Hilton Head Preparatory School announced the start of its Baseball Academy at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Now in its third year, the Academy continues to expand in breadth and depth of instruction.
The Academy runs throughout the school year from 1:40 pm to 3:30 pm at Prep's baseball field, Monday through Thursday, and is open to Prep and non-Prep students. For the fall semester, only seventh through twelfth graders are eligible to participate. The schedule allows any student to participate regardless of their after-school activity or sport.
Coach Mathisen believes in using a strategic approach supported by available technology and resources for athletic development, data collection, and evaluation. Each student-athlete participates in their own evaluation, goal-setting, and development plan. Coach Mathisen documents and uploads each individual plan to a readily accessible web-based program called TRAQ (developed by Driveline Baseball). When a player completes their workout, they self-report their progress. "We want to be smart about training and getting better. We have tools at our fingertips that allows us to create an environment of accountability. In the end, we want to prove the value of the program. If we can't report on our progress, we won’t know whether or not we need to make any changes, or if what we’re doing is actually working the way we intend," Mathisen said.
The Baseball Academy boasts a full team-supply of Driveline throwing and hitting training tools - including plyocare implements, weighted/long/short bats, a state of the art Rapsodo® Hitting system, and BLAST Baseball sensors.
In addition to the tools mentioned, Coach Mathisen also uses a number of certifications to help train players using the tools in place:
Driveline Pitching Certification
Driveline Hitting Certification
OnBaseU Hitting Certification
ALTIS Foundations Course Certification
Coach Ken Soucy and Coach Hiram Rodriguez joined Coach Mathisen at the Baseball Academy in the 2019-2020 school year, and are back for this year. Coach Soucy and Coach Rodriguez bring decades of coaching experience at all levels of the game.
The central focus of the Hilton Head Prep Soccer Academy revolves around creating a positive, caring environment with a culture based on family, building strong character, and motivating the student-athletes to pursue excellence in every area of their lives. We believe that hard work is a necessity, and when combined with intelligent training methods, great results are achieved.
Our training activities and methods will be sport specific and tailored to meet the needs of each individual athlete. The seasonal programs will follow a strategic periodized plan allowing us to train across the spectrum of physiological systems, maximizing the training effect for each player. The athletes will be exposed to activities and exercises geared towards engaging the player in developing their abilities across the four foundational pillars of the sport (psychological, physical, technical & tactical).
The Soccer Academy Director Miguel Lopez, Jr.:
Miguel Lopez, Jr., born in Beaufort, South Carolina, is a Girls Director // ’05, ’08, ’09 Girls Coach for Tormenta FC Academy. He attended the University of South Carolina Beaufort, earning his Bachelor's degree in business administration, while working at Tormenta FC all four college years. After graduating, he took on the director position for the Hilton Head branch of the club.
Miguel has also been the boys Hilton Head High Varsity coach going on his 2nd year now.
Lopez has been with TFC for 10 years, six of them being full-time. Within that time, he has earned his NSCAA Goalkeeper diplomas I & II, his USSF "C" License and his NSCAA Premier Diploma.
Coach Genia Edelman runs Prep's Volleyball Academy with the goal of developing confidence and a winning attitude. Athletes take advantage of the Academy to play throughout the off-season while developing physically, strategically, and mentally. Training is held Monday through Thursday from 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm. Contact Admissions at 843-715-8505 for more information or to register.
The Volleyball Academy Director - Coach Genia Edelman
Coach Edelman, Founder and Chief Confidence Building Coach, has over 30 years of volleyball playing and coaching experience. She played junior Olympic club volleyball as a junior and senior in high school and went on to play at Greensboro College in North Carolina. Her passion for the sport and mentoring young women aided in her starting a club volleyball program and beach volleyball academy after she moved to Hilton Head Island in 2010. Coach’s mission for HHI International Volleyball Academy is to develop strong, confident, globally minded leaders through the sport of volleyball. She utilizes the USA Volleyball High Performance Coaches Manual as her guide to coach proper skill and techniques for athletes to become the best volleyball players but more importantly. Also, Coach Edelman utilizes a holistic approach to developing incredible individuals by building confidence and teaching a can do attitude. Her coaching experience also includes club programs in Atlanta, GA and HHI, SC. She is CAP I and II USA Volleyball certified for indoor and Beach Volleyball CAP I certified.
Coach Edelman has over 25 years experience in the corporate world which she retired from in 2015. She developed executive teams at Discovery Channel, Gospel Music Channel and The Africa Channel as their EVP of Sales and Marketing. Coach is no stranger to hard work and what it takes to build a successful team and team members. She has a BS Degree in Biology from Greensboro College and an Executive Management Certificate from Harvard University. Coach Edelman retired to follow her passion and has built an International Academy that is focused on individual development and success both on and off the court. Her philosophy is winning is a side effect of hard work with a heart and team focused attitude. You can expect to become a better player and individual through this partnership with HHI IVA and Hilton Head Prep with Coach Edelman as its leader.
Who says speed can’t be taught? Marwin Kline firmly believes that it can— in fact, he’s been demonstrating how for almost 25 years. Marwin Kline was raised in the low country and attended the University of Tennessee on a full Track & Field Scholarship. His accolades include: 1996 Olympic Trials qualifier, 1995 Track & Field News Magazine ranked #32 in the world in the 400 meter dash, a three time All American, four time all SEC, a team captain, and a John Young team captain award winner.
