Baseball Staff

Meet your Hayner Academy/ Sports Barn Baseball Staff

  • Ken Hayner (Co-Owner)

    Specializes in Hitting, Pitching, and Fielding

    • Director and Head Coach of Hayner Academy Barnstormers Travel Baseball Program
    • Head Baseball Coach at Hartwick College 1988 - 1998. Was named Empire Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1993. Received Louisville Slugger Coaching Award in 1994. Led '94 team to NCAA New York Regional Tournament. '92, '94 and '96 teams captured ECAC Upstate New York Championship. 
    • Served as Assistant Coach at Siena College '84, '85, '87 and UMass/Amherst. '86.
    • In 1982 played professionally as a shortstop for the Utica Blue Sox of the New York-Penn League and received NY-Penn League's Achievement Award for development.
    • Former Division I player and graduate of Siena College '82.  
    • Received M.S. in Sport Management from UMass/Amherst in '87.
    • Member of New York State Baseball Hall of Fame, Siena College Sports HOF, Shenendehowa HS Athletic HOF and Albany Twilight League HOF


  • Norm Hayner (Co-Owner)

    Specializes in hitting, pitching, Catching

    • Varsity Baseball Coach at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake H.S. 1995 - 2000. Led Spartans to 1998 Section II Class A title, Region IV title and runner up finish at NY State final four.
    • Former Pitching Coach at UMass/Amherst, Siena College, Skidmore College and Schenectady C.C.
    • Division I catcher and graduate of Siena College ('85).
    • Earned M.S. in Sport Management at UMass/Amherst ('92)
    • Former Player/Manager of Apex Printing in Albany Twilight League, achieving 3 consecutive league championships, 3 NYS AABC Stan Musial Division Titles, 1 AABC North Atlantic Regional Championship and 2 runner ups and a 3rd place finish at the 1989 Stan Musial World Series in Battle Creek, Michigan.
    • Member of the Shenendehowa Central School Athletic Hall of Fame and Albany Twilight League Hall of Fame
  • Dennis Healy

    Specializes in Pitching

    • Dennis was the Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for Wake Forest University from 2010 – 2014.  
    • From 2005 – 2009 Dennis was the Head Baseball Coach at Marist College. Dennis led the 2009 team to the NCAA Division I Regionals.
    • Dennis has also served as assistant coach at George Washington University, University of New Orleans and Cleveland State University.
    • He is a 1996 graduate of George Washington University where he was a standout pitcher and captain of the team. In his senior year Dennis finished with a 7-3 record and his 2.25 ERA was 12th best in the country in NCAA Division I.
    • Dennis earned his master’s degree in Sport Management from Cleveland State University in 1999.
    • Dennis joined the Hayner Academy Staff in 2014.


  • Tim Christman

    Specializes in Pitching and Hitting

    • Christman is a veteran of 10 professional seasons, including a 2001 stint with the Colorado Rockies. 
    • He was an 11th round draft pick of Colorado in the 1996 draft after plaing at Siena during his college career
    • Tim has spent time in 5 different MLB organizations including the Mariners, Marlins, Tigers, Cubs, and Rockies
    • After a 10 year playing career Christman transitioned into coaching where he helped lead The University of Albany to their first ever conference championship. 
    • He has also spent time coaching at The College of Saint Rose and Hartwick College as a pitching coach
    • He has done pitching and hitting lessons for the Sports Barn in the past
  • Ed Dempsey

    Specializes in Hitting, Catching, Pitching, Fielding

    • A 4 year starter and 3 year co-captain at Division I St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. 1983 Team MVP. All conference in 1981 and 1983. ECAC All-Conference 1st team in 1981. Atlantic 10 All-Star in 1983. Career Award Recipient.
    • Member of St. Joseph's University Hall of Fame
    • While at St. Joseph’s was a teammate and catcher for long time major league pitcher Jamie Moyer
    • Played 2 years for Long Island Nationals of Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League.
    • From 1994 - present Ed has coached at various high school and club baseball programs throughout the Capital District including LaSalle Institute, Clifton Park Baseball, EG Devil Cats, Shenendehowa H.S. and South Troy Dodgers
    • Ed specialized in baseball hitting, pitching, catching and fielding
    • Ed joined the Hayner Academy Staff in 2012
  • Will Horan

    Specializes in Hitting, Pitching, and Catching

    • Will has served as assistant baseball coach at Schenectady Community College and assistant varsity baseball coach at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake H.S. Served as head JV coach at Burnt Hills in 2006.
    • Played at Schenectady C.C. in 2002 and 2003. Finished with a .400 career batting average. In 2003 was named 1st Team All-Conference, All Region and 2nd team All-American.
    • 3 year varsity starting catcher for Norm Hayner at BH-BL H.S. 1999-2001. First team Suburban Council All-Star in 1999 and member of Adirondack Region Empire State Games Team in 2000.
    • Attendee of Hayner Academy development program from age 10 through college and is the first ever Academy graduate to join lessons staff, doing so in 2006.
    • Will specializes in baseball hitting, catching and pitching.


  • Mike McFerran

    • Pitched for Division II Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida
    • Graduated in 2016 from Lynn with an MBA in Sport Management
    • Pitched in 2 seasons (2014-2015) with the Glens Falls Dragons of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, Co-Captain 2015, under Jon Matlack of the Mets/Tigers/Astros and Cesar Mejia of the Phillies
    • Pitched 2 seasons (2012-2013) with the Martha's Vineyard Sharks of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League
    • Pitching Coach for Hayner Academy Barnstormers 18U team in 2016
    • Currently the Assistant General Manager and Director of Baseball Operations for the Glens Falls Dragons (PGCBL)
    • Currently an Associate Scout in the Albany area for the Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am Independent League