The NPA’s Regional Directors are the best certified coaches that we have in certain locations over a long period of time. We will be expanding our roster of Regional Directors so that more athletes and coaches can get the best possible training and information based on the NPA methodology. Feel free to contact our Regional Directors for information about lessons and clinics.
Mark has trained extensively with former MLB pitcher and pitching coach Dr. Tom House founder of the National Pitching Association (NPA) and Rod Dedeaux Research Baseball Institute (RDRBI) at USC. Mark was recently named by Coach House as the National Director of the NPA.
The Collegiate Baseball News awarded Sheehan the 2014 Tom House Teaching Professional of the Year Award in Orlando at the ABCA Annual Convention.
Sheehan has teamed with the Institute of Sports Medicine Department at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Chicago Children's Hospital to provide NPA science based instruction and rehabilitation for their pitching clients.
In addition to his National Director duties Sheehan is the pitching coach at Waubonsee Community College and coaches for the Great Lakes Region with USA Baseball NTIS (National Team Identification Series) program as well as for Caliendo International Sports, where he coaches 15U-17U teams on International trips most recently to the Dominican Republic.
Mark currently splits his instruction time between NPA Central in the Chicago suburb of Plainfield and the NPA in California.
Gardy was a former pitcher in the Texas Rangers organization 1993-1997 when he had the privilege of being coached by Tom House. He has maintained the relationship with Tom and first became an NPA coach in 2008. Gardy founded Pitching Fix in Ipswich, MA in 2008 and has expanded recently to Rochester, NY working with Dusty Odenbach (NPA).
NPA East (NPAeast.com) offers NPA Level 1 and 2 Certifications along the East Coast. NPA East player clinics focus heavily on the four legs of the NPA/RDBI’s methodology: bio-mechanics, strength/conditioning, nutrition and mental/emotional preparation. Gardy works directly with Tom Landry (NPA) and the medical community in the Boston Area. His brother Hugh is a prominent orthopedic surgeon in the area. Gardy and his wife (both educators) have 4 children and reside in Ipswich, MA. Feel free to contact Gardy regarding NPA Coaching Certifications and player clinics in your area.
Tom Landry is an NPA certified pitching instructor (since 2006) teaching the science based protocols of the National Pitching Association and the Rod Dedeaux Baseball and Research Institute.
Tom is a former minor league pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization and has been instructing and coaching baseball for the past 20+ years and is the Co Regional Director of NPAEast along with Gardy O’Flynn. Gardy and Tom hold both NPA certifications and camps in the east. Tom and Gardy also co – founded New England Sports Partners and developed a collaboration with numerous physical therapy and orthopedic organizations in New England.
Tom is part of the Affiliation Program at Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Boston and the Micheli Center in Waltham MA and is the throwing consultant for both locations.
He owns Hitter’s Alley in Woburn MA which is a designated training facility with the Micheli Center with a focus on injury prevention. Tom can be reached via email at email@example.com or 617-957-2908.
Dan grew up in Santa Monica, CA, and resides in Temecula, CA. His baseball career took him from Loyola HS (Los Angeles) to UC Santa Barbara in the 70’s. After baseball he enjoyed a 34 year career as an airline pilot, while continuing to teach pitching.
Dan has trained under former MLB pitcher and pitching coach, Dr. Tom House, founder of the National Pitching Association (NPA) and the Rod Dedeaux Research and Baseball Institute (RDRBI), since 2002.
He has been a high school pitching coach since 2004, and from 2007-2017 coached at Great Oak High School in Temecula, watching many of his pitchers succeed at the next level. In addition to this he works privately with young pitchers, teaching the timing and sequence of proper movement patterns.
Anthony Yacco, a former pitcher for the San Francisco Giants organization was a 10th round draft pick in 1999. As a professional baseball player he began to work with Tom House in 2003, who immediately became one of his most valuable mentors. With Anthony's dedication to human performance, he recognized the value of Tom House’s research and earned his NPA Coach's Certification. He is currently the NPA Regional Director for the Northeast, Tri-State area. Spanning the course of over a decade and a half Anthony has maintained a close working relationship with Tom House passionately studying his methodologies, resolutely implementing them into training his pitchers, as well as applying them to other rotational athletes who train with him on a regular basis.
Anthony is the Founder, Owner and CEO of 4D Sports Performance Center as well as The NY Swarm Elite Travel Baseball Organization both located in Mahopac, NY, thirty-five miles north of NYC. As one of the most sought after pitching instructors in the Tri-State area, Anthony has developed clientele nationwide, training numerous professional and collegiate baseball players as well as high school and youth athletes. He possesses an extraordinary rate of success with his injury prevention programs, biomechanical efficiency, increase of velocity & command combined with the functional strength, nutrition, and mental emotional awareness of his clientele.
