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Scott Freeman


GROWING UP: Rickey Henderson

Scott Freeman is a successful entrepreneur who has founded multiple businesses which currently employ over 500 employees, primarily in Houston and Austin. A huge fan of a number of sports as well as the outdoors in general, Freeman resides in Houston with his wife and their four sports- playing boys. He is also an active member of St. Luke’s Methodist Church and volunteers his time with multiple philanthropic organizations across Greater Houston. In founding Houston Wildcatters, Freeman’s goal is to give back to the local community by granting underprivileged youth the ability to play a sport that has become increasingly difficult to participate in at elite levels due to limited public access to baseball fields, coaching, training, and equipment.

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Director of Operations

Jeffrey Wise


GROWING UP: Ken Griffey Jr.

Jeffrey Wise is a native Houstonian and entrepreneur. He began his career in 2005 in the oil and gas industry, which led him to eventually start his own business in 2009. After owning his business for 13 years, Wise decided it was time to explore new ventures. He has always been passionate about sports, particularly the game of baseball, and he ultimately decided to shift gears to move into working in the baseball field (literally and figuratively). As Director of Operations at Houston Wildcatters, Wise incorporates his knowledge of business to support the growth of the organization and its athletes. He resides in Houston with his wife and two children.


High School Director of Player Advancement

Tyler King


GROWING UP: Craig Biggio

Tyler King is a 2013 graduate of Kingwood High School, where he was a three-year letterman in baseball. King then went on to the University of Texas at Austin; while on the Forty Acres, he worked for the Longhorn baseball team for one season and then reported on the team as a student journalist during his final two years on campus. He ultimately graduated from UT in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. After receiving his diploma, King took a job as Special Assistant Intern to the President in the Texas League, an AA minor league baseball affiliate, where he spent one season. Then, in 2019, he spent four months as Scouting Intern for Prep Baseball Report in Houston before transitioning to an internship position with the Milwaukee Brewers that was based out of the team’s Arizona spring training complex; in that role, he served as a professional scout and handled Trackman operations. After his internship with the Brewers, King returned to Houston in 2020 and has subsequently worked with PBR Texas as a Houston-area scout and Junior Future Games director.

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West Director / Head Coach

Brandon Whitby


GROWING UP: Ken Griffey Jr. 

Coach Whitby is a native of Phoenix, AZ. He attended Camelback High School, where he was a dual-sport athlete and received all-state honors in both sports, football and baseball. After high school, Whitby accepted a football scholarship to Prairie View A&M University and walked onto the baseball team. Whitby was a standout for the Panthers as a four-year starter at catcher, where he garnered two team MVP awards and all-conference honors as a senior. He was then drafted by the Colorado Rockies and played in the organization’s minor league system. Since ending his professional career, Whitby has coached in the Katy area for the last twelve years with various organizations before now joining the Houston Wildcatters as Director of Wildcatters West and Manager of its 8U team.

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North Director / Head Coach

Jason Harvey


GROWING UP: Kirby Puckett

Coach Harvey was a four-year letterman on the varsity high school baseball team in Rock Island, IL, where he was selected Player of the Year and was named to the all-state team. From 1991 to 1993, Harvey played at Blackhawk College, where he was a JUCO All-American and finished seventh in the nation in total stolen bases. Then, from 1993 to 1995, Harvey attended South Carolina Aiken University on scholarship, where he played under the guidance of Coach Gary Gilmore. His coaching experience includes 28 years total – including six years at the high school varsity level –and additional time spent as a private instructor. Since 2005, Coach Harvey has spent time helping to open The Zone Facility and Dynasty Baseball in Kingwood, serving as a co-owner.

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High School Director / Head Coach

Chip Ambres


GROWING UP: Rickey Henderson

As a senior at West Brook Senior High School in Beaumont, Texas, Coach Ambres was named a second team All-American by Baseball America and to the USA Today All-USA high school baseball team; additionally, he established himself as a highly recruited quarterback. Reaching the status of being ranked as the top-rated quarterback in the State of Texas, he signed a national letter of intent to play football at Texas A&M University but ultimately opted to play baseball after he was selected 27th overall by the Florida Marlins in the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft. Ambres played 11 years of professional baseball for a number of MLB teams, including the Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, and San Diego Padres. Since retiring, Ambres has been a coach for youth select baseball teams for over 12 years.

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Executive Director

Stefen Breeding


GROWING UP: Ken Griffey Jr.

