Jason Sekany

With over 3 decades of pitching experience, Jason Sekany is the founder and lead pitching instructor at TPC Baseball & The Pitching Center.

Playing Experience

As a pitcher Jason’s experience began locally and includes stops at every level from Granada Little League to the Major League Rosters for both the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds. Jason played for Granada High School, Modesto Junior College and University of Virginia before being selected in the second round of the 1996 MLB Draft.

Coaching Experience

As a pitching instructor, Jason has 20 years of experience and has completed over 25,000 lessons. Jason has also served as director or co-director for dozens of baseball and pitching specific clinics and has spoken at numerous parent and coach seminars both locally and around the country.  Jason has also been a youth league coach/manager and assisted with area high school and Jr college programs.  Jason has also worked with Team USA Baseball as a pitching coach and scout since 2010 including coaching the 2013 IBAF World Cup Gold Medal Team, the 2015 WBSC World Cup Gold Medal Team, the 2018 WBSC Pan American Gold Medal Team and the 2019 IBAF World Cup Team.  Additionally he has been a Task Force member at numerous USA Baseball events including the National NTIS and Tournament of Stars.  Jason also serves as the Northwest Regional Director for the USA Baseball NTIS (National Team Identification Series).  Jason also serves currently as a varsity coach at Granada HS.  Notable Students include 2015 National League All Star Tyson Ross and 2014 #1 overall draft pick Mark Appel and Chris Flexen, NY Mets MLB Pitcher, former MLB pitcher and current MLB consultant Brian Bannister.

Program Development

Through the years of experience Jason has been helped to develop numerous training development programs.  The Power ThrowingTM program was one of the very first and most productive velocity enhancement programs created.  Jason has also worked closely with experts in the fields of sports medicine, sports psychology, physical therapy and strength training to develop a comprehensive return to throwing program for players coming off traumatic arm injuries and surgery.  He has also co-founded Lil’ Baseball which is an introduction to baseball skills program for ages 2.5 – 5.

Charitable Work

Jason is most proud of his work with charity youth programs including the RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), the Challenger Baseball Program and others serving as both an instructor and motivational speaker for kids.  He is also the Founder and Executive Board Chairman for the East Bay SportStars, a 501c-3 corporation that is dedicated to raising funds and facilitating athletic opportunities for youth needing financial assistance and/or guidance.

Mentors & Associates

Along with his pitching and coaching experience Jason has had the opportunity to work with and learn from a number of the nation’s top experts in pitching.  These experts include:

Dr. Tom House – world-renowned pitching coach and author. Jason has been certified under Dr. House’s organization, The National Pitching Association, in the areas of pitching mechanics, functional baseball fitness, mental-emotional management and nutrition.

Dr. Phil Wagner – Founder of Sparta Performance Science

Dr. Charles Preston – Orthopedic Surgeon Muir Hospital

Dr. Donald Chu – Physical Therapist Athercare

Jerry Weinstein – MLB Bench Coach Colorado Rockies

Brent Strom – MLB Pitching Coach Houston Astros

 

With an open mind in addition to this experience, training and a scientific background, Jason is constantly striving to learn more and find better ways to help each pitcher reach his or her potential.

 


Services

– Private Lesson with Jason Sekany

– Rapsodo Bullpen (Baseball or Softball)

– IPDR with Jason Sekany

TPC Rentals


Services

– Tunnel Rental

– Full-Bay Rental

– Full Bay Rental with Pitching Machine

– Tunnel 1 Tunnel 2 and Machine add on - TVBR Red Sox

– Hittrax Rental

– 90 Minute Bay Rental

Kevin KIm (Available via Zoom)


Services

– Online Zoom Lesson With Kevin Kim

Gene Mirra

Background:

Played baseball and attended both St. Francis High School and De Anza College, but a knee injury and subsequent rehab process, Gene found an interest in strength training and conditioning.

Education:

Graduated from St. Francis High School, graduated with a BS in Kinesiology and Masters Degree in Kinesiology and Sports Management from San Jose State University.

