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It takes a great team to make Baseball Factory a valuable program for our student-athletes.

Meet the Team

Executive Team

  • Steve SclafaniChief Executive Officer/Founder

    Executive Team

    Steve Sclafani

    Chief Executive Officer/Founder

    Over the past 24 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 the Baseball 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 11-to-18 years old. The Factory has attracted such prestigious partners and sponsors as Under Armour, Easton, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gatorade, Little League Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, PONY Baseball and Softball, 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.

    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

    Executive Team

    Rob Naddelman

    President

    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

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    Steve Bernhardt

    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.

  • Dan ForesterSenior Vice President of Player Development

    Executive Team

    Dan Forester

    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.

    States Represented: United States

  • Jim GemlerChief Program Officer

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    Jim Gemler

    Chief Program Officer

    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.

  • Dave PackerExecutive Player Development Coordinator, VP of Business Development

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    Dave Packer

    Executive Player Development Coordinator, VP of Business Development

    Dave has been with the Baseball Factory since 2001, first serving as a Signature College Recruiting Program Representative. In 2002, he became director of the Signature College Recruiting Program. Since 2006, Dave has served as a Regional Player Development Coordinator for the east coast and most recently, was named Executive Player Development Coordinator for Baseball Factory. Dave will now have a major focus on building our Exclusive College Recruiting Program and FDI Programs.

    He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2002, with a double major in Marketing and Logistics.

    States Represented: AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, PR, SC, TN, VA, WV

  • Justin RoswellVice President, Tournament Division

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    Justin Roswell

    Vice President, Tournament Division

    Justin joined the Baseball Factory in 2001 serving in the scouting, event coordination, and player development departments. In 2007, he became the Director for Team One Baseball, which is the showcase division of Baseball Factory. As Senior Director he heads up the player identification process for all Team One Regional Showcases. Justin also manages the day-to-day operations of Team One including the website. In addition to directing Team One Baseball, Justin also heads up the Under Armour Tournament Division. Justin graduated from California State University – Fullerton, where he received his degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on management.

Player Development

  • Ed BachRegional Player Development Coordinator

    Player Development

    Ed Bach

    Regional Player Development Coordinator

    Ed Bach graduated from Atholton High School in Columbia, MD in 2005, where he was a two sport varsity letter winner in football and baseball.  Ed was selected as Howard County Player of the Year for baseball, and earned all-county and all-met honors as a senior.  He went on to play D1 Baseball at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and was a four year starter in the pitching rotation.  He earned his BA in economics while studying at UMBC and joined the Baseball Factory in early 2012 as a Regional Player Development Coordinator.

    State Represented: AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, PR, SC, TN, VA, WV

  • Chris BrownSenior Player Development Coordinator

    Player Development

    Chris Brown

    Senior Player Development Coordinator

    Chris joined the Baseball Factory in September of 2007 after receiving his Bachelors Degree in Management from Gettysburg College. He currently serves as a Senior Player Development Coordinator. Chris played football and baseball while attending Gettysburg College and currently resides in Highland, MD.

    States Represented: AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, PR, SC, TN, VA, WV

  • Adam DarvickExecutive Player Development Coordinator

    Player Development

    Adam Darvick

    Executive Player Development Coordinator

    Adam joined Baseball Factory in December of 2006 right out of college, where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Sport Management and Mass Communication from Towson University. Recently, Adam was promoted to Executive Player Development Coordinator. He has worked with the Brooklyn Cyclones dealing with Game Day Operations and the Communications Department at Sports Illustrated.

    States Represented: AR, CAN, CT, IN, MA, ME, MI, NH, NY,OH, PA, RI, TX, VT, WY

  • Josh HippensteelRegional Player Development Coordinator

    Player Development

    Josh Hippensteel

    Regional Player Development Coordinator

    Josh came aboard as a college student in 2012, working in Baseball Operations and Scouting under Justin Roswell and Steve Bernhardt. He has served as a Player Development Coordinator since January of 2014. A former Baseball Factory player himself, Josh played his college baseball at Misericordia University and received his B.S. in Sport Management from California University of Pennsylvania where he managed the club baseball program.

