Rich Rodriguez, Founder Elite Nine, Former MLB Player
Thirteen-year MLB veteran, Rich Rodriguez has worked as a professional throwing and pitching instructor since 2004. With thirteen years playing MLB, Rodriguez's knowledge and passion enable him to teach the best talent California has to offer. Rodriguez teaches proper MLB throwing and pitching bio-mechanics, using the safest and healthiest methods possible.
Rich Rodriguez was drafted in high school by the Kansas City Royals in the 17th round of the 1981 Major League baseball Draft, but did not sign, opting to accept a full scholarship to the University of Tennessee. As a freshman at UT, Rodriguez earned a spot on the USA Team pitching against such National Teams as Japan, Australia and Mexico. Rodriguez earned first team All-SEC honors his sophomore year. He was drafted once again by the New York Mets in the 9th round of the 1984 Major League draft and signed beginning a Major League Baseball career that spanned from 1990 through 2003. Rodriguez's talent and dedication to the sport enabled him to pitch in over 600 Major League games with the San Diego Padres, Florida Marlins, St Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Anaheim Angels.
Lessons with Rich Rodriguez are now held in the New York area
Gregg Jefferies, Elite Nine Fielding & Hitting Instructor, Owner, Gregg Jefferies Sports Academy
Gregg Jefferies is a former Major League Infielder/Outfielder, 2x All-Star (1993, 1994) who played 14 years Major League Baseball. Gregg debuted for the New York Mets in 1987 and was the youngest current player in the Major Leagues at age 19. Gregg Jefferies played for the NY Mets (1987–1991), Kansas City Royals (1992), St. Louis Cardinals (1993–1994), Philadelphia Phillies (1995–1998), Anaheim Angels (1998) and Detroit Tigers (1999–2000). With the St. Louis Cardinals, Jefferies had his two best seasons, batting .342 and .325, respectively. Solidly positioned at first base, Jefferies was named to the National League All-Star team in both the 1993 and 1994 seasons. For his career, Jefferies had a career .289 batting average with 126 home runs, 663 RBIs and 196 stolen bases. Jefferies, his wife Jeannie and kids, currently reside in Pleasanton, California where he owns the 12,000 sq. ft. facility, “Gregg Jefferies Sports Academy.”
Lessons with Gregg Jefferies are held at The Office Sports Academy, Anaheim, CA
Scott Lewis, Elite Nine Pitching & Throwing Instructor
Scott Lewis is a former Major League pitcher with a career spanning 10 years at the professional level. Scott earned a scholarship to attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from 1984-1988 and to this day, remains one of the Hustlin' Rebels all-time leaders in wins, strikeouts, career innings pitched and complete games. Selected by the California Angels in the 10th round of the 1988 amateur draft, Scott became part of the California Angels Major League Club in 1990. In his MLB debut, Scott pitched 7+ innings and earned his first Major League victory with an 8-2 Win over the Texas Rangers. Scott went on to pitch for the California Angels until 1994, then the Houston Astros (1994), Seattle Mariners (1995), Boston Red Sox (1996), San Diego Padres (1997) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (first year expansion 1998). As a Major League starting pitcher and reliever, Scott's expertise is teaching proper pitching mechanics and theory. He provides private lessons in the South Orange County, California Area
Lessons with Scott Lewis
Aaron Miles, Elite Nine Fielding & (Switch) Hitting Instructor
Aaron Miles is a former MLB second baseman who debuted on September 11, 2003 with the Chicago White Sox (2003), then went on to play for the Colorado Rockies (2004–2005), St. Louis Cardinals (2006–2008), Chicago Cubs (2009), St. Louis Cardinals (2010) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2011). In 2004, the switch-hitter was voted All-Rookie, All-Star Second Baseman. A stand-out athlete in his hometown, the City of Antioch proclaimed “Aaron Miles Day” on November 20, 2004 and awarded a ceremonial key to the city now on display in the Sports Legends Hall. By 2011, Miles led the National League with the highest hitting percentage with runners on base, batting .357. Aaron’s career MLB stats through 2011: 932 games, 2,827 at bats, 793 career hits, 229 RBIs with a career .281 average. Aaron Miles currently offers private lessons at Gregg Jefferies Sports Academy.
Bret Barberie – Elite Nine Fielding & Hitting Instructor and Owner, Bret Barberie Baseball Instruction
Bret Barberie is a former Major League infielder drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 7th round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft. An alumnus of University of Southern California, Barberie made his Major League debut with the Montreal Expos on June 16, 1991, and played for the Montreal Expos (1991-1992), Florida Marlins (1993-1994) Baltimore Orioles (1995) and Chicago Cubs (1996). Barberie was a member of the inaugural Florida Marlins team that began play in Major League Baseball in 1993 and got the first hit by a Marlin on Opening Day, April 5. Barberie owns a private baseball facility in Santa Clarita, CA where he specializes in infield footwork, throwing and hitting techniques.
