INSTRUCTORS

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Nik Crouch

Nik Crouch

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Specialties - Hitting, Catching, Fielding (Infield and Outfield)
Nik.dugoutofboerne@gmail.com | 830-331-9413 - Direct line

Nik is in charge of general operations and player development at The Dugout of Boerne. Nik is currently an associate scout with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Before he became the Head Coach of the South Texas Black Sox, Nik Crouch built a successful career in baseball as both a player and coach. His baseball career began after high school at Saddleback Junior College where he was a member of two regional teams and a California State runner-up squad. After two seasons with Saddleback, Nik left to finish up his collegiate baseball career as an infielder for Vanguard University. In 2005, he earned his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Vanguard and was drafted to the MLB in the 26th round by the Chicago Cubs. Today, Nik recalls his drafting as “a day I will never forget.” Crouch went on to play three years of professional baseball and one with the Yuma Scorpions.

Following his time as a player in professional baseball, Nik discovered his passion for coaching when he coached the Scripps Ranch High School Junior Varsity team in San Diego. In 2008, he headed back to the big leagues to be an Associate Scout for the Baltimore Orioles. Nik scouted in the San Diego area where he eventually became the Director of Baseball Operations at the University of San Diego. While at USD, Nik also acted as the Camp Coordinator and Strength Coach.

Most recently, Nik was the hitting and catching coach at his alma mater Vanguard University where he was involved in all aspects of the game including recruiting, camps, game scheduling, and practice planning.

In 2012, Nik Crouch earned his master’s degree at Concordia University in Coaching/Athletic Administration.
Rocky Thompson

Rocky Thompson

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Specialties - Hitting, Fielding (Infield and Outfield) 
Rocky.dugoutofboerne@gmail.com | 830-331-9408 

Rocky was a two-sport All-State performer in Football and Baseball at Thomas Jefferson High School, San Antonio, Texas. He attended Blinn Junior College on a scholarship and earned All-American status in both seasons. He transferred to the University of Texas and was selected as an All Southwest Conference performer. During the 1976 season, at UT, he played the entire season without a strikeout while amassing 142 at-bats (ABs), which is a testament to his hitting expertise. Rocky was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and played professionally in their organization.

Rocky has been coaching baseball and giving private hitting instruction for over twenty years in the San Antonio area. He has managed two teams to national championships, at the high school select level. In addition, his teams have recorded 2nd and 9th place finishes, at the national level, while coaching Developmental Select Teams in the 13U and 14U divisions.
Jorge Mendoza

Jorge Mendoza

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Specialties - Hitting, Infield
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Jorge Mendoza attended Boerne High School and graduated in 2013. Jorge played for Coach Bill Merrell. During his tenure at Boerne High School, Jorge started on Varsity for four years. Along with helping win four District Championships while at BHS, Jorge received multiple All-District and All-State honors. Coach Mendoza is currently the head coach of the select Texas Brewers team out of Boerne, Texas. Coach Mendoza will specialize in hitting and infield instruction while at The Dugout of Boerne.
Russell Moldenhauer

Russell Moldenhauer

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Specialties - Hitting, Fielding (Infield)
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Russell is a long-time native of Boerne having been born and raised here. His passion and love for baseball began at the age of two. Several years later, Russell attended the original Boerne High School and graduated in 2006. Russell played three years of varsity football and four years of varsity baseball at BHS. Along with helping BHS win its first baseball state championship, Russell received multiple All-State and All-American honors. After the Championship season in 2004, Russell would be named the 4A/5A State player of the year for Texas.

After Russell’s high school career, the Anaheim Angels took him in the third round of the annual MLB draft. Instead of taking an early professional contract, Russell chose to attend the University of Texas Longhorns on a baseball scholarship. He would start four seasons at Texas as a DH and outfielder. Russell was named to multiple all-tournament teams, all-conference teams, and was named to the Academic All-American Team after his senior season. One of Russell’s greatest baseball accomplishments was tying the College World Series tournament home run record with four in 2009.

Upon finishing his college career, Russell signed a professional contract with the Washington Nationals where he would spend two seasons with the organization. The past three seasons he has played in the independent professional Frontier League. Russell has been an All-Star all three seasons in the Frontier League and even has a home run derby championship under his belt. He has played first base, outfield, and DH during his professional career. Russell even took his talents overseas to Melbourne, Australia where he helped the Williamstown Wolves win their league championship.
RJ Perucki

RJ Perucki

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Specialties - Hitting, Fielding (Infield)
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  • RJ played Shortstop and 3rd Base for the UTSA Roadrunners
  • 3 time all conference
  • Preseason all-conference
  • All-conference tournament
  • All-time leader in games played, games started, assists, and assists in a season for freshman
  • 2nd in at bats and hits
  • 5th in RBIs
  • 6th in total bases
  • 8th in walks
  • 9th in runs
  • 10th in OBP%
Lance Zawadzki

Lance Zawadzki

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Specialties - Hitting, Fielding (Infield)
Lance.dugoutofboerne@gmail.com | 830-331-9408

Selected by the Montreal Expos in the 48th round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft out of St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Lance chose to attend Louisiana State University to play baseball. After spending his first season redshirting at Louisiana State University, Lance attended and played three years of baseball for Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn at San Diego State University, where he was drafted as a junior. Lance then finished his collegiate baseball career at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee where he helped lead the Flames to the NAIA World Series. Following his 2006 collegiate season at SDSU, Lance was drafted in the 15th round of the First-Year Player Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, but then chose to transfer to Lee University. After finishing his senior year at Lee University, Lance was selected by the San Diego Padres in the fourth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. In 2010, Lance made his big-league debut with the San Diego Padres. Lance has 8 years of professional baseball experience and is currently still playing professionally.
John Maley

John Maley

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Specialties - Pitching

John Maley joins The Dugout of Boerne as an instructor after coaching at the collegiate level for 20 years. In Maley’s 20 years of coaching, he has produced 11 All-Americans, 26 professional players, including 3 MLB pitchers.

