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OUR PHILOSOPHY

The Mudville program actively seeks players who have a strong desire to advance to the next level of play. These players must have a strong work ethic with a commitment to academics, family, team, and coaches. We teach life skills through the lab of the baseball field.
Our club’s coaching philosophy is to surround these types of players with expert instruction in all facets of the game so they can achieve their goals.
Simply put, this is not all about recruiting the highest tier high school players, filling out a line-up card, and rolling the ball out to win. Winning with great talent is not hard. The greater challenge is developing the player’s ability, increasing performance in the framework of a team structure while playing the game of baseball correctly.
Our coaches are true mentors; to mold young players into great men and women, possibly someday, great husbands, wives, mothers, and fathers. We seek coaches with strong management and teaching skills with at a minimum, professional, collegiate, and/or high school experience.
Every coach in our organization is required to attend a minimum of 20 coaching clock hours per year. Our coaches are members of the Washington State Coaches Association (WSCA), National High School Baseball Coaches Association (NHSBCA), and/or the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Membership does have its privileges; our relationships with many of the members of these associations enhance networking opportunities for our players, enables dialogue for player references, and more importantly, develop long-term relationships with organizers, coaches, and scouts at the highest levels of organized ball.

THE COACHES

Kurt Boyd's lifelong love of baseball inspired him to create The Mudville Youth Baseball Club in 1999. Kurt responded to the need for a youth-oriented athletic program dedicated to personal development and the realization of an athlete's baseball dream.
Mudville is the organization that puts that vision into action. As Coaching Director and General Manager of the club, Kurt is involved in every aspect of the organization from the creation of its mission and values to the complex administration of practice plans and tournament scheduling. With more than 35 years of coaching and sports management experience.

Kurt has established a cadre of the game's best coaches who share the values he has enfranchised. The core coaching group is hand selected to provide the best possible direction for young players who hope to rise to the highest levels of the sport. The experienced staff are passionate, collaborative, detailed-orientated, knowledgeable, family-oriented, and life-balanced coaches.

Kurt is a tireless networker on behalf of his players and his multiple contacts in the game, at the college and professional levels, respect his evaluations and the athletes that have been a part of the Mudville

Family. Mudville Alums - are in every level of the game from high school to college, to Major League Baseball. Kurt and his staff are dedicated to the development of the total athlete … a young person properly schooled in the fundamentals, armed with focus tools, goal oriented and prepared for life in the game and in the world.

Kurt Boyd

Scott Knight

Don Sparling

Ken Mortensen

Dean Holbrook

Doug Knight

Kurt Boyd

Manager/Head Coach

Kurt has over 35 years of coaching and sports management experience. He is a long-time member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and the Washington State Coaches Association (WSCA). At the 2012 ABCA Annual Convention in Anaheim, CA, Kurt received his ABCA 25-year Coaching Award for leadership and devotion to baseball. He is a former certified pitching instructor by the National Pitching Association (NPA), mentored by legendary coach Tom House.

Learned in all facets of the game, Kurt appreciates and teaches the principles of leadership by John Wooden, and sport psychology tenets by Dr. Ken Ravizza.

Mudville Career

Kurt founded the Mudville Youth Baseball Club in 1999. He serves as the coaching director, and one of the Board of Directors for the club. Kurt has led Mudville as their Head Coach since 2000, and since 2006, the only 18U Head Coach the club has ever had.

He has coached Mudville teams to three national championships: 2014 CABA Woodbat Nationals in Fremont, CA, 2008 Triple Crown Woodbat National Championships at Grand Junction, CO, and the 2006 Hawaiian World Series in Honolulu, HI.

Mudville has competed in three AABC Connie Mack Regional appearances (2009 Hayward, CA, 2010 and 2013, both in Seattle, WA), three CABA Top 3 National finishes (2014-2016), two AABC Washington State 18U Championships (2007 & 2009) and one AABC Washington State 18U Runner-up finish (2013).

Kurt was an Assistant Coach for the 2006 USA Baseball/AAU sanctioned Mudville Australia Down-under Tour for legendary Hall of Fame Coach Don Freeman.

