At RoundTripper Sports Academy, we are proud to have highly accomplished and respected instructors on our staff. Students benefit from our in-depth knowledge, effective approach to training, and personalized attention to detail. For 30 years, we have been in the business of helping young athletes excel. Put our experience and dedication to work for your athlete; give us a call today. As our student, your athlete will work with the following athletic instructors.
Functional Fitness Certified
Chris founded Roundtripper Sports Academy in 1993 after finishing his 7.5-year professional baseball career. Prior to playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, and Montreal Expos, Chris was named an All-American at the University of Kentucky. Chris has coached and instructed men and women of all ages for over 30 years. Chris’s clients include players of all levels, including collegiate and the professional ranks. Chris is currently the head baseball coach at University High School. His superb expertise in hitting has made him one of the most respected instructors in the country.
Chris is currently the Head of Player Training and Development for the Indiana Mustangs baseball organization and Colts Baseball Club.
Scott has been with RoundTripper for over 25 years and has coached with the Indiana Mustangs program for over 12 of those years. Scott graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Elementary and Secondary Education. He also has a degree in Physical Education and taught at Sheridan High School. Scott coached for five years at the high-school varsity baseball and softball levels, and he was also part of the football coaching staff at Sheridan High School and Noblesville High School. His patience and positive, upbeat personality have made him a favorite instructor with elementary and middle-school aged students. Scott is currently the Head JV Coach at University High School.
Scott is the lead instructor and program director for RoundTripper’s Instructional Classes and Tiny Tots program.
Currently an Assistant Coach at Wabash College, Cesar has been involved in the game of baseball in the state of Indiana for the past 20 years. As founder of the Indiana Baseball Academy and IBA Storm travel organization, he has worked with clients ranging from youth to professional ball players. He has placed countless baseball and softball players in the collegiate ranks during his coaching career. Cesar has also been involved with independent baseball leagues, and he has assisted with multiple professional tryouts with the Evansville Otters and Traverse City Beach Bums. Coach Barrientos has a strong ability to advance players' fundamentals, explain the physics of baseball in order to improve performance, and develop well-rounded, intelligent players.
Coach Barrientos specializes in both softball and baseball catching. He is also a Head Coach in the Indiana Mustangs organization.
Professional Baseball Player
A Noblesville, Indiana, native and Noblesville High School alumnus, Garrett was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2018 and is currently a professional baseball pitcher for the Windy City Thunderbolts. Before signing his pro contract, Garrett attended Butler University, where he was a four-year starter as a shortstop/third basemen as well as a starting pitcher. He graduated Butler in May 2018 with a degree in Human Movement Health Science Education. Growing up in Noblesville, Garrett has been a student at RoundTripper, learning the game of baseball from Chris Estep and the RoundTripper staff while playing for the Indiana Mustangs during his middle-school and high-school years.
Garrett currently brings his knowledge of the game to RoundTripper by working as an instructor during the off-season. He is a lead instructor in our ACE pitching program and a Pitching Coordinator for the Indiana Mustangs.
Master Pitching Instructor
Coach Villacis was originally signed by the Colorado Rockies as a rookie free agent out of Venezuela in 1998, under the recommendation of scout and former big leaguer Jorge Posada. Villacis started his career in the Rockies Minor League system in 2000, playing for five seasons, before being traded to the Kansas City Royals. On May 1, 2004, the Royals called him up to start a game against the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium. On May 26, the Chicago White Sox claimed Villacis off waivers from Kansas City and optioned him to the Double-A Birmingham Barons.
In 2006, Villacis played for the Atlantic City Surf of the independent Atlantic League, during what turned out to be his final year in baseball. Overall, he posted a 29-17 record with a 3.58 earned run average in 145 career minor league games, including 49 starts, from 2000–2006. In between, Villacis played winter ball with the Leones del Caracas and Tiburones de La Guaira clubs of the Venezuelan League during seven seasons spanning 1998–2005. He started eight games and relieved in 97 more, going 8-5 with a 3.87 ERA and one save in 151 innings of work.
Coach Villacis then began his coaching career and has made multiple stops in the MLB coaching system. From 2007 - 2008 he was the pitching coach for the Colorado Rockies at the pioneer league. In 2010 Coach Villacis was the Manager / Player with the Bern Cardinals in the Swiss league in Europe. Then from 2011 - 2012 he pitching coach for the Zulia Aguilas In the Venezuelan winter league. From 2014 - 2018 he served as the pitching coach for the Chicago Cubs at The Venezuelan Summer league ( VSL ) and at the Dominican Summer League ( DSL ) and was the pitching coach for the Arizona Diamond Backs 2019 - 2020.
Coach Villacis is currently a Master Pitching Instructor in our ACE pitching program and is also a Pitching Coordinator for the Indiana Mustangs.
Coach Cushenberry is currently the Head Coach at Trader's Point Christian Academy, winning Sectionals in both 2021 and 2022. He served as an Assistant Coach at both University High School and Plainfield High School before getting the head job at Trader's Point. Coach Cushenberry graduated from Marian University and is currently an employee at Zionsville High School, where he also is an assistant football coach.
A graduate of Avon High School, Cushenberry is currently going in his eighth season as a coach in youth travel baseball. Coach Cushenberry is currently a head coach in the Indiana Mustangs organization and is part of the team development program for the organization.
Andrew Quinn was a four-year letter-winner at DePauw University graduating with a BS in Communications. He was a two-time All-Conference starting pitcher for the Tigers, and helped lead them to two NCAA regional appearances--including his senior year as team captain, when the team set a school record with 33 wins and a top-20 ranking nationally. Quinn was also an All-State pitcher in high school. He spent a summer in the collegiate Prospect League, where he earned pitcher-of-the-week honors and multiple NCAA Division III spotlight honors.