Coaching Experience:

Started as a Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistant at San Jose State assisting with both Football and Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams and oversaw the training of Soccer, Tennis, and Baseball. Baseball program went on to College Baseball World Series in 2000.

Moved on to University of Cal Berkeley as an assistant to Football and Men’s Basketball, and oversaw the training of Baseball, Rugby, Lacrosse, and Men’s and Women’s Soccer. Trained numerous professional and Olympic athletes and was a part of two National Championship teams during a four-year tenure.

Became the first Director of Strength and Conditioning at Saint Mary’s College in 2003. At one point worked with every single team with athletics, including Football, but spent the most time working with Men’s Basketball, Baseball, and Volleyball. During an 11-year tenure, coached MLB players Mark Teahen, Kyle Barraclough, Kyle Jensen, Corbin Burnes, and Patrick Wisdom, NBA players Patty Mills and Mathew Dellavedova, and was a part of numerous conferences championships, NCAA tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance for the Men’s Basketball team. While coaching at St. Mary’s also coached two TPC alumni in Alex Schmarzo and Taylor Reid.

Accepted a High Performance coaching position at University of the Pacific focusing primarily working with technologies related to training and statistics/analytics for performance and injury prevention.

Also worked with San Francisco 49ers, USA Rugby National Teams, and has coached 3 Weightlifters to National meets. 

Certifications:

Certified by the NSCA as a CSCS professional, USAW Level 1 Certification, USAW Sports Performance Certification, SAQ Certification (Speed/Agility/Quickness), TRX Certified, TRX Group Certified, and SMR Certification (Self Myofascial Release Specialist).

Gene can not only help any athlete achieve new levels in training ranging from full athletic testing and evaluation, customized training programs, expert strength technique teaching, sprint and agility performance and technique training, Olympic Weightlifting, and care and prevention management.


Services

– 30 Minute Private Lesson

– Strength/Mobility Assessment With Gene Mirra

– Introduction to Weight Lifting

– Strength/Conditioning Assessment with Gene Mirra + 4 Weeks of Custom Programming

TPC Rentals 2


Services

– Full-Bay Rental

– Tunnel Rental

– Tunnel 1 Tunnel 2 and Machine add on - TVBR Red Sox

– 90 Minute Bay Rental

Jennifer Asbury

Background


Jen is a fantastic new addition to the TPC staff.  Jen brings an extensive softball background as a player and coach. As a player, Jen was a Tri-Valley athlete who played Varsity Softball for Granada High School and had the distinction of being one of the top female athletes in the Bay Area. Through hard work, dedication, and high marks in school she earned a Division 1 Softball Scholarship to Boston College. Jen has been a student of the game since she was very young. Along with an immense amount of knowledge, Jen brings a love and passion for the game of softball with everything she does. Jen is an awesome coach for softball players of all ages and abilities. 


Playing Experience:

Jen’s career started at the age of ten with Livermore Girls Softball Association (LGSA). She then played on competitive travel ball softball teams with 12U Livermore Smoke Fastpitch through 18 Gold Sacramento Breeze before moving on to Boston College.  


In High School, Jen was a four-year starter on the Granada Varsity softball team.  As a catcher in her senior year, she allowed no passed balls and posted a .400 batting average earning her the honor of being named one of the Bay Area’s Top 50 Athletes.  Jen’s other achievements include being named to the All-League First Team (EBAL) all four years and was All First Team at the Queen of The Mountain and Livermore Stampede tournaments.  Jen’s team competed in the NCS Championship Tournament all four years winning one NCS Championship title.  One of the highlights of her high school career was winning the Livermore Granada Boosters Female Athlete Olympian Award.  Her proudest accomplishment was being selected as an Olympic Torch Bearer for the 1996 Atlanta Games. Jen worked hard on the field but equally as hard on academics.  Education was a high priority.  She was named to the Principal’s Honor Roll all four years at Granada.


