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ABOUT THE ABA

Est. 1994

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In 1994, Mike Foote, founder and owner of the Albuquerque Baseball Academy, envisioned a program that would help more Albuquerque/New Mexico athletes realize their dream of playing college and/or professional baseball. Foote played at the University of New Mexico (1977-1980) and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. While playing in the pros, Foote noted that there were players from New Mexico who were never drafted, but were better players than many of the professionals around him. It was at this time that Foote began to wonder why more NM players did not get the attention and opportunities that he had. Fast forward to 1995. Foote, who at this time owned and operated the Albuquerque Sportsplex, had a 10 year old son, Matt, who loved playing baseball and expressed the dream of playing college baseball. As a result, Foote started a "club" baseball program and talked to college coaches about the type of players they were looking to recruit. The beginning premise was; Take a good athlete, teach and emphasize baseball fundamentals, provide a highly competitive playing schedule, and showcase players at the "right" events and more athletes would live their dream of playing college baseball. From those talks with college coaches about recruiting New Mexico kids, Foote learned that NM players needed to prove themselves against better competition. "Scouts wanted to see our kids compete against the best competition, and see how they would respond to adversity." As a result, Foote set out to find the best tournaments and showcases, with the best competition. In 2011, the ABA was accepted in the highly regarded Premier Baseball organization, based in Texas, our players are able to compete against some of the most highly recruited players in the country. "At first, we got knocked around. But we kept playing and the kids got better, and it wasn't long before the kids realized that they were as good as kids on other teams, and could compete against anybody. From that first team, (2003) every player had an opportunity to play college baseball. A couple players decided to pursue academics and turned down the opportunity to play. Foote noted that while the original premise was successful, there was a need to provide players and their families with help in the whole recruiting process. In 2004, Ryan Brewer (former pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at Texas Tech and UNM) joined the ABA to help fill the important recruiting void and help educate our families about the recruiting process. ​In 2009, Foote was named West Texas/New Mexico state coordinator for USA Baseball's Jr. Olympic program. USA Baseball events have been instrumental in getting our players national exposure. Blake Swihart (Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks & Texas Rangers), Jordan Pacheco (Colorado Rockies), and Alex Bregman (Houston Astros) all played with the National team and helped the USA win multiple gold medals in International competition. ​Since 2003, and utilizing the same proven formula, the Albuquerque Baseball Academy has assisted in placing over 500 (98% success rate) New Mexico and West Texas players into college or professional baseball. ABA provides baseball/softball pitching, hitting, & fielding instruction from some of the most sought after and highly experienced instructors in the Southwest. Also, the ABA maintains a club team program offering club teams for players 9U-14U (Sluggers), 15U-18U (HS Summer Select) and High School Fall Showcase teams.

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Mike Foote
Owner
  • Played at the University of New Mexico

  • Signed by the Cincinnati Reds

  • Played in the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals Organizations

  • Coached at the University of New Mexico

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ABA COACHING STAFF

The Coaching Staff at the Albuquerque Baseball Academy consists of the most highly touted teachers in the Southwest.  The staff has over 100 combined years of coaching athletes as young as 6 years old to the top college players in the country. Our instructors carry a highly qualified resume, all of who either played college or professional baseball and have established reputations for getting players better!

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Matt Foote
HS Program Director/Recruiting
  • Played at the University of New Mexico

  • ABA High School Program Director

  • Recruiting Coordinator

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Tim Campos
Director of Player Development
  • Pitching Coach at Eastern NM University

  •  Former Head Coach at Gallup HS and Manzano HS

  • Played at New Mexico Military Institute

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Adam Fasulo
Director of Technology and Player Development Analyst
  • Played at New Mexico Military Institute ​

  • Former assistant coach at Manzano HS

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Al Foster
Youth Program Director 
  • Signed by Montreal Expos

  • Former Head Coach at Sandia HS

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Jim Briggs
Elite Program Director
  • Played at NM Highlands and New Mexico State​

  • NMAA Hall of Fame Coach

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Bobby Bunch
Pitching and Player Development Coordinator 
  • Played at Bacone State

  • Played at San Francisco CIty College

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