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.
Nick Parent is now one of the full time Elite Level instructors. 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 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 it's entirety, much beyond his years. He is well spoken and has a great ability to communicate with and relate to young players.
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 grown as a player and a person. He is very excited to be part of Elite Team.
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.
- 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.
I was born and raised in Cuba. Since I can remember, I have been in love with the game of baseball. My father brought the game to me with a shaved down tree branch and bottle caps. We would take to the streets, hitting bottle caps just like you would hit a baseball and I loved every minute of it. After moving to Utah, I learned to play baseball hard, fast and with determination. I graduated from Each High School playing as a pitcher for their baseball team. Each year I became better than expected, starting varsity all 4 years. After graduating, I moved to the state of California to play at the College of the Siskiyous, just outside of Sacramento, CA. I pitched there for shy of 2 years.
My goal at Elite Level Sports Academy is to give these kids the opportunity that I never had when I was young. I want to give them advice that will help them become a better play and most importantly help them fall in love with the game of baseball.