The Program 15 staff offers decades of experience at both the collegiate and professional levels. Evaluators and instructors have played, coached, and scouted at the highest levels of baseball and have been directly involved in players moving forward collegiately, professionally, and on to the Major Leagues.
All evaluations are performed with the goal of improving the player’s self-awareness and ability to maximize his abilities and achieve his goals. While college scholarships and professional careers cannot be guaranteed, our system has helped many players across the country accomplish these feats. Additionally, the Program 15 staff has developed a strong network across all levels that, if applicable, can be accessed to help local players.
MEET THE TEAM
CEO, President of Baseball Operations
Jeremy brings 18 years of professional baseball experience as a player, coach, and scout. Over a ten year playing career, he spent time with both Tampa Bay and Milwaukee, as well as professionally in Mexico. After his playing career, he became the Hitting Coach and Assistant Director of Player Procurement for the Sussex Skyhawks in the Independent Can-Am League.
In 2008, he began scouting with the Minnesota Twins as an Area Supervisor, where he was responsible for covering Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Jeremy then joined the Milwaukee Brewers as an Area Supervisor from 2009-2011, covering Texas and Louisiana. During that time, Jeremy was responsible for drafting and signing three Major League players. In 2012 he joined the Seattle Mariners as the Midwest Crosschecker and promoted again two years later to West Coast/Central Crosschecker; covering the central/western parts of the United States, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
He has also spent time in Latin America scouting talent for the International Singing Period. In these roles, Jeremy was personally responsible for scouting and recruiting skilled, talented players, who have gone on to claim major exposure and success.
At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Jeremy left professional baseball to create what is now called Program15 Baseball Development. It began as a development program for college and professional players in the off-season and has quickly grown to combines and tournaments.Program15 Baseball Development and the Future Stars Series has been compiled of a talented staff with experience and knowledge to help lead the way for developing players.
Director of Operations
Adam has 7 years of professional baseball experience. Having never played past high school, he was better suited for working behind the scenes. He started as an Assistant Coach at Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY while serving as an Associate Scout for the Washington Nationals. He would move on to landing an internship with the Pittsburgh Pirates and would spend a season working with their Major League staff as a video intern. He was responsible for charting and breaking down game film of upcoming opponents utilized by the coaching staff. He would go on to begin working for the New York Yankees within the Scouting/Player Development departments in Tampa, FL.
He would spend 4 seasons as the Video Coordinator for Scouting/Player Development; handling all domestic operations and traveling internationally. He would move on to becoming an Area Scouting Supervisor, covering North and South Carolina.
Since his time in professional baseball, he has moved on to being a part of Program15 and the Future Stars Series. He brings a unique background of working in both the front office and in the field as a scout.
Butch has been around baseball his entire life. He has an extensive background as a player, coach, and scout. Butch played his high school baseball at Petaluma High School where he would be named the 1980 Citizens Savings California High School Player of the Year. He would go on to play at San Francisco State University.
He is in the Hall of Fame for both Petaluma High School and San Francisco State University. After being a D2 All-American in 1982, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 12th round. Unfortunately, his professional playing career would be cut short due to injuries. After his playing career, he began coaching at Santa Rosa Junior College. He would coach for the next 4 seasons among the college and professional ranks before moving on into the amateur scouting world.
Butch began his scouting career with the Seattle Mariners as an Area Supervisor and would move on to work with the Atlanta Braves as a Regional Crosschecker, then the Cincinnati Reds as a National Crosschecker, and most recently ending back with the Seattle Mariners as a National Crosschecker. Butch would then open up a training academy called the California Academy of Baseball to instill his knowledge and help develop young players. Butch brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to Program15. Butch resides in Folsom, CA and proud father to his daughter Lauren and son Avery.
Director of Player Development
Sean Travers was appointed Director of Player Development for the Ontario Blue Jays in 2002. During his tenure, the Ontario Blue Jays have been to countless Regional Qualifying tournaments including five AABC World Series appearances both at the 16U (4) and 18U (1) levels. In 2007 the 17U captured the NABF World Series title.
National Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator
A native of Panama City, Panama, Roberto was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1982 and went on to play 14 years in the Major Leagues for the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Montreal Expos , Los Angeles Dodgers , MinnesotaTwins, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers. After his playing career, he managed the Augusta Greenjackets, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. He would later became a Major League coach working with hitters, outfielders and baserunning for the San Francisco Giants. He was an integral part to the organization winning 3 World Series Championships in 5 years. Roberto’s knowledge and expertise truly brings value to Program15.
