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COACHES & INSTRUCTORS

NICK BLACK

NICK BLACK

MANAGER & PROPRIETOR

Former Guilford catcher and graduate Nick Black served as the Guilford College Quakers head baseball coach for 16 seasons. Coach Black has coached 27 All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) honorees and one, two-time All-American.

As a certified strength and conditioning coach, Black served as the assistant strength coach at Furman University for seven months after his graduation from Guilford College. 

 

Coach Black started Triad Baseball Academy to share his skill and knowledge for the game, as well as his desire to see the deep traditions and sportsmanship of baseball continue through the generations.

ZACH BOOKER

ZACH BOOKER

COACH & TRAINER

Zach Booker has earned success in coaching since his graduation from Elon University. Booker joined Guilford College baseball staff in 2019 after spending 2018 as an assistant baseball coach at crosstown-rival Greensboro College. In the fall of 2021, Zach was named Head Coach at Guilford College.

Before his transfer to Elon where he hit .340 in 42 games, Coach Booker played for UNC at Wilmington from 2004 to 2006, primarily as a pitcher, and compiled a 17-8 record with two saves, 172 strikeouts, and a 5.35 earned run average in 74 career appearances (39 starts).

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RYAN FALCON

ICOACH & TRAINER

Contact Ryan directly to arrange:

(919) 616-9529

Ryan Falcon is a Durham, NC native where he played on the diamond for Northern Durham High School earning multiple all state selections.  He starred collegiately as a left handed pitcher for UNCG where he still ranks in the top 5 in several career pitching categories including strikeouts, innings pitched, and games started.  He was also named to the all-star team in the prestigious Cape Cod Summer League in 2004.  In 2007, Falcon graduated from UNCG with a degree in communication studies and business administration.  That same year, he was drafted in the 29th round by the Texas Rangers.  He pitched professionally in the Rangers organization for 5 years, reaching the AA level.  After playing, Falcon spent one season as the assistant coach for the Edinburg Roadrunners of the independent professional North American League.  He has coached various levels of travel baseball, from 10U to 18U for the last 10 years and enjoys helping young players develop and reach their full potential.

LAURA DOWNS

Originally from South Florida, Laura has an extensive career in pitching, having played through high school, travel, and college. Laura attended Hillsborough Community College, a NJCAA D1 institution, where she earned numerous accolades.

 

LAURA DOWNS

SOFTBALL PITCHING INSTRUCTOR

During the 2011/2012 season, Laura earned pitcher of the week for her region, all-conference honors, and first team all-state honors. She finished the season 7th in the nation with 256 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.896. The following season, Laura was the only pitcher to earn pitcher of the week two weeks in a row and National pitcher of the week.

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She finished her college career 6th in the nation with 253 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.16. She earned Female Athlete of the Year and MVP from her school, led her team to be conference champions, and received all-conference, all-state, Pitcher of the year for her conference, and All-American honors.  Since finishing her college career, Laura has been coaching and volunteering in the community. She is passionate about sharing her experiences and skills with pitchers of all levels and helping them to improve as athletes. Laura is excited to join Triad Baseball Academy and make a real impact on pitchers all over by providing them with the knowledge and resources they need to better themselves as pitchers and athletes.

(561) 767-1978

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MORGAN PETERSON
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MORGAN PETERSON

INSTRUCTOR

Contact Morgan directly to arrange:

(919) 478-4732

Morgan Peterson is an accomplished softball instructor with a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer her clients. Morgan served as the assistant head coach at Guilford from 2017 to 2020 and spent ten years at Southeast Guilford High School before becoming an independent college consultant with Success Plus.Before joining Guilford’s staff, Morgan served as the head coach for John Wesley University’s club team in 2016-2017. During her time at Guilford, Morgan was a four-year starting catcher and captain under head coach Dennis Shores from 2009 to 2012.

She was also a four-time Academic All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) selection and graduated with the highest fielding percentage (.984) and most sacrifice flies (8) in school history. Morgan's 228 RBIs and 34 doubles stand second all-time at Guilford. In 2011, Morgan was the first to receive the Jack Jensen Ideal Student-Athlete Award, and she accepted Guilford’s top athletic honor, the Nereus C. English Athletic Leadership Award, the following year.

Morgan is a native of Pittsboro, North Carolina, and attended Chatham Central High School. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with her clients, helping them develop their skills and reach their full potential as athletes. With Morgan's extensive background in coaching and playing, she is an asset to any player looking to improve their game.

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