Aaron McEachran (Mac)

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Born and raised in St Louis Park, MN, Mac’s love for baseball was instilled by his father and U of M baseball alumni, Dan McEachren. Mac played High School baseball at St. Louis Park, where he was elected into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 2015. After graduating High School, Mac went on to be a standout at the University of Northern Iowa, eventually being chosen in the 18th round of the 2001 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Mac’s time in the minors took him all over the continent, connecting him with players and coaches from across the country. When his playing career finally came to a close, Mac turned his eyes to coaching, channeling the same passion and drive that he possessed as a player. Now, he spends his days helping kids of all ages pursue their own baseball dreams. With an eye for the game and a brain geared towards bio mechanical movement, Mac brings a unique skill set to the coaching realm of baseball.

Zach Elder

(Director of Strength and Conditioning, Sport Skill Acquisition)

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Zach went to Chanhassen High School, where he played varsity Baseball and Football. As the captain of the baseball team, he was awarded All-Conference Honors and was selected to the MN State All star team in baseball. Zach went on to play Division 2 baseball at Saint Leo University in Tampa, Florida. After 3 years, he graduated with a degree in Sports Business. He then went on to finish his career at Concordia University, Saint Paul,  where he would obtain his MS in Exercise Science. In addition, Zach is a NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who has worked to increase athletic performance with athletes from youth to professionals. Zach specializes in creating programs that promote athlete’s strength, stability, explosiveness, and creativity, without sacrificing range of motion or health. He provides strength training for any sport and all ages.

 

Matt Paulsen

(Director of Minnesota Grizzlies Baseball, Baseball Instructor)

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While Matt may not have a library full of leather bound books, he is kind of a big deal. As a player, coach, trainer, and scout his baseball pedigree is unique, varied, and rare to find in Minnesota. Matt was a standout player at St. Louis Park High School, Normandale CC, and the University of Northern Iowa. Add three seasons of professional baseball and twenty-six of townball and this guy has played a lot of games. He has coached teams at every level of youth baseball from high school varsity to little league. He has trained hundreds of players with a variety of backgrounds, from Big Leaguers to people picking up a bat for the first time. Matt worked for fifteen years as a scout at Inside Edge and is an associate scout for the LA Dodgers. He has even umped some games, but says he doesn’t like it much.

Sean Toomey

(Director of Recruitment)

Sean graduated from High School  at St. Thomas Academy, going on to play college baseball at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Concordia University, and Dakota County Technical College. During his tenure at DCTC, he was second in the nation in home runs. The biggest asset Sean brings to the table is his familiarity and expertise with the recruiting process. His connections with coaches and his understanding of the process has enabled him to place countless players in college programs. In addition to his recruiting savvy, Sean has been training and giving instruction since 2010, molding the players that would eventually be recruited.

 

Nick Smith

(Baseball Instructor)

During his career at Chanhassen High School, Nick Smith led his team to a class 3A state title in 2015, being named team MVP in the process. Nick continued his career at South Dakota State University where he earned his spot as a starter in left field during his freshman campaign. In his following season, he earned all-Summit League recognition as a utility player after leading the team in batting average (.340). As a Macstrength alum, Nick looks forward to giving back to the program that has done so much for him.

 

Jessica Gust

(Yoga, Strength, Nutrition)

Jessica Gust attended St. Louis Park High School where she participated in swimming, hockey and synchronized swimming. She was four-time All-Conference and three-time All State in synchro and is proud to have been a member of the inaugural seasons of girls hockey in SLP. As a varsity collegiate athlete, Jessica served as the swim team captain at Hamline University where she majored in Biology and Education. She has served as an assistant synchro coach in St. Louis Park since 2000 and has been the head strength and conditioning coach for the district since 2010. She did her graduate work at the University of Minnesota in Applied Kinesiology and is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. In her "free-time", Coach Gust also teaches biology and sports science at St. Louis Park High School.