Private Baseball/Softball Instruction

Fielder’s Choice Baseball and Softball training was founded in 2009 to provide an unmatched teaching environment by professional instructors with unrivaled passion for the games. Using the latest technology and teaching, our coaches get results and continually strive to be an innovative leader in player development.

The Fielder’s Choice way is to provide outstanding customer service by our training and advisory staff which includes former collegiate and professional players, as experienced local coaches ready to assist athletes of all abilities in their pursuit of reaching their full potential.

Fielder’s Choice instruction packages come in 1, 3, 5, & 8 and can be used for hitting, pitching, catching, infield/outfield or overall skill development. Whether your looking for a quick tune-up or long-term training FC has it all for baseball/softball players.

Instructional Staff

Dan Miles
Director of Baseball Operations
Baseball Instructor

Coach Miles’ playing career includes a first team all league selection at second base for Atholton High School in Columbia, MD. He then played two seasons as a pitcher for Catonsville Community College and went on to play at Frostburg State University for the 1991 and 1992 seasons when the Bobcats enjoyed a conference championship. He finished his career as the number two all-time saves leader for the Bobcats in just two seasons at FSU.

His nearly 20 years in coaching includes experience as a player/manager in the Mid-Maryland Semi-Pro League, leading that club to four consecutive championships. He has spent several years managing and coaching various levels of travel baseball from 9U-15U, Little League and LL All-Stars and founded the Fielder’s Choice Baseball Club. Dan’s experience also includes serving as the Sports Program Director and teaching private 4th-6th grade in Oak Hill, VA.

Scott Nelson
Director of Facility Operations
Baseball Instructor

Scott grew up locally and played high-school baseball at Loudoun Valley High School. As a senior, he was a first-team all-district selection as a pitcher, and voted to the All-Extra team by the Loudoun Times Mirror. After high school, Scott attended Hampden-Sydney College and played baseball for two years as a pitcher. Coach Nelson is currently the assistant varsity baseball coach at Woodgrove High School, where he works primarily with the pitchers and corner infielders.

Email: scott@fcpurcellville.com

Brandon King
Baseball Instructor
Washington Nationals Organization

Brandon joins Fielder’s Choice after a successful high-school and professional playing career. A Martinsburg, WV product, Brandon was voted WV player of the year, Martinsburg Journal player of the year, Herald Mail Player of the year, and State Playoff MVP in 2009. That same year he also helped lead Martinsburg High School to a state champion title. Brandon was drafted by the Washington Nationals and played for three years before retiring from Minor League Baseball in 2012.

Brad Bauder
Baseball Instructor
Head Coach Woodgrove High School

Brad Bauder joines the Fielder’s Choice staff with a wealth of playing and coaching experience at both the high-school and professional level. Coach Bauder graduated from Broad Run High School in 1999, and then attended Virginia Tech on an athletic scholarship. At Virginia Tech, Coach Bauder earned 4 varsity letters, was selected All-Conference 3 times, and has held 6 individual offensive records. Coach Bauder’s greatest achievement at the collegiate level came against Georgetown University in 2002, when he had the second most productive day in NCAA baseball history, going 8 for 8, with 4 home-runs and 14 RBI. Following a successful college career, Coach Bauder played two seasons for the Frontier Minor League Gateway Grizzlies (’03-’04), where he helped lead his team to a Western Division and Frontier League Championship as an everday outfielder. Coach Bauder has served as a varsity assisstant baseball coach for Freedom High School, Loudoun Valley High School, and he is currently the Head Varsity baseball coach at Woodgrove High School. Coach Bauder has also spent time coaching basketball at Potomac Fall High School, where he helped to coach his team to two AA D4 State Titles. Coach Bauder was recently inducted into the Lower Loudoun Little League Hall-of-Fame for his athletic and community achievements.

Mark Bauer
Baseball Instructor
Head Coach Tuscarora High School

Coach Bauer is a native of Loudoun County. He graduated from Park View High School in 1997, and was an All District/All Region outfielder. After high school, Coach Bauer attended Greensboro College where he played football and baseball. On the baseball team, he played outfield and was a full time starter his junior and senior year. Coach Bauer has coached high school baseball since 2001. He has served as the JV Head Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach for various schools including Broad Run, Park View, Stone Bridge, and Loudoun Valley. Coach Bauer is currently the Head Baseball Coach at Tuscarora High School in Leesburg.

Jacob Mays
Baseball Instructor
Concord University

Jacob grew up locally and played high-school baseball at Loudoun Valley High School. Jacob was a three-time all-district selection during his four years at LVHS, including a first-team all-district selection in the AAA Concord district, and an all-extra selection his senior year. Jacob attended Frederick Community College where he helped lead his team to the JUCO World Series. Jacob was also recently selected to the West Virginia intercollegiate athletic conference all-second team. He will return to Concord University this winter to finish out his collegiate career.

Chris Erickson
Director of Softball Operations
Softball Instructor

Coach Erickson has been instructing players of all levels for the last twenty years. For fifteen years, Chris was a high school football, baseball and wrestling coach in Montgomery County, Maryland, at Kennedy and Blake High Schools.

Chris left high school sports to spend more time with his children. After getting out of high school coaching, his daughter introduced him to the great sport of girls fast pitch softball. For the last six years, he has worked with girls from age eight to the college level and has coached many of the best players in Northern Virginia travel softball. Chris specializes in coaching hitting, pitching and catching. As a life long coach, Chris realizes that not all girls are the same and one size does not fit all. Chris has a talent for getting the most out of an athlete, no matter their skill set. Chris has a coaching philosophy that he has always stuck by: “Keep it simple, keep it fun and push the athlete beyond were they think they can go.”