In his many years of training, Marwin has had the opportunity to work with numerous professional and collegiate athletes in a wide range of sports including football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. His passion for athletes and their development— both on and off the field— is present in each of the sessions. Marwin is a mentor to many and a very well respected professional in his field. Bringing the Sports Performance Academy to Hilton Head Prep is an endeavor he is excited about.
Ages - 7-18 Location - Hilton Head Preparatory School Time - Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 5:15pm - 6:30pm
We would also like to welcome Katie Campbell, a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant with the Wellness Institute, to Prep’s Sports Performance Academy team! She has been practicing for eight years, seven of those years on Hilton Head Island. Katie is a personal trainer and L1 Olympic Weightlifting Coach with Conviction Training Facility/CrossFit Hilton Head, and has been with CTF since 2015. Katie is also certified through USADA to help prevent substance abuse in sports as well as Safe Sport certified to promote professional and appropriate training of youth athletes.
Hilton Head Preparatory School offers a college prep program for serious scholar-athletes who need flexible classroom schedules, individualized attention, and the flexibility to practice and attend competitions. Student athletes must balance the challenging demands of a busy training schedule while staying on track with their academic workload.
Hilton Head Preparatory School dedicates its Academy Program to preparing every student-athlete for the rigors of a college atmosphere. Through students’ engagement with exemplary faculty, participation in co-curricular arts and athletic programs, and meaningful involvement with the community, Prep prepares competent and motivated students to succeed in college and beyond.
Here at Hilton Head Prep, we also have relationships and partnerships with the following outside sports academies.
The G2 Academy model is female centric and maximizes effectiveness by providing a holistic approach that includes all training disciplines including golf, mental training, fitness, nutrition, college placement, leadership development, and empowerment. This single gender program provides an atmosphere for learning that is focused and minimizes distractions so expectations become achievable.
The program at G2 encompasses all aspects of training to maximize success and achieve expectations. The students receive world class training in golf, academics, mental toughness, physical fitness, nutrition and leadership. Unlike your traditional Academy, G2 is designed specifically for girls empowering them for their future success.
G2 Academy students and coaches create individual training performance plans for the students to maximize their competition results and prepare them for junior and college golf. They will practice to play and emulate competition shots during their training program. Their training plan will utilize state of the art technology, when needed, and game like training practice sessions as The G2 Academy believes in and focuses on performance based training.
As we know, no two swings are alike; the students will maintain and continue to build the foundations of an effective golf swing as well as build on their areas of strength to maximize performance. Further, course management is a large focus of the training program as the students learn to perform out on the course.
Each student and their coach will create a competitive tournament schedule to match their goals and build their resume as they work towards the next step in their game.
The Full Time Academy is a nine-month program beginning in mid-August. Academic students begin their informative and engaging instructional program Monday through Friday after school. Students receive instruction both on the course and the practice facilities. Students have weekend access to our courses, giving them additional time to practice what they learned during the week and build comradery with other JPGA students.
Golf Academy Includes:
Instruction with limited student to teacher ratio
Private Instruction with Lead Instructor
Housing & Transportation
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on Campus
TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Fitness Training
Golf seven days a week at World-Class Courses
V1 Video Analysis monthly with ability to email golf swings to College Coaches
Hurricane Junior Golf Tour and International Junior Golf Tour Memberships
Nine Tournaments (Including travel, accommodations and coaches)
College Placement Assistance from Coaching Staff & Director of Student Care
Smith Stearns offers some of the world’s most acclaimed tennis programs, especially designed to help young people develop athletically while supporting their academic, social and emotional growth during the important development years.
We provide a high-performance level of instruction in an elite setting — emphasizing individual instruction in low ratio camps or one-on-one settings to ensure quality interaction between junior players and world-class coaches.
We are able to address a student’s “entire game” with a combination of drilling, strategy, mental preparedness, patterns of play, point set up, and match play. To ensure a high level of technical development, we utilize both soft and hard court training to promote good footwork, sound tactics, and a disciplined approach to playing extended points. In addition to good court performance, we also encourage students to develop good character, sportsmanship, and overall integrity.
By limiting enrollment, we are able to ensure a more personal atmosphere and provide more one-on-one time to each player enrolled at the academy. It’s our way of affording each student the individual time necessary for his or her ultimate success.
Smith Stearns offers year-round, Monday-through-Saturday training for players of all levels — unranked, or state, sectionally, nationally and world-ranked players. Full-Time, weekly, holiday, and summer programs are available for students of all ages.
Full-time students can opt to stay with house parents and attend local schools. This residence program ensures that students are well-supervised and well-supported.
If you are looking to maximize your development as a tennis player, look no further… it’s right here at Van Der Meer Tennis Academy on beautiful Hilton Head Island. Our elite Junior Tennis Academy has a proven track record over 30 years of producing and helping top ATP, WTA, ITF and Collegiate Stars with great character. Our top international coaching staff is dedicated and experienced in integrating mental toughness, fitness training, stroke production, tactics, tournament scheduling, nutrition and injury prevention for all levels and ages. When choosing an academy, do your research. Choose wisely. Choose Van Der Meer!