Mark Cresse-10u Head Coach
Coach Cresse has a rich history of professional baseball as he played & coached for over 25 years. Mark played college ball locally both at Golden West and Cal State Long Beach before being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. He also went on to coach with the Dodgers for 25 years. He is best known in Orange County for his School of Baseball camps that have been around for over 30 years and helped develop thousands of young ball players.
Ira Green-Head Coach 12u
Coach Green has a B.S. Degree in Education and a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling. He has an extensive coaching background having been a head high school baseball coach for six years in the Chicago area. In Southern California he has been the hitting coach and worked with the hitters at Tustin High for six seasons.
Coach Green has coached at all levels of baseball from T-ball to Connie Mack (17 & 18 year old’s.) He began working privately with hitter and doing group hitting lessons in 1992 and founded The Baseball Academy in Orange County. In 1995 he opened an indoor training facility to work with serious boys and girls with the desire to improve their game.
Players of all ages from age 9 to pros. have been helped by his coaching. He has given instruction to thousands of area players over the years, many have gone on to do great things. Over 160 of Coach Green’s students have gone on to play Division 1 Baseball and about the same number have played in the pro ranks with 8 from his academy including his son Shawn Green going on to play in MLB. The others include Aaron Boone of Villa Park H.S. (Reds, Yankees, Astros, Nationals, Indians, Marlins) Heath Bell of Tustin H.S. (Mets, Padres) Jayson Hardtke Leland H.S. (Mets, Cubs) Freddy Freeman El Modena H.S. (Braves) and Danny Espinosa Mater Dei H.S. (Nationals, Angels.)
Ariel Guitron-Head Coach 11u
Ariel graduated from Downey High School in 1996 and was 1st team all San Gabriel Valley as a pitcher on both the baseball and football team as a QB. Coach Ariel played Professional Baseball for 5 years and has 19 years of teaching & coaching experience. From 2015-2019 he was the Varsity Pitching Coach at Newport Harbor High School and is currently the Pitching Coach at Long Beach Poly High. Coach Ariel lives in Long Beach with his wife Ashley, 15 year old son AJ, and his brand new baby boy Arlo. Ariel is a man of faith with a great passion for teaching and helping people grow. He connects with his players on a deeper level and encourages them to be the best that they can be mentally and physically. His motto is that more important than baseball, we want you to be good people. Integrity, hard work, and faith.
Kurt Heyer-Assistant Coach 10u
Went to the University of Arizona from 2010-12. Where he was the Friday night starter for all three years. Became a 3 time All American and won the 2012 national championship. Drafted in 2012 by the St Louis Cardinals in the 6th round. Spent 5 years in the organization making it all the way up to AAA. Recently has been playing Independent Ball for last couple years. Played for the Milwaukee Milkmen in the American Association this past season. Looking to make a comeback in affiliated ball. Kurt was just selected to the All Decade Team for the Pac 12 recently as well.
Mike Huyler-Head Coach 9u
Mike has over 25 years of playing experience and 20 years of coaching. His approach for youth players centers around overall player development and the fundamental aspects of the game while keeping it fun! Hitting, pitching, infield and outfield play, breaking down each position both mentally and physically. He’s an instructor/coach that likes to interact with his students/players and demonstrate what is being taught…therefore, his students/players get a visual image of what they should look like. He played at the collegiate level, as well as, professionally in the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers organizations. Many of Mike’s students have gone to play at both the college and professional levels. Mike’s son, Nate, is a Senior at Garden Grove High School and a member of their Varsity Baseball Team.
Steve Springer - Consultant
Steve is the former mental performance coach & major league scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.
I always felt I was a better competitor than I was a ballplayer. I was 4'11 and 90 pounds just before high school. After not starting in High School his Senior year, getting cut in college, Springer was drafted by the Mets after a break out sophomore season.
After years in the minor leagues, Steve eventually collected his first major league hit with the New York Mets.
Steve played over 14 years as a professional baseball player and compiled over 1,600 professional hits…two hits with the Cleveland Indians and two hits with the New York Mets at the Major League Level.
With over 35 years in professional baseball as a baseball player, agent and scout, he now travels and speaks across the country to Major Colleges, High Schools, Travel Ball Teams etc about the mental side of the game/hitting while, at the same time, working and training with major league all-stars…Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, AJ Pollock to name a few.
He resides in Huntington Beach CA, and is the author of Quality At-Bats and the founder of Quality At-Bats Academy.
“Here’s the thing…no one knows how far you are going to get in this game except God and that’s it!”
Lamar Jefferson - Strength Coach
Strength & Conditioning
Speed & Agility
Ankle and Knee Stability
Originally from Maryland Lamar has been a part of the Newport Beach baseball community for more than 20 years, as well as being in the personal training/sports performance industry for that time. Lamar has prepared young athletes for their Division 1 sports with both their physical and mental preparation.
Lamar has combined his passion for sports performance and baseball skills training to help develop young players with hitting and fielding mechanics. Lamar has coached 12u to 18u baseball over the last 20 years.
· Newport Beach Storm
· OCX Baseball
· Lifeletics Strength & Conditioning
· Lifeletics Camp Counselor
· Surf City Sharks 12u and 18u
· Newport Harbor High Baseball Strength Coach
"I believe that developing great mechanics and fundamentals in both baseball and sports performance training are paramount. Teaching a 9 year old proper mechanics will not only allow him to develop quickly, but reduce the chance of injury. That foundation will carry over for the rest of his life. I cherish the opportunity to be a part of that process.
Luke Beck - Strength Coach
Strength And Movement Specialist with Emphasis in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stability
Originally from Malibu - 4 year varsity letterman (Baseball)
Newport Harbor High Baseball Strength Coach
Two Way Player (BYU, OCC, CAL State Northridge and CAL Baptist)
Trainer for 13 years
Ex professional long drive golfer. Competed in the 2013 and 2015 world championships.
I love working with young aspiring athletes! Watching them grow as young men or young ladies in not only their sports but their lives is what drives me. I give as much attention to helping young kids grow into successful adults as I do their sports.