Director of Player Development
Ryan Soares is the Director of Player Development and co-creator of Max Velocity Baseball Academy along with his sister Shannon. Ryan was born and raised in Harwich, Ma where he led the Rough Riders to a state championship as well as being named the Mass. Player of the year. He spent one year playing in the Big East at the University of South Florida before transferring to George Mason University where he graduated with a degree in Sports Management. While at Mason, Soares was selected as a First Team Louisville Slugger All-American. His senior year he was named a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award (nation’s top shortstop), ECAC Player of the Year, CAA Player of the Year, Virginia Player of the Year, and George Mason Student Athlete Player of the Year. Soares was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2010 where he played three years at various levels for the Detroit Tigers Organization. After recovering from major arm surgery he returned to the field for the Windy City Thunderbolts in the Frontier League where he represented his team in the 2013 All-Star Game. After spending a small stint in the Atlantic League, Soares was traded back to the Frontier League before retiring following the 2016 season.
Two years ago, Soares co-created Soares Elite Baseball & Sports Performance, a baseball training facility in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He was the Director of Baseball Operations at the facility as well as the Head Coach for the affiliating 13u & 15u travel teams at Soares Elite.
Ryan was also the Head Baseball Coach for St. John Paul II High School and earned a 19-3 record his first year at the helm leading them all the way to the State South Sectional Finals.
Prior to his time on the Cape, Soares worked for The Baseball Company in Charlottesville, Va as the coach of the 12 & 14u travel teams while also giving private instruction to players ranging from the little league to collegiate level. He also spent 4 years working at Bradley Baseball Academy in McLean, Va where he coached the 17u travel team as well as giving private instruction. At both companies Soares has experience directing various camps, showcases, offensive/defensive and coaches’ clinics. Ryan truly excels in communicating the mechanics of the game and making drills fun while instilling a strong work ethic. Whether your son has never played before or he is a seasoned pro, Ryan Soares is the guy who can take him to the next level.
Shannon Soares, MS
ATC, CES, PES, FMS
Director of Sports
Shannon Soares is the Director of Sports Performance and co-creator of Max Velocity Baseball Academy along with her brother Ryan. Two years ago she co-created Soares Elite Baseball & Sports Performance, a baseball training facility in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She was the Director of Sports Performance at the facility as well as the athletic performance coach for the affiliated 13u & 15u travel teams at Soares Elite.
Prior to her time on the Cape, Shannon spent two years working in the ACC as a staff athletic trainer at UVa where she was responsible for the overall daily healthcare of UVa student-athletes, including prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation for injuries and illnesses. She worked primarily with the Men's and Women's Basketball programs while at UVa.
Soares enjoyed a three year stint as an assistant athletic trainer at George Mason University, working with the Men's and Women's basketball teams, as well as the Patriots baseball team. She also spent four years working as an assistant athletic trainer at UMass Boston, providing care for athletes of 18 athletic teams. Additionally, she spent two summers serving as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Hyannis Mets of the Cape Cod Baseball League.
Soares played two years of college basketball at West Virginia Wesleyan College before transferring to Ursinus College where she received her B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science in 2001. She received a Master of Science with a concentration in Athletic Training after graduating Cum Laude from Bridgewater State College in 2004.
Soares has been certified as an Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Trainer's Association since 2004. She holds additional certifications as a Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Soares is able to compliment these skills with a Level 1 Certification for Functional Movement Screening. Additionally, she is a certified Graston Technique Provider for treating soft tissue conditions.
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Growing up Drew Blakely was influenced by his Father's hall of fame coaching career and the expertise of Atlanta Braves catching director, Rick Sellers. Blakely began his college career at the University of Virginia, and spent his last year being named one of the nation's Top-15 DI catchers as a grad transfer at University of Richmond, finishing with a .342 batting average while leading the A10 Conference throwing out 14 base stealers. He also earned CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American honors. Blakely is excited to bring his baseball knowledge and wealth of experience to all hitters and catchers through private instruction and coaching at MVB.