Justin Stone is one of the most in-demand private instructors in the country. Justin teaches approximately 3,000 players from across the United States each year and teaches hitting, defense, pitching and catching at Elite.
Justin was a two-sport Division 1 athlete in college at Eastern Illinois University as a starter in both baseball and football. In 1998, he was a first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference second baseman and a finalist for the Ohio Valley Conference Student-Athlete of the Year. Justin finished with a career batting average of .356 and is still in the top three in single-season stolen bases at EIU.
After his playing career ended, Justin’s coaching career began as an Assistant Coach at Division 1 Indiana State University. While at Indiana State, Justin helped build recruiting classes that were recognized nationally by Collegiate Baseball Magazine. Thirteen players were eventually drafted off of those Sycamore teams, with four players making it to the Major Leagues.
Justin became the head instructor at the Chicago White Sox Training Academy in 2004 where he established himself as one of the most in-demand private instructors in the country. Considered as an expert in the field of high-speed video analysis, Justin utilized technology to teach baseball mechanics more efficiently. His reach began to encompass professional players that were looking for the most detailed resources in instruction available. With the White Sox Academy, Justin developed an “elite” division inside the Academy, running “high end” classes and exposure opportunities for athletes looking to excel in and beyond high school. He continues to work with college coaches and professional scouts in the area for many “high profile” exposure events.
In 2007, Justin co-founded with White Sox National Crosschecker, Nathan Durst, the Chicago White Sox ACE program which is an inner-city elite travel program funded by Chicago White Sox Charities to train and assist inner-city players to prepare them for college baseball. The program has been a huge success and continued to expand while placing numerous players into college and professional baseball.
Stone developed the Elite Baseball Training Teams as a way to take Elite’s recognized player development program to the field. Success has been an understatement. In the first year as a program, Elite was a Perfect Game National Championship Runner Up and followed that up this past year with a 3rd place finish in the coveted Perfect Game WWBA National Championship. Elite players have committed to schools all over the country, from Arizona to Florida St., as well as schools in every major BCS conference.
Justin works frequently outside of the Chicagoland area as a nationally recognized clinician and has spoken at numerous state and national coaching clinics on hitting. He was the hitting presenter at the 2013 ABCA conference, has spoken at the BCA high school national conference and numerous state high school associations across the United States. To add, he has worked for USA Baseball as a National Team Trials coach as well as events like the Breakthrough Series and the National Trials Identification Series as well as a hitting consultant for the Chicago Cubs.