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Recruiting Roadmap

Turn your dream of becoming a college baseball player into a reality.

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Take responsibility for your college search process with the help of the Factory’s Recruiting team

The road to realizing your dream can be complicated.  With so many variables and unknowns, how can you find the college–and the college baseball program–that’s the right fit for you?

Our recruiting experts provide a comprehensive roadmap to help you move from “dream” to “reality”.  Together with our staff and resources, you will learn how to overcome obstacles, navigate difficult turns, and clear up any blind spots on your recruiting journey.

With the Recruiting Roadmap Program, our Academic Specialist, Player Development Specialist, and our Recruiting Specialist will work directly with you.  Together, we will map out your best course, and provide you with the resources you will need, to arrive at your college baseball destination.

You will receive expert advice from our specialists in academics/admissions, player development, and college recruiting.

✆ CALL #1


Academic and Admissions Specialist, Bernadette Bechta

  • High School course selection
  • Developing proper study habits
  • SAT/ACT preparation
  • Rounding out your resume
  • College application preparation

✆ CALL #2


Steven Hardesty – Recruiting Coordinator

  • Honest assessment of your current level of development
  • Resources to make you healthier, stronger, and faster
  • Fundamental, position-specific development
  • Arm care and strengthening programs
  • Understanding what college coaches are looking for
  • Building recruitable video
  • Setting fundamental and athletic development goals
  • Building a season-appropriate development program

✆ CALL #3


Executive Director of College Recruiting, Dan Mooney

  • Building a college list
  • Understanding college recruiting in light of COVID impacts
  • Outreach and promotion
  • Showcases and camps
  • Communicating with college coaches
  • Understanding how scholarships work
  • College visits
  • When and how to make your commitment to a school

Recruitable Video

There is video and there is recruitable video! We help you put together the very best video possible to show you at your best.  This will be a combo of practice and game footage. You will send in game at-bats, practice footage, pitching-in game etc, and our baseball experts review every swing/play and choose only the very best video to accentuate your skill set.

Consulting Hours

In addition to the 3 scheduled phone calls with our specialists you will also get an additional 10 hours of consulting that you can use with any of the 3 above specialists. Need more help with Admissions? Use your extra hours with Bernadatte Bechta, our Academic and Admissions Specialist.  Need a bigger push with college recruiting? Use your hours with Dan Mooney, our Recruiting Specialist.

Recruiting Program Staff:



Dan Mooney – Executive Director of College Recruiting

One of the most sought-after, well-connected college experts in the country, Dan has helped lead Baseball Factory to place more kids in college baseball than anyone else in America. Dan’s knowledge and background with college programs and knowing what it takes to get the attention of a coach is truly unparalleled.

After being drafted by the Chicago Cubs following his senior year at Monsignor Donovan High School in Toms River, NJ, Dan decided to begin his collegiate career as a catcher at Brevard Junior College. He later transferred to the University of Florida where he redshirted for a season, before moving on to NC State University where he was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer. Dan also played for the Harwich Mariners, in the highly-touted Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League. After college, Dan played professionally in the Boston Red Sox organization for three seasons, where he reached Double-A with the organization. Dan has assisted hundreds of players in reaching their goal of playing collegiate baseball and has developed relationships with college coaches across the nation through his career as a player and during his time here at Baseball Factory.


Bernadette Bechta – College Admissions Specialist

Bernadette serves as the main academic contact for all players and parents in the Recruiting Program. With over 20 years of experience as a teacher and advisor at the high school level, Bernadette will provide families with guidance on topics ranging from application essays to financial aid. In addition, Bernadette’s two sons have both gone through the Recruiting Program so she knows the ins and outs of the process from a parent’s perspective.









Steven Hardesty – Recruiting Coordinator

Coach Hardesty comes with an extensive background in college coaching having spent the last 14+ years working at the 4-year College, Junior College and College Development/Scout baseball levels. Hardesty brings with him a high energy, passionate approach to evaluating, scouting, and working with athletes in the college recruiting process. Having built a reputation during his time at the Junior College level and College Development/Scout coaching for advising student-athletes through the college placement/commitment process ranging from the Junior College level to the Power 5 Division 1 level. His network, work ethic, knowledge, and passion creates opportunities for student-athletes to pursue their college goals and has an extensive track record of success.

Hardesty graduated from Ventura High School in Ventura, Ca. After graduation he was a 1-year starter at Ventura College at the California Community College level. He received a scholarship to play at Trinity International University where he was a starter. After an ankle injury during his junior year. Hardesty elected to transfer to Westmont College where he was a 2-year starter and team captain.

Following the completion of his college playing career, Hardesty set out on an extensive career in baseball. Spending one summer coaching in the New York Collegiate League he went on to spend 2 years as the Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Westmont College. He was then offered the opportunity to return to Ventura College and join the staff there. For the next 9 years he served as an Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator/Associate Head Coach for the Pirates baseball program. He then moved on to serve as the Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator for Santa Barbara City College and a year as the Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator for Moorpark College. As well, during his 14+ years in college coaching he served as the Head Coach for the Coastal Cubs College Development/Scout team under the direction of the Chicago Cubs area scout and recently transitioned to the Coastal Dodgers program under the same scout. While also assisting as an Associate Scout for the Chicago Cubs and currently Los Angeles Dodgers.
Hardesty earned his B.A. from Westmont College in Political Science in 2006. After graduation, Steven preceded to earn his M.S.S. degree in Sports Studies (emphasis in Strength and Conditioning) from the United States Sports Academy in 2009. In 2012, he completed his M.S. in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University. Hardesty earned NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification in 2010.


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