High School Career

Kurt has coached high school ball for six years, most recently with Eastside Catholic School of the Seattle 3A Metro League, 2009-2011. As the head coach for two years, he led the Crusaders to a 32-15 record, and a 2011 Metro Mountain Division title and a finalist finish in 2010 that featured division rival, O’Dea HS, the 2-time defending 3A State Champions. These accomplishments are even more satisfying as Eastside Catholic school, recently located to their new Sammamish campus, had no baseball facilities or home field for the first two seasons Boyd and his staff coached. Practices took place on the grounds of the campus; gym, football endzones and parking lots.

Kurt was the Pitching Coach for the 2009 Crusaders who won the 2009 Metro Mountain Division title. The 2009 Crusaders were nationally ranked by ESPN until the last week of the season. Kurt coached three years (2006-2008) at Mercer Island HS, a KingCo 3A school under Doug Williams (2006-07) and Brian Potoshnik (2008). In 2006, Kurt was the Freshman Head Coach. In 2007 and 2008 he served as the Varsity Pitching

Coach. In 2006, Mercer Island reached the KingCo playoffs for only the second time in their history.

High School Accolades

§ 2011 Northwest Baseball Umpires Association as one of the 8 state finalists for the 2011 NBUA High School Coach of the Year Award

§ 2011 Crusaders finished 2nd by 2/100ths of a point in the WIAA 3A Outstanding Scholastic Team Award state-wide.

Kurt played baseball throughout his youth, and military career rising through Armed Forces Baseball (US Navy) and into college before knee injuries ended his career in 1980. Kurt turned to competitive softball where he played at the highest national levels of fast and slow-pitch softball for 27 years.

Kurt is one of the all-time Northwest slow-pitch hit leaders (4,357) and home run leaders (1,106), a 2-time ASA All-America selection and 2-time All-Navy selection. In 2001, he was the 25th player to be inducted into the USSSA Washington State Hall of Fame.

Kurt is a graduate of Medford (Oregon) HS and the University of Washington. He earned a Master of Science in Construction Management, a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction, and a CE Certificate in Sports Management from the UW Graduate Business School.

Kurt is married with two children, and four grandchildren.

Scott Knight

Associate Head & Educational Placement Coach

Scott joined the Mudville organization in the early 2000’s a club advisor.  In 2006 as a Coach on the USA Baseball / AAU Down Under Tour in Australia, and eventually a full-time coach in 2014.  

Scott played at Washington State University, under legendary Hall-of Fame Head Coach Chuck “Bobo” Brayton.  Scott’s long affiliations with the region’s head coaches and with USA Baseball creates a unique opportunity for Mudville athletes as they seek the next level in their careers. His overall tournament experience-and success- give the team a distinct tactical and strategic advantage at the highest levels of 18U competition. 

Coach Scott Knight is a proven winner that brings a lifetime of experience and baseball knowledge to the Mudville Family.  Coach can boast of 139 seasons coaching team sports at all levels, around the globe. 

USA Baseball Career 

As a USA Baseball National Team coach and evaluator, Scott has a deep resume in international competition, coaching many of the finest prep players in the US. 

  • 2002-2003 USA Baseball Youth National Team Trials Coach Talent Evaluator 
  • 2003 USA 16U World Champions, Trials Coach and Scout 
  • 2004-2010 USA 18U National Team Trials Coach, Task Force Leader, Talent Evaluator 
  • 2006 Scott was a USA Baseball 18U National Team Assistant Coach at the World Championships in Santi Spiritus, Cuba, earning a World Silver Medalists 
  • Coached 2006 USA Baseball/AAU sanctioned Mudville Australia Down-under Tour for legendary Hall of Fame Coach Don Freeman 
  • Head Coach, Washington Wranglers International Travel Team which included 10 trips to Australia, 2 trips to the Netherlands, 2 trips to Cuba, 2 trips to China, and 1 trip to Tennessee Southeastern Wood Bat Championships 

 

High School Career 

His Master’s Degree in Instruction and Curriculum enhances his effectiveness inside the lines and in the team’s frequent chalkboard sessions.  Coach Knight’s accomplishments include 50 years coaching high school baseball, and 38 years coaching summer baseball.  Scott coached high school baseball at Pullman, West Valley (Spokane), Rosalia, Stanwood, and Sedro-Woolley, with each team making at least one state playoff appearance. His impressive 26-year head high school baseball coach career ended with a 402-200 record.  Coach Scott has the following HS coaching accolades. 

