Meet the Team

Our team is passionate about helping athletes achieve their goals and reach new heights in their sport. After years of learning and playing for some of the most experienced coaches in the area, we decided it was time to give that same level of devlopment to the youth today.

Our experienced coaches have the knowledge and resources to provide high-quality instruction in a variety of sports. Whether you're looking to improve your performance in baseball or softball we have the expertise to help you succeed. Join us and take your game to the next level!

Nate Arnold (Managing Member) - Baseball and Softball Instruction

Nate is a Pittsburg, Kansas native who was forunate enough to be mentored and coached by former Royals players, Mike Macfarlane and Kevin Seitzer. During highschool, Nate played under hall of fame coach, Mike Watt. After College, Nate found his way back to Mac-N-Seitz to work under his previous mentors. 

In 2022, Nate and Landon were inspired to start Next Level Development to continue to provide excellent training and mentorship to today's youth.

2016-2018 Mac-N-Seitz Instructor

2018-2019 Creator/Owner of World Class Sports

2019-2022 Mac-N-Seitz Youth Teams Director 

2023- Present Owner and Managing Memeber of NLD

Playing Career

2011-2013 University of Kansas

2013 Allen CC

2014-2016 Pittsburgh State University

Positions Played

Pitcher, Catcher, INF, OF, Utility

Coach Nate Arnold Coaching

Landon Lucansky (Managing Member)- Baseball and Softball Instruction

Landon collected a number of accolades and awards while playing for Blue Valley High before going on to play collegiately at Missouri, and then Creighton.

It's Landon's passion for the instruction and his ability to teach that make him a standout ... Landon spent countless hours honing his hitting and fielding skills right here in Johnson County, working with some of the best coaches/instructors in the country during his playing career. Now, he's focused on "paying it forward" and helping the next generation of players achieve their dreams ... whether that's playing collegiately or just making their HS team during the upcoming tryouts season.
Landon can help your player make significant improvements in his/her playing performance!
Playing Career
2011-2012 University of Missouri
2012-2015 Creighton University

Ethan Light - (Baseball Coach)

Ethan Light is an accomplished academic and athlete with a deep-rooted passion for youth development and sports industry innovation.


Ethan was born and raised in Pittsburg, KS. He played a multitude of sports including baseball, football, and track. At 12 years old, he was selected for the Midwest USA Baseball NTIS team. From ages 14 to 17, he traveled to Kansas City, further honing his skills and expanding his athletic experiences through various KC Metro baseball clubs. In his last year on the field, Ethan played a pivotal role in the success of the Pittsburg Post 64 Legion baseball team, contributing to their first state championship in over 40 years.

While he received offers to play baseball in college, Ethan decided to prioritize his academic pursuits at Baylor University. He was recently admitted to the Hankamer Business School and is currently pursuing a degree in finance. 

Ethan has a keen interest in the development of youth athletes and enjoys contributing at Next Level Devlopment when he is home from school in the winter and summer months.  Off the field, Ethan has also ventured into entrepreneurship, having formed multiple growing companies. He is driven by the desire to revolutionize and enhance the growing Kansas City metro youth sports industry through the programs and initiatives offered by NLD.

Reagan Marsh (Softball Coach/Instructor)

Reagan began her career in softball much in the same way she continues it: for the love of the game.  She spent seven years playing competitive softball and working toward both personal and team achievements as well as serving as the ace pitcher of the Advanced Fastpitch Academy Scout team.  This afforded her the opportunity to travel to premier showcases throughout the Midwest putting her skills to the test against some of the top players in the region. 

The efforts and the desire paid off and Reagan was provided a scholarship to Kansas City Community College (KCKCC).  Unfortunately, injuries hampered her playing career. Reagan used the oppurtunity however, to jump start her transition to her newest passion.  Reagan worked in support of the KCKCC coaching staff during her time there and built on her strong player base knowledge to now include a better understanding of the game, the administrative aspects, and the philosophies behind them.  KCKCC went on to play for the Division II NJCAA National title in 2022 and despite the disappointment in having lost her playing career, the time spent learning from the experiences were invaluable.

