Oranjestad, Aruba- 297 Baseball Academy has taken the past few months to improve the coaching and advisory staff to better support our players! Owner & Founder Brodie Carey has made decisive decisions that will better the development of all players and improve their chances in the recruiting process. The former staff from August consisting of Ryan Huntington (General Manager), Joshua Simon (Director of Player Development), Jason Oldham (Strength & Conditioning), and Joewayne Gumbs (Community Representative) will remain the same. Our new additions to the staff will be listed below:
Sydney Parr is a 2016 graduate of North Little Rock High School, North Little Rock, Arkansas. A four-year starter, Parr lead her team with three back to back state championships and four state championship appearances. Parr broke the state record recording the most triples (3) in a single championship game and hit a combined .600+ in all four championship outings. Additionally, Parr was a four-time Arkansas Gazette All Preps Team member, four time All State, four time all conference, All Star team member, Wendy’s Player of the Year, PGF Southern Region All American, Captain of her team, MVP and Female Athlete of the Year. Upon completion of Parr’s eighth grade year, she was offered and committed to the University of Arkansas Softball program. A 2020 graduate, Parr graduated with a B.A., Journalism with Honors. Parr, starting center fielder for the University of Arkansas, maintained a four-year team leadership role voted on by coaches and team members, is a four-time Southeast Conference Academic All American, four-year recipient of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American Scholar Athlete, recipient of the Cosida Collegiate Athlete All District First Team 2020 and was inducted into the Arkansas Softball Hall of Fame. Parr served a four-year SAAC representative position acting as liaison between the University of Arkansas, the SEC and NCAA. Working within SAAC to strengthen the University of Arkansas athletics department. Parr was also called upon to host the SEC Commissioner during appearances at the University of Arkansas and served as a liaison between the Commissioner and student athlete panels. As important as her contribution on the field, Parr spent four years as the University of Arkansas softball team community outreach coordinator. Parr was named to the SEC Community Service Team two consecutive years and was the first recipient of the HOGSPY Award- Lee Spence Cup Champion. Since graduation, Parr (Sydney Parr Player Development) gives forty-five to fifty lessons per week in hitting, slapping, defensive, speed/agility and spends time working with young women on the mental aspect of the game. Parr travels in and out of state developing players and teams through team practices, clinics and camps as well as speaking engagements. Before graduation, Parr spent two summers interning for the MLB Network located in Secaucus, New Jersey and The Mets Organization, Queens, New York working within the Player Development and Community Outreach division of the Mets.
Kayla Baptista, a graduate of La Salle High School in Providence, Rhode Island. She was a starter for her nationally ranked summer travel team, RI Thunder Gold. In high school she originally committed to the University of Tennessee in the SEC Conference. She changed her commitment and decided to attend the University of North Carolina in the ACC Conference. She is a top 100 ranked softball player nationally in her graduating class. She was also an all-state player in Rhode Island. Currently Kayla is playing middle infield at the University of North Carolina. Kayla joined us in August of 2019 and was a favorite by many!
Tyler Lafreniere, a graduate of North Attleboro High School brings his strength as a catching coach. Tyler plays at Western New England University located in Massachusetts. During his early career he lettered three times for his varsity baseball team along with signing to play at the collegiate level. Tyler has spent his life studying the game of baseball and perfecting his catching game. He has traveled all over to attend high level catching clinics and seminars. He can also be used as a resource for the college admissions process.