Every athlete or coach has a moment where they have a big realization.
When it comes to baseball or softball:
Hitting can be really hard.
When we created The Hitting Vault, it was the first time I started teaching my approach outside of professional hitters and making it available for athletes like yours. So I’ll include some hitting and coaching insights I haven’t shared before.
And as a parent, if you want your athlete to keep up, they need to level up. So many athletes want to make the all-star or travel ball team or earn a scholarship, but to do that, they will have to commit to a different level of dedication to the work.
Meet your new coaches.
One last thing we need to mention. The Hitting Vault isn’t just for athletes and their parents. We also have an incredible private COACH membership designed specifically for everything coaches need. And we know what those needs are because we’ve coached at every level of softball and baseball, including MLB.
Coach Lisle currently works with numerous MLB, professional and college players and is a collegiate hitting coach.
Lisle’s knowledge is deeply rooted in all aspects of the game, but his passion and knowledge for hitting has proven to be a game changer for all the hitters he works with. Many know of Coach Lisle through his large social media following where his followers get encouragement, instruction, tips and insights on the game. His positive coaching approach has been a great motivator for players, parents and his peers. Coach Lisle has instilled his philosophy of teaching and sharing in the creation of The Hitting Vault, where our goal is to help every baseball and softball hitter unlock their power.
Alexa verbally committed to the University of Oregon as a high school sophomore as a catcher/utility. She was an All-Pac-12 First Team selection twice, as well as a First Team All-American, and First Team Academic All-American. In her junior year with the Ducks, Coach Lisle was a volunteer and helped revamp Alexa's swing. With Coach Lisle's help, Peterson went on to be the Pac-12 Batting Champion, hitting .492.
Oregon went to the Women's College World Series Alexa's sophomore and senior year, with Alexa making the All-World Series team her sophomore year for her performance. She ended her collegiate career ranked on Oregon's All-Time Top-10 in career Doubles, Homeruns, Hits, Walks, Batting Average and RBIs.
Alexa was drafted 11th overall in the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the USSSA Pride. She played professionally for six years, winning the NPF Championship Cowles Cup twice with the Pride. She also played one season in the Netherlands in their top professional league.
Alexa helped start the first ever softball program at the University of Montevallo (D2), coaching them to two conference tournament appearances in their first three years.
Alexa has been working with The Hitting Vault since 2017 as a hitting coach, social media content creator, and writer.
Aside from being on of Instagram’s most followed baseball coach, Jason Ferber has been coaching since 2011. He currently coaches the Real Ballers 2023 National Team, one of the top travel teams in the country based out of Brooklyn, New York. He streamlines their college recruitment process. In the past 8 years helped match over 75 high school athletes who are now in the NCAA, 39 players drafted, 17 top 5 round picks. Coach Ferber impacted hundreds with his knowledge and passion for the game. Follow him at @coachferber. Ferber is a guest coach with The Hitting Vault.
Lincoln Martin is a renowned hitting coach based out of Norcross, Georgia who works with the top softball programs around the nation. He spent 11 years as an MLB scout for the Houston Astros, and Miami Marlins, and before that played in the Baltimore Orioles organization after a successful career at Birmingham Southern. He trains athletes at his Player Development facility, Top Tier Sports. Follow him at @toptiersports. Martin is a guest coach with The Hitting Vault.
Coach Tom Eller was a minor league hitting coach for the Baltimore Orioles from 2019-2021. Prior, he had a successful 13 year head coaching career at Harford Community College. He led the Fighting Owls to five region championships, made a NJCAA World Series appearance, and topped 40 wins in each of his last four seasons. In his last year, Harford hit 112 home runs in 61 games (third-best in junior college ball). They also led the country with 422 walks and led the country with 234 stolen bases. Eller is a guest coach with The Hitting Vault.
Coach Stavros Kalogirou “Coach Stav” works with athletes across many sports, helping them unlock the strength and performance they need to get better. After graduating at St. Mary College in Moraga, CA he opted for public service with the city of Santa Rosa in the fire department. Coach Stav has trained and competed in the sport of CrossFit for many years, competing on a regional level multiple times. He’s a sponsored athlete for Nova 3 Labs, Promixnutrition.
Coach Stav has been the catalyst and trainer leading many athletes to optimize their bodies for their sport. Coach Stav and Coach Lisle worked to develop strength in core areas that hitters rely on for power, quickness and balance. The SwingFit training program is designed, tested and optimized specifically for baseball and softball athletes. Coach Stav is a Certified ACE® Personal Trainer.
Aaron James joined Coach Matt Lisle to help lead the relaunch of the The Hitting Vault. After University of Oregon, A.J. played baseball for Athletes in Action in Venezuela and Curaçao. That passion for the game continued, as he worked for the Oakland Athletics from 1999-2003.
As a career in advertising started, A.J. moved up into various creative director roles. He’s created brand campaigns for Nike, TOMS, Miami Dolphins, Patagonia and many others. A.J. served as the lead creative on the Los Angeles Dodgers brand campaign in 2011. Since day one, Aaron and Coach Lisle set out to create the most comprehensive hitting instruction experience. It’s designed to be the highest quality product at the highest value for our members. Every feature and every choice made with The Hitting Vault is to serve the needs and values of our players, parents and coaches.