About Complete Game Academy

Three individuals that all have a shared love for the game of baseball founded complete Game Academy. Collectively, it became a perfect storm for providing young athletes all the tools needed to improve their skills and play and reach their goals.

The owners of Complete Game Academy have covered the spectrum of playing and coaching from instructional to professional.  We all have different abilities and attributes that together make a great team, which is what makes us so successful. The background of the CGA team is what drives us to working with players of all ages and abilities.


Austin Hinkle

FOUNDER/COACH/INSTRUCTOR

Austin Hinkle lives in Mt Joy, PA with his wife Jess and three kids Raegan, Avery, and Caden.  A graduate of Hempfield High School, Austin received 1st Team All-State honors in Pennsylvania after his senior season as a pitcher.  Austin attended Coastal Carolina University where he was drafted to play professional baseball for the Tampa Bay Rays.  He would receive Pitcher of the Week award in 2008 in the South Atlantic League for 4IP, 4 SV, & 11 K’s. He played 3 seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays and finished his professional career in 2010 with the Lancaster Barnstormers.

Austin prides himself on being a student, as well as a teacher of the game. He has been giving private pitching and hitting lessons for over 8 years.  Hard work, dedication, and willingness to learn have helped him achieve his professional status. Austin is eager to educate players and help them achieve their goals of making it to the next level.

 


Keith Daly

FOUNDER/COACH/INSTRUCTOR

Keith is the co-founder of Complete Game Academy.  He is a 2008 graduate from Millersville University with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education.  Keith was a student of the game from a very early age and began coaching while attending High School. During his time at Millersville University, Keith coached Baseball and Basketball at a local Private School and was successful from the start. Keith has always been a successful instructor and leader and is dedicated to continue this leadership with the young athletes at Complete Game Academy.

Before Complete Game Academy, Keith was a manager of a retail sporting goods store for 15 years.  Keith currently lives in Lancaster with his wife, Ali and his two sons, Nolan and Brody.

 


Jordan Higgins

Instructor

Jordan resides in Mount Joy, PA with his wife Kacey. He graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 2014 with a Bachelors Degree in History – Secondary Education. He was a four-year member, and two-year captain of the LVC baseball team at catcher and designated hitter. By the end of his career he had been named First-Team All-Commonwealth Conference, an ECAC All-Star, and received All-Region nods from both D3Baseball.com and the ABCA. After his time at LVC, Jordan went on to teach and coach at Columbia Borough School District. After three years he took a job teaching in Elizabethtown and served two seasons as an assistant before taking over as head coach in the fall of 2019.

Jordan continues to play and has been playing for over twenty years. The last six he has balanced coaching and playing. He is extremely passionate about the game of baseball, and cannot wait to share his knowledge and love for the game with the next generation of players. Jordan could not be happier for the opportunity to join the CGA family, and looks forward to helping all players elevate their game.

 


Brandon Nickel

Instructor/Coach

Brandon resides in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. Brandon graduated high school from Lampeter Strasburg. He was a three year varsity player at Lampeter Strasburg. He graduated in 2015 with under a 1.00 ERA in his high school career. His senior year he was top 10 in the state in strike-outs and ERA. He played for KOA sport in the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League following his senior year of high school. He went on to be the closer, did not allow a run and his team won the Maryland Collegiate League championship. He went on to play at Harford Junior College as a draft prospect. He tore his labrum and his rotator cuff his freshman year at Harford. He rehabbed back and the summer of 2017 he tore his bicep. Brandon rehabbed back and went back to Harford in the spring of 2018. He tore three ligaments in his ankle that winter but managed to come back after missing the first three weeks of the season. He proceeded to be the closer for Harford, having a final stat line of 8 innings, 0 hits, 0 earned runs, 22 strike-outs, and 2 saves. His team won the conference and the region that year. Brandon went on to play at Millersville University in the fall of 2018. He went down to the Florida Baseball Ranch in the summer of 2018 to get ready for the fall season at Millersville. Brandon has been coaching, giving lessons, and running clinics and camps since 2015. He has helped coach 12u, 14u, and 16u teams. He was the head coach of a Rock Sports 15u travel summer team for one year.