery for the 2nd time in my career. I have learned a lot of things over the past years and my goal is to give back & help kids understand the importance of the little things in baseball that play a huge role in development. 

 

My family & I moved to the Birmingham area at the end of the 2018 season. I am a blessed Husband & Father of 3 beautiful children. When I am not spending time with my family or working I would most likely be enjoying the outdoors, shooting pool, working in the yard, at church or watching sports. I am very excited & honored for this opportunity. Thank you!

 

John Shaw

Ole Miss Hall of Fame inductee

3x ALL-SEC infielder

Holds Ole Miss All-Time stolen base record

Holds Ole Miss single season and career fielding record

Drafted by Baltimore Orioles and N.Y. Yankees

Played 3 years in N.Y. Yankee organization

Son, Tebe, played 3 years for Vestavia under coach Sammy Dunn

My goal as a coach is to motivate each player to improve as a baseball player,, encouraging them to support their teammates, model positive attitudes on and off the field, and give 100% in all that they do. Let's have a great year!

 

Luke Whitaker

I am Luke Whitaker. I am 22 and I grew up in Vestavia and played there in ‘14-‘18. When I am not working, I am in the woods. I hate being inside. After high school, I played one year of college ball at Harding University in Arkansas. I, like everyone else, had my playing days to come to an end.  Not being able to play, I decided to drop out of school to pursue the trades. For two years I was a combo fitter/ welder for a company based out of Birmingham. As of this past May, I had quit and started my own business, running a welding rig for myself. 

I decided to coach because I want a chance to get back into the game while showing the importance of work and how it will separate you from everyone else.