  • Steve NaglerExecutive Player Development Coordinator

    Player Development

    Steve Nagler

    Executive Player Development Coordinator

    Steve joined the Baseball Factory in 2001 as a Player Development Coordinator and was promoted to Senior Player Development Coordinator in 2006.  He received his degree in Sports Management/Business Administration from Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh, PA in 1989.  Since joining the Baseball Factory, Steve has worked with hundreds of high school baseball players, providing guidance in college recruiting and identifying ways for them to improve on their baseball abilities.  Steve works with players from the Midwest, Northeast, Texas and Nevada.

    States Represented: AR, CAN, CT, IN, MA, ME, MI, NH, NY,OH, PA, RI, TX, VT, WY

  • John PerkoExecutive Player Development Coordinator

    Player Development

    John Perko

    Executive Player Development Coordinator

    John joined the team at the Baseball Factory in 2004 as Team Sales Coordinator and was promoted to Director of Team Sales in 2006. John is now the Executive Player Development Coordinator. Along with serving as the Company liaison for all equipment, apparel, and footwear sponsors and retail partners, John assists the CEO and Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations with designated projects and on-field events. John began his career in the sports industry by gaining experience from the two largest sports agencies in the world, IMG and Octagon. John also worked in the front office for the Cleveland Indians. A graduate from the Robert E. McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, the management and marketing double major also lettered in two varsity sports, the Hoyas division one baseball and football programs.
    States Represented: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, IL, KS, MN, MT, ND, NE, NM, OK, OR, SD, UT, WA, WI

  • Rob OnolfiSenior Player Development Coordinator

    Player Development

    Rob Onolfi

    Senior Player Development Coordinator

    Rob joined the Baseball Factory in 2008 after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Frostburg State University. Since then Rob has worked with thousands of players to help achieve their goal to play college baseball at every level. Rob played football at Frostburg State and was a member of the 2003 ACFC Championship Team that also won the Regents Cup. As a high school football standout, Rob was a three time All-County Selection and was named 2002 Howard County Defensive Player of the Year before graduating from Long Reach High School. He currently serves as a Senior Player Development Coordinator.

    States Represented: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, IL, KS, MN, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, UT, WA, WI

  • Julia RiceRegional Player Development Coordinator

    Player Development

    Julia Rice

    Regional Player Development Coordinator

    Julia joined Baseball Factory in June of 2014 as Regional Player Development Coordinator after graduating from Mercer University where she earned her Bachelors Degree with a major in Communication and minor in Political Science in May of 2014. Julia received a scholarship to play for Purdue’s Softball team, pitching for the Boilermakers from 2009 to 2011 before transferring to Mercer where she pitched and was an All-Academic athlete from 2012 to 2014.

    States Represented: AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, PR, SC, TN, VA, WV

  • Patrick WuebbenRegional Player Development Coordinator

    Player Development

    Patrick Wuebben

    Regional Player Development Coordinator

    Patrick worked in the telecommunications industry after playing his college baseball at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where he received a degree in Marketing. He went on to coach baseball at Loyola High School in Los Angeles for four seasons before starting with The Baseball Factory in February 2006.

    States Represented: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, IL, KS, MN, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, UT, WA, WI

  • Corson FidlerRegional Player Development Coordinator

    Player Development

    Corson Fidler

    Regional Player Development Coordinator

    Corson serves as a Regional Player Development Coordinator at the Factory by helping players and their families successfully navigate the college recruiting process. Growing up in New York, Dallas, and Boston, Corson studied mathematics at Hobart College and played soccer at the Division III level, including a trip to the NCAA playoffs in 2006. He taught upper school math at independent schools for six years prior to joining the Factory, where he coached soccer and hockey at the JV and Varsity levels, was named Coach of the Year, and helped guide the hockey program to a state championship. Corson earned his master’s in Sports Industry Management at Georgetown University with a concentration in Business, Finance, and Operations.

