Coach Turner has 6 years of professional baseball experience. After being drafter in 2003 he was part of the 2004 MLB World Series Boston Red Sox. He has experience at the pro level as a catcher and outfielder. He has now amassed over 15 years of high level coaching experience.
Coach Turner focus on Hitting, Infield, Outfield, and Catcher specific training. He brings a classic approach to hitting that brings consistent contact with power as a result of proper mechanics and approach at the plate. His focus is to produce a repeatable swing that targets an aggressive approach in the appropriate situations.
As a MLB outfielder he focuses on being prepared and having proper foot work. Preparation and understanding of the situation allows high level outfielders to thrive on defense. Body position and arm strength are also high on the list for Coach Turner.
As an MLB catcher Coach Chris has seen it all. His catchers possess the ability to call a game through understanding and having respect of his pitching staff. Proper framing and blocking are the cornerstones of a high end defensive catcher. Footwork and throwing technique stops the run game. Coach Chris instill a leader mentality in his catchers and demands control of the defense.
As a professional athlete Coach Turner was a fan and media favorite. He was a great teammate and bring his energy into everything he does.
A Macomb Township native, Hayden began playing T-Ball with the Clinton Valley Little League. At 10 years old, he began playing Federation Ball in the Macomb Amateur Baseball Federation (M.A.B.F). For the next 8 years Hayden would play for a few different summer teams; including the Anchor Bay Angels and the first ever youth JetBox team. Hayden played 3 seasons of Varsity baseball at Dakota High School where he set and still holds the State Record for pickoffs in a game (6), pitched a complete game in the Regional Championship his Junior season, graduated with a 3.50 GPA, and received an athletic scholarship to Oakland University.
At Oakland, Hayden began to fully embrace what it means to be a pitcher; learning how to strengthen and grow not only his physical skills, but his mental skills as well. As a freshman, he pitched exclusively out of the bullpen. Entering the season his sophomore year, Hayden was announced as a weekend conference starting pitcher. Unfortunately, this was cut short due to an injury sustained in the first inning of that first collegiate start.
Motivated more at this point than ever, Hayden went full steam with his recovery process and how he went about his training. Upon returning to campus for his 3rd year, Hayden was now getting the attention of pro scouts; quickly realizing there was a new goal to work towards, “Getting Drafted”. And in July of 2012, Hayden was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 21st round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
He would go on to pitch for 3 seasons in the Marlins organization before being released in January of 2015.
Hayden then became the pitching coach at Stevenson High School (Sterling Heights) for the 2015 season before re-enrolling at Oakland University in the fall of 2015 to finish up his undergraduate degree. Upon his return to OU, Hayden joined the Oakland Baseball coaching staff to serve as a full time, volunteer, coach. Over the next two years Hayden was a full-time student and a full-time, volunteer coach.
Graduating in the spring of 2017 with a bachelor degree in Communications, Hayden continued coaching at Oakland for one more year. After which hereturned to Stevenson High School for the 2019 season. From 2020-2022 Hayden was the pitching coach for Henry Ford II’s varsity team.
In addition to all the team coaching Hayden has done, he has also been working with kids of all ages and skill sets since 2013; helping them discover the art of pitching, becoming masters of their own bodies, and learning the techniques and skills to become a mental warrior. With a strong skillset in video editing and a vast knowledge of the game, Hayden breaks down the pitching delivery to a level that can be understood and digested by pretty much anyone. Hayden not only offers professional level pitching instruction, he also helps players with college recruiting videos, nutrition & weight gain, injury prevention/recovery, arm care & strengthening, mobility & stability, along with goal setting and mental toughness training.