Owner, Pro Prospects & Director of Phantoms Fastpitch
Steve Pinto is a former minor league hitting coach and bench coach. He played collegiately at Division I Siena College and upon graduation, played professionally for 4 seasons. In 1996, Steve was a member of the North Atlantic League champion Catskill Cougars.
After his playing days, Steve served as bench coach for the Northern League’s Cougar franchise under veteran minor league manager and former major leaguer Wally Backman. The following year, he was hired as the team’s hitting coach under former Detroit Tigers outfielder and hitting coach Gates Brown.
In 1997, Steve founded Pro Prospects Training Center in Monticello, New York. He added a second location in Honesdale, Pennsylvania in 2013. In 2016, Steve opened The Sports Factory of NEPA, an indoor/outdoor multi-sport training complex in Wayne County and moved his Pennsylvania baseball/softball training operations there.
In 2017, Steve returned to coaching and mentored the first Phantoms Fastpitch squad through the 2022 season. He currently oversees the Phantoms organization and will serve as co-coach of the 14U 2008 squad next summer
Head Instructor, Director of NEPA9 Baseball & NEPA9 16U Head Coach
Tony Diaz is entering his 18th year training & mentoring ballplayers. Coach Tony was a four-year starter at Division I Sacred Heart University and was the team’s starting centerfielder during their 2006 run in the NCAA College World Series Regionals.
Tony trained at Pro Prospects’ New York facility through his middle school & high school playing career and joined the staff full-time from 2006-2007 after graduating from Sacred Heart.
Coach Tony rejoined the staff in June of 2013 after a seven-year stint as co-owner and head instructor at Baseball City USA in Coconut Creek, Florida. In addition to running Baseball City USA, his credentials include head coach at North Broward Prep and head coach of the South Florida’s Blaze and Parkland Pokers travel baseball teams.
Coach Tony oversees skill development at Pro Prospects. He is also the director of NEPA9 Travel & Developmental Baseball and he serves as head coach of The 9’s 16U squad.
Instructor & NEPA9 Baseball 15U Head Coach
Coach Doty has more than 25 years of coaching experience in baseball and softball at the high school and junior high school levels. He played collegiately at Juniata College and Penn State Hazleton, earning a Bachelor of Arts at Penn State and a Masters of Education from East Stroudsburg University and an MCCA from Concordia University in Irvine, California. Chris serves as the head of the English department at Wallenpaupack Area High School.
His coaching credentials include serving as assistant baseball coach/pitching coach at Shamokin Area High School where they won the District IV title, a five-year stint as head softball coach at Wallenpaupack Area and most recently until 2017, the head junior high softball coach at Wallenpaupack where the junior Lady Bucks won nine division titles in 11 years and four Lackawanna League championships. Coach Chris is currently the junior high school baseball coach at Wallenpaupack and enters his 3rd year as head coach for our NEPA9 15U team.
NEPA9 14U Head Coach & NEPA9 Catching Coach
Brian Blaum played collegiately at Division III Marywood University, where he earned a Ph. D. in Human Development. He was a four-year starter at catcher and a two-time PAC All Star. He also played 2 years in the ACBL for the Scranton Red Sox.
Brian had an outstanding high school career at Western Wayne which included two Lackawanna League All Star selections including Lackawanna League Player Of The Year honors and a Times Tribune All-Regional selection.
He coached the Delaware Valley junior high school school baseball team for seven seasons before moving into administration. He currently serves as Director of Secondary Education for the DV school district.
Coach Blaum is entering his third year with NEPA9 Baseball. He is the head coach of NEPA9 14U and a catching coach for the organization.
Instructor & NEPA9 13U Head Coach
Andrew Philips has been a part of the Pro Prospects family for 14 years. He played collegiately at Division III Cairn University where he was a two year starter in the outfield. Known for his stellar defense and base running, Andrew finished his college career ranked seventh all-time in stolen bases for the Highlanders.
