Born and raised in Elyria, Ohio, Aaron Bally played sports year-round throughout his childhood. Being the middle of three boys, Aaron’s passion for sports was cultivated by driveway basketball, street flag football, and backyard baseball games in the neighborhood. (Aaron is a huge Cleveland sports fan; He still attends Browns games with his brothers). After receiving varsity letters in basketball and tennis at Elyria High School, Aaron attended The Ohio State University. Graduating from OSU in 2007, Aaron earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Science. He has worked in the health, sports, and recreation field for over 15 years, becoming proficient in management, entrepreneurship, marketing, administration and customer service. During that span of time, Aaron has mentored hundreds of young professionals who have led programs in over 25 Central Ohio communities, impacting tens of thousands of children. Aaron believes that the most important aspect of a youth sports program is having a great coach. Energy, enthusiasm and encouragement are the three E’s that Aaron preaches to his staff. And just because Aaron has a team of coaches, doesn’t mean that he has given up coaching himself. You will still see him out there a few nights a week working with the young athletes.
When Aaron’s not running Bally Sports Group, he’s at home being a dad to his boys, Maxwell and Jackson. Aaron and his wife Jacqueline live in Columbus where their children attend Worthington City Schools.
Phone: (614) 505 – 6532
Brody SeilerSports Director
Born and raised in Columbus Ohio, Brody Seiler, sports were a huge part of his childhood growing up. After receiving varsity letters in baseball and cross country at Westland High School, Brody attended The Ohio State University. Graduating from OSU in 2015, Brody earned a Bachelor of Science in Education with a focus in Sport Industries. He has worked in the sports and recreation field for 10 years. Brody has coached all levels of youth sports including youth, high school and college athletics.
Brody is driven to be a positive role model and promote a healthy lifestyle for young athletes!
Phone: (614) 330 – 2307
Mitchell SlutskyYouth Sports Supervisor
Born and raised in Gahanna, Ohio, Mitchell Slutsky participated in sports every season throughout adolescence. Mitchell earned varsity letters in Football and Track as Sophomore from Columbus Academy, Mitchell attended Ohio Dominican University. In 2018, Mitchell Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ohio Dominican with a Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood Education (Social Studies and English Language Arts). Since graduating and while in school, Mitchell has worked with children ranging in ages from 6 months - 16 years old as a coach, mentor, counselor and supervisor. Mitchell loves bringing a positive and encouraging approach to coaching while providing top-notch instruction. When asked, Mitchell stated, "My goal is for all players to leave a program with a strong desire to continue playing sports because their experience was fun, positive, and educational."
Dr. Chris StankovichThe Sports Doc
Bally Sports Group is thrilled to be in partnership with Dr. Chris Stankovich, "The Sports Doc!" We first met Dr. Stankovich when his children were coached by Aaron Bally, founder of Bally Sports Group. Dr. Stankovich was highly impressed with Aaron’s coaching abilities and was excited to join the Bally Sports team! Chris intends to help us grow by providing his wealth of knowledge to parents and integrating sports psychology into our classes.
Dr. Stankovich has become a vital partner by providing training modules to our coaches and counseling the management team on handling conflicts. Dr. Stankovich also provides our company information about how to use sports to help maximize productivity and lower stress levels. He also contributes insight on contemporary issues and trends. Dr. Stankovich compiles his wide variety of knowledge and content in books, toolkits, videos, and apps. All of his materials are designed to help coaches, parents, and players understand how to effectively develop life skills through sports and utilize sports experiences as a vehicle to experience success in life.
Dr. Stankovich’s Professional Highlights:
- Founder of Advanced Human Performance Systems
- Has been featured in USA Today, ESPN, New York Post, Washington Post, Street & Smith Sports Business Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and ABC World News for numerous published books and articles.
- Known as “The Sports Doc” for his segment on Ohio News Network, NBC4i Columbus, and Columbus Parent Magazine
- Featured Columnist for National Federation of High Schools, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Hooplines Magazine, This Week Newspapers, and Stack Magazine
Please visit Dr. Stankovich’s website to view his impressive list of Career Highlights, additional information, his numerous quality products, services, and more!
Additional Information About Our Staff
Who we hire:
Lead Program and Camp Coaches:
Lead Coaches are often Elementary School Teachers, Physical Education Teachers, current youth sport coaches, or college students studying relevant majors (Early Childhood Education, Physical Education, Recreation, Coaching, etc).
Assistant Program and Camp Coaches:
Teachers or college students are still preferred as Assistant Program and Camp Coaches. Qualified high school students or athletes with expertise in a specific sport have an opportunity to be hired as assistants. Students/athletes must also demonstrate the ability to lead by example and serve as positive role models in order to continue being a part of the Bally Sports Group Coaching Team.
Staff Requirements: All employees of Bally Sports Group must submit the materials listed below:
- Clear BCI and FBI Background Checks
- Required Training of the Ohio Department of Health Concussion Law and Lindsey’s Law
- Completion of Sport Success 360 Coaches’ Training Module
Staff Training and Evaluations:
Coaches complete program training to ensure they lead classes that include developmentally appropriate tasks and implementation of modifications and/or extensions of all skills. Additionally, all coaches are regularly evaluated to ensure our staff is meeting our expectations.