Meet The Elite Family
Director of Baseball, Jim Abbott, a 1997 graduate of Caledonia High School has been coaching and training at Elite since 1999 and he continues to build our baseball program. Coach Abbott was drafted in the 24th round of the 1997 draft. Coach Abbott attended Grand Rapids Community College and Rend Lake College, and was signed as a free agent in 1999 by the Minnesota Twins organization where he played "A", "AA", and "AAA" ball. Coach Abbott spent nearly 7 years in the minor leagues, playing in the Twins and Reds organizations. While with the twins, Coach Abbott played for the Quad City River Bandits where he had 21 starts in 2002 with a 3.90 ERA, and in 2003 played with the Fort Myers Miracle and New Britain Rock Cats where in 27 games combined, had a 2.45 ERA. In 2006 he became a Cincinnati Red.
Coach Abbott is a hitting, pitching, and fielding trainer as well as the 18U Coach.
Jim resides in the Grand Rapids area with his wife Allison, and their 2 children.
Baseball pitching and arm care expert, Mike Paul has been involved with baseball as a player, coach, and instructor for the past 30 years and been with Elite since 1998. Coach Paul is a certified functional strength coach as well as the head of our CST (Cross Specific Training) program. Coach Paul is a graduate of Grand Rapids Catholic Central where he was a two-time all-conference player. Coach Paul then continued his baseball career at Grand Rapids Community College and is currently a scout for the Minnesota Twins organization. While at Elite, Coach Paul has coached 25 pitchers in the professional leagues, as well as numerous pitchers at various college levels ranging from Community College programs up to Division 1 Programs.
Coach Paul is the co-author, with Tom House, of "Fastball Fitness", which proves that velocity can be taught. He also continues to research and implement programs that will continue to increase the health, physical performance, and mental performance of Elite athletes.
Coach Paul resides in Rockford with his wife, Michelle, and their son.
Director of Softball, Michelle Brander-Metiva, a 1999 graduate of Jenison High School, has been training and coaching at Elite since 2005. While at Jenison, Michelle was a three time All-State Catcher, two time All-American, and her senior year Michelle was named the National Catcher of the Year and Miss Softball-Michigan. After Jenison, Michelle continued her career at Central Michigan University as a Shortstop and Catcher; she also graduated with a degree in sport management. During her four years at Central, Michelle was named MAC Player of the Year in 2003, and named to the All-MAC team two years in a row. Michelle also played on the Netherlands National Softball Team, finishing second in the qualifying rounds to get to the Olympic Games.
Michelle resides in Hudsonville, Michigan with her husband, Jeremy, and their two boys.