Meet the coaching staff

The Northwest Blaze are led by a professional coaching staff that consists of some of the best instructors in the state. Our coaching staff includes former playing professionals along with college and high school coaches and players who know exactly what it takes to be champions on and off the playing field.

Coach Hansen
Terrel Hansen
Program Directore / 18U Collegiate Head Coach Blaze
Northwest Blaze Career: 11th Season
Professional Career: 13 Playing Seasons / 1 Season Hitting Coach – Seattle Mariners / New York Mets / Montreal Expos / Detroit Tigers
College Career: Washington State University

High School Career: Bremerton High School

Played under Head Coaches/Managers – Bobo Brayton, Clint Hurdle, Jerry Manual, Ron Washington, Jim Tracy, Lou Pinella, Mike Quade, Felipe Alou, Bill Plummer, Hal Mcrae, Larry Parrish, Terry Kenedy, Jeff Torborg, Jerry Royster, Marc Hill and Buck Rodgers.

Coach Randall
Pete Randall
Pitching Coordinator
Northwest Blaze Career: 9th Season
Professional Career: 10 Seasons Pro Scout for Boston Red Sox / Philadelphia Phillies 
Coach Hartford
Forrest Hartford
Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Northwest Blaze Career: 8th Season
Professional Career: Current Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Seattle Sounders
College Career: 4 years starting Pitcher at University of Puget Sound
Coach Steinmetzer
Dan Steinmetzer
18U Pitching Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 7th Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 18U Collegiate Pitching Coach (2017- Current). Blaze 18U Assistant Coach (2014-2016). Blaze 16U Assistant Coach (2013)
High School Career: Bremerton High
Coach Benson
Rod Benson
18U Collegiate Bench/Catching Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 7th Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 18U Bench/Catching Coach (2018 – Current). Blaze 18U Collegiate Assistant Coach (2016 – 2017). Blaze 16U Head Coach (2015). Blaze 15U Assistant Coach (2014). 20 years coaching all aspects of youth and select baseball.
High School Career: Beaver High School, 1986. Starting varsity Catcher 1983-1986
Coach Liebmann
Darren Liebmann
18U Collegiate Assistant Coach / Infield Coordinator
Northwest Blaze Career: 6th Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 18U Collegiate Assistant Coach / Infield Coordinator (Current). Blaze 18U Collegiate Assistant Coach (2018-2019). Blaze 18U Elite Assistant Coach (2017). Blaze 15U Head Coach (2016). Blaze 14U Assistant Coach (2015).
College Career: Olympic College
High School Career: Bremerton High
Coach Palau
Ben Palau
15U Head Coach / Blaze Hitting Coordinator
Northwest Blaze Career: 9th Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 15U Head Coach (2013, Current). Blaze 14U Head Coach (2012, 2019). Blaze 13U Head Coach (2018). Blaze 12U Head Coach (2017). Blaze 18U Assistant/Hitting Coach (2015-2016). Blaze 16U Head Coach (2014). Blaze 12U Assistant Coach (2012).
High School Career: Bremerton High
Coach Hoem
Craig Hoem
15U Assistant Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 6th Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 15U Assistant Coach (Current). Blaze 14U Assistant Coach (2019). Blaze 13U Assistant Coach (2018). Blaze 12U Maroon Assistant Coach (2017). Blaze 11U Maroon Head Coach (2016). Blaze 10U Assistant Coach (2015).
College Career: Olympic College / Concordia College
High School Career: South Kitsap High School
Coach Palau
Collin Palau
15U Pitching Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 5th Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 15U Pitching Coach (Current). Blaze 14U Pitching Coach (2019). Blaze 13U Pitching Coach (2017 – 2018). Blaze 12U Black Pitching Coach (2016).
College Career: Olympic College
High School Career: Central Kitsap
Coach Gagnon
Dave Gagnon
15U Collegiate Assistant Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 5th Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 15U Assistant Coach (Current). Blaze 18U Collegiate Assistant Coach (2017-2019) Blaze 11U Maroon Assistant Coach (2016).
Coach Eveland
Josh Eveland
14U Maroon Head Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 5th Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 14U Maroon Head Coach (Current). Blaze 13U Head Coach (2019). Blaze 12U Head Coach (2018). Blaze 11U Pitching Coach (2016 – 2017).
College Career: Stetson University
Coach McGanney
Pat McGanney
14U Maroon Assistant Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 6th Season
Coaching Career:  Blaze 14U Assistant Coach (2019 – Current). Blaze 18U Assistant Coach (2019). Blaze 12U Assistant Coach (2018). Blaze 12U Black Head Coach (2017). Blaze 16U Assistant Coach. (2016). Blaze 15U Assistant Coach. (2015).
Coach Brown
Kevin Brown
14U Maroon Assistant Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 2nd Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 14U Assistant Coach (Current). Blaze 13U Assistant Coach (2019).
High School Career: Olympic
Coach Hall
DJ Hall
14U Black Head Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 2nd Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 14U Black Head Coach (Current). Blaze 15U Assistant Coach (2016).
Coach Bumbalough
Bill Bumbalough
14U Black Assistant Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 1st Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 14U Black Assistant Coach (Current).
High School Career:  Central Kitsap
Coach Zimmerman
Don Zimmerman
14U Black Assistant Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 1st Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 14U Black Assistant Coach (Current). Titans Assistant Coach (2018 – 2019).
Coach McCormick
Jeran McCormick
13U Head Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 8th Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 13U Head Coach (Current, 2013 – 2014). Blaze 12U Head Coach (2019, 2013). Blaze 11U Head Coach (2017 – 2018). Blaze 15U Assistant Coach (2016). Blaze 14U Head Coach ( 2015).
Coach Hollis
Ian Hollis
12U Head Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 4th Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 12U Head Coach (Current). Blaze 13U Assistant Coach (2019). Blaze 12U Assistant Coach (2018). Blaze 15U Assistant Coach (2017).
College Career: Olympic College
High School Career: North Kitsap
Coach Uzzell
Chris Uzzell
12U Assistant Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 1st Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 12U Assistant Coach (Current). 13U Assistant Coach (2020)
Coach Castro
Chris Castro
11U Head Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 9th Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 10U Head Coach (Current). Blaze 9U Head Coach (2016-2019). Blaze 16U Head Coach (2014). Blaze 15U Head Coach (2013). Blaze 13U Head Coach (2012).
Coach Anderson
David Anderson
11U Pitching Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 5th Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 10U Assistant Coach (Current). Blaze 9U Assistant Coach ( 2016-2019).
Coach Benninger
David Benninger
11U Assistant Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 6th Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 10U Assistant Coach (Current). Blaze 9U Assistant Coach (2017 -2019). Blaze 13U Assistant Coach (2015 – 2016). 9 years of youth and select level coaching.
Coach Gadberry
Brian Gadberry
10U Head Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 1st Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 10U Head Coach (Current)
College Career: Olympic College
High School Career: North Mason
Coach Watson
Derek Watson
10U Assistant Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 1st Season
Coaching Career:  Blaze 10U Assistant Coach
Coach Uzzell
Chris Uzzell
12U Assistant Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 1st Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 12U Assistant Coach (Current). 13U Assistant Coach (2020)
Coach Uzzell
Chris Uzzell
12U Assistant Coach
Northwest Blaze Career: 1st Season
Coaching Career: Blaze 12U Assistant Coach (Current). 13U Assistant Coach (2020)