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Mark is a 1985 graduate of Mercer University in Macon, GA where he earned his BA degree in Interpersonal Communications. While at Mercer Mark was a 4 year starter as an infielder for the Division 1 Bears. Following college Mark moved to Atlanta, GA where where he began his career as a sales rep. He quickly became the number one sales rep in the country for Goldwell International Hair Care products. He then was hired by Allstate Insurance company where he was one of the top producing agents in the southeast region, as well as one of the youngest.
A self proclaimed serial entrepreneur, Mark started his first business at age 25 and has been self employed ever since. He has started and sold numerous successful businesses. One of Mark's companies was a network marketing distributorship in Germany that he grew from 1 person (himself) to over 10,000 distributors in a three year period from 1988-1991. During that time, Mark lived in Germany and Holland and learned to speak fluent German.
Today, Mark lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Dotty, who is an educator in the public school system. They have been married since 1992. Together, they have three children, Christian (Penn State Grad), Lexi (Penn State Grad) and Zack (RHP at UCF).
Mark started the US Elite Baseball organization in 2006 with a simple goal of giving a small group of above average 13U players in Pennsylvania a chance to develop as athletes, baseball players and young men. He used his networking skills to develop strong relationships with college coaches and pro scouts. By the time that group became seniors in high school (21) of them received D1 scholarships. See commitments here.
Since those humble beginnings Helsel has attracted an incredibly talented staff of like minded leaders all across the US who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of young men. Subsequently, US Elite Baseball has become one of the most highly respected player development programs in the country. Mark has worked as an Associate Major League Scout for the Florida Marlins and the Kansas City Royals.
Coach Larry McCabe lives in Portage, Pa. He played baseball at Portage Area High School and Mercer University, where he received a full baseball scholarship. Coach McCabe just finished his 38th year as head coach at Portage Area High School where he has never had a loosing season.
Coach McCabe has helped many players move on and play college baseball, including Mark Helsel, the U.S. Elite National Director. Larry has provided private instructions for baseball since 1986 when he started at the ATEC Grand Slam. He has also was an associate scout for the Atlanta Braves for 15 years. Additionally, he has worked many college baseball instructional camps.
Larry and his wife Karen have been married 35 years and have tree children, Brianne, Ashlee and Zachary. He also has 2 grandchildren, Reese and Ellis.
Larry has been a very successful coach and provides a variety of instructional tips for coaching clinics where he stresses practice organization and fundamentals of baseball. Larry has a tremendous passion for the game.
Coach Tom Ott graduated from Montoursville High School in 1989 and comes from a baseball family. His uncle, Ed Ott, was a catcher for the 1979 World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. Coach Ott has coached at all levels including youth baseball programs, junior baseball teams, successful elite travel teams and high school. He has also has served as a private instructor over the past 12 years.