Our People

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Rob Valli

Director

  • University of Delaware – BS Health & Physical Education
  • The College of New Jersey – Master of Education
  • New Jersey Standard Teacher Certificate K-12

Rob Valli has amassed 30 years of experience educating students and coaching baseball. He has instructed New Jersey public school students in every grade from kindergarten through college and worked at every level of baseball from youth to Major League Baseball.

Coach Valli is entering his 21st season of collegiate baseball with 17 years of experience as head coach; 6 at NCAA Division 1 Temple University and 11 at NJCAA Rowan College at Gloucester County. That span includes an impressive 555 wins, averaging 35 wins per season, 9 of 10 trips to the NJCAA World Series, and 1 NJCAA National Championship.

Regarded among the finest player development experts in college baseball; 26 of his players have been named All American, 68 advanced to professional baseball, including 7 major leaguers. Currently, the vast majority of his junior college players are receiving high value baseball scholarships at prominent universities. In 2019; 7 of them began professional baseball careers.

As a Major League Baseball Scout for 9 years; Valli served five with the Colorado Rockies and four with the Miami Marlins. Working primarily in the Northeast; his role was to identify and evaluate top high school and college prospects being considered for the amateur draft. Additional responsibilities included; evaluating minor league players in opposing organizations and administering personality evaluations to top prospects.

In his role as educator; Professor Valli has always been a popular mentor to students. He has been awarded the distinction of tenure at each academic post; South Brunswick Public Schools, Cherry Hill Public Schools, and Rowan College at Gloucester County.

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Academic Coordinator

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Sara Valli

Learning Specialist

  • Rutgers University – Bachelor of Arts
  • Rutgers University – Master of Education
  • Rowan University – Learning Disability Teacher Consultant Certification
  • New Jersey Teacher Certificate K-8

Sara has served as a teacher and Learning Disability Teacher – Consultant in the Cherry Hill Public School District since 2004. As a teacher; she is an expert in meeting the New Jersey and Common Core Curriculum Standards. As LDT-C; Sara utilizes various evaluation techniques and assessment tools to identify and interpret data required to develop a student Individualize Education Plan (IEP). As a valuable member of the Intervention & Referral Service Committee (I&RS) she collaborates with parents, teachers, and child study team members to establish goals, interventions, and strategies to support student success.

Sara and Rob married in 2014 and live in Voorhees, NJ with their two children; Sophia 5 and Alex 3.

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Strength & Performance Coach

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Andie Schwartz

Sport Nutrition Specialist

  • Kutztown University – BS Psychology
  • Temple University – Master of Education
  • Metropolitan State University Denver – BS Human Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Registered Dietician and Licensed Dietician/Nutritionist
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Andie is a skilled and well-rounded professional who holds the highest levels of certifications in nutrition, strength performance, and wellness. She has zeal and expertise working with adolescents.

A life-long athlete, Andie enjoys motivating and inspiring others. Andie will teach our boys to recognize nutrition as a critical element in their academic and athletic performance through mindfulness training and behavioral techniques to improve wellness.

At home, she is passionate about raising her two small children and spending time with her family outdoors.

Keith Waldman

Personal Development Specialist

  • SUNY Plattsburgh – BA Psychology
  • Temple University – Master of Social Work
  • University of Michigan – Master of Sport Psychology

Keith founded Optimal Performance Associates in 1997 and has been actively involved in a wide variety of public and private organizations focusing on interpersonal practice, teambuilding, and sport psychology. He has been a popular speaker for many collegiate and high school athletic programs and conferences. Keith has been an approved NCAA speaker and has facilitated workshops for the NCAA focusing on leadership, team-building, and sport psychology. His passion, commitment, educational and professional experience have enabled Keith to make a tremendous impact on many athletic, educational, and corporate teams.