Coach Matt Mitcham played college baseball as a pitcher for Tarleton State University where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Management.
In High School, Matt played 3 years of varsity baseball for Granbury. He was named 2nd team all-district shortstop for District 8-4A as a junior and 1st team all-district 3rd baseman for District 4-5A as a Senior. That year he was also named his team's Co-MVP with fellow Texas Edge Coach Nick Papasan.
Matt's coaching career started when he was named Head Coach for the very first Cornerstone Christian Academy baseball team. In 2011, he left Cornerstone to start Texas Edge. Since 2011 Matt has given lessons full time. He specializes in pitching lessons for all ages and also offers personalized instruction for hitting and fielding.
Coach Nick Papasan played his high school baseball at Granbury High School. He finished both his Junior and Senior seasons as the top hitter in North Texas posting batting averages of .564 and .506 respectively. His senior year, Nick was voted All State by the Texas high School Baseball Coaches Association as well as the Texas Sportswriters.
Nick was a highly recruited high school prospect until ultimately signing a letter of intent to play ball for the Texas A&M Aggies. However, Nick chose a professional career with the Minnesota Twins when he was drafted in the 2006 MLB Draft. He played for the Twins organization for 3 years until his promising career was cut short due to injury.
After retiring from the Twins in 2010, Nick found a new way to continue with the sport he loved when he helped start the Texas Edge Baseball Academy. Since then he has put all of his passion for the game in to assisting Edge players reach their "next level" goals and help them become great young men on and off the field.
Cody Strait played at Ranger JR College. He was the offensive player of the year 2 years in a row. After Ranger, Cody played at The University of Evansville in Indiana. He was awarded New Comer of the Year for the Missouri Valley Conference.
After his Jr year he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 12th round. Cody played 5 seasons in the Reds Organization. While he was with the Reds, Cody played in the Arizona Fall League, made it up to AAA and played in multiple Major League Spring Training Games. During Cody's 5th season, he was traded to the Kansas City Royals. He played in the AA All-Star game during his time with the Royals. Cody's 6th season he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays.
After 7 seasons, Cody Retired from professional baseball and has been coaching now for 7 years. Cody gives private baseball instruction and coaches travel teams for Texas Edge.
After an exceptional high school career, Brian was selected by the Montreal Expos in the first round of the 1983 June free agent draft, the sixteenth player selected overall. Brian decided to forgo a college baseball scholarship and signed with the Expos organization.
Brian made his Major League debut on June 25, 1988, vs. Barry Bonds and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Five days later he recorded his first Major League win on June 30, 1988, when he threw a five-hit, complete game shutout vs. Tom Glavine and the Atlanta Braves.
In 1989, Brian was traded, along with Randy Johnson, to the Seattle Mariners. On April 9, 1990, Brian was the Mariners Opening Night starting pitcher vs. the California Angels and recorded the victory with a 7-1 win. He is perhaps most well known for his pitching performance on April 20, 1990 vs. the Oakland A’s when he came within one out of throwing a perfect game.
Brian was a workhorse for the Mariners during the late 1980s and early 1990s logging thirty-two wins and fourteen complete games, five of those shutouts, in just two and a half seasons of work. He was on his way to a very bright future when regrettably his playing career was cut short when an arm injury forced him to retire. However, Brian’s son David is now a professional pitcher and his brother Brad is the Major League bull-pen coach for the Texas Rangers.
After his playing career, Brian became heavily involved in youth baseball. After enormous amounts of success coaching (both Varsity High School and private lessons) Brian decided to move to Texas to be closer to his family. He joined the Edge team in 2017 and is thrilled for the opportunity to pass on his extensive baseball knowledge to new players in a new region.
Mark Taylor started at catcher for Granbury High School his sophomore season and after being plagued with arm soreness had career ending shoulder surgery after his junior season. Still having a love for the game, he stayed on his senior season to learn more about the teaching side of baseball. Mark helped with other catchers and sat in with coaches on scouting reports, pitch calling, and soaked up as much about coaching as he could.
After high school, coach Mark began helping local youths improve their baseball skills, specializing in catching and throwing mechanics. Mark started coaching at Edge in 2012 and has strived to not only develop players physical tools but to also be a positive influence in their lives. He has a firm belief that building character development and player development go hand in hand.
Arthur Rhodes is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1988 where he pitched in relief.
Arthur played for 10 Major League teams during his 20 year career. In 2010, as a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, he was selected to his first All-Star Game. As a player for the Cardinals, he made it to the World Series in 2011 pitching against his former team the Texas Rangers and became a World Series champion.