  • Rosalia High School, 1986 State Champions, 1985 State 3rd place, 1980 State 5th place 
  • Stanwood High School, 1998 State 7th Place 
  • In total 20 district playoff appearances, 3 league championships and nine 2nd place finishes. 
  • 1994-2019 Director WESCO All State Feeder Game 
  • 1977-1986 Assistant Director Spokane Area Feeder Game 

Scott is a lifetime member Washington State Coaches Association, Chairman, Washington Baseball Hall of Fame Committee 1994 to Present, Executive Board Member, Washington Baseball Coaches Association 1990 to Present, Charter member BCA (National High School Baseball Coaches Association), a 30-year member ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association), and the 1986, 2002, 2003 Coach for the Washington All-State Series. 

High School Accolades 

  • Inducted 2019 National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the first Washington state coach to earn the honor. 
  • Inducted 1993 into the Washington State Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame 
  • Stanwood High School Baseball Field, District #9 
  • 2000 Field of the Year (National High School Baseball Coaches Association) 
  • 2002 Northwest Baseball Convention Dedication to Baseball Award 
  • 2003 Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award by the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association 
  • 2002 and 2003 ABCA, District #7 (WA, OR, ID, CA, HI and AK) Coach of the Year 
  • Finalist for ABCA National High School Coach of the Year in 2003 
  • 1995, earned his ABCA 25-Year Coaching Award for leadership and devotion to baseball 
  • 2010, presented his 40-Year Coaching Award at the BCA National Convention 
  • Has coached at numerous camps and presented as a clinician throughout the Northwest and U.S. 

Scott is a graduate of Washington State University with a BA in Political Science / Teaching Endorsement. He holds a City University Master’s Degree Instruction and Curriculum. Scott resides in Stanwood with his wife Julie.  They have two children. 

Don Sparling

Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach

Don joined Mudville in 2015 as the club’s Associate Head Coach and Pitching Coach. Prior to arriving at Mudville, he was an 18U Head Coach at FM Sports and Seattle Select.

Don attended Juanita HS and was a multi-sport student-athlete. As a 2-way baseball player, he was honored as a two-time, All-league KingCo performer and KingCo Conference’s top pitcher in 1981. Don was an outstanding basketball player for the Rebels, a 2-time KingCo All-star, who broke the Rebels all-time single game scoring record, accumulating 42 points against Mt. Lake Terrace HS. Drafted out of Spokane Falls Community College (Spokane, WA) by the Kansas City Royals in the 7th round of the 1982 MLB draft. Don played 5 seasons (1982-1987) with the Kansas City Royals organization. In 76 professional games, Don accumulated a 25-17 record, with a career ERA of 3.45, 222 Ks to 130 BBs.

Ken Mortensen

Head Assistant Coach

During the Summer of 2015, Ken joined Mudville Baseball NW as an Assistant Coach, after his son Jacob played for Mudville the previous year. Attracted by similar values of the Mudville staff, Ken mentors all facets of the game. He specializes in outfield play, and his playing experience as a pitcher. He is our club’s 3rd base coach.

Head Assistant Coach Mortenson is known for his understanding of the young athlete and his dedication to player development. His experience with players in their teens and his knowledge of the game are significant assets. His knowledge is broad and he contributes in all areas of instruction. Ken specializes as a leader in the areas of decorum and attitude.

Ken graduated from Grandview high school in 1983. He attended and played baseball at Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC) under Head Coach Bill Faller and Assistant Coach Bob Garretson. In 1985-86, he transferred to Washington State University, coached by legendary Hall-of Fame Head Coach Chuck “Bobo” Brayton.

High School and College Coach Career

In 1987-88, Ken began his high school coach career as an Assistant Baseball Coach at Grandview High School. In 1989-1990, he rose to the position of Head Baseball Coach at Grandview High School.

