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FS21 COACHING STAFF

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FREDDY SANCHEZ

Founder, President

Coach Freddy spent 12 years in Major League Baseball as an every day starter.  Drafted by the Red Sox, then traded to Pittsburg where he won the 2006 NL Batting Title as well as multiple MLB All-Star appearances and 2 World Series rings with the SF Giants.  His knowledge of the game is extensive and his ability to share his wisdom and expertise is second to none.  Since retiring from the MLB, he's been coaching youth baseball and resides in Chandler, AZ with his wife Alissa and their children, Evan, Ryan and Maddie.

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MICHAEL YANKE

Founder, CEO/GM

His professional experience includes C-level management of multiple companies in automotive and technology in addition to an international professional sports league with live TV production reaching 100,000,000+ annual views.  He created the Arizona Warriors Baseball/Fastpitch club in the Fall of 2017, the teams grew to more than 175 players.

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SCOTT HAIRSTON

Outfield/Hitting Coach

Scott has 10+ years playing experience in MLB for teams including Diamondbacks, Padres, Mets, A’s, Cubs and Nationals. With infield and outfield experience as a starter in the big leagues, Scott’s ability to bring a well-rounded knowledge of the game to players is extremely high.  His outfield training goes well beyond anything players below the pros ever receive.  He's also a baserunning expert that breaks down how to run bases like the best players in the world do.

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JACK WILSON

Infield, Defensive Strategy, Scouting Advisor

Jack spent 11+ seasons in Major League Baseball and was an All-Star and exceptional defender on the field.  He earned a Silver Slugger award the same year he made his All-Star debut.  His professional experience at shortstop is highly regarded and after a career where he played for the Pirates, Mariners and Braves, he went back to his hometown high school in Thousand Oaks, CA to coach the program he grew up in.  As head coach of the high school program, Jack’s team consistently ranked within the top 10 nationally numerous years.  Many of his players have gone to play D1 ball and with Team USA.  He's even had MLB draft picks come straight out of his high school program.  When he's not watching his son play for GCU, you'll find him at some practices turning double plays with Freddy.

SCOTT SCHNEIDER

Pitching and Arm Program Coach

Scott Schneider is a former professional pitcher and started his coaching career in 2008. Currently, he’s coaching professional baseball for a MLB organization (pitching and rehab) while residing in Gilbert, AZ. Scott has coached at every level from the highest level of pro ball to high school and youth.

 

After playing 4 years of Division 1 baseball at Virginia Commonwealth University and Norfolk State University, Coach Scott was selected by the Anaheim Angels in the 2000 draft. He went on to pitch 9 years professionally and in 2006 set league records for Saves in a season and Game Finishes.

 

After Coach Scott finished playing baseball he went back to school and proceeded to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from ASU with Summa Cum Laude honors and a Masters of Science in Management from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. He also has certifications from Driveline in Coaching Fundamentals and Pitch Design, as well as the OnBaseU Certification.

 

Coach Scott's coaching philosophy is a guided self-discovery approach of the individual as they grow through their developmental process. There isn’t a set way to succeed, and the process is an ongoing ever changing journey. He’s a body mechanics guru, understanding where and how to help players make fundamental changes to increase velocity and accuracy, while maintaining a foundation of long-term care and potential. Coach Scott will lead all arm development at FS21 in addition to the pitching program of the organization.