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."
Baseball has always been the sport I enjoyed. I grew a love the game through my father and how he always spent the time to coach me, and help me get to the next level.
I started my baseball career playing the infield but in high school switched to catcher where I found the position that fit me most. I played high school baseball for John Hoover and Jason Crawford at Cottonwood High (State Champs).
While I never had the opportunity to play college baseball, I still love the game. For now, I am a short white guy that loves to teach the young athletes and be that role model in their lives like my father was for me.
Braden grew up in South Jordan, Utah. He played baseball, basketball and football all through high school at Bingham and was lucky enough to continue his education and baseball career at Salt Lake Community College. In his two years at SLCC, he was 2nd team All American his freshman year and lead off hitter and center fielder for the Bruins. He helped his team get to #1 in the country for most of the season his freshman year and #2 in the country most of his sophomore year. After his two years at SLCC, Braden accepted a scholarship to continue his education and athletic career at the University of Utah. He played baseball in the toughest collegiate baseball conference in the country, the PAC 12. As a running Ute he was the team's lead off hitter and center fielder where he lead the PAC 12 in stolen bases his junior year. Unfortunately, he ran into injuries his senior year and was not able to finish his baseball career the way he wanted. To this day Braden is very thankful for the opportunities he was given. Here at Elite Level Sports Academy, he specializes in hitting, outfielding, base running and speed and agility. He hopes to make an impact on the kids lives by challenging them each day to grow as a player and a person. He is very excited to be part of the Elite Team.
HITTING / DEFENSE INSTRUCTOR
- 3 state baseball championships (Varsity/American Legion)
- Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals professional baseball club (1990)
- Attended, and played for Dixie Jr. College (1990-1992)
- 2-time All American (Dixie Jr. College)
- Attended, and played for Bellevue University
- 2-time All American (Bellevue University)
- MVP of NAIA World Series (1995)
- Head Baseball Coach at Copper Hills High School (2003-2008)
- Drafted, and Played for the St. Louis Cardinals professional baseball club
Nic is a high energy coach with advance training in physical education and fitness. He has experience in all facets of competitive baseball programs, with the psychological know how for what it takes to reach the next level. His love for the game and the players creates a contagious and positive environment.
Jeff has been playing baseball ever since he was born. From an early age he played year round baseball full time and loved every minute. Jeff attended Cottonwood High School where he lettered as a pitcher and outfielder for the baseball team. In 2017, he graduated with a State Championship. After High School he was able to continue his baseball career as a pitcher at a top junior college - College of Southern Nevada.
Baseball has always been Jeff's passion. He believes his young age will help him connect with young players as he teaches and hands down the core values he was brought up with, on and off the baseball field.