Ernesto Ortiz founder and owner of Arizona Travel Ball grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. Ortiz attended and played baseball at Chaparral High School. He was a 4-year letter winner in baseball and was part of the 2008 state championship team that was ranked 5th in the country. Upon graduation Ortiz received a Division I scholarship to play baseball at Gonzaga University where he went onto play and start in all 54 games as a true freshman at shortstop. He finished 3rd on the team with 15 doubles and 23 walks, while hitting .257 with three homeruns, and 23 RBI. Produced a team best 12- game hitting streak and help lead the program to a WCC regular season and tournament title and earning the programs first berth to the 2009 NCAA Regional and national ranking. Ortiz finished his playing career at Grand Canyon University, where he earned 1st team All-Conference and All-West Region at shortstop after hitting .340 with two homeruns, and a team leading 33 RBI. He then went onto play professional baseball for two seasons before committing to coaching full time.
His coaching career began coaching club baseball in the valley for his brothers’ team in 2012. He then went on to coach two years at Apollo High School as an assistant coach on the varsity team. In 2015, Ortiz landed his first varsity head coaching position at Valley Vista High School where he led his teams to a 40-24 overall record and earning two berths to the 6A state playoffs in his two seasons at the helm. Under his guidance 14 players moved on to play at the collegiate level. In 2017, Ortiz was hired to be the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Ottawa University Arizona where he helped lead the program to the NCCAA College World Series in 2018.
Ortiz has coached and developed many players that have gone on to have successful baseball careers at the collegiate and professional level. He has a strong desire to work with athletes and help them reach their full potential on and off the field.