Meet Our Coaches
We share our experiences with you, not to brag or boast about what we did or where we've been. We share this
information so that our athletes and their parents know that we have been fortunate enough to have been coached by and with some of the best coaches you may have never heard of.
COACH MATT ELSER
After a storied high school career as an LA Poly Parrot and being selected as the "LA City Player of the Year," Coach Matt was drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He chose to continue his education and began his collegiate pitching career at Pepperdine University. It was at Pepperdine where his 7-1 record led the Waves to a 3rd place finish in the College World Series. He would eventually transfer to Cal State Long Beach and finish his collegiate career as a Dirtbag.
Coach Matt has coached several of his son's teams including teams that went to both the Triple Crown World Series (2009) and the Cooperstown Tournament (2011). He continues to work with baseball players at all levels from Little League to the Major Leagues. 2018 marks Coach Matt's seventh season in a Hart High School uniform and his fourth year coaching at the Varsity level with Coach Jim Ozella of Hart High School in Santa Clarita, California. In 2018, the varsity baseball team had seven (7) players committed to Division I schools.
Coach Matt has been married to his wife Kelly for the past 32 years, and their family is blessed with two outstanding children. Brittani (a former standout volleyball player at Hart High School and Pierce Junior College) coaches multiple volleyball teams at the club level. She also attends Cal State University, Northridge where she is majoring in Special Education. Their son Matthew is continuing his baseball career at L.A. Mission College and was selected to play for the Walla Walla Sweets for the 2018 summer league.
COACH APRIL ZAMORA
April has a deep love for the game of baseball and still remembers watching her oldest brother pitch in and celebrate a valley championship when she was just 4 years old. Growing up in a town without a softball program, she played baseball until she was 10 years old. Beginning at age 11, (and continuing through high school) Coach April spent her weekends traveling up and down the state playing on club softball and basketball teams.
She was a four-year starter on both the varsity softball and varsity basketball teams. Over the course of her high school career she was selected all-league and served as a captain multiple times in both sports. She was Defensive Player of the Year for the varsity basketball team and MVP on the varsity softball team both her junior and senior year. After high school, she continued to play recreationally and her love for the game led her to work in the front office of a minor league baseball team.
Coach April has been a volunteer coach for San Marino Little League Baseball and Softball for the past two seasons assisting three (3) baseball teams and one (1) softball team. Her teams have been to the championship game three (3) times and have taken home the championship trophy twice. She has also assisted with San Marino All-Star teams. In her spare time, Coach April is the head coach for the only Beep Baseball team in Southern California, coaches youth basketball, and serves as an official scorekeeper for District 17 tournaments. Click here to learn more about Beep Baseball.
MATTHEW "MATTY" ELSER
Matthew “Matty” Elser was born with baseball in his blood, and his love for the game continues to grow every day. A catcher by trade, Matty was fortunate enough to compete at the highest levels of baseball competition for athletes under the age of 12 playing in both the Triple Crown World Series (2009) and the Cooperstown Tournament (2011).
As a freshman at Hart High School, Coach Matty was the starting catcher on the undefeated league champion freshman baseball team. His sophomore year, he was the starting catcher on the league champion JV baseball team. His junior year, he moved to first base and served as a backup catcher for the varsity baseball team. For his senior year, Coach Matty was back behind the plate and was named "Santa Clarita Valley - Second Team All League," and was selected to participate in the 2017 CIF Southern Section vs LA City Section Home Run Derby and All-Star Game.
Coach Matty just completed his first year of college as a utility player for the LA Mission College Eagles where he was one (1) of only five (5) players to play every game during the 2018 season. He was selected to the "2018 2nd Team All-Western State Conference - South Team." Most recently, Coach Matty accepted a roster position with the Walla Walla Sweets to compete in the 2018 West Coast League in Walla Walla, Washington. Coach Matty works just as hard in the classroom as he does on the field as he currently holds a 3.7 GPA.
At GOAT, the safety of our athletes is our top priority. So there are a few things we require from our coaches:
First, all of our coaches must have First Aid and CPR training or certification and must complete the following three courses from TEAM USA Baseball: SafeSport Course - Emotional and Physical Misconduct, SafeSport Course - Mandatory Reporting, and SafeSport Course -Sexual Misconduct Awareness Education. Second, all of our coaches must continue their education in the areas of safety and development. Finally, we ask our coaches to keep detailed notes on our clients about how often they play, any progress being made, new goals, and any other relevant information they determine necessary for future lessons.
The SafeSport courses are part of a series of efforts by the U.S. Center for SafeSport to foster a culture of safety by raising awareness, developing best practices, and providing education and training to promote respect and prevent abuse. Click here to learn more about the SafeSport program.
We would like to tip our hats to the following coaches ...
Coach Jim Ozell at Hart High School: Coach "O" currently has six (6) former players that have made an appearance in Major League Baseball: Jamie Shields, Chris Valaika, Trevor Bauer, Steve Susdorf, Michael Montgomery, Trevor Brown, and Tyler Glassnow. This list does not include the three (3) former Hart players that were drafted in the 2018 MLB Draft including picks #77 and #78.
Coach Dave Koontz who inspires Coach April and currently coaches the Monache High School Marauders in Porterville, CA. As of 2018, they have won four (4) straight East Yosemite League titles and a CIF Central Section division II Championship (2017).
Joe Cacione at LA Mission: Since 2008, over 50 of Coach Cascione's baseball players have moved on to 4-year universities with substantial scholarship benefits.
Frank Mutz in Walla Walla: This season will mark his 29th season coaching college and high school baseball and he has amassed a career coaching record of 314-117.
Please note: Parents and siblings are not listed.