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Our Instructors

The Virginia Baseball Academy staff instructors are hand-picked for their knowledge of baseball and softball, and their ability to communicate it to our young players. Our coaches have had college and/or professional experience and, more importantly, they have been intensely trained in our state of the art major league baseball and softball techniques. VBA staffers exhibit high energy, a positive attitude, and are passionate about the games of baseball and softball. We are responsive to our clients' needs and committed to helping each player achieve their baseball/softball objectives and goals.

Wayne Gomes, Owner

Wayne GomesThe Philadelphia Phillies recalled Wayne from the minor leagues on June 13, 1997. On this day, he was called in to pitch and did so with one inning of relief of Curt Shilling and recorded the win. He went on to pitch in the major leagues with the Phillies until 2001. For the duration of his 1999 season, he was voted as the Rolaids Relief Man of the team. In the 2001 season he was traded to the San Francisco Giants. During this year he played along side Barry Bonds in his record breaking homerun season. In 2002, he signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox. During this season he pitched as a set-up man help guild his team to a second place in the American League east, only one game behind the rival New York Yankees.

In 2003, Wayne made a trip back to the minors with Scranton in the International League where he pitched in the IL All-Star game and led the league in saves. Following the 2003, he signed with the Oakland A's. Throughout the 2004 season with the Oakland A's affiliate, Gomes lead the team in ERA and appearance and help guide the team to its 2nd consecutive Pacific Coast League Championship. After completing his major league career, Wayne continued his playing career overseas. In 2005 he pitched for the Yucatan Leones and the Saltilo Gigiantes of the Mexican league.

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Ty Rivers

Coach and Instructor Age 27

Playing Background Played HS at Nansemond River in Suffolk, VA under Mark Stuffel. Played in Richmond Braves Organization under Mikey Roberts Second Baseman/Outfielder at Radford University (2006 - 2010) under Joe Raccuia. Started in over 178 Division 1 college baseball games.
All time stolen base leader Career and Single Season at RU. Big South All Conference second-baseman in 2008.

Coaching Backgroud
Assistant JV Coach at Nansemond River spring 2006. Began travel baseball coaching career in summer of 2010 with The Richmond Braves 17U and have been developing young players at the 12U level since 2012. Head Coach of the Richmond Braves 12U Majors Specializes in Baserunning, Hitting and Infield/Outfield instruction.

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Nicole Schaeffer

Graduated from Grafton High School, earned all district honorable mention honors as a freshman, all district honors as a senior at 3B, 2nd team daily press all stars, played collegiately at George Mason University and University of Tennessee, played under USA hitting coach Ralph Weekly, Led the Vols in fielding in 2001-2002, which ranks 4th all time in SEC history in fielding percentage.      


John Raynor

John Raynor graduated from Kecoughtan High School in 2001, where he played baseball as a pitcher/short stop. He earned All District Player two years in 2000 and in 2001.  John was named MVP for KHS in 2001, and finished with a 1.14 ERA and 6-1 record.

John attended the Apprentice School where he was an All American pitcher, Small College Player of the week (twice), and Small College Freshman of the Year. After two years at the Apprentice School and breaking all the school’s win records, he transferred to Longwood University with a record of 8-1 and an ERA of 1.87 and 3 Saves.
John worked at Kecoughtan High School as Pitching Coach for two years and at VBA as pitching instructor/coach since 2008.