At D-BAT Lakeside we are serious about who we hire to teach the players at D-BAT Lakeside. We look for instructors that not only understand the proper concepts, philosophy and principals necessary to propel players to the next level but are able to communicate to players of all ages allowing a full benefit from instruction. Lessons are taught with the ballplayer as the focus while involving the parents during the lesson.
Our instructors can instruct players at every level for improvement, however, our instructors can not be at the player's games, so they rely on the parents for proper feedback on how the player is doing in game situations.
Drive Sports Performance/Hitting Instructor
Charles worked with Velocity Sports Performance From 2005 to 2013 where he specialized in performance training for a wide range of age groups in baseball, football, basketball, volleyball and track. Recently he has partnered with D-BAT and started his own performance program, Drive Sports Performance. Drive is not specific to any one sport, it trains athletes to become quicker, faster and more explosive. The program is technique heavy, breaking down sprinting, acceleration, multi-directional movements and weight lifting. We feel it is very important for athletes to learn the correct techniques to keep them healthy and maximize efficiency and speed.
Charles has worked with Justin Ruggiano (Miami Marlins), Austin Jackson (Detroit Tigers), Cody Gunter (Washington Nationals) and Danieal Manning (Houston Texans) along with college, high school and youth athletes.
Charles is a very popular hitting instructor at D-BAT Lakeside, he combines his knowledge of the swing and his ability to get kids to move in the proper direction to get the most of each player he teaches. He is comfortable working with a wide range of age groups and his enthusiasm and energy create a perfect learning environment for your child.
2000-2002: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College
Starting Pitcher, 1B/3B
2002-2004: New Mexico State University
Starting Pitcher/Relief Pitcher
Rory has 6 years of college coaching experience at the Junior College and NCAA DI level. During that time, he gained extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of the game. Since making the move from college coaching in 2010, he has acted as the pitching coach for the 18 year old DBAT Mustangs teams that appeared in the 2010-2011 National Tournament held in Farmington, NM and has been giving private lessons.
Taylor's goal for instruction is to help athletes reach their highest potential level of play using time-proven mechanics that increase bat speed, hand quickness and power.
Taylor studied General Business & Sports Marketing at Stephen F. Austin State University before returning home to Garland, TX
2009-2010: Played for the TPX Top 96 Texas team
Catcher, OF, 2B
2009-2010: 2 year letterman at Sachse High School
Trained by former MLB player Mike Epstein, Taylor is a certified instructor, focusing on the rotational-style of hitting.
2010-2011: Assistant Coach for the Buzz Baseball organization
2012-Present: Head Coach in the D-BAT Mustangs organization
2013: Appeared in 17 games with four starts ... Hit .269 with four runs and five runs batted in ... Slugged .269 with a .321 on-base percentage ... Picked up first career hit and run in a March 2 win vs. Columbia ... Made first career start a day later, finishing 1-for-3 and recording his first RBI in another win over the Lions ... Went 2-for-4 with a run at Central Arkansas on March 29 ... Recorded a pinch hit and an RBI in May 5 game vs. Oral Roberts ... Recorded a hit in six games and scored in four. During his senior year, Jake started in left field getting his average up to .325 with highlighted games against Texas, Rice, Sam Houston, and Abilene Christian.
Navarro College: Hit .360 while playing for head coach Whoa Dill at Navarro College ... Helped team to championship game of Region XIV.
New Mexico Junior College: Hit a team-best .420 and earned a spot on the All-Star team.
Poteet High School: Coached by Bobby Doe ... Helped team to 40-0 record in district play and was an all-district honoree ... Carried .400 batting average.
Personal: Born Jacob A. Sutton on December 27, 1991 in Dallas, Texas ... Son of Alvin and Lori Sutton ... Father played football for both SMU and UTEP ... Related to former Dodger pitcher and Baseball Hall of Famer Don Sutton.