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Cooper Allen – Hitting & Fundamentals

Coach Allen is from Omaha, NE and where he attended Creighton Prep and eventually graduated from Bellevue West High School. His passion for baseball started right when he began playing at three years old.  ln high school, he played football and baseball but chose to narrow his focus on baseball.

In college, he played baseball at Barton Community College for two years then transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to finish school where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. 

He started his coaching resume in the fall of 2021 while coaching for the Nebraska Prospects. He started giving hitting lessons shortly after. My passion and love for the game is why he chose to join Driven Academy and help develop players of all ages.

Coach Butch McLaren  – Fast Pitch & Hitting

Coach McLaren has over two decades of professional softball coaching experience. During his 14 year tenure as an assistant and head coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Butch developed 75 NCAA DIII 1st teamers, 84 all GPAC selections, and 4 GPAC pitcher of the year winners. As the head coach of Lincoln East High School, he took the Spartans to the Class A State Finals while coaching 25 all-city selections, 9 all-state honorees, and the Nebraska player of the year. McLaren played baseball and football for the University of Northern Arizona. He is a middle-school educator by day and works primarily with fast pitch students at The Driven Academy.

Albenis Machado – Hitting & Fundamentals

Coach “Machi” has been described as the Mayor of Haymarket Park, playing 6 seasons with the Lincoln Saltdogs – including the 2009 championship team. Beyond his time with the hometown favorites, he has 15 years of professional experience at the national and international level as a part of the Montreal Expos and Chicago Cubs organizations, as well as the Mexican and Venezuelan leagues. Albenis was an all-around player with multiple accolades at middle infield and at the plate. He is third all-time in Northern League hits. Machado coaches hitting, fielding fundamentals, and team coaching at The Driven Academy.

Devin Trumbley – Hitting & Fundamentals

Devin Trumbley is from Lincoln, Nebraska where he attended Lincoln Southeast High School. At Southeast he played football, basketball, and baseball and earned himself a 3-sport letter. His passion for sports started at a young age and he always knew that he wanted to continue sports to the highest level he could reach. When looking at making a college decision he didn’t want to give up any of the sports he had played his whole career, but knew it was in his best interest to narrow his search to just football and baseball. 
When offered by Nebraska Wesleyan University to be a dual sport athlete in both football and baseball, he committed to stay in his hometown. An injury in his freshman year put his sports career on hold, but through adversity Devin is continuing to get his Associates Degree in Business at Southeast Community College.
His coaching history consists of volunteer hours helping at high school camps and helping local select teams in fundamentals of the game. Now he wants to continue his passion for the game by developing players in their quest to reach the next level.

Jake Skala – Advanced Pitching & Fundamentals


Coach Jake Skala is from Kearney, NE and graduated from Kearney High School. My passion for baseball started at an early age because I was able to play in the Little League World Series in 2012 for the Midwest team. ln high school, I was a 3 sport athlete but narrowed in my focus on baseball. Throughout high school, I was a starting pitcher and helped Kearney win state my sophomore year. Junior and senior year we made it back to the tournament but fell short of the championship.

In college, I played baseball at Barton Community College for two years then transferred to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln to finish school. At Barton, I was a starting pitcher and helped the team reach the regional tournament in 2019.

I started my coaching resume in 2015 while coaching for Kearney Little League then moved to Lincoln and coached fall ball for the Nebraska Prospects after my baseball career had finished.

I am excited to be a resource for players to develop their skills and expand their knowledge of the game.


Micah Ramage – Catching, Hitting & Fundamentals

Micah Ramage was born and raised in Pasadena, TX and played baseball for 4 years at Concordia University, Nebraska in Seward, NE. In high school he was voted by the other players in the school program to receive the “Heart Award”, an award given to the person who showed the most dedication and passion to the game throughout the season. Now the head legion baseball coach in Seward, he has 4 years of coaching under his belt and loves helping players develop their skills to become better ballplayers.


Jaime Barta – Softball Hitting & Fundamentals

 Jaime has been in and around the game her whole life as the daughter of a college coach. She played her high school softball in Bismarck North Dakota where she was the state’s first player to play for a power five program.

Barta began her journey at North Dakota State University before transferring to Butler Community College her sophomore year. While at Butler CC Barta started at shortstop and joined her team at the NCJAA World Series. From Butler CC she committed to play for Syracuse University where she finished her career playing both infield and outfield. She has experience coaching youth baseball and softball and has a deep love for the game.

“At Driven, the athletes are encouraged to see that they can change their physical skills as well as their mental approach to the game. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing kids get excited about hard work and feeling confident in their abilities.

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