Established in 2019, Texas Dawgs Baseball, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in Katy, Texas. The Dawgs had early beginnings as an All-Star team back in 2017. With great leadership and coaching the Dawgs are focused on the future of building a dynamic organization built around consistency and transparency.
The Texas Dawgs welcome all players in Katy, Fulshear, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Sugar Land, West Houston and anywhere in between. Interested in trying out for the Dawgs or possibly interested in coaching? Contact us now!
Founder / President and Chairman of the Board
Rob Kerrigan is a Founder and will serve as the President and Chairman of the Board of Texas Dawgs Baseball, Inc. Rob and his family have called the Houston area, specifically Katy, home since 2007 after relocating from Pennsylvania. Like the other founding members, Rob grew up playing competitive athletics, including football and baseball through high school.
During his time in college and law school, as a form of community service, Rob volunteered to coach several youth baseball teams. He has also coached select baseball teams in Katy.
In starting up the Dawgs, Rob is focused on creating and developing an organization that will always be mindful of its core mission to maximize the development of its players on and off the field.
The impetus for starting the Dawgs came from a strong desire to create something different for the players and their families and to build not only strong baseball players but also great young men.
Rob has seen other organizations focus principally on making money, which leads to adding too many kids who cannot be successful and developed on the field. He has also witnessed organizations that only focus on winning which limits character development. In both cases, there is little consideration given to the quality of the players and families involved.
The Dawgs organization, based on its charity status, will not seek to be an organization driven by profit. Therefore, talent will not be watered down. Additionally, the organization will also require significant personal development which will prevent a winning at all costs focus.
In his professional career, as a Senior Vice President, HR and Administration for a Fortune 50 energy company, Rob has seen first-hand the benefits of employees who have a competitive athletic background and have truly been developed with the best athletics has to offer in terms of character, teamwork, work ethic and determination.
With the Dawgs, Rob will be primarily responsible for setting the culture of the organization and ensuring clear, open and transparent communication to the players and the families. Rob will also be heavily involved with the off-field development of the players, including the Dawgs community service activities.
Founder / Vice President / Coach
Coach Brett is from the Atlanta, GA area and has called Katy, TX his home since 1999.
Brett’s early childhood was spent at Lithia Springs Pony Baseball where he made the All-Stars from 1979 - 1986, played 2nd/ss.
Brett continued playing summer league invitation baseball through high school.
In his senior year of high school Brett was offered a junior college baseball scholarship in Alabama, but decided to focus on academics at a larger university.
Since college, Brett has coached baseball for 6+ years. Brett’s on-field coaching goals are tied into creating solid fundamentals. We want our players to grow in a positive and structured environment. We want to create great ball players, but above all we want to create great teammates and leaders!
Founder / Director of Baseball Operations / Coach
Robbie Deanda was born and raised in the Greater Houston area where he played baseball and football at Klein Forest High School.
Coach Deanda went on to play collegiate football at Texas Lutheran University. Upon completion of his playing career, Robbie spent 2 years as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist doing private training.
In 2006 he started Texas High School coaching. Over the next 10 years he coached baseball, football, wrestling and power lifting at the 5A/6A level.
In 2010, Robbie also worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Texas Southern University. During his season at Texas Southern, the football program won the SWAC title.
Throughout his career, Coach Deanda has developed talent and character in young men of all ages. He was able to help many young men attain college scholarships in different sports.
With his background as an athlete and as a coach, Robbie has a well-developed ability to train young men and their coaches to strive for excellence.
Founder / Creative Guru / Coach
Coach Jeremy is from the Washington D.C. area and has called Katy his home since 2007. Jeremy played competitive baseball at various levels including Little League All-Stars, AAU travel baseball, prep all-stars, American Legion, high school and college baseball.
In his Junior year at West Springfield High School his team finished as District, Region and State Champions. In that season, his team defeated eventual state champions from Maryland, Kentucky and Georgia. His team finished ranked #1 in the D.C. Metro area by The Washington Post and finished ranked #13 nationally by the USA Today. Jeremy played 2b/ss for his state championship squad.
During his Senior season, Jeremy’s team began the season ranked #18 nationally in the USA Today, and while they were not as successful as in the prior season the team finished 2nd in the region and top 5 in the state. Jeremy was an honorable mention 2b All-District and tied for the top 2b fielding percentage in the state. Jeremy also won the Ned Hertberg Spartan Award for the best work ethic, attitude and hustle.
Jeremy’s college days were spent at Virginia Tech where he played NCAA Division I baseball for a portion of his time and for the Hokies in the NCBA (National Club Baseball Association).
As a Freshman Jeremy played ss for the Virginia Tech Hokies club baseball team in their inaugural year.
As a Sophomore he was a fall walk-on for the Virginia Tech Hokies NCAA Division I baseball program. Jeremy played 3b and led the team in batting average and runs batted in during the Hokie World Series and intersquad games.
Jeremy finished his college years playing ss for the Virginia Tech Hokies club baseball team as a player and coach. In his final year he led the team in batting average, home runs and runs batted in while earning the MVP for “The Best Overall Year”.
Since college, Jeremy has coached baseball for 7+ years including 3 seasons coaching select baseball. Jeremy has played just about every position at various levels under great coaching and aims to pass that knowledge on to any ballplayer he works with.
