The NPA’s Area Directors are the best certified coaches that we have in certain locations over a long period of time. We will be expanding our roster of Area Directors so that more athletes and coaches can get the best possible training and information based on the NPA methodology. Feel free to contact our Area Directors for information about lessons and clinics.
Mark has trained extensively with former MLB pitcher and pitching coach Dr. Tom House founder of the National Pitching Association (NPA) and Rod Dedeaux Research Baseball Institute (RDRBI) at USC. Mark was recently named by Coach House as the National Director of the NPA.
The Collegiate Baseball News awarded Sheehan the 2014 Tom House Teaching Professional of the Year Award in Orlando at the ABCA Annual Convention.
Sheehan has teamed with the Institute of Sports Medicine Department at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Chicago Children's Hospital to provide NPA science based instruction and rehabilitation for their pitching clients.
In addition to his National Director duties Sheehan is the pitching coach at Waubonsee Community College and coaches for the Great Lakes Region with USA Baseball NTIS (National Team Identification Series) program as well as for Caliendo International Sports, where he coaches 15U-17U teams on International trips most recently to the Dominican Republic.
Mark currently splits his instruction time between NPA Central in the Chicago suburb of Plainfield and the NPA in California.
Dan grew up in Santa Monica, CA, and resides in Temecula, CA. His baseball career took him from Loyola HS (Los Angeles) to UC Santa Barbara in the 70’s. After baseball he enjoyed a 34 year career as an airline pilot, while continuing to teach pitching.
Dan has trained under former MLB pitcher and pitching coach, Dr. Tom House, founder of the National Pitching Association (NPA) and the Rod Dedeaux Research and Baseball Institute (RDRBI), since 2002.
He has been a high school pitching coach since 2004, and from 2007-2017 coached at Great Oak High School in Temecula, watching many of his pitchers succeed at the next level. In addition to this he works privately with young pitchers, teaching the timing and sequence of proper movement patterns.
Chris Soulier has been coaching and instructing baseball for the better part of 25 years. It was the influence of his father, grandfather and Junior College Coach where he developed the passion to provide athletes with the very best training and playing experience possible.
Chris grew up a multi sport athlete, competing in baseball, golf, basketball, Nordic skiing and powerlifting. He continued his athletic career in college, playing varsity baseball at the Junior College level and competing on the powerlifting platform where he competed at the National Level.
The dream of working in the sport came in 2016, when he brought four of his young players to a NPA camp at the NPA Central location with Mark Scheehan and Tom House. Shortly after, Chris was extended an opportunity to represent the Midwest Region by Mr. House and Mr. Scheehan in January of 2017.
Chris believes strongly in the NPA’s mission to “inform, instruct and inspire” with a health first, performance second, training approach. For Chris, the opportunity to work with Tom House and the NPA Team in the sport of baseball is truly a dream come true.
Contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NPA Mountain West
NPA Mountain West
Steve first discovered Tom House and what would later become the NPA in the late 90's. He attended the very first certification in pitching instruction that Tom ever offered (2001), and has remained a dedicated student ever since. Steve has been coaching pitchers with outstanding results since 2001.
Steve is also an 8th degree black belt in the Chuck Norris System, and has served as Director of Operations & Development for Chuck Norris’ United Fighting Arts Federation. He is a specialist in coaching applied bio-mechanics, conditioning, nutrition, and mental/emotional management for both pitchers and martial artists.
An engaging teacher, Steve's ability to connect with players, parents, and coaches follows nearly three decades of teaching youth and adults of all skill levels in both baseball and the martial arts.
Steve founded Utah Pitching Academy (serving the USA Mountain West Region) to help:
- players become better pitchers
- parents become better facilitators and supports
- coaches become better coaches
- all of us become better people!
No matter your age or experience level, we will help you discover and bring out your very best in pitching, and in life. Learn more at www.UtahPitching.com
Greg has been coaching baseball players, from Little League to High School, for over 35 years, and has been a certified NPA Coach for over two years. Greg has also been a Board Member of the MLB’s Baseball Assistance Team for over 22 years. He is a strong advocate for the NPA’s approach that is science based and certified by an institutional review board, something defendable to parents.
The NPA’s protocols are often used by top MLB and NFL athletes, and therefore, good enough for younger, non-professional athletes. Greg feels that the NPA’s approach allows him to explain the “why” behind everything, not just the “what.” And he particularly likes the fact that as an NPA coach he can focus strongly on arm health, not just performance and outcome.
A native of Wisconsin, Greg was drafted out of high school by the Cincinnati Reds as a pro, but passed up the opportunity for a full scholarship to Northwestern University. He was then redrafted out of college to play A-Ball by Cincinnati.
Greg feels that pitching and throwing is the least taught and coached part of baseball, and thus, not understood by most. By coaching young pitchers, he feels that he is fulfilling a major need. He loves seeing kids improve immensely with just a little help, and he takes great satisfaction in seeing kids who couldn’t throw a a strike suddenly do so, and seeing their confidence soar.
To Contact Greg, please visit the NPA NorCal website’s Contact Page.
