College Stanford University ’96
High School St. Albans School (DC) ’93
Washington Post First Team All-Met ’92 & ’93
Gatorade Player of the Year (DC) ’93
Experience Five years San Diego Padres minor leagues (AAA)
2004 National Double-Goal Coach of The Year
Brendan was a four-year varsity player at St. Albans School (’93) where he was three-time All-Interstate Athletic Conference; two-time Washington Post First Team All-Met [’92-’93], and the 1993 Gatorade Circle of Champions Player of the Year for Washington, D.C. Brendan completed his Stanford University degree in three years and was also admitted to law school while being drafted by the San Diego Padres after his junior (final) year. While a member of the Cardinal, Brendan participated in three NCAA regional tournaments and a College World Series, leading the team in saves and appearances during his sophomore season. Brendan was also selected Reliever of the Year in the Cape Cod Summer League, as closer for the Cotuit Kettleers. Drafted in the 26th round in 1996, Brendan signed with the San Diego Padres. His five-year professional baseball career with San Diego and Texas featured two consecutive Community Service Awards from the Padres while in Triple-A.
Brendan is the Founder and President of The Headfirst Companies. The Headfirst Companies started with a single pitching lesson during Brendan’s first pro off-season and has grown to a national footprint with 30 full-time team members and more than 700 annual summer staff. Headfirst’s DC-area programs have been named one of the Top 50 camps in the country by Sports Illustrated for Kids, and Headfirst has been recognized for youth experience excellence in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, MLB.com, Fox News, the New York Times and NPR. In 2017, Headfirst was recognized as a “Best Place to Work” by Washington Business Journal. Brendan lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Tricia, and two daughters, Livi (3) and Stella (1).
College Georgetown University, B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, FDNY Scholarship
Georgetown University Law Center, JD, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, Public Interest Law Scholar
National University of Ireland, Galway, LLM, First Honors, Valedictorian
High School Chaminade High School
Experience Former Player, Georgetown University
Former Headfirst Honor Roll Camper & Coach
Associate, Jones Day & The World Bank Group
Joey was the starting third baseman at Georgetown University after spending his freshman year playing at Davidson College. While at Georgetown, Joey was a four time All Big East Academic All-Star and the team’s Most Valuable Teammate. Upon graduation, Joey was named a Rhodes Scholar Finalist and a Mitchell Scholar.
Joey received his LLM in Public Law from the National University of Ireland, Galway. His dissertation and publications expounded on US laws that severely restrict the ability of veterans to hire the expert legal advocates that are needed to aid them in navigating a too often hostile and complex Veteran Administration’s disability adjudication system. Joey has since founded the Academy for Veterans and worked as a law clerk at the National Veterans Legal Services Program. Joey has also published in the Huffington Post and was featured in a 2009 article.
Prior to attending Georgetown University Law Center, Joey moved to a barrio in the Dominican Republic to operate the non-profit Beisbol y Libros, which uses baseball and softball to incentivize literacy for children. Before joining The Headfirst Companies, Joey was an associate in the Washington, DC office of the international law firm, Jones Day and at The World Bank Group. His practice focused on complex civil and criminal litigation.
Joey serves as our COO and General Counsel. In this role, he spearheads our efforts to transform the expectations of parents and coaches when evaluating the organizations that are entrusted with the care and development of their children and young adults.
College Pomona College ’09
NCAA Division III National Player of the Year
High School Shasta High School
Experience Player, Boston Red Sox (AA)
Assistant Coach, Vanderbilt University (2014 National Champions)
Baseball Operations, Washington Nationals
Drew played at Pomona College where he was the 2009 National Player of the Year, two-time All-American and three-time all-conference player and is still ranked third all-time in Division III homeruns (63). Upon graduating from Pomona with a degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox. Over the course of four seasons in the Red Sox organization, Drew played first base and outfield up to the AA level.
Upon finishing his playing career, Drew transitioned from playing to coaching and maintained his commitment to academics and athletics by joining the Vanderbilt Commodores’ staff as an Assistant Coach. While at Vanderbilt, the Commodores won the program’s first NCAA National Championship, with Drew coaching outfielders, hitters and first base.
After Vanderbilt’s 2014 National Championship season, Drew transitioned to the professional front office with the Washington Nationals before joining the team at Headfirst in 2016.
As Manager of the Honor Roll program, Drew brings to Headfirst a passion and expertise in college athletics.
College Amherst College, ’11
2010 & 2011 NESCAC All-Academic
2011 NESCAC All-Conference
2011 CoSIDA Academic All-District
High School Lexington High School (Lexington, MA)
Experience Former Player at Amherst College
Head Baseball Coach at The Masters School
Assistant Baseball Coach at Phillips-Andover Academy
Max was a four-year contributor at Amherst College as a pitcher, first as a closer and then a weekend conference starter, earning two-time NESCAC All-Academic and All-NESCAC honors as well as CoSIDA Academic All-District his senior year.
