At D-BAT Mountainside, lessons are taught with the ballplayer as the focus while involving the parents during the lesson. We have great instructors who can instruct players at every level for their improvement. However, our instructors can not be at the ballplayer's games, so they rely on the parents for feedback on how the player is doing in game situations.

John Toal

Instructor

Professional Experience

  • 1986 – Drafted by the San Francisco Giants
  • 1986 – Led the Everett Giants with .341 Batting Average which was Third in the League
  • Designated the NWL All Star at 2nd Base
  • Topps Baseball Card Co. — Awarded Him Outstanding Minor League Player in 1986 Giants Organization
  • 1987 – Assigned to the SF Giants Affiliate Clinton Giants
  • 1988 – Retired from Baseball After Experiencing Shoulder Injury

College Experience

University of Oklahoma- Norman, Oklahoma

  • Second Baseman
  • College Career Batting Average of .351 (9th all time at OU)
  • 1984 – Batting Average of .440 was the Third Highest in OU's History
  • 1985 – Selected 1st team All Big Eight Conference at 2nd base
  • Picked as 1985 Sooner Shootout Tournament MVP (University of Miami, Florida; Cal State Fullerton University; University of Southern California-USC; Oklahoma University)
  • 1986 – Selected 2nd Team All Big Eight Conference at 2nd base

Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League - Cotuit, Massachusetts

  • 1984 – Third Baseman
  • Led the League Champion "Cotuit Kettleer's" in Batting Average at .331
  • Finished 9th Overall in League Batting and Led the League in Doubles

Kansas Jay Hawk League

  • Summer of 1985 – hit .363
  • His Team the Liberal Bee Jays Won the National Baseball Congress Championship

High School Experience

Tottenville High School

  • Shortstop
  • Led the Staten Island High School Baseball League in batting in 1980 (.461 average)
  • Led the Staten Island High School Baseball League in batting in 1981 (.507)
  • Held The All Time Batting Title For Staten Island
  • The Only Two Time Staten Island Old-Timers Award Winner for Outstanding Player in the Awards Prior History

Dr. John S. Evans

Instructor

Professional Experience

  • 1982  D.M.D, University of Illinois
  • 1982-86  Residency Fellowship, Orthopedics, Northwestern University
  • 1986-88 Residency Fellowship, Sports Medicine, USC
  • 1993   Ph.D, California Institute of Technology
  • 2008-Present Level 5 Master Instructor, National Pitching Association (Tom House, USC)
  • 2010-Present Member, American College of Sports Medicine
  • 2015-Present Baseball Shoulder/Elbow Injuries Training Program, ASMI (Dr. James Andrews, MD)

Coaching Experience

  • 2009-2013   Pitching Coach, New York University Men’s Club Baseball Team (NCBA)
  • 2013-2014   Pitching Coach, Twins Baseball, QABL Men’s Summer League
  • 2009-present  NPA Pitching/Quarterback Instructor, NY/NJ/CT Region

Baseball Experience

  • 976-78:  Pitcher, Varsity Baseball, Northwestern University (Big Ten)

Pete Spadaccini

Instructor

Coaching Experience
  • All skills instructor for softball and baseball for twenty seven years
  • 1987–1989 — Little League Manager
  • 1990–1995 — Travel Baseball Little League Manager
  • 1996–1998 — AAU Baseball Manager
  • Helped multiple players obtain Division 1 scholarships
  • 1999–2005 — President and Founder of the Mountainside Softball Association
  • 2005–2007 — Mountainside Club Softball Rebels
  • 2008–2009 — New Jersey Rolling Thunder Club Softball Manager
  • 2009–2010 — New Jersey Insanity Club softball Manager
  • Helped multiple players obtain Division 1 scholarships 
  • 2015 DBAT instructor of the year (All Locations)
  • Camps and Clinics Instructor/Coordinator 2011- Present  

Chris Flynn

Instructor

Coaching Experience
  • Westfield Baseball League Spring League (7 years)
  • Westfield Travel Baseball (3 years)
  • Independent Spring & Fall Baseball (3 years)

