About the Hack Shack
...where players have been hitting home runs since 1994
San Antonio's first comprehensive baseball training facility
The San Antonio Hack Shack opened in 1994 as the first all-purpose baseball training facility in the city. The Hack Shack grounds are comprehensive - with outdoor and indoor batting, pitching, and training cages, a full-size playing field, premier-select baseball team, and coaching by some of the nation's most credentialed instructors. We train ballers of all ages - those in little league, high school, college and professional play. The San Antonio Hackers is our very own premier-select baseball team, where professional scouts have drafted over 100 Hackers to both college and professional teams. If you have your eyes on college ball, you will be hard-pressed to find another location in South Texas with more professional scouts - honing their skills, observing the talent, and serving as an example and inspiration to the current group of Hackers.
All of our coaches have played college or professional baseball
The preeminent batting instructor in San Antonio, Ken Pape, headlines the all-star cast of batting, pitching, and fielding coaches. Our premier-select coaches have all played either professional baseball or a minimum of 4 years of college baseball, and thus have complete knowledge of all aspects of the game - and recruiting. With their professional experience, calm demeanor, and thorough knowledge of the game and game management, they provide our students with a competitive advantage unsurpassed in San Antonio and South Texas. Through their leadership, the Hack Shack has developed an unprecedented program that allows us to teach students of any age a consistent and professional knowledge of how the game should be played - and how to get your player to the next level in baseball.
We have the best "game" in the city
The Hack Shack, simply put, is the best baseball program in the city. No other program can boast our staff credentials or recruiting stats. And even more importantly, no one can boast about better kids. We are so proud to have the opportunity to work with your children - the nation's next league hits. These kids work hard and play hard. They amaze us every day. We couldn't do it without you and without them.
Our owners, our tradition
The Hack Shack was founded by Greg Anderson and Jesse Warder, hands-on owners with a true love of the game. Both of their sons grew up through the program and carried with them their fathers' passion. Trey Warder runs our select baseball program and is also a private instructor at the Hack Shack. Bryan Anderson played professional baseball for 7 years with the Cincinnati Reds and now sells ranches in Montana where he also owns his own hunting guide service, the Montana Legends.
In 2016, Greg and Jesse decided it was time to retire. Their sons were too busy with their own careers to take over so they started looking at offers from outside the family, hoping to find someone with the passion for baseball that has ignited Hackers for over 2 decades. The Hack Shack was put up for sale early that year. Over the course of the year, however, Greg and Jesse's hearts grew heavy. They got several "great" offers, but nearly every offer included tearing down their dream. "This is the perfect location for a huge supply house", stated one starry-eyed investor, and "we can have this place razed in a week", from another. During a heavy-hearted discussion Trey stepped in and said "Dad, you just can't do it. We can't do that to these kids and to our coaches. There has to be someone else." And then there was...
Paul Canas grew up with a glove on his hand, competing in the field his entire life. Baseball is just "part of the bloodline", states Paul of the Canas family, and it certainly appears to be. Canas has a host of family members who play ball, including cousin Brandon Sandoval who played at St. Mary's and Texas A&M Kingsville, and nephew Nick Canas who is the starting right-fielder this year at West Texas A&M. And it was Nick, states Paul, Greg, Jesse and Trey, that "made the stars align".
For years, Paul brought Nick to train at the Hack Shack. The summer before Nick was to start playing college ball, the two decided to re-live some old times and spend that last summer at the Hack Shack. It was there, the summer of 2016, that Paul and Trey struck up a conversation and both felt the spark of the Hack Shack come back to life. And this, my friends, is where it begins again...
Where the game begins...
The motto and message of the Hack Shack is "Where the Game Begins." The game begins with passion, an inexplicable spark ignited in so many kids who love the game and dream of more. For some, their dream is to pitch in a little league game. Others dream of making their high school team and then earning a scholarship to play Division 1 college baseball. Still others have a bigger dream - to play professionally. The Hack Shack has been helping players make their dreams come true for years, and we are all so thrilled to see this tradition continue.
