Advanced Baseball


Coaching Staff

About Steve Johnson

Steve is the co-founder of Advanced Baseball Training and Performance Center in Northern Virginia as well as OnBase University an educational organization dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to baseball and softball. OnBase University's mission is to educate baseball and softball players and industry professionals. Steve is a Certified Performance Analyst for the rotational athlete and holds a degree from the University of Maryland. Through his affiliations with Major League Baseball International, Steve joined the MLB staff of Jim Lefebvre, Rod Carew, Bruce Hurst and many others in raising the level of play by teaching the Major League way to players and coaches from seventeen different countries.

For two years Steve appeared weekly on ESPN Radio as a Performance Analyst for the rotational athlete. His work has been featured in such arenas as MASN sports network and MLB International. Steve also created and developed the hitting program and DVD "Train the Swing" with former NL Rookie of the Year, hitting coach and Manager, Jim Lefebvre. He also created and developed the pitching program "Art & Science of Pitching" He was a co-author of the book "The Art & Science of Pitching" and was a contributor to the book "Building the Million Dollar Arm" with Dr. Tom House.

He is currently working with and consulting for a number of major league organizations, Orioles, Cubs, Indians, Tigers just to name a few. His research is on analyzing the Body-Pitch and Body-Swing connection by using 3-D biomechanics and functional movement screens. The goal is to isolate physical limitations and problems with motor learning as well as the development of the protocols for corrective measures and performance enhancements.

About AJ Johnson

AJ is a Performance Trainer and holds a Degree in Exercise Science & Kinesiology from George Mason University. He has been a student of Tom House's for over 15 years first at the age of 12 then as a player at USC, where Tom was his pitching coach. Now AJ is a dedicated performance trainer implementing the philosophy and training techniques of Tom House and Steve Johnson, this information is constantly reinforced during training sessions with his athletes.

AJ is a high-energy, focused trainer with an ability to equally reach the amateur player as well as the seasoned professional, he easily communicates with athletes, coaches and parents. He is a Co-Founder of Advanced Baseball Training & Performance Center in Northern Virginia. In the last 4 years he has performed over 9,000 training sessions at the center for both hitting and pitching. He has provided hundreds of additional hours at camps, clinics and seminars throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area helping players learn what it takes to achieve their goals. AJ's clients include: Professional Players of all levels, College, High School, and Elite Showcase Players.

AJ attended Robinson High in Fairfax, Va., under coach Bill Evers, there he earned numerous honors... 1st team Washington Post All-Met, 1st Team Northern Region, 1st Team Concorde District, Concorde District Pitcher of the Year as well as making the Virginia State All-Star team. He was also selected for the school's 2000-2010 All-Decade Team. His 3 years at the varsity level they won a Region and 2 district championships. His school records include...2nd All Time Home Runs, 2nd Extra Base Hits and 3rd All-Time in RBI's he also was 2nd All Time in Wins and 3rd All Time in Innings pitched. AJ was recruited by 24 division 1 colleges.

A.J. began his college career in Southern California at USC, after spending a year with the college baseball power and legendary pitching coach Tom House he transferred back to Northern Virginia with George Mason University. In three seasons at Mason he served as the closer 2010 and as a weekend starter 2011 and 2012, As a Patriot he finished his career at Mason ranked among the career leaders in wins, saves, innings pitched, lowest opponent batting average, ERA, lowest walks per nine innings and also ranked among single-season leaders during his senior campaign with 76.2 innings pitched.

About Ethan Lare

Part of the 1994 Little League World Series for Central Springfield Little League and was named ESPN player of the week at the WS.  Played High School baseball at Lake Braddock and earned the honors of 1st Team All District, District Player of the Year, 1st Team All Region, Region Player of the Year, 1st team All State, 1st Team Met, Honorable Mention All American, and part of the All State All Star Game.  Selected to the All Time Lake Braddock Team.

Received a scholarship to play at Young Harris Junior College out of HS.  Transferred to Frederick CC in Maryland after one year and was 1st team All Region and 2nd Team All American in 2003.  Team made it to the JUCO World Series Finals in 2002 and was selected to the All Tournament Team.

Started working camps and did private lessons for 14 years at VBC, NOVA South, and Metro Baseball academy prior to joining Advanced Baseball.  OnbaseU pitching & hitting, FMS, FCS, NSPA (speed and agility), and C-PS certified.   Coached High School baseball for 10 years as a varsity assistant at Lake Braddock SS, Woodson HS, and Bishop Ireton.  Played in the 1994 Little League World Series for Central Springfield LL and named ESPN Player of the Week.