Lee Martin (Owner / General Manager)- Coach Martin currently is the Varsity Pitching Coach at Mountain Vista HS and was the Varsity Pitching Coach at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado for 8 Years. In nine years of coaching HS baseball in Colorado, Coach Martin's pitchers have compiled a 134-61 record (including the playoffs), 8 State Playoff appearences, 7 District Championship Games, 4 Jeffco League Titles, 4 District Championship Titles, 4 Final Eights, 4 Final Fours, 1 State Championship Title, and 6 All State Pitchers. Previous to Columbine, he spent 3 years at Johnson and Whales University as the Head Baseball Coach (NAIA-Denver campus) . One year as a graduate assistant pitching coach at Long Beach State University. One year at Long Beach City College, serving as the pitching coach. Two years as an associate scout for the Seattle Mariners organization. A volunteer coaching stint with USA Baseball for the 2003 Pan Am Games. Coach Martin teamed up with Coach Chuck Gillman to win the 2006 5A Colorado High School State Championship with Columbine High School. In his short coaching career, Coach Martin has coached and instructed many college and pro players.
As a player, Coach
Martin played his high school baseball in San Diego, California. To be followed with a college baseball career that saw him play baseball at Long Beach City College (Junior College) and
Long Beach State
University (officially: California State University Long Beach). Coach Martin had the opportunity to also play summer baseball in Alaska, Kansas, California, and brief time in Cape Cod, Mass. Coach Martin received many honors in high school and college as a player. Some highlights were an Area Code selection in high school. All California and All Conference at the junior college, where he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners as a “Draft and Follow”. All Big West as a pitcher at Long Beach State University. Unfortunately, due to an injury, Coach Martin’s playing career came to an end just a few weeks prior to the College World Series. Coach Martin spent a short stint with the Long Beach Breakers of the Independent Professional league.
Ron Quintana (Hitting Instructor / Connie Mack Director)- Coach Quintana joins the Batter’s Box staff as the Director of Connie Mack teams and a Hitting Instructor. He just currently finished up his 4th season as the Head Coach at Mountain Vista High School, where his Golden Eagle team finished in third place in the 5A State Tournment. Coach Q also recieved the 2014 Continental League Coach of the Year. Before moving to Colorado, Coach Quintana spent six years with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a strength and conditioning coach. While with the Dodgers, Coach Quintana Worked with such players as Matt Kemp, Russell Martin, Joel Hanarhan, and several other big league players.
Coach Quintana started his playing career at Neosho High School in Missouri, where he still holds a couple of records for batting average .517 and hits in a season with 52. Coach Quintana started his college baseball career at Crowder Junior College in Missouri, where he finished tenth in the country in batting average with an average of .411. In his sophomore year, Coach Quintana led the country in hitting with an average of .545. Earning him 1st Team All Region, 3rd Team All American, and The Big Stick Award for the mid west region. He then continued his college baseball career at Northwestern State University under Coaches Dave Van Horn and John Cohen. Coach Quintana was a two time All Conference selection while at Northwestern State University. Coach Quintana is currently a scout for the Los Angeles Angels organization and is the Director of Connie Mack teams for the Batter's Box.
Allen Cockrell (Hitting Camp Instructor)- Cockrell is an alumnus of Joplin, MO's now-closed Parkwood High School (1981) where he was a standout on their championship football, baseball, and basketball teams, and the University of Tennessee, where he was an all-American outfielder for the baseball team, and played quarterback for the football team. An All-American, he was named to the University of Tennessee All-Century Baseball Team in 2009. The San Francisco Giants made Cockrell the ninth pick overall in the 1984 MLB draft so he chose to forgo his senior year in college and play pro baseball.
He played in the minor leagues for nine years (five different organizations), including a five-year stint with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. He is a member of the Sky Sox Hall of Fame. On September 7, 1996, Cockrell made his Major League Baseball debut with the Colorado Rockies, a pinch hit appearance in which he struck out against All-Star closer Billy Wagner. His first major league hit came three days later in the form of a pinch hit double off Tom Glavine vs. Atlanta at Coors Field. Cockrell appeared in his final game on September 29, 1996, having suited up only nine times in the majors.
Cockrell spent the next few years working as a manager and hitting coach in various parts of the Colorado Rockies' development system. He returned to MLB when he was named hitting coach for the Rockies November 7, 2006 – his second stint, having previously served as hitting instructor the last five months of the 2002 season when Clint Hurdle was promoted to manager. Under Cockrell's guidance in 2007, the Rockies slugged their way to a National League Championship, leading the circuit in batting, on-base percentage, and total hits. Cockrell was one of three coaches let go by the Rockies after a disappointing 2008 season in which the team won only 74 games. On December 7, 2008, Cockrell was named hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners. On May 9, 2010, Cockrell was relieved of his duties as hitting coach and replaced by Alonzo Powell.On January 11, 2015, the New York Yankees hired Conckrell to be their assistant hitting coach, a newly created position for the Yankees in 2015
Joe Gimbel (Youth Instructor / Director Youth Elite Tournament Teams) - Coach Gimbel is a Colorado native who’s been involved in youth baseball his whole life. As a Coach, he spent one season as the Varsity bench coach at Columbine High School. Prior to that he was the Level III head coach at Columbine for 7 years. Eventually becoming the head coach for Columbines JV program for another 5 years. Coach Gimbel was a bench coach on Columbine High Schools 2006 5A Colorado State Championship Team. He does a lot of work in partnership with the Colorado Rockies baseball organization. Which he credits for “lots of baseball knowledge”. Coach Gimbel has learned personally from some of the Rockies past personnel such as Jeff Francis, Chris Ianetta, Alan Cockrell, and more. He is also the head coach of the Batter’s Box 12 year old elite tournament team. He brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to the Batter’s Box Baseball staff and its clients.
As a player, he played the outfield and infield positions his whole youth baseball life. When he entered high school, Coach Gimbel played outfield and DH for Columbine High School. Playing his high school baseball for now Columbine High School Principal Frank Deangelis, was “an honor” according to Coach Gimbel. After high school, he went onto Metro State University in Denver, Colorado.
Skip Jutzee (Catching / Hitting Instructor)- Skip was drafted out of Central Connecticut State University by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 4th round of the 1968 MLB amateur draft. Skip was a member of the inaugural Seattle Mariners team that began playing in 1977. He also holds the distinction of having hit the first grand slam home run in Mariners history on May 17 of that year. In total, Skip spent 14 seasons playing professional baseball.
As a Coach, Skip has been the Head Coach of a few different High School programs including Colorado Academy. He has been coaching pro, college, high school, and youth players since his retirement from professional baseball.