Guiding principles and our staff



A good steward is responsible for caring for something they have been entrusted with. As a steward of collegiate athletes the MHCBL helps ensure all players have the opportunity to receive instruction from high-quality coaches, improve skills, grow as young men and return to their programs in better condition than they arrived.


Dave Veres

Director of Pitching

Dave Veres made significant contributions as a relief pitcher during his MLB tenure. His career spanned multiple teams, including the Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs. Veres was known for his consistency and effectiveness on the mound.

Shannon Hunt

Special Advisor To The Owner

Shannon Hunt embarks on his nine seasons as head coach of the New Mexico Highlands baseball program.

During his five seasons, Hunt has coached 10 all-conference players – including four first-team members in center fielder Auggie Francis (2019), pitcher Dakota Pacheco (2018), third baseman Alvaro Gonzalez (2016) and first baseman Matthew Chavez (2015). In 2019, Francis was also named under Hunt the RMAC Player of the Year, RMAC Academic Player of the Year and a Third-Team All-American. 
Hunt had stints as NMHU associate head coach in 2005 and 2014. During the 2005 season, the Cowboys finished 38-18 had a team batting average of .368, with .558 slugging percentage and .449 on base percentage. The Cowboys were the 2005 RMAC Tournament champions, and received a bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament.
Hunt, who is beginning his 28th year of coaching, began his time as a player/coach for the Reno Silver Sox Baseball Club in the California League in 1991. Besides associate head coaching positions at Edmonds CC (1993), Butte College (1994-96) and Shasta College (2001-04), he served as an associate scout/coach for the San Francisco Giants from 1992-2004.
After his year stint with the Cowboys, Hunt was the head coach at El Paso CC from 2005-09 and had a record of 112-110-2. During his time in Texas, his teams posted strong offensive numbers. In 2008 Hunt’s club put up some impressive totals with a .358 average, .589 slugging percentage and a .437 on-base percentage. His El Paso club earned a NJCAA Division 1 Region V playoff berth that year. He also served as both the pitching/hitting coach and assistant field manager for the Yuma Scorpions of the Golden Baseball League in the summers of 2007 and 2008, in which his 2007 club finished second in the GBL in batting and third in ERA.
Before rejoining Highlands coaching staff, he served as the hitting coach for the Traverse City Beach Bums from 2010-13. As the hitting coach, he oversaw one of the most productive offenses in the Frontier League. In his first three years in Traverse City, the Beach Bums have had 12 Offensive All-Stars, posted nine franchise records and had 31 appearances in the top three of the league leaderboards at the end of the respective seasons. In 2010, Hunt helped lead Traverse City (59-45) to its first Frontier League Championship series against the River City Rascals. During his four seasons in Traverse City, the club made the playoffs in three of four seasons. The 2012 season saw Hunt’s biggest offensive year with the Beachbums in which his hitters helped propel the team to the best record in the regular season (64-32). Overall during Hunt’s time with Traverse City, he helped manager Gregg Langbehn guide the team to a 183-134 record.
His collegiate playing career began in 1985 as a utility player at DeAnza CC in Cupertino, California. He also played collegiately at Butte College (1986-87) and NAIA power house Lewis Clark State College (1987-89). While at Butte, he helped the Roadrunners to a California JUCO state championship appearance. While playing at Lewis Clark State under Hall of Fame Coach Ed Cheff, the Warriors were NAIA national champions in 1988 and 1989. In 1990, he played in minor league baseball as a catcher and utility player for the Bend Bucks of the San Francisco Giants organization.
Hunt received his bachelor’s degree in 1994 in physical education, exercise physiology and kinematics from Cal State University-Chico. He also received his Master’s degree from the same institution in physical education with an emphasis in biomechanical analysis in 2001.