College Experience

University of Notre Dame - South Bend, IN
  • 3 year starter ('86, '87, '88)
  • Catcher, 1B and DH
  • Hit a home run in first collegiate at-bat against the Indiana Hoosiers led by future Phillie Mickey Morandini
  • Led all rookies in '86 with .343 BA including going 4 for 4 in season closer against the Joe Girardi led Northwestern Wildcats
  • Hit a grand slam in final collegiate at-bat against the Butler Bulldogs to put the Irish in the conference championship game against the Evansville Purple Aces where they lost to future Cardinals pitcher Andy Benes
  • Finished 2nd on team in home runs all three seasons

High School Experience

Marist High School - Bayonne, NJ

  • Two sport athlete, lettered 3x in baseball and 2x in basketball
  • 3 year starter in baseball ('82, '83, '84)
  • Catcher, 1B and DH

Dan Olear

Instructor

Coaching Experience
  • Former Head Baseball Coach of Division I Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City
  • Head Coach at Union County College in Cranford NJ
  • Head Baseball Hudson Catholic High School in Jersey City
  • Head Coach Gamers Baseball Academy 18U 2012 summer Elite Travel Team
  • Assistant Coach Cranford Little League 2014 8U District 12 Champions
  • Dan spent 10 years as clinician for the Babe Ruth Baseball Camps at Princeton University
  • 6 years as the recruiting coordinator for New Jersey City University
Instructional Experience
  • Worked with college/high school level pitchers incorporating throwing programs that focus on arm care as much as mechanics
  • Operated the Lincroft Little League Summer baseball camps, Lincroft, NJ for 10 years
College Experience
  • One season at Division 1 Saint Joseph’s University
  • Three seasons at Jersey City State College where he is currently ranked 8 in school history career batting average

Courtney Gambetta

Instructor

Coaching Experience
  • Colonia High School Assistant Varsity Softball Coach (2012-current)
  • Central Jersey Cyclones 14U Assistant Coach (2013-current)
  • Maynard High School Assistant Varsity Softball Coach (2009)
  • Private Trainer – At Bats Training Center –Acton, MA (2009)

College Experience

Ramapo College of New Jersey – Mahwah, NJ – Roadrunners

  • Played OF & DH
Graduate of Wagner College - Staten Island, NY (Div. 1 ) – Seahawks
  • Played in the Northeast Conference
  • Played OF

High School Experience

Woodbridge High School – Woodbridge, NJ – Barrons

  • 3 Year Varsity Starter
  • Played 2B & SS
  • All Red Division (2003)
  • All Middlesex County (2002/2003)
  • Team Captain
  • Played for numerous Elite Club / Travel Teams including New Jersey Pride & Top Gun

Nathaniel Roe

Instructor

Professional Experience
  • Rockland Boulders of the CanAm baseball league in 2013 - 2015

College Experience

Rutgers University-New Brunswick, NJ 2010-2013

  • Three seasons as a RHP
  • 61 appearances including 11 starts
  • Missed all of 2011 due to Tommy John Surgery
  • Led the pitching staff in appearances in 2013 with 24
  • Third most appearances in 2010
  • Ninth all-time in single season appearances
  • Played summer ball for the Jersey Pilots of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball league, Vermont Mountaineers of the New England Collegiate League, and received a temporary contract from the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League

County College of Morris Randolph, NJ 2009

  • Starting RHP for one year
  • Led pitching staff with a 2.66 ERA
  • 2009 First team All Region XIX
  • 2009 First team All Garden State Athletic Conference
  • 2009 Honorable Mention All-American

High School Experience

Seton Hall Prep West Orange, NJ 2007-2008

  • Seton Hall Prep West Orange - Starting RHP for two years
  • 2007 State and National Champion
  • 2007 and 2008 GNT (Essex county) Champion
  • Played with current Detroit Tiger RHP Rick Porcello

Vinny Zarrillo

Instructor

Professional Experience
  • Signed with Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League and the New Jersey Jackals on the CanAm league in 2015

College Experience

Rutgers University - New Brunswick NJ 2011-2015

  • Outfielder for four seasons
  • Tied for 7th on career hits list with 227
  • 2014 Third Team All-American Athletic Conference
  • 2014 American Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team
  • 2014 NJCBA First Team All-State
  • 2013-14 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team
  • 2013 Big East Batting Champion (.407)
  • 2012-13 Big East All-Academic Team
  • Played summer ball with
    Laconia Muskrats,  NECBL 2014
    Northadams Steeplecats, NECBL 2013
    Southampton Breakers Hamptons League, 2012
High School Experience
  • Lettered three years at Lacey Township High School 
  • Third Team All-County as a junior 
  • First Team All-County and Third Team All-Shore as a sophomore 
  • Allshoremedia.com Sophomore of the Year 
  • Second Team All-County as a freshman
  • Missed senior year due to injury 
  • Played for Baseball U for four years