Anthony’s mission is to “educate athletes with the essentials to execute while maintaining an injury free career utilizing scientifically supported and defendable information.” Anthony can be reached at Anthony@4Dsportsny.com or 845.628.0060.
Steve is a Certified Performance Analyst specializing in the Four Corners of Performance for the rotational athlete and holds a degree from the University of Maryland. Over the years he has helped both the professional and amateur reach their genetic potential. His unique performance training programs are based on cross-specific motor learning drills, functional strength conditioning, and RNT (Reactive Neuromuscular Training).
Steve is the co-founder of Advanced Baseball Training and Performance Center in the Northern Virginia area. He is currently working with Dr. Greg Rose at the TPI human performance lab and Dr. Tom House at the NPA National Pitching Association. Their research is on analyzing the 3-D biomechanics of the swing and pitching delivery. The goal is to isolate physical limitations and problems with motor learning skills as well as the development of the protocols for performance and corrective training.
Through his affiliations with Major League Baseball International Steve coached at the MLB Camp Europe at the Italian National Olympic Training Center in Tirrenia, Italy. There he joined the MLB staff of Jim Lefebvre, Rod Carew, Bruce Hurst and many others in raising the level of play by teaching the Major League way to players and coaches from seventeen different countries.
For 2 years Steve appeared weekly on ESPN Radio as a Performance Analyst for the striker thrower athlete. His work has been featured in such arenas as MASN sports network, Lefebvre Training Center, MLB International, and the Jim McLean School of Golf at Doral. Steve created and developed the hitting program/DVD “Train the Swing” with former NL Rookie of the Year, Manager, and hitting coach Jim Lefebvre. Steve also co-authored the book "The Art & Science of Pitching" with Dr. Tom House and was a contributor to the book “Building a Million Dollar Arm”.
Greg has been coaching baseball players, from Little League to High School, for over 35 years, and has been a certified NPA Coach for over two years. Greg has also been a Board Member of the MLB’s Baseball Assistance Team for over 22 years. He is a strong advocate for the NPA’s approach that is science based and certified by an institutional review board, something defendable to parents.
The NPA’s protocols are often used by top MLB and NFL athletes, and therefore, good enough for younger, non-professional athletes. Greg feels that the NPA’s approach allows him to explain the “why” behind everything, not just the “what.” And he particularly likes the fact that as an NPA coach he can focus strongly on arm health, not just performance and outcome.
A native of Wisconsin, Greg was drafted out of high school by the Cincinnati Reds as a pro, but passed up the opportunity for a full scholarship to Northwestern University. He was then redrafted out of college to play A-Ball by Cincinnati.
Greg feels that pitching and throwing is the least taught and coached part of baseball, and thus, not understood by most. By coaching young pitchers, he feels that he is fulfilling a major need. He loves seeing kids improve immensely with just a little help, and he takes great satisfaction in seeing kids who couldn’t throw a a strike suddenly do so, and seeing their confidence soar.
To Contact Greg, please visit the NPA NorCal website’s Contact Page.
Rick joined the NPA family in 2014 after playing and coaching baseball for 25 years. He is now a co-Regional Director for the NPA South.
Rick is dedicated to inform, instruct and inspire young pitchers with the science-based research and information from the NPA and RDRBI while preventing injuries and prolonging pitching careers.
After graduating from Dover High School in Dover, New Hampshire, Rick earned a scholarship to Miami-Dade Community College where he pitched under the guidance of head coach Dr. Charles P. Greene. The Jaguars won the 1981 NJCAA World Series. Rick also earned his Associates Degree in Physical Education from Miami-Dade.
After receiving a scholarship to Florida International University, injury limited Rick’s playing time but he was still drafted in 1984 by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 23rd round and played in the minors for the Brewers and Chicago Cubs. Rick earned his Bachelors Degree in Recreation Administration.
Rick also holds certifications from the Titleist Performance Institute, United States Golf Teachers Federation, and Functional Movement Systems.
Rick lives in Sharpsburg, Georgia with his wife Carol, and has two amazing children - Jared and Shannon.
Eric “Rube” Ruben has been coaching and teaching baseball for over 25 years. He is a qualified and popular trusted resource in the Atlanta Area, teaching the finer points and getting young players to appreciate the game is his passion. He began coaching in 1991.
Prior to co-cofounding Premier Baseball of Georgia, Rube spent 8 years at Windward Baseball Academy building and creating competitive teams. Since 2004, he has helped develop and assist over 130 players play in college and 16 MLB draft picks.
He was on the staff of the 2004 5A State Champion Milton Eagles coaching staff.
