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Our Baseball Instructors

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Frank Monastero

A graduate of Bishop Kenrick High School, Frank went on to play Division 1 baseball for the West Chester University Rams. Frank, along with John “Digger” Mabry (current hitting coach with the Saint Louis Cardinals) and Tom Nuneviller, went on to play professional baseball. Frank signed with the Cleveland Indians where he played second, shortstop and third.

After pro ball, Frank went on to coach for Norristown High School and then Chestnut Hill Academy, with former 1st round draft pick Chris Lubanski. For the past 11 years, Frank has been an owner and full time baseball instructor for Diamond Baseball Academy in King of Prussia, PA. Regarded as one of the top fielding and hitting instructors in the area, Frank continues to develop some of the best young talent in the area, while working with some MLB players in the offseason, such as Geoff Geary, Raul Ibanez, and Mike McDougal.

Frank, his wife Eileen, and children Anthony, Jordan, and Paige reside in Norristown, PA.

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Shawn Pender

Shawn is a 30 year veteran of Major League Baseball where he has worked as a scout, coach, manager, and front office person. He presently works as the Cincinnati Reds Major League Advance Scout and Coach. Shawn has been a Scouting Director for the Cleveland Indians as well as a national/regional scouting supervisor for the Orioles, Rays, Indians, and Yankees. He also started the first ever scout’s team on the East Coast in 1989 when he worked for the Houston Astros in Florida fielding a team that included 10 former ML players, among those being Jason Varitek and Johnny Damon. Shawn has also been a Division I head coach and an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the Division II level where he recruiting and coached a team that advanced to the College World Series.

Shawn played professionally in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and has been inducted into both his college (Rollins College) and High School (Episcopal Academy) Athletic Hall of Fames. Shawn still ranks as the NCAA’s highest single season and career stolen base percentage leader (112 SB’s in 116 attempts) and remains, 30 years later, a top 10 all-time stolen base leader. He was an NCAA All American in college and played 3 sports at Episcopal (football, basketball, and baseball).

Shawn also served as the on camera instructor in 3 well known baseball videos for Tom Emanski’s Baseball World Series about base running, bunting, and defense. In addition he also worked for one season as a color commentator on the Florida Sports Channel covering college baseball games. He has traveled extensively in Latin America and the Orient in his capacity in professional baseball and is widely considered one of the finest baseball clinicians in the game. Shawn was born and raised in Havertown, Pa and presently resides in Haverford, Pa.

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Vince Elsier

Vince is a former Major League Scout for the Baltimore Orioles. Before his MLB career, Vince was the General Manager of the legendary Norristown A’s of the Perkiomen A’s of the Perkiomen Valley Twilight League. He led the A’s to 10 championships. He managed the Norristown A’s achieving a league record of seven consecutive championship titles. Vince has won numerous regional tournament championships. He is the winningest coach in Perky League History and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005. Vince continues to workout several MLB players during their offseason, including Raul Ibanez.

Vince was also the Head Varsity Baseball Coach of the Souderton Area High School. During his reign as the head coach, Vince led the Warriors to three Suburban One titles (2001,2004,2005). Vince continues to coach several of the AAU Diamond Academy Baseball Teams, and has led these teams to numerous tournament championships.

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Rich Coletta

Rich Coletta played Division I baseball at Saint Josephs University where he was a 3 year starter as an infielder. After his playing days, Rich started his coaching career. Rich was an assistant and later the head coach of Plymouth Whitemarsh HS from 1993-2003. During his tenure his teams won 5 league titles and the 1994 PA State Title.

Rich left coaching PW in 2004 to take a job as assistant coach at Saint Joseph’s as the pitching coach for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Also for three summers , 2001-2003, Rich was an assistant coach for the Harwich Mariners of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League where he handled the infielders and hitters. In his three years at Harwich, he coached over 20 NCAA All Americans, 60 MLB draft picks, 3 of which were first round picks.

Former players of note who are currently on MLB rosters are; JA Happ-Toronto Blue Jays, Brad Zeigler-Boston Redsox , and Mark Reynolds-Colorado Rockies.

Currently, and for the past 10yrs, Rich is an Associate Scout for the Seattle Mariners and speaks at many coaching clinics in the surronding area.

Rich, his wife Sloan and son Bryce reside in Collegeville.

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Lee Savario

  • *Special Guest Instructor*
  • Currently coaching at Villanova University
  • 3 yrs Hitting Instructor Lehigh University
  • Blazers ACBL Summer Collegiate League
  • 1 yr Head Coach St Joe University
  • 3 yrs Associate Scout New York Mets
  • 4 yrs Head Coach LaSalle University
  • 2 yrs Head Coach Quakertown
  • 14 yrs Head Coach Cheltenham HS
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Jim Thompson

Jim is the current Mid-Atlantic Area Supervisor for the New York Mets and has nearly a decade of experience in professional baseball. During the 2006 season, Jim was an intern in the Mets front office, working on advance scouting, arbitration, and statistical analysis. He also served as the Mets bullpen catcher, having the privilege to work with current hall of fame pitchers Tom Glavine and Pedro Martinez. He then spent two years as a professional scout before taking over the amateur area in 2010. In addition to his scouting responsibilities, Jim is the president of the Metropolitan Baseball Classic – an elite level high school tournament hosted by the Mets. Over 100 former participants have been selected in the MLB draft, including 7 in the first round. Jim is also highly involved with the tryout and selection process for the Northeast Mets Scout Team.

Prior to joining the Mets full time, Jim managed the New Jersey Pilots in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. The team finished with 22 wins and qualified for the Wolff Division playoffs. His club led the ACBL in most major offensive categories including batting avg, on-base percentage, and runs scored. Three of his players were later selected in the MLB draft, and four others went on to professional careers in independent leagues. He also taught at Salesianum School in Wilmington, DE and worked as a paralegal in the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton, LLP.

Jim played collegiate baseball at Haverford College, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science and Economics. A native of Wallingford, he attended Strath Haven High School. He currently resides in Havertown. He specializes in hitting and catching.

SOFTBALL

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Gerry Mauro

Coach Gerry Mauro has been coaching and training amateur high school and collegiate softball players, professional athletes, and Olympians for more than 30 years. A nationally sought after speaker and clinician, he works with organizations to present clinics for athletes and coaches across the country.

Mauro has been the associate head coach of women’s softball at Villanova University (Big East Conference), co-head coach of women’s softball at St. Joseph’s University (Atlantic 10 conference) and head coach of the Philadelphia Force of the Women’s Professional Fastpitch league (NPF).

Before heading East, Mauro coached and trained high school and college athletes for 20 years in California and national softball teams for Venezuela and Russia. A former Board member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and other organizations, he is dedicated to helping players excel in the sport of softball while furthering the coaching profession.