Fuel Baseball was founded by Luke Tendler, retired professional outfielder and former North Carolina A&T State University player. After returning home to Wilmington, Luke recognized the need for a greater standard of baseball training to better prepare our local talent to play at the highest levels of competition. Luke is bringing together a top-notch team of coaches, trainers and former players to provide hitting, pitching and fielding programs for youth and collegiate players looking to get to the next level.

Luke Tendler 
Associate Scout with the Texas Rangers

Professional - Texas Rangers (2014-2017) and Boston Red Sox (2017-2020)
  • MILB organizational All Star 2016 Rangers
  • MILB Mid season All Star 2014 and 2015 Rangers
  • 2x Minor League champions
  • Rule 5 draft pick by the Boston Red Sox
College - NC A&T State University
  • 4x All Conference
  • 3x Preseason Player of the Year
  • 2x Pre season All American
  • 2x All American
  • Freshman Male Athlete of the Year
  • Senior Male Athlete of the Year
  • Male Athlete of the Year
  • Hall of Fame award
  • 29th round draft pick by the Texas Rangers
High School - EA Laney High School
  • 2 year varsity letter award winner
  • 2x All Conference
  • 1st Team All State 2010
  • 1st Team All Area 2010
  • 2010 4A State Championship
  • School record holder for batting average in a season (.541), home runs in a season (9), career home runs (12), total hits in a season (64), RBIs in a season (38)

David Newcomer

David Newcomer is a native of High Point, North Carolina who has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Division II Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina. During his coaching stint he worked with hitters and infielders mainly while assisting with outfielders as well as the recruiting duties.

A 2017 graduate from Lenoir-Rhyne with a double major in marketing and sports management, he was also a four year starter as a player. While serving as an assistant he also graduated with his MBA.

David spent the summer of 2018 and 2019 as the manager of the Mooresville Spinners in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League. During his two year stint as manager, the Spinners compiled a 68-29. In his first year as manager, the team captured the league championship with a 37-14 overall record.

As a player David started in 184 games for Lenoir-Rhyne’s baseball program with a career batting average of .300 during his four years. During his senior year he posted his best season with a .335 average where he also finished with 18 doubles which was good enough to be in the top 50 in the nation. Over the course of his career David would finish with 193 hits, 104 runs scored, and 125 RBI’s

Throughout his playing and coaching career, David has been able to meet many people across all divisions which will be helpful to young players who look to obtain their lifelong dream of playing baseball and developing them into a player that can obtain those goals.

Jake Hamby CPT , NSCA, CSCS
Strength and Conditioning

Jake is originally from the Cleveland, Ohio area. He went to high school at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin High School and played both basketball & baseball. He was recruited by Lenoir Community College to play baseball but ultimately transferred to UNCW.

Growing up an athlete and having the opportunity to play college baseball led Jake into the Exercise Science department at UNCW which is when he began to consider a career in Sports Performance Enhancement and Strength & Conditioning. In January 2016, Jake accepted an internship at Bommarito Performance Systems in Miami, FL. At BPS, he had the chance to work with Major League Baseball, National Football League, and College Football Athletes getting ready for the NFL Draft. In August 2016 Jake passed the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

After passing his CSCS exam Jake worked at Peak Athletics and was a Strength & Conditioning Coach for Cape Fear Community College. In 2018 Jake continued his education at the University of South Florida. While in graduate school he interned with the Toronto Blue Jays, East Carolina University, and the University of South Florida. Upon graduating in December 2019 Jake accepted a Strength and Conditioning Coach position with the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, FL.

He is back in Wilmington while he waits for the season to resume, and in the meantime he is excited to be working with Fuel Baseball!

MS in Exercise Science: USF, 2019
BS in Exercise Science: UNCW, 2017

National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Bommarito Performance Systems (BPS) Level 1 Coach
Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Level 1
Adult First Aid, CPR/AED

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