Jason Keeline - Head Coach
Jason Keeline grew up in Hemet,
California and played 4 years for the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos in Southern
California. While at Cal Poly, he played shortstop for legendary college coach
John Scolinos against major Division 1 schools such as Cal State Fullerton,
Arizona State, Pepperdine, University of Southern California, and UCLA.
Jason signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves in 1991. He played 4 years
with the Braves primarily at shortstop but also spent time at second and third
base where he accumulated an overall .957 fielding percentage. He was a part of the Appalachian League
Champion Pulaski Braves Rookie (A) team, Macon Braves (A), world-famous Durham
Bulls (A) and the Greenville Braves (AA) during his professional career. During his time in the Braves organization,
Jason played for Coaches Brian Snitker, Glenn Hubbard, Bruce Benedict, Leon
Roberts, and Randy Ingle. Two books
written in the early 1990’s as the strong farm system started their 14-year
division winning record chronicles some of Jason’s career. The Heart
of the Game by Paul Hemphill, and Brave
Dreams by Bill Ballew depict some of the challenges of life in the minor
Jason has participated in and instructed at numerous baseball camps and clinics
in California, Kansas, Georgia and throughout the Braves organization. He is
currently a hitting and middle infield instructor providing private baseball
lessons to players of all ages at Sports-a-Rama in East Cobb. He has been at
Sports-a-Rama for over 12 years.
Jason's love for the game led him from helping out as an Assistant Coach to
becoming Head Coach with a recreational baseball league for five years. He has
been coaching travel teams out of East Cobb Baseball since 2008.
Jason's coaching philosophy:
- Commitment and effort to do your best in
order to maximize each player and the team's potential.
- Make adjustments, have a good attitude, and
always strive to improve.
- Teach the game and help players understand
the life lessons that can be learned from baseball - work ethic, sportsmanship,
commitment, handling failure, dedication, and mental focus.
D'Marco Lankes - Head Coach
D’Marco Lankes grew up in Marietta, Georgia and was a two sport
varsity athlete in Baseball and Basketball as an incoming freshman at George
Walton High School. D’Marco played
travel baseball at East Cobb Baseball for several years, including with the
nationally recognized and top ranking East Cobb Astros from 14-16 years of
age. While with the Astros, D’Marco played
under coaches Kevin Baldwin, Dennis Jordan, and Guerry Baldwin. Throughout his multi-year tenure with the
Astros, his team won several showcases and World Series championships including
the CABA, USSSA, and AAU World Series Tournaments. In High School D’Marco was recruited by
several universities in both Baseball and Basketball, but chose to attend
Coastal Carolina University to play basketball for then Coach Buzz
D’Marco’s passion for baseball has led him to coaching at East
Cobb Baseball where he first learned to play and enjoy the game. He is currently in his second year with the
East Cobb Lightning/Cardinals.
- Work to get a little bit better every time
you walk on the field.
- No excuses, play like a champion!
Mike Sandman – Pitching and Conditioning Coach
Mike Sandmann is a clinical director for Physiotherapy Associates,
the largest and most recognized rehabilitation company in the United States. He
is also a National Pitching Association Certified Pitching Coach. Mike’s clinic
is located in Hiram, Ga, about 15 minutes from the Marietta Square.
Physiotherapy Associates is most known for its expertise in rehabilitating
athletes of the highest levels. Dr. James Andrews of the Andrews Institute and
Champion Sports Medicine is the national
medical director. For those of you who do not recognize the name, Dr. Andrews
is the Orthopedist that most million dollar arms seek for help.
Mike’s professional role
within Physiotherapy Associates is to rehabilitate and retrain rotational
athletes - specifically baseball and softball players. He lectures to and
trains physical and occupational therapists in this specialty, including at the
Sports-Science Performance Institute, and the Georgia Pitching Academy. Mike also consults with coaches of all
levels, providing them with enhanced training
and injury prevention programs they need. Mike has worked with athletes
of all ages and skill levels, and has 20 years of experience in this field.