Lou Clemente

Instructor

Coaching Experience
  • Rutgers University (New Brunswick) Assistant Coach (Big 10 Conf.)
  • Yogi Berra Camps
  • Coach Bryan Henton Camps, Clinics & Lessons Assistant Coach

College Experience

Brookdale Community College, NJ – Jersey Blues

  • Second Team All-American (2 Years)
  • First Team All-Conference (2 Years)
  • First Team All Region 19 (2 Years)
  • Team Captain

Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ (Div. 1 ) – Scarlet Knights

  • Played in the Big East & American Athletic Conferences
  • Played under legendary Coaches Fred Hill & Joe Litterio
  • First Team All-State (Div.1) – Senior Year
  • Nominated by Team to represent Rutgers Baseball in the American Athletic Conference Homerun Derby at the Clearwater Threshers Stadium Philadelphia Phillies Minor League Affiliate
  • Played OF, 1B & DH
  • Current Rutgers Assistant Coach Big 10 Conference

High School Experience

Roselle Catholic High School – Roselle Park, NJ –Lions

  • 4 Year Varsity Starter
  • All Mountain Valley Conference (3 Years)
  • All Union County (3 Years)
  • Second Team All-State Non-Public (2 Years)
  • Team Most valuable Players (2 Years)
  • Team Captain (2 Years)
  • Played for numerous Elite Club / Travel Teams under Coaches Bill Reddick, Bobby Jones, Paul Sessa, Joe Kropa, Bryan Henton & Others

Donald Zsak

Instructor

Coaching Experience
  • Head Football Coach -  North Brunswick High School
    Head Strength and Conditioning Coach - North Brunswick High School
  • Assistant Baseball Coach, Cranford High School
  • Batting Instructor, Upsala College
Highlights
  • 1980, 1981 Pitcher/Outfielder for Linden High School Tigers, 1981 New Jersey Group III State Champions.
  • 1980, 1981 New Jersey American Legion
  • 1982 – 1985 Pitcher/Outfielder for Upsala College Vikings.
  • 1984/1985 Co-Captain Upsala College Vikings
Accomplishments
  • 1980 Union County American Legion Most Valuable Player
  • 1981 High School All-Union County
  • 1981 All-Metro, Elizabeth Daily Journal
  • 1981 All-State
  • 1981 Ranked No. 5 by Star Ledger
  • 1981 Edward R. Cooper Award, Union County Player of the Year
  • 1981 Daily News North Jersey Player of the Year
  • 1982 Middle Atlantic Conference Freshman of the Year
  • 1983 Joseph Banes Award Highest Batting Average/New Jersey Twilight Baseball League
  • 1984 Division III National Strike Out Leader
  • 1984 Honorable Mention All American/Upsala College
  • 1984 All Middle Atlantic Conference/Pitcher
  • 1985 All Middle Atlantic Conference/Outfielder
  • 1982, 1984, 1985 Mid Atlantic Champions/Upsala College
  • 1982, 1984, 1985 NCAA Regional Participant/Upsala College

Tony Borg — Instructor

Currently Director of Player Development for the Girls Softball League of Westfield (GSLW)

Coaching Experience

  • Tottenville High School, Staten Island, NY
    • Head Coach - Freshman baseball team
    • Defensive Coordinator - JV football team
    • Offensive Line Coach - Varsity football team
  • GSLW Travel Softball
    • Head Coaching experience at all levels from 8U to 14U

 

High School Playing Experience

Tottenville High School, Staten Island, NY

  • Three year varsity baseball player (Catcher)
  • Captain of the baseball and football teams
  • Recipient of the Staten Island Varsity Club Student-Athlete scholarship
  • Recipient of the New York Yankees HS baseball scholarship

David Callahan

High School
  • Started on Varsity team every game of high school career
  • 3 time all county 1st team
  • 1st team all state senior year
  • named to Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects in 1998 Draft (#89 overall and #40 high school)
  • Signed letter of intent with University of Alabama (#1 ranked baseball team in the country at the time)
  • Drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 3rd round of 1998 draft
 
