About us

Coaching Staff

Eddie Hull

Eddie Hull is our Co-Founder and the Director of Program and Player Development. Hull wears a variety of hats inside our program, and will be found in the dugout with all of our teams at some point throughout the season.

Coach Hull is the Director of Athletics at Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School and was named the Head Baseball Coach at Charlotte Catholic High School on May 17th, 2023. He previously served two years as an assistant coach at Catholic, as well as two years on staff at Queens University of Charlotte. Hull also spent one season as an assistant coach at Charlotte Latin.

Hull was born and raised in Charlotte. He attended Charlotte Catholic and was named first team All-State in 2012, along with being named the MEGA-7 Conference Player of the Year. Hull played on year of junior college baseball at Louisburg College, followed by three years for the Charlotte 49ers.

Hull has coached and done lessons throughout the Charlotte area since 2017. He also owns Eddie Hull Baseball Camps, LLC.

Coach Hull lives in Charlotte with his wife, Cassidy.

Daniel Cooke

Daniel Cooke is our Co-Founder and Middle School Program Director. He is also the Head Coach of one of our 13U teams.

Cooke is entering his fifth year at the helm of the baseball program at Charlotte Latin School. Since he has taken over the program, Latin Baseball has had its most successful seasons in over 15 years.

Cooke brings over 12 years of HS head coaching experience, while going 103-82 in his last 8 seasons as the head coach at Porter Ridge and Independence. Cooke’s teams have won two Southwestern 4A Conference Championships (2014 & 2016), two conference tournament titles (2014 & 2018), and advanced to the state playoffs six times. He has coached 4 All-State players, along with 14 players going on to play at the collegiate level. Coach Cooke was named the Southwestern 4A Coach of the Year in 2014, 2016, and 2019.

Cooke is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. He was a two-sport standout in both football and baseball, earning All-Big South honors in both. In baseball, Cooke appears in the GWU record books in several categories, including most career runs (170) and most career stolen bases (94). He also ranks in the top 20 for career tackles in football. He served as captain for both teams as a senior and was selected as the GWU Male Student-Athlete of the Year.

Coach Cooke was inducted into the Gardner-Webb Athletics Hall of Fame in the Fall of 2021.

Cooke and his wife, Angela, have two children: daughter, Emma (6), and son, Bennett (2). They reside in Indian Trail.

Nick Daddio

Nick Daddio is our Showcase Director and the Head Coach of our 2027 Navy Team. Daddio is a graduate of Hough HS, where he played both baseball and basketball. Daddio went on to play baseball for the Charlotte 49ers, where he caught for the Niners and was roommates with Coach Hull.

Daddio was named the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Hickory Grove Christian School in July of 2022. He also teaches a variety of Business Education classes at HGCS. Before Hickory Grove, Daddio spent several years as a varsity assistant at Jay M. Robinson HS in Concord.

He and his wife, Sara, live in Kannapolis, with their son, Knox (1), and dog, Hoosier.

Ryan Benson

Ryan Benson is our Director of Teams and Head Coach of our 2027 Gold team.

Benson is from the burgeoning metropolis of Clayton, NC, outside of Raleigh. Coach Benson’s entering his 10th season coaching high school baseball in the Charlotte area, with stops at Cox Mill, Jay M. Robinson, and now Butler. He also teaches history at Butler. In July of 2022, Ryan was named the Head Baseball Coach at Butler High School. He led Butler to a conference championship in 2023, his first season at the helm, and was named the SW4A Conference Coach of the Year.

In the summer, Coach Benson has worked with all levels of baseball from the youth level all the way to summer college baseball. Coach Benson specializes in data analytics and player development.

Coach B throws batting practice slightly harder and a little more accurately than Coach Daddio. He loves being a Corndog!

Ryan and his wife, Janel, reside in Mint Hill, and are expecting a child in the summer of 2024.

Chuck Rinehimer

Chuck Rinehimer is the Head Coach of our 2026 Showcase Team. He brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the Corndogs.

Chuck is Hazelton, Pa. He played college baseball for the Ohio Valley Fighting Scots from 1994-98. Rinehimer played under Coach Bob Crawford while at OVU and was a three-time All-American. During his career at OVU, Rinehimer recorded 35 career home runs and a phenomenal career fielding percentage of .982. Chuck was inducted into the Ohio Valley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.

Coach Rinehimer started his coaching career (2001-2007) at Lewisville HS in South Carolina, where he was a JV Head Coach and Varsity assistant. He then moved onto South Point HS in Rock Hill as a Varsity assistant in 2008 and 2009. Chuck then got into the collegiate ranks, coaching in the SCBL for the Carolina Sox. He was an assistant in the summer of 2010 for the Sox and took over as a the Head Coach in 2011 and 2012.

Chuck serves as the Associate Head Coach at Charlotte Catholic HS. The 2024 season will be his 10th season on staff at Catholic.

Chuck is a longtime, legendary 6th grade math teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School, and resides with his family in Rock Hill.

Coach Hull on Rinehimer – “Coach Rinehimer is the best coach I had growing up. He’s honest, knowledgeable, and full of passion for the game. He impacted me in many different ways, and he is a big reason that I am a coach today. I could not think of a better man to lead one of our teams!”

Sam Skinner

Sam Skinner was added to the Corndogs staff in August of 2022. He works with our middle school teams.

Coach Skinner is the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Cuthbertson High School in Waxhaw. The 2024 season is Skinner’s second season at Cuthbertson. He led Cutty to a 17-12 record in 2023. He previously had coaching stops at Independence and Olympic.

Skinner is a Charlotte native, and currently lives in Charlotte with his wife, Lindsay.

Coach Cooke on Skinner – “Coach Skinner is a huge addition to our staff here with the Corndogs! Sam instantly makes us better. He is a great baseball coach, but more importantly, a great human being that will impact our players!”

