WHAT WE DO

OUR PASSION IS TO TEACH OUR ATHLETES TO BECOME THEIR OWN BEST COACH.

Through a combination of technology, experienced coaches and data collection we assess, monitor, and progress our athletes on a weekly basis to meet the individual goals and aspirations of each RAS athlete. By understanding your personal biomechanical signature and the functional ability of your body, we build a comprehensive roadmap for success by enhancing your sport specific strength and skill. Since every athlete is unique, we do not take a one size fits all approach. Every athlete receives a custom performance plan tailored to their goals, needs, schedule, and physical abilities.

HOW WE DO IT

GOAL-ORIENTED PROCESS

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

OUR TEAM

Andy Schweikert
Andy Schweikert
Performance Coach

Andy is a native Phoenician with a wide range of experience working with athletes of multiple disciplines. After graduating from Northern Arizona University with a BS in Exercise Sciences, he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. From there he went on to work for performance studios developing periodization programs for power athletes, which include baseball, golf, hockey, volleyball, soccer and gymnastics, and endurance athletes, which include swimming, cycling, and running. This is where he developed his philosophy of enhancing the performance of athletes by tailoring their mobility, strength, and endurance to their individual sport. With a passion for working with rotational athlete’s, he then became certified through Titleist Performance Institute and OnBase University specializing as a fitness professional for golfers and baseball players. As a strength coach for RAS he believes deeply on the principle of using the science of exercise physiology and biomechanics to teach each athlete how to become their own best coach.

Casey Upperman
Casey Upperman
Founder/Performance Coach

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Casey fell in love with the game of baseball when he was just five years old. After attending Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, Arizona, he was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 2009 MLB Draft. Forgoing his commitment to the University of Arizona, he decided to attend Yavapai College to have the ability to enter the Draft the following year. He was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2010 MLB Draft and signed his first professional contract. Playing Professionally from 2010-2017, he spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, and Baltimore Orioles. As his playing career was winding down due to durability and injury issues, he decided there had to be a better way to help pitchers reach their goals and have more control of their future and dreams. After spending four years in Los Angeles with Dr. Tom House and the National Pitching Institute, he realized that there is a tangible, data driven alternative to rotational athletic training that starts with the player understanding how to be their own best coaches and building a process that works for them. Since then, Casey has become a Certified Pitching Instructor through the National Pitching Association, a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Instructor, OnBaseU Certified Pitching Instructor, along with serving as Varsity Pitching Coach at Notre Dame Prep (2014-2018) and Assistant Varsity Coach at Cactus Shadows High School (2018-Present). He currently lives in Phoenix with his two dogs, Fitz and Floyd. In 2019 Casey joined the Oakland A’s as their Throwing Performance Coach and has been working with their pitchers ever since.

Matt Ozanne
Matt Ozanne
Performance Coach

Matt Ozanne is a well-known athlete and coach in his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. Matt attended Notre Dame Preparatory High School where he played for Head Coach Gaetano Gianni from 2005-2009. During his high school baseball career he was ranked as the No. 1 outfielder in the state by Perfect Game Crosschecker, helping the Saints rank as high as No. 2 nationally and leading the Saints to multiple AIA State Championship Finals.

In lieu of beginning his professional baseball career, Matt accepted an athletic scholarship from Santa Clara University. While playing for the Broncos, Matt was named All-West Coast Conference in 2010 and “newcomer of the year”. Throughout college, Matt played for notable summer leagues (Northwoods league, Alaska Baseball League, and West Coast League), winning the Alaska Baseball League Championship in 2010.

In 2013, he graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Since 2017, Matt has coached youth athletes on the Scottsdale Scorpions and the Junior Falcons Baseball Teams. Matt looks forward to establishing RAS Baseball Club as a premiere baseball organization with longtime friend and teammate Coach Casey Upperman.

