Coach Luke Town

Pitching, Velocity, Recruiting Coordinator, IMPACT Pitcher Instructor, Certified MLB Scout

Owner and founder, former collegiate athlete, Coach Town has been coaching since the early 90’s and has helped hundreds of kids make it to college and some on to Pro Baseball. His proficient baseball knowledge is beyond compare.  A master coach and certified pro scout, he is dedicated to helping kids grow and achieve their dreams.

Coach Town specializes in arm care and is considered one of the best pitching coaches in the sport of baseball. He started studying biomechanics and kinesiology in 2000 from some of the most notable experts in the world.

Coach Phil Thompson

Hitting and IMPACT Outfield Instructor

Coach Thompson has been with ABA since 2014. He has extensive coaching experience with the collegiate team, San Diego Wave, as well as 5 years with The University of Kansas. 

His college baseball career was spent at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo California and he also played with the Kansas City T-Bones for 1 season. 

Coach Thompson is very energetic and loves coaching and teaching. He customizes each lesson based on the player’s level and skillset working on things such as mechanics, routine, and fundamentals.

Coach Eric Shempert

Hitting and IMPACT Strength Instructor

Coach Shempert had aspirations of playing college baseball from a young age, which set the foundation of the importance of strength and conditioning early on. He attended and played baseball at Avila University from 2015-2018. After that, his path consisted of obtaining a CSCS cert, working as a personal trainer, and attending a prestigious baseball internship program.

Since then, Coach Shempert has been ABA’s certified Strength and Conditioning coach, specializing in baseball and softball specific training. He has ran the IMPACT Strength program since 2020, working with nearly 200 athletes.

He has the following credentials:

  • Bachelor’s Degree – Kinesiology & Organizational Development
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • Biomechanics Certification
  • Precision Nutrition L1 Certification
  • Cressy Sports Performance Baseball training Internship

Coach Brad Boegel

Pitching and Velocity Instructor

Coach Boegel was a former JuCo and D1 collegiate right handed pitcher spending time at Maple Woods Community College and Murray State University. 

Coach Boegel has been with ABA since 2016 as a High School coach, college recruiting specialist, and private instructor. 

His lessons are based off of the science of biomechanics to limit injuries and maximize velocity. You will learn form, command, mental strategy, as well as mound presence. 

Coach Ethan Axman

Pitching and Velocity Instructor

Coach Axman is a former D1/ D2 pitcher and is a product of ABA  starting here as a player at 13 years old. He continued through the program until advancing to his college career. 

After graduating high school he spent time as a right handed pitcher at Jefferson College, Lindenwood, and Missouri State University. 

After college, Coach Axman came back to ABA as a coach and private instructor.  His lessons focus on technique: throwing with the body and not the arm to avoid injury. Most of Coach Axman’s lessons have the same core drills but are individualized based on each player’s movement.

Dr. Ali Scruggs

Mental Performance Training

Dr. Ali Scruggs is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant and Doctorate of Sport Psychology.  Her focus is to train and maximize mental strength, agility, and flexibility (think weight room for the mind). 

Sessions are individualized based on the needs of the person, group, or team, and typically consist of a combination of applied drills, exercises, discussions, written activities, and biofeedback technology.

A few common mental skills training programs include: Setting goals, staying motivated, stress management, and mindset training.

Coach Chris Cooper

Catching and IMPACT Catcher Instructor

Coach Cooper has been an ABA staple since 2012 as a head coach and catching instructor. His baseball career after High School started at Baker University where he was named HACC (Heart of America Athletic Conference) catcher of the year in both 1996 & 1997.  Coach Cooper also represented his country in 1998 playing with Team USA in Europe and briefly participated in an independent professional baseball league.

Coach Cooper employs an old-school philosophy of hustle and hard nose play but uses a new school approach to teaching and coaching. 

Coach Charlie Skantze

Pitching, Velocity, IMPACT ARM Instructor

As a former D2 Pitcher, Coach Skantze specializes in arm health, injury and pain management, and overall athletic mobility in the IMPACT ARM class. He is also available for individual sessions.

Coach Skantze’s credentials include: 

  • A.S. Degree – Pitcher,  Iowa Lakes CC
  • B.S. in Exercise Science – Pitcher, UCM
  • PTA Degree Penn Valley
  • FMS Certified
  • Florida Baseball Ranch – Assistant Director of Player Development
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