Staff

The Oakland Express Baseball program believes that good baseball starts with good coaching, and we pride ourselves on having the best coaching staff around. Our coaches are very experienced, and come from a variety of different teams and backgrounds.

 

Our goal is very simple: We want to make sure our baseball players are getting better. And they will.

We are very selective when it comes to choosing our coaches, and we want to ensure that our coaches are quality humans who will serve as positive role models for our players.


Brad Pyke

Originally from Oxford, Brad is currently the Head Coach at Oakland Christian High School. After his playing career at Rochester College under Coach Garth Pleasant, Brad received his degree from Oakland University. Brad is a teacher at Smith Middle School in Troy, and now resides in Rochester with his wife and three kids.

“The Express is a platform for me to teach baseball and build relationships. Thanks to tremendous parent support and player buy -in, OE has become a community I am proud of.”


Jason Sewell

Coach Sewell is the Head Coach of this year’s 15u team, and oversees the pitching and catching department of the Oakland Express program. His 13+ years of coaching make him a very valuable asset to the OE community. In addition to his work as a coach, Jason works as the Lead Pastor at Faith Church in Rochester Hills. Jason resides in Oxford with his wife, Maria, and their four kids.


Kyle LaPine

After attending Troy Athens High School, Kyle went on to attend Saginaw Valley State University, where he played Club Baseball team for four years. After graduating in 2017, Kyle got involved with the Oakland Express as the 13u Assistant Coach. This season, Coach Kyle works with the Oakland Express infielders, and has stepped into a head coaching role with the 11u team.

“As coaches, I think we have a very rare opportunity to have an impact on the lives of young athletes. It’s my goal to make sure it’s a positive one.”


Manni Ferraiuolo

Coach Manni has worked with the Oakland Express for a handful of years now, an is currently the Head Coach of our 13u team. You can catch coach Manni on the weekends singing with the church band at Woodside Bible Church in Lake Orion.


Paul Bobo

Coach Bobo spent his playing day at Lipscomb University in Nashville from 1992-1995. He got his start in coaching in the Rochester Hills Little League from 2012-2015, and later went on to found the Rochester Raiders Baseball Club in 2016. Paul now makes his name as the head coach of the 16 Express team, where he’s able to coach his son, Evan.

“I see the game of baseball as a metaphor of life. It builds character and prepares boys for manhood.”

 


Dale Ahern

Coach Dale is never a stranger at any ballpark. He has been coaching for over 20 years now, splitting time between Avondale High School and the NOBF. He is a passionate coach who loves helping good players take the next step towards becoming great. He has a real gift for getting the best out of his players, and has been great for the OE program as assistant coach and third base coach for our 16u team.

“If you’re not getting dirty, you’re not playing hard enough. All I ask from our players is to make me smile.”


"Baseball was, is, and always will be to me the best game in the world." -Babe Ruth