Our team

  • Julia HiemstraDirector - Friendship Rec Center (AU Park)

    Coach Hiemstra is one of our most organized and professional coaches.  She is Director of the Friendship Rec Center location (AU Park).

    Julia (University of Vermont ’19) brings energy, high character and outstanding teaching skills to the field everyday.  She is organized, great listener and treats folks with respect and courtesy.  Julia oversees the day to day administration and our Coaches in Training program.  

    Julia recently spent time visiting an orpanage in Tanzania and has a strong commitment to social justice.

    She enjoys running, yoga, cooking and reading.

  • Brian McCarthyCo-Director - Brooklyn

    Brian is a teachers teacher.  He earned a degree from SUNY Oswego and a Master’s Degree in Education from Fordham.  A positive and upbeat instructor, Brian finds the good in people and brings energy and a positive mental attitude every day.  He is a teacher at Millenium High School in Park Slope and also serves as head coach of the women’s basketball and softball teams.  He lives with his wife Jasmine in Brooklyn.

  • Daniel WhiteCo-Director - Brooklyn

    Dan made his debut with Home Run Baseball Camp in Washington at age 4.  He is one of our most experienced coaches.  He is currently a teacher at The Hewitt School in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn.

    He was offered a spot on our staff at age 13 and didn’t disappoint. He starred on the diamond for the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC and rose the ranks at Home Run with diligence, optimism, kindness, competitive fire and preparation. Dan is a technically sound teacher who easily blends multiple teaching styles depending on his pupils.

    Dan pitched for the Kenyon College Lords where he earned All League honors in addition to captaining the squad during his Senior slate. He earned a degree with honors in American Studies.  Dan has a Master’s degree in Education from Bank Street, here in New York City.  

  • Brian FriedmanAssistant Director – Brooklyn
    Brian has been with Home Run Baseball Camp since it’s inception in Brooklyn in 2010.  He was one of Coach McCarthy’s first hires. Brian is a respected community leader among players, parents and his coaching peers.
     
    Brian, a Brooklyn native, graduated from James Madison High School and then Queens College where he captained both baseball teams. He teaches Health & Physical Education, and is also the Athletic Director and Varsity Baseball Coach at Millennium Brooklyn High School which is an academically competitive, screened school in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
     
    Brian has a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education, a Masters Degree in Sports Management, and an Advanced Certificate in Disaster Management. He also has extensive experience in teaching and supporting students with special needs, especially children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
     
    Brian is an avid reader, which comes as no surprise as his wife Samantha, is a High School English teacher.  She is also one of the lead on site administrators for our camp in Brooklyn. They have traveled several times with Home Run Baseball Camp’s Family trip to the Dominican Republic in February. They reside together in Park Slope.
  • Innes McKaySenior Coach - AU Park

    Innes has been player and coach at HRBC for over 11 years, debuting as a hard hitting four year old. Innes oversees our older groups and is a dedicated student athlete in his own right. He played varsity ball at Wilson HS and then took a gap year in Consuelo, a small town just outside San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. He played in Julio Franco’s developmental program, coached a youth team and helped the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception with their programs of social uplift. Innes is a freshman on a baseball scholarship at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia, Alabama. He plays for Steve Helms, a widely respected college coach.

     

  • Sam HartAssistant Director - AU Park

    Coach Hart is one of our most talented and respected coaches.  Sam has been a part of Home Run Baseball Camp as a player and coach for over 23 years – making his debut as a big hitting 5 year old.  Sam is a graduate of Sidwell Friends School where he was an all league and all city infielder his senior year.  He went on to play club baseball for four years at Wake Forest University where he graduated with honors with a degree in Political Science.  He then earned a Master’s degree from the University of Orgeon in science, educational leadership and literacy.  Sam is currently a full-time teacher at the St. Patrick’s school in Washington, DC. Sam and his girlfriend, Kylie, are avid travelers and outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Parker BrownSenior Coach - AU Park

    Parker is in her fifth year with Home Run Baseball Camp.  She is a talented and high character teacher who blends technical instruction with genuine encouragement.  Parker is a Senior at Iona College and plays varsity lacrosse.  She is an avid reader and enjoys travel and sports.