In 1991-1992, he began his college coaching career as an Assistant Baseball Coach at Yakima Valley Community College, under Hall-of Fame Head Coach Bob Garretson and Assistant Coach George Benedetti. From 1993-2004, Ken was the Head Baseball Coach at Yakima Community College where he first played college baseball.

During the years of 2005-2009, while coaching at YVCC, he helped coach for several summers at the Stottlemyre Baseball Camps. Ken became the volunteer Assistant Baseball Coach at Union Gap Middle School in 2010 and 2011. He later became the Head Baseball Coach for Yakima Junior Beetles (Blues), 2012-2013.

He continued to be involved in coaching in the Yakima community, including Yakima National Little League teams and youth tournament teams from 2005-2011. He served on the Yakima National Little League Board from 2006-2011. During this tenure, he coached at AC Davis HS Fall Baseball, and helped organize the fall league for all the local high schools.

Ken resides in Yakima with wife Beth and has two children.

Dean Holbrook

Assistant Coach - Hitting

Dean has been a long-time Mudville Assistant Coach since its inception in 1999, taking a break for two seasons due to personal reasons, 2008-2009. He serves as one of the Board of Directors for the club.

Dean’s specialty is in infield play and hitting, a protégé and disciple of hitting and infield icon Coach Bill Stubbs. Dean is known for his organizational, administrative, and soft skills. Coach is a great communicator and a student of the game, fascinated with baseball metrics and statistical analysis. He has over 30 years of coaching experience.

Dean is an active member of the Washington State Coaches Association (WSCA) and the national American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). He coached high school ball for six years. Coach Dean succeeded Coach Boyd as the Mercer Island HS Head Coach. He spent five years developing the Freshman team; two years under Doug Williams (2006-07), and three years Brian Potoshnik (2008-2010) as the Freshman Team Head Coach.

Coach Dean joined Coach Boyd as the Head Assistant at Eastside Catholic in 2011, leading the Crusaders to a 2011 3A Metro Mountain Division Championship.

Dean has coached Mudville teams to two national championships (CABA in 2014 and Hawaiian World Series in 2006), one AABC Connie Mack Regional appearance in 2013, three CABA Top 3 National finishes (2014-2016), an AABC Washington State Championship (2007) and an AABC Washington State Finalist finish (2013). He was an Assistant Coach for the 2006 USA Baseball/AAU sanctioned Mudville 16U Australia Down-under Tour for legendary Hall of Fame Coach Don Freeman.

Dean resides in Mercer Island with wife Lindsey. They have one child.

Doug Knight

Assistant Coach – Pitching & Catching

Doug is a Mudville Alumni, who played for Coach Kurt Boyd for three seasons, 2014-2016.  He led his 2014 Mudville team as a member of the 2014 CABA Woodbat National Championship team held in Fremont, CA. 

He has coached with Mudville since 2020 and focuses on coaching and catching. He is the son of NHSBCA and WIAA Hall of Fame Coach Scott Knight. 

Doug, a RHP pitched for Skagit Valley College from 2016-2018, then pitched for the Division III, University of Dubuque Spartans (2018-2020) for his junior and senior seasons. In 2018, Doug and his Spartans won the All-Iowa Conference in his junior season.  In 2019, Doug was recognized as an outstanding student-athlete with the Spartan Academic Achievement Award, awarded annually by University of Dubuque.  

He received a B.S. in Sports Marketing and Management.   

Doug began his coaching career as a graduate intern on the Dubuque’s coaching staff while attending graduate school. 

 

COACHING PARTNERS

We prepare players in all facets of the game. Skills, the mental game, physical development, and most importantly mentoring high character and accountability.

Steve Lampkin

Scott McGaugh

Rob Perez

Matt Boyd

Steve Lampkin

Catching Instruction

Steve Lampkin joined our Winter Training Staff as our catching instructor for Mudville Baseball NW in 2019.  Steve graduated from Redmond HS where he was an All-KingCo Linebacker (1987) and Catcher (1988) and played his summer baseball for Chaffee.   

He played catcher for Coach Pat Casey at George Fox University, earning 1st Team All-Metro Valley League 4 years (1989-1992), and District 9 NAIA Champions in 1991 and again in 1992.  Steve played professionally for the Lethbridge Mounties in the Pioneer League where he batted .255 and recorded in 159 Put Outs and 32 Assists before being released by the Montreal Expos organization in 1993.   

