At The Diamond, we strongly believe that our instructors are the BEST in Northeast Indiana. What separates us from the competition is the level of experience each of our instructors has obtained, not through classes or watching the game, but playing, instructing and coaching AND their ultimate goal of passing on this information to their students so that the next generation can EXCEL and SUCCEED! They have LIVED the game and are eager to share that knowledge and experience with players of all ages and skill levels. When you have tried the rest, workout with the best.....this isn't run of the mill 'instruction manual' driven training, we will CHALLENGE YOU and help you BECOME THE BEST BALL PLAYER YOU CAN BE!

 

MANNY LOPEZ

Owner/Senior Baseball Instructor

Coach Lopez has a long and involved history in baseball. Originally from the Dominican Republic, he was signed by the Minnesota Twins organization in 1996 and came to the US to play the game he loves. During his four years in the Twins organization, Coach Lopez played two years here in Fort Wayne for the Wizards (1998's Fan Favorite), now the Tin Caps. He then moved on and played with the Fort Myers Miracle. From 2000-2003, Coach Lopez played independent professional baseball for teams such as the Fort Worth Cats, Rio Grande Valley Whitewings and the San Angelo Colts. During those years he was a member of the Texas-Louisiana League All-Star Team twice, CBL Batting Champion in 2002, and was a member of the Texas Louisiana League Championship Team with the Whitewings.

 

Coach Lopez has been offering private instruction since 2000 and coaching summer travel teams since 2004. He is currently the recruiter and Director of Player Development for the Fort Wayne Cubs, a not-for-profit travel ball organization. The Cubs have had great successes and continue to grow each year under his direction. There is no instructor or coach more dedicated to his student’s training in the area for hitting and fielding.  http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=lopez-001hen

 

 

 

WAYNE MCCOY

Senior Softball Instructor

Coach McCoy is unsurpassed in his ability to develop softball player’s skills and abilities. He has a long history in teaching and coaching the game. Nine years were spent as the head coach for Ayersville High School in Ohio, where he is originally from. During his time there, the softball program dominated the state of Ohio pulling in three state championships and one state runner- up title.


From 2000 to 2005, Coach McCoy lead a travel team based out of Toledo, OH and continues to coach travel teams at this time. He is currently the Assistant Softball Coach for St. Francis University in Fort Wayne, a position he has held since 2007.


Coach McCoy is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and is a 2- Star Master Coach in the 4-Star program. He brings intense, focused instruction and a winning personality to the team. His number one priority is to give his students the skills to succeed.

 

JAVIER DEJESUS

Senior Pitching Instructor

Coach DeJesus was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico where he learned to love the game of baseball. His parents moved to Beaumont, TX where he had a lucrative high school career and earned a scholarship to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 1989.


With a 23-1 record, four All-American Teams and Sun Belt Co-Pitcher of the Year award, he captured the attention of the Minnesota Twins who drafted him in 1992. He played 10 years in the minors with a record of 54-33 and a 3.99 ERA. He retired in 2001.


For the past 10 years, Coach DeJesus has been offering personal instruction specializing in pitching and coaches summer travel ball.   http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=dejesu001gui

 

BRENDON SMITH

Strength & Conditioning Coach/Baseball Pitching Instructor

Coach Smith grew up in the Fort Wayne area and attended Snider High School.


He began his college career at Moorehead State in 2006, played for Lincoln Trail Community College in 2007 and moved on to Indiana State for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. During his senior year he set career highs in appearences and strikeouts.Currently, Coach Smith is a pitcher for the American Association League Lincoln Saltdogs.


Coach Smith brings excellent work ethic, great knowledge of how to keep the pitcher in shape and outstanding ability to convey all that he has learned to his students. We are very pleased to have him as a member of the staff!   http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=smith-008bre

 

ERIC POLING

Baseball Instructor

Eric graduated from Pinckneyville Community High School in 1998, where he was an All-Conference catcher for 3 years as a varsity player for the Panthers. Eric played collegiate baseball at Greenville College in central Illinois from 1999 to 2002. After college, Eric took the Independent League professional baseball route. Teams included the River City Rascals, the Gateway Grizzlies, the Richmond Roosters, the Candem Riversharks, the Atlantic City Surf, and the Northshore Spirits. After many pit stops around the country from team to team, Eric finally found a place to play ball consistently and call home.


We are very excited to have Coach Poling join the team at The Diamond. He brings great drive, excellent skill and a willingness to share the knowledge he has gained through the years.

 

MIKE ROESLER

Pitching Instructor

Coach Roesler is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He played during two seasons at the major league level for the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates. He was drafted by the Reds in the 17th round of the 1985 amateur draft. Roesler played his first professional season with their Rookie league Billings Mustangs in 1985, and his last with the Kansas City Royals' Double-A Memphis Chicks and Triple-A Omaha Royals in 1993.


Coach Roesler has been teaching pitching for the last 20 years and is now the Director of Operations of the AWP Sports Cubs.

 

CISCO MIRELES

Baseball Instructor

Mireles has coached baseball in the Fort Wayne area for the past 10 years (2003-present), currently an assistant coach for the IPFW Mastodons, coaching at New Haven High School as an assistant (2003-2007), Garrett High School as a head coach (2009-2013) and coaching the 17U Fort Wayne Cubs teams (2008-2012).


He is a graduate of New Haven and played at Illinois Valley Community College where he helped the Apaches reach the District finals and was an All-JUCO All-Star as an Outfielder.

 

LEONEL VILORIO

Baseball Instructor

Coach Vilorio is yet another former professional baseball player with many years experience playing, teaching and coaching the game of baseball.


Originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Coach Vilorio was signed by the Twins organization in 1996. He played professionally for 3 years before injuries forced an early retirement. Since that time, Coach Vilorio has remained active in Florida by playing on various winter league teams, coaching travel ball teams and providing personal instruction.


We are very pleased to have Coach Vilorio braving the Indiana winters to be a part of The Diamond's winning team!  http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=vilori001leo