Nick Parent

HITTING/CATCHING/

DEFENSE INSTRUCTOR

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.

Mike Springer

PITCHING INSTRUCTOR

  • 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.

Jason Rojas

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

Jason Rojas began training athletes, in the weightroom and on the field, in 2006.  Since that time, he has served as a coach in middle school and high school football, basketball, baseball and track and field, in California, Arkansas, Texas and Utah.

Jason grew up in the San Diego area, which is a hotbed for competitive baseball, and played against numerous future MLB players, such as Troy Glaus, Eric Munson, Eric Redman and Eric Chavez.  After high school, Jason played outfield at Biola University, where he majored in Humanities.  Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Naval Officer and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Additionally, Jason is a licensed English and Physical Education teacher in two states, has a masters in sports management, and has three years of experience coaching high school varsity baseball.

Jason has experience programming and training athletes of various ages and goals and believes that the weight room is a facilitator of movement.  In regards to baseball/softball, the stronger athlete throws harder, hits the ball further, runs faster, and is more resistant to injury.

 


Braxton Pearson

CATCHING/DEFENSE  INSTRUCTOR

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."

 

Jacob Rebar

HITTING/PITCHING INSTRUCTOR

*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 fotunate to have.

 

Parker Hall

PITCHING/HITTING INSTRUCTOR

*Bonneville High School - 1st team All State Junion and Senior years.  .500 batting average during those years as well as a sub 4 ERA.

*Salt Lake Community College - pitched for two years with a sub 4 ERA and a 2-1 K/BB ratio.  Top velocity 93 MPH.

*Menlo College - Currently still playing here due to season being canceled from COVID. Top 3 in conference in strikeouts and innings pitched.

Being able to instruct young players who are eager to learn the game of baseball is something I look forward to everyday.  My goal during lessons is to create a solid foundation for the kids so they can compete in every facet of the game.  I teach simple mechanics that are easy to learn and very efficient and powerful.  I make sure the players stay focused and treat every throw as if they were in a game like situation to instill the "compete in everything you do" mindset.  This is the biggest part of being a baseball player; being able to compete even if you don't have your best stuff on a given day. 

 


Bryan Hansgen

INSTRUCTOR

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!

Kobin Courtney

 INSTRUCTOR

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.

Stewart Christensen

 INSTRUCTOR

Stewart grew up in Tooele, Utah and attended Tooele High School.  Growing up baseball was always a passion for him.  He had great coaches growing up that showed him the right way to play the game while also showing him how to be a better person off the field.  That is the philosophy he takes into his coaching.  His goal is to coach and teach the next generation how amazing this game is.

Pitching has always been his passion.  He also played shortstop and third base through high school and then in college turned to just pitching.  He attended the College of the Siskiyous in Northern California.  He was a relief pitcher there and continued to grow his education for all aspects of the game.  He has always loved being around the game anyway possible and was an umpire for 5 years, umpiring ages 6-18.

Stewart has the most fun when he is on a baseball field or helping teach the game to young players.  Along with honing their skills on all aspects of pitching, his goal is to spread  love of the game and to grow their skills on the field and give them tools to be an even better person off the field.

 


Zak Felix

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