Staff
Head Coach
Hank Banner

Veteran coach and UVa-Wise alumnus Hank Banner will enter his 21st season at the helm of the College’s baseball program in 2017. A year ago, Banner guided the Cavaliers to 20 victories for the first time since 2012 while also claiming his 400th career coaching victory during the season.

A member of the 1989 and 1990 conference championship teams as a player, Banner’s 402 wins are the most by any coach in school history, regardless of sport.

During Banner’s tenure, the Cavaliers have advanced to regional play on three occasions, including posting a pair of third place finishes. The coach led UVa-Wise to its third conference championship in 2011 when the team won the Mid-South Eastern Division crown.

UVa-Wise has claimed at least 20 wins in seven of the last 10 seasons and has posted two 30 win seasons during that stretch.

A staple of the program, Banner either coached or played in all five regional appearances by the program. His 2007 and 2008 clubs went to back-to-back regional tournaments marking the first time the program has accomplished feat since the 1989 and 1990 squads.

Under Banner’s direction, student-athletes have set 33 career school records while also establishing 35 single-season school records.

A 1992 graduate of the College, the Castlewood native resides in his hometown with his wife Bridgette and daughter Brooke.

Pitching Coach
Doug Bates

Doug Bates will enter his 13th season as the pitching coach at UVa-Wise this spring. The former standout hurler at J.J. Kelly High School brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the coaching staff. A 13th round selection in the 1983 Major League Baseball Draft, Bates spent time in the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals organizations.

A year ago, Bates' pitchers posted a 4.12 ERA in conference games while also fanning 99 hitters. Freshman Steven Klaiber posted one of the premier inagurual campaigns in program history under the direction of Bates in 2013 as he posted a 2.68 ERA while striking out 40 batters.

The veteran pitching coach and his wife, Tammy live in Wise, Virginia. The couple has two grown children, Brandon and Brianna along with one grandchild, Hannah.

Recruting Coordinator
Brandon Costa

Brandon Costa is in second season as the recruiting coordinator and hitting instructor for the Cavaliers. In his first season with the program, UVa-Wise posted a .500 record in league play for the first time since joining NCAA Division II while the team posted an improvement in batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage from the previous season.

The coach came to UVa-Wise after most recently serving as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Radford University where he helped the Highlanders to the Big South Tournament Championship in 2017.

A native of North Wales, Pa., Costa was part of the 2013 Concord University team that set a school record for wins with 36. That year, the catcher aided Concord to the regular season Mountain East Conference crown.

He began his coaching career in 2014 where he served as the Head Coach of the CrabFest All-American 11U squad before becoming a catching coach and camp coordinator at Concord University.

Costa then moved on to the University of Charleston where he served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and assistant coach before his stint at Radford.

Costa obtained a bachelor’s degree in recreation and tourism management before adding a master’s degree in strategic leadership from the University of Charleston.