Former Southern New Hampshire University four-year starter Brendan O’Brien has joined the staff at Ultimate Sports Academy and is available for lesson. Brendan rewrote the record book at SNHU and ranks as the all-time leader in hits, runs scored, stolen bases, games played and more. He is available for fielding and hitting lessons. The star-studded instruction staff for baseball at USA includes:
Tommy Chase – Assistant coach at SNHU … played middle infield at the University of Notre Dame and was named co-captain his senior year … has coached in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League and also served as assistant coach at Navy and UC-Santa Barbara. Teaches fielding, hitting and also specializes in the running game.
Kevin McGowan – Played at Nashua North and Franklin Pierce University … Drafted by the New York Mets in the 13th round of the 2013 draft … Expected to earn a spot for Double-A Binghamton Mets in 2016. Teaches pitching and hitting.
Alex Szymanski – Left-hander with pro experience for the Kalamazoo Kings and Rockford Riverhawks in the Frontier League … Starting pitcher at Northern Essex Community College and pitched in the Junior College World Series … Transferred to Franklin Pierce and played twice in the Div. II College World Series.
Ruben Rodriguez – Played professionally for the Royals, Pirates, Brewers … Served as Royals bullpen coach … Assistant coach in the 2000 Dominican World Cup. Ruben specializes in teaching hitting and catching.
Cave Girl field hockey has announced a new 4-on-4 league at Ultimate Sports Academy, a competitive league for middle school and high school players. Athletes will be challenged in games against their peers and also play against coach Nick Richardson (pictured) of the U.S. field hockey national team. Come play against other members of your team or sign up as an individual and play against others. The league is designed for players to improve on their game awareness and ball control. Richardson will help coach players through specific situations during an instructional atmosphere. The cost is $80. Session 1 is in full swing and ends Feb. 20. Session 2 will be held on Sundays from March 6 through March 27. Middle School division games begins at 5 p.m. and high school division games begin at 6 p.m. CLICK HERE to sign up for camps and leagues at USA. For more information, call general Kevin Gray at 716-4433.
HitTrax League – Don’t miss your chance to particpate in USA’s HitTrax batting simulator on Sunday afternoons. HitTrax is the New Hampshire’s first and only baseball simulator, featuring an amazing combination of analytics and entertainment for baseball and softball. This innovative system delivers real-time date and displays live results while players swing for the fences at any Major League stadium or even Williamsport, home of the Little League World Series. Players compete in a doubleheader (9-inning games) with live pitching from a coach or USA staff member. Other games include Quality Hits or Home Run Derby. Points are awarded based on key metrics such as hit distance, exit velocity, launch angle, pitch selection and more. Four players per team. The next league begins Sunday, Feb. 21 and continues Feb. 28, March 6, 13, 20 and 27. Cost is $100 per player. Games begin at noon. Prizes for the winning team! Call Kevin at Ultimate Sports Academy if you have any questions. 603-782-4949.
USA Baseball Academy – This 10-week session is designed for young players to learn fundamentals and build a foundation of skills. Begins Jan. 9. The staff at USA will cover various facets of the game, including pitching, hitting, fielding, catching, baserunning and more. Instructors include Academy Directors Kevin Gray, Jeff Montembeault and others with high school, college and pro coaching experience. The cost is $25 per session for 10 sessions … Players will also be able to use the Hittrax batting simulator. Players may also register at the door to \”pay as you go.\” For questions, contact USA general manager Kevin Gray at 716-4433.
Lamprey River Baseball and Softball — The staff at Ultimate Sports Academy is offering eight weeks of training for Lamprey River Baseball and Softball. The camp begins Monday, Jan. 18 and. Players can expect skill stations and instruction from high school and college-level coaches. Cost is $150 per camper. The camp’s focus is to develop proper fundamentals for the spring season. Each 90-minute session is broken into three skill stations that will include pitching mechanics, fielding and footwork, hitting, catching and more.
Field Hockey Shooters and Goalies – Log in here to sign up. Designed to train shooters and goalkeepers in their highly specialized positions. Begins January 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. Instructors include Carolyn King, head coach at St. Anselm College and Nick Richardson, U.S. men’s Jr. National Team, along with Kelli Braley, Souhegan High coach. Continues Feb. 2, 9, 16 and March 1.
