- Steve SclafaniChief Executive Officer/Founder
Chief Executive Officer/Founder
Over the past 21 years, Steve has led Factory Athletics to the top of the youth player development and college recruiting landscape. Starting in 1994 with Baseball Factory, and since then expanding to add Softball Factory, Volleyball Factory and Football Factory, Factory Athletics has helped more than 75,000 players earn more than $1 Billion in scholarships.
Steve’s vision began through his own personal experience as a college athlete at University of Pennsylvania (’93), where he played Second Base for the Quakers. It was there he met his then-teammate and now business partner Rob Naddelman (’95) and the dream of Baseball Factory began. At just 23 years of age, Steve launched theBaseball Factory in 1994 in Columbia, MD. Steve’s ability to create new opportunities for athletes nationwide revolutionized the player development process and transformed the college recruiting landscape.
Under the leadership of Steve and Rob, the company has grown to over 70 full-time and 2,000 part-time employees holding more than 1,000 events across the country for athletes ranging from 12 to 18 years old. The Factory has attracted such prestigious partners and sponsors as Under Armour, Easton, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Little League Baseball, American Legion Baseball, ASA/USA Softball and many more.
In a continuing effort to revolutionize the player development industry and help more kids reach their full potential, Steve recently worked with the renowned Dr. James Driskell to research and author “Stressors in Youth Batting Performance” and “Game Time Pressure Training Handbook.” Both publications have been ground breaking in showing not only how stress and pressure affect performance, but ways players can train to overcome these stressors and be more successful. In addition Sclafani and Driskell authored “Reducing the Effects of Game Day Pressures through Stress Training” published in the Journal of Sport Psychology in Action.
As a result of these efforts, the Game Time Pressure Training & Simulation Program was created to help players overcome game-time stressors and allow their true ability to shine. To date it is the only program of its kind in helping young players to develop the necessary tools to overcome stress and build confidence. It was recently launched in an iOS format, available on the Apple Store to users across the globe.
Throughout his career, Steve has received numerous honors for his leadership and business success, including the Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, honoring the 40 top executives under 40 years of age making a name for their business. Steve also earned a 2012 SmartCEO/Clifton Gunderson Future 50 award, which recognizes the Greater Baltimore area’s 50 fastest-growing companies based on employee and revenue growth over the past three years. In addition, he has been featured nationally in Business Week and CNNFN as well as locally in the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post. Steve has also been a featured speaker at the Ivy Sports Symposium at Harvard University and is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Sports Industry Management program.
- Rob NaddelmanPresident
In 1995, Rob joined forces with his former college teammate and founder Steve Sclafani to expand and build The Baseball Factory. Under Rob’s direction, The Baseball Factory has grown by over 1000% in the past 10 years. Rob is currently a member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organization (YPO) – Baltimore/Washington DC Chapter, a member of the National Registry of Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, and was written up in Business Week with Steve Sclafani as successful business leaders on a national scale. Rob is also the Executive Director of The Baseball Factory’s Foundation which helps at risk youth excel in the classroom by using baseball as an incentive. Rob is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he was a two time All-Ivy League selection, an inductee into the Penn Baseball Hall of Fame as a member of the 1995 Ivy Championship Team, and competed in the 1995 NCAA Division I College World Series Midwest Regional.
- Steve BernhardtExecutive Vice President of Baseball Operations
Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations
Steve joined Baseball Factory in 1998 after a five-year playing career in the Colorado Rockies organization. As Executive VP of Baseball Operations, he oversees all Baseball Factory events and instruction. Steve previously served as an Associate Scout with the Colorado Rockies. He received his B.S. from the University of Richmond where he was an All-Conference player. Steve is Chairman of the Under Armour All-America Game selection committee.
- Jason BuddenSenior Vice President of Marketing & Brand
Senior Vice President of Marketing & Brand
Jason joined the Baseball Factory in 1997 while still a junior in high school. After going through the Baseball Factory’s college recruiting program he was placed at Johns Hopkins University where he played two years of college baseball before graduating with a degree in Economics. After working part-time at the Factory throughout college, Jason joined the team as a full-time employee in January 2002 when he was promoted to Director of Marketing. He currently oversees all marketing projects and sponsorship opportunities at Baseball Factory. He also oversees the general day-to-day operations of Baseball Factory.
- Dan ForesterSenior Vice President of Player Development
Senior Vice President of Player Development
Dan joined Baseball Factory in 2001 as a Player Development Coordinator and now the Factory’s VP of Player Development. Dan oversees and manages our Player Development Coordinators across the United States. He has worked with high school athletes since 1993. Dan has been instrumental in moving players thru our program and helping them get to the next level. Dan attended Ithaca College, where he played lacrosse.
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- Jim GemlerSenior Vice President of Baseball Operations
Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations
As the Director of On-field Sessions, Gemler schedules, organizes and executes all Under Armour Tryouts and Signature College Recruiting (SCR) sessions throughout the country. Jim will work to secure top-notch former college coaches, professional scouts and former professional players to work at each event. Gemler’s coaching experience includes stints at the University of Akron and most recently at Pennsylvania State Behrend. Jim’s playing career included a stop at the University of North Carolina – Asheville before he transferred to the University of Akron. He received numerous accolades while at Akron including Preseason All Mid-American Conference candidate, Collegiate Baseball “Top Prospect,” Mid-American Conference All Academic Team and Akron’s Defensive Player of the Year. He earned a B.S. in Finance from Akron and recently earned a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A) from Penn State in Spring 2006.
- Jeff BrazierVice President of Business Development
Vice President of Business Development
As the VP of Youth Baseball, Brazier schedules, organizes and executes player and coach development in conjunction with Little League® International throughout the country. Jeff will work with District Administrators and League Presidents to develop programs that will enhance the success of the players and coaches on the field. Brazier’s experience includes working in the Baltimore Orioles scouting department, Camp Operations Director for Sports International and the Facility Superintendent and Recreation Supervisor for Joe Cannon Stadium and Randazzo Softball Park. While at the Baseball Factory, Jeff worked on the development of Baseball University and also was the General Manager of the Baltimore Pride (a summer collegiate team in the Clark Griffith league. In addition, Jeff worked in the Exclusive Department as a Personal Recruiting Director working with over 200 players including MLB draftees Stephen Vogt and Mike Eisenberg. He earned a B.S. in Sports Management from Towson University and earned a Master’s of Science in Sports Administration from California University of PA in Summer 2006.
- Gene MattinglyChief Financial Officer