Hit Factory started as a passion project for a pair of friends – both growing up in Columbus and driving upwards of an hour both ways for our practices and lessons nearly everyday. When we both moved back to Columbus after college, we decided to provide a solutions for local athletes and started our journey to create a place where athletes want to train.
We believe that creating a place to train is more than just providing a facility for teams and athletes to use, it’s about providing a home and community for like-minded people who want to get better while having fun.
MEET OUR STAFF
Partner & Chief Operating Officer
Hunter specializes in pitching, offering lessons for hitting, fielding, and pitching. Hunter has been instructing private lessons since his return to Columbus back in 2016. He is a high baseball IQ guy who will loves to coach/develop top talent.
Background: Hunter is a graduate of Alabama State University (ASU) (Physical Education, 2016). He is from Columbus, IN and attended Columbus North High School , where he was a varsity Shortstop/Pitcher. Hunter went on to play baseball at ASU for 4 years.
Experience: Hunter has been instructing private lessons for 6+ years. He has coached at Columbus North HS (2016-2021) and the Canes Midwest (2016-current) program based out of Indianapolis. Within these roles, he has developed multiple players that have reached the college ranks (IU, WSU, ULL, UE, UL, etc.).
Job Role: Hunter serves as the COO for Hit Factory, managing the day to day operations of the business. From player development to facility management, Hunter is the man to talk to!
Partner & Chief Executive Officer
Will specializes in catching, offering lessons for hitting, fielding, and catching. Will has been instructing private lessons since his return to Columbus back in 2015. He is a high-energy guy who loves to coach/develop talent at any level and age group.
Background: Will is a graduate of Rose-Hulman (Mechanical Engineering, 2015) and Indiana University (MBA, 2019). He is from Columbus, IN and attended Columbus North High School, where he was a varsity Catcher. Will went on to play baseball at Rose-Hulman for his first two years before deciding to focus on academics so he could graduate early.
Experience: Will has been instructing private lessons for 7+ years. Additionally, before he started his MBA in 2017, he held coaching roles with Columbus North HS and the Midwest Canes organization.
Job Role: Will serves as the CEO for the Hit Factory, often doing most of his work outside of lessons to help us reach our goals as an organization. If you have ideas for Hit Factory, Will is the man to talk to!
Devin specializes in hitting and infield instruction, offering lessons in the MLB off-season when he’s back in town. While Devin is a pro baseball player, he loves working with kids of all ages and skill level.
Elyse specializes in all softball fundamental and advanced skills, specifically hitting, catching, pitching, and fielding. As a teacher/coach, she is super passionate about the learning and the growth of players. She is dedicated to the sport and helping players develop in all aspects.
Background: Elyse is a graduate of Butler University (History, Political Science, Middle/ Secondary Education, 2020). She is originally from Terre Haute, IN but graduated from Columbus East High School, where she was the starting catcher all four years. Elyse then went on to play softball at Butler University, where she was captain of the BU softball team her Sophomore through Senior year. She is now teaching and the head softball coach at Brown County High School.
Experience: Elyse has been instructing private hitting and catching lessons since her freshman year of high school. Other than coaching at Brown County High School, Elyse has occasionally assisted local travel teams and their catchers, as well as helping lead the catching sessions at Butler softball camps.
Baseball Instructor & Sports Performance
Noah Navarro specializes in baseball hitting and infield instruction, as well as all sports performance needs.
Background: Background: Noah Navarro is an Avon High School Grad in 2017 who attended Ball State University on a baseball scholarship. At his tenure at Avon, he was a 3-year letter winning Shortstop, still holding the single season stolen base record for Avon. At Ball State, he went on to play 4 years of college ball and was an All-Conference Second baseman who batted in the 1-3 hole. He graduated in May of 2021 with a Degree in Exercise Science/Kinesiology.
Experience: Noah offers lots of experience through training camps at Ball State. He also offers knowledge from his playing career as well as his relationships built with coaches/instructors from college and professional ranks, such as Mike Shirley, who is a scout for the Chicago White Sox.
Cooper specializes in hitting and infield instruction, offering lessons on a weekly basis throughout the year. He will focus on training athletes for both the physical and mental aspects of the game, bringing energy and passion to every lesson.
Background: Cooper was a Columbus North graduate in 2017, where he was named 1st Team All State for two seasons and was apart of the 2017 Regional Championship team. Cooper went on to play 4 years of college baseball, including an All-Conference Junior College season at John A. Logan and playing in the Big Ten Conference at Indiana University. He now lives in Columbus and is finishing his degree from IU in Sports Management.
Experience: Cooper offers a wealth of knowledge from his playing career as well as relationships built with instructors/coaches in the college and professional ranks. In the past he as offered personal instruction to baseball athletes, as well as assisted in Indiana University baseball camps.
Jeremy specializes in softball training, offering lessons for short-game hitting (slapping/drag bunting), traditional hitting, and infield/outfield training. Jeremy is an extremely knowledgeable guy who loves to coach/develop top talent.
Background: Jeremy lives in Columbus with wife, Kylie and three kids – Madyson, Makenzie and Zach. Kylie was a two-sport AA in volleyball and softball at Olivet Nazarene University. Madyson, an East grad, is currently a freshman OF/slapper for Marian University in Indianapolis. Makenzie is a sophomore at East and plays both volleyball and softball. Zach attends St. Peter’s Lutheran and plays both basketball and football.
Experience: 9+ years of coaching travel fast pitch teams – resulting in 20 former players advancing to the collegiate level. Jeremy was a college athlete, playing basketball for 4 years and baseball for 1 year at Olivet Nazarene University.
Alec specializes in pitching, offering lessons for hitting and pitching a couple of days per week. Alec is an enthusiastic and competitive player/coach who likes to have fun while working hard.
Background: Alec is a graduate of Columbus East High School and now is studying exercise science at the University of Indianapolis where he plays baseball for the Greyhounds.
Experience: Alec is a student of the game and has been playing baseball nearly his entire life. As he enters his senior year at the University of Indianapolis, he has already earned his Certified Personal Trainer under the American College of Sports Medicine, allowing him to provide strength and conditioning guidance to athletes.
Julian specializes in pitching, offering lessons for hitting, fielding, and pitching multiple days a week. Julian enjoys sharing his love for the game and will continue doing so while he is home from school.
Background: Julian is currently attending Wright State University, a Division I in Dayton, OH. He is in his 3rd year and is studying Business Marketing. He is from Columbus, IN and attended Columbus East High School , where he was a varsity Outfielder/Pitcher.
Experience: Julian has been instructing private lessons since 2019. He has also worked baseball camps locally in Columbus as well as youth camps for Wright State. In addition, Julian’s high school senior project was individual pitching lessons for the youth where they went through an 8 week pitching program.
Drew specializes in hitting and catching instruction, offering lessons on a weekly basis throughout the year when he’s not playing!
Background: Drew previous played at Franklin College, but has since transferred to IUPUC to continue his playing career.
Experience: Drew offers a wealth of knowledge from his playing career as a catcher/utility player.