Brian Vikander Former Pitching Instructor to the Utah Fire
Now Instructing the Pros
Former Pitching Instructor to the Utah Fire Baseball Club was recently offer and has accepted an instructor position with the top collegiate and professional pitching organization in the United States, the Rod Dedaux Research and Baseball Institute (RDRBI) http://rdrbi.com/
. Named after the famous Southern California USC coach that won a record 11 College World Series Baseball Championships, Brian is now considered among the truly elite category among instructors and coaches.
David Molinaro, the former general manager for the Utah Fire baseball club commented: “Brian is one of the best instructors or coaches I have ever seen. I played college and semi-pro baseball and thought I knew pitching, but compared to Brian, I knew nothing. I sent 12 of my youth pitchers to him over the past 4 years and he was the only one I would recommended. My average pitchers became good. My good pitchers became better and my better pitchers we may see on television someday. I know of one 15-16 year old local resident resident that has already garnered some national attention due to his improved performance after Brian’s instruction.”
In talking with Brian I could hear the child-like excitement and energy in his voice when talking about America’s favorite pastime, baseball. “My first week on staff with Tom House, NPA and RDRBI has been splendid. Working with talented and committed pitchers, a superb NPA staff on the campus of USC ... perhaps, it could be better ... and I could be happier but I don't know how. Today was 'bullpen' day and I worked with 6 guys throwing 90+. In a couple of weeks I will see the 'big boys' come in Cole Hamels, Barry Zito, etc. I am stoked!!”
Brian continues to work with local kids in Utah while commuting to the West coast weekly. His record this past year included the instruction of many of the top 5A, 4A & 3A pitchers in the state of Utah. Possibly a first ever for this to happen in Utah, but hopefully not the last. For those of us that have worked with him and have seen the results of his efforts, we hope that Southern California keeps calling, but his love and passion for our local players keep him from hearing them and we keep him here in Utah for many years to come.
The photo was taken at Dedeaux Field USC Campus ... Tom House, Matt Mitchell (KC Royals AA with 3 + pitches ... currently sitting at 96mph with his 4 seam).