All of the STRIKE trainers have had an incredible amount of success taking players to the next level. When a parent signs their players up for STRIKE, they can be certain their son or daughter will get top level instruction in all facets of the game as well as being able to be prepared physically and mentally for what lies ahead.
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Daniel Ortmeier, Owner
Daniel is that kid who grew up playing baseball, lived his dream of competing in the big leagues, and has seen his career come full circle as a passionate trainer for today’s high-level athlete. He launched STRIKE in 2013, and while the organization continues to evolve, his vision is to meet each athlete where they are now and get them where they want to be. A 1999 graduate of Lewisville High School, Daniel was an All-American outfielder and first baseman who eventually played nine seasons with the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies. The White Sox originally drafted him in the 27th round during his senior year, but he instead chose to start every game for coach Clay Gould at the University of Texas Arlington. Following a decorated collegiate career, Daniel was drafted again — this time by the Giants in the third round of the 2002 Draft. He made his MLB debut in 2005, singling in his first at-bat. When not at STRIKE, Daniel is a fireman with the Highland Village Fire Department. He’s married to his high-school sweetheart, Whitney. Together, they have one daughter, Emerson.
Kyle Abbott, Director of Throwing Mechanics & Pitching
Kyle helped kickstart STRIKE and has been selflessly giving back to the game for more than 25 years by pouring into kids and making them better baseball players. In fact, he has the distinction of having been Daniel’s pitching coach when Daniel was a senior in high school. Other local athletes who have benefited from Kyle’s instruction include former Flower Mound High School pitcher Zach Neal, who played for the Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Dodgers and is currently pitching in Japan. There were eight kids in the 2019 College World Series who also worked with Kyle. Kyle was an All-American at Long Beach State and was the No. 9 pick in the first round of the 1989 Draft by the California Angels. His professional career spanned seven seasons, with four years in The Show with the Angels and Phillies. He also played in Japan for the Kintetsu Buffaloes. Kyle’s career includes having taught, played, and coached on five continents. He just finished his Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and will soon be certified in corrective exercise, performance training, and general training methodologies.
Luke Carlin, Research & Program Development
Luke was with Daniel and Kyle when STRIKE started and has remained an integral piece of our organization while also working for Major League Baseball. Luke is a Class A manager and catching coordinator in the Cleveland Indians organization and works with STRIKE to ensure all of the programs we offer to athletes are the best they can possibly be. A native of Quebec, Canada, Carlin’s passion for baseball paved the way for a Division I athletic scholarship at Northeastern University as a catcher. Luke’s success earned him a 10th round selection by the Detroit Tigers in 2002, and he made his professional debut in May 2008 with the San Diego Padres. In that first big league game, Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux recorded his 350th win with Luke behind the plate. After 14 years of playing for eight organizations, Luke is very passionate about teaching and helping young players become better baseball players. But his vision is also to help boys become men of character and integrity. Luke enjoys fishing, golf, reading, and spending time with his wife, Kim, and two daughters.
Aaron Corwin, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Aaron is in his fifth year with STRIKE and has experience as both a player and coach professionally and collegiately. He’s also the epitome of a career student. He has a BS in Kinesiology from Colorado Mesa and a Master’s from Sul Ross State. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) along with USA Weightlifting L1 (USAW), Reflexive Performance Reset L1 (RPR), Functional Movement Screen (FCS), Y Balance Test (YBT), as well as CPR and AED certified. Currently, he heads our strength and conditioning program, which caters to the needs of ballplayers as young as middle school age to big leaguers. Aaron played two years at Texas Tech, setting a then-school Big 12 record as a sophomore with a 1.12 conference ERA. He finished his career at Colorado Mesa before playing in the Pecos League. He was also a pitching and strength and conditioning coach at Sul Ross. Aaron lives in Corinth with his wife, Nika, and dogs, Wilson and Wrigley. He enjoys woodworking, fishing, and anything outdoors.
Logan Sepanek, Hitting Instructor
Logan’s earliest memories of STRIKE were when he was a client before his sophomore year in college. It was 2014, and guys like Daniel Ortmeier and Kyle Abbott were getting the program off the ground. Even then, Logan knew they had players’ best interests at heart. Five years later, he jumped at the chance to join the mission. Logan adds depth to our team of hitting instructors with his background as a collegiate standout, personal trainer, and Kinesiology major. He graduated from Marcus and spent two seasons at Paris Junior College before transferring to Dallas Baptist in 2015. Over the next two seasons, DBU advanced to the Texas Tech regional championship and TCU region final, respectively. His father, Rob Sepanek, played seven seasons in the minors. His brother, Mickey, played at Eastern Michigan and is now an assistant at Frisco Liberty. His sister, Kendall, played volleyball at DBU. In his spare time, Logan likes to fish. He is also in rookie school at the Richardson Fire Department.
