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Staff

Chas Pippitt: Founder/CEO/Lead Hitting Instructor

Chas Pippitt is the founder of Baseball Rebellion and creator of the Baseball Rebellion Hitting Methodology. A combination of his unique ability to breakdown the swing to hitters of all ages and his understanding of the importance of technology in training, Chas has amassed over 25,000 one-on-one lessons during his career. Chas has aided in the development of hundreds of travel ball all-stars, dozens of scholarship-level college athletes, and 25 MLB draft picks. In addition to his in person training, Chas does remote training with elite high school, college, and professional baseball players and fly in training with nationally recognized college programs.

Chas has also invented four hitting products, the Launch Angle Tee, the Drive Developer, the Rebel’s Rack, and the Bat Drag Buster, currently used in all 50 states and internationally in over 12 countries. When he’s not doing lessons or working on new products, Chas is writing and developing content for www.baseballrebellion.com and its social media pages.

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Tyler Zupcic: COO/Director of Business Development

Tyler Zupcic joined Baseball Rebellion in July of 2017. After being a hitting instructor and Senior Editor of BR Premium, Tyler transitioned to his current role in January of 2020.

Tyler, a former Division 1 baseball player at Appalachian State University, comes to Baseball Rebellion from East Carolina University, where he spent the past two years as the Director of Baseball Operations. At ECU, Zupcic was responsible for a variety of administrative duties including team travel, game-day organization, budget coordination, community service outreach and served as the baseball team’s liaison with the athletic department. Prior to his time at ECU, Zupcic spent a year and a half as an assistant baseball coach at Providence High School in Charlotte, NC. He helped guide the Panthers to a No. 21 national ranking and a NCSHAA 4A state title in 2015, the school’s first in 20 years. After graduating from Appalachian State in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Zupcic had a short stint in the Frontier League with the River City Rascals out of O’Fallon, MO. Zupcic comes from a baseball family, his father Bob played 12 years of professional baseball including MLB stops with the Boston Red Sox (1991-1994) and the Chicago White Sox (1994).

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Hitting

JK Whited: Senior Hitting Instructor/Director of Online Hitting

JK Whited is the 1st instructor to be certified in Baseball Rebellion’s Hitting System. JK has done over 11,000 lessons in his career and has worked at Baseball Rebellion since 2011. Since beginning writing articles for Baseball Rebellion in 2013, Jk Whited has worked with thousands of clients from all over the world, in person and through Online Lessons as well. JK Whited works alongside Chas Pippitt, Tyler Zupcic, and Eric Tyler every day, to create the most current baseball and softball hitting techniques and drills to improve hitters at any age.

JK had a standout career at UNC-Asheville, where he started 4 years behind the plate and was a captain his junior and senior year. As a junior, JK was on the watch-list for the Johnny Bench Award, the best catcher in college baseball. JK graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in Marketing from UNC-Asheville.

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Eric Tyler: Hitting/Fielding/Catching Instructor

Eric Tyler comes to Baseball Rebellion from East Carolina University, where he spent the 2017 season as the Volunteer Assistant Coach. Eric led the outfielder and assisted daily with the hitters. Tyler, a 4-year starter for the ECU Pirates (2014-2017), played 5 different positions throughout his time at ECU including third base his final two years. Eric was a part of teams that won the 2015 AAC Conference Tournament championship, as well as the 2016 Charlottesville Regional championship. The 2016 regional championship team also accounted for the schools first ever win in a Super Regional beating Texas Tech 8-6. Eric was named a team co-captain prior to his senior year as well as being awarded First-Team All-American Conference honors. Eric graduated from East Carolina in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Parks Management with a minor in Business Administration. Eric is a native of Landis, NC.

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Garrett Gordon: Hitting/Fielding Instructor

Garrett Gordon comes to Baseball Rebellion all the way from Saline, Michigan. Garrett has been doing one-on-one instruction for the past 4 years out of an indoor facility in Michigan. Before becoming a hitting instructor, he attended Spring Arbor University and Wabash Valley Community College where he played as an outfielder.  In 2013, after his Sophomore year at Wabash Valley, he was selected in the 23rd round by the Washington Nationals. Garrett helped lead the GCL Nationals to the Gulf Coast League championship with a record of 52-9! Garrett will be doing hitting and fielding lesson at Baseball Rebellion full-time.

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Luke Johnson: Hitting/Fielding Instructor

Luke is from Jarrettsville, Maryland, and started his college career at Harford Community College, where in 2016 he helped lead them to the school's first D1 JUCO World Series visit. Then in 2017 he set the season homerun record (21), career homerun record (31), and was named first-team All-Region. After junior college, he transferred to Lander University, and then again to Wilmington University, where he was named First Team All-Region. After the 2019 spring baseball season, he moved to Utica Michigan where he began his professional career for the Eastside Diamond Hoppers in the United Shore Professional Baseball League, where he played for two seasons.

In 2018, Luke began coaching, doing lessons, and working with local teams out of an indoor facility in Wilmington, Delaware. He then accepted a coaching position at Harford Community College in 2019, where he was the head hitting and defensive coach with the main focus being on hitters and catchers.  

Pitching

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Kory Behenna: Director of Pitching/Throwing

Kory Behenna started his role of Director of Pitching/Throwing in February of 2021. Kory is responsible for all aspects of overhand pitching/throwing at Baseball and Softball Rebellion. His main roles at BR will be individual lessons, group training, velocity programming, and development. As well as working with our in-house Physical Therapists to help athletes rehab effectively.

Kory Behenna comes to Baseball rebellion from Durham, North Carolina. Kory has spent the past 4 years pitching professionally for the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers Organizations. Prior to being selected in the 2017 draft, he played 3 years of college baseball at Wingate University where he earned his degree in Criminal Justice and minor in communications. His high school playing days started right here in Durham at Riverside High School, where he was selected as an all-state and all-conference pitcher in 2014.

Marketing

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Dowdy Sarvis: Director of Marketing/Scheduling

Dowdy Sarvis comes to Baseball Rebellion from Gardner-Webb University where he graduated in 2020 with a degree in Sport Management, and minors in Business Administration, Spanish, and Music. While attending Gardner-Webb University, Dowdy was a member of the swim team. During his senior year, he led the Men's team to a runner up finish at their conference championship as a captain and as a gold medalist. Prior to attending Gardner-Webb, Dowdy was born and raised in Durham where he attended Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill. Dowdy grew up in the world of baseball, playing until his Junior year when he decided to turn his focus toward swimming.

As a member of the Baseball Rebellion staff, Dowdy's current role is Director of Marketing where he runs all social media accounts, as well as managing baseballrebellion.com