Meet the Staff
Meet the staff and get to know your new trainers and coaches!
Founder/Owner/Instructor of SPI & MWCA
- Catching Coordinator for MWCA and National & Local Travel Clubs
- Catching Consultant to NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA Schools, MiLB & MLB players
- Offers Catching/Hitting Instruction for Baseball & Softball, 1-on-1 private & semi-private & group lessons, video analysis, recruiting help
As a graduate of Owasso HS in 2000, CJ Received 2nd Team All-American Honors HS by Baseball Factory, now known as UA Baseball Factory. After graduating from Owasso, CJ attended Seminole St. Jr. College till 2002 where he received NJCAA 1st Team, All-American Honor, as Catcher & Defensive Player of the Year. While at Seminole he earned the Seminoles Silver Slugger Award. After Seminole, he committed to play at the University of Alabama before he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2002. CJ ended up playing 7 seasons professionally between playing for Cubs & Brewers organizations reaching AAA before having to retire due to an unfortunate shoulder injury. Post baseball CJ has obtained his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and has continued in his passion for the game helping train and mentor baseball & softball athletes. CJ has been helping develop athletes since 2002 in his off-seasons. Over his years CJ has helped train and coach several players who have gone on to college and professional ranks.
In 2017 CJ had the idea to start a catchers-specific training academy (MWCA) to help cater to the needs of catchers around Oklahoma and beyond. CJ’s passion and dream to help develop athletes extended beyond MWCA as he saw the need out there for all types of athletes that were in need of not just skill-specific training but for the performance training aspects as well. Then SPI was born to bring elite performance training by some of the most knowledgeable trainers in the area.
- University of Alabama Commit
- Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2002
- 7 minor league seasons reaching AAA between the Chicago Cubs & Milwaukee Brewers
- Retired due to an unfortunate shoulder injury
- Training baseball & softball players since 2002
- Holds Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology
- Coached several players through the years that are playing or played at the College and Professional levels
- Seminole St. Jr. College Alum
- 02′ Received NJCAA 1st Team All-American Honor as Catcher & Defensive Player of the Year
- 02′ Received Seminoles Silver Slugger Award
Director of High Performance Training
Sean is the High-Performance Director and Strength and Conditioning coach at Sports Performance Institute & Mid-West Catching Academy. As a vastly sought-after strength and conditioning coach around the Tulsa area, Sean has expanded over his 8-year career. He works with healthy and recently injured athletes to optimize their athletic ability, and/or return them to competition as safely and efficiently as possible. He has years of experience working with youth, high school, division 1, professional and Olympic athletes. With over 25 certifications obtained under the NCCA (National Commission for Certifying Agencies) over the years, he continues to be inspired to learn more from other professionals and researches/practices the most up-to-date exercise science.
As a result, his training style is a broad discipline of not just “strength training,” but Dynamic Neuromuscular Retraining, Postural Restoration, Functional Movement, and position/end range efficiency all under the individual’s biological/physiological makeup. In addition to traveling to other facilities to train, his work locally with the Tulsa Oilers, and his training at Sports Performance Institute, he has created programs to help closely train with your athlete to improve their performance (no matter what age, sport, position.)
“The moment you think you know everything, that is the moment you lose everything there is to know.” – Sean
High Performance Coach
Joining SPI in May of 2020 is Jason Small. Jason is originally from the Tulsa area and has recently returned to join the staff at SPI. Prior to his return Jason completed his master’s degree in Exercise & Sports Science at Merrimack College in Andover Massachusetts. While completing his master’s degree, he worked as a graduate strength coach at world-renowned gym Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning (MBSC), learning under some of the best coaches in the field. Prior to his time in MA Jason spent time interning in the Division One setting at Missouri State University (MSU). He also received his bachelor’s degree from MSU and played for their Ice Hockey Team.
While training athletes and clients Jason seeks to emphasize the importance of consistency over the long-term. Consistency is what allows someone to see true progress. Teaching quality movement is at the top of his priorities and he believes having fun is an essential part of the training process. Jason is a certified strength & conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also a certified functional strength coach (CFSC-L1) and CPR/AED certified.
ATC Athletic Training Coordinator
Steve Lintern, MS, ATC, CSCS, PES, CES, SMTC is the founder and CEO of Lintern Sports Enterprises in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is in his first year working with SPI after he started during the COVID-19 summer. He currently also holds other hats as the Director of Health and Performance for the only Professional Hockey team in Oklahoma, the Tulsa Oilers. Steve works for the Tulsa Oilers through the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences where he assists in the education of Master’s Athletic Training Students in his off-seasons. He has experience with NHL level, assisting preseason and development camps with the Dallas Stars, the Winnipeg Jets, and most recently, the 2019 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues.
Steve previously worked with the Team Physicians for the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville at Advanced Orthopaedic Specialists. There he served as the Head Athletic Trainer for all Club Sports at the U of A, while also working in multiple capacities for the Razorbacks football team from 2010-14. These experiences included their trips to the 2011 Sugar Bowl and the 2012 Cotton Bowl. He interned with the Cleveland Browns for three seasons in 2008, 2009, and returned in 2012.
He has also worked with multiple Top-10 American Marathoners, Olympic Sprinters and Field athletes, World-Class Triathletes, professional boxers, professional basketball players, and All-American Swimmers in a private capacity. He used to be a powerlifter in college, then after multiple injuries got into endurance sports where has competed in over 80 sanctioned races. He now does competitive amateur Long Drive competitions.
