Georgia Personal Training is the perfect place for baseball players who want to improve their speed, agility and functional baseball strength. Georgia Personal Training lead trainer, Matt Lein, was a collegiate All-American baseball player, while playing for Wofford College in South Carolina. During his freshman year, Matt was named to the All-American team, as the top rated third baseman in the country. Also during that same year, Matt was named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and selected to the SoCon All Conference Team.
Matt has the knowledge to effectively deliver specialized training designed specifically for baseball players. He gained that knowledge from years of experience in competing at the highest levels of collegiate athletics. Matt began playing baseball when he was 5 years old. From the time he picked up a bat, it was clear that he had a real knack for the sport. When he turned 13, he began working with professional strength, conditioning and baseball skill coaches in the Atlanta area. He flourished in that environment and quickly moved his game to the next level. As a 14 year old, Matt made the number 1 East Cobb travel squad. He was only about 5 foot 3, but Matt had a determination that far exceeded many of the larger 14 year old’s on the field. Not only did he make the squad, he actually carved out a starting role as the Astros second baseman.
Matt continued on with the East Cobb program until he was 17 years old. After completing his senior high school season at Milton High School, Matt was invited to play for the Georgia Tigers. What an honor. The Tigers baseball team was put together by then lead Georgia scout for the Atlanta Braves, Al Goetz. The team was comprised of some of the most talented players in the Atlanta area, including Brad McCann and his brother Brian, who as you all probably know, went on to star as the catcher for the Atlanta Braves. What a Summer that was! The coaching staff was made up of both college and ex-professional ballplayers. Matt continued to learn and absorb knowledge throughout that Summer. The team won the CABA World Series and Matt was awarded “Most Valuable Player” for the Tigers.
After successfully winning a national title with the Georgia Tigers, Matt moved on to his freshman year of college, at Wofford College in Spartanburg. The Wofford Terrier team had a number of upperclassman already playing in their infield. That did not deter Matt. He stepped onto their practice field and quickly won the starting job as the Terriers third baseball. During his freshman year, Matt set records for most hits in a single season and highest batting average by a Division 1 third baseman. He continued to gather knowledge and spent hours working with strength and conditioning coaches at Wofford. Matt’s performance on the field secured multiple invitations to participate in the collegiate wooden bat Summer league. He played for the North Adams Steepecats. The teams in the New England league consisted of some of the very best talent in the country. Many of the players Matt played with and against made their way into the professional leagues. The team operated similar to a minor league squad and traveled to various cities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, playing other collegiate wooden bat squads in those towns.
After completing his sophomore year, Matt transferred from Wofford. He weighed a number of opportunities, including a potential chance to play at UGA. He ultimately elected to accept an invitation from Ray Tanner to become a Carolina Gamecock. Matt finished his baseball career at the University of South Carolina.
The education that Matt accumulated while playing at East Cobb, for the Georgia Tigers, at Wofford College and in the New England Summer wooden bat league, provided an incredible base of knowledge. He learned some incredibly valuable strength, conditioning and agility training techniques while at Wofford and South Carolina. Matt has always been a student of the game and his baseball path has allowed him to glean knowledge from some of the very best trainers in the baseball community. The best part about Matt is, he loves sharing that knowledge with younger players. Matt understands the skills a baseball player needs to be success. He also understands how to train a baseball athlete in order to position them to achieve maximum success on the playing field. As many who have worked with Matt have learned, he isn’t just a strength, conditioning and agility coach. He is a mentor as well. He also works to help his players understand the game and the requirements of playing at the highest level. Matt shares his life experiences and helps his students to better cope with the mental stress of the game.
Take a look at some of the great testimonials on this site. They were written by baseball players and families of those players, that Matt has worked with. These testimonials speak volumes to Matt’s character. It’s clear that he has a way of connecting with players and building lasting relationships with the players he trains. Here are a few testimonials for you to read through; Bobby Gavreau, Evan Moore, Jake Weiss, Steve Ayote and Tyler Beard. It’s not unusual for players Matt is training to look up in the stands and see Matt watching and supporting them. For Matt, training baseball players is not just something he does to make a living. It’s truly a passion and a mission he has undertaken. For Matt, his players are an extension of himself. He takes immense pride in their accomplishments, not just on the field, but off the field as well. One thing Matt learned above all things, is that baseball careers are a fleeting thing. Only the most dedicated can stay in the game for a long period of time. Players must have that inner drive if they hope to compete. They must also have a strong faith and good roots that can help to weather the ups and downs of the game. At the end of the day, the type of person you are on and off the field truly matters!
You just won’t find to many trainers who are willing to dedicate themselves to the overall betterment of the athletes they are training and mentoring. We encourage you to reach out to Matt and see how he can help the ballplayer in your family.