National Catching Coordinator
A native of Upland, California, Chad was played at University of Southern California and was an All Pac-10 Conference selection.
He was drafted out of college by the Minnesota Twins in the 7th round. He would go on to playing 11 years in the Major Leagues playing for the Minnesota Twins, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers,New York Yankees, and Baltimore Orioles. After his playing career, Chad opened up the Chad Moeller Baseball training facility where he provides private instruction in hitting and catching.Chad’s knowledge and ability to teach, bring a tremendous talent to Program15.
National Infield Coordinator
A native of Tijuana, Mexico and Baja, California, Benji was a 1st round pick out of high school by the Texas Rangers. He made his Major League Baseball debut with the Texas Rangers in 1993.
He would go on to have an 8 year playing career with the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was a member of the Anaheim Angels team that would go on to win the 2002 World Series. After his playing career, Benji would go into coaching, including managing professionally in Mexico. Benji brings knowledge and expertise to Program15 that is unmatched.
Mental Skills Coordinator
From high school football teams to high-profile conferences, Stephen Mackey brings an empowering, inspiring, and equipping message to audiences of all backgrounds.
Bi-racial and born to a teenaged mother, Mackey (as he is better known) beat the odds to become a first-generation college graduate, character development coach, motivational speaker, and most importantly, husband and daddy.
Drawing from his own life story and the stories of people he meets across the country, Mackey has an uncanny ability to authentically connect with his audience through humor, wisdom, and passion, and usher them to the next level of character and performance.
Despite the odds being stacked against him, Mackey’s life was changed by the coaches and mentors in his life, who challenged him to “Take Responsibility. Period.” for his life. This single challenge has fueled everything Mackey has done in his life, and is the foundation of his work today.
On almost any given day, you can find Mackey in a locker room, school auditorium, or event stage, challenging and equipping people to take responsibility and change their lives. His deep commitment to forging a new legacy for his family, and fueling their generosity for generations to come, drives him to give over 275 speeches a year and patiently pursuing the goal of having over 1 million student-athletes, coaches, and parents use his 2Words Character Development Curriculum (www.2Words.TV).
A native of Buffalo Grove, IL, Nelson started at Buffalo Grove High School where he was an All-Area player and the Mid-Suburban League East Player of the Year in 1999. The numbers he put up as a senior at BGHS earned him a scholarship to play NCAA Division I baseball at the University of Illinois @ Chicago. While at UIC Nelson was twice named to the All-Horizon League Team and was a four year starter for the Flames.
The versatility Gord showed as a college player allowed him to sign a professional contract with the Schaumburg Flyers in June 2004. Nelson found himself playing all over the field in his 3 years as a Flyer and earned a spot on the 2006 Northern League All-Star team after setting career highs in hits, stolen bases (27), and set an all-time Northern League record by being hit by 28 pitches.
After the 2006 season Gord signed a contract with the Houston Astros and went to spring training with the club in 2007 as a catcher. He then finished the season with the Kansas City T-Bones where he set career highs in 2Bs, HRs and RBIs. On September 2, 2007 Gord was honored and played all 9 positions in a 9-inning game. He also went 2 for 3 in the game, capping off what was to many a mediocre career, but to him a “dream come true”.
Nelson’s coaching career followed a successful playing career which, began at Play Ball USA in Des Plaines, IL in 2004, and would go on to purchase the facility from previous ownership in 2008. During that time he would go on to form the Illinois Indians in October 2007. After recognizing a demand in the area for a professionally coached organization that stressed player development, he jumped at the opportunity to launch three teams (11U, 12U, 13U) that winter. The Illinois Indians have sent over 200 players on to college baseball, and Nelson has worked with over 1000 players who have moved on to the next level, including 24 players from the 2016 MLB Draft. He has coached at every level of amateur baseball including three years in the college ranks (Harper/2005 & Oakton/2009-2010). The organization has since grown and currently has 14 teams ranging from the youth program, through the high school years, and two collegiate summer league teams. He currently holds the position as head baseball coach at Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, IL.
Nelson also works as an Educational Speaker at NCSA Athletic Recruiting, which helps connects thousands of student athletes across the country to the college recruiting process and helping them land at the right college for academics and athletics. With Nelson’s experience, recruiting expertise, and networking, he brings so much value to Program15 and the Future Stars Series.