Slammers Coaches and Instructors
Our team of professional Coaches and instructors take pride in helping players of all ages and skill levels enhance their playing experience. Our goal is to provide every player a solid foundation to work from, as well as an understanding of the mechanics involved at each position. In addition, we want every player to have the opportunity to reach their maximum potential.
Billy Martin played 4 years at the University of Texas at Arlington. He was drafted in the 34th round by the New York Mets. Taken in the rule 5 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1999 and then sold to the Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central league in 2003. He was later signed by the Washington Nationals for the 2005 season.
Billy was a 3 time minor league all-star with a career .285 avg. and 94 home runs. Billy played 8 years professionally at 4 positions(1B,3B,lNF,RF). Billy is now a owner, COO, and full time instructor/coach at Slammers. He specializes in hitting and fielding at all levels and works with youth pitchers as well. Billy has a bachelors degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas at Arlington and a MBA from CU Denver. Billy is also a certified National Strength and Conditioning(NSCA)personal trainer.
Billy is the president of Slammers North Baseball and currently an Associate Scout for the Kansas City Royals.
Bryant is a Colorado Native who attended Mullen High School as well as being one of the original Slammers High School players. He played for Slammers in the Summer and Fall and earned a scholarship to Regis University as a pitcher. He played four seasons for Regis and was All Conference in the RMAC in 2010 posting a 1.88 E.R.A. in 40 innings. He was a Pre Season unanimous All Conference Pitcher in 2011.
He finished his career at Regis with the most games closed in school history and second in appearances. Bryant played independent baseball in New York, Chicago, Texas and New Mexico and was an All Star in 2012. Bryant coached at Mullen High School for three seasons. He was the Varsity Pitching Coach in 2012, Head coach of the JV team in 2013. Bryant joined Slammers in 2013 coached a Slammers Fall team. Bryant will coach a Slammers Select Youth team in 20147 as well as a Slammers Summer Select Team. Bryant is the General Manager at Slammers North.
Robby Bales joins the Slammers team as the Hitting Director of Slammers North. Bales brings over 12 years of coaching and instructional experience at the College and High School level and is recognized a top hitting instructor in the area.
Coach Bales currently serves as an Assistant Coach at Colorado School of Mines primarily working with infielders and hitters. In two seasons at Mines the team has finished with the best record in program history and two second place finishes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. In 2017 the Orediggers finished as a national top 5 Division 2 team offensively while also setting the top mark for Infield fielding percentage in the RMAC.
In 2015 Bales served as Head Coach at Ralston Valley High School (Arvada CO.) where he lead the Mustangs to their best season since 2010 winning the 5A Jeffco League Tournament Championship.
From 2010 to 2014 Bales was the Head Coach at Thomas Jefferson High School (Denver CO.) Where he piloted the Spartans to three Denver Prep League titles and was named Coach of the Year in 2011. While serving as Head Coach at TJ Bales coached Colorado Rockies 1st round draft pick and current Rockies Left handed starter Kyle Freeland as well as Rawlings All-American Evan Walter. Bales also lead his summer program to two Connie Mack State Titles and has also been a part of the Mile-High Collegiate Baseball League for five seasons, serving as Head Coach of the Denver Titans.
From 2006 to 2010 Bales served as the Recruiting Coordinator and Head Assistant Coach at Colorado Northwestern Community College, where he was the architect of three of the best recruiting classes in school history, and was recognized as the Scenic West Athletic Conference Assistant Coach of the year in 2007.
Bales began his coaching career at Grand Junction High School and helped lead the Tigers to the 2005 CHSAA 5A State Title, while also running the Western Slope Golden Eagles fall and summer travel programs.
Bales is a native of Magna Utah where he was selected as an All State shortstop at Hillcrest High School, He Went on to play at Colorado Northwestern CC and Cuesta College and was selected to the Scenic West all Sophomore team. He went on to sign as a free agent with the Anaheim Angels before injuries cut his career short. Bales Currently resides in Westminster with his wife Anna and is a proud father of a son (Dillon) and two daughters (Taylor and Torre).
Slammers North Pitching/High School Director pitched 12 seasons in professional baseball for teams such as the Braves, Royals, and Mariners. Born and raised in Richmond, KY, Embry was drafted by the Oakland Athletics after his senior year at Madison Central High School. Declining to sign with Oakland, Byron attended powerhouse Indian Hills Community College in Iowa where he pitched in the National Junior College World Series for the Falcons in both 1996 and 1997. At the end of his sophomore campaign, Byron signed with the Atlanta Braves in May of 1997 and continued to play across the next 11 years before retiring from baseball in 2008.
Since 2001 Byron has worked with over 6,000 pitchers world-wide through a very detailed and comprehensive approach. Developing programs designed to train, educate, and develop pitchers of all ages and skill sets.
Byron is also an award-winning international keynote speaker who has been featured in a plethora of media and internet outlets all over the world. His appearance on TBN was captured by over 300 million viewers.
Byron currently resided in Colorado Springs, CO with his lovely wife Kelly and their 4 children.
Levi Tapia was drafted in the 38th rd by the Boston Red Sox and was a 2005 graduate of Ralston Valley where he was a All State Catcher. He played three seasons of professional baseball. Levi currently coaches in the Slammers High School Program and is one of our lead catching instrucotrs. Levi also instructs on fielding and hitting.
Originally from Montrose Colorado, moved to Denver to play Baseball at Metropolitan State College of Denver on a full ride scholarship as a catcher. Was a four year starter for metro as an outfielder. Finished up his career with many accolades such as 3-time all-conference outfielder, 2-time all-region outfielder, and a member of the 2008 Division 2 Rawlings All-American team.
Jake lead the nation in RBIs his senior year with 89. Finished his career with an overall BA. of .373 drove in 207 RBIs and hit 30 homeruns. Graduated from Metro with a major in Sports Industry Operations and a minor in management. Signed to play with the Evansville Otters of the Frontier Baseball League.