A graduate of Elsik High School, Breeding went on to play at the collegiate level at several different schools, including San Jacinto Jr. College, University of Houston, and Houston Baptist University. Breeding then found his way into the corporate world but maintained his passion for baseball. While involved in his professional pursuits, he stayed involved in the sport through coaching, private instruction, and umpiring over the course of 25 years. Combining his experience in business with his baseball acumen, Breeding is adroitly able to navigate all facets of the game both on the field and operationally.

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Director of Fundraising, Branding + Marketing

Blake Parker 


GROWING UP: Ken Griffey Jr.

Blake Parker, a former Texas 5A high school state champion in baseball who has maintained a passion for sports from a young age, additionally played baseball in college at the University of Oklahoma. Away from the diamond, Parker developed proficiency in the fields of Energy Management and Finance. After graduating from OU, Parker ultimately shifted from Oil & Gas as a career path into sports in 2016 and has since been able to leverage his knowledge of the industry and its vast network to secure valuable corporate sponsorships for various college athletic programs, most recently the University of Tulsa. His love of baseball – something he has always maintained – ultimately led Parker to move to Houston to not only take over the fundraising efforts for but also help facilitate the brand strategy for the Houston Wildcatters. With his experience both in playing sports and working in sales in the sports industry, Parker is uniquely positioned to lead these efforts and is excited to continue making a positive impact on the lives of elite young athletes in the Houston area as part of the Wildcatters.


High School Director of Operations

Trevor Putzig


GROWING UP: Miguel Cabrera

Graduate and 5-year varsity letterman of Ballard High School in Louisville, Kentucky. Putzig was a four-year starter and infielder at Tennessee Tech University from 2014-2018. He finished top 10 in school history in hits, home runs, doubles, RBIs, and runs scored. Finished with the seventh-highest batting average and the sixth-highest number of hits in NCAA Division I at the conclusion of the 2017 season. Awarded Player of the Game during Tennessee Tech's first-ever Regional Championship at Ole Miss in 2018. Awarded Tennessee Tech Male Athlete of the Year in 2018. Following his college career, Putzig was drafted in the 17th round by the Baltimore Orioles in 2018. Putzig played two years of minor league baseball before moving to Houston to start his coaching career at Rice University. Putzig coached for two years at Rice University from 2020-2022. He served as the Catching Coordinator, Hitting Coach, and Camp Coordinator while working closely with esteemed coaches, including 12-year major leaguer Jose Cruz Jr. and 9-year major leaguer Paul Janish. Putzig’s experience also included utilizing advanced player development technology such as Trumedia, Kinatrax, Hittrax, Trackman, and Synergy, showcasing his adaptability and commitment to staying at the forefront of the sport's evolving landscape. Putzig has continued to grow his network throughout the college coaching landscape and looks forward to helping high school athletes find the correct fit for their college careers.

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North Director / Head Coach

Heath Bender


GROWING UP: Frank Thomas

Coach Bender grew up in Rock Island, Illinois, where he loved baseball from an early age and learned from a host of outstanding mentors, including his dad – Gary Bender – who was the head baseball coach at Rock Island High School and is a proud member of the Illinois High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. As a senior in high school, Heath set records for home runs, triples, doubles, batting average and RBIs. He participated in the 1993 Olympic Festival, where his team won gold. Bender went on to play first base for the University of Memphis, where he earned a spot on the all-conference team. He also led the Central Illinois Collegiate League in home runs during this time. During his senior year of college, Bender was drafted in the 23rd round of the amateur draft by the Cleveland Indians. In 2004, Bender and his family moved to Kingwood, Texas and opened The Zone Baseball Academy. What started as three batting cages in a small warehouse ultimately grew to a 15,000-square-foot training facility with 10 cages, two bullpens, three outdoor lighted baseball fields and 30+ select baseball teams. Bender has now been coaching youth baseball for 20 years and specializes in hitting instruction for players of all ages. Just like his dad, Heath’s expertise, enthusiasm and positive teaching techniques set players up for success.


South Director / Head Coach

Mario Martinez Jr.


GROWING UP: Rickey Henderson

Coach Martinez played high school baseball and subsequently played college football at Texas Lutheran University. He began coaching baseball with the Hustle organization before moving to the Elite organization. Currently, Coach Martinez trains athletes in the realms of speed and agility via a number of different workouts and techniques.

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Blast Director / Head Coach

Zach Brunner


GROWING UP: Lance Berkman

Coach Brunner was born and raised in Katy, Texas. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX, where he played three years of collegiate baseball and is now entering his sixth year of coaching youth baseball.

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