At DNA Sports Center, we believe the foundation of every good athlete is speed, agility, and strength. Once an athlete has attained those attributes, sports specific training is the next step toward truly excelling at their game.
Our Baseball Instruction Includes:
- Hitting Instruction (HitTrax may be added for additional charge)
- Pitching Instruction
- Throwing Instruction
- Fielding Instruction
- Catching Instruction
- Base-Running Instruction
DNA’s experienced baseball instructors work with athletes of all ages to improve upon their technique and understanding of the game. Great focus is given to the player’s physical and mental conditioning, along with proper body mechanics.
Specific Areas of Focus for Baseball Instruction Include:
- Proper Mechanics
- Strength and Conditioning
- Mental Conditioning
- Pre-game Preparation
Private lessons are 30 minutes in length and cost $45. Packages of 10, 15 and 20 are offered at discounted rates. Click HERE for more information or to purchase packages. Group lessons are also available. Call 513-600-1519 for more information or to schedule your appointment today!
Josh Cales – Baseball Instructor (Pitching, Hitting, Fielding)
Josh comes to us from the University of Toledo after finishing playing four years of division one college baseball. Josh was recruited to the University of Toledo as a pitcher. After a full year of arm trouble following a rotator cuff surgery in high school, Josh’s doctors said his days on the mound were over. Josh convinced his coaches to let him try his hand at the plate and ended up making starts for the Rockets at first base, left field, and designated hitter. While developing himself at the plate, Josh continued to rehab his shoulder and study proper throwing mechanics. After two full years of rehab, Josh was able to spend his final years at UT as a closer for the Rockets in addition to making occasional starts in the field. This journey taught Josh to not only study adding velocity on the mound, but also how to do it in a sustainable manner. Josh completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree while at the University of Toledo and now works full time as a civilian contract specialist for the Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
Lance Durham – Baseball Instructor (Hitting, Fielding)
Lance was a first-team all-GCL selection as a junior and a senior at Roger Bacon High School and finished his collegiate career as a Cincinnati Bearcat where his .427 average in 2009 was an all-time best at UC. He also set the single-season record for hits (99), breaking former Bearcat Kevin Youkilis’ record (96) from 1999. Durham signed with the Toronto Blue Jays, which took him in the 14th round of the 2009 draft. Lance spent time in the minor leagues for both the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers. Lance has provided lessons for several years, served as a head coach at the high school varsity level and is currently a coach at University of Cincinnati Clermont.
Rick is currently a chemistry professor at Xavier University and has worked as the faculty advisor to Xavier’s varsity baseball team for the past 7 years. He pitched in college where he was all conference his senior year and is in his seventh year as the head coach of a select youth baseball team. Following his first season, he began doing pitching clinics with his players, resulting in substantial statistical improvement the following season for all participants. He approaches pitching instruction in the same way he teaches organic chemistry students, encouraging a growth mindset while focusing on building a solid set of fundamentals.
Jake is a 2 time All-Ohio catcher and started Varsity all 4 years in High School. After graduating, Jake played 3 years at the University of South Carolina Sumter as a starting and relieving pitcher, during which he made a Junior College World Series appearance. Jake then went on to play 3 years at Goldey-Beacom College, where he was named D2 Newcomer to watch by Collegiate Baseball.
Chris Rutz – Baseball Instructor (Pitching, Hitting, Fielding)
Chris Rutz began his baseball career at St. Xavier where he received several awards from Rawlings and Perfect Game (one of which was being named a National All-American Honorable Mention in 2010). He played summer ball for the Cincy Flames and was signed to play collegiate baseball at Miami University. After his college career, Chris transitioned to the business side of baseball. He worked for two years with Prep Baseball Report until he accepted a sales position in Triple-A baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals where he worked for three years. Chris is currently working as an instructor and life coach with athletes interested in achieving their long term goals.