EXPERT COACHING STAFF

Our campers learn from the very best! Our team of professionals consists of top college and high school coaches and collegiate athletes. Our staff possesses exceptional coaching skills and a commitment to the development of each camper. They encourage campers to reach their own level of accomplishment through a positive, exciting and supportive environment.

Through limited enrollment and a low camper-to-staff ratio, each camper receives the individual attention he/she deserves. Our dynamic staff is dedicated and strives to make a positive difference in the lives of children. We provide college internship opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate staff members, and we offer professional development opportunities for the teachers on our staff. For staff members, ESF (the operator of the Academy) is considered one of the finest training grounds for educators and leaders.

JOE DEAN

Joe is a Field Manager for the Phillies Baseball Academy Summer Camps and is the 2012 Phillies Baseball Academy’s Master Teacher Award winner – ESF’s most prestigious, individual award for excellence in teaching. He has a B.S. in Mathematics Education and is employed as a 7th grade teacher in the Garnet Valley School District. Joe played college baseball at Penn State Brandywine where he started at second base and catcher. Having coached from the middle school to collegiate levels, Joe is currently an assistant coach for the Garnet Valley High School Varsity baseball team. Joe also serves as a Player Representative at Phillies Phantasy Camp since 2014.

DAVE DRAKE

Dave is an Academy Specialist for the Phillies Baseball Academy Summer Camps and in 2004 was awarded the first ever Master Teacher Award – ESF’s most prestigious, individual award for excellence in teaching. He earned a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from The College of New Jersey and recently retired after 31 years of teaching Health & Physical Education teacher in the Hillsborough School District. Dave has over thirty years of coaching experience. He helped lead Hillsborough High School varsity baseball to win their Conference Title three out of the last ten years and in 2005 and 2012 the Somerset County Championship.  During that span, Dave’s teams also won the NJ State Group 4 Championship in 2005 and again won the North Jersey Group 4 Sectional Title in 2012, advancing to the state final in 2012.

JOE MOORE

Joe was a member of the Phillies Baseball Academy Summer Camps’ Opening Team in 1997 and has been an Academy Specialist since 1998. He is the Phillies Baseball Academy’s 2007 and 2013 Master Teacher Award winner – ESF’s most prestigious, individual award for excellence in teaching. Joe has a B.S. in Movement Studies and Exercise Science from East Stroudsburg University, where he played and coached varsity baseball. He has over ten years of experience coaching at the collegiate, high school and little league levels and  is currently an 8th grade Physical Education teacher.

JEFF EVANS

Jeff is entering his 25th season as a head HS coach and is currently in his 6th season at Pottstown High School. Coach Evans played his high school and legion baseball for Boytertown and played college baseball at Mansfield University. Coach Evans became the Head Baseball Coach at Oley Valley HS and his teams there captured 2 PIAA District 3 AA Championships. He was also the Head Coach at Wilson HS and his teams won 5 Berks County League Championships. He is now a High School Social Studies teacher with a Masters in Education.

TRACY CLARK

Tracy is the owner and founder of Balance Hitting and the designer of the newly patented Balance Bat. Coach Clark played at Emporia State University and was an assistant coach at Indian River Community College; a top 20 national college team each year. Coach Clark has an undergraduate degree in Economics, Masters in Education, MBA, and an EdD in Technology and Cognitive Science. Coach Clark studies bio mechanics, human movement, and how to develop dynamic swing performance patterns that utilizes functional and mobility training principles. “Hitting is fun once a player understands their swing pattern!”

TOBY MacCART

Toby is a Master Teacher Award winner for the summer of 2015 -ESF’s most prestigious, individual award for excellence in teaching. Toby was an All Central League pitcher at Marple Newtown in 2006. He played college baseball at Cortland State University and was a Varsity pitching coach at Episcopal Academy from 2012-2013. During his time at EA, 5 pitchers received offers to play for Division 1 schools. In 2016 he joined Penn State Brandywine to be a pitching coach, and during that time 2 pitchers were named to All Penn State University Athletic Conference team, including PSUAC Pitcher of the Year. Toby currently plays for the Narberth Mudcats in the Delaware County Baseball League.

BOB McHALE

Bob is an Academy Specialist for PBA. Bob was a HS Math teacher and JV Baseball Coach at North Catholic HS in 2003. He then moved to the Pennington School in 2005 and during his time there started as Assistant Coach and then Head Coach for three years. While he was Head Coach his team was the Conference Champions three years in a row, and he received the NJ Prep B Coach of the Year Award in 2011. He also coached at the tryouts for the USA Baseball U18 National Team in Cary, NC in 2010 and 2011. Bob currently teaches HS Math in Exton, PA where he is the Head Baseball Coach at the Church Farm School.

CHRIS LAUBER

Chris has been an Academy Specialist for PBA since 2012. He was a starting pitcher for Chestnut Hill College from 2007-2011 and became the Head Baseball Coach and Head Basketball Coach at Franklin Towne Charter in 2012 where he still coaches today. His team became the Philadelphia Public League Champions in 2015. Chris also works as a coach and instructor at The Hit Doctor.

PAUL KOMOROWSKI

Paul has been a Manager and Academy Specialist with Phillies Baseball Academy since 2000. He was PBA’s 2010 Master Teacher Award Winner. During the school year, he is the Director of Extracurricular Activities as well as the Physical Education program at Gladwyne Montessori. He earned his B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science at Penn State University where he played shortstop for the baseball team. He has coached at Archbishop Ryan HS, Germantown Academy and is currently a Varsity Assistant Coach at The Shipley School. His team at Germantown Academy became the PA Independent Schools state Champions in 2010. In 2015 and 2016, his team at The Shipley School won the Friends Schools League Championship.

DENNIS SHEEDY

Dennis has been with PBA since the year 2000 and received the Master Teacher Award – ESF’s most prestigious, individual award for excellence in teaching – in 2006. Dennis’ coaching career has been thriving since 1993. He has a B.S. from University of Southern Mississippi and he played college baseball there, and went on to receive a Masters in Education. He is a member of many coaching associations and committees, including PPL Baseball Executive Committee, PPL Carpenter Cup Coaching Staff and PIAA District XII Softball as their Chairperson. He has taken his teams all the way to Division Champions, Division Classification Champions and through undefeated seasons. Dennis also won the Philadelphia Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award in 2015.

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