Lessons with Bret Barberie are held at Hard Knocks in Santa Clarita, CA
Rene Gonzales – Elite Nine Fielding and Hitting Instructor
Rene Gonzales is a former Major League Baseball infielder and California State University, Los Angeles alumnus, whose Major League career spanned 13 years. Gonzales played in over 700 games with 1539 at-bats with the Montreal Expos (1984,1986), Baltimore Orioles (1987-1990), Toronto Blue Jays (1991), California Angels (1992-1993), Cleveland Indians (1994), California Angels (1995), Texas Rangers (1996), and Colorado Rockies (1997).
Lessons with Rene Gonzales
Jalal and Jarman Leach- Elite Nine Instructors & Owners, The Baseball Mentoring Program
Jalal Leach is a former Major League Baseball Player & Owner of The Baseball Mentoring Program in Sacramento, CA. Leach was drafted in the 7th round by the NY Yankees and played primarily as a pinch hitter. Currently, a Major League Scout for the NY Yankees, former San Francisco Giant’s outfielder and Team USA Silver medalist , Jalal is assisted by his brother Jarman Leach, who is an associate scout for the Kansas City Royals and former professional pitcher in the San Diego Padres Organization.
For More Information
Phone: (916) 285-8775
Dmitri D. Young, Elite Nine Hitting and Switch Hitting Instructor, Owner Da Meathook Switch Hitting University
Dmitri Dell Young, nicknamed "Da Meathook," is a two-time All-Star who played Major League Baseball for thirteen seasons as an outfielder, third & first baseman and designated (switch)hitter. A graduate from Rio Mesa High School, as a senior, he batted .425 with 11 home runs, 31 RBI, 37 runs, and 8 doubles, and earned the USA Today High School All-American honors. Young's first season in Major League Baseball was with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1996 and went on to play for the Cincinnati Reds (1998-2001), Detroit Tigers (2002-2006) and Washington Nationals (2007-2008) spanning a successful thirteen year career. Young, along with Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, are the only players to hit three home runs in a single game at Comerica Park—one of the more statistically difficult home run stadiums. Dmitri Young won the Sporting News & Player's Choice National League Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2007 and N.L. All-Star in both 2003 and 2007. Dmitri Young is currently President of the Dmitri D. Young Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization providing baseball and life choice camps for student athletes in Southern California.
For Private Lessons & Group Courses with Dmitri D. Young
Phone: (805) 910-9598
Mike Lieberthal, Elite Nine Advisory Board and Catching Instructor
Mike Lieberthal, a Major League Baseball catcher who won the 1999 Gold Glove Award and is a two-time All-Star (1999, 2000) during his 14 year MLB career. Born and raised in Westlake Village, California, Lieberthal was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round of the 1990 draft. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1994-2006) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2007). His career 149 home runs as a catcher were the most in Phillies history. He was inducted into the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame on August 10, 2012.
Paul McAnulty, Elite Nine Instructor
Paul McAnulty, born and raised in Oxnard, California, is a former Major League Baseball infielder and outfielder. After playing college baseball at Long Beach State, McAnulty gained the attention of San Diego Padres General Manager, Kevin Towers when he batted .344 for Portland in 2005. This led to his major league debut on June 22, 2005. Drawing comparisons with former San Diego Padre and Philadelphia Phillie great, John Kruk, he was mainly used as a pinch hitter. On September 6, 2006, he made a nice impression on Padres fans with a pinch hit, walk-off home run in the 11th inning versus the Colorado Rockies. During the 2008 season, McAnulty was a starting outfielder on the San Diego roster. On November 19, 2008, he signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox. In 2010, McAnulty joined the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization, receiving playing time at the Major League level with the Angels, hitting a home run in 24 plate appearances. Paul McAnulty's skills, passion and knowledge for the game has earned him a coaching position in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization.
ROYCE CLAYTON, ELITE NINE HITTING AND FIELDING INSTRUCTOR
Royce Clayton is an MLB All-Star shortstop. Clayton was drafted out of St. Bernard High School in the first round (15th pick overall) of the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Francisco Giants. He made his major league debut for the Giants on September 20, 1991 and played for the organization for the first five seasons of his major league career. Clayton played for the San Francisco Giants (1991–1995), St. Louis Cardinals (1996–1998), Texas Rangers (1998–2000), Chicago White Sox (2001–2002), Milwaukee Brewers (2003), Colorado Rockies (2004), Arizona Diamondbacks (2005), Washington Nationals (2006), Cincinnati Reds (2006), Toronto Blue Jays (2007), and Boston Red Sox (2007)