Varsity Coaches

Nate Hillery, Head Coach

Coach Hillery is in his 4th year as a Head Varsity Coach and 2nd at Hilliard Bradley. In his first year, he lead the Jaguars to a record of 17-11 and a 2nd place finish in the OCC-Cardinal Division. In his first season the team set 10 school records and numerous individual records. He helped develop five seniors who went on to play collegiate baseball from the 2018 class. Outside of his overall management of the program Coach Hillery focuses on pitching and defense. Coach Hillery lives in Hilliard with his wife Lauren and two children Addilyn and Rhett.

Xander Uxley, Head Varsity Assistant

Born out of Pickerington, Ohio, Coach Uxley was a 3-year varsity infielder and pitcher for Pickerington North including being a part of their 2009 State Runner-Up season as the team went 30-4. After North, he was a two-way player for Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio until multiple arm injuries shortened his career. Following those injuries, Uxley went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University while also getting his career started in high school coaching at Pick North and Columbus Bishop Ready. After OSU and Ready, Uxley went on to be an assistant coach at Defiance College taking on roles as hitting coach, recruiting coordinator, assisting with the infield/outfield and more. With two years spent in Defiance, Uxley obtain his master’s degree and then moved out east to New York where he was an assistant coach for the University at Albany, a division one program representing the America East Conference. There he coached hitters, catchers and outfielders along with other program needs prior to moving back home to Columbus. Currently, Uxley is the Varsity Associate Head Coach for the Jaguars while leading the program’s hitting operations and working with the infielders. Outside of Bradley, he is a paraprofessional instructor in the Dublin City School District, hitting/defensive instructor at Bo Jackson’s Elite Sports Facility, and an assistant to the director of scouting for Prep Baseball Report – Ohio.

Grayson Thompson, Varsity Assistant

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 second year on staff at Hilliard Bradley and he will assist with the catchers and hitters. His wife, Beth, daughters, Skylar and Sydney, and him reside in Galloway.