After graduating in 2011, and inspired by his experience and mentors at Amherst College, he was awarded Phillips-Andover Academy’s 2011-2012 Teaching Fellowship, where he was a history instructor, dorm parent, and assistant baseball coach. After the Andover Fellowship, Max went to The Masters School as a history instructor, dorm parent and head baseball coach before coming back to Headfirst.
Max re-joined the full-time Headfirst team – having previously served as the Honor Roll intern in the summers of 2010 and 2011 – in 2014 as an Associate of Marketing & Customer Experience. Having been impacted by the core philosophy and team atmosphere of Headfirst, Max now focuses his mission-driven approach as the Manager of Product of Marketing, overseeing the day-to-day marketing and customer experience at Headfirst.
College Georgetown University ’12
High School Syosset High School ‘08
Experience Four-year varsity softball letter-winner at Georgetown U.
NFCA Scholar Athlete
Big East All-Academic Team
Cara anchored Georgetown University Softball’s first-ever recruited class to compete in the Big East Conference. A four-year starter, Cara emerged as a slugging first basemen and leader for the Hoyas, being named to the Big East Softball Honor Roll. This Long Island native has lived – and conquered – the rigors of high-academic college athletics and carried that success to her career. Joining Headfirst originally as a seasonal coach in 2014 after a two-year stint with the Highway Safety Protection Corporation, Cara has rocketed through our ranks and now leads an internal team and division as our Manager of Operations.
College Georgetown University
NFCA Scholar Athlete
Big East All-Academic Team
2014 All Big East First Team
High School Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead, NY
Experience Former player, Georgetown University
Elyse was a four-year starter (198 out of 199 collegiate games), four-year NFCA Scholar Athlete, Big East All-Academic Team and 2014 All Big East First Team on the Georgetown University softball team. She has brought unwavering energy, dedication and work ethic from her standout career to her current role as Senior Associate for Headfirst’s Professional (Major League Baseball) Camps. Elyse grew up in New York as the younger sister of Joey Graziano, initially joining our team as a Camp & Safety Coordinator for our New York Yankees Camps. She has filled multiple roles at Headfirst and now manages the operations and curricula for all of Headfirst’s Professional Camps.
College Davidson College
Experience Former Player, Davidson College
Assistant Coach, University of Richmond
A four-year letterman and contributor at Davidson College, Mike brings a unique background of both playing and coaching experience to our Headfirst team as the Associate of Honor Roll Camps. Mike finished his college career 5th all-time in career saves at Davidson, and as the closer for the winningest team in Davidson history (a record broken this past season by the class of 2017). After his playing career, Mike transitioned into college coaching, first as the Director of Baseball Ops for a VCU team that went on to reach the Super Regional of the NCAA Tournament in 2015, and then as an Assistant Coach at the University of Richmond in 2016. Mike is an Honor Roll alumni, joining our team in full-time in December, while he pursues his MBA at George Washington with a concentration in Sports Management.
College Lafayette College, Summa Cum Laude, ‘15
Academic All-Patriot League Team, ’14 & ‘15
Patriot League Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, ‘14
First Team All-Patriot League, ‘14
High School Hayfield Secondary School (Alexandria, VA), ‘11
First Team All-National District, ‘10
National District Pitcher of the Year, ‘11
Experience Former Headfirst Honor Roll Camper
Former Headfirst Gamer
Cory was a four-year relief pitcher and two-year captain at Lafayette College in the Patriot League. In addition to his Patriot League accolades, Cory was chosen as a Baseball Senior Class Award Candidate and Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient by the NCAA. Cory’s relationship with Headfirst began in high school when he attended Honor Roll Camp and played for Headfirst’s travel organization, the Gamers. Cory started working for Headfirst immediately after graduation in the Summer of 2015 as a Leadership Fellow and now works across all the company’s divisions as an Associate of Operations.
Current Head Baseball Coach & Mathematics Teacher, Rocklin High School
Former Associate Scout, Cleveland Indians
Role at Honor Roll Camp Roving Instructor
Honor Roll Camps Attended 16
Favorite 10 Minutes of Honor Roll Camp During the Offensive Showcase, when I get to do some teaching.
Best Piece of Advice to Ballplayer Preparing for First Honor Roll Camp Have fun.
Current Head Baseball Coach, Gonzaga College High School (DC), Director, Bradley Baseball Academy
Former Player, West Virginia U., Montgomery College, Prince George’s CC
Role at Honor Roll Camp Field/Game Coordinator
Honor Roll Camps Attended 27
Favorite 10 Minutes of Honor Roll Camp Right after the showcase on the first day, when the players begin to relax and get to know one another. It is great to see those bonds being formed over such a short period of time.
Best Piece of Advice to Ballplayer Preparing for First Honor Roll Camp Not a single camper in the history of Honor Roll Camp has ever had a flawless two days. If you make a mistake or something doesn’t go your way, don’t dwell on it. Move onto the next moment.
Current Head Softball Coach Cerritos College
Former Player, Cal Poly Pomona, Golden West College
All-West Region honors, 1983 ASA All-American honors, 1984
Role at Honor Roll Camp Roving Instructor
Honor Roll Camps Attended 3
Favorite 10 Minutes of Honor Roll Camp Meeting the campers as they come in to the facility.