After High School, Jen’s career continued as she earned an NCAA Division 1 Softball Scholarship to Boston College. At BC she was a four-year starter from 2000-2003. Jen primarily played 2B but was also the back-up catcher and outfielder earning her All-Big East First Team Utility Player in 2001.  Jen is currently in Boston College’s record books for career sacrifice hits in 2003, a single-season record for most games started in 2003, and most doubles in 2001.  Jen’s BC softball team attended the Big East Tournament all four years. In Jens senior year, the team qualified for the NCAA Division 1 Regional Softball Tournament hosted at the University of Arizona.


Coaching Experience:

Jen is an assistant coach for a competitive travel ball softball team and assists other local teams with practices, drills, and clinics. Through coaching these young players, she was inspired to follow her passion and become a softball and baseball instructor full-time.  She works with Bay Area athletes giving individual lessons in hitting, fielding, pitching, and instructing catchers.  Her objective is to analyze the athlete’s abilities and assist them in reaching their full potential by gaining a better understanding of proper technique and mechanics.  


Instruction Description: Advanced Softball Hitting, Softball Pitching, Overhand Throwing, and Fielding including at the Catchers position.


Services

– 30 Minute Private Lesson

– Baseball/Softball New Student Evaluation (Hitting)

Matt Sartwell

Background

Matt was born and raised in small town Iowa where he started playing baseball at a very young age. He played little league and eventually made his high school team as a pitcher and first baseman! Right before his senior year, Matt moved to the Bay Area due to a job change with his parents. Matt eventually found his way to TPC as a student in the power throwing program back in 2015 and quickly became one of the top students and the first to join the 100 mph Happy Gilmore In n Out Club! 

 

Playing experience:

Matt became a pitcher only when he moved to California. He attended Cal High and got an offer to play at Cal State East Bay. Matt ended up redshirting at East Bay to develop and get stronger due to illness he had suffered before the season. Matt then decided that he wanted a change and transferred to San Diego Mesa college, where he ended up closing games. Matt ended up transferring out of Junior College after his first season to play at Minot State University (D2 in North Dakota). During his time there, Matt set many velocity records through the program that they had there, however his velocity was not his main weapon. Matt’s curveball quickly became his go to pitch as he learned to locate it extremely effectively. He used it as a primary pitch to make his fastball even more effective. Matt eventually developed and got his fastball up to 92 mph (sat 89-90) during his time in college. Matt ended his career with a 2.89 ERA

 

Coaching experience:

Matt comes to TPC as a great addition to the team! Matt has quite a bit of coaching experience for only graduating college in 2021. During his time in Minot, ND, Matt coached a local high school legion team during the summers. He was the pitching coach and first base coach for them during his time there. His main focus was to develop a throwing program. Believe it or not, it gets cold in North Dakota, so players there don’t have the luxury of playing outside all year round. This caused many inefficiencies in many of the players’ throwing and pitching mechanics. Matt’s program effectively improved their mechanics and every player saw improvements in their level of play on the mound, as well as jumps in velocity.

 

Matt also has a lot of experience with 1 on 1 training. During his final year of college, Matt took on internships with the strength program on campus, a baseball training facility, and a gym in Minot, ND. Matt would give lessons at the baseball training facility, as well as worked with athletes in every sport in the strength and conditioning program. 

 

After graduating, Matt moved back to San Diego and worked for another baseball facility. During his time there, Matt coached travel ball teams at all levels, gave private pitching lessons and assisted with a velocity training class. 

 

Matt is now back here at TPC as an instructor! He will be working with the baseball pitching classes as well as doing private lessons!


Services

– 30 Minute Private Lesson

– Baseball New Student Evaluation (Pitching)

Kevin Kim

Kevin is a welcome addition to the TPC staff.  With his tremendous background and coaching experience including serving as the varsity pitching coach for Ramon Valley High School for ten years, he immediately added a great deal to our programs.  His knowledge of the game, love for the kids and desire to learn more make him a perfect fit with TPC.

Background

Kevin has an impressive coaching background.  His dedication to his players and the success they have enjoyed under his guidance have made him the area’s most sought after high school pitching coach.

