Push Arizona Coaching Staff

DJ Edwards

Owner

DJ is the Owner and Director of Push Performance. He played college baseball at Metro State University.

DJ has developed many programs for a wide range of elite athletes. He uses his background in S&C and knowledge in corrective exercise, flexibility limitations and biomechanics to develop personal programs for each client. 

He has developed the Elite Baseball Program and has had over 50 athletes drafted in baseball, including 7 first rounders, multiple MLB All-Stars, a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove winner.

Push Performance works with every MLB organization and is home to over 100 professional baseball athletes. 

Brandon Monahan

Strength Coach

 

Brandon Monahan was born in Denver, Colorado and graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University with a degree in Exercise Science Corporate Fitness. NCSF certified. 

Brandon is a former collegiate and professional right-handed pitcher. During college, he was awarded First Team ALL KCAC. Brandon has been coaching for the last five years, working with athletes of all ages and talents, ranging from youth to professional level.

Taylor Davis

Strength Coach

Born and raised in Federal Way, WA, Taylor Davis played collegiate baseball at Lower Columbia College for two years, before transferring to Gonzaga University.

While at Gonzaga Taylor majored in Kinesiology and Physical Education.

Taylor started as an intern at Push and then spent time as a strength intern at both Gonzaga and TCU before taking a full-time position as a strength coach at Push Performance in Arizona. 

Taylor coaches numerous athletes around the valley including many across the country. 

Simon Matthews

Director Of Pitching
PUSH Performance

Simon Matthews played college baseball at Temple University before transferring to Georgetown University when the program was cut. 

After graduation in 2017 signed as a free agent with the Angels where he played from 2017-2019.

In addition to directing the PUSH throwing program, Simon is a DSL pitching coach for the Cincinnati Reds. 

JP SPortman

Director Of Hitting/Owner of JP3 Baseball

JP Sportman is the Director of Hitting and Owner of JP3 Baseball, partnered with Push Performance. 

JP is a former player for the Oakland Athletics, 3x MiLB All-Star, and 4x All-Conference Selection. 

JP is a player development specialist, working with youth athletes all the way up to the major leagues. 

 

Austin Ryf

Next Era AZ Physical Therapist

Bio coming soon.

eric Everett

Strength Coach
Eric Everett - Push Performance

Born and raised in South Jersey, Strength Coach Eric Everett attended Camden County College before transferring to Robert Morris University located in Pittsburgh,PA to finish his undergraduate degree in sport management. 

After that, he became a strength intern at Cressey Sport Performance in Hudson, MA followed by a strength internship for the Cleveland Indians(Guardians).

After, he attended graduate school at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA, where he studied physical education: concentration in strength & conditioning and worked as a Graduate Assistant. 

Over his tenure as a strength coach, Eric has worked with athletes and coaches across many different sports and levels from youth to the professional level. 

Andrew Amato

Throwing Trainer
Andrew Amato - Push Performance

Andrew Amato comes to Push fresh off his playing days at Point Loma Nazarene University where he, not only pitched for the Sea Lions, but learned under the tutelage of their coaching staff and world renowned biomechanics program. 

PLNU is among the leaders in baseball biomechanics research.  During his playing days, Andrew trained with progressive baseball minds and developed an intricate understanding of how the throwing motion works. He deploys that knowledge through creative movement solutions to maximize the output and resilience of his athletes.

Ashton Newell

Operations/Marketing Manager and Yoga Instructor

Ashton Newell is the Operations and Marketing Manager as well as the Push Yoga AZ program instructor. 

Previously, Ashton worked in marketing for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Spring Training for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. 

Additionally, Ashton is a certified personal trainer and was a former collegiate athlete at Arizona State University.