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 25 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 is currently a Head Coach in the Indiana Mustangs program and was previously a Head Coach for the Colts Baseball Club.
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. Currently finishing his degree in Fitness Management and Personal Training, minoring in Wellness Coaching at IUPUI, he is coaching and instructing here at RoundTripper. Coach Wott specializes in pitching, hitting, and performance training for speed and agility.
Wott is currently a Head Coach for the Indiana Mustangs 14u- Wott.
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 for a 16U Mustangs team. His personal interests include spending time with his wife and two sons, traveling, and golfing.
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.
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.
Stephanie has coached at the PGF and Showcase level throughout her career. She takes the time to attend various coaching clinics in the Midwest. After teaching in the elementary classroom, Stephanie chose to continue her "teaching" on the field instead of in the classroom. Stephanie specializes in fielding and pitching, and gives private lessons as well as classes. Coaching is a full time career for Stephanie now with Indiana Magic Gold and University High School.
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 RoundTripper student, Logan played 4 years at Pike High School as well as with the Pony Express travel program. Hug played his first two years of collegiate baseball at Ancilla College as a second baseman and pitcher. He finished his collegiate career at Manchester University, where he earned a degree in Exercise Science. Logan earned All-Conference honors his junior year at Manchester while leading the team to a conference championship. He then earned All-Conference honorable mention honors as a senior. Logan is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA.
Logan currently serves as a head coach for the Indiana Mustangs organization.