Steve Pinto, Owner
STEVE PINTO is a former minor league hitting, third base and bench coach. In 1996, Steve was an outfielder/first baseman for the North Atlantic League champion Catskill Cougars. He played four years of professional baseball. In 1997, Steve served as third base coach for the Northern League’s Cougar franchise under current NY Mets Triple-A manager Wally Backman and was the teams’ hitting coach the following year under former Detroit Tigers outfielder and hitting coach Gates Brown.
Steve started Pro Prospects Training Center in December, 1997.
COACH JED played two years of collegiate baseball at Broome County Community College (NJCAA D-III) where he was the starting first baseman. During the summers he was a member of the Binghamton Knights who competed in the NY-Canadian Baseball League. Jared, a 1997 graduate of Delaware Valley in Callicoon, NY was a 4-year starting outfielder and pitcher and a three-time Western Sullivan League All-Star. Jared’s past coaching experience includes two years as an assistant coach for the Brockport (NY) High School JV team, one year hitting coach for Genesee CC in Batavia, NY, head coach of the Sullivan Spartans of the Mid-Hudson Collegiate Baseball League and is currently an assistant coach at Sullivan County Community College. Jed graduated in 2002 from SUNY-Brockport with a degree in Physical Education/Sports Management with minors in business administration and coaching.
Jared has been a member of our staff since May, 1999.
Tony Diaz Director of Skill Development (PA Facility)
Pro Prospects is excited to announce that Tony Diaz will be rejoining the staff beginning June 2013 after a seven-year stint running a baseball training facility and coaching youth travel baseball in South Florida. From 2007 through 2011, Tony was head instructor and part-owner of Baseball City U.S.A. in Coconut Creek, Florida. His coaching resume coaching duties at North Broward Prep, head coach of the South Florida Blaze from 2009-2011 and head coach of the Parkland Pokers from 2010-13.
During his playing days, Tony was a four-year starter at Division I Sacred Heart and was the team’s starting center fielder on the 2006 squad which made the NCAA Regionals.
Tony was a full time instructor at Pro Prospects from 2006-2007.
Stephen C Gamma, MS, ATC CSCS Director of Sports Performance
Stephen C Gamma, MS, ATC, CSCS holds a Master of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Idaho and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Stephen is a former Minor League Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coach and recipient of the 2010 Appalachian League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award. Stephen is the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Mount Saint Mary College (NY) and Director of Sports Performance at Pro Prospects Training Center (NY). Stephen has presented research (poster) at the 2014 FWATA Annual Symposium and 2015 World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy World Congress. Publications include the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, The Sports Digest, STACK Media and Joeygreanystrengthandconditioning.com.
Eric Lenz is currently the Varsity Assistant for the Wallenpaupack Area baseball program & has been coaching at the high school level for the past 13 years. He is also a Health & Physical Education teacher at Wallenpaupack Area Middle School & a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He played high school baseball at Hazleton Area, reaching the District 2 championship in back to back years in 1996-1997 & was named the team’s “Defensive Player of the Year” as a senior. He played at the collegiate level at Division II East Stroudsburg University as a walk-on catcher from 2000-2001. Eric joined the staff in September, 2016.
Coach Marra was named the 2004 American Baseball Coaches Association Region I High School Baseball Coach of the Year. In 2006, Coach Marra was recruited by Sullivan County Community College (NY) to resurrect its baseball program that had not fielded a team since 1986. In the program’s second year, the 2007 Generals earned a berth in the NJCAA Region XV Final Four, and in 2008, won the NJCAA Region XV Championship. Coach Marra was recognized by his peers as the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) NJCAA Region XV Baseball Coach of the Year in 2008.
In 2011, Coach Marra was hired by Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville, GA and helped turn GHC into a perennial D-I Junior College power. In his three years at GHC, more than two dozen players went on to scholarship programs with one player taken in the 2015 MLB draft. Marra has taught physical education in New York for 22 years.
Coach Ebrahin is the newest member of the Pro Prospects training team and a native the Carribean island of Curacao, a baseball hotbed and home to a large number of professional ballplayers. He was an outfielder in his native country and also played ball overseas in The Netherlands. In addition to providing skill and position-specific instruction, Coach Ebrahin holds a degree in sports management and has a strength and conditioning background.
(Softball Pitching Instructor): Coach Tom has been a high school and college girls’ softball and basketball coach since 1977. He coached three different teams to league and district championships. His Lakeland high school team played in 5 straight District Championships, winning 3 in a row and in 2006 and a state runner-up finish. Coach Tom was elected to the Northeast PA Hall Of Fame as a softball coach and has an overall high school record of 194 wins and 55 losses. The past two years Coach Tom has been pitching/assistant coach at Lackawanna College and has helped his team to a 51-28 record in that span and a Region 19 championship (2017) in that span.
For the past 15 years he’s have served as a pitching coach to many of our local high school pitchers and presently works with approximately 75 pitchers ranging from age 10 to DI college level.
After playing high school ball at Delaware Valley, Coach Sam earned a roster spot at East Stroudsburg University as an outfielder and corner infielder. He has spent the last 14 years coaching various levels of youth baseball and softball in the area and is currently the president of the Wallenpaupack Area Little League.