With 2+ years of coaching and instructional experience, Reagan is now focused on helping every girl that dreams of playing competitively and/or collegiately to achieve her goals, and to learn life lessons that will serve her both on and off the field. 

Dakota Smith (Coach/Instructor and Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist)

With an impressive background as a former University of Kansas Starting Outfielder and Pitcher (2012-2015) and Professional Pitcher for the Gateway Grizzlies, New Britain Bees, and Boston Red Sox (2015-2019), Coach Dakota brings a wealth of experience to our organization.
Coach Dakota has proven expertise in mentoring young athletes of all ages and skill levels. Whether you're just starting your baseball journey or aiming to fine-tune your game, Coach Dakota is dedicated to helping you reach your full potential in baseball and athletic training.
Certified as a Performance Enhancement Specialist and Personal Training Certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Coach Dakota provides personalized attention and specialized coaching. With a primary focus on pitching, arm care, and hitting, Coach Dakota will help you refine your techniques and build a strong foundation for success on the field.
But Coach Dakota's mission goes beyond physical skills. Coach Dakota believes that winning extends far beyond the game; it's about instilling essential life skills. Through positive mentorship, Coach Dakota fosters values such as hard work, sportsmanship, teamwork, and respect for the game and others.
Playing Career
College (2011-2015)
University of Kansas
Professional (2015-2019)
Gateway Grizzlies
New Britain Bees
Boston Red Sox

Zach Juliano (Baseball Coach/Instructor)

Zach played his HS career as a two way star at Olathe East. Zach finished his SR year with a .085 ERA and All-State honors. 
After High School Zach went on to pitch at Fort Scott CC for two years. As a sophomore he stepped back into a role as a catcher to help the team. 
Zach earned an offer to play for SUNY Binghamton where he received All conference honors as a relief pitcher. 
After college Zach joined back with Olathe East to coach all levels of the program for four years. Zach worked as the head of pitching and catching, as well as the head coach for the Freshman team. 
Zach will serve as a great resource for all of our athletes.
Playing Career
2007 - 2009 Fort Scott CC
2009- 2011 SUNY Binghamton

Ron Light                                                        ( Baseball Coach/ ABCA Ambassador )

Currently Coach Light is the Head Baseball Coach at Northeast High School, Kansas City, Mo. where he plans practices for the varsity program, evaluates athletes, and ensures compliance with records required by the Missouri High School Athletic Association (MHSAA).

He’s a former Assistant Baseball Coach at San Tan Foothills High School, Queen Creek, Az. He assisted coordination of the high school baseball program for both the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. 

Coach Light is a former 3-year Head Coach with the Complete Game Baseball Club in Olathe, Ks. where he instructed, managed, practice planned the club 15/16-year-old baseball teams.

For 6 years he served as an American Legion Baseball General Manager where he managed all aspects of the fully funded American Legion baseball program including, but not limited to, annual budget, recruitment of coaching staff and players, development of season schedule, and arrangement of lodging and travel.

Coach Light worked as Associate Area Scout for Evolution Metrix (formerly the Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network) where he evaluated, submitted reports on current and projected values on the 5-tool scale of local college and high school baseball talent.

Coach Light is a 10-year member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and member of the newly formed committee to the ABCA Ambassador Program.  He’s also a member of the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association. 

Carsen Tinkler                                              ( Softball Coach/Instructor )

Carsen is from Overland Park, Kansas. She was a three sport athlete at Blue Valley Southwest High School, Playing softball,basketball, and golf. She played her summer ball under Coach Mike Macfarlane. After high school Carsen took her talents to Misouri Southern University to play softball. Carsen is going into her Junior year at Southern. 

Carsen is committed to helping youth athletes on and off the field. She strives to make a positive impact on each athlete to help them grow their skills and knowledge of the game. 

Brooke Shifflett                            (Softball Coach/Instructor)


Brooke played her High School ball at Pleasent Hill in Missouri. She was a 4 year starter for Pleasent Hill. During the summer she played under coach Mike Macfarlane. While refining her skills on the mound she was fortunate enough to recieved a scholorship to continue her talents at Creighton University during her Junior year. She will be going into her sophmore year at Creighton.