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OUR TEAM

The Team Behind
Union Baseball Systems

Top to bottom, Union Baseball Systems has by far the most dynamic baseball training and coaching staff in San Diego, and we’re only going to get better. UBS uses the same systems and processes to identify, interview, and hire progressive, high ceiling coaches that Bobby used with the Chicago Cub’s top-ranked farm system – providing training to ensure quality across all our staff.

Founders

In an effort to bring the most advanced, progressive baseball training to San Diego, UBS was founded by former college teammates…

Bobby Basham, co-founder of Union Baseball Systems, has experience managing player development at the MLB level.

Bobby Basham

Co- Founder

Bobby has close to 20 years of experience in professional baseball – with 7 seasons as a player and 12 at the front office level. He has led advanced scouting efforts, been the Director of Player Development, and Director of the Innovation Department embedded within Research Development for the Chicago Cubs.  Bobby runs the business side of the Union Baseball and oversees the development process, making sure it meets the same standards that professional baseball teams use. 

Matt McLoughlin is one of the best youth pitching coaches in the San Diego area.

Matt McLoughlin

Head of Pitching Development

A former DI college pitcher and native San Diegan, Matt has been a fixture on the San Diego amateur baseball scene as pitching coach for the San Diego Show. He is a Driveline Certified pitching instructor and leads our developmental pitching efforts, including building out throwing programs, weighted ball training, pitch design, and data-driven mechanical interventions. 

Baseball coach Andy Givens provides baseball specific strength and conditioning training to San Diego youth players.

Andy Givens

CSCS – Head of High Performance

Andy comes from Richmond, Virginia, where for nine years he owned and operated AG Performance, a baseball performance-based strength and conditioning facility. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and is also an OnBaseU and Driveline-Certified pitching coach. In addition to overseeing strength development, he also coaches athletes in nutrition, movement prep, and recovery methods, the backbones to improving player performance. 

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Tim Stauffer

Advisor/Investor 

Tim was a teammate of Bobby, Andy, and Matt at the University of Richmond and was a two-time first team All American before being selected as the 4th overall pick in the 2003 draft by the San Diego Padres. He played parts of 10 seasons at the MLB level, including 9 with the Padres. He currently lives in Solana Beach, and you can occasionally catch him on the Padres Broadcast as a color commentator.

Coaches & Staff 

We overstaff our gym with the highest quality coaches to guide your player training, ensure player safety, and to make sure every player always has access to professional oversight.

Jordan Verdon

Head of Hitting Development

Former NCAA baseball player Jordan Verdon is Head of Hitting Development at Union Baseball Systems.

Jordan grew up in San Diego and was a member of the San Diego State Aztec baseball team where he hit his way to National Player of the Week twice in 2018. He was also named to the Mountain West All Conference team twice. After his time as an Aztec, Jordan played in the Detroit Tiger’s organization, where he was the Minor League Player of the Year in 2019 while playing for the Connecticut Tigers. If a pitcher made a mistake, Jordan made him pay.

Hitting Instructor 

Reece Hernandez

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Reece is a San Diego local and former standout baseball player at Santana High School. From there, he first attended Grossmont Junior College where he was a crucial part of their first ever state championship team. He then played three years of Division I baseball at San Jose State University, hitting .308/.370/.375 as a starter in his final season. After college, Reece spent part of two years as a coach for the San Diego State baseball team before joining UBS in Fall 2023.

Pitching Instructor 

Justin Bellez

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Born and raised in San Diego, coach Bellez attended Mira Mesa high school. His accolades include a Perfect Game National showcase attendee, Area Cod Game Participant, and was a 38th round draft pick by the Angels. He also played at San Diego State and Palomar Junior College. He was the varsity pitching coach at Mira Mesa for two years, coached 11U through high school for Tony Gwynn Jr's program (Gwynn Baseball) for five years, and has coached 12U through high school for the San Diego Show for the past three years.

Pitching & Catching Instructor 

Ryan Gaynor 

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Ryan Gaynor joins UBS after serving as Director of Baseball Operations with the University of San Francisco, where his responsibilities included coaching catchers. In 2021, Ryan served as a volunteer assistant coach at George Washington. Before that, he served as the manager for the Waterloo Bucks and pitching coach for the Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders – both of the summer collegiate Northwoods League, as well as a stint as the pitching coach at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. A graduate of Arizona State University, Gaynor also has previous coaching experience with Santa Barbara City College and spent five seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates as Coordinator of the Minor League Video, where his responsibilities included data and video collection to aid advance scouting.

Will Cummings

Assistant Strength Coach

Will Cummings is Assistant Baseball Strength Coach and runs the Youth Baseball Development Program for players ages 9-11 at UBS.

Will was born and raised in San Diego and is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Along with coaching athletes in the weight room, Will also runs the Youth Development Program, creating a space for our 9-11U athletes to have fun while learning baseball skills and techniques in all aspects of the sport including hitting, throwing, fielding, and strength and conditioning.

Isaiah Nunez

Pitching Instructor

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Isaiah brings on-field playing and coaching experience playing at Sacramento City College and California State University Northridge and coaching at Sacramento City College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and San Diego Mesa College. Isaiah has training experience as a performance throwing trainer at Optimum Athletes and a throwing intern at Tread Athletics. Isaiah earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Northridge and his master’s degree in leadership from Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Quinn Mayfield

Hitting Instructor 

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Coach Mayfield was born and raised in San Diego and has been coaching for over 10 years at various levels. He was the director of player operations for Cal’s baseball program for the 2021-2022 season. Most recently he worked with the nationally ranked UCLA softball team during the 2022-2023 season where was in charge of their offensive and defensive scouting while also working with the infielders and hitters. He is now the Co-Director of 5 Star Mafia West and runs their high school program while overseeing the development of all age groups

Customer Service

Candie O’Dell-Scherer 

Candie O’Dell-Scherer is Union Baseball Systems’ Lead Customer Service Representative.

Candie O’Dell-Scherer is Union Baseball Systems’ Lead Customer Service Representative. She grew up in Southern CA but spent 14 long winters in Chicago. She holds a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Master’s of Nonprofit Management from Spertus. Her passion for baseball started when the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series. GO CUBS GO!! She has past experience as a busy church secretary, an in-bound call center, and 25 years as a nanny/house manager. For questions about your membership, booking, billing, please email candie@unionbaseballsystems.com

Interested in Becoming a Coach at Union Baseball Systems?

If you have experience playing or coaching baseball at a high level, and you’re interested in helping San Diego’s next generation of baseball players, we’d love to hear from you! Just fill out the short form by clicking the button below, and one of our coaches will be reaching out to you.

Sign up for elite baseball player development program with UBS.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ELITE DEVELOPMENT MEMBERSHIPS

Ready to take your game to the level? Talk to one of our staff members about the right membership for your player.

*For Youth (Under 12) players, purchase individual lessons here.

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