Full-time Professional Private Baseball Coach,
7+ year pro lefty pitcher in AAA, Mexico, & Overseas, Certified Personal Trainer and EXOS Performance Specialist, XPS, "I teach my players how to pitch, hit, field, run, and THINK like Champions."
I enjoy everything about being a full time baseball coach and professional youth mentor. Working with youth athletes is my passion and purpose because it gives me the opportunity to make a positive impact in my community through the game that I love. This game has given me so much and I have been fortunate to be able to teach so many players.
The best part about being a youth coach is that I have the opportunity to help young players create a healthy and positive foundation for the physical and mental aspect of their game, on and off the field. Also, the relationships I’ve had the blessing of being able to create with working with young players and families and seeing them develop over time is incredibly rewarding.
Great coach! I look forward to every session and always feel like I learn more each time I work with him.
Excellent focus on fundamentals as a way to improve performance.
Good communicator, very patient and positive. My 9 year old has been training with Coach Issac for a little over 3 months(about 10 sessions or so). He gives him effective and fun drills to practice at home and encourages him to practice. He teaches him to focus on his attitude a lot as well which I appreciate.
Coach Isaac is very knowledgeable and very professional. I have had my son take lessons from him for over six months, about 1-2 times each month. My son always looks forward to his lessons. I appreciate what Coach Isaac has taught him, as well as the way I have witnessed the way he communicates with my 8 year old. I'd recommend him as a coach for anyone looking to help their player learn from not only a pro baseball coach, but a professional mentor. Thanks Coach.
First, we will consult over the phone if you'd like to touch base with me prior to our scheduled lesson. This short conversation will allow you to ask me any questions you'd like as well as tell me your goals. Dependent on what is discovered in this conversation, I will spend a few more minutes in the initial lesson with my new player to get to know them, discover their goals for the training, and also learn about any prior injuries I may need to know about.
As the session begins, we will always start with a dynamic warm up. I am focused on helping my players create their own "championship routine" with a fun mix of dynamic stretching and movement preparation, as well as calisthenics. This routine is determined by the age, skill level, and fitness of the player and it is designed to help my players prepare their body properly in order to maximize performance and minimize the risk of injury.
After our warm up, dependent on the desired areas of improvement of the player and what we will work on, we will go into a throwing program where I will test and evaluate the throwing mechanics of the player, or, if a focus on hitting training is desired we will begin with tee work and soft toss drills where I will test and evaluate the mechanics of the player’s swing and determine an appropriate plan of action. From there I continue to evaluate throughout the lesson and give feedback and drill homework when we finish up.
-Full-time Professional Private Baseball Coach for 11+ years
-7+ year pro lefty pitcher in AAA, Mexico, & Overseas
-Certified Personal Trainer and EXOS Performance Specialist, XPS
-#1 Coach in California and #2 Coach in the USA on CoachUp (www.coachup.com/me/madebaseball)
-Over 5000 private lessons, classes, camps, and clinics given over the past 11 years to players of all ages, skill levels, and desires to play the game
-Currently working with 50-70 players in Santa Monica and Sherman Oaks on a weekly, bi-weekly, and/or monthly basis
-I also provide on-line training and video analysis
I pitched professionally for over seven years, all with a total hip replacement. I've pitched in five countries, for 12 different teams, and six different leagues. During my 7 year career I won 4 professional championships, two of which were in the Frontier League, one in the Golden Baseball League, and one in the Freedom Professional Baseball League. I also pitched in the American Association and Atlantic Professional Baseball League, making the playoffs in both years as well. I know how to train and I know how to win.
Baseball has afforded me some amazing opportunities to travel and play in many different places through out the world. The experience of going through adversity through out my career, along with having so many different managers, trainers, and positive influences in my life from so many different levels of the game has taught me a great deal and given me a very well-rounded perspective to baseball.
I've learned from amazing baseball, motivational, and very intelligent baseball minds such as:
-Mack Newton – Bo Jackson's private mentor and trainer who helped him come back to play professional baseball after receiving a total hip replacement. Mack is my personal sensei and life coach, motivator, tae kwon doe teacher, renowned speaker, and more or less my standard to live up to.
-Mark Verstegen – Creator of Team EXOS and Athletes Performance Incorporated in Tempe, AZ. He is the author of many life changing, life and health optimization books, including "Core Performance" and "Everyday is Game Day", two books that I considered my bibles and God Sends after receiving my surgery
-Andy Haines – My manager during my rookie season(also his rookie season as a manager in which he won Manager of the Year) for the Windy City Thunderbolts. He is currently the big league hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers.
-Robert Larson – Lifetime baseball player and still pitching at the age of 58 years old, my father figure, and champion of life, as well as my off season throwing partner during my pro career.
-Coach Tom Novak – My pitching coach in high school and current pitching coach for Mesa Community College.
