WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Last fall, former Eph baseball standout Robin Allemand '10 returned to campus in his role as the Coordinator of Major League Baseball's (MLB) Market Development in China. Allemand was visiting campus with the 12-year old winner of the Chinese TV show "Perfect Pitch," Xinjie Shen, who had won a trip to America that included stops at Citi Field, Yankee Stadium, The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and a side trip to Williams College.
Robin Allemand is not the kind of young man who can do just one thing at a time. Recently, Allemand and his high school teammate Will Ellis developed Coached App, the only iOS app that enables baseball players of all ages to receive 1-on-1 instruction from current MLB coaches and former MLB players.
Players send hitting or pitching videos to a coach of their choice on the app, and that coach sends back a frame-by-frame, voice-narrated critique to the player's cellphone within three days.
Allemand is quick to point out that the Coached App is not intended to replace the player's current coach or coaches, because there is great value in in-person instruction. "Ask any top player to name his biggest coaching influencers, and he'll give you a list of three or four coaches," Allemand said. "Many of our users show the feedback to their local coach, which allows them to work on the tips together. We are excited because we see this as a premier baseball coaching resource to help kids reach their peak."
Coached also features MLB coach-created drills. During the video analysis, the coach recommends a drill, which guides a player's practice between video lessons. Currently, Coached has 21 drills by big league hitting coaches Dale Sveum, Kevin Seitzer, and Wally Joyner. Ellis and Allemand promise more are coming soon.
On April 22nd, the World Champion Kansas City Royals got behind the Coached App. You can watch a report done by Fox 4 Kansas City News, featuring Royals' coaches Dale Sveum and Dave Eiland HERE.
Ellis and Allemand were also interviewed by Sports Techie, which you can access HERE.
Robin Allemand was a four-year infielder and a career .357 hitter for the Ephs. Upon graduation, he played for the French National Team before joining MLB to run their outreach program in China.