Team: 18u Black
Shelly played baseball and graduated from Fernandina Beach High school in 1985. He then went on scholarship to play baseball at Andrew College, graduating in 1987 with his Associates Degree. After an injury ended his playing days during his Sophomore year, he returned to his roots and began coaching Fernandina Beach High School, where he remained until 1997. During that time, in 1991 he coached his summer ball team to a National Championship and a #3 World Ranking. He became the hitting instructor with Doyle Baseball Academy from 1992-1993, widely regarded as the #1 baseball school in the world. He coached at First Coast High School from 1997-1998. He then moved on to Arlington Country Day from 1999-2000 where he won back to back State Championships. The birth of North Florida Storm came in the summer of 1999, and had such players as Howie Kendrick, Billy Butler, and our very own Reggie Johnson. They won the State Championship and finished #3 in the country. He has continued his success with North Florida Storm to the present day, while being recognized for the Organizations success rate at getting their players into College.
Team: 18u Red
A 2007 graduate of Baldwin High School, winning team MVP honors in 2004, 2005, and 2007. Attended North Florida Community College, winning 2nd team All Conference, before transferring to Northwest Florida State College for the 2009 season. He then attended University of West Florida during the 2010-2011 season, obtaining his Associates Degree. During his stint at UWF he was a part of the NCAA Division II National Championship team. He earned ABCA, NCBWA 2nd team All American and Daktronics 3rd team All American. He was also a Tino Martinez award semi-finalist, and set school records with single season ERA leader (0.59), strikeouts per game (16.02), hits per game (3.59), and led GSC in saves. Shane signed a contract in 2011 with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Was Edward Waters pitching coach from 2012-2016 where his staff finished in the top 5 in the nation for opponents batting average in 2016.
Edward Waters College Head Coach
Team: 16u Black
Reggie attended and played baseball at First Coast High School. After graduation he went on to attend and play baseball at Florida Gulf Coast University, getting his degree in Business Administration and Sports Management in 2007. He became a Graduate Assistant for the 2007-2008 FGCU Baseball season. He became the Assistant Coach at Edward Waters College in 2009. He became the Head Coach at Edward Waters in 2012 where he remains today. Reggie was also a part of the inaugural North Florida Storm team in 1999.
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Travis graduated from Crystal River High School in 2013. He started playing with North Florida Storm in 2009, where he played every summer until his graduation. Currently attending Edward Waters College, he is on Coach Shane Waller's pitching staff. Travis earned GCAC All Conference Pitcher honors during his sophomore year in 2015 as well as GCAC Pitcher of the Week twice in 2016.
Westside High School Head Coach
Team: 18u White
George played baseball and graduated from Paul VI High School in New Jersey in 2010. He then went on to attend Jacksonville University from 2010-2014. He was later employed by the Florida Times Union covering High School sports. He would later become an Assistant coach for Orange Park High School and Terry Parker High School.
Coach Wahl is his first season as the Head Baseball Coach at Westside High School.
Team: 16u White
Joe Berardi played his college baseball at Concordia College for ex NY Yankee and World Series champion Del Alston. He was a standout LHP and first baseman. He coached HS baseball at Lincoln HS as well as perennial powerhouse and NYC Champion Iona Prep for 5 seasons. He was an assistant coach and head coach at Concordia as well before signing a minor league contract in the Northern League where he played for Paul Blair in Yonkers, Ken Oberktfell the following year in Elmira, and Allentown, PA for Ed Ott. He can work with pitchers, hitters, and outfielders and has an old school, fundamental approach to this game. He brings passion and desire to the field and his approach will be contagious to all that come into contact with him.
Edward Waters College Assistant Coach
Team: 18u Silver
Rey attended and played baseball for Sandalwood HS from 2005 to 2008. He transferred to Arlington County Day in 2009. Upon his graduation, Rey attended Cowley County College(KS) from 2009 to 2011 where he was the starting catcher. In 2011, Rey received a scholarship to Edward Waters College where he was a standout catcher for the Tigers. After earning his degree at EWC, Rey signed a professional contract with the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League (2014). Rey has also played professionally for the Laredo Lemurs of the American Association (2015) and the Sussex County Miners of the Can-Am League (2016). Rey is in his 2nd season as assistant coach at EWC.
Team: 13u Black/Red
Coach Brown is a native of Havernhill, MA where the work ethic and love of baseball was formed by working around former MLB player Carlos Pena and family. Coach Brown attended Notre Dame Catholic HS in Connecticut, where he was a three year all conference selection and a 2001 All-State selection. He was selected to attend the Area Code Games in Long Beach, CA in 2000. He was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 30th Rd of the 2001 MLB Draft as a LHP. Coach Brown however decided to attend college at Manatee Community College (now State College of FL) where we was part of a state championship JUCO team and finished 2nd in the country. He then transfered to NAIA powerhouse Cumberland University where he was apart of the schools first NAIA National Championship team. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005 in the 24th Rd. He played 2 years in the Pirates organization and then played Independent Baseball in the Can-Am League and North League. In 2009, Coach Brown moved to Jacksonville, where he started his own travel team (Diamond Dreamz) and has been teaching all areas of the game for the last 10 years. Coach Brown is excited to join the Storm family and we are more than thrilled to have his experience as part of our family!
Team: 13u White
Coach Diaz attended Cypress Creek High School in Orlando. After graduation, Coach Diaz earned a scholarship to play baseball at Alfred State University in New York. In 2013, Coach Diaz transferred to Anne Arundel College in Maryland. He led the team in hitting and was a standout catcher for the Riverhawks. Coach Diaz then earned a scholarship to Edward Waters College and played under Storm coach Reggie Johnson and former EWC coach Shane Waller. He was also teammates with Coach Travis Coleman. Coach Diaz also played 4 years of summer ball in the Florida Collegiate League, has been part of several camps in Puerto Rico and has picked the minds of some former MLB players like Par Borders, Vladmir Nunez, Christian Bethancourt, and Ruben Sierra to name a few. Coach Diaz earned his degree in 2017 and brings extensive knowledge backed by a will to teach that is fueled by the love of the game. We are excited to have Coach Diaz become part of our coaching staff and family.
Team: 13U Black/Red/White
A former player in the Storm organization, Jordan graduated from Duval Charter in 2016. Jordan was a 4 year varsity letterman, 3-time Varsity MVP and Team Captain. As a Senior, Jordan hit .382 and finished with a 2-0 record, 4 saves and 26 strikeouts as a pitcher. Jordan currently attends Trinity Baptist College, majoring in Business Management while playing outfield and pitcher for the Eagles.
Team: 13u Black/Red/White
A graduate of Baldwin High School, Tyler also spent 2 years in the Storm organization. Currently attending Edward Waters College, Tyler is a sophomore pitcher for the Tigers under Coach Reggie Johnson. Won District 1A Player of the Year, Offensive MVP, and earned a scholarship to EWC in his Senior year. Currently studying Criminal Justice.
Team: 13u Black/Red/White
Originally from Cuba, Manny moved to Jacksonville at the age of 12. He attended Englewood HS and graduated in 2016. Another product of the North Florida Storm organization, Manny was an All Gateway Conference player earning a scholarship to Edward Waters College. Manny is currently a sophomore pitcher on Coach Reggie Johnson's staff. Manny is looking forward to coming back to the Storm as a coach and being a positive role model on and off the ball field.
Team: 13u Black/Red/White
A graduate of Terry Parker HS in 2016, Tyler is a former player in the Storm organization. Tyler earned a scholarship to Alabama A&M after his stellar high school career. Tyler is currently attending Chabot College and plays 3rd Base.