“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. . . It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” ~ (Colossians 3:23-24 NIV)
Jay Lucas loves coaching baseball players on all levels…league teams, all-star teams, travel ball, tournament teams and camps at every age including the high school level. He was recently the pitching coach with former MLB All-Star Jack Wilson at Thousand Oaks High School and is currently the Freshman Head Coach at Skyview HS after recently moving to Nampa, Idaho.
Jay’s baseball passion is three-fold.
- Teaching players to play the game the “right way”—building character on and off the field (learning life lessons).
- Building overachieving, unselfish teams where the total is greater than the sum of the parts.
- Preparing players to compete at the highest level—increasing their chance for success and getting the most out of their individual abilities.
Players learn to respect the game and their coaches, as they take responsibility for their actions, mature, and learn what it means to be a good ballplayer, a good teammate and most importantly, a person of good character.
Don’t expect Coach Jay to teach one specific “system” or take a “one size fits all” approach. Rather, he likes to coach each player as an individual, making adjustments and improvements to their natural mechanics and techniques. “Get ahead, stay ahead” is a key concept. If young players get quality instruction and repetitions at an early age, they will consistently be the more advanced players all the way through their youth baseball experience. He believes athleticism and talent become more important after puberty and into the high school and college years, but attitude and effort must be emphasized first as a solid foundation.
His coaching resume includes over 1,200 wins and about a 90% winning pct. Those wins were team efforts with incredible coaching staffs that included Tom Costello, Ed Perez, Jeff Campbell, Jim Watson, Bill Tessar, Michael Rainer, David Hernandez, Scott Hansen, Jay Sramek, Craig Hewitt, Ken Gill, Darren Campbell, Bobby Teegarden and others through the process.
Some highlights include 6 Pony Baseball All-Star World Series Championships (2005, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016), plus 2 Pony World Series Runner-Up Finishes (2010 & 2017), 2 USSSA World Series Championships (2005 & 2017), 3 (back-to-back-to-back) Winter Nationals Titles in AZ (2006, 2007, 2008), 3 exciting Cooperstown Dreams Park Trips (2006, 2007 and 2009) and a bunch of other league and tournament championships. One SYB all-star team had an amazing streak going with 4 World Series Titles (Pinto-7, Pinto-8, Mustang-9 & Mustang-10 and Runner up Bronco-11) which included a 132 game win streak in the process.
“I am thankful for the amazing coaches I had growing up (my dad, Bill Berger, Roy Coppinger, Larry Smith and Rich Hill in baseball as well as Pat Finnegan in soccer). They helped mold me into the player I was and the person I have become. Naturally, I now enjoy giving back to the players I get to coach along with the joy of coaching my own sons (Easton, Branson, Grayden & Jackson).”
Many of Jay’s past players have been and are now impact High School and College players pursuing the next step into professional ball. Some of the guys that had many years with Coach Jay include: Blake Rutherford (NY Yankees – 2016 1st Round Pick), Easton Lucas (Miami Marlins – 2019 14th Round Pick), Tommy Costello (UW – Washington/U of Pacific), Griffin Mazur (UC Irvine), Matthew Campbell (CSUN), David Gaydos (Westmont College), Terrell Tate (Road City Explorers), Lorenzo Perez (Moorpark College), Kyle Ohanian, Jordan Athey, J.T. Watson and many others.
Does this all sound like something you want your player to experience? If so, great! Jay is now offering camps and clinics. Contact Jay to ask about personal and small group lessons with your player(s).