Career Highlights
• 2009 MLB Draft Pick (Arizona Diamondbacks)
• Ranked No. 1 outfielder in the state by Perfect Game Crosschecker
• Selected to 2008 Area Code Games
• Started in CF for 4 years at the D1 level for Santa Clara University
• 2010 WCC All-Freshman Team
• 2010 SCU Baseball Newcomer of the Year
• NDP Stolen Bases Record Holder – 49 bases in 33 games
• 2009 ESPN Rise All-Area selection
• 2009 Arizona Republic First Team Class 4A All-State selection
• Scottsdale Scorpions Head Coach 2017-2020

Joe Harvey
Joe Harvey
Performance Coach

Joe was a three sport varsity athlete in high school with hopes of playing college baseball before tearing his shoulder labrum twice and needing surgery. Although this injury was a big factor in why college baseball was not an option, it sparked a love for the field of sports medicine with hopes of helping other athletes avoid the same fate.
He received his Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Grand Canyon University in Spring of 2014 and his Masters degree in Athletic Training from Northern Arizona University in Spring of 2016.
While in graduate school, Joe worked as an intern with various NFL teams (primarily the Arizona Cardinals) at Fischer Institute of Physical Therapy and Performance doing offseason training programs.
Joe Harvey has been working at Cactus Shadows High School as the head athletic trainer since the Fall of 2016. Joe started the sports medicine program during his first year at Cactus Shadows High School and is the HOSA advisor. In 2018, he started also working at Rio Salado Community College as the lead faculty for allied health and an adjunct professor. In 2019, he took over the first aid and CPR department while also creating the sports medicine program for the college.

“RAS provides hands on training for pitching mechanics including pitch design and overall strength and speed. Their facility has all the necessities in order to improve your skills on a daily basis. In my short time training at RAS, I have noticed an immediate improvement in my pitch ability and overall athleticism.”

Seth Martinez

Arizona State University/Oakland Athletics
“RAS has everything an athlete needs rolled into one facility. The coaches are 100% invested in each individual client. Whether you train remotely or in person, you will receive the attention you need to improve. I had a great experience and look forward to working with them more.”

Zack Erwin

Clemson University/Oakland Athletics
“Rotational Athlete Solutions is a business where the objective is not only to throw hard, but also to maximize athlete’s full potential. The staff focuses on individual goals that are challenging but attainable. They do a great job in person and online. If you want to put your body in an optimum position for success, RAS is the best resource for serious athletes.”

Bryce Conley

Georgia State University/Oakland Athletics
“I’ve been working with Rotational Athlete Solutions for a couple months now. Casey (owner) has been extremely professional and personal in all of my contact with him. Andy (trainer) has been phenomenal in building my training/workout plans and has been helping me come back stronger than ever from a minor injury and has also helped me become a stronger and more agile athlete specific to tennis (my sport). Bottom line, these two have been amazing.”

Grace Koester

Tennis
“Throughout my three months with RAS, I have developed far more than I could have imagined. I started in the beginning of the summer and my top fastball velocity was 84 mph. I had pretty good accuracy and a decent changeup, which helped me be relatively successful in the past. After an initial assessment, Casey and Andy put together a 12-week program for me. Andy focused on strengthening a couple of my weak areas, including my ankle which I previously injured and did not realize was costing me MPH in my delivery. In addition to strengthening these weak areas, and improving my flexibility, Andy helped me put on 10 pounds during the 12-week program. Casey focused on my mechanics and my pitching mindset. He gave me drills to work on each week and built off of these drills throughout the 12-week program. The results of the RAS program have been amazing and were accomplished in a very short period of time. I reached my life-long goal of throwing 90 MPH, which was a 6 MPH gain from the beginning of the program. On top of adding 6 mph to my fastball, RAS has helped me to develop a curveball that I am now highly confident in throwing in any count. My changeup is now consistently being thrown at the same velocity that my fastball was sitting at when I first showed up 3 months ago. On top of developing all of my pitches, RAS has provided me with a pre-throwing routine that gets me warmed up to throw, builds arm strength, and also helps to prevent injury.

At the end of summer, I head back to college at Bentley University in Boston. To help me to continue to develop, Casey and Andy have developed a program that I can do remotely. They have provided me with the workout equipment to take with me and an on-line workout program that is developed specifically for me that I can do wherever I am. The software also allows me to add video of my pitching to make sure there are no flaws developing in my mechanics.

Casey and Andy care very much about each of their athletes. They take tremendous pride in their work and create a fun environment to work in. I cannot thank Casey and Andy enough for developing me as much as they have over the past 12 weeks. I look forward to what I can accomplish by continuing to work with RAS in the future.”

Zach Zdimal

Notre Dame Prep/Bentley University
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