-Jon Kazanas – 20+ year scout for the Chicago Whitesox and mentor and personal friend. Jon is the scout who proposed to drafting me in the 10th round of the 2004 draft before I dedided to attend Washington State University on a full ride scholarship for baseball.
-John Huizinga – former opponent, teammate, current pitching coach and owner of Fuel Factory in Phoenix, teacher, and personal friend. "Zinger" has taught me a great deal about pitching, nutrition, and training, including physical, mental, and spiritual training.
High School Varsity Pitching Coach Experience:
-Notre Dame Preparatory High School, Scottsdale, AZ; 2011-12'
-Cortez High School, Phoenix, AZ; 2013-14'
-Moon Valley High School, Phoenix, AZ; 2014-15'
Club Baseball Coaching Experience:
-MADE Baseball, Founder and Manager, 2013-14'(13u and 14u highschool development teams)
-Sherman Oaks Baseball Academy, Summer 2017(9u Club Team)
I love the opportunity to share what I have learned from the game, I am passionate about what I do, and I genuinely enjoy helping young players get better and maximize their potential.
-Single Lesson(1 hr) - $120
-2 player Lesson(1 hr) - $150
-Small Group Lesson(3-5 players, 1 hr) - $200
-5 (1 hr) Lesson Package - $550
-10 (1 hr) Lesson Package - $1080
-Register @ https://madebaseball.as.me
I offer weekly baseball clinics on Sundays at 3pm in Sherman Oaks as well. Have fun and improve your baseball skills!
-Sundays in Sherman Oaks
-Intermediate/Advanced(Ages 10-13): 3pm-4:45pm
-10 players max per clinic
-Register @ https://madebaseball.as.me/advanced-baseball-clinic
I have loved baseball since I was 9 years old. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I wanted to play in the big leagues starting at the age of 10. I always say that having this clarity in my mind about what I wanted to do is the number one reason that I was able to make it as far as I did with the circumstances that I was dealt.
Having had a total hip replacement at the age of 19 before coming back to play professional baseball, I experienced a tremendous amount of adversity throughout my pursuit of making it to the big leagues in my life. I never actually made it to the Show, but in my pursuit I was able to travel all over the world playing this great game and discover what it meant to #GetMADE. I use this mantra with my players because it is about elevating oneself to a higher level of purpose in sport and pushing oneself to improve on a daily basis, consistently and fundamentally. It is practiced, it is learned, and it is refined…EVEryday.
I love teaching youth players and it provides me with great purpose. To me, baseball has always been a portal through which I have been able to maintain a positive attitude and laser focused drive, and in turn it has helped create the positive and strong person and man that I am today.
I have worked with students from age 5 years old all the way up to professionals, and everywhere in between. From beginners who just want to learn about the game or pursue getting on a men’s league team or even a co-ed softball team, to advanced professionals who are trying to refine their craft and make it to the highest level possible, I’m here to help. I've even worked with some older men that are 50+ that want to prepare for Adult Baseball Fantasy Camp in Arizona and/or Florida.
*If you want to get better, I want to help you improve.
My ideal student is one who loves coming to practice, does what I say to the best of their ability at all times, and has a true passion to excel as a player and a person. Also, a student who takes the initiative to use the tools I’ve given them and go above and beyond what I tell them to do. To be honest, you will find that if you are one of these types of students that you will receive a lot more of my attention and care, along with my extra time to help you get to where you want to go with the game.
I am/was a left handed pitcher and I especially enjoy working with other young lefties. If you have a young lefty, it is likely that I will connect with him well.
The Cubs winning the world series in 2016. I wathed every gripping second of it. Best world series in history!!
Also, throwing a no-hitter in my second professional season for the Windy City Thunderbolts in 2008. One of the best nights of my life.
My advice would be to find out where they have played and coached, and also what level of players they have coached. It is much different coaching a 6 year old than it is coaching a 10, 15, or 21 year old. It is important that a coach meets the player at his/her develop and understands how to communicate effectively, appropriately, and professionally.
Experience is often the best measure of knowledge in this game, as with anything in life. Although, just because someone is an experienced player, that does not always translate into an effective coach and communicator. It is important to do a trial session with a coach, and then if the player enjoyed the lesson, to give a coach a chance and go to at least five or more sessions in order to get a good feel for what their coaching style is and to get the most out of the that particular coach’s knowledge that you can.
Really, the questions they should be asking should be to themselves. The student needs to determine in his/her mind if baseball is something they are willing to commit their time, effort, energy, and ultimately heart into (this is geared to players that are 12 and up). Until the age of 12, for the majority of players, we are simply having fun and learning positive habits and fundamentals of the game. Although, I have had 5 year olds that want to work harder than some of my 15 year olds, it is all relative to the personality, attitude, and desire of the player.
If a player is wants to be there, is coachable and willing to take instruction to the best of their ability, there is almost a guarantee that their experience with any coach they encounter will be a positive one that creates advantages for them in their career and future, on and off the field.