It is "Where the Game Begins."
See you at the Hack Shack!
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Quotes & Quips from Memories Past...
The team you won't find sitting in the dug-out...
of the Texas Rangers
Ken was an All-American shortstop for MacArthur High School in San Antonio. He was drafted in the 2nd round by the Milwaukee Brewers but did not sign. He chose to attend the University of Texas where he was "All Southwest Conference" for 3 years and Honorable Mention All-American in 1973. He was drafted again by the Texas Rangers and was in the big leagues for 10 years as a 2nd baseman, coach, manager, and scout. Ken is an experienced softball coach as well as baseball coach.
Note (January 2017): Ken's schedule is filling up fast and unfortunately not open for online scheduling. Please call the Hack Shack at (210) 822-6373 for his current availability or feel free to schedule online now with any of our other incredible pros below.
of the Cincinnati Reds
Mike was an All-Conference high school catcher near Chicago. He then attended Texas Lutheran University in 1975, becoming a 3-year All-Conference/All-District player. He was the 5th player drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1978, where he played professionally for 5 years with the Reds and was an All-Star Catcher in the 1980 Midwest League. He is currently the Head Baseball Coach at San Antonio Christian School.
of the Milwaukee Brewers
oh yeah...and the Cincinnati Reds
Garry is a native of San Antonio and was a 3-time All-District and All-State shortstop at Churchill High School (1973). He attended The University of Texas where he was a 2-time All-Southwest Conference and 2nd Team All-American in 1976. With Garry at 2nd base, Texas won the College World Series in 1975. Garry played professionally with the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds for 4 years. Garry is available for hitting and fielding instruction for both baseball and softball.
University of Mary Hardin Baylor
Chris is a 4-time All-District and 4-time All-State catcher for Rogers High School in Rogers, Texas, where he also lettered in football and basketball. Chris was the starting catcher for Rogers High School when they won the State Championship in 2007. He attended the University of Mary Hardin Baylor where he was a 3- time All-West Conference selection. In 2012, Chris was All-West second team, American Conference batting champion (.429 batting average), and ASC Co-Player of the year.
University of Mary-Hardin Baylor
Cameron was an All-Conference outfielder at Belton High School in Belton, Texas, where he also lettered in football. He was then a three-year starter and two-time All-Conference pitcher for the Baylor University. Cameron was 6-2 as a senior with a 3.13 E.R.A. He threw five complete games his senior year at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, and hit a grand slam as a designated hitter as a freshman! Cameron served as a coach in the Waco Storm program for four seasons.
If you want to know what it takes to get a full ride to college with your pitching arm, Ashley is your go-to. How'd she do it? She'll fill you in on the details, but she played her freshman year of high school right here in San Antonio at Reagan, then moved to Stafford, Virginia's Mountain View. Changing high schools mid-way through is never an easy task, especially on the softball field when most of the girls have played together for years, but Ashley not only had an incredible arm, she also was a phenomenal team player - a key, she says, to creating any success. And successful she was - making 1st-team All-District in both 2008 and 2009, voted High School Player of the Year in 2009, and picked from 50 coaches for the area Coaches Award. Her stats were equally as impressive on the college diamond - making 1st-team All-Conference her junior year (2012) and picked as MVP in her senior year at Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut. Ashley is now the assistant softball coach at SACS.
University of Texas Pan American
Anthony was All-District pitcher his senior year at Madison High School in San Antonio. He won two state summer championships, in '05 and '07, with Capital Park Big League. He played his first year of college ball at Laredo Community College. After a successful year working his way into the starting rotation, he was recruited to play for Cisco College where he assisted them in making the playoffs for the first time in school history. Once his sophomore year ended he was recruited to play Division 1 baseball for the University of Texas Pan American where he finished out his college baseball career. Since graduating with his bachelors in history, Anthony has been coaching and giving private lessons to kids of all ages. Kids and parents alike love his affable personality and patience - giving him a reputation for his ability to connect with kids who may struggle with the mental side of pitching more than the physical.