Coach Quinn is currently the Head Coach at Clinton Central High School, where he was Sectional Champion in 2021, and previously worked as an Assistant Coach at Wabash College. Quinn is a Certified Personal Trainer (NASM CPT) and is an instructor with our ACE pitching program. Coach Quinn has served a Head Coach in both the Indiana Mustangs and Colts Baseball Club programs.
Performance Training – Speed & Agility
Eric Wott grew up playing the game of baseball and is among the many RoundTripper Alumni. Having played travel ball for Cesar Barrientos, he too has a similar skill set of having the ability to advance players' fundamentals, explain the physics of baseball in order improve performance, and develop well-rounded, intelligent players. A graduate of University High School, Wott started for Chris Estep on the Varsity Baseball team all four years. He continued his playing career at Bellarmine University, located in Louisville Kentucky, playing 3rd base and relief pitcher. He graduated with a degree in Fitness Management and Personal Training from IUPUI. Coach Wott specializes in pitching, hitting, and performance training.
Wott is currently a Head Coach in the Indiana Mustangs program as well as the RoundTripper Elite fall program.
At Fishers High School Gabbi was a Varsity starter for four season, All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference three consecutive seasons, All-Hamilton County first team for four seasons, 2016 Hamilton County Player of the Year, the career and season record holder for strikeouts, wins, ERA, and innings pitched at Fishers HS, 2016 first team All-State selection, Indianapolis Star Super Softball Team in 2016, a 2016 Indiana All-Star, team MVP in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and was the first softball player on the FHS Athletic Wall of Fame.
Gabbi continued her playing career first at Butler University where she led the team in innings pitched as a Freshman. After transferring to Indiana State for her Junior season, Gabbi lead the Sycamores in innings pitched and ERA that year. She concluded her college career in 2021 striking out 225 batters, good for 8th all time in single season strikeouts for the Sycamores.
Cole Barr was a 15th round pick in the 2021 MLB Draft after playing college baseball at Indiana University. Cole is a 2017 graduate of Yorktown High School. Cole finished the 2022 season with the Seattle Mariners A+ affiliate, the Everett AquaSox and will be teaching at RoundTripper in his off season.
Carson Coleman was a drafted in the 33rd round of the MLB Draft by The Tampa Bay Rays after playing his collegiate baseball at the University of Kentucky. Carson finished the 2022 season with the New York Yankees AA affiliate, the Somerset Patriots, where he led the Eastern League Champions in Saves. Carson will be teaching at RoundTripper in the off season.
Hayden Wynja was a 2022 free agent signee of the San Francisco Giants after finishing his collegiate career at Murray State University. Hayden is a 2017 graduate of Heritage Christian High School. He will be teaching at RoundTripper in his off season.
Coach Palacios played with the Caracas Lions in Venezuela. He worked for the Chicago Cubs holding various positions within the organization including area scout. Coach Palacios has played and coached for over 20 years and is the manager of the "Roundtripper The Show" adult baseball team.
Here is a little information about Madison's Coaching philosophies:
"I believe that it's a coach's job to set culture and expectations with his/her team (attitude and effort), and it's up to the player to have the integrity to follow through on those expectations. How you do anything is how you do everything."
As a hitting coach, I believe whole-heartedly that kids need to be taught the importance of hitting line drives in an era where exit velocity and home runs are all the rage. I also believe in teaching the mental side of hitting, like how to approach different pitchers and what we can do to have competitive at-bats no matter who we're facing.
Madison has been an private instructor at RoundTripper as well as a Varsity assistant and hitting coach at Park Tudor HS and previously was an Assistant Coach and Head Coach in the Indiana Mustangs program. His personal interests include spending time with his wife and two sons, traveling, and golfing.
Vernon Smith was a collegiate football player at Marian University. After his sophomore year of college he suffered a knee injury which led to a reconstruction surgery. He battled back from his injury to play one final football season. In 2010 following his final season as a player, Vern became a strength and conditioning coach at Marian University where he eventually became the director of strength and conditioning. Vern has also been named the strongest strength coach in the world. He currently resides in Westfield with his wife and three daughters.
A former member of the San Francisco Giants, Freed was drafted in 2019 in the 13th round out of Butler University and played four years in the minors as an outfielder. During his three years at Butler University, he was All Big East first team his junior year and was named 2nd team all American prior to being drafted.
Over his collegiate career of 3 years, he maintained a .315 batting average while totaling 23 homeruns, 124 RBIS, and a career OPS of .921 over 128 games played.
Harrison is a graduate of Westfield Highschool and played for the Indiana Mustangs organization from 11u-17u.
He is currently back home after finishing his playing career and is now working on a finance degree from Butler and studying for Law School in the fall of 2024.
Hitting / Catching Instructor
Jackson Freed is back in Westfield and exciting to be teaching lessons at RT! During his four years at Franklin College, he carried a .305 average while throwing 50 out from behind the plate. He was selected to the all conference team his Junior year, and led his team as the starting catcher to the HCAC Regional and a 39-5 record. He was also selected to the Conference All Sportsmanship team.
Jackson preaches work ethic and perseverance, and is ready to pass those life skills on to the next generation of ballplayers.
Ace JR Pitching Instructor
Reese Sharp is a former Indiana Mustang and RoundTripper athlete who graduated from University High School in 2019. After leading the Trailblazers to an IHSAA State Championship, Reese was drafted by the San Francisco Giants out of high school in 2019 but chose instead to attend Indiana University. He was then drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 20th round in 2022. Reese was recently promoted to High A in 2023, appearing in 22 games for the MiLB Aberdeen IronBirds.
Reese is currently instructing in RoundTripper's ACE Jr program while working out and training at the facility in his off season.