The Elite Baseball Skills Development Program allows athletes to work in a small group setting (8 athlete max) on specific baseball skills - hitting and/or pitching.
We offer weekly training sessions with an emphasis on either pitching or hitting. Each athlete will be given their own training plan to follow during the session under the supervision of an Elite Baseball Instructor.
This program also uses Blast Motion and Rapsodo training devices to measure growth and progress for the athlete.
Serves as the Head of Baseball Development Program.
He most recently spent four seasons as an Assistant Coach at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School working primarily with pitchers and infielders.
Before NDCL, Mark spent five years as Assistant Coach at Defiance College followed by Lake Erie College. During his time at Defiance and Lake Erie, numerous athletes that Sankovich coached received All-Conference, All-Regional honors and have gone on to play professionally.
Along with coaching high school and providing private instruction with Elite Baseball, Mark also serves as Head Coach of the 17U CLE Prospects team.
Nate Tekavec, PT, CSCS
Hometown: Concord, OH
Schooling/Certification(s): Miami University BS in Exercise Science, Cleveland State University MS in Physical Therapy, Licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Playing History: Starting pitcher at Miami University (1998-2000) and starting pitcher for Detroit Tigers organization (2000-2003)
Coaching Experience: I have been providing coaching for pitching camps and individual lessons since 1995.
What I love most about coaching: I love to help kids enjoy pitching, throwing and the game of baseball.
When I'm not coaching I like to: Spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy being outside as much as possible.
If I could have lunch with anyone it would be: Ben Franklin
Jared Ferenchak, BA
Hometown: Concord, OH
Schooling/Certification(s): Bachelors in Sport Management
Playing History: 4-year pitcher at Wilmington College
Coaching Experience: 4th year with CLE Prospects organization
What I love most about coaching: Seeing players succeed and getting better on a daily basis
When I'm not coaching I like to: Attend sporting events, be outdoors
If I could have lunch with anyone it would be: Trevor Bauer because I would want to learn and hear what he has to say about his training approach. He is a very interesting and unique person which would be fun to learn more about him.
Hometown: Chagrin Falls, OH
Wittenberg University Graduate/ Sport Management
Fundamentals of Coaching Certificate
Playing History: Chagrin Falls (2012-2016), Wittenberg University (2016-2020)/ 4 year College letter Winner, Game Winning RBI vs #10 Wooster.
Coaching Experience: Cleveland Prospects 17/18U Blue Team
What I love most about coaching: Helping and watching players get better and grow as a person
When I'm not coaching I like to: Work Out
If I could have lunch with anyone it would be: Terry Francona to pick his mind about the game.
HEAR WHAT OUR ATHLETES & PARENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT OUR PROGRAM...
“I was looking to improve my physical skill as well as my baseball knowledge”
“The coaches at Elite Baseball proved to be extremely knowledgeable & passionate”
“Working with the Elite Baseball has elevated my game which has allowed me to achieve my goal of playing D1 baseball”
“I would absolutely recommend the Elite Baseball Program to any athlete that is serious about playing at the next level”
University of Pittsburgh
“I came to Elite to help improve my strength and velocity and my goal was to increase in velocity”
“I’ve seen myself throw more strikes and my velocity had jumped over 10 miles per hour”
“I would highly recommend Elite. The coaches are very accepting and very informative, they help you create a program to help you better your game”
University of Toledo
“I knew I had to properly prepare in the off-season to refine my technique as well as achieve more consistency with my pitching”
“Elite Baseball has allowed me to have much better control with ball placement & with throwing more strikes”
“I’ve improved my leg & core strength as well as my overall consistency”
“I attribute a lot of my success to Coach Mark & the program he has assembled”
“My goals included increasing velocity & movement in my pitches as well as improving my bat power & eye at the plate”
“In just one year my velocity has increased 15 mph, I’ve had much better batting approaches, & I’m driving the ball much farther now”
“Coach Bill, Mark, & the Elite Baseball Program have taken my baseball skills to an elite level & I am now in a great position to play baseball in college”
John Carroll University
“I came to Elite because I wanted to improve the consistency of my mechanics, gain arm strength, and take drills I learned that would help me presently and into the future.
