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LEADERSHIP

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Founder

Scott Freeman

​FAVORITE BASEBALL PLAYER

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

​FAVORITE BASEBALL PLAYER

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.

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Marketing Director

Mallory Schmitz

​FAVORITE BASEBALL PLAYER

GROWING UP: Craig Biggio

Mallory Schmitz is a seasoned marketing professional with over a decade of expertise in the education, hospitality, and real estate markets. Graduating from Sam Houston State University in 2014, Mallory not only excelled academically but also showcased exceptional skills on the volleyball court during high school and college. With a passion for creating unforgettable experiences, Mallory has navigated the marketing landscape, honing a strategic mindset and innovative approach. Having successfully orchestrated numerous high-profile events, she brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Now, Mallory is thrilled to bring her talents to the Houston Wildcatters organization, eager to contribute her skills and expertise to further elevate the team's marketing initiatives.

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West/Central Director

Brandon Whitby

​FAVORITE BASEBALL PLAYER

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

​FAVORITE BASEBALL PLAYER

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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South Director / Head Coach

Mario Martinez Jr.

​FAVORITE BASEBALL PLAYER

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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Executive Director

Stefen Breeding

​FAVORITE BASEBALL PLAYER

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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Community Events Director

Brooke Price

​FAVORITE BASEBALL PLAYER

GROWING UP: Chipper Jones

Growing up in San Antonio, Brooke honed her competitive edge on the track, court, and cross-country courses. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she excelled as an Executive Assistant and later spearheading Investor Relations, mastering the art of orchestrating high-stakes board and shareholder meetings. Brooke's family is her anchor. Married with four vibrant children, each a natural athlete like their mom (three daughters and a son who proudly dons the Wildcatters jersey). While living overseas, she channeled her organizational prowess into building bridges of goodwill. As a School Board Member and Director of Charity Initiatives, she created volunteer networks, fostered partnerships with local organizations, and orchestrated impactful fundraising events, leaving a lasting mark on communities beyond her own. Faith and family fuel Brooke's dedication. She is a pillar of her local church, nurturing young minds through weekly youth programs, Sunday School lessons, and summer camps. As an active member of all four of her children's PTO boards, she champions their academic and extracurricular triumphs. As the Community Events Director, Brooke is dedicated to providing enriching and memorable events that enhance the sense of community among players and parents.

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High School Director of Player Advancement

Tyler King

​FAVORITE BASEBALL PLAYER

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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North Director / Head Coach

Heath Bender

​FAVORITE BASEBALL PLAYER

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.

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High School Director / Head Coach

Chip Ambres

​FAVORITE BASEBALL PLAYER

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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