In addition to his coaching and instructional responsibilities, Rube is in his 9th year as an Associate Scout with the Atlanta Braves.
He has served as technical baseball consultant on 3 major feature films: Parental Guidance (2012), Trouble with The Curve (2012), and Blended (2013). He also technical consulted on the USA Network “Necessary Roughness’.
Rube’s priority is providing information to help player’s to be the best they can be.
Growing up in Ohio and playing all sports, Robert Ambrose always enjoyed playing baseball. After high school he spent 6 years in the Marine Corps and served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm where he began his education and in 2001 graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a BS in Professional Aeronautics. Moving to Atlanta after the Marine Corps he attended and played collegiate golf at Georgia State and graduated with a BA in Computer Based Information Systems, and Business Management
Robert is an enthusiastic student of baseball and when his first son came of baseball age he began coaching and learning how to bring the best information to players. In 2011 he became an Epstein certified hitting instructor. In 2013 became an NPA certified Pitching Instructor and returned in 2015 to USC for further training and obtained an NPA Master Pitching Instructor Certificate. In 2016 he accepted a Regional Director position with the NPA to help train coaches and players with the best pitching information available. Robert currently resides in Fayetteville Georgia with his wife Kelly, daughter Lauren and sons Sean and Ryan, and enjoys helping players reach their full potential.
Corey Ishigo is the owner of the Baseball Academy of Hawaii, which he founded and established in 2010. A former 2nd baseman for the University of Hawaii, Corey is currently the varsity baseball coach at Kailua High School and has led the team to the state championship 14 of the 15 years he served as coach. Under Corey’s leadership, the Kailua High baseball team has won eight east division championships, six Oahu Interscholastic Association Division championships, and one state championship.
Corey is the first Certified National Pitching Association Coach in Hawaii, and works closely with NPA & RDRBI founder Coach Tom House. The Baseball Academy of Hawaii is the only organization to bring Coach House to Hawaii for clinics.
NPA Southwest - Woodlands
Kevin Beirne is an RDRBI/NPA Certified Pitching Coach and Conditioning Coach. He has competed at all levels of professional baseball in both the United States and Japan. He is passionate about the game, combining his on-the-field experience with research based information, instruction and inspiration to mentor pitchers.
Kevin has always been dedicated to finding the latest cutting edge research on pitching, working on a regular basis with world renowned pitching coach, Tom House. His mission is to educate and train athletes as well as their parents and coaches, striving to create a positive environment in which every athlete can reach their greatest potential.
Growing up in The Woodlands, TX he attended Texas A&M on a football scholarship, lettering in both baseball and football. Kevin was drafted in 1992 by the Cincinnati Reds and in 1995 by the Chicago White Sox in the 11th round, making his major league debut in 2000 at Yankee Stadium becoming a member of the 2000 Central League Champions Chicago White Sox team. In 2001 he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays and then in 2002 he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and 2003-06 in Japan under Bobby Valentine. In 2009 he became an NPA Certified Coach.
In 2014 Kevin became Associate Scout for the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals and in 2016 NPA Regional Director. Kevin’s experience on the field and being in the game, along with his dedication to staying on top of the cutting edge research, gives him the winning edge when searching for a professional to learn from.
Contact Performance Specialist Kevin Beirne by visiting his website www.PitchingCoachKevinBeirne.com or call (281) 773-6769.
NPA Southwest - Houston
Dean began his journey as a pitching coach in 2010 when he noticed the lack of science based instruction for youth sports. Most training available was based on outdated, false conventional wisdoms, taught by instructors with no interest in bio-mechanics or motion analysis.
Dean made it his mission to bring science, health, and performance based instruction to his community. It didn’t take long for his reputation to grow and before long his friends were calling him “Dr. Baseball”, based on his diagnostic abilities using slow motion analysis.
In 2012, he sought out the most respected name in bio-mechanical studies and rotational athlete training, Tom House, and received his first NPA Certification. In 2014 he reached Level 5 Master Instructor, and appointed Regional Director in Texas in 2016.
Dean is a native Houstonian and Texan, B.S. from Texas A&M University, and the owner of Doxco Pitching Academy, located in central Houston.
Dean’s clients range from youth, amateur, and professional. He has completed thousands of motion analyses and help many reach their goals and dreams.
Desiring to learn from the best and teach the latest science-based training methods, Mike Fetko has studied with NPA Founder Tom House for the last seven years. Mike became a National Pitching Association (NPA) certified pitching instructor in 2009. Since that time, he earned an Epstein hitting instructor certification, achieved NPA master pitching instructor status and became the Northwest Regional Director for the NPA.