Steve double-majored in Athletic Training and Exercise Science in 2010 at Mount Union College, where he played football and was part of two National Championships. He also received his Master’s Degree in 2011 from the University of Arkansas. Steve is certified in many different soft tissue treatments including the Graston technique, cupping, dry needling, as well as grade 5 mobilizations. Steve also accomplished multiple strength and conditioning certifications he utilizes in his treatments. After being officially credentialed, delayed until July 2021 due to COVID-19, he will be the only Postural Restoration Institute PRT Professional in the state of Oklahoma. He primarily incorporates the PRI manual and non-manual techniques in his strength and conditioning protocols with all levels of athletes.
Steve and his wife Anna are both Ironman Triathletes and currently live in Tulsa with their son Lukas, 2, and their Australian Heeler, Rinny.
Meet Our Baseball/softball
Kyle, MWCA Instructor, has a clearly defined fantastic passion for this game and the development of our youth.
Since his career, Kyle has instructed baseball to over 500 youth in 1-on-1 private instruction and team camps. Kyle has helped numerous athletes develop certain parts of their game, that ultimately helped propel their careers on to college and professional levels.
- Graduate of Coweta HS 1999
- Oklahoma All State 1999
- Drafted by Baltimore Orioles in 1999
- NJCAA 1st All American at Connors State
- Drafted by Atlanta Braves in 2000
- NJACC 1st All American and NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year as a Catcher
- Drafted/Signed with Atlanta Braves in 2001
- Played up to AA with Braves 01′-05′
- Team Canada Junior National Team 2010-2011
- Northeastern Junior College 2011-2013
- 1st Team All Region (Freshman & Sophomore)
- 1st Team All-American (Sophomore)
- Northern Kentucky University 2013-2014
- Drafted 2014 in 14th round By Boston RedSox
- RedSox 2014-2018 (A-AAA)
- 2015 Baseball America Top Defensive Catcher
(South Atlantic League)
- 2015 South Atlantic
- Dodgers 2019 (A+-AA)
- Team Canada Pan-American Games 2019 Silver Cubs 2020
Baseball Pitching / Hitting Instructor
I have experienced a lot of ups and downs with this game myself and would love to do what I can to pass on all the knowledge I have gained over the years to kids who want to learn the game and want to most importantly get better. I will share experiences good and bad and can hopefully be a positive influence in your child’s life, as well as help them learn the game of baseball and help them learn ways to make sure they are setting themselves up for success in this game! I have been giving pitching, fielding and hitting lessons to all ages since 2012 and really love working with kids, especially ones who want to work hard and get better.
- Graduated from Jenks High School 2010
- 350th pick overall in the 2012 Major League Baseball amateur draft (New York Mets)
- Won the South-Atlantic League Championship 2013
- Won Pitcher of the month June, July, August in the Florida State League in 2015
- AA All-Star 2016 (Led the team in strikeouts as a bullpen pitcher)
- Major League Spring Training 2017
- Pitcher of the month May 2017 in the Pacific Coast League (team award)
Feel free to email me or text me with any questions you may have.
Born and raised in Broken Arrow, graduated from BA in 2004 where he was a 3-year starter for Varsity. Went on to be a 3-year starter at the University of Oklahoma and was drafted in the 1 st round of the 2007 MLB draft by the San Francisco Giants. Played 11 seasons professionally with parts of 2 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Colorado Rockies in 2014 and the San Francisco Giants in 2015.
Contact him at : (918) 261-8020
Meet Our Football
Devon is passionate about pouring all the knowledge he’s gained and continues to learn into the next generation of athletes and giving them the tools, they need to not only reach their goals but exceed them. Devon is a highly competitive, high-energy coach who is deeply invested with the players he works with.
After Devon’s playing career was cut short due to two unfortunate knee injuries, his hunger & passion to continue in the game he loves has now led him into coaching.Devon knows first-hand the impact that coaches and trainers can have on young athletes. We are extremely excited to see how Devon impacts the up & coming youth football generation.
Devon will also be running camps and small group instruction for SPI with a focus on: Running Backs, Wide Receivers & Defensive Backs
- Graduated Broken Arrow HS 2016
- 3yr Starter as: Running back & special teams
- Special Teams Player or The Year 2016
- All-District 2016
- All-Metro Second Team 2016
- Played Linebacker at:
- NEO A&M College
- University of Sioux Falls
- *Voted the Freshman class captain at USF
(Career sadly cut short due to two knee injuries)
- Safeties and Running Backs coach w/Freshman team at Broken Arrow HS (2018-2020)
- Varsity Strong Safeties coach w/Sand Springs HS (2020-Present)
To schedule a small group session with Devon contact him at: (918) 406-9682 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Offering training to quarterbacks looking to improve their skills and overall quarterback IQ. Providing lessons and drills based on knowledge and techniques obtained during a 5-year college football career as a quarterback in 2 different division 1 programs. (Oklahoma State and Iowa State) . Providing input and advice on the college recruiting process. Looking to train any quarterback who would like to improve their skills and knowledge in order to make it to the next level.
SCHEDULE A FREE
Want to come into the gym for a free training session to see what SPI is all about?
Schedule a time with Coach Sean Barger for a free 1 hour session.