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John Quimby | David Muraco | John Tavares | Josh Hungerman | Don Nania | Garry Ridge

Matt Iannazzo |  | Matt Kloos | Tommy Shirley | Matt Johnson | Gavin Hoban |Vanessa Inks

John Quimby - Professional Baseball Instructor

Fielding / Hitting

John Quimby graduated from Otterbein University in 2010 with a bachelor of arts in business administration.  John spent the last two years of his college career as starting shortstop for the cardinals leading the team in batting average, RBI’s, homerun’s and runs scored. He finished his senior year with a conference leading 15 homeruns, which earned him first team all region and the Royal F Martin award for most outstanding spring athlete.  His prior two years of college were spent at the College of Wooster where he also started shortstop.  Both years the Fighting Scots were ranked #1 in the nation.  His freshman year he received the NCAC freshman of the year award and in his sophomore year the Scots set a NCAA record 33 straight wins. John graduated from North Allegheny High School in 2005 where he became one of the few players to start back to back to back WPIAL championships, winning two of them his sophomore and senior year.   He became team MVP and made the All-WPIAL team his senior year.

David Muraco - Professional Baseball Instructor

Hitting / Catching

David Muraco brings a unbridled passion for empowering players to reach their peak potential.  With over 21 years of coaching under his belt at levels ranging from Modified High School to Junior College, Coach Muraco he has truly seen it all.  He started his coaching career at Notre Dame HS in Utica, NY as the Modified Head Coach in 1993 and 1994, then Assistant Varsity Coach in 1995. In 1996, he joined the staff at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY as Assistant Head Coach and in 1998 he took over as Head Coach.  From 2001-2010 he returned to Notre Dame High School as Head JV Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach, helping that program win 2 Class C state Championship in 2001 and 2005.  

In 2011 he started his own AAU Baseball/Softball program and saw it grow from 0 to 164 kids in 2 years, placing players in D1 and D2 programs and several teams winning tournaments along the way.

John Tavares - Professional Baseball Instructor

Infield / Fielding / Hitting

John is a graduate of Norwin High School and Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. John was a 4 year starter at Allegheny from 1993-1997. During his college career, John received the Glenn Beckert Award for Outstanding Defense (1996), Honorable Mention NCAC All Conference Team (1996), and was selected for the Division III Baseball All Region Team (1996).

John was honored with the Annual Point Stadium Award (AAABA Johnstown, PA) where he received an academic scholarship and was given the prestigious honor of receiving the Key to the City for a day.

John spent a month and a half in Europe instructing kids and playing in tournaments, as a result of being a member of Team America. Completing his college honors was the Allegheny College Coaches Award for Leadership and 2nd Team NCAC All Conference Team.

John comes to All American Baseball with a varied background and experiences in the field of Baseball. Some of those experiences are represented below:

  • 1997 Adirondack Lumberjacks-Northeast League
  • 1998 Ohio Valley Redcoats-Frontier League
  • 1998 Assistant Baseball Coach, Allegheny College
  • 1999 Dubois County Dragons-Frontier League
  • 2000 Dubois County Dragons ( player/assistant manager)-Frontier League
  • 2001 Richmond Roosters-Frontier League
  • 2002 Richmond Roosters-Frontier League
  • 2003 Allentown Ambassadors-Northern League

In addition to the above experiences, John holds the following records:

  • 2000 Frontier League All Star Team-starting shortstop
  • 2001-2002 Frontier League Champions (1st Team to ever win back to back!)
  • Frontier League Career Record for Runs Scored-315
  • Frontier League Career Record for At Bats-1626

All American Baseball Center is pleased to welcome John Tavares to our staff.


Josh Hungerman - Professional Baseball Instructor

Pitching / Fielding / Hitting

Josh attended North Allegheny Senior High School. He was a two year starter in '04 and '05, graduating in 2005. The Tigers finished as Triple A and sectional runner-up his junior season. Selected Conference and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Player of the Year as a senior, he earned all-section honors and was named to the conference all-star team two seasons.  Josh went 12-1 with a 1.35 ERA senior year, and compiled a 19-2 record in two seasons. He was a huge part of a team that won a sectional and Quad A championship as well as a third-place showing at the state tournament his senior year. Josh also lettered one season as a guard in basketball.  He holds school records for games won and complete games in '05

 After high school Josh attended Cleveland State University where he majored in Sports Management and minored in Business. His collegiate achievements on the field included: First Team All Conference as Utility Player (2009), named Conference Pitcher of the Week 4 times, named Conference Hitter of the Week 2 times, lead the team in RBIs, runs, hits, home runs, slugging pct, total bases, innings pitched, and BAA his senior year.  Josh was second in the conference in strikeouts as a pitcher his junior and senior years and became only the second player in league history to earn Horizon League "Batter of the Week" and "Pitcher of the Week" honors in different weeks of the same season.

