Nick Parent is our head instructor at Elite Level Sports Academy. Parent came to the Salt Lake area after serving as a hitting coach with the Salt Lake Bees, of the Los Angeles Angels organization. Parent teaches all aspects of the game, specializing in hitting and catching.
Parent played in the minor leagues with the Chicago White Sox organization. He played mostly first base or catcher; however, he also has experience playing third base and outfield. He is the son of former major leaguer and coach, Mark Parent. Mark played for 13 years in the big leagues. As a result, Nick has grown up around baseball and the way it is supposed to be played at the major league level. Nick has a wide range of knowledge of the game in its entirety, much beyond his years. He is well spoken and has a great ability to communicate with and relate to young players.
- Taylorsville High School - lettered as sophomore and senior- 2nd team all region
- Salt Lake Community College
- 2012 SWAC Champions
- 1st team all region
- 2nd team all conference
- Called in 2013 MLB Draft by Aaron Kraweick of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 18th round. Turned down to attend BYU on scholarship
- BYU - top velocity 96mph
- Coach Taylorsville High School sophomores (2015-2016)
Teaching kids to play the game I love is everything to me. My goal, here at Elite, is to not only make your child a better athlete, but also a more efficient worker in and outside of the classroom. The program I teach is structured to strengthen and mentally prepare your child to compete on and off the mound. In order to COMPETE in a game your child needs to learn how to control, discipline, and strengthen their bodies; my program will teach you these and much more.
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
Jordan Kidman is our head Strength and Conditioning Instructor. He has been in Personal Training for 7 years and a Strength and Conditioning Coach for nearly a decade. He started coaching while studying for his Bachelors Degree in Exercise Physiology. After graduation from college, Jordan continued his education and completed 450 hours of hands on education at the National Personal Training Institute of Portland. As part of the NPTI Portland, he was mentored by former NFL All Pro Brock Marion. After completing school in Portland, he became certified as a Personal Trainer though the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Jordan has participated in sports since a young age including ice hockey, football, basketball, soccer, baseball, wrestling and track and field. In high school, he was part of state championships for football (2x), basketball, and track and field. In football he earned All State honors all three years and Player of the Year in 2007.
Jordan specializes in athletic development. When done properly, it increases an athlete's performance while at the same time decreasing the risk of injury. He has worked with athletes from ages 9 - 20 and through his experiences as a player and coach, he understands what it takes to be successful. Jordan is a father of two children and understands the value of attention to detail and mentorship for aspiring athletes.
Baseball has always been the sport Braxton has enjoyed. He grew a love for the game through his father who always spent the time to coach him and help get him to the next level throughout his baseball career.
Braxton started his baseball career playing infield but went on to play Catcher at Cottonwood High School. He played baseball all through High School where he was coached by Jason Crawford and John Hoover.
While he never has the opportunity to play college baseball, he still loves the game. For now he says "I am a short white guy that loves to teach young athletes and be that role model in their life like my father was for me."
Zair is a native of Willemstad, Curacao. After the passing of his father, he left the island as a youngster and moved to The Netherlands where he attended secondary school at the Montessouri College in Amsterdam. Zair has played baseball throughout the entire European continent where as a touring all-star player, he caught the attention of scouts, schools and professional teams. In 2011, he moved to the United States to attend and play baseball for Oklahoma State University. During his sophomore season he hit .351 with 16 doubles and 5 home runs and was named to the all tournament team in the championship while earning a Golden Glove award. After his time at Oklahoma State University, Zair joined the Larks and was named to the 1st team All-Jayhawk League with a .305 batting average, 9 home runs, 34 RBI and a .537 slugging percentage. During his time with the Larks, he helped the team to multiple NBC Tournaments and gained the title of second team All-Jayhawk League honors, won Championships, and earned the award for Most Inspirational Player. In 2015, Zair went on to play 2nd base at Wichita State University where he finished his junior year playing 37 games for the Shockers. In 2016, Zair graduated from Oklahoma Wesleyan with a Bachelors degree in Sports Management. During his time with the Eagles, Zair had a .370 batting average, 23 doubles, 11 home runs, 71 RBI’s and lead the team to another Conference Championship and was 1 run away for a trip to the College World Series. In 2017, Zair became a Graduate Assistant for the Eagles and focused on his Masters Degree in Business Administration while helping coach the Eagles to their 2nd World Series appearance in 5 years. Along with being fantastic at the plate, Zair is a great defensive player, role model and team leader.
Kobin grew up in South Jordan, Utah and attended Bingham High School. While at Bingham, Kobin played basketball, baseball and golf lettering in each of these sports as a sophomore, junior and senior. Following 12 seasons of athletics, Kobin was part of a baseball state championship, honored on the all-tournament team and was honorable mention all-state his senior year. Following his High School career, he attended Westminster College where he was fortunate to continue his education and compete on the Westminster Golf Team.
Coaching has always been a goal of Kobin's. Following his time at Westminster, he had the chance to coach a super league team for a couple of years and eventually worked into coaching the freshman baseball team at Bingham High School.
While Kobin never had the opportunity to continue his baseball dreams and compete at a college level, his goal at Elite Level Sports Academy is to give young men the knowledge, skills, grit and work ethic required to take their skill to the next level when the time arrives.
Bryan has been playing and teaching baseball for what seems to be his entire life. At age 3 he wanted to be able to keep up, compete and beat his older brother at sports. His mother and father started teaching him to play football, basketball and baseball. Early on, he noticed his knack for hitting a baseball and quickly fell in love with the game. Bryan grew up in Ogden, Utah and competed in every opportunity that came his way. Later he moved to Pleasant Grove, Utah and spent his High School career competing in golf, football, wrestling and baseball. During his time at Pleasant Grove High School, Bryan was All Region 84’-85’, State Champions and All State 85’, All Region 86’ and second team All State 86’. He also played for the Utah Hawaii Allstars in 1986 and was named MVP of the tournament. After High School, he went on to play two years of baseball at USU East Extension in Price, UT and two years at Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado. Bryan is the only player to hold the record for 3 home runs hit in 1 High School game, then repeated once at USU East and twice at Mesa University. He later graduated from the University of Utah in 2000. With all of his knowledge and time playing the game, he wanted to continue on and coached baseball at Cottonwood High School along side Coach John Hoover. He also coached at Murray High School. Bryan hopes to pass on some of the fundamental skills and techniques that he has learned along the way and is excited to be apart of the Elite Level Family!
•Attended Merrill F West High School in Tracy, CA
•Played varsity baseball all 4 years
•Received scholarship and pitched at the University of Utah for 4 years
I have played all positions that a left hander can play and was fortunate to do all of them in college. Growing up in Northern California I learned to play a hard-nosed style of baseball and try to implement that in my training. I like to make sure the kids think they are the best on the field at all times and that hard work makes you believe so. Teaching the kids isn’t all about becoming a better baseball player, but a better man. I love to pass on my knowledge of the game to the younger generation because I believe I owe it to the game of baseball. Without it I would not have gone to college or made the friends I have today. I hope to help these kids have the same opportunity that I was fortunate to have.