Professional
  • Played 4 years in Florida Marlins system
  • Led Gulf Coast league in batting average 1998
  • Named team MVP Kane County Cougars (Midwest League 2000)
  • Led team in batting for Brevard County Manatees and won league championship (Florida State League 2001)
  • Named Postseason MVP for New Jersey Jackals and won league championship (Northern League 2002)
  • Played in Boston Red Sox system (2003)
  • Played for St. Paul Saints (2003)

Matt Shinners

Coaching Experience

Pearl River High School

  • Freshman Baseball Head Coach 1996-2004
  • Varsity Assistant Coach 2009-2010
  • JV Football Assistant  Coach 1996-2000
  • Varsity Football Defensive Coordinator  2000-2010
College Experience

1991-1995 Graduate Manhattan College (Jaspers)

Riverdale, New York

  • 4 year scholarship,  pitcher in the MAAC  (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)

Division 1

  • 1995 Manhattan College Pitcher of the Year
  • Team Captain 1994, 1995
High School Experience

1989-1991Pearl River High School

Pearl River, NY - Pirates

  • 3 Year Varsity Starter
  • All County,  All Section 1991
  • Led Pirates to League Title Team record 22-5
  • Senior year  led team with a 10-1 pitching record
  • Led team in ERA 0.66
  • Led team in Strikeouts 77
  • Batted  .350
  • Played Fall Season 1990 with the Bayside Yankees

Allison Kruk

I played softball for 15 years and played at the all-star, travel and high school levels. I have been working as a softball pitching coach for 12 years since 2005. Instruct and teach girls ages 6-17 the basic fundamentals and advanced mechanics of pitching. Lead groups of up to 15 girls per group as well as privately instruct one on one. Different teaching approaches are used for each student in order to ensure effectiveness. I run group pitching lessons as well as private lessons in Middlesex, Union, Somerset, and Morris counties.
 
Experience:
  • Positions played: 2nd and Pitcher
  • On one of the most competitive and highly ranked High School Softball teams in the State of NJ John F.
  • Kennedy Memorial high school.
  • Was awarded Home News Tribune Honorable Mention in 2008.
 
Career Highlights (teams):
 
  • 2001 - 2004 Iselin All-Stars Babe Ruth District Champions.
  • 2004 - Iselin All-Stars Babe Ruth Regional Champions.
  • 2004 - Iselin All-Stars Babe Ruth 2nd place in Babe Ruth World Series
  • 2006 - Iselin Insanity National Tournament 9th Place
  • 2007 - GMC White Division Champions
  • 2007 - NJSIAA North II Champions
  • 2008 - State Finalist Group III
  • 2008 - State Champion North II Group III
  • 2008 - GMC Champion White Division

Coach Tony Picaro

Instructor

Coaching Experience

  • 20 years at Linden High school
  • 13 Years Varsity Head Coach
  • 3 State Championships
  • Star Ledger Trophies (#1 Rated team in NJ)
  • 18 years staff member at Wladyka Baseball
  • 15 years Head Pitching Instructor at Ballpark
  • Member of Union County Baseball Association – HOF
  • Member of State Baseball Coaches Association – HOF
  • NJ State Coach of the year
  • 3 Time Union County Coach of the Year
  • Currently affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds in a scouting capacity 

RJ Devish

Professional Experience

  • Signed with Eastside Diamondhoppers in the USPBL and Lake Erie Crushers in the Frontier League in 2016

College Experience

Rutgers University - New Brunswick NJ 2012-2016

  • Recruited as infielder
  • Started at third base sophomore year, moved to catcher mid season
  • Started at catcher sophomore to senior year
  • 2016 NCBWA District 2 Player of the Year
  • 2016 Second Team All-Big Ten
  • 2016 Big Ten Batting Champion (.375)
  • 2016 Olson Award National Semi-Finalist
  • 2016 Johnny Bench Award Watch List
  • 2016 Big Ten Player of the Week
  • 2015 Johnny Bench Award Watch List
  • Played summer ball with:
  • Adirondack Trailblazers, PGCBL 2014
  • Morehead City Marlins, CPCBL 2013

High School Experience

  • Lettered four years at Toms River South High School 
  • First team All-State as a senior
  • Second team All-State as a junior
  • First team All-Conference as a junior and senior
  • Team MVP as a senior
  • Received Golden Glove all four years
  • Played for Toms River Black Sox for 2 years

John Murray

John Murray is a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) with the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association). John has been training athletes participating in a variety of sports since 2001. His particular concentration has been in baseball, where he has trained players individually, in small groups and in team settings. John has trained youth league, high school, college and professional players, preparing them for the rigors of the long baseball season. John has also coached baseball at the high school and collegiate levels and has been giving personal baseball instruction since 1996.

