Nic spent one year at Arizona Western College (ACCAC - JuCo D1) and two more at Drexel University (CAA – D1). As a starting pitcher at Drexel, he set the school’s single season strike out record (93). After logging two years of pitching in the CAA, Nic had 167 total strike outs, and was on pace to set the career strike out record of 245. At the end of his junior year, Drexel decided to cancel the baseball program as part of a Title 9 decision.
During his college career Nic set the single season ERA record (0.65) in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL) for the Scranton Red Soxx. After lengthy discussions with the Chicago White Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies organizations, Nic and his family decided to forego entering the 2004 MLB draft and any independent baseball leagues to finalize his education in Civil Engineering.
Nic has been coaching middle school and high school travel baseball for 5 years. His coaching has expanded outside of the Knoxville area, to teams in Philadelphia, and Fort Lauderdale. Specifically working on hitting and fielding with middle school and high school athletes. His focus simplifying the constant chess match between a hitter and the battery helps Nic connect with young hitters in a manner that breeds success. With an engineering background, hitting and throwing mechanics have always made sense to him. The break-down of an athlete’s prepared body posture and control to optimize his force production, torque generation, and muscle sequence firing.
Nic has worked multiple Diamond and UT camps, coached at Hardin Valley, and seasonally offered positions to coach in the area’s high school district. He is also anticipating the 2016 year, and returning to Diamond Baseball- Simcox Academy as the head coach of the 16u – White.
The 54 OUTS Program is ran and coached by Director Nic Beecher. Nic has been a Strength and Conditioning Coach under Johnny Long tutelage for the past five years, spending the majority of his time absorbing and specializing in all speed and explosive power generating movements. His class and client list range from youth and middle school, and up through and beyond college. Whether it’s a D1 signee or youth team looking to excel in their league, the consistent coaching facet Nic utilizes remains the same, ONFIELD SPEED and POWER PRODUCTION.
In Nic’s mind, speed is not the great equalizer, it’s the differentiator. And explosive power is the catalyst that makes it possible. His Civil Engineering background, supported by physics and geometry, combines traditional training regimens with a calculated new light on how an individual enhances their inner athlete. Overall, Nic’s personal outlook, combined with his own collegiate athletic background, and being a Johnny Long coaching product, makes him the perfect trainer to apply this new program.