 After college Josh continued his baseball career with the Colorado Rockies.  Josh was drafted twice; 50th round (2008), 17th round (2009).  Over four seasons within the Rockies system Josh compiled an 8-11 record, 4.02 ERA and 250 strikeouts.  He was the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week 9/6/2010, led Northwest League in ERA(2.18) in 2010, led Rockies system in BAA same season (.203), and did not allow a home run in 2 of 4 seasons played in the Rockies system. Josh played for the following teams in his career with the Rockies;  '09 (Casper Ghosts-Rookie A, Tri City Dust Devils- Class A short season)-'10 (Asheville Tourists- Low A, Tri City Dust Devils- Class A short season)-'11 (Asheville Tourists- Low A)-'12 (Modesto Nuts- High A, Tri City Dust Devils- Class A short season)

 

Don Nania – Professional Baseball Instructor

Outfield / Fielding / Hitting

Coach Nania has been active in baseball for over 35 years as a player and coach. In his career Don has been instrumental in the development of numerous college players at NCAA – D1, D2, D3 and NAIA organization levels as well as professionally. He has appeared in most WPIAL playoffs within the last ten tears of his career compiling successful records in each of his programs and continues his career this year in the WPIAL as the assistant coach at Penn Trafford High School. Coach Nania recently retired after 35 years of teaching and directing Health and Physical Education in the Pittsburgh Public Schools System along with coaching a variety of Varsity level sports programs. He continues a 25 year career as an Athletic Director at the University of Pittsburgh for Community Sport Development  where he recently received the prestigious University of Pittsburgh’s Letterman of Distinction Award and was inducted into its Hall of Fame. Don’s credentials include:

  • 4 Year Letterman – University of Pittsburgh 1974 – 1978
  • Head Baseball Coach – Community College of Allegheny County Boyce 1979 – 1980
  • United States Slow Pitch Professional Softball Team member of the World Series Champion “Pittsburgh Hard Hats” 1979 – 1981
  • Head Coach - Women’s Slow Pitch Softball, Greater Pittsburgh League 1979 – 1982
  • Assistant Baseball Coach – University of Pittsburgh 1985 – 1993
  • Men’s professional Softball Team member of the World Series Champion “Marodi Transfer” 1988 – 2001
  • Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach – Penn Hills High School 1997 – 1998
  • Men’s Professional Softball Coach – “Pittsburgh Marodi Transfer” 1998 - 2000
  • Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach – Penn Trafford High School 1998 – 2000
  • Head Baseball Coach – Pittsburgh Allderdice High School 2000 – 2008
  • Head Baseball Coach – Gateway High School 2007 – 2008
  • Coach “US Stars Baseball” National Baseball – Dominican Republic 2008 – 2009
  • Coach USSSA All American Baseball Coach; Amateur Baseball Report – Kissamee, FL – Houston Astros Complex 2011 – 2012
  • National Amateur Baseball Scout – Amateur Baseball Report.com
  • Independent National Amateur Baseball Scout – “Private Eye Inc”

All American Baseball Center is pleased to welcome Don Nania to our staff.

Garry Ridge - Professional Baseball Instructor

Fielding / Hitting

Coach Ridge has been involved in baseball for over 32 years, traveling all over the country to work with players. He has successfully trained over 300 players who went on to play at the college and pro levels. Garry coached back to back to back AAU National Championship teams in 1990, 1991 and 1992 before going on to coach team USA to Jr Pan Am gold in 1996. Coach Ridge spent 13 years as the head instructor for Baseball World in Orlando Florida, where he helped produce the award winning instructional videos still seen on television. Garry is a pro scout for the Milwaukee Brewers and the Philadelphia Phillies. Before coming to All American he was the hitting coach and assistant coach at The Kiski Prep School in Saltsburgh P.A.


We are very pleased to welcome Garry Ridge to our staff

Matt Kloos - Professional Baseball Instructor

Hitting/Pitching/Fielding

Matt is a returning All-American player. He played with us for two years, helping to lead his team to a 5th place finish in the National Amateur Baseball Federation Tournament. Matt went to Seneca Valley High School, starting in Center Field his senior year. He played all four years of college at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg where in his Junior year he helped lead the team to its first home playoff game. Matt posted a 6-1 record with two saves including a three-inning save against IUP marking the first time that Pitt-Greensburg had won against a Division II team.

