Instructors

Nic DeLuca

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

HITTING/CATCHING/DEFENSE INSTRUCTOR

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.

D'Shaun Crockett

STRENGTH/CONDITIONING
SPEED/AGILITY

D'Shaun has played football and baseball since a young age earning the nickname "King of Two Fields." In 1990, D'Shaun made the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids.

In 1998, Crockett chose to focus on football and joined the U of U as starting running back and switched to cornerback the next two seasons.

His 39" vertical jump and 0.09 pro agility shuttle ranked top five on the team.  He also demonstrated outstanding strength benching and squatting over 345 pounds.  D'Shaun's excellent abilities led to his selection as captain during his senior year.

After college, he played arena football in Illinois for a year before returning to Utah to raise his family and open his business, Bootcamp with Jess: Charlie Company until 2009.  He has continued his football presence by coaching at Alta and Juan Diego High Schools.

After taking some time away from training, he returns with a vengeance as the strength, conditioning, speed and agility coach for Elite Level Sports Academy and as the personal trainer for Three Kings Training.  He has a passion for seeing every client succeed and reach their goals.


Braxton Pearson

CATCHING/DEFENSE  INSTRUCTOR

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.

 

 

 

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.

Brian Cotterman

INSTRUCTOR

I have great passion and respect for the game of baseball.  This passion is the reason I have coached one way or another for 32 years.  For 3.5 years I managed a travel league team.

In addition:

  • Served 2 years as the Utah District Commissioner
  • Served 15 years as Cal Ripken Northern Utah State Commissioner
  • Served as Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth Tournament Director for District, State and Regional Tournaments.
  • As a State Commissioner I was a faculty member for the Babe Ruth World Series held in Murray, Utah.

My goal is to see every child interested in the game be given an opportunity to learn baseball at all levels.  To develop their mind and body to be mentally tough and physically strong. To encourage them to respect the game and see how it will teach them to be productive adults in society. My motto as a coach has always been, "What's the next play?"

As I retired for UPS in October 2017, I asked myself that same question.  I found the answer with the opportunity to continue to give my leadership, management, knowledge, passion and respect for the game at Elite Level Sports Academy.