TRIPLE PLAY TEAMS
We believe in going against the status quo. We believe in challenging the direction of baseball in Central Texas. We believe structure, consistency, and excellence is an absolute, not a suggestion, in building baseball lives.
We have professional staff, a top quality facility, fields, and future onsite plans to enhance your son's mental and physical development. Triple Play looks to carry local, regional and national level teams from 8u through high school.
Triple Play offers everything necessary to give your son the opportunity to reach his dreams. No more wondering where practice is, if there is even practice, and who will be coaching. We have it all. We'll use it all. We will ALL become Triple Play. You'll only have to watch his dream unfold as we guide him along his path.
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Josh Ford attended Baylor University on both academic and athletic scholarship, where he was a three-time all-conference player and was a finalist in the Johnny Bench Catching Award in 2003. He graduated with a degree in Health/Fitness in 2005 and was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 9th round. After eight years of professional baseball, he switched focus to coaching and personal instruction with baseball players of the Austin area. He has put his extensive research in rehab techniques, nutrition, and strength training to use with players of all ages. By instilling discipline, fundamentals, and dedication in his players, his teams have finished in the top 20 nationally the past three years. Perfect Game has recognized over 25 of his players throughout their national tournaments. Josh specializes in hitting, catching, strength training, power training, and conditioning. He is certified through the ISSA and NCCA organizations.
Matt Hinojosa's college baseball career began at Laredo Community College and finished at Division II Eastern New Mexico University (Lone Star Conference). He earned Honorable Mention at both schools for his performance at short stop and third base. After earning a degree in Communication, Matt directed his energy toward investing his baseball knowledge and experience in coaching and one on one instruction. After a decade of coaching select baseball for players from 9 to 17, he continues to teach that hard work and discipline produce great baseball players and, equally as important, great people.
Ryan Kjos came to Texas in 1991 as a member of the University of Texas Longhorn Baseball Program, and has been involved in the Texas baseball community ever since. During his career as a Longhorn, he was named 1st Team All Southwest Conference and made two appearances in the College World Series. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics, where he played through the AAA level before injury ended his professional career. Having discovered an affinity for coaching and private instruction during his off seasons, he decided to make youth baseball his next career. Assisting in the opening and running of baseball facilities in Dallas and Austin prepared him to join forces with Steve Swartz to open Triple Play Sportsplex in Georgetown, Texas, in 2005. Having earned his degree from UT in Kinesiology with a focus on Biomechanics and a minor in Education, he continues to stay up to date on the latest research and methodology. He has been called upon to share his knowledge as a featured speaker at seminars such as the Central Texas Sports Medicine Conference.
Steve Swartz, Triple Play co-founder, has been involved in Central Texas baseball for more than 25 years as a player, baseball parent, and coach. Having earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech, and having built a strong career in the technology field, he made a pivotal decision in 2005 to shift gears and pursue his commitment to youth sports by opening Triple Play Sportsplex with Ryan Kjos. Since that time, he has provided both team leadership and individual instruction to players of all ages. He has coached Triple Play teams starting from 8u through the high school level.
Lyle Gonzales first connected with Triple Play Sportsplex as a player under the coaching of Ryan Kjos and Steve Swartz. Having started in select baseball at age 10, he competed in high school as a multisport athlete, lettering in both baseball and track. His experiences in baseball led him to believe that all players can not only build skill and succeed on the field, but that participation in select baseball can help develop character and build confidence for life. Lyle returned to Triple Play in 2012 as an instructor, with expertise that extended to high level fitness and Martial Arts. In addition to coaching and providing one on one instruction in baseball, he offers kids and adults the opportunity to better themselves through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Kickboxing.