Andrew trained with Pro Prospects from grade school through his college playing career. He is a graduate of Liberty High School and currently teaches Elementary Special Education at Liberty Elementary School.
Andrew joined the Pro Prospects staff in 2016 assisting with summer camps and NEPA9 travel and developmental teams practices. He served as head coach for NEPA9 11U in 2021 and will rejoin that team in the same role in 2023. Andrew will also be on staff as an instructor this coming fall
Instructor & NEPA9 12U Head Coach
Caleb Philips was a four-year player for Houghton College, an NCAA Division III member of the Empire 8 in Western New York. Caleb was a two-way player at Houghton, both pitching and playing outfield. As a pitcher, he set the school record for single-season appearances (22) and saves in a single season (4). Over his career, Caleb amassed 45 appearances (school record), while pitching 93 innings and striking out 61 batters.
In 43 starts as an outfielder/designated hitter, Caleb collected 40 hits, seven doubles, and two triples while driving in 21 runs and earned a First Team All-Empire 8 selection as a utility player in his junior year.
Caleb has been part of the Pro Prospects family for 14 year, training at our NY facility and later at our PA facilities from grade school through college. He joined the staff three years ago assisting at summer camps and NEPA9 team practices and this summer, he served as head coach of our 11U squad
Fastpitch Instructor & Phantoms Fastpitch 16U Head Coach
Barbara Bomba joined the Pro Prospects staff after a successful collegiate career at Division I Saint Peters University where she earned numerous awards, including EPAC Player Of The Year two years in a row and EPAC 1st-Team All Conference and NJCAA Region XIX All-Region Team honors.
Barbara started her collegiate career at Lackawanna College. During her sophomore campaign, Barbara led Lackawanna to the NJCAA Region XIX Championship, was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and earned NJCAA Region XIX All-Region honors. At St. Peters, Barbara helped the program improve each season and posted wins over conference rival Rider University and No. 53-ranked University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Barbara is a 2015 graduate of Lakeland HS in Jermyn, PA where she played lettered for four years. She played the game with an incredible amount of drive and passion and has made it her mission to give back to the game that has shaped her and has given her so many friendships and opportunities.
Barbara, a former assistant coach at Lackawanna College, offers fast pitch private training at our facility. She served as the Phantoms 14U coach in 2022 and guided the team to a runner-up finish and a tournament championship in their only two events of the summer, She will take over as head coach of Phantoms Fastpitch 16U for the 2023 season
Instructor & Phantoms Fastpitch 14U 2009 Head Coach
Katie Weist played collegiately at Keystone College where she was a two-year starter and posted a .326 batting average in 2014. Katie played for Wallenpaupack High School and travel ball for the Paupack Attack, Northeast Stars and Lehigh Valley Warriors.
Coach Katie joined the staff as the head coach of Phantoms 12U this summer and guided a first-year travel team to a tournament championship and a runner up finish in the 4 events they played this summer.
Katie will join the Pro Prospects instruction staff this fall. In addition to her responsibilities as a private instructor, she will work with all Phantoms Fastpitch teams this winter and coach our first-year 14U squad in 2023
Instructor & NEPA9 Baseball Pitching Coach
Austin joined the Pro Prospects staff after completion of his four-year collegiate career at Division II Lockhaven University. Austin has been a part of the Pro Prospects family for 14 years, first as a player training at our NY facility and later at our PA facilities and joined the staff last winter as an instructor. This off-season ,Austin will continue in that capacity and will also serve as pitching coach for the NEPA9 Baseball organization
Phantoms Fastpitch Catching Coach & Roving Assistant
Rachel has been a part of the Pro Prospects family for 11 years, first training out of our NY facility when she was in grade school and later at our PA facilities. Rachel plays collegiately at Division III Lycoming University where she batted .327 as a freshman and earned all-conference honors. Rachel is a graduate of Honesdale High School where she helped the Hornets reach the state final four in her junior year and capture a Lackawanna League title in her senior year.
Rachel assists the Phantoms Fastpitch coaching staff at practices, games and tournaments and works with the catchers in the organization