Mike is the founder and president of Players Edge Baseball Academy in Anchorage, Alaska. His mission is to inform, instruct and inspire athletes. He strives to positively impact player performance by using the latest NPA protocols. Mike is committed to educating athletes so they can become healthy, respected competitors and achieve their dreams.
Beginning his baseball coaching career in 2001, Mike has coached Little League, PONY, High School, American Legion, Alaska Baseball Academy and many competitive travel teams over the years. His dedication to the great sport of baseball, knowledge, determination and infectious enthusiasm has earned him recognition as an expert in training both players and coaches.
Mike moved to Alaska in 1978 where he learned to love the outdoors, especially fishing for King Salmon on the famous Kenai River. His passion lies in making a positive impact in the performance of the youth he instructs and most importantly, make a positive difference in their lives.
NPA Great Lakes
Dean Taylor, MA, AT, is a state of Ohio licensed athletic trainer whose passion for baseball and working with athletes helped lead to the development of the OhioHealth Thrower’s Clinic after Dean attended his first certification class with the NPA in Chicago. “I’ve always worked in athletics and the more I helped athlete’s in their rehab, the more I studied biomechanics and how the injuries could be avoided. It wasn’t until I left the college setting, that I had the flexibility to chase a dream. With a supportive leadership group behind me, my passions became a reality when I was given the opportunity to be a Regional Director with Tom House and the NPA.”
Based out of Columbus, OH, and with an office in Mansfield, Dean is a Sports Medicine Supervisor for a program with partnerships at over 45 high schools, 7 Colleges and Universities, and 2 professional teams. “We’ve been able to combine a trusted brand in OhioHealth, with the best, science based information on the planet, to create a mobile program to live up to the NPA philosophy of Inform, Instruct, and Inspire.”
For information about the NPA Ohio and upcoming events, contact Dean.Taylor@ohiohealth.com
NPA Mountain West
NPA Mountain West
Steve first discovered Tom House and what would later become the NPA in the late 90's. He attended the very first certification in pitching instruction that Tom ever offered (2001), and has remained a dedicated student ever since. Steve has been coaching pitchers with outstanding results since 2001.
Steve is also an 8th degree black belt in the Chuck Norris System, and has served as Director of Operations & Development for Chuck Norris’ United Fighting Arts Federation. He is a specialist in coaching applied bio-mechanics, conditioning, nutrition, and mental/emotional management for both pitchers and martial artists.
An engaging teacher, Steve's ability to connect with players, parents, and coaches follows nearly three decades of teaching youth and adults of all skill levels in both baseball and the martial arts.
Steve founded Utah Pitching Academy (serving the USA Mountain West Region) to help:
- players become better pitchers
- parents become better facilitators and supports
- coaches become better coaches
- all of us become better people!
No matter your age or experience level, we will help you discover and bring out your very best in pitching, and in life. Learn more at www.UtahPitching.com
Sal’s love of baseball started at a young age in his hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He played at St. Thomas Aquinas HS, pitched at Broward Community College, then pitched at Division I Florida International University where he received his B.S. in education, 1973. After college, Sal continued to pitch on several Independent teams in both North and South America.
Sal went back to baseball as coach and manager of numerous youth teams after the birth of his son Mario in 1984. Although he owned a successful retail store selling spas and hot tubs, it was becoming apparent that Sal was destined to teach baseball. After selling his retail Spa & Hot Tub store he began giving private pitching and hitting lessons part time while running events for the family Convention Planning business.
As a result of this activity in 1994, Sal founded and managed an amateur baseball Travel team, the Orlando Scorpions, beginning with a 10U age group & by the time they were 12U, ranked nationally as high as fifth. The Scorpions teams have gone on to enjoy continued success both on and off the field. The Mission Statement has been and always will be to give young High School aged players an opportunity to be seen and recruited by colleges throughout the US. To date, the number of Scorpions players who have been recruited to play baseball and attend college surpasses 800.
In 2001 baseball would fully occupy Sal’s time so he opened his first indoor training facility in Longwood, FL; he outgrew that location and moved the business to a larger building in Altamonte Springs. The Next Level is a baseball training facility attracting players from 10-25 years old, from young amateurs to Professional players.
Sal met Tom House in the year 2000 and subsequently brought him into Orlando for a pitching camp January of 2002. In February 2002 Sal received his Functional Fitness certification from Tom held in Birmingham, AL at ASMI.
Sal served as an Associate Scout beginning in 2000 in Central Florida with the Atlanta Braves.
To further his passion for baseball, in 2003 Sal Co-Founded the Florida Collegiate Summer League (now known as the Florida League), along with Mike and Sara Whiting of Winter Park, FL.
To Contact Sal: [tel] +1 (407) 492-0236 or [e] firstname.lastname@example.org
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