He coached Bothell HS for 2 years, reaching the State playoffs in 1993 before beginning a 28-year career in sales and sales management in 1994.  Recently, Steve coached at Rijo Athletics 2015-2019 prior to joining Mudville and lives in Bellevue with his wife and three children.  

Scott McGaugh

Mental Game/Strength & Conditioning

Scott McGaugh has joined our support staff in 2021 to support our mental training and strength & conditioning.  Scott has coached youth sports for the last 15 years. His philosophy is more than teaching how to play the game, but more about what a player can become with the right mind set.  

Scott’s specialty is in the Mental Game, a disciple of the infamous Steve Springer, MLB Coach and Consultant.  As the Director of the Board for the Quality at Bats Renegades for 5 years, he developed a program focused on developing young athletes to reach their dreams on and off the field. As he stepped away for coaching to focus on watching and supporting his son, Scott realized coaching is his way of giving back to what he received as a young man.  He is often heard stating, “I need it more than the players need me.” 

Every coach has their own driving force to why they coach. For Scott it is the connection with the players he coaches. That connection is created by understanding each player is different. Creating a plan to achieve the greatest outcome of their potential allows not only the athlete to grow but also the coach. Understanding all players need assistance in different aspects of the game.  With this goal in mind, it drives Scott to be a better coach, to learn, and to ask for help from the relationships he has built over the years.  

For Coach Scott it is a more satisfying event to see the look on an athlete’s face when they achieve their goals. As a coach it is not his job to make them into what he thinks they should be, it is his job to help them become the best version of themselves by believing in them and letting them know that he cares about what they want to become. 

Rob Perez

Assistant Coach – Pitching/Hitting

Coach Rob Perez was recruited to Mudville after coaching 14 years with several select/travel, high school, and Little League baseball teams in the Greater Seattle area. As a head and assistant coach, he is an excellent communicator with the player. His specializations consist of teaching defense, pitching and the mental game.

In the 2020-2021 season, he was the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at Sammamish High School. Rob enjoys developing players in all aspects of the game. He feels it is important to discuss, and mentor young players in the drills and the philosophy behind these drills. Rob’s coaching specialty is training athletes on the mental skills needed for baseball. He believes in self-starters, hard work and perseverance. Rob also spends countless hours analyzing and studying the biomechanics of pitching and infield work.

Rob played baseball for Wapato High School under Steve Calhoun. Due to several arm injuries in high school, he moved to his second love basketball, where he played at Yakima Valley College and Northwest University.

Rob graduated from Northwest University with a Business major and has been an Operations Manager in the Auto Collision Industry for the past 24 years. He is also a professional drummer, an avocation of his since he was a young man. Rob is married with two children.

Matt Boyd

MLB Staff Advisor

Currently competing in the MLB, is Mudville as a coach, presenter, and advisor during the offseason since rising to the professional level.  He works hand in hand with the coaching staff as an advisor to the team.    

Matt is a 2009 Mudville Baseball Alum, and a member of the 1999 Original ‘9’ Team. While at Mudville, he and his teammates captured two national championships; the 2008 18U Triple Crown National Championships in Grand Junction, CO, and the 2006 Hawaiian World Series in Honolulu, HI.  Along with the championships, the 2008 and 2009 Mudville teams finished fourth twice; a 4th place finish at the 2009 AABC Connie Mack Western Regionals in Hayward, CA, and at the 2008 CABA 18U Woodbat National Championships in Lincoln, NE.  Mudville also captured two Washington State AABC championships in 2009 and 2006.

Arguably Mercer Island’s most decorated, home-grown player, Matt was a decorated player at the prep, college, and professional levels.  During his Mudville 18U years, Matt was coached by several coaches including Marc Sagmoen, Brian Potoshnik, Dean Holbrook, Jim McGuire, and his dad, Kurt Boyd.  He has been coached by the game’s most decorated head coaches, Pat Casey, Pat Bailey, John Gibbons, Brad Ausmus, Ron Gardenhire, Lloyd McClendon, AJ Hinch, and now Gabe Kapler.  He has been mentored by Detroit Tiger icons, Al Kaline, Alan Trammell, and Jim Leyland.  Matt’s pitching career has been shaped by Nate Yeskie, Pete Walker, Rick Langford, Jeff Jones, Rich Dubee, Chris Bosio, Rick Anderson, Jeff Pico, Chris Fetter, and Andrew Bailey. 