John began his college coaching career at Henderson State where he was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for two seasons. He spent the majority of his 14 seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at St. Mary’s University. After that, he was at Laredo Community College for one year as the head coach and then took the pitching coach job at Texas State. John then spent 5 years as the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at The University of Incarnate Word.

Maley’s credentials run long and wide, while leading multiple pitching staffs and pitchers to All-Conference, All-Region and All-American Honors. Maley, also, had two pitchers toss no-hitters while at UIW. Nathaniel Ramirez pitched the only perfect game in school history in 2008 and then Keith Vasquez tossed a no-hitter in 2009. During his coaching career at St. Mary’s, pitchers recorded nine no-hitters, 22 one-hitters and 214 complete games while breaking virtually every league pitching record.

During his stint at St. Mary’s, the Rattlers were perennial contenders for titles in both the Heart of Texas and Heartland conferences. One of the highlights of Maley’s career came in 2001 when the Rattlers won the NCAA Division II National Championship and posted a 50-13 record. 

A native of Richeyville, PA, Maley graduated from Texas State in 1986 and then received a master’s degree in education from Henderson State. He has two children, Emily and Kash.
Noah Miles

Noah Miles

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Specialties - Pitching

Collegiate Baseball Experience:
  • Jayhawk West Conference Champs; NJCAA World Series Seward County
  • 2007 Southland Conference Champions
  • Throughout his college baseball career, he played in the Jayhawk Summer wood bat leagues playing for the Wichita Rattlers, Dodge City Desperados and the Nevada Griffons
Monahans High School Baseball Experience:
  • All-Permian Basin Newcomer of the Year; San Angelo Standard Times Sophoore of the Year; Texas High School Magazine 3-A Pitcher Top Prospect; Jeff Beck Top 50 Prospects
  • 2 Time All-District MVP; 2 Time All-State Pitcher
Coaching experience:
  • 1 year Student Asst. Coach UTSA Strength & Conditioning
  • 9 years coaching teams of 10 to 18-year-old boys for Team Citius/Hardball U and Alamo Elite Baseball Academy
  • He has also taught private lessons during that time as well as assisting/coordinating in UTSA, Hardball U, Sandlot Advantage and SA Strike Zone baseball camps
  • 3 years Elementary Physical Education Coach
Education:
  • BS in Kinesiology UTSA
  • Associates of Arts Seward County CC
Miles and his wife Amanda have a daughter Mallory Sue and son Colten Ray.
Derek Tyner

Derek Tyner

Graduated from Boerne Champion in 2011

Playing Career

Boerne Champion
  • 2010 First Team All-District
  • 2011 First Team All-District
Odessa College
  • 2012 Honorable Mention
  • 2013 First Team All-Conference
 Angelo State
  • 2014 All-Conference Tournament Team
  • 2015 First Team All-Conference
  • 2015 South Central Regional Champion
  • 2015 Division II College World Series Appearance
 Overall
  • Career College Batting Avg (.340)
  • Career College Hits (219)
Education

Angelo State
  • 2015 Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science
  • 2017 Master's Degree in Coaching, Sport, Recreation & Fitness Administration
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Jamal Hamilton 

Jamaal graduated from Monterey High School in Lubbock, TX in 2002.

As a three-year Varsity starter, Jamaal had a very successful high school campaign that included:
  • Newcomer of the Year - 2000
  • District 2-5A Most Valuable Player - 2001 and 2002
  • All-State Pitcher 2001 and 2002
  • TPX All America pitcher - 2002
  • Team Texas player 2000, 2001 and 2002
  • #3 All-Time Pitcher in Monterrey prestigious winning history
In 2002, Jamaal received a full scholarship to play baseball at Texas Tech University.

He also was the 8th-round draft pick as a left-handed pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, making it to AA.

Deciding to play professionally, Jamaal played 4 years in the Dodger organization, making it to AA. He also played an independent team, San Angelo Colts in 2005.

Jamaal then went on to play football at West Texas A&M University, winning the conference championship in 2007. He transferred to Texas Tech and graduated with a BA in History and a minor in Education in 2010.

Jamaal has coached a wide variety of kids from the ages 7-18 over the last 10 years, including Monterrey High School's summer league teams, little league, select leagues, and with RBA Seahawks out of Corpus Christi the summer of 2011. As a head coach, Jamaal had two successful seasons coaching height school baseball before relocating to San Antonio.

Jamaal has two children, Jaden (15U Lobos) and Molly.

Cancellation and Registration Policies

24-hour cancellation policy for lessons and rentals:
The Dugout of Boerne enforces a 24-hour cancellation policy for all private and semi-private lessons and rentals. Charges may be incurred.

Group class and camp registration policies:
  • Spaces will not be held without advanced payment.
  • We do not offer refunds, make-up lessons or credit a lesson if a lesson is missed, unless a doctor’s note is provided.
  • Each session/camp we offer has the proper staffing required for the enrollment.
  • Payment is necessary to secure a registered spot in any group class or camp.
Cancellations by The Dugout due to weather conditions:

The Dugout of Boerne reserves the right to cancel or call early dismissal for any event that may be impacted due to weather conditions. If an entire day of an event is canceled you will receive a The Dugout of Boerne credit for that day for the value of that day. Credit is valid for one year from the date of the canceled program.
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