To register for any vacation week programs at USA, stop by the front desk or call 782-4949. Participants can always register at the door.
Sunday, Dec. 27, 6-8 p.m. — KNOCKOUT CHALLENGE & HARD HITS COMPETITION. Baseball and softball players are invited to test their glovework and batting in skill games conducted by the USA staff. These are fun games that also challenge players. Prizes awarded in each age category. Cost is $25. Sign up at the front desk and let the games begin!
Monday, Dec. 28, 5-8 p.m. — PITCHING & CATCHING CAMP. Start building a foundation for success with proper mechanics! Kevin McGowan of the New York Mets and former pro Don Perigny (White Sox, Marlins) teach the finer points of pitching, while former All-Conference college catchers Chris McKenzie and Jeff Montembeault work with catchers. Space is limited. Cost is $50. Call 782-4949 to reserve your spot.
Tuesday, Dec. 29 — AGILITY AND SPEED TRAINING with personal trainer Jake Cheney of Athletes Edge and Rock Star Fitness. Ages 12-14 from 10-11 a.m. Ages 15-24 from 11 a.m.-noon. Athletes will be challenged in a series of agility, power and speed activities. Cost is $15 per athlete. Following the workout, participants are free to stay at Ultimate Sports Academy for and use the cages.
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 7-9 p.m. — HOVERBOARD RACES! No worries if you don’t have your own hoverboard (mini-segway). The staff at USA will provide hoverboards and an obstacle course to test your navigation skills. We will have “time trials” and give away prizes for each age division. Cost is $25.
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 6-9 p.m. — ADVANCED FIELDING AND HITTING with SNHU assistant coach Tommy Chase, former captain and middle infielder at University of Notre Dame. This program is designed for serious players in middle school and high school. Cost is $50.
Thursday, Dec. 31 — AGILITY AND SPEED TRAINING with personal trainer Jake Cheney of Athletes Edge and Rock Star Fitness. Ages 12-14 from 10-11 a.m. Ages 15-24 from 11 a.m.-noon. Athletes will be challenged in a series of agility, power and speed activities. Cost is $15 per athlete. Following the workout, participants are free to stay at Ultimate Sports Academy for and use the cages.
Thursday, Dec. 31 — NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH! Two words: Hoverboard Races. As part of a grand reopening, the staff at USA is hosting a rocking New Year’s Eve party that will include Hoverboard “Racing” on the turf. There will games, prizes, music and a glittering globe will drop from the rafters at midnight! The first 20 kids to to register will receive a free hat. Ages 10 and up. There will be a “Teen Club” in the new MONTY ROOM with music and video games … Parents can drop off their kid(s) anytime after 6 p.m. and return for pickup anytime before 1 a.m. Cost is $50 per child and $25 for each additional family member. Pizza and bottled water included. Reserve your spot by registering here or stopping at the USA front desk or call general manager Kevin Gray at 716-4433.
Ken Joyce of the San Francisco Giants, owner of four World Series rings, is once again hosting the Champions Hitting Camp at Ultimate Sports Academy on Saturday, Dec. 19. Session I for ages 9-12 is from 2-5 p.m. Session II for ages 13-17 is from 6-9 p.m. He will be joined by USA instructors Tommy Chase and Greg LaRocca, among other coaches. Joyce is a former hitting coach of the Fisher Cats who has worked at several levels of the minors with the Giants. He has been hitting coach in the Arizona Fall League, Major League spring training and made several stops from Single-A to Triple-A, working closely with Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and others such as Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval.
“I always enjoy coming to New Hampshire and working with these passionate hitters. What you guys are doing here at Ultimate Sports Academy is awesome!” said Joyce, who covers several facets of hitting, including timing, rhythm, hitting for power, breaking down the strike zone and situational hitting.
“Coach Joyce is the best teach of hitting that I have ever seen. He connects the dots and gets kids to feel and understand the hitting process,” said USA general manager Kevin Gray. This camp is limited to 50 campers per session. USA instructors and travel coaches will be on hand to assist coach Joyce. To pre-register for the Champions Hitting Camp, call 716-4433 or stop by the front desk at Ultimate Sports Academy.
