Coach Kyle provides baseball lessons in Santa Monica at Penmar Park
My name is Coach Kyle Raimo. I have been a private baseball instructor for the past seven years and have been playing since I could walk. I love this game, I continue to improve my knowledge on a daily basis, and I love teaching players who want to learn everything that I know.
The game of baseball is my passion and I am always looking to share my knowledge with others while learning from them in the process. Baseball is mentally demanding and riddled with life lessons; in no other sport can you fail 70% of the time and be considered successful. This makes having a good coach that much more important. Knowledge of the sport is one thing, but acting as the conduit to players is another. It is a gift and my goal to help student-athletes maximize their potential – both in the game of baseball and life itself.
Coaching is something that runs in my family and it honors me to continue that legacy. While playing in college I began my private coaching career in Manhattan for a local indoor facility where I operated batting cages and trained student-athletes ages 3 to 18. Shortly after college, I focused my energy as a travel baseball coach for the NYC Titans organization based out of the Harlem area. Within six months I was promoted to head coach of the 11u and 12u teams, becoming the youngest head coach in the organization. We won multiple championships in the process after an undefeated *year* in 2019.
In high school I played all four years for the varsity team as a leadoff hitter and second-baseman. During this time I also played for American Legion and various travel teams across the country. After graduation I moved to New York City and was recruited to the Queensborough Tigers as a starting pitcher. During my freshman year I threw two complete games – one of which was a shutout. I also led my team in fielding percentage on the mound. I am blessed to have been able to play with notable players and coaches throughout my career.
A lesson with me:
A lesson with me will always provide value to any player that I have the opportunity to work with. Not only will I get to know my player and push them to be their best, I will always be smart in my approach as I know each player has different goals, strengths and weaknesses. One of the most important parts of being a great coach is understanding this concept and effectively connecting with and teaching each player we get to work with.
My favorite motivational quote:
“There may be people who have more talent that you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” -Derek Jeter