At Georgia Liberty, we know the impact that coaches can have on young men. We realize it is critical for our coaches to set sterling examples for our players in how to play the game and how to act in general. We want to teach the game at the highest level, but we want to build relationships that will outlast any baseball playing career.
Cofounder/Director of Player Development
Jake Edwards is currently the assistant coach at Oglethorpe University. He handles the infielders and assist with the hitters. He plays a big role in our players recruitment process. Jake is the liaison between the colleges and our players. During his playing career he helped win three conference championships at three different schools. Jake played five years of college baseball at four different schools. Originally, he signed to play ball as a RHP/3B at Flagler College. He then transferred to Andrew College where he holds the record for most games started in a season and career. After two years at Andrew, he transferred to Lee University where they won conference and were two games away from going to the NCAA D2 World Series round. Jake finished his career at Middle Georgia State University where he earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology. Jake saw action in 170 games, that included 154 total hits. He was awarded a gold glove, 2nd team all-conference, 1st team All-academic NJCAA, and All-academic SSAC. Jake graduated from Hebron Christian Academy in 2018 and was selected as the Region POY and 2nd Team All-State.
Jesse Bailey is a recent Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Georgia with a Management Degree. During his time at UGA, Jesse co-founded Georgia Liberty and has amassed multiple years of youth coaching experience. During his high school playing career, Jesse was the recipient of the Scott McIntyre Hustle and Attitude Award during his senior year in which he helped lead Hebron Christian Academy to an undefeated region title.
Coach Diaz will oversee the development of our pitchers at all age levels. He will lead our throwing programs, bullpen sessions, and more. He will play a huge role in increasing velocity, fine tuning mechanics, and helping our pitchers develop. He is currently with the New York Yankees organization, where he is rehabbing from UCL surgery. Most recently he played in the WBC for Team Canada, alongside All-Star Freddie Freeman. Originally, he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 2019 MLB draft.
Coach Kauffmann recently spent time under HOF Catching Coach at Carson-Newman University where he helped develop hitters & catchers. He is no stranger to the travel ball circuit; he helped lead his 17U team to the WWBA National Championship final rounds. During the Summer of 2023, he coached in the Smoky Mountain Collegiate League. He graduated from Georgia College & State University with a degree in Marketing. During his High School years, he was awarded defensive player of the year twice & an All-Region Selection twice also.
Middle School Director
Coach Bennett has been our Middle School Director since 2022. He has played a crucial role in the development of our younger players. He graduated from Grayson High School in 2017 where he was a standout pitcher for the rams. He signed to play baseball at Truett-McConnell University but decided to pursue coaching soon after.
Assistant Pitching Coordinator
Coach Casey played 4 years at Florida International University. He also spent time in the Cape Cod Baseball League in the summer of 2019. He tossed a no-hitter in his senior year vs Marshall and was named National Collegiate Baseball Player of the Week and C-USA All-Academic Team. He is a local graduate of Hebron Christian Academy.
Director of Marketing
Gavin Latham currently plays baseball at Oglethorpe University. In his first season at Oglethorpe he was named to the SAA Academic Honor Roll. His freshman year he attended Columbia International University where he was named to the All-Conference Academic team. Gavin went to Hebron Christian Academy where he was second team all region and was on the Gwinnett County academic team. Gavin is the head of our marketing team.