    States Represented: AR, CAN, CT, IN, KY, MA, ME, MI, NH, NY, OH, PA, RI, TX, VT, WY

  • Robert ApplebyRegional Player Development Coordinator

    Player Development

    Robert Appleby

    Regional Player Development Coordinator

    Robert grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attended The Maret School in Washington D.C. where he played three sports – football, ice hockey, and baseball. After high-school, Robert attended Muhlenberg College, playing baseball as a corner infielder and graduated with a major in Psychology and minor in Business Administration. After completing his undergraduate degree, Robert attended Temple University, receiving his masters in Sport Psychology this past May.

  • Josh EldridgeRegional Player Development Coordinator

    Player Development

    Josh Eldridge

    Regional Player Development Coordinator

    Baseball has always been part of Josh’s life as the Lorton, Virginia native is a Baseball Factory alum. After playing baseball at Hayfield High School, Josh went on to play four years of college baseball at the Division 1 level for Old Dominion University and also received the opportunity to play summer baseball in the prestigious Cape Cod League. 

  • Jesse TomeRegional Player Development Coordinator

    Player Development

    Jesse Tome

    Regional Player Development Coordinator

    Jesse grew up playing baseball in Frederick, MD and later played club ball while at Penn State University. After graduating, Jesse worked in the Washington Nationals front office his first year out of college. He re-joins the Factory as a Player Development Coordinator after originally working as a Regional Director of Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts from 2011 to 2015.

  • Kelbi BergRegional Player Development Coordinator

    Player Development

    Kelbi Berg

    Regional Player Development Coordinator

    Kelbi is a Regional Director of Under Armour National Tryouts and is a recent graduate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) with a degree in Sport Administration and a minor in Business. During his time at IUP, Kelbi served as an assistant coach, working extensively with pitchers and helping with the recruiting process of student-athletes.

    States Represented are: AR, CT, IN, KY, MA, ME, MI, NH, NY, OH, PA, RI, TX, VT, WY, AND CANADA

     

  • David O’NeilRegional Player Development Coordinator

    Player Development

    David O’Neil

    Regional Player Development Coordinator

    David is a native of Ludlow, Vermont, a ski resort town in southern Vermont and joins the Factory as a Player Development Coordinator. As a junior in High School, David attended an Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryout where he was selected to attend the 2007 Dodgertown World Series. David then joined Baseball Factory’s Exclusive Program and soon after, joined the program at the University of South Carolina Beaufort where he played for four years.

    States Represented are: AR, CT, IN, KY, MA, ME, MI, NH, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, VT, WY AND CANADA  

National Tryouts

  • Geoff LangSenior Director of Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts

    National Tryouts

    Geoff Lang

    Senior Director of Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts

    Geoff, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, attended Penn State Erie – The Behrend College and graduated in 2011 with a double major (Marketing & Operations Management). Geoff was a 3-time All-Conference outfielder for Behrend, while helping lead the Lions to 3 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. His senior year, Geoff set a new school and conference record for triples in a season. He finished the season ranked 3rd in all of NCAA players for most triples in a season. Geoff was teammates with fellow Baseball Factory employee Ryan Liddle.

  • Nick PanosRegional Director of Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts

    National Tryouts

    Nick Panos

    Regional Director of Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts

    Nick is Regional Director of Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts and College PREP Representative. Originally from Roxbury, NJ, Nick interned with Baseball Factory and graduated from Towson University with a degree in Sports Management in May 2015. 

  • Patrick LawrenceRegional Director of Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts
  • Sam CarmelRegional Director of Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts

    National Tryouts

    Sam Carmel

    Regional Director of Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts

    Sam is Regional Director of Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts, growing up in Glenwood, MD before moving to Chester, NJ, where Sam played Recreation Baseball with Baseball Factory Alum, Rick Porcello, and attended Gill St. Bernard’s High School where he played soccer, basketball, and baseball. 

