Catchers U® seeks to guide players to build the foundation to comfortably and confidently support their team through using proven techniques along with the stable support of a strong role model to help them physically and mentally be prepared for what the game may throw at them.
What you can expect when your child works with Catchers U®:
Foundation: Increase endurance and strength for holding the necessary catcher position
Response and Recovery: Establish the movement patterns before working on speed in order to effectively drop your pop
Mindset: Through the work ethic needed to master the position, response and team support your kids will learn in becoming an excellent catcher, your kids will also master the values and morals that you will be proud to have them carry into adulthood.
Why Catchers U was Started
The Camp Experience
Camp v. Lessons
Co-Founder, CEO, & Head Coach
Jack is an award winning baseball coach and instructor from Northern Virginia with over 12 years of experience. He played for the United States Naval Academy, serves as an associate scout to the Milwaukee Brewers, and served as the head baseball coach at Osbourn Park High School for 8 seasons. Jack wouldn't want you focusing on his resume, because what matters to him is the success of his players. See the alumni here.
Co-Founder and COO
Sarah handles the business side of Catchers U®. (Don't ask her any baseball or softball questions, but feel free to ask her business questions). She has worked in human resources within the Department of Defense, helps small businesses scale, and works as a career coach. Sarah loves working to make Catchers U® the best company for catchers to grow in a way that also supports parents and caregivers.
Anna graduated and played for Patriot High School. Collegiately she started for the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) as a catcher and at third base, where she was a part of three conference championships and moved on to Regionals for the Women’s College World Series. She finished her career in the Big Ten at Purdue University as the starting catcher. She helped coach travel teams when she was home from school. Catchers U helped Anna become a great player, and she is excited to teach those skills to others.
Tyler is a current elementary school PE teacher in Fairfax County. He played high school baseball at Westfield High School, and collegiate baseball at Shenandoah University. He coached at Westfield for three years working with the catchers in their program and has coached a travel team in the area for three years as well.
Andrew (Ace) Edwards
Ace, a native of Alexandria, VA was a graduate of West Potomac High School. Ace is actively playing for Shepherd University, where he is currently enrolled in graduate studies. As a product of Catchers U®, Ace comes in as a coach with plenty of knowledge and experience as a catcher, along with the desire to teach and help amplify the skills of those seeking to pursue the position.
Julian (Jrod) Rodriguez
Jrod started catching as a freshman in high school and under Coach Ferrick blossomed very quickly. He had a middle infield backround that Coach Ferrick harnessed and helped him move to the next level in catching. Jrod was recruited by VCU where he went for one year. Since then he has been the head catching instructor for the NOVA Vipers. Jrod says "coming back home and now being able to be a coach in Catchers U after being a catcher in the U is great. I love being able to help the next generation of elite catchers."