Professional Baseball 

Matt is starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, signing his first free agent contract in 2022.  Matt launched his professional baseball in July of 2013, after returning from the College World Series in Omaha.  A month later he was traded with LHP Daniel Norris from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Detroit Tigers for LHP David Price. In 2021, Matt became a free agent after seven seasons with Detroit. 

  • Matt was named the Detroit Tigers Opening Day Starter in 2020 and 2021. 
  • Matt had a solid 2019 season for a Tigers squad that finished with 43 wins, finishing 9-12, 4.56 with 238 strikeouts in 185 1/3 innings.  
  • In 2019, Matt was the 1st Tigers left-hander to record 200 strikeouts in a season since three-time All-Star, Mickey Lolich did so in 1974.  
  • In 2019, Matt became the first Tigers pitcher since at least 1908 to record back-to-back double-digit strikeout games to start a season, striking out 10 Blue Jays on March 29, followed by 13 New York Yankees on April 3, setting a record for a visiting pitcher at new Yankee Stadium in the latter game.  
  • On September 17th, 2017, Matt came within one out of a no-hitter in a start against the Chicago White Sox. Tim Anderson broke up the bid with two outs in the 9th.  Matt retired the next batter to complete a 12-0 one-hit shutout for the first complete game and shutout of his career. 
  • Matt earned his first career win in his first start for the Tigers, facing the Kansas City Royals on August 5, 2015. He allowed only a run over 7 innings for a 2-1 victory to out-pitch Johnny Cueto. 
  • Made his major league debut for the Toronto Blue Jays facing the Texas Rangers on June 27, 2015, just under two years after having been a 6th round draft choice out of Oregon State University in the 2013 amateur draft.  He lost 4-0, pitched 6-2/3 innings, striking out seven hitters, and at the time, the most strikeouts in a rookie debut in Blue Jays history.   
  • In 2015, honored at MiLB’s Fans’ Choice for Best Starting Pitcher 
  • In 2015, Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star selection 
  • In 2015, Baseball America Double-A All-Start selection 
  • In 2015, Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 
  • In 2014, 3-time Florida State League Pitcher of the Week for the Dunedin Blue Jays  

 

Oregon State University 

  • 4-time lettermen at Oregon State, coached by Oregon State University’s legendary Head Coach Pat Casey, Assistant Coach Pat Bailey, and Pitching Coach Nate Yeskie, the 2013 Collegiate Baseball’s Pitching Coach of the Year.  
  • Drafted twice; Toronto Blue Jays (2013/6th RND) by Ryan Fox, and the Cincinnati Reds (2012/13th RND).  
  • All-American who led his team to the 2013 College World Series Final Four. Pitched the 1st 1-0 complete game win in 36 years at the College World Series over Indiana. At the time, he held the current CWS strike out record in a game at the new TD Ameritrade Park with 11 K’s.  
  • Member of the 2010-2013 Beavers who made four NCAA Championship team appearances: twice a Regional Champion, a Super Regional Champion, and CWS participant.  
  • 2013 All-American selection. Named Louisville Slugger and NCBWA Freshman All-American First Team as a 2-way player in 2010.  
  • All-Pac12 Conference selection in 2010, 2011 and 2013.  
  • In 2013, paced Pac-12 w/a .197 batting average against and the most innings at 132-2/3.  
  • At the time of his graduation, is Oregon State University’s All-time Top 10 career & single season leaders in ERA, victories, appearances, strikeouts and saves. Finished the season with 122 strikeouts, 3rd highest in a single season, and ended his career with 216, tying for 10th-most. Finished career 4th all-time in ERA with a 2.13 mark.  
  • In 2010, was the first Beaver Starting Pitcher in OSU history to hit a Homerun in the same game he started vs. UC Irvine.  

