Service Alliance for Youth's Highlander Training Academy
Service Alliance for Youth'sHighlander Training Academy

Highlander Training Academy Staff


Joe Cisco

Executive Director/Founder


The Highlander Training Academy was founded by Joe Cisco who has over 20 years of experience training and coaching athletes at all levels.


James Cisco



James is the head coach of the 18u baseball team and head instructor of baseball/softball skill development.  James graduated from Fordham University where he played baseball and is ranked top ten in hits, at-bats and fielding percentage.  He is currently the assistant baseball coach at Yonkers High School. 

DJ Price C.P.T/P.E.S/C.E.S/USA Weightlifting Coach



DJ is the assistant coach of the 18u and 14u baseball team as well as the head of the Highlander's strength and conditioning programs.  DJ graduated from and played for Iona College.  He continued to play overseas in the Greater Brisbane Baseball League in Australia.  He is currently a Certified Personal Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Youth Exercise Specialist from NASM as well as a Certified USA Weightlifting Coach.

Hector Garcia



Hector played his HS ball at Morris HS and later played then managed in the Spanish Pro League in NY. He also coached at Baruch College. He has been a MLB scout since 1986 with the NY Mets, KC Royals,NY Yankees and Cleveland Indians. Hector was also President of the NY Professional Scouts Association.

Michael Pisaniello


College Baseball PREP


Michael Pisainello is the director of operations for the Highlander Training Academy. Mike is a NY Area Scout for Global Scouting Bureau.  He has facilitated signing players to Independent, Foreign and Affiliated baseball programs in the USA and abroad.  He also runs the Tri State Prospect Report, a database of the NY,NJ and CT area top HS baseball prospects viewed by many college coaches and scouts.  Mike also runs College Baseball PREP, a self-help program that aids High School athletes find their way into a college baseball program.  He has been affiliated with the Highlander program the past 15 years and holds a certification from the National Alliance for Youth Sports.  

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2015 S.A.Y. Highlander Baseball Academy 16u wins Triple Crown Tournament (Long Island Classic)

2014 18u S.A.Y. Highlander Baseball Academy New York Elite Best of the Best Tournament Champions! (Coach DJ Price (L) Coach James Cisco (R))
2013 18u S.A.Y. Highlander Academy New York Elite Battle of the Bats Champions! (Coach James Cisco(L) Coach DJ Price (R))
S.A.Y. Highlander Training Academy receives THE PHILIP J. ABINANTI COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD In recognition of our dedication to students and school community (April 4th 2014)

Contact Us:

Highlander Training Academy

Bronx, New York 10461

James Cisco:    

(917) 583-5087


DJ Price:         

(718) 619-3353



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