Crackerjacks Baseball 
​​Coach Holcomb
aka "Coach Bob"
Youth baseball instruction should not be equated too closely with pro ball. There are important implications of attention span, physiological and psycho-social development, field and rule differences, and playing purely “for the love of the game” which all combine to make teaching kids a totally unique and specialized venture.
I began coaching kids' baseball teams in 1979. I immediately got hooked and didn’t look back until 2015, when I decided to leave the team format to become a personal coach! 
Right from the start I had passion,  love of the game,  affinity for childhood and kids, knowledge of the rules, and competitive fair mindedness. But only through comprehensive study and many seasons of hands-on experience could I discover how children learn the game, how they’re motivated, what they’re capable of…. and how I could be effective in teaching them.
My development as a coach began to blossom in 1990, when I first attended the Little League World Series. For years I was a regular presence in Williamsport, learning from watching the teams practice and appreciating what made them winners. Much of my current methodology came from those years of watching and appreciating what brought others such success.
My baseball resume includes 35 years as a Little League Head Coach/Manager (as well as two years of Junior Babe Ruth and one year of High School baseball - DSA, as an Assistant).  In Little League, I managed 50+ teams, including 4 District Champions, with two finishing 2nd and 3rd in State competition. For years I maintained Coaching Certification through Doyle Baseball Academy and attended numerous clinics through UNC-Charlotte, Duke University, Grand Slam USA, Sparky Anderson, Tommy Lasorda and Grady Little, to name a few. I earned a Master's Degree in Human Development and Learning (MHDL) from UNCC and retired in 2008 from a career in Counseling and Human Services (Vocational Rehabilitation Services).
As your player’s personal coach, I’m interested in his or her holistic development on the baseball field.  By helping to establish and build upon a foundation, by making learning fun and imaginative, by believing whole heartedly in the potential of every student, and by challenging players to raise the bar at a healthy rate, I can motivate learning and enhance their functional relationship with the game.
Thank you for your interest in having a Crackerjacks personal coach for your baseball player!

Photography by Christine Prisk

Coach Mylott
aka "Coach Frankie"​​

Crackerjacks Baseball brought Frankie Mylott onboard during the 2016 baseball season. Coach Mylott and Coach Holcomb have coached Little League Baseball tog​ether for years and have developed a complementary approach to teaching young baseball players the game.  Frankie is no longer conducting individual lessons through Cjax; however, he will continue to participate in our specialty clinics.

Frankie Mylott's reputation throughout South Durham and Bull City Little Leagues is impeccible. He is well known for being the primary batting coach for successful all-star teams in both leagues. In 2014 in Wilson, NC, Coach Mylott lead South Durham's 11-12 District Champions in breaking multiple tournament batting records at Southern Bank Stadium.  Those records included Most  runs scored in a game (26), Most home runs hit in one inning by one team (8),  Most hits in one inning by a team (18), among many other Southern Bank Stadium records.

Coach Mylott brings new services and locations to Crackerjacks Baseball and expands upon our capability for providing team and league clinics.  This is another step in our quest to promote and improve upon the youth baseball scene in and around Durham.

 "My playing experience began in Puerto Rico, and then it translated into coaching youth baseball in North Carolina and Indiana. I have 20+ years of coaching experience. I’ve assisted DSA High school practices, managed and assisted Travel Ball Divisions in NC and IN, and coached and managed Double A, Triple A, Major League and Junior League at Bull City (previously known as North Durham) Little League and South Durham Little League (AAA and Majors). At the Little League and Junior League levels, I’ve managed and assisted All-Star teams that competed at District and State levels. I have attended multiple clinics and training sessions conducted by Doyle, Duke University baseball and Hamilton South Eastern Association in Indiana."

"I want to provide a fun and positive baseball experience and to teach the finer points of the game. I am interested in developing and enhancing player’s skills and teaching the proper fundamentals of hitting, throwing and fielding. I believe by teaching the proper techniques and fundamentals, my students develop confidence."

"I am committed to providing a positive and instrumental learning experience for baseball players for all ages and skill levels."

"Thank you for your interest in Crackerjacks baseball."

Coach Frankie Mylott

​​Coach Sykes
aka "Coach Chad"

​Chad Sykes joined Crackerjacks Baseball as a Personal Coach in June 2017. Chad provides lessons in pitching and/or hitting from either of 2 lighted and covered cages at his home in Creedmoor.

Chad is the  closer for the UNCG Spartans and is a Bull City Little League alumni. Coach Holcomb had the honor and pleasure of coaching Chad in Little League, where Chad was a stand-out pitcher, shortstop, and hitter. 

Coach Chad  brings an outstanding work ethic, skill base, integrity, and demeanor to Crackerjacks Baseball. His baseball resume is expansive and, as you will see, is most impressive. In Little League alone, 12-year-old Chad Sykes lead his team to Bull City Little League and Mayor's Cup championships. As an 11-year-old, he was a member of only the second Bull City team ever to compete in the Little League World Series Regional Tournament (St. Petersburg, FL).  A third BCLL team participated in the Regional in 2016.

Throughout high school, Chad maintained impeccible academics while also excelling on the diamond. Chad received MVP accolades his last 2 seasons at Voyager Academy, where he was also recognized first-team All-State, first-team All-Conference, and Conference Player of the Year. He also won defensive MVP honors in high school. His defensive excellence and a strong bat and arm also gained him recognition with the Dirtbags Showcase team during his last 2 years in HS.  

In 2016, as a sophmore at UNC-Greensboro, a Division I school in baseball, Chad was named Academic All Southern Conference, while also leading the Spartans in ERA. Other honors included Southern Conference Pitcher of the Month (March 2016) .

Please visit Chad's full Bio by pushing the green button to the left.

Chad Sykes Bio