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!

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!

Dave Burnside

PITCHING INSTRUCTOR

Baseball