Our Staff

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Ray Atkinson
Founder and President

 Ray Atkinson is the Founder and President of the Northwest Bandits Baseball Club established in 2006. Ray attended Rick’s College in Idaho as a freshman where he then transferred to Lewis & Clark State College and started as a third baseman. He played in the NAIA World Series in 1986 and played in and won the NAIA World Series Championship in 1987. He was named All-League and All-Region Third Baseman as a junior and senior at LCSC.

For over two decades Ray has provided an outstanding environment for young men and women to sharpen their skills on and off the field. Continuing to adapt to a new generation of athletes while keeping the old school values that instill hard work and a willingness to compete.


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Cody Atkinson
Head Instructor College Placement Advisor

Cody is currently an Assistant Coach at West Virginia University. Cody also acts as the Head College Placement Advisor for the organization. Cody played football and baseball at Bothell High School, graduating in 2007. He played college football for one year at Occidental College before playing baseball at Everett Community College for two seasons, Centenary College of Louisiana for one season and Corban University for one season. In 2012, Cody began teaching mentality classes through the Atkinson Baseball Academy.

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Kawika Emsley-Pai
Head Instructor Head Coach

Kawika was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 10th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft from Lewis-Clark State College (Lewiston, ID). For additional instruction please contact Kawika Emsley-Pai.

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Sam Lee
Catching Instructor Head Coach – 15u Blue

Sam Lee is currently the Head Coach for the 14u Blue team for the 2016 season. Sam Lee graduated from Bothell High School where he was part of the State Championship team of 2011. For catching instruction please contact Sam Lee.

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Curt Nelson
Head Instructor Head Coach – 18u Bandits Showcase

Curt is currently the Head coach of the 18u Showcase team for the 2016 season and is a coach for the 12u Bandits until a coach is named. Curt is also a Hitting Instructor at Atkinson Baseball Academy in Kirkland.

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Chris Pinder
Pitching Instructor Head Coach – 14u Lady Bandits

 Chris is currently the head coach of the 14u Lady Bandits for the 2016 season. Chris was drafted in 1992 by the San Francisco Giants as a pitcher. Chris currently is providing pitching instruction and Arm Care Training at Atkinson Baseball Academy.

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Griffin Sweazey
Head Coach – 18u Bandits Elite

Griff is currently the Head coach for the 18u Elite team for the 2016 season. Griff graduated from Shorecrest High School in 2006 where he was a four year varsity baseball player. He played two years at shoreline CC and 2 years at Jamestown College where he won three 1st team all conf awards. More recently, Griffin played/won international championship at Prague’s baseball week tournament in 2010

He graduated from Jamestown college in 2012 where he majored in physical education and health & fitness administration. He currently works as a sports fittness specialist at Absolute Fitness & Sports Performance.

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Atkinson Baseball Academy

11251 – 120th Avenue NE
Kirkland, Washington 98033