Coaching Experience

Kevin has coached baseball for over 20 years.  He has served as a youth level coach and trainer with Pleasanton American and San Ramon Valley Little Leagues.  Kevin began his high school coaching career in the late 90’s and quickly worked his way to the varsity level.  Kevin had the opportunity to serve as varsity pitching coach for legendary high school coach Rick Steen and San Ramon Valley for 10 seasons – winning 2 NCS Championships.  Kevin also was the pitching coach at De La Salle High School for 2 seasons.   Kevin works with several professional players during the off season and he is involved in the STRETCH Winter Bootcamp program for local youth baseball and softball players.


Services

– 30 Minute Private Lesson

– Rapsodo Bullpen (Baseball or Softball)

– Baseball New Student Evaluation (Pitching)

Sam Mandel

Background:

Sam joins the TPC staff as a recent college graduate. Sam attended Bentley High School and Linfield College and began training with TPC in 2012 and continued throughout his playing career.  He is a multi-year alumnus of the Power Throwing Program and Advanced Pitching Mechanics.  Sam has also served as a camp instructor, college intern, and business contributor.  We are excited to have Sam on board to share his first hand playing and TPC student experience with our current and future students.

 

Playing Experience:

Sam has had success as a player all the way to the college level. Through his experiences, Sam brings an array of perspectives on the game to the TPC staff.  Sam has an experienced background in Baseball. As a player at Bentley High School, Sam was a starter on the Varsity team for three out of his four years. In 2015, Sam received 1st team all-league honors in a season in which he threw 4 complete-game victories against league opponents and set the school’s single-season record for strikeouts with 71 in just 65 and 1/3 innings. Following his time at Bentley, Sam gained college experience playing in two out of his four years at Linfield College.

 

Coaching Experience:

Sam has been a coach at TPC since 2016 when he was back home training in the off-season. Sam also has experience assisting at a number of USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) events. As a coach, Sam brings a player's perspective to the game and specifically the art of the pitching.

Instruction Disciplines

Pitching, Power Throwing, and Weight Lifting


Services

– 30 Minute Private Lesson

– Rapsodo Bullpen (Baseball or Softball)

– Baseball New Student Evaluation (Pitching)

– Rapsodo Session with Recruiting Video

– TPC Administrative Meeting

Scott Mahoney

Scott comes to TPC with an extensive background in baseball.  He is also yet another in a long line of accredited teachers to be a part of our TPC Staff.  He blended experience as a D1 player, MLB Umpire and baseball operations administration make him a tremendous addition to our team.

Background

Scott’s baseball resume is extensive.  As a player, Scott competed to the Div 1 level as a utility player at Northern Colorado University.  Following his collegiate playing career, Scott became a professional umpire and quickly ascended through the system to the MLB level.  Stops along the way include Championship Series and All Star Game assignments at every level as well as the 2011 MLB All Star Futures Game.  Scott has also developed 2 umpire and player training programs.  He also continues to umpire at the collegiate level.

Scott has also worked in baseball administration as an Operations Manager at NCTB as well as being the Merchandise Coordinator.

Coaching Experience

Scott has served as a coach and evaluator for the USA Baseball NTIS for the past 2 years.  He has also been a trainer/instructor for the Orinda Baseball Academy for 5 years.  Scott’s energy, passion for the game an experience are a welcome addition to TPC.


Services

– 30 Minute Private Lesson

– Baseball New Student Evaluation (Pitching)

– Baseball/Softball New Student Evaluation (Hitting)

– Softball New Student Evaluation (Pitching)

Matt Rose

Background

Matt joins TPC the TPC Staff bringing a unique blend of baseball and softball experience.  Following his playing days, Matt went on to serve his community as a Police Officer for 15 years until his career ended due to injury sustained in the line of duty in 2016.  In addition to his service he has worked with area youth players in both baseball & softball for over 15 years.

Playing Experience

Matt has an extensive background in baseball and fast pitch softball as a player and coach. He was a 4 year baseball player at Castro Valley High School in Northern California.  While at Castro Valley High, Matt was a utility infielder and helped his team capture two consecutive league championship titles.  Upon graduating Castro Valley High, he went on to study at Cal State University East Bay where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

Coaching Experience

Matt has studied the science of hitting under the tutelage of legendary hitting coach Oscar Miller for over 20 years.  Matt has also spent extensive time working with and studying under several top softball pitching coaches.  He has trained young athletes for the past 15 years as a coach and privately for numerous baseball and softball travel teams at many levels (12u-18u).  Matt currently is the head coach for a local High School Varsity softball team in the East Bay.