  • Cam BrittonRegional Director of Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts

    National Tryouts

    Cam Britton

    Regional Director of Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts

    Cam is a recent graduate from Towson University with a degree in Sport Management. He enjoys playing all types of sports, especially soccer.

  • Gabe VertucciRegional Director of Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts

    National Tryouts

    Gabe Vertucci

    Regional Director of Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts

    Gabe has spent his entire life playing, watching, and being a student of the game of baseball. He was a four-year varsity starter at shortstop, helping to lead his South River High School team to a 4A Maryland State Championship in his senior season as captain of the team. After high school, Gabe played collegiate baseball at the JUCO level. After two years, he received a scholarship to play Division II baseball at Coker College and finished out his degree at Salisbury University this past May.

  • Dan RoanRegional Director of Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts

    National Tryouts

    Dan Roan

    Regional Director of Under Armour Baseball Factory National Tryouts

    Dan has been around baseball his entire life. After an arm injury in high school, he went on to play club baseball his first two years of college and eventually became the first person in 12 years to walk on to a Division II team at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in one of the most competitive conferences in the country, the PSAC. Immediately, Dan stepped into a role in the bullpen as a left-handed specialist and closer. If he wasn’t playing baseball he was working in it, having interned for a Minor League Baseball team after hid freshman year and also working in Cooperstown, NY the past two summers. While working in baseball, Dan has had the opportunity to meet former Major Leaguers and Hall of Famers along the way.

Baseball Operations

  • Pete BuckSenior Regional Event Coordinator, Mid-Atlantic & Northeast
  • Mark DanielsScouting & Evaluation Crosschecker

    Baseball Operations

    Mark Daniels

    Scouting & Evaluation Crosschecker

    Currently an associate scout with the Atlanta Braves and head coach of the six-time State Champion Virginia high school, Mark has worked more Baseball Factory events, and helped more Factory players than anyone on our staff. He’s also spent time scouting for the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks, making him extremely qualified for his current position as the Factory’s Scouting and Evaluation Crosschecker. Mark oversees all Baseball Factory College PREP and National Tryout sessions in the southeast, and he coaches and evaluates at several Player Development events each year, such as the Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament.

  • Scott DemetralRegional Event Coordinator, Midwest
  • Nolan FullerSenior Director, Baseball Player Development Events

    Baseball Operations

    Nolan Fuller

    Senior Director, Baseball Player Development Events

    Nolan is the Senior Director of Baseball Player Development Events with Baseball Factory. He has been working full-time in the Baseball Operations department since 2012, coordinating and running events across the country. Nolan is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Beaufort, where he played and coached under the tutelage of Professional Coach, Rick Sofield. In 2012, Fuller helped the Sand Sharks make their first NAIA World Series appearance – where they finished ranked 7th in the Nation. In his four years at USCB, the Sand Sharks compiled a record of 142-75.

  • Mark LemonFDI Events Assistant
  • Ryan LiddleSenior Director, Event Experience

    Baseball Operations

    Ryan Liddle

    Senior Director, Event Experience

    Ryan played his college baseball at Penn State – Behrend, where he was a middle infielder. In 2009, he interned for Baseball Factory in the scouting department. He rejoined Baseball Factory in 2010 and now serves as the Senior Director of Event Experience and is involved in nearly all aspects of event operations.

  • David SittonRegional Event Coordinator, Texas & Southern Midwest

    Baseball Operations

    David Sitton

    Regional Event Coordinator, Texas & Southern Midwest

    A legend in Texas high school baseball, David is the former President of the Texas Baseball Coaches Association and was the Head Coach at Humble High School for 31 years. The field at Humble is now named in his honor. David also spent several years as a batting practice pitcher for the Houston Astros, so you know you will get quality BP when he runs a Baseball Factory session. David oversees events in Texas and the Midwest, evaluating players and utilizing his experience and extensive network of contacts to help Factory players.