Danielle Ponsiglione

2009: All Select International Team. Selected for Team U.S.A. in tournament in Italy. Team went 10-2

College of Staten Island

2009: 1st Team All CUNYAC

2010: CUNYAC Pitcher of the Year. 1st Team All-ECAC

2011: CUNYC Pitcher of the Year

2012: CUNYC Pitcher of the Year

School Records College of Staten Island

Most Wins - Season 20

Most Wins - Career 57

Most Complete Games - Season 28

Most Complete Games - Career 77

Innings Pitched - Season 187

Innings pitched - Career 543

2nd in Career Strikeouts 337

3rd Career ERA 

28 Walks in 543 Innings

Led NCAA in fewest walks per game 20122, 2012

Mike Ponsiglione

Baseball Hitting / Softball Hitting and Slapping

Coaching Experience

1992-1995: Tottenville HS Associate Head Coach (Won 2 NYC Championships)

2000-2004: South Shore Little League: Mgr. 2002 Softball 12U NYC Champions New York State Runner-up.

2005-2009: NY Panthers Fastpitch Softball: Head Coach, College Showcase Team President, 2008, 2009

 2002-2013: St. Joseph by the Sea High School Softball:

      *Summer and Winter Camp Director

      *2002-2007 JV Head Coach 6 Consecutive NYC Championships

      *2008-2009 Associate Head Coach- Varsity

      *2010-2013 Varsity Head Coach 2010 New York State Champions (Ranked 3rd overall in              New York State)

2010 New York State Sportswriters Assn Coach of the Year

2010 Daily News and New York Post NYC Coach of the Year

2014-2015: Brooklyn College Women’s softball Head Coach

2014: CUNYAC Coach of the Year

Joe Nigro

Seattle Mariners Baseball Club, Seattle, Washington

2009 thru 2015, Professional Scout

Covered Dominican Winter League.

Tampa Bay Rays, St. Petersburg, Florida

2007- 2009, Professional Scout

Coverage and identification of prospects within assigned (4) organizations for acquisition recommendations, future six year free agents and Rule V selections. Submitted player reports, evaluations and preferential lists. Coverage of spring training, regular season

N.Y. Mets, New York

1993- 2007, Free Agent Scout/Professional Scout

Covered Dominican Winter League.

Seattle Mariners

1987- 1993, Free Agent Scout

Covered Dominican and Puerto Rican Winter Leagues.

Coverage of amateur free agents for the June draft, North East area High Schools, Colleges and summer leagues. Responsible for evaluations, reports, draft preference lists. Organized tryout camps, summer showcase, workouts for front office staff.

Detroit Tigers (Full Time) 1986                   

Detroit Tigers (Part- Time) 1978- 1985

Playing Career; Wytheville Senators, Appalachian League, 1969

Signed as a free agent

Brett Picaro

Player:

  • 3 year Varsity starter, Westfield HS. 1st team All-Union County, 3rd team All-Group 4
  • 2001 American Legion Senior League Batting Champion, Union County Baseball Association
  • 2006 National Collegiate Athletic Honor Society, Montclair State University Baseball

 Coach:

  • 15 plus years experience running baseball and softball camps, clinics, practices, tryouts and private lessons of all sizes, skill levels and ages:
  • Off-season training has included Millburn, Cranford, Westfield, Rahway, Scotch Plains and Kenilworth Varsity Programs over the years.
  • 2 years Assistant Head Coach, County College of Morris.
  • 2 years JV Head Coach, St. Joe’s Metuchen.
  • 10 years co-Coach The Ballpark Club Team, Union County Baseball Association Fall League
  • On staff for a Cincinnati Reds professional tryout threw batting practice at the preliminary round of the inaugural MLB Junior Select