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!

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

Dave Burnside

PITCHING INSTRUCTOR

Baseball

Tyler Durand

PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR

Baseball

Tyler Durand is from BC Canada and grew up playing for the Cranbrook Bandits American Legion baseball team.  He attended Porterville College from 2007 to 2009 in Porterville CA and was named to the Second Team All-Conference Team in 2009 as a catcher/pitcher. Tyler then went to California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks CA to play baseball and continue his education and was recruited as a catcher for the Lethbridge Bulls baseball team in the Western Major Baseball League for the 2010 season.  Tyler graduated from California State University Bakersfield with a BS in Mathematics and has 5 years of Coaching/Private Instruction experience throughout California and Texas.  Tyler specializes in teaching all areas of baseball and is available for private instruction, team training, and camps and clinics year-round.

Andrew Pullin

PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR

Baseball

Contact Phone:  360-388-6568

Andrew grew up in Centralia Washington and attended Centralia high school. He was a 4 time all state outfielder, and pitched ambidextrously in high school. In 2011 he was a perfect game All American and also won the 2011 Perfect Game WWBA championship in Jupiter Florida with team Marucci. He graduated in 2012 and committed to play at the university of Oregon, but was drafted in the 5th round of the 2012 draft to the Philadelphia Phillies and played seven seasons in the Phillies organization making it as high as triple A. He played all outfield positions as well as two seasons at 2nd base. In over 2,200 career at bats he had a career average of .273 with 64 home runs and 301 RBIs. He is currently going to school at Eastern Washington University and plans on majoring in exercise science.