​Baseball Trainer

Aaron Berk born in Colorado Springs moved to Grand Junction, Colorado in 1999. Grew up in a sports oriented family with athletic alumni parents from Mesa State College and University of Colorado-Boulder. Aaron grew up a diverse athlete playing multiple sports. He was a two sport athlete at Grand Junction High School. He lettered three years in both football and baseball. While in high school, Aaron also played for Gene Taylor's summer baseball team as well as the Atlanta Braves scout team. During high school Aaron was selected 1st team all conference catcher his Jr and Sr years, as well as 1st team all Conference DH his Sophomore year for the Grand Junction Tigers baseball team. After signing to play baseball with Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), Aaron played for the Utah Bucks/Marshalls Organization's summer team. While playing at SLCC, they were ranked number one in the country in 2011 for NJCAA. The SLCC Bruins baseball team were Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) Champions in 2011. Midway through his sophomore year at SLCC, Aaron transferred to Colorado Mesa University where he redshirted for the Mavericks Baseball team. After his playing career ended in 2013, Aaron has continued his passion for the game by coaching both softball and baseball at Central High School in Grand Junction. Aaron is the catching coach and assistant to the head coach for both the Central Warriors softball and baseball teams. In the summer of 2014, Aaron also coached the American Legion A summer baseball team at Fort Collins High School. Aaron has continued to coach both the softball and baseball teams at Central High School for three continuous years and will be entering his 4th year with the 2016 fall season

Brett "Coach" Crabb is a former college and high school football, basketball, and baseball coach. As a coach he has won a Colorado State Championship in basketball, Colorado State Champion runner up in football, numerous conference, district, and regional championships. Brett played college football reaching the pinnacle game in the National Championship.
As an experienced athlete and coach, Brett understands that muscle memory happens whether we want it to happen or not. The fact is, no matter what we do, have done, or will ever do, is creating muscle memory. The earlier an athlete can master some of the explosive aspects of muscle memory, the less they think and the better they perform. Practicing through properly designed drills, athletes of all ages can train-in younger kids; retrain-in older kids and adults; to be faster, more agile, and quicker. The earlier we learn these concepts and techniques, the more optimal our performance will also become. Start early, and stay often for the best possible performance for you or your little athlete. After attending college and learning the importance of speed, agility, and quickness; Brett turned a 4.9 second 40 yard sprint to an elite 4.43. This has formed his passion for helping athletes reach their highest potential at the earliest possible age

    Tyler is a Colorado native who lived the life of baseball. Started as a kid playing on multiple teams he learned at a young age how to love the game. Tyler played on travel teams, including slammers elite teams, as well as a little league team that made it to state in 2006. Tyler went to Denver Lutheran high school lettering all four years; receiving honors as first team all conference senior year (E.R.A. 1.18). After an unfortunate shoulder injury Tyler decided to study sports psychology at Colorado Mesa University. He has dedicated his time towards studying the biomechanics of baseball. Applying his experience and studies he has done many individual pitching lessons and has also coached the junior/senior (13-16 year old) Fruita little league team for the last two years. He is very focused on making sure your kid progresses not only in mechanics but also with decision making skills on the mound.   



Caroline began her softball career as a 3rd basemen for the Town of Castle Rock, Colorado on the Front Range.  She continued playing for 6 years and then through high school, progressing to pitching and then ultimately to catching. Caroline played many sports in Jr. High, including Volleyball, Basketball and Track, running the 3200 m relay, shot put and discus.  She was a three sport Varsity athlete at Douglas County High School, lettering in Softball, Cheerleading and Track.  After high school, she came to Grand Junction to attend Mesa State College and play under Kris Mort.  
Her coaching career began when she left Mesa to return home to care for her grandfather.  She joined the Douglas County High School softball coaching staff where she was able to coach alongside her own high school coach, Mark Roberts.  She remained there for 5 years.  She also added to the coaching staff with the DC JETS 14U and 16U competitive travel teams, that included State USSSA Champions and ASA State Runner-up.  She took a small break from coaching to have a family.  Now, as a mother of 8, she has returned to coaching and has finished the first season of a 10U team with the GJ GRIZZ.
Caroline is very active in the Grand Junction community. She volunteers with Hope West and has a community project of one day opening a Community Recreation Center here in Grand Junction.

Johnny Bess was born and raised in Douglas, Arizona.  He was a three sport athlete at Douglas High School, lettering in baseball, basketball and football.  After high school he continued his academic and baseball carrier at Cochise Jr. College.  He received an Associates of General Studies degree and played in the Junior College World Series (Juco), where his team placed 3rd nationally.  He also played in the NJCAA, AZ sophomore all star game.  Upon graduating from Cochise, he then attended Mesa State College, now Colorado Mesa University (CMU) in 1991-1992.  He played 3rd base his junior year and caught his senior year. While playing for the Mavs in 1991 and 1992, His team won the RMAC championship.  Individually, he made 1st team all-conference in both years he played at Mesa St. Bess also set a stolen base and doubles record his senior season. Bess was then a 22nd round draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds in 1992. He played at the Rookie, A, AA, and AAA levels while with the Reds.  In addition to playing in the Reds organization, he also played a year and half with the SF Giants, and a half season with the Montreal Expos organizations. Bess played one final season in the independent Western Baseball League, with the Sonoma County Crushers. The Crushers won the league championship and Bess was named as the starting catcher in the WBL all-star game.
Since Bess retired from the game in 1998 he has been coaching in many different capacities. He volunteered as an assistant coach at Mesa State College for one season. He coached for 8 years at FMHS;  including 3 years as the JV coach and five as the head varsity coach.  Bess also spent some time coaching in Az. and California. He spent one year in Tucson, as an assistant coach for the Southern Az. Baseball Association.  It was with SABA that he had his first coaching experience at the USA Baseball Junior Olympics, now know as the USA Baseball Team Championships.  The SABA 16u team placed 16th overall out of 72 teams.  Bess also spent one year at his high school alma mater (DHS), as a volunteer assistant, before accepting a teaching and head coaching position at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Az.

Over the years he has had several of his former players, play at the collegiate and professional levels, including Ricardo Jacquez (Central AZ and NY Mets minors), Shaver Hansen (Baylor University and Seattle Mariners), and Brett Armour (CMU and Tampa Rays). Bess has been and will always be a baseball lifer and is looking forward to bringing his coaching and playing experiences to the facility.