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P: (949) 215-6693
F: (949) 313-1964
E: Quakes Baseball

25322 Jeronimo Road
(between El Toro Rd and Alicia Pkwy)
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Coaches & Trainers

John Elliott - Owner and Camp Director

 John graduated high school in 1982 from Fountain Valley High. He then went on to Long Beach City College for two years. He was All-League, 2nd team as a Freshman at LBCC. He set a school record in hitting in his first year. His sophomore year at LBCC he was 1st team All-League, and that year was drafted in the 4th round by the Houston Astros.

He played with the Astros Organization from 1984 thru 1988. He played five years as a shortstop and second baseman. He was an All-star in 1986 in the Sally League. He played all the way thru AA.

He then went on to further his education in Physical Education with a Bachelor of Science. John also has a Masters in Physical Education and many training certificates.

In 1995 John founded the Quakes Baseball Academy. He has been coaching the QBA travel teams for over 12 years. He has trained high school to professional athletes in his baseball facility.

John was an associate scout for the Houston Astros from 1995 to 2009.  From 2009 to 2014 he scouted for the Baltimore Orioles and in 2014 started scouting for the San Diego Padres.  John, along with Josh Emmerick coach the Padres Scout Team.

He has designed many training programs for baseball players to enhance their existing skills as well as to advance their knowledge of their game and their abilities.

John has assisted in the design and production of two hitting videos with These videos are utilized by baseball players throughout the nation.

He founded the recruiting website of where players throughout the US can have a video of them at their fielding position, as well as batting on the site and college coaches in the nation can check out the players at any time.

Dennis Twombley - Catching Trainer

Dennis Twombley has a very impressive baseball career as a catcher and a pro scout and catching instructor.  He was a 4th round draft pick with the Chicago White Sox in 1993.  He was on the Team USA Trials in 1993 and 1995.  In 1994 he was Freshman All American at Notre Dame.  He played for Pepperdine University in 1995 and 1996 and played for the New York Yankees organization from 1996 to 2000.  In 2003 he started his scouting career and worked for the Houston Astros for five years.  In 2008 he started scouting for the New York Yankees and he continues to work for them today.

He has been instrumental in teaching catchers with Quakes Baseball Academy for more than six years.  He has also does private catching instruction in the LA area on an appointment basis.  His ability to assist catchers in bettering their footwork and moving around the plate more quickly makes him one of the greatest catching instructors in Southern California . 



Amanda Brown - Nutritionist and Trainer

I have been a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant in Orange County for over 5 years. My love of fitness and nutrition comes from my background in athletics. I played field hockey, lacrosse, and ran track & field (100m, 200m, relays, long jump, and tried pole vault!) in high school. As a senior, I was named the Most Outstanding Field Hockey Player in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference and was voted to play in the Maryland State high school senior field hockey exhibition game. At Loyola College in Maryland, I was voted offensive MVP all four years on my field hockey team and was invited to play on the National Field Hockey League All-Star Team.

In 2004 I tore the ACL in both of my knees. The first was while playing in a tournament at the end of my senior year in college, and the other during a game with the club field hockey team at UC Irvine. I had reconstructive surgery at the beginning of 2005 to repair the damage. I was in physical therapy for nearly a year! After being on top of my game my whole life, having a set back like this was devastating. I had to learn how to walk again, running seemed impossible, and I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to play sports again. I’m thankful to say I’ve fully recovered (it took me two years to get back) and continue to play field hockey with the Los Angeles Field Hockey Association.

Even though I traveled a tough road following my knee injuries, going through it made realize I wanted to become a personal trainer and help others overcome their physical fitness and health challenges. After training at 24 hour fitness and various other small gyms for several years, I have finally found that working for a couple of key studios I can broken my reach to those that need my help.  At Quakes Baseball Academy I am able to help the player through both nutrition as well as fitness.


Dick Hilyard - Showcase camp operations director

Dick has been heavily involved in baseball umpiring for more than 30 years.  He resides with his wife in Saratoga, CA.  He manages the day-to-day operations of the showcase camps in all locations.  His vast experience in sports management helps ensure that the camps will run smoothly each and every year.