Nate Hillery, Head Coach
Coach Hillery grew up in Fort Wayne, IN and played for ex-MLB player Bruce Miller at North Side High School. He then attended Taylor University where he was a 4 year starter leading the league in the 2008 season. Coach Hillery was a key part of the team in 2009 that won the conference tournament, went the National Tournament for the first time in school history, and set the record for wins in a season. Between his junior and senior season, he played in the New York Collegiate Baseball league with the Alfred Oilers and helped lead them to their first ever playoff berth. The following college season he again was an integral part of the team that won the Conference, tied the school record for wins in a season and had a repeat birth to the National Tournament in 2010 and his graduating class left as the winningest class in school history.
Following his playing days he immediately got in to coaching joining the staff at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, coaching under coaching legend Brad Bass, who is amongst the top ten for active wins in the NAIA. While on staff down there he coached the hitters, outfielders, and was the Head JV Coach. The JV team won the conference in his only year in charge of the program. After his one year in Texas he headed Columbus, OH and joined the staff at Olentangy Orange where he again coached the hitters and outfielders. Learning from Hall of Fame coach Phil Callaghan and being a part of the first ever OCC championship for the Pioneers was a special year.
Following his one year at Olentangy he accepted the head coaching position at Bishop Ready High School. In his first season there two of his players were able to earn Division 1 scholarships, the facilities were improved, and the culture of the baseball team was clearly defined through the values of Faith, Family, Academics, and Athletics. From the first to the second season the team improved by 7 wins, doubled their win total in conference, and won the first playoff game in 8 seasons, and most importantly the team GPA improved.
After being offered a teaching position in Dublin City Schools Coach Hillery resigned and took on the pitching coach role at Dublin Coffman under National Hall of Fame Coach Tim Saunders. He spent the last two years developing the arms and they were a strength in the program during his tenure there.
Coach Hillery has been a national platform speaker for the Baseball Coaches Association in St. Louis. Has worked for Prep Baseball Report for the last 5 years, and has worked Vanderbilt University’s baseball camp the last two years.
Coach Hillery lives in Hilliard with his wife Lauren and daughter Addilyn. They are expecting a son in March 2018.
Cory Brown, Head Assistant Coach
Coach Brown is originally from Port Clinton, OH where he played baseball, basketball, and golf. After high school, Coach Brown moved on to Mount Vernon Nazarene University. While he was there they claimed the Crossroad League Title in 2014 and 2015. Following his playing days, he immediately started coaching at Pickerington Central High School and was there the last two season. This is Coach Brown’s first season with the Jaguars and his responsibilities include the Strength and Conditioning Program, working with hitters, infielders, and assisting in administrative duties.
Grayson Thompson, Assistant Coach
Coach Thompson was born and raised in North Carolina. He moved to Ohio to continue his baseball career at Clark State Community College. Following his playing days he started coaching at Bishop Ready as a varsity assistant and was in charge or catchers and hitters. In his first season, he was fortunate enough to coach a first team all-conference and first team all-district catcher who obtained a Division 1 scholarship. His second season at Bishop Ready he transitioned to the Head JV coaching position to take on more of a leadership role to impact more players. This will be Coach Thompson’s first year on staff at Hilliard Bradley and he will assist with the catchers and hitters. His wife, Beth, daughter, Skylar, and him reside in Galloway.