Thomari Story-Harden Bio

Thomari Story-Harden

Thomari Story-Harden is the CEO / Director of Team Avenue Baseball, a student/athlete baseball developmental program and Assc Scout for the Philadelphia Phillie's. Thomari partnered with Major League Baseball to form the new Central Valley RBI program. Thomari is also a Mentor and Coach to the players of Worldwide Baseball Prospects recruitment planning program

A local standout at El Cerrito High, the 6 '7 - 270lb Story-Harden starred in football and baseball before getting drafted in the 8th Round of the 1998 Amatuer Draft by the LA Dodgers. He played with the LA Dodgers organization for 6 years. Thomari then made the move to the East Coast playing 3 years of Independent Baseball in which he made the Frontier League All Star Team in 2005.

Once his pro career ended, Thomari re-focused his commitment to giving back to the youth of the Central Valley (California) area by starting the Team Avenue Baseball Academy and Avenue Outreach, a non-profit baseball school. On top of tutoring players on the field, Story-Harden assisted in placing youth in college at all levels of play. His philosophy when working with young adults is to stress academics and family before athletics.

"I truly believe the statement made by Tommy Lasorda the, "The Road to Success comes through the Avenue of Hard work."

Hall of Fame Coach (Fresno State) Bob Bennett has changed my whole perspective in terms of coaching. He has invested years into mentoring me as a coach. I thank him for his time with me and our players, he has changed my life. Meeting him has giving me the opportunity to share a piece of Coach Bennett with the world. I have learned that just because I played professional baseball does not make me a good coach. Coach Bennett has taught me how to teach based on the player, every player is different. Teaching in detail and holding players accountable to practice fundamentals is essential in the baseball development process. I personally care about every player that plays for Team Avenue Baseball; most importantly I care about what happens after the TAB Experience in terms of success stories.

My coaching goal is to help players clearly define their goals and construct a realistic plan in accomplishing their goals.
 

A local standout at El Cerrito High, the 6 '7 - 270lb Story-Harden starred in football and baseball before getting drafted in the 8th Round of the 1998 Amatuer Draft by the LA Dodgers. He played with the LA Dodgers organization for 6 years. Thomari then made the move to the East Coast playing 3 years of Independent Baseball in which he made the Frontier League All Star Team in 2005.

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Reggie Smith Bio

Reggie Smith Joins Team Avenue Baseball

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FormerContent Major League Baseball outfielder, coach and front office executive. During a 17-year big league career (1966–1982), Smith appeared in 1,987 games, hit 314 home runs and batted .287. He was a switch-hitter who threw right-handed. In his prime, he had one of the strongest throwing arms of any outfielder in the big leagues. Smith played at least 70 games in 13 different seasons, and in every one of those 13 seasons, his team had a winning record.

After his playing career ended, Smith rejoined the Dodgers, where he served as a coach under Tommy Lasorda, a minor league instructor and a player development official.

Smith became involved with USA Baseball in 1999 as hitting coach on the 1999 Professional Team at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada (Silver, Olympic qualifiers). He also served as hitting coach for the 2007IBAF Baseball World Cup in Taiwan (Gold). Smith also served as hitting coach for Team USA during the 2006 World Baseball Classic, and served as hitting coach for the Bronze medal winning USA Baseball Olympic team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[2]

Smith runs a baseball academy in Encino, California, where he trains youth players, including Austin Wilson.[3

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LC Smith Bio

L.C. Smith has coached at various levels of organized baseball.

L.C. Smith has coached at various levels of organized baseball. Currently he is an Associate Scout for the Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball Club.  Coach Smith has recently been lucky enough to start taking players to China and all over the US to enhance their overall baseball knowledge and experiences. In China LC Smith led the Team Avenue Aces to a 4-2 finish and Runner up at the 22nd Annual Beijing International Boys Baseball Championships and also a 5-1 finish at the Battle of Omaha 19u tournament during the NCAA College World Series.


In 2008

He was the 1st President of the North Florida Baseball Academy and Florida Mustangs 15u-18u Baseball program. Over those 3 years he led them to numerous tournament championships. As well as coaching the 16u Mustangs (that finished ranked #3 by Perfect Game in 2009)to a runner-up finish at the WWBA National Championship at East Cobb out of 186 teams, he also coached the 14u Mustangs (finished ranked #44 in the nation) to the Grand Slam World Series Title in 2009.


In 2001

He was an assistant at Starkville Academy in Starkville, Mississippi, and was later named Head Coach of both Varsity Baseball and Varsity Softball

In 2002.

The Volunteers won the North State Championship in baseball and softball.


In 2003-2004

He was an assistant coach at Meridian Community College where they won the State Championship, Regional Championship and District Championship advancing to the NJCAA World Series.
In the summer of 2004 Coach Smith served as an assistant for the Thunder Bay Border Cats of the North Woods League (collegiate amateur wooden bat) in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Coach Smith also served 2 seasons as an assistant at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he was a part of the team that won a GCAC Championship. He also served as an assistant at Okaloosa-Walton College

In 2007-2008.
Coach Smith has also organized and instructed at numerous camps, clinics, showcases and tournaments across the country including LSU, MSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, FSU, Tulane, Tennessee, Memphis, Meridian Community College, University of Southern Mississippi, William Carey University, Lipscomb University, Northwest Florida State, Chipola, Valdosta State, University of West Florida, Pensacola State, Tallahassee Community College, Tusculum College, TPX/Demarini Top 96.
Coach Smith has had over 75 players sign College Scholarships and has coached 15 players that were taken in the MLB Draft since 2004.

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Joey Davis Bio

Joey Davis has a lifetime of pitching experience as both a player and as a coach. He has helped upcoming youth by working at several baseball camps including Kansas Jay Hawks, Chico State University, Sacramento State University, Solano College, Sonoma State, Cerro Coso Community College, and worked with USA Baseball in Utah. Joey's pitching experience includes coaching at Vanden High School for 2 seasons where their team won State Finals and took 2nd place.

High School Coaching Includes:

  • Coach: Rio Linda High School
  • Coach: Carson High School.
  • Coach: Silver Stage High School to their State Championships during his first season coaching there.
  • He has coached American Legion Baseball as a pitching coach
  • Joey took a travel ball team from Northern California to Cooperstown New York where they took 6th place out of 64 teams.

college coaching includes:

  • Solano Community College
  • Cerro Coso Community College
  • Patton University.

As a the Athletic Director at George Whittell High School , he was able to make an impact on athletes and coaches in all sports.

Joey has always enjoyed helping young athletes. Throughout these years of coaching he has offered private pitching lessons. He has a talent for bringing out the best in his players and this one on one time allows him to really work with them and encourage them to give their best.

He works with all ages from elementary school, high school, college and Professionally drafted players. Helping them prepare for the next level. He has a gift in making athletes want to strive to be better. He currently lives in Reno Nevada where he put together an elite team of travel players and won the USSSA World Series.

Joey is looking forward to this next step in his career, becoming a part of Team Avenue Baseball.

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