Ages 8 – High School
Josh Barsa is a native of Parma and has assisted with instruction and coaching at Baseball Batting Cages @ Brecksville since 2015 under coaches Dave Bocanelli, Juan Sanchez, and Mike Mancuso. Josh was the catcher at Padua Franciscan from 2012 – 2014 under coach Bocanelli and is now coaching in the Fielder’s Choice baseball program. Josh is enthusiastic in developing players with proper catching skills to take their game to the next level.
Ages: All Ages
Clint spent 12 years as a professional pitcher including parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues with the Seattle Mariners. In 1999, Clint was the USA Today‘s Ohio High School Player of the Year, drafted in the 5th round from Brooklyn High School. In 2001, Clint led all Minor League Baseball in strikeouts, compiling over 200 that season. He was named to numerous Minor League All Star games and was chosen to participate in the Major League Futures Game for the Games Elite prospects in 2003. In his youth, Clint played for Fielder’s Choice Baseball where he learned to pitch by the legendary Dave Bocanelli right here at the Baseball Batting Cages at Brecksville. Clint has been giving pitching instruction to all ages from 8 years old to current Professional Pitchers and coached amateur baseball for the last 7 years.
Specialties: Hitting & Fielding, All Ages
Coach J.P. brings experience from both a playing and teaching background. A 2013 graduate of Independence High, he received a scholarship to The Ohio State University playing under Head Coach Greg Beals. He transferred to Ashland University to hit the field earlier, and play under John Schaly. Graduated from Ashland U in 2017. In high school, J.P. earned 1st team all Ohio honors, set the school record with 43 RBI, and led the region in BA .591. In college, J.P. was listed the top 25 Dll player in the country (Baseball America 2016), 2x All American & 2x National Hitter of the Week, set the HR record (19) for the SFCBL, # 2 all-time single season HR record (17) for Ashland U, and was listed # 14 pick in Ohio for the MLB draft (Baseball America 2017). J.P. was offered a free agent deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016. J.P. became head coach of the 14u and 15u Ohio Aces out of the diamond league for two years before coming to the Baseball Batting Cages at Brecksville to work with all players who are looking to get to the next level. He wants all his players to chase their dreams!
Specialties: Girls Fastpitch Pitching
Ages: 8 – 18
Coach Bridget grew up playing softball including three trips to the annual ASA National Softball tournament and as a 4 year starter at Magnificat High School. She learned to pitch from Ray Walton, father and pitching coach to Brunswick Division III State Champion and Cleveland State pitching legend, Pam Walton. After graduating from Magnificat, Bridget declined a preferred walk-on spot to Cleveland State University’s Division I softball team and instead accepted a scholarship to play Division I women’s tennis at Cleveland State. Her knowledge of softball and tennis, both explosive power sports, brings a unique perspective to her coaching. Bridget is a certified instructor with Tincher Pitching, founded by Denny Tincher, father and pitching coach to former Virginia Tech and Akron Racers pitcher, Angela Tincher and South Alabama pitcher Abby Tincher. Tincher is an international organization of pitching instructors with a philosophy focused on biomechanics, body movement, patterns and the mental aspect of pitching. In addition to private instruction (Velocity Softball), Bridget is the current pitching coach for Lorain County Community College under the direction of Head Coach Bill Matthews, former varsity pitching coach for Rocky River high School, and volunteers with Rocky River Fastpitch Softball Association.