Mike is currently certified
by the University of Southern California, The National Pitching Association,
and The Rod Dedeaux Research and Baseball Institute. His certifications are:
- Strength and conditioning
- Sports nutrition
- Motion analysis
- Mental and emotional aspects of athletics
- Pitching mechanics
- Sports physiology
- Golf swing, baseball/softball swing and tennis mechanics
Mike’s professional experience includes training athletes from
Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Western League, Gordon College, Piedmont
College, University of Georgia, Vanderbilt University(development), University
of West Georgia, Cal State, University of Illinois, Kentucky, GA Southern, Team
USA, Team Elite, East Cobb Astros, East Cobb Titans, East Cobb Lightning,
Central Carrollton HS, Carrollton HS, Mount Paran HS, Harrison HS, Allatoona
HS, Bowden HS, Temple HS, Villa Rica HS, North Paulding HS, East Paulding HS,
South Paulding, and Hiram HS.
Alex Panter - Assistant Coach
Alex Panter has been part of the ECB
Cardinals since its origin eight years ago when the team formed as the East
Side Lightning, a summer travel team.
Alex is a senior at Wheeler High School’s magnet program, and an
exceptional student. Alex excelled in
basketball through middle school and high school, traveling the country with
the Georgia Stars, one of the top five elite travel basketball teams in the
country. In 2010, Alex transitioned from
basketball to baseball, making the Wheeler Varsity team which in 2010, made it
to the Georgia State tournament. As part
of his senior year intern program, Alex is pursuing his interest in pitching
mechanics and velocity training. Alex
knows what it takes to be an elite athlete, and brings to the Cardinals his
enthusiasm and great attitude for the game.
Chance Beam - Winter Training Coach
Beam coached at the college level for 3 years prior to moving to Atlanta. The
high point of his college experience was coaching at the University of
Tennessee during the 2001 season when his team reached the College World Series
in Omaha, NB. Tennessee finished 3 rd nationally that year and had 11 players
taken in the MLB draft, of which 2 were first round picks (Chris Burke- Houston
Astro's and Wyatt Allen- Chicago White Sox). During his College Coaching tenure
he has already coached 17 players to play at the professional level spanning
from 1999-2005. After moving to Atlanta, Coach Beam started the Titan program
during the summer of 2003. During this tenure, the program has experienced
considerable success - having won 5 National Titles and over 140 players going
on to play College or Professional baseball.
Beam coaching experience:
Baseball Coach 16 yr old Titan’s- East Cobb Baseball 2003- Present
- 2006 East Cobb Coach of the Year
- Graduate Teaching Associate-University of Tennessee Fall 2001-Spring
- Assistant Baseball Coach-Carson-Newman College Fall 2001-Spring 2002
- Instruct, position, and teach catchers and infielders.
- Assistant Baseball Coach-University of
Tennessee Fall 2000- Spring 2001
- College World Series participant finished 3rd Nationally
- Facilitate and supervise fundamentals and drills for the catchers,
outfielders, and hitters.
- Cultivate, correspond, and organize recruiting class files. NCAA coaching/
- Head Coach Carolina-Warriors Wooden Bat
Baseball Team Summer 2000
- 2000 Southern Collegiate Baseball League Manager of the Year.
- 2000 SCBL League runner-up and Tournament Champion.
- Head Assistant Coach-North Greenville College
December 1999- May 2000
- Implemented entire program for the Pitching staff including strength and
conditioning and taught fundamentals to the catchers, outfielders, and the
- Sports Academy January 2000- August 2000
- Internship Lander University Assistant JV
Baseball Coach 1998-Spring 1999
- Managed and organized daily practice schedule. · Instructed hitters on
fundamentals and mental approach.
Coach Beam lives in Marietta, Georgia and is married to
Christine Beam and has two daughter Brooke Avery Beam and Baylor Grace Beam
||The East Cobb Cardinals