Eddie Davis

Special Advisor To The Board

Eddie Davis brings over 30 years of baseball experience with 15 years being professional and Division I college baseball experience. Previous experience includes a successful career as a professional baseball player in the Los Angeles Dodgers Organization. Eddie was a 23rd pick from the 1993 Major League Draft (1993-1999) and also played in the 1993 College World Series as a member of the Long Beach State Baseball Team also known as the ‘Dirt Bags’. As a Technology Professional, Eddie has over 12 years of experience from working for Cisco Systems, assisting several start-ups in taking concepts to actual products and services.

Ted Williams

Director of HBCU

Ted has been involved with the Don Reynolds Baseball Group for the past 2 years (2021-2022). Prior to that I was the 4 Corner Scouting Supervisor for the Minnesota Twins for 10 years from (2008-2017) and the Pittsburgh Pirates for 8 years (1999-2007). Ted was drafted out of Caldwell High School (Columbus, Mississippi 1983) in the 21st round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but I chose to go to the University of Alabama on a baseball scholarship. Ted played there for 3 years and was then drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 8th round in 1986 after my junior year. During my playing time with Seattle, Ted was part of the Rookie League Championship team. Ted excelled in base stealing by leading the league where he played from 1986-1990. Ted went on to play 8 years in the Minor Leagues in which he reached AAA playing two seasons with the Mariners and one with the Detroit Tigers. He has played against and beside some Major League players as minor leaguers, which gave me an opportunity to see the beginning as well as the product of what players will and can turn out to be.

Ted has been fortunate scouting for 18 years and to have drafted and signed 5 players that have gone on to play at the Major League Level (Chris Duffy OF 8th round pick 2001 out of ASU; Chris Shelton C/1B 33rd round pick 2001 out of the U of Utah, and Rudy Owens LHP 28th round 2016 as a draft and follow out of Chandler Gilbert CC; and recently Texas Rangers Mitch Garver C/LF/1B 9th round 2013 out of the U New Mexico, and Griffin Jax RHP 3rd round pick 2016 (Minnesota Twins) out of the Air Force Academy.

Dean Stiles

League Commissioner

Stiles has been instrumental in the development of one of the top pitching staffs in the nation during his four seasons at Oregon, helping lead the team to four straight postseason appearances. In Stiles’ first two seasons in 2012 and 2013 working with the Ducks’ pitchers, Oregon finished in the top-15 in the country with consecutive sub-3.00 ERAs.

While at Oregon, Stiles has coached one Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year (Alex Keudell – 2012), three All-America selections (Keudell – 2012 and Jimmie Sherfy – 2012 and 2013) and seven first-team all-conference selections (Keudell – 2012, , Sherfy – 2012 and 2013, Tommy Thorpe – 2013 and 2014, Jake Reed – 2014 and Garrett Cleavinger – 2015).

Following the 2015 season, Stiles served as the assistant pitching coach for the Eugene Emeralds, a Class-A (Short) affiliate for the Chicago Cubs.

Before joining the Oregon coaching staff, Stiles spent one season as the head coach at Lane Community College in Eugene. The Titans finished the year with a 26-20 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Tournament.

Prior to accepting the position at Lane, Stiles worked for two years as an administrative assistant at Oregon, helping with the Ducks’ camps and clinics.

Other coaching positions that Stiles’ has held include Tualitin High School (Ore.), Crook County High School (Ore.), Summit High School (Ore.) and St. Joseph High School (Calif.). Stiles was a high school administrator, teacher and coach in Oregon and California for more than 20 years.

In addition, Stiles has headed several 16U Junior Olympic Teams and NTIS USA Baseball teams. He served as the general manager for the Bend Bandits of the Western Baseball League before co-founding and coaching the Bend Elks of the West Coast League.

Stiles played infield at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif., before transferring to Oregon and finishing his career with the Ducks. He graduated with a degree in journalism in 1982, and in 1986 completed his secondary education credential at the UO College of Education.

Ernest Simpson

Director of Hitting

Played collegiate baseball at Cleveland State 1997-2002 Played independent ball until he went on coaching at The University of Arkon 2006-2010. Ernest has been a hitting instructor since 2010 to Present.