Come meet our Staff!

Our Vision for our Instructors and Trainers

Acceleration Baseball doesn’t just bring on anyone that knows how to swing a bat. We look at our trainers and staff’s skill set, accomplishments, and overall desire to develop athletes that are well rounded in both sports and life. We are truly going to develop great people. Not just athletes.


Acceleration Baseball prides itself when it comes to hiring the right people for the right type of people. We wanted to make sure that we have staff that can fill every need our business has. Candidates that we hire have to be able to portray their passion for the game just as much as our members. All staff at Acceleration Baseball have some sort of Baseball or Softball Background. Stay and get to know our staff or just stop in and meet them face to face!

Our Trainers

Our Trainers come from years of experience both on the field and off the field. Both are current coaches and mentors for youth in the local MN area. To develop players we needed trainers that have a vast array of experience with the game. Augie and Al come from long careers in Baseball. They are both different in many ways in how they train and develop youth athletes but they are very similar in their belief of creating a disciplined work ethic that will carry over on the Diamond and in real life situations. Acceleration Baseball wants nothing but the best for you or your players!

Head Trainers

Augie Rodriguez

Augie Rodriguez

Owner / Head Trainer / Pitching and Hitting

Augie Rodriguez is the current field manager of the St Cloud Rox (2012 - current) and an Associate Scout for the Cincinnati Reds assisting Andy Stacks in covering the state of Minnesota.

He played six years of professional baseball starting with the Seattle Mariners who invited him to spring training in 2003 and independent teams Rockford Riverhawks and Mid-Missouri Mavericks of the Frontier League.

He also spent two seasons playing in the Puerto Rican Major Winter League and a season in the European Major League.

He spent four years as the pitching coach at Augusta State University where he guided a pitching staff of a university low of 3.62 ERA.

In 2010-2012 did an internship with the Augusta Greenjackets, which is the Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants learning from a 12-year Major League Baseball veteran Steve Kline.

Augie was a huge factor in introducing the idea of a Center like this to Central MN. With his talent and knowledge of the Game, Acceleration Baseball would not be what it is today!

Al Newman

Al Newman

Head Trainer / Defense and Hitting / Group Training

Primarily a second baseman, Newman also played shortstop, third base and left field. He made his major league debut on Jun 14th 1985. Al Newman, or Newmie, started his long career at San Diego State University.

After being drafted two times, Newman declined contracts with two MLB teams and returned to school. In 1981 he was drafted again 12th overall and decided to sign his first MLB contract with the Montreal Expos. Newman Played from 1985 to 1992 in the Majors.

He was on the 1987 and 1991 World Series Champions Minnesota Twins. From 1992 until present day, Al continues to teach and mold young kids with a similar passion for the game.

He started Newmie Rewards which helped raise money for youth programs. He is a huge advocate for ALS and is active in charities all over the state.

Part-Time Trainers

Mitch Delfino-AAA SF Giants, 7 Years of MiLB Baseball
Reese Gregory - St. Cloud State All-American, Currently playing professional baseball
David Kroger - St. Cloud State Alumni RHP
Craig Hern - MiLB Seattle Mariners

Softball Group Training

- Jeff Arvidson

Baseball and Softball Group Training

- Rod Houge