JOE DEMARCO: President & Chief Operations Officer
DeMarco started Elite Baseball in 2003. Prior to opening Elite Baseball, Joe was an assistant Coach at UCI from 2001-2003 where his responsibilities included; Roaming coach, assisted with offense, defense, pitchers and base running. He assisted in recruiting efforts, assisted in coaching efforts in practice and games, organized camp and served as head counselor at UCI Baseball School. Before coming to UCI DeMarco coached for two seasons at his Alma Mater, the University of Kansas. He was in charge of Infielders and Base Running. As a professional DeMarco Spent two seasons in the San Diego Padres organization as a member of the Peoria Padres and the Idaho Falls Braves. As a collegiate he had a standout career: Four-year letter winner, Smith Super Team Candidate, Big 12 Batting Title (.429), 1997 Mizuno All American, 1997 Team Captain and MVP, 1997 1st Team All-Big 12 Shortstop, 1996 1st Team All-Big 8 Shortstop, 1995 National Baseball Congress All-American. DeMarco oversees all Elite Baseball teams and Private instruction at Elite Baseball. DeMarco graduated with a degree in Communication Studies with an Emphasis in Business from Kansas University in May of 1997. Joe is also currently a hitting consultant to numerous MLB & MiLB players.
DUSTIN KELLY: Hitting Coordinator & MLB / MiLB consultant
Dustin AKA “DK” joined the Elite Baseball staff in 2011. His role is too over see the hitting instruction and development of the advanced hitters that train with Elite. He also assists with the MLB & MiLB clients that train with Joe DeMarco in the off season. From 2007-2010 he was an Assistant Coach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His experience and expertise in hitting, infield, and outfield helped the Mustangs reach their first ever Division 1 Regional in 2009. Dustin attended high school at St. Joseph in Santa Maria, CA where he was a 3 time All Los Padres League Shortstop. In 2002, he led the St. Joseph Knights to the 2002 Division X CIF-SS Championship and was named CIF-SS Division X Player of the Year. After graduating high school, Dustin attended Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo and helped the Cougars win back-to-back Western State Conference Championships. In 2003, he was selected to the All Western State Conference Team. In 2004, Dustin was named Western State Conference Player of the Year. Shortly after, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 15th Round of the 2004 MLB Draft. Dustin spent 3 seasons with the Red Sox reaching AA and was a member of the 2006 Eastern League Championship Team. Dustin is currently in Player Development with the Los Angeles Dodgers as an infield and hitting instructor.
BRIAN BASS: Pitching Coordinator & Performance Instructor
Bass joined Elite in 2018 after coming off a professional career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Brian is the Elite Pitching Coordinator and assists with all levels of developmental teams and pitchers at Santa Ana. Brian focuses on creating throwing programs and arm care packages specifically tailored to each athlete. Well versed in deciphering Rapsodo and Motus data, Brian is able to take the guess work out and specifically help players validate their feel with real time analysis during throwing and bullpen sessions. As far as experience, Brian has played baseball at every level, he attended Aliso Niguel High School before attending Orange Coast College. After 2 years at Junior College he received a full scholarship to attend NAIA powerhouse Faulkner university before signing his professional contract in 2015 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has trained up at Driveline in Seattle and brings a wealth of knowledge to our staff.
CLAY WILLIAMSON: Assistant Hitting Coordinator
Clay joined Elite in 2016 after being a student of the program for the last eight years. He will assist at the Elite hitting sessions at UCI and Santa Ana. As a prep he was a standout at JSerra high school, a 3x All Trinity League selection. Earned a baseball scholarship to Cal State Fullerton where he excelled as an outfielder for the Titans. An All Big West selection he was selected in the 19th round of the MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. Clay spent two years with the Nationals organization
JONATHAN KENNEDY: Player Development Staff
Kennedy joined Elite in 2015, he assists with 8-14u levels of developmental teams and during Elite hitting sessions at UCI and Santa Ana. As a prep player he was a part of a CIF Championship team at El Toro High School. He went on to play in college at La Sierra University. JK thrives as a player development coach with Elite with knowledge in all areas of the game.
AUSTIN DIEMER: Player Development Staff
Diemer joined Elite in 2017, he assists with all levels of hitters at UCI and Santa Ana. As a prep player Austin was a stand out at Rocklin high school, a 3x All Sierra League selection. Player collegiate baseball at Cal State Fullerton where he was an All Big West performer. Drafted by the Minnesota Twins, Austin spent three seasons in the Twins organization.
DILLON BRYANT: Player Development Staff
Bryant joined Elite in 2017 and he assists with 8-14u levels of developmental teams and during Elite hitting sessions at UCI and Santa Ana. Dillon recently graduated with his Master's degree at Concordia University (Irvine) in Coaching and Athletic Administration while being a grad assistant coach on the baseball team. Bryant attended Orange Lutheran HS where he was a three-year varsity letter winner along with two All-Trinity League honors. Dillon continued his playing career at San Diego State University on a baseball scholarship for two years and then transferred to Concordia to complete his undergraduate degree.
GEORGE THANOPOULAS: Pitching & Performance Instructor
George joined the Elite staff in 2018 after a professional career with the Colorado Rockies. After his playing career, he went in and served as an international envoy coach for MLB in China. While working at the prospect development centers in China, he was in charge of arm care, weight training, and mental skills programming. Before getting drafted in 2016, he played college baseball at Columbia University where he was a part of three Ivy League Championship teams, one being the winningest in school history. George also spent a year as the varsity pitching coach at Redlands East Valley High School where he lead the pitching staff to the lowest team ERA in school history,as well as, a conference championship. George is well versed in all aspects of the game, from training protocols to mental skills training