COACHES & STAFF
DEDICATED TO HELPING YOU SURPASS YOUR TRAINING GOALS, IMPROVE YOUR SKIILS AND GAIN CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF.
Our passionate experts and sports educators will provide a safe and fun environment where everyone can get active, learn and achieve their potential and simply be better than they were the day before.
Coach Stephen Flake Baseball
Coach Stephen Flake grew up in Marietta, GA and played high school baseball at McEachern High School, where he graduated in 2002. In 2001, Flake was Marietta Daily Journal Pitcher of the Year. In College, Flake attend North Georgia College and State University and SPSU where he complied a 37-15 record. He holds 12 career and single season records in college ,for wins, strikeouts, ERA, starts and innings pitched. In 2007 Flake was Drafted by the Florida Marlins where he played one season with the Marlins compiling a 2-1 record with a 1.71 ERA. Stephen played an additional 5 years in the Frontier League. He has a desire and passion like no other to work with young athletes and take their game to the next level. Stephen is available for private and group lessons.
Coach Todd Kirby | Baseball
Coach Todd Kirby has been a baseball instructor since 2012. He has coached travel baseball and youth football for many years. Coach Todd teaches baseball hitting, and specializes in pitching for athletes in middle school through college ages. He has two sons that play baseball and football at Etowah High School. Coach Todd's baseball career:
2013 inducted into KSU Hall of Fame
2009 inducted into Effingham County High School Hall of Fame (3 year letterman and MVP all three years)
1995-1997 Played professional baseball with the Spartanburg Alley Cats (Independent League)
1993-1995 Kennesaw State University NAIA World Series Championship; College World Series MVP
1991-1993 Middle Georgia College JUCO World Series runner up
Coach Adam Easterbrook | Boys Lacrosse
Adam has been in the lacrosse world for over 20 years. Adam played at Michigan State University and continued his career on the USA West Team. After his commitment to the USA West team, he coached at NCAA Division 2 Merrimack College in North Andover, MA and then University of Detroit Jesuit in Michigan. Now that he is living in Georgia, he has been heavily involved in growing the game locally. Adam coached with the Parks and Rec Department for the past 8 seasons, started the Cherokee Jr Warriors Lacrosse Program last year and also coached them to an undefeated season (9-0). Adam is the Director of Cherokee Xtreme Summer Travel Lacrosse, Head Coach with 3d Lacrosse (Nationally run organization) and also the Founder/Director of Boys at Summit Lacrosse Academy Adam also works with the two local professional sports teams (Atlanta Blaze and Georgia Swarm) on camps, clinics, ticket packages, etc.
Coach Austin Smith
Austin Smith specializes in baseball performance and private instruction. With his countless hours of experience at every level, Coach Austin is able to strategically articulate every phase of the game to any athlete no matter age. From Pitching, Hitting, Catching, Fielding, and Base running, Coach Austin has an immense amount of knowledge that he is eager to share with his clients. In high school, Coach Austin was named First Team All-Region and All-County, as well as, being named MVP his senior year at Creekview High School. He later went on to play collegiate baseball at Georgia Highlands and West Georgia Tech. Coach Austin has 4 years of coaching experience with teams as well as individual players. Coach Austin is eager and excited to work with any athlete at any level to help them gain skill and confidence and improve all aspects of their game.
Coach Nip Patrick Baseball Speed and Agility Football
Coach Nip is well versed multiple areas and can help athletes be their very best. He can help younger players develop key baseball and football skills as well as improve speed, strength and agility and speed. Coach Nip led a successful Speed and Agility program at Kell High School which produced 6 NFL players, as well as numerous collegiate players. He is also involved in the AAU Basketball Program with over 200 kids, and Coached Team Georgia in the U.S. National Basketball Tournament.
Coach Grace Botti | Softball
Grace is a native of Woodstock where she attended Woodstock High School from 2011-2015. She went on to play collegiate softball at Young Harris College from 2015-2019. She majored in Communication Studies with a minor in Sports Studies and Popular Culture. In her four years at YHC, she had 4 Regional Tournament appearances, 2 Superregional Tournament appearances, and 1 trip to the Division II National Championships where the team placed 4th. She was named to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team from 2017-2019. She was a recipient of the 2019 DII ADA Academic Achievement Award. For the 2018 season, she was named to the Peach Belt All-Conference First Team. Grace is ranked 1st in the YHC record books in walks, 2nd in RBI’s, 3rd in games played and sac flies, 4th in games started, 5th in home runs, 8th in at-bats, and 9th in runs, doubles, and hits. Grace specializes in catching, hitting, fielding, and pitching instruction and is eager to teach young athletes how to excel at all levels of the game!