Ariel Abazaj
Scout/Consultant/Advisor-Director of International Recruiting

A graduate of Northwood University, Abazaj attained a Bachelorís in Business Administration with a double major in International Business and Management. A Tirana Albania native, Ariel moved with his family to Detroit Michigan at the age of 10 years old. Abazaj played basketball since childhood in Albania and also had a stint with the youth basketball academy of legendary club, Partizani Tirana, with which he still holds strong affiliations to. Never forgetting his love for the game, that would one day, along with his entrepreneurial spirit, help found what would be A&A International Sports Group. A&A is an entity of athlete representatives with networking contacts in Eastern Europe and North America, accommodating athletes needs in furthering their sporting careers. Abazaj also operated as a consultant, representative, and liaison to athletes during his time there, with a major focus in basketball and soccer. Through this, he has gained a valuable contacts and networks, becoming well associated in a number of areas. He possesses connections with players, coaches, athletic programs and academies in Eastern Europe. Ariel was an assistant coach to University Liggettís middle school varsity basketball team in 2012-2013.

Most recently, Ariel held a position with the Albanian Football Association in the marketing department and their National Teams Sector. During his time there, Ariel assisted and was particularly responsible for the development and implementation of a scouting system for their youth national teams, specifically working with U-19 and U-17 players in the European regions. Now, he is serving as the International USA Representative to the Albanian Football Association. Ariel acts as the primary point of contact to the Albanian Football Association in regards to scouting possible talent for their youth national teams. He currently lives and works in the Detroit metropolitan area. Representing Premier, Ariel is conducting collaborative programs with international sports agencies, clubs, schools and academies to expand the companyís global outreach.

He is an avid soccer fan and also enjoys volleyball and tennis.

Evan Agona

Evan currently works as the Recruiting Coordinator and Pitching Coach for University of Mount Union baseball program in Alliance, Ohio. He is beginning his 7th year of coaching at the collegiate level and 2nd season on the staff at Mount Union. Previously Evan served as an Assistant Coach at Thiel College for 4 years and was also the Head Coach at Mercyhurst North East for 1 season. In addition to his collegiate coaching duties, Agona has also coached AAU baseball and has worked numerous baseball camps/showcases for players of all ages across the Midwest. Currently, Evan is also working on the development of a series of baseball showcase events with Premier Scouting.

Evan is a 2004 graduate of The College of Wooster with a degree in Business Economics, where is also earned 4 varsity letters in baseball. He also has a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Slippery Rock University and is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association. He and his wife Mary Kate reside in Canton, Ohio.

“I am truly excited about the opportunity to be a part of Premier Scouting, and to help student-athletes and parents to understand and benefit from the recruiting process. I feel that my background as a collegiate student-athlete myself, and now as a collegiate coach gives me a thorough understanding of the recruiting process. While I have worked primarily at the NCAA Division III level in the sport of baseball, I am comfortable working with student-athletes looking to play any sport at any level. I am truly a believer that there is a school out there for just about any hard working high school student-athlete looking to continue their career, and I will help you to reach your dreams and find a school that is the best fit for you.”

Scott T. Bejcek
Advisor / Consultant / Scout

Scott is a Sports Management graduate of Davenport University living in Midland, Michigan. He is currently obtaining his masters in Sports Administration with a concentration on high school and college athletics. Scott has playing experience in football, soccer, tennis, basketball and golf, including varsity high school football, basketball and tennis. He has coached youth soccer and served on the local organizing committee for the 2012 United States Youth Soccer Association Region II National Qualifying Tournament in Saginaw, Michigan. He has worked in junior hockey, minor league baseball, indoor football and golf.

"My love of sports has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with Premier Scouting Service to help student athletes with the potential to compete on the next level achieve their goals. I look forward to using my education and work experiences as well as my history of athletic participation and coaching to guide the recruiting process for student athletes."

Mike Horn
Scout/Consultant Advisor-Head of Florida Recruiting

Originally from New Jersey, Mike has relocated to Florida to further his career in the Sports Industry. Mike has a Bachelorís Degree from Florida Southern College and a Certificate from Sports Management Worldwide after successfully completing the Baseball GM and Scouting course. He is a member of SABR (Society of American Baseball Research) and has experience with most computer software used throughout Major League Baseball.

Growing up, Mike played AAU travel baseball with the North Jersey Rangers where they played in tournaments up and down the East coast. He played high school baseball at River Dell Regional High School where he achieved 1st Team All-League and 2nd Team All-County. Mike had the talent to play College baseball but didnít get the proper exposure needed. He accepted an academic scholarship to Florida Southern College and had a walk on tryout. However, he was not eligible to tryout his freshman year due to the lack of guidance regarding the NCAA Clearing House procedures. This forced him to wait another year to tryout. After having one of his best tryouts, Mike was cut from the team and eventually transferred to Bergen Community College in New Jersey.

Mike was the starting first baseman and designated hitter for Bergen CC. While Mike was playing, Bergen CC had the most wins in school history and made the playoffs for the first time in fifteen years. He also led the team to be nationally ranked for the first time in school history. Mike was nominated to be an All-American. Even though he didnít receive the honors, Mike and his teammates revamped the Bergen CC baseball program.

Due to some injuries, Mike had to stop playing competitive baseball and has since gone into coaching, training, and scouting. He coached one season at his High School and won the Junior Varsity Championship. Mike also worked at a couple of training facilities before receiving his Certificate from Sports Management Worldwide.

Mike is currently the Head Coach of the Bartow Braves in the CFABL (Central Florida Amateur Baseball League). Mikeís goal is to help as many high school athletes as he can so they have a better and less stressful college experience!

Mario Phillips
Scout/Consultant/Advisor-Head of California Recruiting mphillips@premierscouting.com

Mario, a Los Angeles native, is a Business Management graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and has an MBA from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. Mario is a graduate of the MLB Scout School and serves as the Contributing West Coast Baseball Scout for ProspectJunkies.com, a web site devoted to scouting, analyzing, and evaluating the top prospects in baseball. Mario played high school baseball, coached and umpired in youth leagues, and has also worked as a college admissions counselor.

"I am very excited to join the Premier Scouting Service team and have the opportunity to help student athletes realize their dreams. My passion for baseball, desire to work with student athletes, and ability to evaluate talent, will place Premier Scouting Service in the optimum position to help young men and women pursue their athletic and scholastic goals.Ē

Mario is representing Premier Scouting Service in Southern California and can be contacted at mphillips@premierscouting.com

Robert Trautman
Advisor / Scout

Robert Trautman is a Scout for the Northeast Ohio area and the Video Consultant for Premier Scouting Service, LLC.  Rob is President of RRT Productions, LLC where he specializes in producing recruiting videos for student athletes aspiring to play at the next level. 

Rob is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications and a minor in Visual Communication Technology.  He was also a member of BGRSO (Bowling Green Radio Sports Organization).  Rob covered and broadcasted all different sports at BGSU, allowing him the opportunity to interact with collegiate coaches.  He has also announced on-air play-by-play and color analysis at various high school sports competitions including volleyball, football, basketball, and tennis.  Rob also played baseball, basketball, and football at Brunswick High School, Brunswick, Ohio.

“I am very excited about my company’s partnership with Premier Scouting Service.  The company missions go hand in hand; we can help teach student athletes and parents about the recruiting process and maximize their options.  I believe that with my experience as a student athlete and my exposure to coaches at all levels, I can help educate and help dreams come true for many student athletes.  With a little hard work, we can find the perfect fit for student athletes that want to play at the next level.


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