Former University of Notre Dame co-captain Tommy Chase has joined the staff at Ultimate Sports Academy and is available for fielding and hitting lessons. Chase, a four-year member of the Fighting Irish, has coached in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League and is entering his first year as an assistant at Southern New Hampshire University. A native of Cohasset, Mass., Chase graduated from Boston College High School and joined the Notre Dame baseball team in 2009. As a senior in 2012, his teammates unanimously named him co-captain. He was also named a finalist for the 2012 Coach Wooden Citizenship Award as one of “Sports Greatest Citizens.” Chase served as an assistant coach and head coach for the Seacoast Mavericks of the FCBL and served as an assistant at Navy and UC-Santa Barbara.program. To schedule a hitting/fielding lesson with coach Chase, call Ultimate Sports Academy at 782-4949 or general manager Kevin Gray at 716-4433.
Former University of Notre Dame infielder Tommy Chase is now available for lessons at Ultimate Sports Academy.
Bring on 2016! As part of a grand reopening, the staff at USA is hosting a rocking New Year’s Eve party. There will games, prizes, music and a glittering globe will drop from the rafters at midnight! The first 20 kids to to register will receive a free New Hampshire Bobcats hat. Ages 10 and up. There will be a “Teen Club” in the new Bobcats room with music and video games … Parents can drop off their kid(s) anytime after 6 p.m. and return for pickup anytime before 1 a.m. Cost is $50 per child and $25 for each additional family member. Pizza and bottled water included. Make your reservation at the USA front desk or call general manager Kevin Gray at 716-4433.
The New Hampshire Bobcats are hosting a meet-and-greet and light workout for former New England Blackhawks players on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Ultimate Sports Academy. Players eligible for the 13u team are meeting from 10-11 a.m. Players eligible for the 12u team are meeting from noon-1 p.m. Players eligible for the 11u team are meeting for from 2-3 p.m. Coaches will discuss plans for the 2016 season and begin finalizing roster spots. For more information, call Kevin Gray at 716-4433.
Ultimate Sports Academy is proud to announce that Kevin Gray has been named general manager of the multi-sports complex in Manchester, which has been busy preparing for the winter season ahead. Renovations and facility improvements already have commenced
Gray and his partners Jeff and Dina Montembeault take over management of USA, which has hosted a variety of teams and events since opening in 2012. USA plans to add one more indoor workout area (60-x-40), equipped with two more more batting cages and a state-of-the-art hitting system with data capture and MLB-like simulation.
“This is an exciting time for USA and young athletes in the area. This partnership will only strengthen the programs at USA and take player development to a new level,” said David Duragano, a founder and owner of USA. “Kevin has a proven track record and his organization and skillset fit the needs of USA perfectly. Looking forward to our future with Kevin and his support staff at the helm.”
Since launching their organization in 2012, the Bobcats have expanded to nine teams for the spring season and eight teams for fall. Gray has coached various age levels in recent years and is currently the Bow High School junior varsity baseball head coach. He is also an associate scout for the Seattle Mariners.
“Our passion is teaching baseball with a focus on long-term development. This relationship is a win-win for everyone involved,” Gray said. “Thank you to the founders of USA for this opportunity.”
The staff at USA has plans for sports camps and clinics, in addition to special events such as a New Year’s Eve party with games and prizes. For more information, contact USA at 603-782-4949; email Kevin@usanh.com.
On July 18th, the New England Blackhawks baseball program capped their 2015 season in triumphant style by winning the Elite Baseball League 14U New England Championship and the 13U team taking New England Runner Ups! We couldn’t be more proud of our boys!
The two teams enjoyed tremendous seasons and it couldn’t have been a success without teamwork and dedication from everyone within the program including the players, families and coaching staff! Congratulations!
The two teams were then awarded four players from each team to be selected to the EBL All Stars in Danvers, MA on Sunday, July 19, 2015. These two teams were coached by New England Blackhawks Managers. The Blackhawks players certainly contributed to their teams efforts and Nick LaBrie from the 14U team was selected as the MVP in his game as a result of a bomb he hit out of the park! In the 13U contest, Clay Campbell contributed by collecting three hits and provided stellar defensive play!