BLAZE 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.

Terrel Hansen

Program Director / 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 Kennedy, Jeff Torborg, Jerry Royster, Marc Hill, Buck Rodgers.

Pete Randall

Pitching Coordinator

Northwest Blaze Career: 9th Season/ Current Olympic College Pitching Coach

Professional Career: 10 Seasons pro scout Boston Red Sox / Philadelphia Phillies

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Forrest Hartford

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

Northwest Blaze Career: 8th Season

College Career: 4 years Starting Pitcher University of Puget Sound.

High School Career: Current Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Seattle Sounders.

Dan Steinmetzer

18U Pitching Coach

Northwest Blaze Career: 7th Season

Coaching Career: Current Blaze 18U Collegiate Pitching Coach.  2018 Blaze 18U Collegiate Pitching Coach.  2017 Blaze 18U Collegiate Pitching Coach.  2016 Blaze 18U Assistant Coach.  2015 Blaze 18U Assistant Coach.  2014 Blaze 18U Assistant Coach.  2013 Blaze 16U Assistant Coach.

High School Career: Bremerton High

Rod Benson

18U Collegiate Bench/Catching Coach

Northwest Blaze Career: 7th Season

Coaching Career: Current Blaze 18U Catching/Bench Coach Coach. 2019 18U Catching/Bench Coach Coach. 2018 18U Catching/Bench Coach Coach.  2017 18U Collegiate Assistant Coach.  2016 18U Assistant Coach.  2015 16U Blaze Head Coach.  2014 15U Blaze Assistant Coach.  20 Years coaching all aspects of youth and select baseball.

High School Career: Beaver High School, 1986. Starting varsity catcher 1983 - 1986.

Darren Liebmann

18U Collegiate Assistant Coach/Infield Coordinator

Northwest Blaze Career:  6th Season

Coaching Career: Current Blaze 18U Collegiate Assistant Coach/Blaze Infield Coordinator.  2019 Blaze 18U Collegiate Assistant Coach.  2018 Blaze 18U Collegiate Assistant Coach.  2017 18U Elite Assistant Coach.  2016 Blaze 15U Head Coach.  2015 Blaze 14U Assistant Coach.

College Career: Olympic College 

High School Career: Bremerton High

Ben Palau

15U Head Coach / Blaze Hitting Coordinator

Northwest Blaze Career: 9th Season

Coaching Career: Current Blaze 15U Head Coach. 2019 14U Blaze Head Coach.  2018 13U Blaze Head Coach.  2017 12U Blaze Head Coach.  2016 18U Assistant/Hitting Coach.  2015 18U Assistant Coach/Hitting Coach.  2014 Blaze 16U Head Coach.  2013 Blaze 15U Head Coach.  2012 Blaze 14U Head Coach.  2012 Blaze 12U Assistant Coach.

High School Career: Bremerton High

Craig Hoem

15U Assistant Coach

Northwest Blaze Career: 6th Season

Coaching Career: Current Blaze 15U Assistant Coach.  2019 14U Assistant Coach.2018 13U Assistant Coach.  2017 12U Maroon Assistant Coach.  2016 Blaze 11U Maroon Head Coach.  2015 Blaze 10U Assistant Coach. 

College Career: Olympic College/Concordia College

High School Career: South Kitsap High School

Collin Palau

15U Pitching Coach

Northwest Blaze Career: 4th Season

Coaching Career: Current Blaze 15U Pitching Coach.  2019 14U Pitching Coach.  2018 13U Pitching Coach.  2017 13U Pitching Coach.  2016 12U Black Pitching Coach.

College Career: Olympic College

High School Career: Central Kitsap

Dave Gagnon

15U Collegiate Assistant Coach

Northwest Blaze Career: 5th Season

Coaching Career: Current Blaze 15U Assistant Coach.  2019 18U Collegiate Assistant Coach.  2018 18U Collegiate Assistant Coach.  2017 18U Collegiate Assistant Coach.  2016 11U Maroon Assistant Coach.

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Josh Eveland

14U Maroon Head Coach

Northwest Blaze Career: 5th Season

Coaching Career: Current Blaze 14U Maroon Head Coach. 2019 13U Head Coach.  2018 12U Head Coach.  2017 11U Pitching Coach.  2016 11U Black Pitching Coach.

College Career: Stetson University

High School Career:

Pat McGanney

14U Assistant Coach

Northwest Blaze Career: 6th Season

Coaching Career: Current Blaze 14U Maroon Assistant Coach.  2019 Blaze 14U/18U Assistant Coach.  2018 Blaze 12U Assistant Coach.  2017 Blaze 12U Black Head Coach.  2016 16U Assistant Coach.  2015 15U Assistant Coach.

High School Career:

Kevin Brown

14U Maroon Assistant Coach

Northwest Blaze Career: 2nd Season

Coaching Career: Current Blaze 14U Assistant Coach.  2019 13U Assistant Coach.  

College Career:

High School Career: Olympic

DJ Hall

14U Black Head Coach

​Northwest Blaze Career: 2nd Season

Coaching Career: Current Blaze 14U Black Head Coach.  2016 15U Assistant Coach  

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Bill Bumbalough

14U Black Assistant Coach

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Don Zimmerman

14U Black Assistant Coach

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Jeran McCormick

12U Head Coach

Northwest Blaze Career: 7th Season

Coaching Career: Current Blaze 12U Head Coach.  2018 11U Head Coach.  2017 11U Head Coach.  2016 15U Assistant Coach.  2015 Blaze 14U Head Coach.  2014 Blaze 13U Head Coach.  2013 Blaze 12U/13U Head Coach.

High School Career:

Ian Hollis

14U Maroon Assistant Coach

Northwest Blaze Career: 4th Season

Coaching Career: Current Blaze 14U Assistant Coach.  2019 13U Assistant Coach.  2018 12U Assistant Coach.  2017 15U Assistant Coach  

College Career:  Olympic College

High School Career: North Kitsap

Tevyn Toledo

12U Assistant Coach

Northwest Blaze Career: 2nd Season

Coaching Career: Current Blaze 12U Assistant Coach.  2017 11U Assistant Coach.

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High School Career: Central Kitsap

Rick Biehl

12U Head Coach

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Ritchie Alexander

12U Assistant Coach

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Chris Castro

10U Head Coach

Northwest Blaze Career: 7th Season

Coaching Career: Current Blaze 10U Head Coach.  2018 9U Head Coach.  2017 9U Head Coach.  2016 9U Head Coach. 2014 16U Head Coach.  2013 Blaze 15U Head Coach.  2012 Blaze 13U Head Coach.

David Anderson

10U Assistant Coach

Northwest Blaze Career: 4th Season

Coaching Career: Current Blaze 10U Assistant Coach.  2018 9U Assistant Coach.  2017 9U Assistant Coach.  2016 9U Assistant Coach.

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David Benninger

10U Assistant Coach

Northwest Blaze Career: 6th Season

Coaching Career: Current Blaze 10U Assistant Coach.  2018 9U Assistant Coach.  2017 9U Assistant Coach.  2016 Blaze 13U Assistant Coach.  2015 Blaze 13U Assistant Coach.  9 years of youth and select level coaching.

High School Career:

Brian Gadberry

10U Head Coach

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Derek Watson

10U Assistant Coach

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CONTACT US

Northwest Blaze Baseball

25014 State Highway 3
Belfair, WA 98528
terrelhansen@wavecable.com

Tel: 360.710.9594

Mailing Address: P.O.Box 1212, Olalla, Wa. 98359

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