 

USA Baseball & Cape Cod College Summer League 

  • Played for the 2011 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.  
  • Two-time Cape Cod League player and All-Star w/ the Orleans Firebirds.  
  • Played with the Orleans Firebirds and pitched in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game.  

 

Eastside Catholic and Mercer Island HS 

Matt was a distinguished two-way player in high school as a decorated LHP starting pitcher and first baseman.  Trained by Coach Bill Stubbs in hitting and infield techniques, Matt was coached at Eastside Catholic by Curt Towey, Bill Caudill, Julio Cruz, Mark Hawksworth, and during his senior year, his dad, Kurt Boyd.  Matt was also trained by Dave Wainhouse and Mark Potoshnik throughout his high school career. In his 2006 freshman season at Mercer Island, he was coached by Doug Williams, Todd Daniels, Jason Koehler, and Sam Hale. 

  • Matt signed a National Letter of Intent to Oregon State as a 2-way player. 
  • Matt was a four-time HS letterman, thrice at EC and once at Mercer Island as a Freshman. 
  • Named a 2009 ABCA All-Region 7 Selection, the 2009 WSCA Washington State Co-MVP/Player of the Year, 2-time 3A All-State selection, and a 2-time Seattle Times All-Star selection.  
  • 3-time All-Metro League (Seattle) selection for Eastside Catholic as a 2-way player. 
  • Led the Crusaders to the 2009 Seattle Metro League, Metro Mountain Division title.   
  • Was a member of the 2009 Crusaders, a team nationally ranked by ESPN for much of the season.   
  • As a Islander freshman, in the final 2006 regular season game at Newport HS, against the eventual 2006 State 3-A Champions, Boyd started as a DH, and later entered the game to relieve in the 7th inning. In a must win game to advance, Matt pitched three scoreless innings, then hit the game winning, 3-run homer in the top of the 9th to send MI to the KingCo playoffs for the first time in 9 years.  
  • Matt was named to the 2008 Royals Area Codes Team as a starting pitcher. 

AFFILIATIONS

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Galaz Baseball Technologies

Strategic Partner – Pitching / Hitting

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Since 1996, GBT has developed countless young baseball talent at all levels. Using biomechanical analysis supported by the laws of physics and more specifically, the laws of mechanics, GBT Founder Dan Galaz has formulated a training system that is among the safest and most effective in the sport for increasing power as a pitcher or hitter, maximizing velocity and bat speed, and preventing injury in all positions – assisting young prospects who want to raise their stock for the draft and those who want to go on to play college baseball. Dan’s forte is working with pitchers and hitters, although he has developed players in other positions who went to play after high school.

Dan has helped numerous young ball players get drafted or earn a college baseball scholarship. Dan’s highest draft pick was a catcher Kellin Deglan from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, in 2010. Kellin was drafted out of high school 22nd pick in the 1st round by the Texas Rangers.  The person that put Dan on his career path in developing young players was Chuck Armstrong, former President of the Seattle Mariners. Dan Coached alongside Chuck (coaching his son’s team) for 3 years when Chuck realized Dan’s talent to spot talent and develop it. They went on to win the 1997 quad-city championship.

Dan scouted for the Seattle Mariners from 1998 to 2010, scouted such players as:

  • Jon Lester of Bellarmine Prep HS, Tacoma WA – drafted by the Boston Red Sox
  • Tim Lincecum of Liberty HS, Renton WA – drafted by the San Francisco Giants
  • Andy Sisco of Eastlake HS, Sammamish WA – drafted by the Kansas City Royals
  • Michael Lee of Skyline HS, Sammamish WA – drafted by the Boston Red Sox
  • Matt Tuiasosopo of Woodinville HS, Woodinville WA – drafted by the Seattle Mariners
  • Nick Hundley of Lake Washington HS, Kirkland WA and the University of Arizona, Tucson AZ – drafted by the San Diego Padres
  • Ben Johnson of Bellevue HS, Bellevue, WA and the University of Washington, Seattle WA – drafted by the Anaheim Angels