Services

– 30 Minute Private Lesson

– Baseball/Softball New Student Evaluation (Hitting)

– Softball New Student Evaluation (Pitching)

– GOATA Movement Assessment

Joe Navilhon


Services

– 30 Minute Private Lesson

– Baseball New Student Evaluation (Pitching)

Alex Rojas

Background

Alex was born and raised in the East Bay. Born in Fremont and raised in Pleasanton. Both of his parents played a major influence in his playing career and his love of baseball came from his father, MLB Coach Bruce Hines, and his favorite coach, the late Frank Knox of the Tri-Valley Babe Ruth Royals. He lived and played most of his baseball career in the Bay Area. 

 

Playing experience:

Alex played baseball for fun as a kid in little league. He turned over a new leaf and pursued baseball as a passion, developing his work ethic after his nine-year old season because he “cried after watching his friends practicing on the all-star team after finding out he didn’t make the team.”  Playing for the Pleasanton American and Tri-Valley Babe Ruth All Stars from ages 10-15. He played all four years of baseball at Amador Valley, two years on varsity. In 2010, AVHS was voted #9 in the nation and #1 in the state after going 25-3 and winning NCS and EBAL decisively, beating Foothill in the NCS final 12-1.. During his highschool years, he played for Don Johns and the Danville Hoots. He spent time working at TPC with Coach Kevin Kim as a little leaguer and high school player.

 

During his time playing in the East Bay, Alex was fortunate to train and play with the likes of dozens of collegiate and professional baseball players like: Stephen Piscotty, Chris Keck, Daniel Jackson, TJ Friedl, Will Anderson, Michael Theofanopoulus, Joey Moroney, Evan Brisentine, Joe Navilhon, Mark Appel, Shawn Dunston Jr. and more.

 

After graduating in 2011, Alex suffered numerous injuries and off-field issues that kept him from playing from 2012-2014. After earning a scholarship to Vincennes University where he broke out, stayed healthy,  and earned his Associate’s in Kinesiology, he was awarded a scholarship to four-year Eastern New Mexico Univ. He suffered yet another injury which cost him the season and then suffered the loss of his mother, bringing him closer to family, he transferred to West Liberty University where he finished his collegiate career. 

 

After finishing his season, he spent a summer in Kent, WA studying and training with Driveline Baseball, a giant in the performance industry. During his time there, he developed into a professional baseball player, received an invite to the Palm Springs Winter League where he played well enough to sign a contract with the United Shores Professional Baseball League. This is where he met Tony Dress and was training at TPC for his spring training with the USPBL. He chose to retire from baseball and had necessary surgery for an injury. He now pursues coaching and competing in martial arts.

 

Coaching experience:

Alex has been a certified personal trainer since age 19, and is now a yoga/group exercise instructor with numerous certifications in human movement/performance. He is an aspiring CSCS that teaches multiple times a week in multiple modalities, from strength and conditioning to youth hitting lessons

 

He can develop personalized strength and conditioning programs from specific individuals, groups, or teams. He can lead a group of adults or children in related movement sessions to not only mobilize the body but, coordinate the body and mind together. He enjoys working with all individuals that are interested in weight loss, muscle building, rehab, or general workouts through his personal company, Namastrength Athletics. Follow his Instagram for more information, @namastrengthathletics

 

Alex is apart of a very successful strength and conditioning company, Proving Grounds Sports Performance, which specializes in developing speed and agility in all amateur and professional athletes. Jevon Holland, Oregon University, and Shamir Garret, De La Salle/San Jose State are two exceptional standouts, as well as Alex himself being a product of PGSP. Find out more at provinggroundssp.com


Services

– 30 Minute Private Lesson

– Baseball/Softball New Student Evaluation (Hitting)

– GOATA Movement Assessment