I grew up in Bluff Park, Alabama where I’m the oldest of 4, lucky me I have 3 wonderful sisters! I fell in love with the game early when I started tee ball at Shades Mountain ballpark where I played little league, all stars and travel ball before going on to play at John Carroll Catholic High school. I got my first taste of coaching last season with VBC and loved every second of it! Looking forward to getting to know you guys!
My name is Michael Hurst and I grew up right here in Vestavia Hills, AL. I started playing baseball at age 4 and have loved it ever since. I’m the youngest of 4 siblings, 2 sisters and a brother. I graduated from Vestavia Hills High School in 2005. I was fortunate enough to play for the late legendary Coach Sammy Dunn, who played an instrumental part in my passion and progression in baseball. I continued my baseball career at Auburn University from 2006-2010 where I was lucky to have Coach Butch Thompson as my pitching coach. I would have played college baseball forever if they would have let me.
As for coaching, I have given pitching lessons for many years to kids in the Birmingham area. I have also coached several of my nephew’s teams over the years. Also, this past year I worked with CABA Baseball and coached many of the 14–16-year-old teams.
I currently live in Vestavia with my beautiful wife Brooke, and our two wonderful sons Russell (soon to be 4 in January) and Brooks Ryder (1.5 years old). I love playing with my boys, playing golf, and watching sports (mostly Auburn sports- WDE).
God gave me a passion to give back and help develop kids. To me, baseball is a vessel to help teach young men lessons like discipline and comradery that they can carry throughout the rest of life. I truly love working with and watching them succeed in something like baseball that I know they enjoy so much while helping grow the future generation.
I am truly passionate about helping others and living a life of service. I believe in daily personal development, leading by example, doing the work, and positively impacting everyone we meet. I’m so excited for this opportunity!
Starting out, I began playing ball in the Dixie Youth Baseball League in Pelham until I started at Oak Mountain Middle School. This was the second year of the school being opened, so me and a buddy of mine started the first team at Oak Mountain. From there, I had the option of going to Hoover High or Vestavia High School. Lucky for the Hoover Bucs Baseball (and football) Programs, I chose the Bucaneers, LOL..I was a left handed pitcher and right fielder. I began as a middle relief pitcher and by my senior year, I was 11-1 with 1.36 ERA and 95 strike-outs and 2 no-hitters. I was on the first Team All-Metro, and East-West All Star participant. This led to numerous scholarship offers from SEC schools such as Kentucky, LSU, and Auburn. Needless to say, I chose the Auburn Tigers, where I played for two years under the legendary coach, Hal Baird. I was middle relief for the Tigers my freshman and sophomore year. I ended up hurting my left shoulder during a off-season throwing program. Unfortunately, that is when my baseball career had to end. But, God has a plan and he outdid himself by giving me my son, Hudson Lee McDade, who blows my stats out of the water! He is a beast. He is an all-natural athlete. He is 5'5, 140 pounds, and wearing a size 11 shoe. He has a cannon for an arm, and can hit bombs (hitting 4 out of the park his first year at kid pitch here in the Vestavia Program.) So, coaches, be ready for him! I have been coaching Hudson and his teammates since he was five years old. I love it. I am definitely still a kid at heart and know how important it is to have a father and coach you can look up to, not just in sports, but in life. I will give this program everything I have and I will teach them everything I know to further their baseball careers and help the Vestavia High School Baseball Program.
I grew up in Southern California in a very close knit family. I was the oldest of 4 siblings, 2 sisters and a brother. I fell in love with the game of baseball at 4 years old. I went on to discover the joy of pitching at 8 years old & haven’t stopped since. I originally signed with the University of Arizona but then was drafted out of high school by the Florida (Miami) Marlins in 2008.
I made my Major League debut in 2013 with the Marlins & have since gone on to be part of the Seatle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, & Boston Red Sox organizations. My 2018 season was spent in Japan with the Chiba Lotte Marines. I have also been a part of 2 Arizona Fall Leagues and 5 Major League Spring Trainings. I intended on pitching in Mexico with the Tijuana Toros but ended up having surgery for the 2nd time in my career. I have learned a lot of things over the past years and my goal is to give back & help kids understand the importance of the little things in baseball that play a huge role in development.
My family & I moved to the Birmingham area at the end of the 2018 season. I am a blessed Husband & Father of 3 beautiful children. When I am not spending time with my family or working I would most likely be enjoying the outdoors, shooting pool, working in the yard, at church or watching sports. I am very excited & honored for this opportunity. Thank you!
Ole Miss Hall of Fame inductee
3x ALL-SEC infielder
Holds Ole Miss All-Time stolen base record
Holds Ole Miss single season and career fielding record
Drafted by Baltimore Orioles and N.Y. Yankees
Played 3 years in N.Y. Yankee organization
Son, Tebe, played 3 years for Vestavia under coach Sammy Dunn
My goal as a coach is to motivate each player to improve as a baseball player,, encouraging them to support their teammates, model positive attitudes on and off the field, and give 100% in all that they do. Let's have a great year!
I am Luke Whitaker. I am 22 and I grew up in Vestavia and played there in ‘14-‘18. When I am not working, I am in the woods. I hate being inside. After high school, I played one year of college ball at Harding University in Arkansas. I, like everyone else, had my playing days to come to an end. Not being able to play, I decided to drop out of school to pursue the trades. For two years I was a combo fitter/ welder for a company based out of Birmingham. As of this past May, I had quit and started my own business, running a welding rig for myself.
I decided to coach because I want a chance to get back into the game while showing the importance of work and how it will separate you from everyone else.