MEET OUR PRO STAFF
baseball + softball
Owner, former Pro player, Hitting instructor, FIELDING INSTRUCTOR, Speed/base-stealing instructor, motivational speaker, MLB scouting ties
Known in the papers as 'Mr. Automatic' in high school, Mike Just was All-State in NJ after hitting .523 for St. Joseph Regional in Montvale, NJ, then earned All-Big South Conference and All-State honors for the State of VA at D1 Liberty University where he hit .379 with 94 hits (single season hit record for Liberty.) Mike also received the single season assist record with 175 assists in a single season at second base. According to NCAA, Mike was ranked 12th in the nation in hardest to strike out and earned a national record in fielding as a four year D1 starter only committing 10 errors in four years at second base.
Mike signed professionally with the River City Rascals in the Frontier League where he received the Team Batting Title. He was then solely traded for 5 players to the Fargo Moorehead RedHawks in the Northern League where he received Rookie of the Year honors. The Houston Astros then purchased Mike’s contract where Mike hit .350 in Spring Training. He later played for the Newark Bears and then for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs where he earned the Atlantic League All-Star game MVP with the game winning hit off of former Mets/Yankees closer Armando Benitez.
Mike opened Just Hits Baseball and Softball Training facility in the fall of 2009 and has trained hundreds of players to earn collegiate status and dozens to receive pro status. Most recently, this past June, Mike’s client Aaron Sabato of Rye Brook, NY was taken 1st overall pick by the Minnesota Twins and signed for 2.75 million. Mike also trains clients of all ages some of which have gone viral to one million plus views making MLB network and ESPN. Mike is also a professionally published author of "Just Baseball" (foreword written by World Series MVP Scott Brosius) which is sold at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Target.
As a former scout for the Atlanta Braves, Mike has ties to an MLB scouting director, agents, and many more connections in his network. He is also a sought-after motivational speaker for schools, opening day ceremonies, pro fields etc. Mike has a process model for training specific to Just Hits that is math and physics based and it works. He truly cares about his players and their development and matures them into highly skilled and deeply principled athletes. Mike is dedicated and committed to their success on and off the field and the improvements are astronomical.
Pitching & Catching instructor
Coach Rouse, a four-year collegiate starter in softball (pitcher and catcher), team captain and Dean's List scholar is exceptionally skilled at instructing her players in proper mechanics. She's immersed herself in the sport she loves coaching a travel team and as an assistant softball coach at a nearby high school. Coach Rouse has an amazing personality that creates a fun atmosphere for training. She brings great depth of knowledge from both sides of a hitter's perspective.
baseball + softball
Hitting & Fielding instructor
Coach Sayad played HS baseball as a middle infielder, was recruited as a collegiate position player where his leadership and work ethic earned him the Coaches award for his ability to quickly transition to all positions. He went on to coach HS showcase ball and contines to be a student of the game, always passing on the knowledge he gains to our players. Coach Sayad's genuine humility, excellent communication skills and attention to intricate details makes him a vital asset to our players and their skill development.
baseball + softball
Pitching & Hitting instructor
Coach Mattson has 50 years of combined playing, instructional & coaching baseball & softball experience for players of all ages and skill levels. Ken grew up playing ball in the Bronx through high school before moving to Sam Houston, TX where he excelled as a varsity player. He was offered a private workout and tryout with both the NY Yankees and NY Mets in the Spring of 1980's and finished his career in the Met Leagues throughout the 80s when he turned his career into coaching. Coach Mattson organized the NJ Juggernauts, the Park Ridge Gators and other programs.
Ken was recently named the NY Yankees 2018 Youth Summer Camp Staff and Pitching Instructor and also holds Upmire certifications with ASA and Bergen County.
When Zachary Fenton was 10 years old, he remembers attending his first Newark Bears game with his older brother. Zach lost his father when he was less than a year old, but Zach’s older brother took it upon himself to lead “father-son” moments with Zach.
“Interacting with the players and learning from them first hand, changed my life and boosted my love for the game of baseball. The one player who stood out and really made the biggest impact on my life was Bears player #20...Mike Just. He noticed me coming to every game and always went out of his way to talk to me and truly be my inspiration. I played baseball every chance I could thereafter. I became the bat boy for the Newark Bears too. Ever since I was six and my brother and I picked up that baseball...I’ve never looked back. Baseball has become my number one passion and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Zachary began hitting lessons with Mike during Just Hits' first year in operation. Years later, he was a starting outfielder for his league championship High School team, batting .326 and with many key hits in big situations.
After high school he played in the ABA (American Baseball Association), became a coach for the local 9-15U Travel Baseball team and simultaneously received his Little League Umpire Certification.
“I’ve known Zach ever since he was a little kid. His passion and love for the game of baseball is in his blood. He wants to pass that knowledge onto other players and Just Hits gives him the opportunity to do so. Zach trained with me through his childhood so his understanding and communication of the swing gives him an advantage in the lane. He has heart, knowledge and the passion we seek out when hiring staff and the fact I’ve known him for so long is just icing on the cake.” - Mike Just
Pitching & Hitting Instructor
Jesse Fikslin was the kid who “played up” from the start. As a 9 year old competing against 11 year olds, it well equipped him for the next levels. Jesse quickly rose to join a densely talented club team and then had to scratch and claw his way into the line-up. Jesse worked hard to overcome adversity and became one of the rare two-way players in both high school and college!
Jesse attended Wayne Hills High School (where he became teammates with Eli Sayad) and stood out athletically as well as academically. Jesse’s high school successes turned some heads at collegiate levels. He had interest shown from different divisions but wanting to two-way at the next level, felt that Albright College would be the best fit for him. He received playing time all four years as both a hitter and a pitcher and excelled academically on the Dean’s List & Honor Society.
After graduating, Jesse became a Behavior Therapist for young children with disabilities as well as Guitar Instructor, club coach, and other career choices. His knack for teaching shines through his career decisions.
Jake Charnitsky has always been a student of the game. Physical and mental preparation gave him an advantage over pitchers and his production as a hitter showed this. Jake studied the minutia of the game to acquire a more competitive advantage. That mindset well suited him for a perfect fit when he started to train with Mike Just regularly back in 2017 through 2021. Through Mike’s tutelage and Jake’s ability to absorb, they made a solid team.
As an athlete, Jake was always versatile, but at one point, he faced serious adversity in his baseball career. This is what drove him to find out how to have success in a very unforgiving game. Through diligent practice and study, he developed a passion for the game of baseball, and strongly believed and still believes in the power of skill development. As a varsity player for Indian Hills, Jake posted a .355 batting average with an impressive .569 on base percentage. Jake currently attends Ramapo College.
Jake’s dedication to young players’ success, genuine passion for helping others, and knowledge from Mike regarding the mindset and swing is what makes Jake an excellent instructor today.