Jim Cerbie

Jim Cerbie joined the Corndogs staff in 2023. He is the Head Coach of our 2028 team.

He was the Providence Day Baseball Program Head since 1988. Coach Cerbie attended Millersville University in Lancaster, PA. where he competed both on the Football and Baseball teams. He then transferred to St. Leo College in Florida, graduating with his B.A. in Physical Education in 1979, while playing baseball and football for the Lions. In 1994, Coach Cerbie completed his M.A. in Educational Administration from University of North Carolina – Charlotte.

While coaching at Providence Day School, Coach Cerbie’s teams won three NCISAA state championships, in 1988, 1997, and 1998, were state runners-up in 1992, 1996, 2013, and 2023, and made twelve state semi-finalists runs. Included in this list was the 1998 team that went 26-3 and his 1992 team that finished at 22-3. Just as impressive as Coach Cerbie’s record in the NCISAA tournament are his team’s accomplishments in the CISAA Conference. Over the years he has won seven conference championships in 1988, 1992, 1999, 2007, and 2016.

In 1998, Coach Cerbie was named both the Charlotte Observer’s Coach of the Year and the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year. His team was also ranked #1 in the Charlotte Observer’s high school baseball rankings. He has won over 500 games and is a member of the Charger Hall of Fame. Cerbie was named the Charlotte Observer’s Coach of the Year this past year in his final season at the helm at PD.

Ty Babin

Ty Babin will be a roving assistant with our showcase teams.

Ty spent the 2023 season as an assistant coach at Queens University of Charlotte under Ross Steedley.

The Jackson, N.J. native wrapped up a storied playing career with the Campbell Camels in 2022, which included three Big South Regular Season titles and a pair of conference championships in 2018 and 2019. The standout catcher made three NCAA appearances, including the Greenville Regional at East Carolina in 2019, Starkville Regional at Mississippi State in 2021, and the Knoxville Regional at Tennessee in 2022. With the Camels, Babin was a member of an offense that ranked top 3 nationally in 2021 in doubles (2nd), runs (3rd), and on-base percentage (3rd). The 2022 First Team All-Big South representative dominated his final season hitting .319 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI while also holding a .991 fielding percentage.

Babin graduated from Campbell with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration and a masters degree in Business Administration. While at Campbell, Babin was a Student Athlete Advisory Committee Member (SAAC), and a Big South Presidential Honor Roll Recipient.

“We are fired up to have Coach Ty Babin joining our coaching staff here with the Corndogs,” said Eddie Hull. “Ty just finished up a decorated playing career at Campbell and has seen firsthand what high-level Division I baseball is like. His experience as a player will carry over to helping our players here and he has a great career ahead of him in the coaching profession. I’m thankful Ty decided to join our coaching staff here with the Dogs.”

Chris Clare

Chris Clare is currently an assistant coach with our showcase teams. He recently finished his professional playing career.

Chris grew up in the Charlotte area and attended Charlotte Catholic HS, where he was a two-time All-Conference selection. He led the Cougars to a conference championship his junior year. He graduated from CCHS in 2013 and went on to start at High Point University. Clare started 151 career games over his three year career at HPU, while hitting .320 with 179 hits and 78 RBI. Clare was named first team All-Big South his junior year, and then was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 21st round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

Clare played several years of minor league baseball, getting as high as AAA with the Norfolk Tides. His lone AAA home run came in Charlotte, while playing back home in front of many family and friends.

Chris currently works for Qualtrics, an online software company. He also serves as a varsity assistant at Charlotte Catholic.

Brick Smith

Brick Smith was added to the Corndogs staff in August of 2023. He works with our 2028 team.

Coach Smith is a native of Charlotte. He graduated from Garinger HS in 1977. He then attended Wake Forest, where he was a member of the Demon Deacon baseball team for four years. He was named the ACC Player of the Year in 1981. He was also named to the ACC’s 50th anniversary team, making him one of the 50 greatest players in ACC baseball history.

He also spent two summers playing in the Cape Cod League, and was eventually drafted in the 5th round of the 1981 MLB Draft.
Coach Smith recently retired from Providence Day School, where he was a teacher, coach, and administrator for 37 years.

Hutch Bibby

Hutch Bibby was added to the Corndogs staff in August of 2023. He works with our middle school teams.

A Charlotte native, Hutch graduated from Myers Park High School and UNC-Charlotte. He has spent time teaching at Providence Day School, Charlotte Latin School, and Sierra Canyon School in California. He has worked in several capacities including as a history teacher, Dean of Students, and Department Chair.

Coach Bibby is currently on Coach Cooke’s baseball staff at Charlotte Latin, serving as the Head JV Coach for the Hawks.

Jeff Pluta

Jeff Pluta will return to the Corndogs staff in the summer of 2024 for his second season as the Field Manager for our college team.

Jeff led the SCBL Corndogs to a 24-16 record and a 2nd-place finish in 2023.

Jeff has been coaching baseball for the past 15 years. He currently serves full-time as an assistant coach at Plattsburgh State, a Division III institution in upstate New York. The 2024 season will be his second season on the Cardinals staff.

Prior to Plattsburgh, Pluta spent six seasons as the Head Coach of Smith Academy (MA), where he compiled an 89-36 record. The Falcons qualified for the postseason in each of his six seasons. During his tenue, Smith made its only State Tournament appearance in program history and were three-time Hampshire League Champions. Coach Pluta also spent time on the travel ball circuit, serving as the 18u Head Coach and Pitching Coordinator for the Westfield Renegades, a travel baseball club in Massachusetts.

Zach Jarrett

Zach Jarrett was named our Showcase Hitting Coordinator in May of 2024.