Kevin Sprague: Pitching and Hitting
Kevin Graduated From Washington H.S. in 1995 where he went on to Allen County Community College. From Allen County he went to McNeese State university where he was named Most Valuable Pitcher for 2 season and 2nd team all confrence. Kevin also received Southland Conference player of the week award multiple times.
Kevin was Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10 round of the 1999 Amature draft. He played seasons in Johnson City TN 1999, Peoria IL 2000, Potomac VA 2001,
Potomac VA/ New Haven CT 2002, Knoxville TN 2003 and Fargo ND/Souix City IA/ KC-tbones 2004.
Kevin Retired in 2005 to start the career of teaching young player the technique of playing baseball.
Kevin and his wife Carmen own Strike Zone baseball and have 4 children together Ali, Nolan, Corbin and Vivian
Pierre is entering his 23rd year of formal baseball training. Pierre was a standout 3 sport athlete at Raytown South H.S. (Baseball, Basketball and football) in the mid 80’s before attending KCKCC and the University of Kansas. he was drafted in the 1990 amateur baseball draft by the Cincinnati Reds as an outfielder and was converted to a pitcher in 1992 after a back injury. Pierre has worked privately with many former and current Major League Players; however his passion is working with elementary to high school aged kids
Matt Reed: Matt Reed comes from a baseball family. Matt himself was a standout player for Saguaro High School coached by Bill Berger who once came in 2nd for High School Baseball coach in the Nation. Berger once told Reed that he was the best player he had ever coached. Quite an honor considering Berger had had many players go on to play professionally. Unfortunately Reed suffered a career ending injury to his elbow while still in High School when he was considered to be one of the top prospects in the state of Arizona. Reed started coaching at camps while in High School and it became a passion for him. When his playing career ended he continued to stay around the game he loved by helping the youth learn to play the game he loved. He has been instructing players on and off for over 20 years now. He currently coaches a Strike Zone team as well as assists coaching other Strike Zone teams. Additionally he does private lessons on hitting, fielding and playing the catcher position.
Hitting and Catching Professional baseball affiliations: Phillies, Mets, Royals, Indians
In 1978 Ed was drafted out of high school by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 4th round of the Major League draft. He played 13 years of professional baseball including his rookie year in the Big Leagues with the 1986 World Series Champion New York Mets. The following year with the Kansas City Royals, he was set to make those big “million dollar bank deposits” today’s professional athletes are accustomed to, when suddenly, a serious shoulder injury brought a premature end to a very promising and brilliant career.
Less than six months after his baseball career ended, he was diagnosed with three potentially life-threatening health conditions. Once a strong, vibrant professional athlete, he was reduced to a man who could barely care for himself. Ed hung on, though, and now he uses what he learned during that physically challenging time to impact thousands of lives.
Today, after 3 life-saving kidney transplants, months of dialysis, a successful bout with cancer and radiation treatments, the aid of a breathing machine each night, a costly IV treatment once a month, and up to 50 pills per day, Ed has come back to live a life that is truly an inspiration.
For the past 22 years, Ed has traveled throughout the United States speaking to corporations, associations, schools & churches. He is very entertaining, captivating and motivating, but what makes him so uniquely special is his genuine desire to empower and uplift those around him in a very transparent and personal way.
In 2001, Ed was awarded the prestigious Certified Speaking Profession (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association. He was the first (of only three) current or former professional athletes from our country’s major league sports to receive this designation. (only 8% of speakers throughout the world have received this distinguished honor).
As the author of Conquering Life’s Curves – Baseball, Battles & Beyond, Ed has appeared on numerous national television programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The 700 Club and MSNBC. He is founder of The Bottom of the 9th, a Kansas nonprofit corporation dedicated to the mission of rebuilding the spirit and character of this nation.
Ed, his wife, Trish, and their twenty-two-year-old son, Cody, reside in Shawnee, Kansas. He is very active in many community activities and spends countless hours of his time with the youth of Kansas City. In his spare time, Ed enjoys hunting, fishing, and golf.