  • Chad AddisonRegional Event Coordinator, Southern California & Southwest

    Baseball Operations

    Chad Addison

    Regional Event Coordinator, Southern California & Southwest

    Having been a Recruiting Coordinator for the University of California-San Diego and a coach in the prestigious Cape Cod League, Chad is used to evaluating and developing talented players. Add in his administrative experience as the Athletic Director at Capistrano Valley High School and Chad has the perfect skill set to coordinate and run Baseball Factory events. He has been doing just that for the last ten years throughout Southern California and the entire Southwest region.

  • Don JamersonRegional Event Coordinator, Northern California & Pacific Northwest

    Baseball Operations

    Don Jamerson

    Regional Event Coordinator, Northern California & Pacific Northwest

    As the Head Coach of St. Mary’s College for six years, Don evaluated, recruited and developed players at the Division I level in the baseball-rich state of California. Combine that experience with his playing background at Cal State University, East Bay and in the minor leagues with the San Francisco Giants, and Don can do it all on the field. He runs Baseball Factory events throughout Northern California and the Northwest and works several player development events as a coach, instructor and scout.

  • Zach DingesEvent Operations Coordinator
  • Randy HodgeLogistics Coordinator

    Baseball Operations

    Randy Hodge

    Logistics Coordinator

    Randy is the Logistics Coordinator for Baseball Factory. He is also an NATA-certified Athletic Trainer who has worked in high school, collegiate and professional settings. Randy was the trainer for The Citadel who played in the 1990 College World Series. Prior to his stint at The Citadel, he interned with the Philadelphia Eagles. For the past 24 years, he has taught Elementary School and has been the High School Athletic Trainer at Virginia High School in Bristol, Virginia. Randy has been working with Baseball Factory since 2002, providing excellent event efficiency and overall quality, and loves the game of Baseball.

  • Talmadge NunnariHitting Coordinator

    Baseball Operations

    Talmadge Nunnari

    Hitting Coordinator

    As a former Major League player and Division I college coach, Coach “T” is well known as one of the most respected hitting coaches in the country.  Coach T is the Factory Hitting Coordinator, having worked with thousands of young players throughout his time with Baseball Factory. From middle school to high school players, to college and beyond, Coach T knows how to bring out the best in each and every hitter. His information, garnered through an All-American career at Jacksonville University, his journey to the Big Leagues with the Montreal Expos and a coaching stint at JU, is outstanding and his ability to diagnose and “fix” an issue with a hitter makes him a special instructor.

  • Chris KievitAthleticism Coordinator

    Baseball Operations

    Chris Kievit

    Athleticism Coordinator

    Chris played baseball at Long Island University as a catcher and is USA Weightlifting certified and has his masters in coaching and conditioning.

  • Mike LandisDirector of Player Development at the FDI

    Baseball Operations

    Mike Landis

    Director of Player Development at the FDI

    Mike will oversee the FDI Program at the Factory as the Director of Player Development. After playing collegiately at Montgomery College where he played in two JUCO World Series, Landis joined the Factory in 2012 and has helped to run events across the country such as Pirate City, Vero Beach, Cape Cod, as well as Little League and National Tryout events. He was the Assistant Head Coach and Recruiting Director at Hood College in Frederick, MD from 2014 to 2016 and the Head Coach at Seneca Valley High School in Maryland in 2014.

  • Danielle LawsonDirector of Athlete and Family Experience

College Recruiting

  • Bernadette BechtaAcademic Advisor

    College Recruiting

    Bernadette Bechta

    Academic Advisor

    Bernadette serves as the main academic contact for all players and parents in the Exclusive Program. With over 20 years of experience as a teacher and advisor at the high school level, Bernadette will provide families with guidance on topics ranging from application essays to financial aid. In addition, Bernadette’s two sons have both gone through the Exclusive Program so she knows the ins and outs of the process from a parent’s perspective.