Best Piece of Advice to Ballplayer Preparing for First Honor Roll Camp Every member of the Honor Roll staff is there to help you, ask questions, talk to your coaches and have fun.
Current Owner, All-Star Performance & Director, St. Louis Gamers
Former 17-Year Professional Career, parts of 10 seasons in MLB (Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays)
Role at Honor Roll Camp Pitching Coordinator
Honor Roll Camps Attended 60+
Favorite 10 Minutes of Honor Roll Camp Sometime on Day 2 after the pitching rotations are set when I get to spend time in the bullpen teaching and working with individual pitchers, and sharing experiences with the guys.
Best Piece of Advice to Ballplayer Preparing for First Honor Roll Camp Make the most of every minute and opportunity because someone is watching even when you think no one is.
Current President in a WOSB - Emergency Consulting and Preparedness services
Former Player, University of Virginia
Role at Honor Roll Camp Defensive and Offensive Showcase
Favorite 10 Minutes of Honor Roll Camp It’s not 10 minutes, but it’s watching the girls get to interact with college coaches. The excitement and awe that they have working with them on the field, being coached by them, performing under pressure… something I wish every prospect could experience before selecting a school.
Best Piece of Advice to Ballplayer Preparing for First Honor Roll Camp Pick a school that you would want to attend, even if you couldn’t play ball. It’ll motivate you to perform in athletics AND academics. Pick a coach that you would follow into a burning building, they will get more out of you than you ever thought possible.
Current Head Baseball Coach, North Lake College
Former Player, UNC-Asheville, North Lake College
Role at Honor Roll Camp Showcase Fungo, Batting Practice Pitcher, and Game Coordinator
Honor Roll Camps Attended 50+
Favorite 10 Minutes of Honor Roll Camp The five minutes before camp starts, and any 5 minutes after the first round of games. Seeing nervousness and uncertainty turn to relaxation and the realization of the opportunities in front of them is priceless!
Best Piece of Advice to Ballplayer Preparing for First Honor Roll Camp Enjoy the moment and focus on ‘controlling the controllables.’ The rest will take care of itself.
Current Middle School Director, St. John’s Prep School
Former Player, Harvard University; Bullpen Catcher, Boston Red Sox
Coach, Amherst College & Georgetown University, St. Albans School, Major League Baseball International
Role at Honor Roll Camp Coach, Batting Practice Thrower, Pitching Coordination
Honor Roll Camps Attended 46
Favorite 10 Minutes of Honor Roll Camp Getting to the field early and watching the sunrise over an outfield fence.
Best Piece of Advice to Ballplayer Preparing for First Honor Roll Camp Play with visible joy and make eye contact.
Current Director of Baseball & Softball Travel Teams, ProSwing Athletic Facility
Former Coach, Regis High School, New York City
Role at Honor Roll Camp Game Coordinator
Honor Roll Camps Attended 14
Favorite 10 Minutes of Honor Roll Camp Game 3 pregame. Two games in the books, two more to go, and a bunch of relaxed, hungry ballplayers ready to get after it.
Best Piece of Advice to Ballplayer Preparing for First Honor Roll Camp Take a deep breath, give maximum effort and enjoy the experience!
Current Director of Upper School Admission, Maret School
Former Player, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim System
Role at Honor Roll Camp Game Coordinator
Honor Roll Camps Attended 19 (including 1 as a player)
Favorite 10 Minutes of Honor Roll Camp Leading the whole camp through stretching on the morning of Day 1. It often starts out as a pretty tense moment, but by the end my goal is that the student-athletes realize the tremendous opportunity that’s in front of them and to find some joy in the process.
Best Piece of Advice to Ballplayer Preparing for First Honor Roll Camp Stay within yourself. A lot of times in baseball when you try to do more you end up with less.
Current Co-Founder Schoolfuel, LLC and Good Gravy, LLC, Life Insurance Agent Symmetry Financial Group
Former Player, Indiana Institute of Technology, Member; Indiana Institute of Technology Hall of Fame
Role at Honor Roll Camp Make player and family experiences awesome!
Honor Roll Camps Attended 34
Favorite 10 Minutes of Honor Roll Camp After the completion of a game and a coach and player get an opportunity to talk one on one with each another. It is great to watch their connection and see a players confidence and demeanor change.
Best Piece of Advice to Ballplayer Preparing for First Honor Roll Camp Respect the game of baseball, trust in your abilities to compete against others, and cherish these days.
Current Assistant Principal, Lawrence High School (Cedarhurst, NY)
Former Player, Saint Michael's College, Colchester, VT 2001-2005
Role at Honor Roll Camp Field Coordinator
Honor Roll Camps Attended 8
Favorite 10 Minutes of Honor Roll Camp 1A) Brendan Sullivan's speech 1B) Day 1 Welcome Line!!!
Best Piece of Advice to Ballplayer Preparing for First Honor Roll Camp Play every pitch, every inning, every at bat as if that moment will be a life changing and memorable experience.