College Prep Academy - El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association

College Prep Academy


The BYAA College Prep Academy provides opportunities through education and first-class player development that aims to elevate the standard of excellence for attaining higher education and maximize the baseball potential of youth in the El Paso region. We are committed to educating and preparing our members by providing the educational resources and national-level baseball instruction critical to becoming a collegiate student-athlete.

Members of the BYAA College Prep Academy receive access to The Base, speed and agility training twice a week, skills instruction from former and active professional baseball & softball players, registration into the Chihuahuas NeXt Instructional Summer League for baseball, attendance to the NCAA compliance seminar, and college prep placement advising.

Players receive all of this for $75 a month!

How's it work?

The College Prep Academy will be held on Saturdays and Sundays in the afternoon. All students will receive one hour of academic advising and two hours of skills development every other weekend. Strength and Conditioning classes for all players will be available during the month as well.

Twice a month we will be bring former and current pro players to El Paso to work with you! Find out more about the coaches below.

Baseball Coaches

  • 1977-1979 Made his Major League debut with the California Angels
  • 1980-1981 Played with the Kansas City Royals
  • 1982 Traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. He batted over .300 three times (1984, 1987 and 1988) and regularly posting on-base percentages near .400.
  • 1984 Named to Sports Illustrated’s Dream Team as a utility infielder.
  • 1992 Retired after the season having compiled a .272 career batting average, 73 home runs, 437 RBI, and 445 runs.

  • Recruited as a walk-on to UCLA where he earned a full scholarship and helped lead the UCLA bruins to their first appearance in the College World Series in 1997. Nick holds the UCLA single-season records for both on base percentage (.475) and batting average with runners in scoring position (.473).
  • Selected in the 1997 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Played 8 professional seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Selected to the Single A All Star game in 1999 and the AAA All Star game in 2004
  • Represented the Greek Olympic Baseball Team in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece

  • 2016 Joined the Atlanta Braves staff in May as their Bullpen Coach
  • 2011 – 2016 Pitching coach at Triple-A Gwinnett.
  • 2009 – 2010 as the pitching coach at Double-A Mississippi
  • Before joining the Braves organization, Reed spent 10 years in the Los Angeles Dodgers system, including the last three (2006 – 2008) as their minor league pitching coordinator.
  • 1999 Professional coaching career began at the Dodgers’ rookie-level Great Falls.
  • 1996 – 1999 Head coach of Pfeiffer University 
  • 1990 – 1996 University of Tampa coaching staff While at the University of Tampa, Reed played an integral part in winning back-to-back NCAA Division II championships (1992-1993).
  • 1984 Drafted by the California Angels. He signed with the Angels in 1984 and compiled a record of 49-36 in five minor league seasons.
  • 1982 Drafted by the Minnesota Twins


  • 2012 Pac-12 Conference Baseball Player of the Year while at the University of Arizona and was a member of the College World Series champions.
  • 2012 Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth round
  • 2013 Played for the Peoria Chiefs and the Palm Beach Cardinals 
  • 2014 season with Palm Beach, and was promoted to the Springfield Cardinals
  • 2015 season with Springfield, and was promoted to the Memphis Redbirds
  • 2017 season with Springfield, and was promoted to Memphis. On June 28, the Cardinals promoted Mejia to the major leagues. He made his debut the following day, against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • 2018 Played with Memphis, compiling a .273 batting average with four home runs and 35 RBIs in 108 games. He helped lead Memphis to the 2018 Triple-A National Championship Game. Mejia was named the MVP of the game after going five-for-five with five RBIs.

  • 2015 Become Greeensboro College Pitchinhg Coach in December 
  • 2009-2012 Pitcher for University of South Florida
  • 2008 Drafted out of high school in the 44th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Three-time Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year
  • Just completed his 10th year in the strength and conditioning field all in professional baseball, and all with the Padres.
  • A. J. earned his first MiLB Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award in 2010 while working with Padres’ Advanced A affiliate, Lake Elsinore Storm in the California League (Lake Elsinore, CA), his second in 2013 with the Padres’ AAA Tucson Padres in the Pacific Coast League (Tucson, AZ) and his third in 2017 with the Padres’ AAA Pacific Coast League El Paso Chihuahuas in El Paso, TX.
  • His career in professional baseball started with the Angels as a minor league strength and conditioning coach for the Orem Owlz, Rookie affiliate in the Pioneer league of Orem Utah.
  • In 2009, he was promoted to Salt Lake Bees, AAA affiliate of the Pacific Coast league in Salt Lake City, UT.
  • In 2010, the Padres hired him to work with the Lake Elsinore Storm Advanced A affiliate. He was promoted to the AAA Tucson Padres in 2011, and to the AAA affiliate El Paso Chihuahuas in 2013.

Softball Coaches

  • 2015-Current Director of Softball Operations at El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association
  • 2018 World Championships Bronze Medalist with Canada
  • 2013 Pan-America Games Silver Medalist with Canada
  • 2012-2017 NPF Player
  • 2012 A-10 Player and Pitcher of the Year
  • 2012 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America Team
  • 4-Time All-American
  • 2012 UMass Athlete of the Year
  • 8th All-Time Div 1 Strikeout Leader
  • 2010-2012 Led the Nation in Strikeouts


  • 2011-2016 NPF Player
  • 2015 Dartmouth College Assistant Coach
  • 2014 Bryant University Assistant Coach
  • 2012 Director of Softball Ops and Volunteer Assistant coach at Cal State Northridge
  • 2011 NPF Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2011 Graduate of Long Island University
  • 2009 & 2010 NEC Player of the Year
  • 2009 All-American

  • 2018 Pan American Games Silver Medalist with Mexico
  • 2017 Pan American Qualifier Silver Medalist with Mexico
  • 2013-2016 NPF Player
  • 2013 University of Arizona Graduate
  • 2013 All- Pac-12 (Honorable Mention)
  • 2012 All-Pac-12 (Second Team)
  • 2011 NFCA All-American (Second Team)
  • USA Softball National Team Selection Camp Invitee
  • NFCA All-West Region (First Team) All-Pac-10 (First Team)
  • All-Pac-10 (Second Team)
  • Pac-10 All-Freshman (3rd Base)
  • NFCA All-West Region (Second Team)
  • 2009 Women’s College World Series Runner-Up
  • Freshman Homerun Record with 23

  • 2018 Bronze World Championships Japan with Canada
  • 2018 Bronze USA World Cup with Canada
  • 2018 Kent State Graduate
  • 2018 NCFA First Team All-American
  • 2018 NFCA All-Midwest Regional First
  • 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalist
  • 2018 MAC Player of the Year
  • 2018 Ranked 5th in NCAA History
  • 2018 Led the NCAA Div 1 Softball in Batting Avg (.483), OBP (.656), Slug % (1.033) and Walks per game (1.2)
  • 2017 Bronze Pan-Am Qualifiers with Canada
  • 2016 NCAA Div. 1 Record for Homeruns in consecutive at-bats (5)
  • 2013 & 2015 Junior Women’s World Championships with Canada


  • 2018 Eastern Michigan Volunteer Assistant
  • 2016 NPF Pitcher for Scrapyard Dawgs
  • 2016 University of Michigan Graduate
  • Made 2 appearances to College World Series
  • 2015 College World Series Runner-Up
  • 5-time Regular Season Champions
  • 2012 & 2013 Named All-Big 10

Contact Us

  • 6801 Commerce Avenue Suites 7B-D
  • (915) 585-7838