At D-BAT Asheville, lessons are taught with the ballplayer as the focus while involving the parents during the lesson. We have great instructors who can instruct players at every level for improvement. However, our instructors can not be at the ballplayer's games, so they rely on the parents for feedback on how the player is doing in game situations.

If you would like to schedule a lesson, please click here or call (828) 412-5050.

Scott Friedholm

Coach Friedholm came to Asheville from Boston College, where he spent four seasons as Recruiting Coordinator and Pitching Coach.  He worked to make the 2014 the best season for the BC staff, registering an ERA of 4.27, a four-season low.  The Eagles also tallied 352 strikeouts and a .261 opponent batting average over 489 innings.
Previously, Scott spent five years at the US Naval Academy in the same role.  Coach Friedholm guided the pitching staff to the highest five-year win (149), strikeout (1,757) and save (59) totals in American history.  He developed the first two pitchers to ever be drafted out of the Navy while also mentoring 12 All-Conference selections, three Freshman All-Americans, and one All-American.  The Midshipmen won 30 games in four of the five years he was at Navy.  The program had done that just three times in the previous 110 years.
Prior to arriving in Annapolis, Coach Friedholm spent four seasons in the same capacity at the University of Maine, producing three MLB draft picks from his staff and also helping guide the Black Bears to two NCAA Tournament appearances.  His staff at Maine ranked amongst the top 25 in the country in ERA two of his four seasons. Friedholm also served as the pitching coach for two seasons at Bryant, where the Bulldogs set school records in both overall and Northeast Conference wins in consecutive years.
Coach Friedholm played four seasons at Providence College as a catcher from 1995-1998.  As a freshman, he was part of the Friars squad that won 44 games and a program-record 16 Big East games that earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament.  He earned All-Big East and All-Region honors in 1996 and then, as a senior, he hit .395 with 13 home runs and a school-record 66 RBIs, earning All-American honors.  He signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay organization in June 1998.            
Scott graduated from Providence in 1998 with a B.A. in History.  He and his wife, Angie, have two sons, Cooper and Camden.

Scott is currently available for private lessons and clinics at D-BAT Asheville. His schedule is filling up fast, so book a lesson today!!

James Thomas

High School:

  • Drafted by Kansas City Royals in 1994
  • Wheeler High School Hall of Fame 2010

Georgia Tech:

  • All ACC selection all three years played at Georgia Tech
  • 2nd all time career home runs at Georgia Tech with 56
  • Drafted by Houston Astros 1997
  • Georgia Teach Hall of Fame 2009

Houston Astros Organization:

  • Played four years, from 1997-2001, in the Astros organization, compiling 59 home runs as a professional.
  • 1998 All Midwest League Team selection

James is excited to currently call Asheville home, and is happy to be a part of the team at D-BAT Asheville as the Director of Instruction, Camps and Clinics.

James enjoys instructing at D-BAT because he describes it is a powerfully designed machine in the developmental baseball world.  It has numerous ways it can connect to the growth and development of players in the community. Through great private instruction and access to the top of the line equipment, D-BAT can help players perform at their best level. Whether it is doing a coaches’ clinic for a local recreational league, working one on one with a young player who is wavering with their confidence, or providing camps where groups of athletes can learn the proper fundamentals of the game, D-Bat has multiple avenues it can connect to the community.  D-Bat Asheville truly can provide a tremendous service to the local baseball and softball community.

Book a private lesson with James today!



Courtney Knight


  • Courtney is currently an assistant softball coach at Mars Hill College, where she has worked for the past two seasons.
  • Courtney is a part of the Instructional Staff here at D-Bat Asheville, specializing in softball pitching, hitting and fielding!
  • In college Courtney was a four-year starter from 2003-06 at the University of Georgia
  • She helped lead the Bulldogs to two SEC championships, four NCAA Regional appearances and four top-10 national rankings. Wow!
  • The Lithonia, Georgia native was a two-time All-SEC selection and a three-time All-Southeast Regional pick.
  • The outfielder boasted a career batting average of .344 with a .992 fielding percentage.  We are so proud!

  • Courtney attended Columbia High School in Georgia and was a four year letter winner in softball as a pitcher.  She was also a varsity letter winner in basketball in 2001.
  • In 2001-2002, she was All-State 'GACA All-Star'.
  • Courtney was named 2001 DeKalb County Player of the Year by the DeKalb Neighbor. 
  • She was a member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-County team from 1998-2001.
  • Named to the 2000 Georgia All-State Second Team.
  • Received numerous team awards including 1998 Rookie of the Year, 1999 offensive player of the year, 2000 and 2001 team MVP. 
  • Achieved a high school batting average of .767.
  • Club team advanced to the ASA Gold Nationals in 2001 and to the ASA and NSA Nationals in 2000.


We are very fortunate to have Courtney as a member of the Instructional Staff here at D-Bat Asheville!

Adam Curtis

In College, Adam pitched for Western Carolina, and finished his four-year career with an 11-7 record. He made 48 career appearances including 20 starts, mostly occurring during mid-week action. Adam tossed 115.1 career innings with 69 career strikeouts. And, during his career, recorded victories over ACC-foes Wake Forest and Duke, as well as SEC-foe Georgia. Just super!