  • Dan MooneyExecutive Director of College Recruiting

    College Recruiting

    Dan Mooney

    Executive Director of College Recruiting

    Dan serves as a Senior Director of the Exclusive Program. Dan began his collegiate career as a catcher at Brevard Junior College. He later transferred to North Carolina State University where he was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer. After college, Dan played professionally in the Boston Red Sox organization where he reached the double-A level before being forced to retire after an injury.

  • Matt RichterDirector of College Recruiting

    College Recruiting

    Matt Richter

    Director of College Recruiting

    Originally from Southern California, Matt began his college baseball career as a catcher at the University of Arizona. He later transferred to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA where he wrapped up his playing days. After graduation, he began his coaching career at the high school level in Northern California before returning to Westmont where he spent four years as an assistant coach. He had a coaching stint at Azusa Pacific University as well before moving to Ohio in 2007. Matt spent seven years as a General Manager, coach, and youth baseball coordinator in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. Since moving to Ohio, he has assisted at Cedarville University and Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH and has operated as an Associate Scout for the Atlanta Braves. Matt’s relationship with Baseball Factory began in 2002 when he was recruiting several Factory players. He began to scout for the organization in 2003 and soon came on to assist in the Exclusive College Recruiting program on the West Coast. He has also operated as a Regional Scout, Coach, Instructor ( including the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field) and Player Development Coordinator during his 16 years with the Factory. Matt resides in Xenia, Ohio with his wife Erin, and their seven children.

    States Represented: AR, CAN, CT, IN, MA, ME, MI, NH, NY,OH, PA, RI, TX, VT, WY

Consultants

  • Jeff BrazierEvent Operations Consultant

    Consultants

    Jeff Brazier

    Event Operations Consultant

    Jeff served as the VP of Youth Baseball, where he scheduled, organized and executed player and coach development in conjunction with Little League® International throughout the country. Jeff worked 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.

  • Dr. James DriskellFactory Development Institute Consultant

    Consultants

    Dr. James Driskell

    Factory Development Institute Consultant

    Dr. James Driskell was brought on by Baseball Factory to help develop the Game Time Pressure Training and Simulation program. Driskell along with CEO Steve Sclafani have researched and authored, “Stressors in Youth Batting Performance” and “GTP Training Handbook”. Both publications have been ground breaking in showing how stress and pressure affect performance and ways players can train to overcome these stressors and be more successful.

    Dr. Driskell has over 20 years research experience in stress, performance, and training. He has served in the government, academia, and private sector. He is the President of Florida Maxima Corporation adjunct professor of psychology at Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Dr. Driskell has conducted research for Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, National Science Institute, FAA, Defense Modeling and Simulation Office, STRICOM, Army Dugway Proving Ground, and other organizations. He has authored over 100 articles and papers, including recent publications in the Journal of Applied Psychology, American Psychologist, Human Factors, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Military Psychology, Small Group Research, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Group Dynamics.

  • Keith MadisonRecruiting Consultant

    Consultants

    Keith Madison

    Recruiting Consultant

    Coach Madison joined Baseball Factory as a consultant in 2005 after retiring from the University of Kentucky in 2003. As a consultant with the Factory, Madison helps strengthen connections between the Baseball Factory, college and professional coaches to ensure that players were properly developed and capable of playing at the next level. His knowledge of the college recruiting process from a head coaching perspective is second-to-none for the Baseball Factory College Recruiting Program. Not to mention his long list of connections in the college baseball world has helped in placing many of Baseball Factory’s Exclusive College Recruiting Program players.

