Paint splatter accent Former Franchise Closer Chad Cordero Joins Nationals Youth Baseball Academy Staff

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Chad Cordero, the Washington Nationals career saves leader, has joined the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy as a full-time HUSTLE baseball and Nationals Nike RBI coach. In this role, Cordero will coach and mentor young Scholar Athletes through competitive game play to prepare them for the high school level and develop those looking to pursue their careers at the collegiate level and beyond. Celebrating 10 years of community involvement, the Youth Baseball Academy is the signature program of Nationals Philanthropies, the official charitable arm of the Washington Nationals.

Affectionately known to fans as “Chief,” Cordero pitched for the Montreal Expos and Washington Nationals from 2003–2008. He earned the National League Reliever of the Year Award in 2005 and holds the team record (2005-pres.) with 113 career saves. An organizational staple, he was involved in some of the team’s biggest moments, including making an appearance in the team’s first win, earning the team’s first save and earning the save in the team’s first home game, among many other accomplishments. Throughout his playing days and in his post-playing career as a coach, he has continued to advocate for expanding access to the game of baseball, especially among underrepresented groups.

“I am so excited to return to Washington, D.C., a truly special place that holds some of my fondest memories both on and off the field. It feels like coming home,” Cordero said. “It has been my continued mission to make an impact in the community and to grow the game in underserved areas, which Nationals Philanthropies has successfully done now for over a decade. I’m looking forward to coaching the incredible Scholar Athletes at the Academy and helping elevate their talents to the next level.”

The Youth Baseball Academy has delivered 10 years of holistic youth development, academic enrichment, wellness education and youth sports experiences to thousands of school-age children living east of the Anacostia River. Cordero will serve as a coach of the Academy’s HUSTLE and Nationals Nike RBI programs. The HUSTLE program uses competitive baseball and softball experiences to promote character development and an active lifestyle — instilling the values of leadership, accountability, teamwork and the pursuit of excellence. The Nationals Nike RBI charter, which the Academy took on earlier this year, provides a summer baseball experience for high school-aged players that includes training, competition, and community service. Both programs provide free travel baseball and softball experiences to athletes and their families in underserved areas, removing the typical pay-to-play barrier of competitive athletics. Select players from Academy programs and local RBI affiliates represent the Academy throughout a full summer season of competition including trips to MLB tournaments like the Commissioner’s Cup and RBI Regional Tournament.

To learn more about Nationals Philanthropies and the Youth Baseball Academy programming, please visit

About Washington Nationals Philanthropies:
Washington Nationals Philanthropies is the official charitable arm of the Washington Nationals. Its mission is to help children, families, and communities thrive through sports-based youth development and access to healthy food. The organization delivers on this commitment by spurring investment in community-based programs that address the disparity of opportunity for residents of the region. Since 2007, the foundation has issued over $6.8 million in grants to local organizations. Through its signature program, the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, the organization operates year-round youth development and baseball instruction activities, as well as a holistic food access program — supporting the delivery of nearly 1 million meals into the Washington, DC region since 2018. Since 2013, the organization has invested $42 million for facility construction and annual programming through the Academy.