Rick Saggese, XFS, CSAC
Rick played his collegiate baseball at the University of Miami; one of the top collegiate baseball programs in the nation. At Miami, Rick battled back from his third knee injury while getting hurt in Honolulu, Hawaii to open the season. He kept his goals in sight once again and became a three-year starter, played in three College World Series, was a Collegiate All-American, and accumulated a career .302 batting average with 21 home runs and 101 RBI’s. In 1996 Rick played in the National Championship game against LSU which was arguably the best College World Series title game in history, as LSU won in the ninth inning on a walk off home run. During the 1997 & 1998 summers Rick started for the Hyannis Mets (now Harbor Hawks) in the Cape Cod Amateur Collegiate Wooden Bat League and played with players Eric Hinske (Retired Blue Jays/Red Sox) & J.J. Putz (Retired Mariners/Diamondbacks).
In 1999 Rick transferred to FIU (Florida International University) for his senior season. He finished his collegiate career by hitting a game winning homerun against South Alabama at the Houston Astros AAA stadium. He played with Pat Burrell (Retired Phillies/Giants), Aubrey Huff (Retired Rays/Giants), Jason Michaels (Retired Phillies/Indians), & Alex Cora (Retired Dodgers/Red Sox) during his playing days at Miami. Rick was coached and trained by some of the finest coaches in the country including Walter Hriniak (former Red Sox/White Sox batting coach), Jim Morris (Miami) and Mark Calvi (South Alabama)! Rick also has trained athletes in core/strength training with the same exercises that are used at world renown athlete’s performance centers like, iFast (Mike Robertson) & Athletes Performance(EXOS), as well as the Mattes Method (AIS) to help increase flexibility and explosiveness. Rick was an associate scout for the Cleveland Indians for 10 seasons and knows what scouts look for in players to excel at the professional level.
Rick is a certified Fitness Specialist by EXOS as well as he is certified in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and Y-Balance Test (YBT). He uses FMS prior to the majority of strength and agility training to assess the athlete for possible “weak links” associated with their movement patterns. He also not only goes over past injury history with the athlete on the initial session but does a postural analysis if he feels that’s necessary to find deeper related movement limitations. He has participated in some of the top speed/quickness camps in the country and is a certified speed & agility coach by Athletes Acceleration (Lee Taft known as the “speed guy”). Rick has learned and attended events taught by various top success & peak performance coaches including Tony Robbins, Dan Lier and Jim Fannin.
Take your game to another level on and off the field as Coach Rick will help you remove any barriers that may be holding you back to get the success you want. Coach Rick has helped over 25 of his clients earn college athletic scholarships will you be next?
“Rick was a student of the game; I can’t think of anyone more prepared to train with.”
Jim Morris~ Head Coach, University of Miami Hurricanes
“Rick’s playing experience, knowledge and training program is a place where you can only become a better player and person.”
Bret Williamson~ Arizona Diamondbacks Scout, Hitting Instructor