Richmond hornets Coaching Staff
hayes smith, Founder
Coach Hayes “Smitty” Smith has been coaching since the early ‘70s when he started the Richmond Royals League as both a player and coach. His career includes high school, recreational, travel baseball, softball and umpiring. He founded the Richmond Hornets Baseball Club (RHBC) to increase interest and participation, develop skills and offer a quality baseball program in the Richmond Metro area. He served as Metropolitan Junior Baseball League’ state commissioner for Virginia. Smith opened the Hornet’s Nest, an indoor training facility, in 2016 and has grown the organization to six highly competitive teams.
Steve Smith has been coaching travel and high school baseball for 16 years. He is available for private and group instruction specializing in pitching and hitting,
Timothy Bullock was a former middle infielder/shortstop & second baseman for Saint Paul’s College, and High School All-District defender. He also attended Norfolk State University. He’s been coaching for 14 years including football, basketball and baseball.
He is available for private and group instruction specializing in hitting, infield, outfield and base-running.
Alex Brooks is a former Hornets player. He is the assistant baseball coach at Henrico High, where he also played varsity baseball helping lead his team to the district championship as a midfielder and outfielder. He graduated from James Madison University with a Sports & Recreation Management degree. He is available for private and group instruction that focuses on hitting.
Call or Text: 804-687-7318
Devin Tunstall has coached Varina Youth Sports Leagues and three All-Star teams. He has also coached Hanover Sports travel teams and led his 8U team to a #1 ranking in Virginia. Coach Tunstall has played basketball, football and baseball as a center fielder and shortstop. Coach Tunstall is a graduate of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
Stephen Melson has coached with the RHBC since 2017. He currently works with a number of our teams.
He is available for private and group instruction specializing in infield, outfield and hitting.
Tim Nicholls has been with the RHBC since 2018 and is currently the head coach of our 14U team.
Nick Cordell began working with the RHBC in 2018. He is currently an assistant coach with our 14U team.
Experienced Coaches Wanted
We’re growing! Richmond Hornets Travel Baseball is seeking qualified and experienced youth travel ball coaches that have previous coaching or playing experience at the high school, college, or professional level, and/or have more than 5 years of experience coaching little league or recreational baseball. The candidate must have strong communication skills and knowledge in the game of baseball. This is a volunteer position that comes with a huge benefit of impacting young player’s lives and their futures.
Our program supports youth ages 8 – 18, and we are based in Henrico,VA (Richmond).
If you are interested, please contact Coach Hayes "Smitty" Smith at 804-527- 1938.