HZ Coaches

Welcome to The Hitting Zone and our Staff BIO page!  Here you will find our HZ Professional Instructors and their personal BIO’s.  We take great pride in the experience we have as a staff!  with over three decades of combined experience, we have everything you need all under one roof!  We hope to see you soon!

 

Note:  Please contact our coaches first to schedule your lesson.  If unable to reach the coach please contact Jeff Williamson at 509-868-2013.

Coach Jeff Williamson

Jeff Williamson

DIRECTOR OF THE HITTING ZONE, CAMP CLINICIAN

Baseball and Softball

Contact Phone:  509-868-2013

Coach Willy grew up in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and moved to Spokane, Washington, in 1987, where he attended Mead Senior High School. Jeff was the 1990 Greater Spokane League MVP, finishing his high school career ranked second ALL-TIME in the GSL for home runs. He went on to earn a scholarship to play baseball in college at Spokane Falls Community College and Washington State University (1990–1994). Willy hit .321 combined in his college career. Coach Willy also won a National Hockey Championship in 1988 and finished second at state for Mead High School in baseball that same year. Coach has led many NW Select Baseball programs over the years and helped his players in the recruiting process (Club Spokane Outlaws, NW Desert Dogs, Oregon Diamond Jacks). Coach Willy led four high school programs (Mead, Mt. Spokane, Gonzaga Prep, and University) in 10 years as a hitting coach. He helped lead the Gonzaga Prep Bull-Pups and UHIGH Titans to back to back to back state tournaments (2013–2015).  Jeff resigned at UHIGH in 2015 only to become the Hitting Coach at North Central in 2017.  Coach resigned from NC in March 2017 when taking over The Hitting Zone Indoor Sports Complex.  Coach Willy is a special education teacher at Shadle Park High School. Jeff is available for private instruction, team training, and camps and clinics year-round, providing Spokane with a professional level program for all ages!

Bryce Williamson

Bryce Williamson

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE HITTING ZONE, PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR, CAMP CLINICIAN

Baseball and Softball

Contact Phone:  509-464-9508

Bryce grew up in Spokane, Washington, where he was a three-sport standout. Bryce attended University High School where he was an ALL-GSL and ALL-STATE outfielder for the Titans in 2014. In 2015, he was the Greater Spokane League MVP in football (first in school history) and ALL-GSL honorable mention his senior year in baseball. Bryce played football for the University of Idaho as a freshman in college and redshirted that year. He is currently playing baseball at Spokane Falls Community College and has begun his teaching credentials.  Bryce has worked alongside his father since he was 13 years old, working with thousands of NW ball players of all ages. Bryce was hired at another facility as a private instructor in 2017, where he quickly began growing his clients. He is available for private instruction, team training, and camps and clinics year-round, providing Spokane with a professional level program for all ages!

Paco Crandall

Paco Crandell

SOFTBALL DIRECTOR, PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR, CAMP CLINICIAN

Softball

Contact Phone:  509-768-8829

Paco Crandall is the head women’s softball coach for the Community Colleges of Spokane. He is from Spokane, WA and played baseball at Walla Walla Community College and Whitworth University after graduating from Gonzaga Prep.

 

Paco has been a professional baseball and softball instructor in Spokane for the past 18 years and was a member of the 2015 NFCA National Coaching Staff of the year. He is driven to help develop the under recruited local and regional softball community by taking on our director of softball position and launching the Extreme HZ softball club this year!

Matt Oye

Matt Oye

PITCHING DIRECTOR, PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR, CAMP CLINICIAN

Baseball

Contact Phone:  509-279-5818

Matt is a former LA Angels Pro Pitcher.  He grew up in Spokane and graduated from North Central High School.  Matt played baseball for the Spokane Heat, Washington State University and Whitworth University before being signed by the LA Angels.  Matt declined a professional pitching coach with the Tempe AZL Angels in order to return home to Spokane.  Sharing his knowledge of baseball with young athletes so that they can learn key skills and reach their maximum potential is a passion for Matt.  He believes the game should be fun, focusing on fundamentals and mechanics while building up confidence and metal toughness.

  • 5 years Professional experience include 3 big league camp invites
  • AAA SLC starting pitcher
  • Texas League Pitcher of Week
  • Nearly 400 professional innings pitched
  • Professional baseball references:  Mike Trout, Jim Gott, Scott Servais
Travis Cook

Travis Cook

ASSISTANT PITCHING DIRECTOR, PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR, CAMP CLINICIAN

Baseball and Softball

Contact Phone:  425-785-1377

Coach Cook grew up in Carnation, WA, which is located approximately 30 minutes East of Seattle.  He attended Cedarcrest High School where he set school records and received many athletic awards.  Growing up he was a 3 sport athlete and a 4 year high school varsity baseball player.  His high school team was a state contender 3 out of the 4 years he played, while winning the state championship in 2009.  Cook also received First Team All League nominations his sophomore, junior and senior year along with All State his senior year as well.  Shortly after winning state, Travis was awarded the Washington State Proline Player of the Year award and was inducted into the Washington State Baseball Hall of Fame.  Even though he was highly scouted by the MLB, cook decided to accept a full scholarship to Washington State University where he played for a season.  After dealing with a chest injury, Cook transferred the following season to Everett Community College where he also encountered another season ending injury.  Once healthy he played the next two seasons before deciding to take a couple years off to travel.  He returned to his home state of Washington in 2014 and was offered a position to play for Central Washington University where he played his final 2 seasons of collegiate baseball.  Coach Cook graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and Health and now resides in Davenport, WA.  He has begun teaching in the Davenport district and will be coaching the high school baseball season this upcoming season.  Not only has Coach Cook played baseball his entire life competitively through select teams as well as through school, he is still in love with the game and has a passion to pass his knowledge to upcoming players of all levels.  He is a new member of our team and is beyond excited to begin training our pitchers.  Coach Cook is available for private instruction, pitching training, camps and clinics year round, providing Spokane a professional level training for all ages and levels.

Michele Strauss

Michele Strauss

FASTPITCH INSTRUCTOR & PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR

Softball

Contact Phone:  509-481-1611

Michele grew up right here in Spokane, Washington. She attended Ferris High School where she was a four-year varsity letter winner and starter in both fast- and slow-pitch. In 2011, Michele was a part of the first ever Ferris team to win a district championship! In 2012, she broke the Greater Spokane League strikeout record as a sophomore at Ferris. She struck out 168 hitters that year. In 2014, Michele earned 1st Team ALL-GSL and finished her senior season with 203 strikeouts, and was the Greater Spokane League Slow Pitch MVP! After graduating, she made the Jr. USA Team and represented our country in Italy where she played against other international teams. She then earned a scholarship to pitch at Spokane Falls Community College. In 2015, Michele was a part of the NWACC Championship Team. In 2016, she was awarded 1st Team ALL-NWACC Pitcher, also being named “Pitcher of the Week” two consecutive weeks. She has coached at Ferris and North Central High School. She has a passion for the game and wants to share this with players here in Eastern Washington. Michele is available for private instruction, team training, and camps and clinics year-round, providing Spokane with a professional level program for all ages!