ALEC V. SMITH:  zezetj7@yahoo.com
OWNER/HEAD INSTRUCTOR OF ALL BASEBALL PROGRAMS

Coach Alec brings over 20 years of competitive baseball and over 7 years of high level coaching experience to Best Speed Baseball and High School baseball. Alec was raised in South Sacramento, Ca and attended Florin High School, where he was a 4 year varsity starter alongside his best friend Jermy Acey. Alec was a two time all Delta league first team member and was the 1999 Delta League MVP. Alec accepted a scholarship to play baseball @ Southern University in 1999, due to circumstances beyond his control with a change in coaching staff Alec came home to Northern Ca. and played for American River JC. There Alec was a two time all Bay Valley Conference award winner. Coach Alec has been involved with the South Sacramento and greater Sacramento area for many years. Alec currently just finished his Masters Degree in Communications and Graduated in August of 2012.

JERMY M. ACEY:  jermyace@yahoo.com
VP/HEAD OF PROGRAM PLAYER DEVELOPMENT/INSTRUCTOR

Jermy brings over 20 years of competitive baseball experience to Best Speed Baseball. Raised in South Sacramento, Ca. Jermy attended Florin High School and was a 4 year varsity starter. He was a two time All Delta League first team player and went on to play two years @ Skyline Junior College in the bay area. Jermy was then drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 17th rd of the Major League amateur draft in 2003. Jermy since has played professional baseball over the past 7 seasons for teams: Arizona, Tampa Bay, Orange County, Mazatlan ( Mexican Major Leagues, ) St. George and Maui ( Kona Ana ). Jermy’s passion and love for the game of baseball can and will take your ball player to new heights.

DARYL GRANT: allworlddg@aol.com
HEAD OF PITCHING DEVELOPMENT/INSTRUCTOR

The name Daryl Grant struck fear in Delta League opponents minds when they knew this masterful two way player was going to pay their team a visit. Daryl grew up in the South Sacramento area and attended Florin High School. He was a 4 year varsity starter and not only a 3 time all Delta League player but he was the Sacramento Bee Player of the year in 1996. Daryl graduated Florin High in 1996 and accepted a full ride scholarship to Long Beach State. While with the Dirt Bags Daryl flourished in being rated the Conferences number #1 two way player. Daryl left Long Beach State in 1999 and took a medical red shirt. Daryl than transferred to Sacramento State Univ. and graduated in the year of 2001. Daryl turned down several over seas opportunities to be closer to home and to finish his masters degree in education.

ISAAC JOHNSON: nextontee@gmail.com
VP  INSTRUCTOR OF ALL BASEBALL PROGRAMS/INSTRUCTOR

Coach Isaac Johnson was drafted out of Cordova High School as a short stop to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1984 and played 3 years of minor ball. He then went on to coach his sons Cal Ripken little league team for 4 years. Isaac then was the head coach of a travel ball team out of Elk Grove for 3 years then formed his own team and coach that for 1year. Isaac then was asked to be an assistant coach the Black Barons Travel Ball team which was part of the JMF Foundation, founded by the former Mets manager Jerry Manuel along with his son Anthony Manuel for 2 years. During that time he worked closely with both Jerry and Anthony in how to teach the game of baseball along with learn how to also be a mentor to the players.  Isaac brings a passion to the game that not only teaches baseball but, also the unwritten rules of baseball.  Isaac feels that it’s a privilege to be able work with each player.

ZEKE RAMIREZ: evramirezjr66@sbcglobal.net

INSTRUCTOR

Zeke was born and raised in Sacramento. He began playing baseball at the age of 5. By the age of 8 his fast pitch and size had earned him the nickname of “Little Fernando Valenzuela”. During the 8 yrs. he played little league he made the All Stars 5 yrs. in a row. Once at Hiram Johnson High School he played 4yrs. of football. As a freshman on the JV team he was a starting offensive and defensive lineman. He made the Varsity team as a sophomore and was one of two sophomores to get a ring when Johnson H.S. went on to become 1992 Metro League Champions. His Jr. and Sr. year he started on both offense and defense. During his high school football career he was awarded the Big 10 Award for making the Varsity team his sophomore year, The 4 Year Player Award for maintaining his GPA above a 2.5 to be eligible and The Sloberknocker Award for being one of the hardest hitters. Although he didn’t play baseball in high school his love for the game kept him on the field. His 7 yrs of coaching began while coaching Gabriel at the little league level. His most recent experience includes coaching for Best Speed Baseball and Sheldon High School.

MARK OGIHARA: markogihara14@sbcglobal.net
INSTRUCTOR

Coach Mark Ogihara was raised in Sacramento and is also a graduate of Sacramento High School. Mark played his youth baseball locally at many different levels from Little League to high school. He is currently very active at College Glen Little League serving as a coach the past 7 years and as a board member the past 5 years. Mark has 2 boys in (Matthew & Mason) who are currently in the BSB program developing their playing skills, making great friendships, and having great “baseball fun” in general.

RICK HERON: clarkheron@yahoo.com
INSTRUCTOR

Coach Heron begins his second season as Assistant Coach to the current 12U Elite team. His coaching career began in high school leading youth baseball and basketball teams in San Mateo, CA and has continued to today in Sacramento, CA. After finishing as a player at 18 years old, he graduated from UC Davis with a physical education degree and a Master’s degree in Sports Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Before his current position as a marketing executive at a local health plan, Heron spent 15 years in professional sports, including front office positions with the San Francisco Giants and Sacramento Kings, Monarchs and Knights. While with the Giants, he launched the Junior Giants program which is now one of the most popular and widely adopted youth baseball models in MLB.

JAVAN WILLIAMS: jwills51@aol.com
INSTRUCTOR OF OUTFIELD AND HEAD TRAINER FOR ENTIRE PROGRAM

Coach Javan Williams is a professional athlete out of Fairfield, California. Graduating in 2007 from Rodriguez High School, Williams went to Junior College to further his education and continue his sports career. In 2010, Williams was drafted out of Contra Costa Community College in the 45th Round to the Arizona Diamondbacks as an outfielder. After spending two years in professional baseball Williams decided to go back to school to continue his schooling. In 2012, Williams received an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts: Social & Behavioral Sciences. Williams returned to professional baseball the same year playing Independently for the Sonoma Grapes, and the following season with the Joliet Slammers. For the past three years in the off-season Williams enjoyed spreading his knowledge of the game of baseball to the youth by coaching, giving hitting and fielding lessons out of baseball facilities around the Bay Area and Valley. Williams intends to continue his coaching career and help pass the knowledge attained while playing professional baseball.

MATT DISANTIS: mattdisantis@gmail.com
INSTRUCTOR

Coach Matt DiSantis was raised in Sacramento and played his youth baseball locally at Pocket Little League. He is currently involved with Pocket Little League serving as a coach the past 5 years and as a board member the past 5 years. Matt began coaching for BSB in 2012. Matt has 1 boy and he is currently in the BSB program and Pocket Little League having fun and developing as a baseball player. Coach Matt resides in the Pocket area with his wife Shannon and his two children Anthony and Riley.