Luis Diaz will serve as the coach for the 18u age groups in the Elite Performance Baseball program. He is a 2016 graduate of Miami Sunset HS. At Sunset, he was a 2 year varsity starter. Luis is also an Elite Performance Baseball alumni. He is without a doubt an Elite Performance lifer, as he was the heart beat to most of our teams from 2012-2015, including many teams that have excelled deep into playoff runs. Luis is currently the starting catcher at Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia and is viewed upon as the leader of the Senators. We are very excited to bring Luis on board this summer and we look forward to him sharing his knowledge and experiences over the years. He will specialize in working with our catchers.
Assistant Coach Mark Hernandez
Mark Hernandez will serve as the assistant coach and 1st base coach for the 16u age group in the Elite Performance Baseball program. He is a 2012 graduate of Doral Academy HS. At Doral, he excelled as a 2 year varsity starter and was the centerpiece to their lineup. He was a First team all-county selection twice at Doral. He was also named to Miami Herald's Class 4A-2A All-Dade County second team as a first baseman in 2012. He then went on to play his college ball at Long Island University Brooklyn. At LIU, he made his name known in their record books. He was all conference multiple times and owns multiple school records. Following high school, Mark returned to his alma mater and turned to the coaching ranks at Doral. We are incredibly excited for Mark to share his knowledge with our players. Mark will be working specifically with our hitters.
Head Coach JOSEPH GUZMAN
Joseph Guzman will serve as the Head Coach for the Elite Performance Baseball 16u clubs this summer. Joe is a 2008 graduate from Sagemont HS. Out of high school, Joe attended NAIA powerhouse, Tennessee Wesleyan College. After the conclusion of his freshman season, he transferred to Northwood University in West Palm Beach, FL where he was teammates with Elite Performance Owner Willie Vizoso. Joe finished his college baseball years at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, FL and graduated in 2014. At the conclusion of his playing days, he jumped immediately into the coaching ranks. He has spent 2 summers coaching with the Covington Lumberjacks in the prestigious Valley Collegiate League. Joe has coached players from Division 1 schools nationwide that have gone on to play professional baseball. He is currently an assistant coach at JP Taravella HS in Broward. We are very excited to bring coach Guzman back this summer and we look forward to him sharing his knowledge of the game with our young men. He will specialize in working with the infielders this summer.
Head Coach RALPH MESA
Coach Mesa will serve as the head coach for the 17u age groups in the Elite Performance Baseball program as well as a rover for all our age groups. He is a 2005 graduate of Miami Sunset HS. At Sunset, he was a 4 year varsity starter for current Miami Southwest and former Elite Performance head coach, Mandy Pelaez. Coach Mesa went on to play his college baseball at Division 2 Dominican College. At the conclusion of his playing days, he joined coach Pelaez’s coaching staff at Miami Sunset HS and coached there for 3 seasons. For the last 4 seasons, He has been the head coach at Ronald Raegan HS in Doral. He has turned around a Raegan program and has made them a contender in South Florida HS baseball. We are very excited to bring Coach Mesa back this summer and are looking forward to him sharing his knowledge of the game with our players.
Willie Vizoso is the general manager/owner of Elite Performance Baseball. He has been in the game of baseball for the last 18 years. In the 7 years of existance for Elite Performance Baseball, he has placed 120+ players in college and has made an impact in helping many high school baseball players along the way. Willie graduated from Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School in 2009 and went on to play his college baseball at NAIA Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida under Coach Rick Smoliak. He graduated in 2013 with a bachelor degree in Business of Entertainment and Sports Management. Willie also serves as the pitching coach for all age groups of Elite Performance Baseball and overlooks all activity throughout the program. He has been a high school pitching coach for 4 seasons at various high schools and is part of the staff for the prestigious International Power Showcase. Under the direction of Willie Vizoso, Elite Performance will continue to grow and plenty of expansion is on the horizon in the near future.
Ossie Alfonzo will serve as the assistant coach and 1st base coach for the 17u age group in the Elite Performance Baseball program. This will be coach Ossie's second stint with Elite Performance and we couldn't be happier to welcome him back to the family! Ossie is a 2007 graduate of Barbara Goleman HS and went on to play his college baseball at Point Park University. Coach Ossie is one of the most successful Pioneers in program history. He was a 4 year starter catcher and was the heartbeat to them reaching the NAIA World Series multiple times during his time there. In 2012, they came up just 1 game short of winning the World Series and Ossie was a big reason they got that far. He has also coached at the high school level for multiple years at Ronald Reagan HS with Coach Mesa. He currently owns his own crossfit gym in the Miami area. His knowledge of the game is second to none and we are extremely lucky to be getting back this summer. Ossie will be working specifically with our catchers and our hitters.
Assistant Coach ALEC HERNANDEZ
Alec Hernandez will serve as a coach for the 18u age group in the Elite Performance Baseball program. He is a 2016 graduate of Miami Southwest HS. At Southwest, he was a 3 year varsity starter. He excelled on the field and left his mark as an Eagle. Alec is also a former Elite Performance player as he suited up for us from 2014-2016. Following high school, Alec received a scholarship to pitch at D2 powerhouse Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. Often reffered to as "Subby" and "A-Town", he is the backbone to the Knights bullpen. He is currently in his Junior season and will be counted on as one of the top arms out of the bullpen. His knowledge of the game is second to none and we are excited for Alec to share his knowledge with our players. A-Town will be working specifically with our pitchers.