We're very excited to have Matt return to All American as an Instructor.

Tommy Shirley - Professional Baseball Instructor (Seasonal)

Pitching

Professional Career – Houston Astros

Drafted as a Junior out of Xavier University with the 273rd pick in the ninth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft

  •   1st 30 professional innings held scoreless
  • 48 strikeouts in 30 innings recorded
  • Houston Astros High A July Pitcher of the Month
  • 4th lowest ERA in California League as a Starting Pitcher

College Career - Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Averaged 2 strikeouts per inning
  • Friday Night Starting Pitcher
  • As a Sophomore pitched in the College World Series Regional
  • Atlantic 10 All Team Tournament Pitcher

High School Career – Norwin High school

  • 2nd All Time in Strikeouts in Norwin History
  • Finished with a 7-1 record during the 2007 season with a 0.97 ERA and 73 strikeouts
  •  Named the W.P.I.A.L. MVP after the 2007 season and the team MVP in 2006 and 2007
  • Named to the First Team All-WPIAL squad in 2006 and ended with a 6-1 record while registering 96 strikeouts in only 51 innings pitched and a 0.93 ERA.
  • Named to the American Legion PNC Park Team
  • Played on Allegheny Pirates Scouting Travel Team
  • Played on Atlanta Braves Scouting Travel Team
  • Threw No Hitter as a Junior

 

Matthew C. Johnson - Professional Baseball Instructor

Hitting/Pitching/Fielding/Base running

Matthew has spent the past 4 years in the Toronto Blue Jays minor league organization as a utility player and relief pitcher. Originally signing with the Jays as a middle infielder in 2010, he was transitioned into a relief pitcher after throwing 95mph off the mound in a clean up inning vs. the Everett Aqua Sox in 2012. Matthew has spent time with 4 different Blue Jays affiliates: Auburn Doubleday’s (NYPL)-‘10, Bluefield Blue Jays (Appalachian League)-‘11, Lansing Lugnuts (Midwest League)-‘13, and the Vancouver Canadians (Norwest League) where he was a part of 3 straight Northwest League championship teams-’11,’12,’13.

Prior to signing with the Jays, Matthew started for 4 years at The College of Wooster as a middle infielder along with earning a degree in Psychology. During his 4 years, the Fighting scots ranked among the top teams in the DIII, winning back to back conference championships (’09-’10) capped off by placing 2nd in the college world series (’09). He earned numerous honors at Wooster including All-American recognition in 2010, as well as being named conference player of the year after batting .459 and leading the team in hits (79), runs scored (69), triples (8), and home runs (11).

We're very pleased to welcome Matt to our Instructional staff.

Gavin Hoban - Professional Softball Instructor

Fielding / Hitting

Coach Hoban attended Penn State University. He has 15 Years experience coaching fast pitch softball, having coached at every level from elementary to D1 College including 14-23U travel ball. Gavin’s played a role in coaching over 200 students through individual instruction and clinics and developed programs that have led to 2 Class AA state titles, a Class AA finalist team and a 22-5 post season record in the PIAA Class AA District 6 and state playoffs. He’s helped develop softball players that have gone on to play at Penn State, St. Francis, UIP, Shippensburg, Lock Haven, Seton Hill, Slippery  Rock, Edinboro, Gannon, Clarion, Bloomsburgh, Westminster, Juanita, Shenandoah, Northwood (MI), Pitt-Johnstown, Pitt-Bradford, Penn State-Behrend, Penn State-Altoona and Mt. Aloysius. Gavin has helped to grow the sport in Pennsylvania by creating what is presently considered the only official and most comprehensive All Star team in the state. The team is now sponsored by the Pennsylvania Softball Coaches Association. Coach Hoban’s accomplishments include:

  • Head Coach of the 2005 Central Pennsylvania PIAA District 6 / District 4 All Star Game
  • Headed the selection process for PA’s Gatorade Softball Player of the Year from 2009-20012
  • 2010 Instructor at the TNT College Showcase in Quakertown, PA
  • Hitting Coach at Division 1 Saint Francis University from 2009-2011.  Developed “Slap Hitters” in addition to the teams outfielders
  • Travel Softball Accomplishments with the Philipsburgh Hurricanes organization
    • 2004-2009 Coached 16 & 18U “A” level squad to a combined 164-53-5  record.
    • 2008 16U Keystone State Games Champions
    • 2008 16U Pony Nationals quarterfinalist
    • 2009 18U ASA “A” State Championship runners-up
    • 2009 18U Keystone State Games Champions

We're very excited to have Gavin as part of our Instructional Staff


 

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