The Hornets Travel 14u baseball team boasts a coaching staff with college playing experience, college coaching experience, college recruiting experience, baseball academy instruction, and travel baseball coaching expertise. This paid coaching staff, which has gone through both child abuse and criminal record background checks, is committed to developing every player. This entire staff is returning for 2021 providing continuity and stability for the 14u program with a very low coach-to-player ratio to address each player's needs.
The staff consists of the following returning coaches. See full bios for each below.
Ben Krentzman - Head Coach
Phil Bertolotti - Assistant Head Coach & Instructor
Jordan Miller - Pitching Coach
Harley Sonn - Assistant Coach & Operations
Ben Krentzman was a 4-year letter winner as a member of Bucknell University’s Division 1 Baseball Team and graduated in 2003. His teams captured two Patriot League Championships and he advanced to the regional tournaments playing against University of Texas and University of Miami.
After his college playing days, he began his coaching career at Clearwater Florida High School in the role of hitting and outfield coach. He was instrumental in steering the 2005 team to district and conference championships. During his two-season tenure, he instructed five players that went on to play college baseball.
In 2007, Ben accepted a coaching position from Bucknell University handling hitting and outfield responsibilities. His 2008 team won the Patriot League Championship and beat a Florida State team led by Buster Posey for Bucknell’s first ever Regional Tournament Victory. During his coaching tenure, Krentzman instructed three different players to the Patriot League career home run record.
While coaching at Bucknell, Ben concurrently was approached and accepted the role of hitting coach for the Alexandria Aces, a summer team in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League. He instructed players from Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, University of Penn, Rutgers, and Yavapai.
From 2010 through 2012, Krentzman would go on to coach at Flager College and helped lead the team to its first ever Peach Belt Tournament appearance. He then accepted a position at Lehigh University as hitting coach and director of baseball operations. Beyond coaching, Ben recruited the Lehigh Freshmen class that would go on to win the Patriot League Championship.
With a goal of continuing his education, Krentzman accepted the role of hitting coach, outfield coach, and recruiting coordinator at Eastern University while also earning his Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership.
Ben is now putting down roots in the area with his wife and young daughter. Being out of baseball for a couple of years, he was intrigued and excited by the offer of head coach of the Hornets 13U team. He accepted the position with much enthusiasm as he knows he brings a wealth of experience to a critical age of baseball development.
Head Coach Ben Krentzman delivers a unique perspective to the Hornets 14u team, having played, coached, and recruited at the college level. He knows firsthand the work, talent, and approach to playing baseball at a very high level and will impart this knowledge with the players he guides. This level of expertise is not often seen outside of high profile academy teams. Not having a son, relative, or family friends on the team gives him the unbiased latitude to teach all players equally and make decisions for the good of the team. His philosophy is one of positivity, love of the game, respect of your teammates, and working together for the greater good.
Assistant Head Coach & Instructor
Phil Bertolotti was heavily recruited by college baseball scouts beginning in his sophomore year of high school and ultimately he accepted a four-year, full scholarship from Penn State University. As a four-year starter of a highly competitive Division 1 program, Phil led the 1996 team to a Big Ten Championship and was named the 1996 Team MVP. During his college playing time he was named Big Ten Player of the Week multiple times.
After college, Phil was approached by several Philadelphia area baseball academies and began providing private, specialized instruction at Diamond Baseball Academy and multiple locations of All-Star Baseball Academy.
As part of the Hornets Baseball 14u staff, Bertolotti will be a valuable and powerful influence on Hornets’ players, teaching and speaking from a place of personal, high level, baseball success. He will guide players with the correct fundamentals pertaining to the larger field and will instruct them on advanced thinking and in-game tactics to advance their overall baseball skills. During practice, Coach Bertolotti will provide specialized training for position play, hitting, and base running. He will serve as assistant head coach and will be a game day base coach.
Jordan Miller was a four-year pitcher at Eastern University performing in both starting and bullpen roles. With the respect of his coaches and teammates, Jordan was voted as a team captain in both his junior and senior seasons.
Prior to his college playing experience, Miller helped lead his Northern High School team to the 2011 PIAA State Championship. In addition to playing, he began coaching while in high school and college as an assistant coach on the GoWags travel baseball team.
While in college, Jordan balanced baseball with a double major, a 3.5 GPA, and mentored local youth through baseball and church activities. Miller has over five years of leadership training and mentorship from Tyler Clabaugh, past founder of Training Leaders through Athletics and current leadership coach at Messiah College, and James Carsey, assistant athletic director for human performance at Miami University.
As pitching coach for the Hornets Baseball 14u team, Jordan Miller will be an incredibly valuable asset for the organization. The team is extremely fortunate to have a dedicated pitching coach to carefully and correctly develop young pitchers.
As stated by Miller, “I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with young people and help them become excited about the craft of pitching. Analyzing the science and the art is a passion of mine, and combined with proper arm care, I look forward to developing pitchers. Baseball is a terrific sport as long as you can enjoy your success with grace and learn from your losses. With rich experience in leadership, the mental game of baseball, and character development, I know that I have the right tools to not only develop pitchers, but also help develop the person."
"Harley" Dave Sonn
Assistant Coach & Operations
Harley was an outfielder into his high school years and he points back to his 13 to 15 year old travel squad where he really learned how to be part of a team. Both as a rookie who had to lug the team equipment to a senior member who set the example for the younger players, it's here where he learned to work within a group. He's carried these valuable lessons into his professional life and as an entrepreneur who has founded multiple companies, built teams of people, and created a variety of ventures, it's these inner workings and dynamics of a ball club that he still draws upon today. It's his goal that Hornet players walk away with the same value.
Sonn has over 13 years experience in coaching teen and youth baseball, both as a head coach and an assistant, leading teams to undefeated seasons. His approach to coaching is to teach and create success for all players versus simply managing the stars. He understands how to leverage the power of the lineup and the intangibles only learned by both playing and coaching the game.
His primary role for the Hornets Baseball program is to manage all operations from tournament scheduling, logistics, uniforms, and financial issues, to communications and off-field tasks. His goal is to provide the most organized, effective, stable, and communicative baseball program possible. He will also assist with practices, and be a game day base and bench coach. An important focus of his is team culture. Culture really matters to him and all coaches. A team that believes it has the support of its coaches and teammates gains the confidence to perform at a higher level.
Hornets Travel Baseball Team & Coaches
This 14U baseball team plays games and tournaments in South Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania. The roster is made up of players living in PA towns - Radnor, King of Prussia, Conshohocken, Methacton, Berwyn, Wayne, Collegeville, Phoenixville, Plymouth Meeting, Bryn Mawr, Ardmore, Lansdale, Downingtown and surrounding towns.