DIRECTORS & HEAD COACHES
BRIAN HOCHEVAR, Director
Baseball Pitching, Diamond Baseball - Simcox Academy
Brian has been involved with coaching at the college, junior college, and high school levels for over 35 years. During that tenure, many of his players have gone to the next level of Division I, Division II and professional baseball.
The main objectives of Brian's pitching method is a balanced approach to mechanics, the mental game, arm care and training, and competing at a high level. "It's all about getting hitters out."
Brian received his Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Colorado State University - Pueblo, where he played basketball. Out of high school, he was recruited to Division I in football, basketball and baseball. Brian was a free agent with the Denver Nuggets (NBA) in 1979, and inducted into the GPSA Hall of Fame in 1993 as both player and coach.
Brian and his wife have three children, two sons and a daughter. His son, Luke, was a professional pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. Currently retired from baseball coaching, "Hoch" is revered as the area's top pitching instructor.
BEN LAMPKIN, Head Coach
Strength & Conditioning
Ben is a graduate and football letterman of Florida State University. He recieved his Masters in Sport Management. His coaching stops have included FSU, Wake Forest, Shorter University Georgia State, and most recently, University of Tennessee.
Ben has created and implemented strength and conditioning programs as well as, creating injury prevetion and rehabilitation programs. He has worked with athletes of all levels in a variety of sports.
Coach Lampkin can be reached at email@example.com.
LARRY SIMCOX, Director
Baseball Hitting, Diamond Baseball - Simcox Academy
Larry is a 1982 graduate of the University of Mississippi. As a senior at Ole Miss in 1981, Larry was an All-SEC shortstop after batting a team high 374, striking out only once in 174 at bats, a mark that still stands as an NCAA record for that many appearances. Simcox was drafted in the 9th round by the Houston Astros. A knee injury ended his professional playing days.
The Chattanooga native coached for 24 years in the SEC, 19 at the University of Tennessee and the 5 at Ole Miss. While at UT, the Vols appeared in three College World Series, and won a pair of SEC championships. Also, three players were SEC Players of the Year (Todd Helton 1995, Jeff Pickler 1998, and Chris Burke 2001), four players won SEC batting titles (Andy Blanco 1992, Jeff Pickler 1998, Chris Burke 2001, and Chase Headley 2005) and 26 players were All-American.
Larry currently lives in Farragut with his wife Linda. They have two children, a daughter Erin and son, A.J.