In high school, Adam earned numerous awards at T.C. Roberson High School under coach Donnie Suttles. He was named three-time Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year after helping lead T.C. Roberson to two conference titles and three playoff appearances. Adam earned two Conference Pitcher of the Year honors at T.C. Roberson. We are thrilled to have Adam at D-BAT Asheville!

Heather Laird

2010 (Senior)
Heather finished her three-year Sailfish career in solid form as the #2-pitcher for PBA and one of the top pitchers in team history.
She appeared in 20 games with a record of 11-2 with a 1.92 earned-run average.  
Heather earned 13 starts, five complete games, one shutout in 83.2 innings pitched on the season.  
She walked 31 batters and struckout 66 batters.  
Heather was named to the NCCAA All-Region 2nd-Team.  

2009 (Junior)
Heather helped Palm Beach Atlantic University to the National Christian College Athletic Association softball national championship.
The former Venice High standout pitched six strong innings in the title game, a 6-0 win over Spring Arbor University.
Laird allowed four hits and four walks while striking out eight.
For the season, the right-hander went 9-10 with a 2.28 earned run average in a career-high 26 games. Laird fanned 139 and issued 49 walks. She pitched 13 complete games, including three shutouts.
In addition to earning a spot on the NCCAA National All-Tournament team, she was named to the All-Region team and was an honorable mention All-American.

2007 (Freshman)
Played at Manatee Community College in Venice, Florida

Played high school softball for head coach Sandburg at Venice High School where she started all four years on the diamond at VHS.

Sammy Stewart

We've got some interesting facts about Sammy to share!

10 Interesting Sammy Facts:
  • Sammy is Nicknamed “The Throwin' Swannanoan” for the town in which he was raised, Swannanoa, North Carolina.

  • Sammy attended Owen High School, where he lettered in 3 sports.

  • He played baseball at College Montreat, where he had the #1 ERA in the nation...wait for it...0.63.

  • He was drafted by Kansas City Royals in 1974 and signed with Baltimore Orioles in 1975.

  • In Sammy's MLB debut, he struck out 7 consecutive batters to set a Major League Record.  GEE-WIZ!

  • In the Majors, he compiled a 59-48 record with 45 saves and 3.59 ERA in 359 games.
  • Sammy had 4 complete games among 25 starts.

  • Sammy pitched 140 1/3 innings in 1983 and 127 1/3 innings in 1985 ranking 1-2 among Orioles pitchers in relief innings pitched in a single season.
  • Sammy was a catalyst for a MLB rule change following the 1981 season after leading the AL with a 2.32 ERA in 112 1/3 innings pitched. However, under rules at the time, fractional innings were rounded up. The rule was changed for the 1982 season.

  • The Throwin Swannanoan did not allow a run in 6 post-season appearances (12 innings pitched) in 1979 and 1983.  WOWZERS!

  • Sammy currently lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina with his wife Cherie, where they are regular attendee’s at Living Water Baptist Church.

Sammy is an amazing pitching coach, book a lesson today!  (If you were counting you noticed that was actually 11 Interesting Sammy Facts.  Bonus, come into D-BAT and get a free pair of wrist bands and mention "The Throwin' Swannanoan".)

Jordan Coons

Jordan played high school at Jefferson City High in Missouri, and was picked as a Diamond Dandy from his local area as being one of the best players to come from the area in the past ten years!

Jefferson City HS: A three-time, first team All-State selection while earning first team all-area by the Columbia Tribune and all-district four times ... Set his school record with 113 career hits while ranking second on his school's all-time list for doubles and RBI as well as ranking third on the all-time home run list ... Hit .507 with five home runs and 28 RBI while going 4-1 as a pitcher his senior season ... Hit .517 as a junior and .546 as a sophomore ... Was the winning pitcher for Jefferson City in the 2007 state championship, while pitching a two-hit shutout in his school's district championship game ... Played on the 2007 Junior Sunbelt champions for Team Missouri ... For his high school career, was 19-4 with a 2.20 earned-run-average on the mound ... Also led his high school to the state semifinal as a quarterback ... Was in the National Honor Society and ranked among the top-15 percent of his graduating class at Jefferson City.

Jordan played at Jefferson College in Missouri for his first two seasons in college.

2010 (So.): Tabbed first team all-conference and all-region, batting .449 with 16 doubles, six home runs, 30 RBI and 16 stolen bases ... On the mound, posted a 2-2 record with a 5.04 ERA, striking out 21 batters in 20.1 innings ... Helped Jefferson College to a 43-17 record and conference title ...

2009 (Fr.): Earned honorable mention all-conference honors ... Batted .350 with 12 doubles, two triples and five home runs while going 2-1 as a pitcher with a 2.22 ERA ... Helped school to a conference title ... 

Jordan played at Coastal Carolina his junior year.

ERA   W-L   APP  GS  CG SHO/CBO SV    IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO
1.38   5-3    23   3   0   0/2   2  45.2  36  10   7  13  28

After playing for Coastal Carolina, Jordan went on to play for the Central Missouri Mules for his senior baseball season.

AVG  GP-GS    AB   R   H    2B  3B  HR RBI
.360  57-56   186  52  67   6   5   2  51  

Jordan has also coached at the collegiate level at both Central Missouri and at Garden City Community College.

Justin Woods