Our Staff

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Ray Atkinson
Founder and President

Ray Atkinson is the Founder and President of the Northwest Bandits Baseball Club established in 2006. Ray attended Rick’s College in Idaho as a freshman where he then transferred to Lewis & Clark State College and started as a third baseman. He played in the NAIA World Series in 1986 and played in and won the NAIA World Series Championship in 1987. He was named All-League and All-Region Third Baseman as a junior and senior at LCSC.

For over two decades Ray has provided an outstanding environment for young men and women to sharpen their skills on and off the field. Continuing to adapt to a new generation of athletes while keeping the old school values that instill hard work and a willingness to compete.

Ray has been named the Head Coach of Lincoln HS for the 2020 Season.


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Tyler Atkinson
Head Pitching Instructor

Tyler is in his 10th year with the NW Bandits and is currently the Head Pitching Instructor for all Bandit teams.

Baseball Career:

Yakima Valley Community College

Edmonds Community College

Corban University

Coaching Career:

Director of Baseball Operations and Player Development – University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

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Nick Bowersock
Head Coach – 14u Bandits Everett Community College
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Aaron Hatch
Head Coach – 15u Bandits Winston-Salem State University

Aaron Hatch is the Head Coach of the 15u Bandits as well as a Pitching Instructors at Atkinson Baseball Academy. Aaron is currently coaching at Monroe HS.

Baseball Career:

Winston-Salem State University

Everett Community College


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Chris Lynch
Head Coach – 16u Bandits

Chris Lynch is the Head Coach of the 16u Bandits. Chris also provides Strength and Fitness Instruction at Atkinson Baseball Academy.

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Curt Nelson
Hitting Instructor Head Coach – 18u Bandits

Curt Nelson is the Head Coach of the 18u Bandits as well as a Hitting Instructor at Atkinson Baseball Academy.

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Atkinson Baseball Academy

11251 – 120th Avenue NE
Kirkland, Washington 98033