As a scout, one of the most challenging tasks is to project at what level a young prospect should be in the organization in 2 to 4 years. Even for a short time, those scouting know that the most difficult intangible to evaluate is his mental fortitude as a young player. As the saying goes, “baseball is 90% mental and 10% physical.” The unfortunate thing is that those that help pitchers and hitters improve mechanics and enhance physical strength only address the remaining 10%. Since this is the case, Dan deliberately spends more time on the mental aspect of pitching and hitting on gathering information from the opposing hitter or pitcher while still addressing mechanical deficiency thoroughly. The pitcher’s tendency may be that he tips his pitch due to changing their arm angle depending on the pitch he is throwing, and the hitter may be showing whether he is a strictly pull hitter or uses the whole field from foul pole to foul pole. Pitchers gathering information about the opposing hitter and hitters of the opposing pitcher is an intangible pitchers and hitters must master to get to the highest level of baseball.

Dan brings over 50 years of baseball knowledge, player development know-how, and structural engineering background to the table. Physics is a big part of how Dan develops pitchers and hitters and knows that it only jeopardizes his clients without correctly interpreting and applying it. Dan’s structural engineering background has given him the ability to ascertain injury mechanisms plaguing pitchers for a very long time while improving accuracy and velocity and helping hitters understand where their power and consistency at contact comes from while applying physics to both.

Dan has gained the respect of a few orthopedic surgeons in the area that send him their patients that have sustained elbow and shoulder injuries or have undergone Tommy John and labral tear surgery.

  • Dr. Edward Khalfayan MD – orthopedic surgeon of the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks
  • Dr. Robin Fuchs MD – orthopedic surgeon practicing sports and general medicine in Kirkland, WA
  • Tyler J. Nathe MD – orthopedic surgeon practicing sports and general medicine in Bellevue, WA, and Issaquah, WA

Once they refer their patients to Dan, his job is to determine the cause of injury after he has analyzed their pitching motion on video prior to the injury and has answered a series of questions as part of his investigation and applying a forensic approach he developed in his over 25 years of working with pitchers. They answer a series of questions that is a part of his investigation. Dan then formulates the process to return the pitcher to the mound. He then consults with the pitcher and parents about their process to return him to the mound. Andy Sisco was one of many pitchers Dan helped get back to pitching after Tommy John surgery in 2008 and 2010 and signed a minor league contract with San Francisco Giants.

 

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http://athletictraininginstitute.com

info@athletictraininginstitute.com | 425-882-2122

As one of ATI’s founding partners, Kirk Bradshaw has worked with many of Mudville top athletes over their history. Athletic Training Institute works with athletes and individuals who aspire to be athletic to develop and maintain their potential utilizing MAT (Muscle Activation Techniques), Performance Enhancement, One on One Exercise, and the use of Integrated Systems, a customized Nutritional and Environment plans for those looking to optimize their health and performance.

Athletic Training Institute works with athletes and individuals who aspire to be athletic to develop and maintain their potential utilizing MAT (Muscle Activation Techniques), Performance Enhancement, One on One Exercise, and the use of Integrated Systems, a customized Nutritional and Environment plans for those looking to optimize their health and performance.

STT Sports Lettering

Strategic Partner – Sports Apparel

https://www.stt-sports.com/

info@STT-Sports.com | 206-903-1951

Founded by former Mudville Coach Jerry Thornton, STT is a full-service embroidery house specializing in tackle twill and other appliqué processes. Uniform provider for the Mudville Baseball NW since its inception, STT has perfected through our work on the game worn and retail jerseys for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, MLB’s Seattle Mariners, WNBA’s Seattle Storm, NHL’s Seattle Kraken, WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips and the NCAA’s University of Washington Huskies.

FM Sports

Strategic Partner – Practice Venue

www.gofmsports.com  

fmsportsmarketing@gmail.com | 206-227-9507 

FM Sports is a place where young developing athletes, serious competitors, or people working on personal fitness can come to produce the results they want. Our staff of high character individuals work as a team to help you along the way.  

Our multifaceted workout facility is designed for high level athletes, sports teams to build and work together, or an individual working towards personal fitness goals. The environment is positive, friendly, and honest. We pride ourselves in providing the environment and the instruction for individuals or team to meet their goals. We are about quality and character…not volume.  

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