Coach Jeremy’s on-field coaching goals are the backbone of being a Dawg. Have a great attitude, be tough and always be hustling. Give your best and we’ll grow your baseball IQ and confidence so you can let it rip on weekends. Go out there and play with a purpose on every play.
Coach Nick Babineaux was born and raised in Lafayette, LA and has just recently become a resident of Katy, TX.
Growing up, Nick played baseball, football, and basketball. In 2009 Nick was a player on a USSSA select baseball team known as TROOP Baseball Pride. That year, Nick and his team finished with a 25-9 record and held the number one ranking in Louisiana and were ranked sixth in the nation.
Nick attended high school at Westminster Christian Academy in Opelousas, LA and in 2012 he earned his spot on the varsity baseball team in his sophomore year. Nick had a great high school career earning All-District honors in both his junior and senior years.
Nick went on to play four years of college baseball at Texas College. During his time at Texas College, Nick was a sort of utility knife for the Steers playing each infield and outfield position over his career before finishing as an outfielder in his senior year. Sadly, Nick’s senior year was cut short by Covid-19. Even with the pandemic, Nick ended the season tied for the best fielding percentage in the nation among NAIA schools and also ranked fourth in the NAIA in stolen bases.
Nick also excelled in the classroom at Texas College earning a bachelor’s degree in Biology and finishing as the Salutatorian of his class with a cumulative 3.9 GPA. Nick plans to use his degree to pursue a career in the medical field.
Coach Nick joins the Dawgs with a desire to pass on what he has learned and to continue his love affair with baseball. Nick plans to impart some of his traits to the Dawgs players. Nick wants the Dawgs to always let their play on the field do the talking and to learn that leading by example speaks volumes. Coach Nick is a firm believer that hard work and dedication can help you achieve any goal you set for yourself.
Nick is hopeful his baseball credentials, his love for the game, and his youthful energy and understanding, will be great assets to Dawgs players and the organization. Nick will focus on teaching the Dawgs players the fundamentals of the game and, most importantly, reminding them to always HAVE FUN.
Off the field, Nick spends a lot of time hanging with his friends and family, his girlfriend, Haley and his golden retriever, Baxter. In fact, Nick is thrilled to report he and his girlfriend are expecting their own little puppy dawg in December.
Tyler Josefsen was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved around a lot before settling in Katy, Texas in 2007. Tyler attended Seven Lakes High School and recently graduated from Sam Houston State University as a double major with bachelor's degrees in English and Sports Journalism and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Literature.
From 2010-2013 Tyler coached a team in Katy that recently had multiple players sign to play college baseball. He brings an ability to coach any position with a skilled background in pitching, hitting, and infield instruction.
Tyler played multiple levels of competitive baseball growing up from select baseball to premier before an elbow injury ended his career near the end of high school. He grew up playing for some of the top organizations in the greater Houston area and has first hand experience in developing players for the high school and college level.
While player development and becoming better all-around athletes are at the core of Tyler's goals as a coach, he also sees value in forging relationships on and off the field and creating a team atmosphere that helps his players grow into better people overall.
Understanding the game of baseball and having an ability to accept failure are just as important as good fundamentals and effective conditioning. Coach Tyler regularly implements drills that focus on creating good habits that will benefit players for the rest of their careers.
Tyler is a firm believer that talent can be developed, but heart and hustle are natural qualities that go a long way. 110% effort is Coach Tyler's main expectation of his players.
Coach Mike Ruderman comes to the Texas Dawgs with 18 years of select/travel ball coaching experience. In addition, Coach Mike has worked on multiple occasions with the Katy High School baseball coaching staff on their yearly summer program.
Coach Mike and his family have been a part of the Katy High School community for a number of years. Mike’s step-son played for and graduated from Katy in 2013. His daughter graduated from Katy High in 2010 as an all-state catcher in softball and went on to receive a full scholarship to UTSA in San Antonio. Currently, his son Reese is beginning his sophomore year at Katy where he is also part of the baseball program.
In teaching his players, Coach Mike believes with the right coaching and playing with Heart and Hustle that the sky is the limit for what a young man can do. On and off the field, Coach Mike’s drive to create a group of players that focus on Hard Work, Heart and Hustle is self-evident. It is his philosophy to empower his players to reach their goals not just in baseball but in life.
Dylon Simmons was born and raised in the Houston area. Coach Dylon graduated from Katy Taylor High School and Sam Houston State University. His undergraduate degree from Sam Houston State was a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.
After a few years in the legal field, Coach Dylon switched careers to become a Special Education Teacher at Katy High School.
Growing up, Coach Dylon loved the game of baseball and played for a number of different organizations at the top levels of travel baseball in Texas. In high school, Dylon was a part of Katy Taylor’s baseball team, but his high school career was cut short by Tommy John surgery after his sophomore year. He still continued his to be part of the team during practices and games, observing all the aspects of the field and becoming more knowledgeable of the logistics.
While at Sam Houston State, Dylon played club baseball for the NCBA (National Club Baseball Association) as a pitcher and first baseman.
Coach Dylon is excited to become a part of the Dawg’s family and is eager to pass on his knowledge and love of baseball to the next generation. While Dylon understands the game from all aspects, he has a special focus on the development of pitchers and corner infielders.
Coach Dylon will work on teaching his players fundamentals and providing a deeper understanding of the game. He will also focus on developing a love for the game and having fun. His message to his players will be that: no one is perfect, but everyone can give their best effort in everything they do on and off the field.