  • Rick SofieldSpecial Advisor to Baseball Operations

    Consultants

    Rick Sofield

    Special Advisor to Baseball Operations

    Rick Sofield served as the field coordinator for the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers and Montreal Expos and is a former AAA Manager for the Colorado Rockies. Sofield also coached at the college level serving as the Head Coach for the University of Utah, University of South Carolina – Beaufort and the Assistant Coach at the University of South Carolina. Rick currently is the third base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates and was previously the manager of the West Virginia Power, the Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sofield is a former first round pick in the major league draft for the Minnesota Twins and boasts three years of big league playing experience. Rick will work as a Special Advisor to Baseball Operations.

  • Mike ToomeyScouting Consultant

    Consultants

    Mike Toomey

    Scouting Consultant

    Mike Toomey is the Special Assistant to the General Manager (KC Royals) has signed on to be a Scouting Consultant for Baseball Factory in 2006. Mike has an extensive background in Scouting and Coaching.  Currently in his 25th year of professional baseball, Coach Toomey has served as field manager, coach, instructor, and international advance scout for the New York Mets. Mike is respected by his peers as an astute evaluator of talent and as an accomplished teacher. He began his coaching career at The George Washington University (GWU); leading the team to three NCAA Eastern Regional bids. He was elected to the GWU Hall of Fame in 1989. Mike also is a member of the Hall of Fame at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. Coach Toomey has worked for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Texas Rangers, and the New York Mets. In 1992, he was named Major League Baseball Scout of the Year.

  • Rich PasqualeCollege Recruiting and Baseball Operations Consultant

    Consultants

    Rich Pasquale

    College Recruiting and Baseball Operations Consultant

    Currently an associate scout for the Baltimore Orioles and formerly, a coach at every level of NCAA Baseball, Rich has the unique ability to both evaluate players and teach the game. He has unmatched energy and passion that shows through at every Baseball Factory where he is a scout and instructor. As the former Head Coach at Division I Youngstown State University and Division III LaRoche College, as well as an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh and Division II Slippery Rock, Rich knows what it takes to play at every level of college baseball. He’s been instrumental in helping the careers of many young players over the years and continues that today with each Factory player that he encounters.

Creative Team

  • Amanda BeckDatabase Marketing Manager

    Creative Team

    Amanda Beck

    Database Marketing Manager

    Amanda first worked for Baseball Factory as a member of the Marketing department immediately after graduating from college. After relocating to Salisbury, Maryland and then Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she returned to the team in May 2009 as the Database Marketing Coordinator. Amanda earned her degree in Communications at Salisbury University where she was a four year member of the nationally ranked women’s lacrosse program.

  • Brian JohnsonSenior Multimedia Producer

    Creative Team

    Brian Johnson

    Senior Multimedia Producer

    Brian started as a video intern with the Baseball Factory in the summer of 2004 while working on his Bachelors of Art from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  He graduated Cum Laude from the UMBC Imaging and Digital Arts program with a minor in Sociology.  His IMDA focus was in Interactivity while he also took film/video courses.  Brian played varsity lacrosse for 5 years with the UMBC Retrievers.  He became the Media Designer for the Baseball Factory in the spring of 2006 where he helps in all aspects of video production, graphic design, and website design.

  • Tom KreftVideo Editor

    Creative Team

    Tom Kreft

    Video Editor

    Tom started as a video intern in the Spring of 2011. He previously graduated with his Bachelors of Art from the University of Maryland Baltimore County where in majored in Film/Video. He also received an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Graphic Design from the Community College of Baltimore County. He was hired full time as a Video Editor for the Baseball Factory in July 2012, where he helps in all aspects of video production, and is in charge of editing videos for clients who have registered for the College PREP Program.

  • Dave LaxVice President of Marketing and Brand

    Creative Team

    Dave Lax

    Vice President of Marketing and Brand

    Dave started with Baseball Factory in June of 2006 as the Assistant Director of Marketing. Dave is currently the Vice President of Marketing and Brand having earned his degree in Business from the University of Maryland, College Park. He majored in Marketing and minored in Communication. At Maryland, he played on the Scout Basketball Team for three years, where he was part of the National Championship team in 2006.

