President’s Day: ALL SKILLS Baseball/Softball Camp




Presidents Day:  All Skills Baseball/Softball Camp.

Monday, February 20th, 2023.  9:00am to 12:00noon.

All aspects of baseball and softball:  Hitting, Fielding, Throwing, Pitching, Catching, Arm care, game preparations, footwork, mechanics, velocity improvements, and more!

BONUS: We will be including a baseball/softball specific workout provided by Three Pillars Performance.

AGES 8-14

Instructor Bios:

Jake Skala
I am 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.

Butch McLaren

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.

Micah Ramage

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.

Cooper Allen

I am from Omaha, NE and where I attended Creighton Prep and eventually graduated from Bellevue West High School. My passion for baseball started right when I began playing at three years old.  ln high school, I played football and baseball but chose to narrow my focus on baseball.
In college, I played baseball at Barton Community College for two years then transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to finish school where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
I started my coaching resume in the fall of 2021 while coaching for the Nebraska Prospects. I started giving hitting lessons shortly after. My passion and love for the game is why I chose to join Driven Academy and help develop players of all ages.

Logan Kreizel, Certified Personal Trainer

I’m a Lincoln, NE, born and raised kid that bleeds Husker Red. I attended Lincoln Lutheran Middle School/High School (2015-2018), a smaller parochial school in the middle of Lincoln, where I was a 3-sport athlete with football, basketball and Track. For College, I attended Concordia University in Seward, NE, where I was a 4-year member of the Bulldog Football

program. Football’s been a huge part of who I am and helped me develop the love I have for training. So much to the point of where I now am on the football coaching staff at Lincoln Lutheran, my alma mater. Now, having completed my football & athletic career’s. I’ve began to focus my own training more around body building than athletics, but I still implement athletic movements into my workouts as well. A few of my favorite hobbies include lifting, golfing, fishing and coaching.

I graduated from Concordia University, NE in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, with a focus in Strength & Conditioning. I myself have been training for 8 years, primarily for athletics, but have now finished my athletic career and am onto full time personal training and coaching. I’ve put together and ran my alma mater’s, Lincoln Lutheran, Summer Strength & Conditioning Program the last two summers (2021 and 2022). Being able to work with athletes is a blessing for me, as I used to be one myself, and I’m wanting to influence athletes to push themselves to find new limits for themselves, but also to potentially spur an interest in  fitness/training in their lives. Some training experience of mine includes roughly 500 hours with collegiate athletes (Football, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball & Wrestling), as well as 200 hours with high school athletes and about 100 hours in the private sector. An experience I’d like to share about my past work is clients would be some training I did with my own father.

When the pandemic hit, and stay-at-home orders were put in place, my family decided to purchase “at-home” gym equipment to put in our garage so we could workout (since commercial gyms weren’t in operation, and my sister’s and I were all athletes and needed to get workouts in). From the end of May 2020 to July 2020, I worked with my dad 3-4x per week and ultimately helped him lose almost 75 pounds during that time!

A few FUN things:

– Favorite Color: Purple

– Food: Tator-Tot Casserole

– Activities: Football, lifting, golfing, coaching


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