Training with Scott Ackerman

Scott Ackerman is both owner and head trainer at The Bat Company. After an extremely successful high school and pro career, Scott began giving private baseball and softball lessons locally in 2006. Since then he has amassed an impressive clientele of hundreds of local and non-local athletes, as well as the reputation of being one of the premier trainers in Oregon.

Scott was born and raised in Oregon City, Oregon and graduated from Oregon City High School 1997.  He began his high school sports career playing football, basketball and baseball. As a freshman he lettered in all three sports earning First Team All-State honors.

Despite this hot start to his high school career, Scott found himself in a sophomore slump by relying on his talent alone and not hard work. “I learned the hard way that no matter how much talent God has blessed you with, it is very important to always work hard to improve as a student, and as an athlete,” Scott said of his disappointing sophomore year.  “People tell you that practice makes perfect for a reason. Even the most naturally gifted athletes must practice and work hard both on and off the field.”

With the help of his coaches and his father, Scott began to develop a strong work ethic towards end of his sophomore year and the summer prior to his junior year that would stick with him for the rest of his athletic career. Scott began working diligently in the weight room, batting cage, and classroom. This hard work led to strong production throughout his junior year that helped lead his team to the State Championships where they finished in second place. In doing so, Scott earned First Team All-State honors as a catcher.

During his senior year Scott was able to outdo his junior year by receiving the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, Gatorade Player of the Year for the State of Oregon and Baseball America Second Team All-American. He credits earning these honors and awards to his coaches who believed in him, his family who supported him and provided every opportunity for him to improve, and to God who blessed him with talent and a desire to be the best that he could be.

After high school Scott had opportunities to play football on scholarship at the collegiate level, but turned down all offers as baseball has always been his true passion. He was offered scholarships to play baseball at Oregon State University, Arizona State University, and the University of California at Berkeley. However, to pursue his dream of playing baseball at the professional level he turned down those offers. In 1997 he was drafted in the 6th round by the Montreal Expos Baseball Organization. The decision to go pro or take the scholarship to Oregon State University was very difficult. After lengthy discussions with his coaches and family, he chose to head to West Palm Beach, Florida to start his professional baseball career.

It took a while to understand the professional game but in 2000 Scott finally found his rhythm.  He started the season in High Long Season A with the Melbourne Manatees where he was named to the Florida State League All-Star game and participated in the Home Run Derby. Shortly after the All-Star game he moved to AA to play for the Harrisburg Senators for the remainder of the season. In 2001 he played the entire season for the Harrisburg Senators and started in the AA Eastern League All-Star Game. After a short stint in AA in 2002, Scott was promoted to AAA in the International League for the Ottawa Lynx. While playing for the Ottawa Lynx, he had his best game ever as a professional going 4 for 4, with 2 HR, and 6 RBIs in front of 15,000 people on Fan Appreciation Day.

In 2003, after being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, Scott began to see that he had a bigger calling on his life than professional baseball. He wanted to marry to his now-wife, Stacey, and start a family. While it was tough for Scott to walk away from the professional game, he knew he was going to coach and continue to be involved in the game for years to come.

In 2006 Scott was hired as the head baseball coach for a small high school in Colton, Oregon, where his wife worked as the school counselor. During the first season his team made it to the league playoffs. This was an amazing accomplishments as Colton had not been in the playoffs for decades. Scott received the Coach of the Year award for the teams efforts. In 2007 the team improved even more and made it to the first round of the State Playoffs, losing to the eventual state champions Burns High School. In 2008 the team had a fairy tale season – with just ten players on the team (and only three seniors) they made it to the Semi-Final State Championship game. Colton had never made it past the first round of the State Tournament in school history. This helped Scott win his second Coach of the Year Award in just three years of coaching at Colton High School.

In 2011 Scott was hired as the varsity baseball coach at Canby High School. They were able to advance to the first round of the State Playoffs before being eliminated. Even so, this season far exceeded the accomplishments of the baseball program for the past several years.  Scott received his third Coach of the Year Award because of this teams success.

Currently, Scott is still pursuing his passion by working with baseball and softball athletes of all ages at The Bat Company. Aside from private individual training, Scott is the head coach of the Bat Company 16u softball team and 14u Blue Baseball team, plays an integral role in training many BC teams and is involved with the Baseball Northwest, USA Baseball and Perfect Game programs.

“I am truly excited to see what the future of baseball has in store for me, and look forward to watching the players that I come in contact with improve their skills, gain confidence, and pursue their dreams.”

Accomplishments

  • 1994 1st Team All League Baseball
  • 1994 1st Team All State Baseball  Outfield
  • 1995 Defensive Player of the Year Three Rivers League Football
  • 1996 1st Team All League Baseball
  • 1996 1st Team All State Baseball  Catcher
  • 1996 1st Team All League Football
  • 1996 1st Team All State Football  Punter
  • 1996 1st Team All State Football Place Kicker
  • 1996 1st Team All State Football  Linebacker
  • 1996 1st Team All State Football Wide Receiver
  • 1997 1st Team All League Baseball
  • 1997 1st Team All State Baseball Catcher
  • 1997 State of Oregon Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year
  • 1997 Baseball America 2nd Team All American
  • 1997 Oregon Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • 1997 Drafted by Montreal Expos Baseball Club
  • 2003 Traded to the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Club
  • Played 7 Seasons of A, AA, and AAA Professional Baseball
  • 2006 Baseball Coach of the Year Colton High School
  • 2008 Baseball Coach of the Year  Colton High School
  • 2011 Baseball Coach of the Year  Canby High School