Duaner Sanchez, Pitching & Hitting Instructor
Duaner had an opportunity through Major League Baseball to pass his knowledge along to the next generation of big leaguers. He ultimately decided against that because he felt more passionate about working with kids — and he knew STRIKE was already ahead of the curve in that department. Duaner joined us in March 2020 and brings a wealth of experience from his playing days. By the time he retired in 2012, Sanchez had pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and San Diego Padres. He was known for wearing sports goggles while he pitched, and he turned heads immediately by pitching 18 scoreless innings in his first 15 games. Not many people know this, but Duaner was originally signed as a shortstop. That gives him incredible versatility in terms of knowledge, which is something we want him to pass on to our kids. Duaner and his wife, Natalia, have been married for 14 years and have six kids between the ages of 6-18.
Erin found yoga in 2012. Since then she has gained both 200 and 300 hour teacher’s certifications in Southlake, TX. Alongside the STRIKE athletes she teaches various styles around the DFW metroplex. In addition to the strength and flexibility Yoga brings to these players, there is a sincere connection of the body, mind and breath that is highly beneficial. Erin is thrilled to be a part of the STRIKE team and looks forward to working with them each season.
Visit Erin’s website at www.erinprestonyoga.com.
Doug Votolato, Hitting Instructor
Doug is one of several former players who trained at STRIKE before joining the decorated staff as another premier hitting instructor. A former standout at Marcus, Doug graduated in 2010 and went on to play four seasons at the University of Central Arkansas. He played every position except for pitcher and catcher and was a key member of the 2013 squad that won the Southland Conference and advanced to the Mississippi State regional. Doug was a first-team All-Conference honoree as a senior and Central Arkansas’ Male Student-Athlete of the Year. He was drafted in the ninth round in 2014 by the Texas Rangers and spent some time in AA ball. But due to a series of injuries, his career didn’t got off to a good start. Doug is a hitting instructor, but because of his accomplished career in the field, he’s versatile enough to help athletes with their glove work. Doug works full-time for BSN Sports as a sales rep. He loves to golf and fish.
Levi Scott, Hitting Instructor
Levi may be one of the newest members to the STRIKE instructional team, but his relationships with the staff go back nearly five years as he relied on the facility for its all-encompassing, year-round approach to training during his playing days. Once his professional career ended last year, Levi said joining forces to train young athletes on the rise was a no-brainer and has settled in nicely as a hitting instructor. Originally from Amarillo, Levi moved to North Texas when he was young and, after a standout career at Burleson High School, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2013 Draft. He turned that opportunity down to play collegiately at the University of Texas Arlington and was later drafted again in 2015, this time by the Toronto Blue Jays. Levi played in the minor leagues and independent leagues before retiring in 2019. He currently resides in Burleson and beyond baseball enjoys going to the ranch and doing the country life whenever possible.
Brendan Venter, Hitting Instructor
Brendan didn’t have a typical journey to baseball. He was born in South Africa and didn’t move to the states until he was 9 years old. By that point, he knew more about the intricacies of cricket than anything else and definitely looked like a fish out of water when he tried baseball. But boy, was he ever a quick learner. Brendan went on to star at Marcus, where he batted .417 as a senior. He eventually became an integral piece to the Auburn Tigers’ success, and as a junior, played in all 66 games and finished the season with a .307 batting average. To no one’s surprise, the Atlanta Braves drafted him in the 13th round of the 2018 MLB draft. Brendan has been with us for three years as a hitting instructor but has been tied to STRIKE since he was 15. His goal is to pave the way for young players everywhere. Brendan still lives in Flower Mound and loves playing golf.
Zac Cook, Hitting Instructor
Zac developed strong relationships with the STRIKE team during his days at Marcus. During that time, and even when he graduated in 2016 and went on to play at the University of Texas Arlington, he was a student of the game and soaked in all he could. He believes the next generation of athletes deserves to have that same mentorship at their fingertips, which is why he joined our team. Zac comes to us after a stellar four-year career at UTA, where he won numerous awards and became known as a consistent threat at the plate and in the field. He started all 16 games at second base as a senior and turned 16 double plays. He was a salty .321 at the plate and led the team in several categories, including slugging percentage (.623), on-base percentage (.500), home runs (4), and RBIs (12). Zac recently signed as a free agent with the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He lives in Flower Mound and enjoys golfing and hunting.
Shane McCarthy, Pitching Instructor
Shane admitted that he’d never heard of STRIKE until Luke Carlin, his manager with the Lake County Captains minor league team and a long-time mentor with our organization, told him about us and our mission during the 2019 season. Shane was hooked and has jumped on board to work with our 10 and 11-year-old crowd. Shane is a perfect addition to our stable of current and former professional pitchers and brings with him a youthful enthusiasm that is perfect for the young athletes who hope to one day walk in his shoes. Originally from New Jersey, Shane cobbled together an impressive career at Seton Hall. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 18th round of the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft but opted to stay in college for another year. The Cleveland Indians later drafted him in the 18th round in 2018. Baseball is a huge part of Shane’s life, but he also loves reading and cooking.