SOURCE: SmartSports

SmartSports

September 27, 2011 09:00 ET

Legendary Baseball Coach Joins SmartSports Senior Management Team

Mike Roberts Named Director of Baseball Development

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Sep 27, 2011) - He's won five Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) baseball titles, coached two Division 1 teams in the College Baseball World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, coached 14 Major League Baseball players including three All Stars and now Mike Roberts will head up baseball development for SmartSports which will soon launch its revolutionary SmartKage system. SmartKage™ offers the first and only comprehensive performance analysis in pitching, hitting, fielding, catching, running and agility.

"Mike is one of the most accomplished professionals in the sport of baseball," said SmartSports CEO and Co-Founder, Corrine Vitolo. "While his resume quantifies volumes of titles, championships and wins, it is his unwavering dedication to the sport and extraordinary care that touches the thousands of athletes he coaches that will ultimately shape his legacy. SmartKage provides the most advanced player analysis; Mike Roberts is absolutely the best conduit between technology, teaching and athlete there is. We are delighted to welcome him as our Director of Baseball Development."

After playing professional baseball in the Kansas City Royals organization Roberts returned to his alma mater, the University of North Carolina, to become the programs baseball coach at the tender age of 26. He coached Division 1 Baseball for 24 years and continues as Head Coach of the Cotuit Kettleers in the renowned Cape Cod Collegiate Summer League. The author of "You Can't Steal Second Base and Keep Your Foot on First" Roberts earned BA and MA degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently working toward his doctorate at the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque. His son Brian, one of his star pupils, is currently an All-Star second baseman for the Baltimore Orioles.

"I have been around baseball all my life and while you can't take the human element out of the evaluation process the time has finally come for the nation's pastime to embrace technology," said Roberts. "The analytics that SmartKage™ offers will provide a scout or coach at any level the specifics to determine not only potential but areas that require attention for player improvement."

SmartKage™ is slated for 160 locations across the nation with the first 10 locations opening in the fall in eight different states. The Company recently announced a strategic partnership with Sportvision, Inc. the nation's premier innovator of sports and entertainment products for fans, media companies and marketers. SmartSports also announced it has partnered with St. Louis-based Rawlings Sporting Goods Company to supply its SmartKage™ technology systems with high-performance baseball equipment for all of SmartKage's™ network locations.

"Mike is far more than an ambassador for SmartKage™," added Larry Scannell, COO and Co-Founder of SmartSports. "He is the integral bridge from technology to player development. Bringing his incredible knowledge of baseball to our facilities across the nation, all levels of coaches and players will now have the opportunity to learn from the best there is."

About SmartSports

SmartSports is a privately held sports technology company developing smart sports products and environments. The Company develops and markets proprietary hardware and software systems that quantitatively measure athletic performance. Company products, including its fully automated SmartKage™, serve the amateur, collegiate and professional sports markets. The Company will launch its first 10 SmartKage™ locations in 8 different states this fall and subsequently roll-out 160 locations with national saturation of 300 units. Founded in 2003, the company is based in greater Boston, Massachusetts. For additional information please go to www.smartkage.com

Editor's Note: J-peg photo of Mike Roberts available upon request.

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