Instructors

Pitching Instructors:

Justin Robinson has 5 years of professional baseball experience and 12 years of coaching experience. In his years as a coach, he has won 3 high school state championships at Bishop Foley in 2011, 12, 13. He also went to the USCAA college world series as the pitching coach for Rochester College in 2004. He has won several tournament championships in summer baseball coaching for the A’s. As a pitching coach, he has helped well over a hundred pitchers get into college baseball and worked with over a dozen pitchers who have gone on to get drafted. Robinson’s expertise is throwing velocity and commanding the strike zone.

 

Dominic Downs is currently a college pitcher at Rochester College. Downs had a great career as a pitcher at Brother Rice before heading to the collegiate level. He is an intellectual pitcher with an enormous amount of knowledge in pitching. “With great teaching skills and an abundance of positive energy, he is a fantastic pitching coach, one that I often seek for an opinion about pitching.” -Justin Robinson

 

Hitting, Fielding, and Catching Instructors:

 

Greg Fettes was a high school dream team catcher drafted by the Tigers. Fettes elected to go school at the University of Kentucky instead, where he played for 3 years, before being drafted by the Oakland A’s. Today he is the head baseball coach at Bishop Foley High School. “Fettes is one of the greatest high school baseball players I not only coached, but got to see play. The ball had a different sound off his bat and they disappeared when he barreled them up. Now he has transferred that great ability into coaching. His knowledge of both hitting and catching has proven to be effective. In 2017 he was selected the Catholic League AA Coach of the Year.  He also won the State Championship for division 3.

 

 

Keith Lelli was an all-state high school baseball player at Madison Heights Lamphere before playing collegiately for Madonna University. He has 10 years of coaching experience at both the high school level and for SOA. One of his former A’s teams yielded 11 Division 1 commits. “Keith is a fabulous X’s and O’s coach, with the makeup of Joe Maddon. He has an unbelievable ability to teach both hitting and fielding. When Keith is running a practice, everybody is taking notes.”

 

 

Brett Sunde Was a former catcher in the Oakland A’s farm system. In 2012 he was the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Michigan. He played collegiately at Western Michigan University. “Brett is the quiet leader that leads by example. I have coached many hard workers, but nobody I have ever seen can out work Brett. His work ethic along with an unbelievable knowledge and skill of the game has taken him very far. He is the kind of roll model I want my kid around as often as possible.”

 

 

Richie SparksRichie Sparks is a regional scout for the Oakland A’s. With 20 years of scouting experience, he has signed many players who have made it to the MLB. “Being around the MLB game for so long, Richie has a vast knowledge of hitting. He knows what to look for and how to teach it. He is also one of the most gregarious guys I know, making each lesson interesting and insightful.”