Monday, April 24th, 2017

Coach’s Bio


Hi everyone and thanks so much for checking out my site!  My journey in baseball is below.  Best of luck in yours!

 

Growing up with baseball

Hal Kelleher

I am proud to come from a baseball family.  My grandfather’s (Mother’s side) name was Hal Kelleher.  He pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1930’s.  My father was a long time baseball coach at the youth, high school, and college levels.  He even had a chance to coach in the College World Series while an assistant at Temple University in 1972.  While in the military service, my father was stationed at Fort McPherson outside of Atlanta, Georgia which had a general that was a baseball fanatic.  He did everything he could to bring major league players who were drafted into the Army to Fort McPherson.  As a result, Fort McPherson was stacked and won the All-Army Championship as a result.  My father played second base on that team.  Being around those major leaguers was quite a learning experience for my Dad.  He learned about the mental toughness of major leaguers and all the finer points that made them tremendous players.  Because of all this, from the time I picked up a baseball, I was learning the finer points of the game.  Many of the things I was learning at a young age are not generally taught to players until they get into the higher levels.  I was very fortunate to have those good

AA – 1991

baseball people close to me.  When I finished my playing career, I decided I wanted to pass on these finer points to as many players, coaches, and parents as I could.  My coaching, this website, and especially my blog are all an attempt to do that.   I hope you enjoy what I have to offer.  If you are a player or coach, I hope that something you learn from me gives you a better chance at playing and/or coaching at the levels I have been fortunate to experience.  Best of luck to all of you on your baseball journey!

Playing Career:

Professional

Minnesota Twins Organization

  • Shortstop – 1989-1991  (reaching AA)
  • Pitcher – 1992-1993    (reaching AA)
  • Nashville Express (AA) – 1993
  • Orlando SunRays (AA) – 1992
  • Visalia Oaks (A) – 1992
  • Orlando SunRays (AA) – 1991
  • Visalia Oaks (A) – 1990
  • Elizabethton Twins (R) – 1989

College

  • Villanova University  1986-1989
  • Cape Cod League (Falmouth) – 1988
  • ACBL (Quakertown Blazers) – 1987

High School

  • Upper Dublin High School  1983-1985
  • Amer. Legion – Ft. Washington Generals – 1983-1986

Player accomplishments:

Professional

  • Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Month – April, 1992
  • Twins Minor Leagues – most wins (tied) – 1992 Season
  • California League (A) All-Star – 1992
  • Southern League (AA) Champions – 1991
  • Appalachian League (R) Champions – 1989
  • 19th round draft pick – 1989, Minnesota Twins

College

  • Villanova University Hall of Fame Inductee – 2007
  • Big East Conf. “Athlete of the Decade” (1980’s) Nominee
  • Big East Champions – 1989
  • All-Big East Conference Shortstop – 1987, 1988
  • Cape Cod League All-Star (shortstop) – 1988
  • ACBL All-Star (shortstop) – 1987
  • Big East Conference Freshman of the Year – 1986
  • Villanova Baseball Freshman of the Year – 1986

High School

  • Upper Dublin H.S. Hall of Fame Inductee – 2008

Coaching career:

High School

  • North Penn High School, Lansdale, PA – 1999 to 2011

Professional

  • Allentown Ambassadors – Northeast League (IND)
  • 2001 – Bench Coach
  • 1998 – Pitching Coach

College

  • Beaver College (now Arcadia Univ.) – 1994 – Pitching Coach

Other

  • Private, Group, & Camp Instructor – 1993-present

Coaching accomplishments:

High School

  • North Penn High School Baseball Hall of Fame inductee – 2016
  • North Penn High School Athletic Hall of Fame (2009 Team induction) – 2016
  • Suburban I League Champions- 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006,  2008, 2010
  • Pennsylvania AAAA State Champions – 2009
  • Pennsylvania AAAA District I Champions – 2005, 2008
  • Philadelphia Phillies Carpenter Cup All-Star Classic Champions – 1999, 2008
  • Philadelphia Inquirer Coach of the Year – 2009
  • Times Herald Coach of the Year – 1999, 2000
  • Suburban I National Conference Team Sportsmanship Award – 1999, 2007
  • Umpires Association Sportsmanship Award – 2005

 

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