Richmond hornets Coaching Staff 

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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.


Phone: 804-527-1938

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steve SMith

Steve Smith has been coaching travel and high school baseball for 17 years. Steve is currently the Assistant Baseball Coach for Highland Springs High School. He is available for private and group instruction specializing in pitching, hitting and fielding



Phone: 804-640-4856

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Arthur Kinsler

Arthur Kinsler, a.k.a "The Professor" has 12 years of coaching experience and manages our college recruiting and social media platforms for the Richmond Hornets.

2019-Present: Richmond Hornets 16U/17U/18U/Showcase-Asst. Baseball Coach


 - Rockit Sports 15U Showcase Baseball: Volunteer Asst. Baseball Coach

 - Glen Allen Youth Athletic Assoc: JR Babe Ruth 13U-15U All-Star Team Asst. Coach

 - Glen Allen Youth Athletic Assoc: JR Babe Ruth 13U-15U Asst. Coach

2017-2018: Rockit Sports 14U Baseball - Volunteer Assistant Baseball Coach

2016-2017: New York Heat 13U Baseball - Assistant Baseball Coach

2012-2015: Frozen Ropes - Head Baseball Coach for 10U, 11U & 12U

2011-2012: Sullivan County, NY Little League Vice President

Available for private instruction specializing in all aspects of the game.

Contact for video and social media recruiting packages.   

Phone: 845-551-1898


Brad Lahocki

Brad Lahocki duties consist of setting up and assisting with practices and workouts. He is the assistant coach for the Richmond Hornet East and Showcase team. He coaches 1B during games and help advise our Coaches and players. Works with Arthur Kinsler and Steven Smith on a weekly basis to improve the Richmond Hornets program.


2020-Present: Richmond Hornets 16U/17U/18U/Showcase-Asst. Baseball Coach

2015-2021: Coached at Glen Allen Youth Athletics at various ages.

2015-2019: Basketball Head Coached at Glen Allen Youth Athletics.

2016-2017: Assistant Coach for RBA West Seminoles Latina 13U & 14U

Available for private instruction specializing in hitting and catching.



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randy baker

Randy Baker’s duties consist of setup up and assisting with practices and workouts for the 12U Team. He is the assistant coach for the 12U Richmond Hornets Travel team. Randy maintains the team’s scorebook and advises the coaches and players during the games.


2019 – Present: Richmond Hornets 10U,11U, 12U Head Coach/Assistant Coach

2020 – 2021: Atlee Little league Head Coach, All-Star Assistant Coach 2020

2014 – 2015: Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association 11/12U Assistant Coach

2011 – 2013: Chesterfield Baseball Club Head/Assistant Coach

Available for private instruction specializing in all aspects of the game.


Phone: 804-698-0915

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TJ Jones

2002 graduate from Christopher Newport University

  • TJ was a full-time starter at CNU in left field, starting all 85 games.

  • The pinnacle of his career ended in Appleton, Wisconsin at the D3 World Series where CNU finished 3rd in the Nation.

  • TJ was a standout earning multiple honors including All-Tournament teams and All-Conference Awards with a career batting average of .340. 

  • Out of high school, TJ was recruited by Virginia Commonwealth University where he played two seasons and played in 55 of the 65 games his freshman year.


As a result, he has knowledge of both D1 and D3 baseball and what it takes to play both. That knowledge has provided TJ the opportunity to become a Coach, understanding talent, skill sets, and how an athlete should develop to end up with their desired college.


Most recently, TJ coached at RBA, where he was the organizations:

  • Hitting Coach

  • 15U Developmental team Head Coach

  • 17U Elite team Head Coach


He is currently an assistant coach at Highland Springs High School, coaching with David Churchill and Steve Smith. TJ played on the Highland Springs High School Varsity baseball team from 1994-1997 and finished his high school career as All State first baseman.


His baseball career started at a young age and at the age of 16, where he earned a spot on the USA Ambassadors that traveled to Australia and competed in a 3-week tournament against the best Australia had to offer. He is excited to join the Richmond Hornets organization that values player development and college placement.

Available for private instruction specializing in Hitting and all aspects of the game.


Phone: 804-572-3384

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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.