Coach Jeff is young and ambitious. Jeff not only has a great baseball background but also has a background of running well organized successful businesses. Jeff played baseball at Hiram College where he saw much success on the field. Outside of that Jeff Majored in business management and minored in entrepreneurship and sports management. He is well prepared to run both the main aspects of an elite youth baseball program. He has been coaching and been a part of running baseball organizations and sports facilities for 6 years.
Baseball Operations/16U Elite Head Coach/Instructor
Coach Russ is our baseball training specialist. Russ currently lives in Mentor, OH and is a father to 3 wonderful children. He has been a private baseball instructor for over 15 years and has worked with hundreds of players. Russ has also been a part of and ran numerous different youth/high school baseball programs as well as been a head and assistant coach with many different teams. Russ played his college ball at Lakeland Community College, then finished off his college career at Cleveland State University where he won multiple different baseball awards. Russ is a huge part to our off season training and overall player development for the whole club.
Coach Nate was a high school state champion at the University of Liggett in Grosse Point, MI in 2011. Leading his team all year as the ace of the team and getting the start and win in the championship game. Nate then continued his pitching career at Hiram College where he was a 4 year starter and all conference pitcher. Since graduating Nate has studied the art of pitching and arm care. Advocate of Jagger and Driveline Nate teaches the same way a lot of current professionals train today. Nate is very modern and new age with his pitching instruction which makes him a great pitching coach for young kids looking to take their pitching skills to the next level.
Pitching Coach/16U Elite Assistant Coach
Coach Mclntosh resides in Euclid with his wife and 3 daughters. Greg has coached on all 3 high school levels for the past 16 years. He has been a coach at Shaw, Cleveland Heights, and Andrews Osborne Academy. He was the Shaw head varsity coach for 3 years. Greg has also been involved in travel baseball, running camps and clinics, and training players throughout his 16 years of coaching. Coach Mclntosh has trained numerous players who received college scholarships and has one player who was a MLB draft pick. As a player Greg was a 4 year varsity starter at Greenville High School and played college baseball for one year before an arm injury ended his career.
16U Head Coach
Coach Gary is our catching trainer. Gary has spent 13 years as a catcher since the age of 10 through high school and college. He has spent the past 10 years coaching and training all ages from 9-22 in all aspects of Catching and hitting. Gary currently lives in Mayfield Heights, OH with his girlfriend and 2 dogs where he is an Operations Manager at a Manufacturing company. He has been an instructor and coach for the past 10 years and has worked with many players that range from youth, high school and college. Gary played his college ball at Olive Harvey College in Chicago, Illinois and finished his career with multiple professional Independent Baseball League teams.
16U Assistant Coach/Catcher Instructor
Coach Eric Coode has 9 years of coaching experience. Coode has been a coach at Mentor High School for 9 years. 4 years as the JV head coach and 5 years as an assistant varsity coach. Coode has also been the coach of Mentor Cardinals Black travel team for 9 years who has been one of the best travel teams at their age group in the state for all 9 years. Outside of baseball Coode is a physical education teacher in Bedford City School District. He is also a proud father of 4 children. Coode is our head coach for our 17U Elite team.
17U Elite Head Coach
Andre is the owner of Andre Cliff's Elite Performance. Andre does elite athletic training in performance, rehabilitation, and general health. He has a bachelors in exercise science from Urbana University where he also played 4 years of football and was a huge factor of the teams successful defense. After college he was an intern for Tj Owens and was the assistant strength & conditioning coach at the University of California at Berkeley. Andre is currently the strength & conditioning coach at Cleveland Heights High School and is a performance trainer at NEO Sports plant. Andre has 2 years of experience training baseball specific players and has personally trained 30 plus D1 athletes and currently has trained 10 NFL and NBA players. Andre has also lead the rehabilitation on 7 knee injuries, 3 ACL and MCL injuries, Meniscus injuries, and multiple arm injuries. Andre will be working with all NEO players on speed, strength, athleticism, footwork, endurance, flexibility, and more as well as helping players through any injuries they might have throughout the season.
Kyle is a recent graduate of Cleveland State University. Where he played club baseball and majored in both film and communications. Kyle has been doing sports content for sports teams for the past 5 years. His experience with creating and editing content and his background in baseball made Kyle the perfect person for this job. Kyle attends practices and games and captures professional photos and videos. He then takes that content and creates NEO media. Anything from overview videos, ads, hype videos, college recruitment videos, and more. Kyle is a big part to this organizations growth and huge part of what makes NEO unique in the youth baseball industry.