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.
Jared Carrier Director of Player Development & College Services, Prep-Baseball Report-NY Scout
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.
COACH JOE pitched for the Reno Silver Sox in the independent professional Golden League. He played for four years at Concordia University (NCAA Division II) and is a graduate of Valley Central High School where he was a two-time first-team Times Herald-Record All-Star.
Joe trained at Pro Prospects for 8 years and has been on staff since September of 2007.
Jordan Meyer is a Honesdale High School graduate. He played his college ball at Lackawanna Junior College, where he helped lead them to the Junior College World Series as a freshman, and Division I LaSalle University. In his two years at LaSalle, Jordan made 31 appearances –21 as a starter– and pitched 127.1 innings. He was voted Atlantic 10 and Big 5 Player Of The Week in his senior season. Coach Jordan joined the staff in July, 2016.
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.
Bobbi Jo Gonnello
Pro Prospects is excited to announce that Bobbi Jo Gonnello will be joining the staff beginning December 2016. Bobbi Jo spent 5 years as the Director of Softball Operations for a national softball training franchise. While there, Bobbi Jo traveled to Germany and trained the Germans’ Women’s Olympic Softball team and underwent Worth Club K Windmill Pitching Certification from Cherry Kemp of the USA Olympic Team.
During her playing days, Bobbi Jo was a four-year starter at Division I Marist College. She will be available at our NY facility on Sundays and Wednesdays starting in December and on Saturdays at our PA facility starting in January.