  • Wei XueSenior Director of Web Development

    Creative Team

    Wei Xue

    Senior Director of Web Development

    Wei started with Baseball Factory as an intern in July of 2007 while finishing up his Bachelors Degree in computer science. Wei then went on to accept a part-time position in January of 2008. Wei is currently the Lead Developer.

  • Matt LundSenior Director of Social Media & Web Content

    Creative Team

    Matt Lund

    Senior Director of Social Media & Web Content

    Matt played baseball from an early age through high school and loved the sport, later working in television production with his hometown team the Baltimore Orioles. He started with Baseball Factory in December of 2014 as the Web Producer for Factory Athletics. Matt is currently the Senior Director of Social Media & Web Content having earned his degree in Digital Communication from Towson University.

  • Evan ClarkeMarketing & Sales Coordinator

    Creative Team

    Evan Clarke

    Marketing & Sales Coordinator

    Evan started as a sales intern with the Factory in August of 2016 and is currently the Marketing & Sales Coordinator. Evan grew up in the nations’ capital, having attended James Hubert Blake High School in Washington, D.C., where he was part of the wrestling team. He’s always had a love for baseball and basketball. Evan graduated from Towson University in December of 2016 and received his bachelors degree in sports management.  

  • Alex BarrSocial Media Manager

    Creative Team

    Alex Barr

    Social Media Manager

    Alex is a recent graduate from Millersville University and has a degree in business marketing and entrepreneurship. Alex played on Millersville’s baseball team for two years before becoming a part of the coaching staff as an assistant coach. 

  • Tyler KlitschAssociate Marketing Coordinator

    Creative Team

    Tyler Klitsch

    Associate Marketing Coordinator

    Tyler was a starting pitcher at Montgomery College where he pitched in the JuCo World Series. He then transferred to Winthrop University in South Carolina where he was also a starting pitcher. After graduating, he has worked as a hitting and pitching instructor and is currently the Associate Marketing Coordinator for Baseball Factory.

  • Brandon ReeceEmail Marketing Specialist

    Creative Team

    Brandon Reece

    Email Marketing Specialist

    Brandon is a digital marketing generalist specializing in email, web, graphic design, analytics, user experience and branding. He stepped up to bat in the summer of 2018 and focuses on developing and maintaining the Factory’s email strategy as well as other digital marketing initiatives. Brandon is a proud Howard University alumnus and prior to the Factory worked as a digital marketing entrepreneur. Brandon is a New Jersey native and a huge sports fan – New York Yankees, New York Knicks, UNC Basketball as well as Arsenal FC and Real Madrid.

     

Financial Team

  • Alesha SiscoFinancial Consultant
  • Brian BlackSenior Accountant
  • John HallockFinancial Operations Analyst

Retail & Sales Team

  • Lindsey GutridgeRetail & Team Sales Director

    Retail & Sales Team

    Lindsey Gutridge

    Retail & Team Sales Director

    Lindsey is a Retail & Team Sales Director from Santa Claus, IN, born on Christmas Day. She grew up playing all sports but fell in love with softball and volleyball. She ultimately chose volleyball her sophomore year of high school and played for two club teams, KIVA and MAVA out of Louisville, KY. After high school, Lindsey received a full athletic scholarship to play volleyball for Towson University. After college, Lindsey worked for Under Armour for six years in Sports Marketing. Her experience at Under Armour and background in sports brought her full circle to the Factory.

  • Kevin HeinrichRetail & Team Sales Director

    Retail & Sales Team

    Kevin Heinrich

    Retail & Team Sales Director

    Kevin started with Factory Athletics in December of 2016 and is the Retail and Team Sales Director. He grew up in Columbia, MD playing baseball and hockey in high school and earned a degree in marketing from Salisbury University in 2008. Before coming to Factory Athletics, Kevin worked in team sales for the previous seven years.

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