“I have improved physically but also mentally and knowing how to handle both parts of the game. I can consistently throw any pitch at any time due to the help from the staff at Elite.”
“I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to be prepared to play at the collegiate level. ”
“I knew I wasn’t reaching my potential and I needed to get bigger, stronger, throw harder, hit further, & improve my mental approach to the game”
“Since joining Elite Baseball, I’ve went from 160 lbs throwing high 60’s to 185 lbs now throwing 85 mph”
“The program is organized very well with knowledgeable coaches who have played at the highest level”
“This program has helped me tremendously & I highly recommend it”
“I came to Elite to develop better mastery and control over my pitches."
“Since working with Elite, I saw improvement in my control and movement of my pitches.”
“I would definitely recommend the Elite Baseball Program as they are very knowledgeable and genuinely want to provide direction and guidance in the goal of improvement in skill.”
"I came to Elite because I needed to form better pitching habits and mechanics as well as gain velocity."
“Working with the staff here, I noticed that I have thrown the ball harder and my command has been a lot better. I also feel like my mechanics and footwork have helped me reach the next level."
"I would recommend the Elite Baseball Program - all of the coaches have a great knowledge for the game and help you train so you can perform at the highest level."
I came to Elite because I knew they had a great pitching program and coaching staff"
“I improved off speed development as well as command of all my pitches. Coach Sank taught me the majority of what I know mentally as a pitcher on how to attack hitters."
"I would recommend the Elite Baseball Program to anyone looking to improve their pitching. Coach Sankovich and the rest of the staff are very knowledgeable of the game and develop you both physically and mentally.”
"I came to Elite because I was looking to increase my batting power."
“In working with the staff at Elite, my batting exit velocity increased by 5 miles per hour."
"I would recommend this program and the coaches because the coaches push you to do your very best and they desire to help you be the best athlete you can be.”
"I came to Elite to work on my pitching - I was looking to gain velocity as well as develop some new pitches."
“I have seen huge boosts both physically and mentally. I went from throwing low 70s to low -mid 80s."
"From a mental standpoint, I now know how to handle both parts of the game. I feel extremely confident in throwing any pitch at any time due to the help from the staff at Elite.”
"I came to Elite because I wanted to work on my all-around baseball mechanics"
“I have become a better player by improving at all aspects of the game from pitching to hitting to fielding."
"I would recommend Elite because the coaches focus on me as an individual and care about how I am developing as opposed to forcing a generic program on me.”
"I came to Elite looking to throw harder, get stronger, and get faster. Coach Bobby, Coach Sank, and Coach Jared are some of the best guys to be around when trying to achieve goals."
"Before my senior year of high school was cut short I had gained 4 mph in just a 5 week throwing program. Obviously didn’t end up playing, but Elite got me ready to go into the high school season and dominate."
"I’d recommend training at Elite because of how hard all the coaches work for you. It’s a special environment which they want to get you better just as much as you want to get better."
Washington & Jefferson
"My goals were to get stronger and play on a competitive team that help push me to be a better player."
"I have improved my hitting tools, hitting for average and power. I am also a faster runner since joining the program."
"I would recommend Elite because they provide a great indoor facility along with coaching giving you the ability to get extra work in when needed."
"My son Ethan was looking to improve his pitching abilities along with all other aspects of baseball.
Ethan had a really successful year pitching last summer. He had the most innings pitched along with the lowest ERA on his team.
I would absolutely recommend this program to any baseball player who is trying to improve their game. The staff is very knowledgeable and they have the ability to work with athletes of all ages.
Father of High School Baseball Athlete
I was looking for an experienced baseball coach that would set the foundation of pitching fundamentals for my boys. I wanted my sons to learn the right way so their arms we strengthened and protected while they developed as pitchers.
Since joining the Elite Baseball Program and working with coach Mark, my sons have grown and developed tremendously as pitchers. Mark has taken the time to evaluate and tweak their pitching specific to each of them. He has shown them the proper way to stretch and strengthen their arms specific to pitching needs. This has helped them during the season as well as in the offseason.
I would recommend the Elite Program because in working with Mark he has really exceeded my expectations with his knowledge through both his experience playing the game as well as coaching on many different levels.. If your son is serious about baseball and is willing to put the work in - then I highly recommend working with Mark and the other coaches in the organization.