Maryland Sports Academy Baseball Camps & Clinics

John Schmidt
Head Baseball Coach Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School 

The 2020 baseball season will be Coach Schmidt’s 11th season as head coach of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons. Through 10 seasons, Schmidt has led the Barons a record of 139-74, with 5 division championships and the Barons first appearance in the Maryland 4A state Semi-Finals since 1989. Last season, the Barons finished out the year 17-6 in county play and advanced to the section finals. Due to the Barons success, Schmidt was named county coach of the year in 2013 and MSABC District 2 coach of the year in 2013 and 2018. Before B-CC, Schmidt was the hitting and first base coach at his alma mater Catholic University, helping them to a second consecutive conference championship and leading the conference in numerous offensive categories.  Prior coaching stints include assisting at Blake HS and Georgetown Prep.  He also coaches with Elite Baseball during the high school off-season, helping with their Maryland showcase teams. 

Coach Schmidt graduated from Catholic University, having been a 4-year starter and all-conference performer at third base and pitcher, and is among the school’s all-time leaders in ERA and hits in a season.  Prior to Catholic, Schmidt was an all-county third baseman and pitcher at Blake HS.  He currently teaches history and serves as assistant athletic director along with his coaching duties at B-CC, and resides in Urbana, MD with his wife and son.

Todd Varesco 
Head Baseball Coach Northwest High School 

Coach Varesco played organized baseball for the Gaithersburg Sports Association. His High School Career consisted of four years on the Varsity Baseballteam at Magruder High School in Montgomery County. He Began his coaching career at GSA coaching 8-10 year olds. In 2003 Coach Varesco entered High School coaching as a Varsity assistant under Matthew Noble. He was an assistant coach for 3 years, then became the Northwest JV coach for the next 5 years. In 2010, Todd Varesco was named the Varsity coach of the Northwest Baseball program.

In the time since, Coach Varesco and his staff have guided the Jaguars program to a 92-48 record. They have won a division title in 2017, two regional titles in 2012 and 2017, and two Maryland 4A State Championships in 2012 and 2017. The Germantown Gazette named Coach Varesco Montgomery County coach of the year in 2012 and was also the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches District 2 Coach of the year. In 2017 Coach Varesco was named the Washington Post All-Metropolitan coach of the year. He also was named as the USA Today Maryland State Coach of the Year in 2017. His passion for baseball, and for teaching the game are extraordinary. He prides himself in running and maintaining one of the top High School baseball programs in the state of Maryland.

Greg Blake
Maryland Sports Academy Director of Baseball
Head Baseball Coach Damascus High School 

Coach Greg is the Varsity Baseball Coach at Damascus High School.  Greg got his coaching career started while he was still in college as an assistant coach for American Legion Post 171 Juniors for two summers. From there he moved onto high school ball becoming the Junior Varsity coach at DHS and then three years later was appointed as the Varsity coach.

In 2015 the Hornets made it to the State Regional Championship game. In 2016 the Hornets returned to the Regional Championship and this time defeated Linganore to win its first Regional Championship since 2002. With the victory the Hornets became 3A West Regional Champs and advanced to the State Semifinals to face heavy favorite Chesapeake (AA) where the Hornets fell short in extra innings.

Greg loves experiencing the development and growth of all the prospective student-athletes achieving their goals which they have strived to accomplish.

Greg is a 2002 graduate of Damascus High School where he was named team MVP as a Junior and Senior. During his senior year the team made it to the State semifinals, two years after DHS won their 2nd state title in 3 years, and at the end of the year was honored as 2nd-team All-Met, 1st-team All-Journal, 1st-team All-Gazette and named to the Senior All-Star game.

After high school Greg went on to attend Towson University where he graduated with a degree in Business Marketing. He currently resides in Urbana with his wife Stephanie Blake who is the Northwest High School volleyball coach and leads our volleyball camps and clinics. They have two daughters.