Baseball Staff

Meet your Hayner Academy/ Sports Barn Baseball Staff

  • Ken Hayner (Co-Owner)

    Hitting, Pitching, and Fielding

    • Since 2014, Ken has been the Director of the Hayner Academy Barnstormers Travel Baseball Program.  Ken currently coaches the 16u team.
    • 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 the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame, Siena College Sports HOF, Shenendehowa Athletic HOF and Albany Twilight League HOF.

  • Norm Hayner (Co-Owner)

    Specializes in hitting, pitching, Catching

    • Norm currently coaches the Barnstormers 18u Travel Baseball Team.
    • 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 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.
    • Wake Forest’s Recruiting Class of 2013 was nationally ranked and the Demon Deacons earned bid’s to the ACC Tournament in 2011, 2012 and 2014      
    • From 2005 – 2009 Dennis was the Head Baseball Coach at Marist College.  Dennis led the 2009 team to the MAC Conference Championship and NCAA Division I Regionals.    
    • Dennis has also served as assistant coach at George Washington University, University of New Orleans and Cleveland State University.       
    • Dennis 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.

  • Mike McFerran

    specializes in PITCHING

    • Former Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for Skidmore College
    • Head Coach of Portsmouth Sea Monsters in Tidewater Collegiate Summer League
    • Mike served as pitching coach for Hayner Academy Barnstormers 18u Travel Team in 2016
    • Mike pitched for DII power Lynn University in Boca Raton and graduated in 2016 with an MBA in Sport Management.
    • Was an  Associate Scout  for the Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am                League 2016-2018
  • chris Bradt


    • Chris Bradt is a 2016 graduate of Southern Vermont College.  
    • At SVC, Chris was a pitcher and was named Reliever of the Year in his senior season.  
    • In 2015, Chris pitched for the Glens Falls Dragons in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.  
    • Chris played high school baseball for Shenendehowa and Ballston Spa where he graduated in 2011.  
    • Chris is currently the pitching coach for the Hayner Academy Barnstormers 16u team.  
    • Chris is available immediately for pitching and hitting lessons.
  • Matt Toy

    specializes in hitting, catching and pitching

    • Matt is a 2021 graduate of Union College.
    • Matt captained the 2021 Union Baseball Team and finished the 2021 season with a .415 average with 3 HR and 21 RBI's.  For his efforts Matt was selected to the 2021 All Liberty League 2nd team at catcher.
    • Matt was a Liberty League All-Academic selection in 2019 and 2020.
    • Matt was selected Albany Twilight League First Team All-Star in 2019.
    • Former Captain of Niskayuna High School, winning Section 2 Championship in 2017.
    • Named First Team All Suburban Council Catcher, Times Union Big School First Team, All Region and All State Selection in 2017.
    • Suburban Council Leadership Award recipient in 2017.
    • Played for Hayner Academy Barnstormers in 2016.
  • David Fendrich

    Specilizes in hitting, pitching and fielding

    • David is the head coach of one of our 13u Barnstormers teams
    • David is employed by Troy City School District.  He currently teaches K-5 physical education.
    • At Troy, David serves as an assistant varsity softball coach.
    • David is a graduate of SUNY Brockport.
    • David served as an assistant pitching coach at SUNY Brockport in 2020.  His responsibilities included recruiting and assisting with everyday baseball operations.
    • Before joining us, David started coaching and training athletes when he was 18 years old.  He previously coached in the Taconic Rangers Organization.
    • David is available for hitting, pitching and fielding lessons.
  • Justin Yurchak

    Specializes in baseball hitting, fielding and pitching

    • Justin is entering his 4th season as a professional baseball player in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
    • in 2019, Justin hit .321 with 13 home runs and 46 RBI between the Dodgers' Rookie Advanced level team in Odgen, Utah and its Class A team, Great Lakes, in Michigan. After leading the Pioneer League in both on-base percentage (.496) and OPS (1.194), Yurchak earned his promotion to Great Lakes in mid-July and finished with five home runs and 42 hits in 38 games.
    • Justin was drafted in the 12th round of the 2017 MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox.
    • Justin played his freshman year of college at Wake Forest and was named to the ACC All Freshmen team.
    • Justin transferred to Binghamton University and was named first team all -conference at  Binghamton before being drafted by the White Sox.
    • Justin graduated from Shenendehowa in 2014 and was named to the First Team All New York State Team as a shortstop his senior year.

  • Tanner dunkel

    • Tanner is a 2020 graduate of Wells College majoring in education.
    • Tanner was a 4 year starter at shortstop and third base and co-captain his senior year.
    • Tanner was a Wells College Express Award Winner and finished with 100 career hits even though his senior year was cut short by the COVID shutdown.
    • Tanner is currently the Assistant Coach for the 16u Hayner Academy Barnstormers travel team.
    • Tanner is the Head JV Baseball Coach at Spa Catholic.
    • Tanner is a 2016 graduate of Schuylerville HS.  While there he lettered in 3 varsity sports (football, basketball and baseball)
  • Will Horan

    Specializes in Hitting, Pitching, and Catching

    • Since 2015, Will has served as an instructor in the Hayner Academy Barnstormers Travel Baseball Program.
    • Will 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.

  • Josh Hayner

    specializes in Hitting and fielding

    • Josh Hayner is a 2019 graduate of Messiah College.  
    • At Messiah, Josh was named MAC  - All Conference First Team second baseman his junior year after posting a .393 average and Honorable Mention his senior year after posting a .348 average.  
    • A 2015 graduate of Shenendehowa, Josh was named Suburban Council Second Team All-Star as a junior and Second Team Shortstop as a senior.