Growing up in Ohio and playing all sports, Robert Ambrose always enjoyed playing baseball. After high school he spent 6 years in the Marine Corps and served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm where he began his education and in 2001 graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a BS in Professional Aeronautics. Moving to Atlanta after the Marine Corps he attended and played collegiate golf at Georgia State and graduated with a BA in Computer Based Information Systems, and Business Management
Robert is an enthusiastic student of baseball and when his first son came of baseball age he began coaching and learning how to bring the best information to players. In 2011 he became an Epstein certified hitting instructor. In 2013 became an NPA certified Pitching Instructor and returned in 2015 to USC for further training and obtained an NPA Master Pitching Instructor Certificate. In 2016 he accepted a Regional Director position with the NPA to help train coaches and players with the best pitching information available. Robert currently resides in Fayetteville Georgia with his wife Kelly, daughter Lauren and sons Sean and Ryan, and enjoys helping players reach their full potential.
Corey Ishigo is the owner of the Baseball Academy of Hawaii, which he founded and established in 2010. A former 2nd baseman for the University of Hawaii, Corey is currently the varsity baseball coach at Kailua High School and has led the team to the state championship 14 of the 15 years he served as coach. Under Corey’s leadership, the Kailua High baseball team has won eight east division championships, six Oahu Interscholastic Association Division championships, and one state championship.
Corey is the first Certified National Pitching Association Coach in Hawaii, and works closely with NPA & RDRBI founder Coach Tom House. The Baseball Academy of Hawaii is the only organization to bring Coach House to Hawaii for clinics.
NPA Southwest - Houston
Dean began his journey as a pitching coach in 2010 when he noticed the lack of science based instruction for youth sports. Most training available was based on outdated, false conventional wisdoms, taught by instructors with no interest in bio-mechanics or motion analysis.
Dean made it his mission to bring science, health, and performance based instruction to his community. It didn’t take long for his reputation to grow and before long his friends were calling him “Dr. Baseball”, based on his diagnostic abilities using slow motion analysis.
In 2012, he sought out the most respected name in bio-mechanical studies and rotational athlete training, Tom House, and received his first NPA Certification. In 2014 he reached Level 5 Master Instructor, and appointed Regional Director in Texas in 2016.
Dean is a native Houstonian and Texan, B.S. from Texas A&M University, and the owner of Doxco Pitching Academy, located in central Houston.
Dean’s clients range from youth, amateur, and professional. He has completed thousands of motion analyses and help many reach their goals and dreams.
Desiring to learn from the best and teach the latest science-based training methods, Mike Fetko has studied with NPA Founder Tom House for the last seven years. Mike became a National Pitching Association (NPA) certified pitching instructor in 2009. Since that time, he earned an Epstein hitting instructor certification, achieved NPA master pitching instructor status and became the Northwest Regional Director for the NPA.
Mike is the founder and president of Players Edge Baseball Academy in Anchorage, Alaska. His mission is to inform, instruct and inspire athletes. He strives to positively impact player performance by using the latest NPA protocols. Mike is committed to educating athletes so they can become healthy, respected competitors and achieve their dreams.
Beginning his baseball coaching career in 2001, Mike has coached Little League, PONY, High School, American Legion, Alaska Baseball Academy and many competitive travel teams over the years. His dedication to the great sport of baseball, knowledge, determination and infectious enthusiasm has earned him recognition as an expert in training both players and coaches.
Mike moved to Alaska in 1978 where he learned to love the outdoors, especially fishing for King Salmon on the famous Kenai River. His passion lies in making a positive impact in the performance of the youth he instructs and most importantly, make a positive difference in their lives.
Rick has been coaching for more than almost 35 years focusing mainly on high school and middle school athletes.
He has been working the Mark Sheehan and the NPA for the last four years completing his certification in 2013.
Following a successful business career, he has turned his focus to working with young baseball players.
Rick is currently the head coach for Western High School and Western Jr. High School.
Sal’s love of baseball started at a young age in his hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He played at St. Thomas Aquinas HS, pitched at Broward Community College, then pitched at Division I Florida International University where he received his B.S. in education, 1973. After college, Sal continued to pitch on several Independent teams in both North and South America.
Sal went back to baseball as coach and manager of numerous youth teams after the birth of his son Mario in 1984. Although he owned a successful retail store selling spas and hot tubs, it was becoming apparent that Sal was destined to teach baseball. After selling his retail Spa & Hot Tub store he began giving private pitching and hitting lessons part time while running events for the family Convention Planning business.
As a result of this activity in 1994, Sal founded and managed an amateur baseball Travel team, the Orlando Scorpions, beginning with a 10U age group & by the time they were 12U, ranked nationally as high as fifth. The Scorpions teams have gone on to enjoy continued success both on and off the field. The Mission Statement has been and always will be to give young High School aged players an opportunity to be seen and recruited by colleges throughout the US. To date, the number of Scorpions players who have been recruited to play baseball and attend college surpasses 800.
In 2001 baseball would fully occupy Sal’s time so he opened his first indoor training facility in Longwood, FL; he outgrew that location and moved the business to a larger building in Altamonte Springs. The Next Level is a baseball training facility attracting players from 10-25 years old, from young amateurs to Professional players.
Sal met Tom House in the year 2000 and subsequently brought him into Orlando for a pitching camp January of 2002. In February 2002 Sal received his Functional Fitness certification from Tom held in Birmingham, AL at ASMI.
Sal served as an Associate Scout beginning in 2000 in Central Florida with the Atlanta Braves.
To further his passion for baseball, in 2003 Sal Co-Founded the Florida Collegiate Summer League (now known as the Florida League), along with Mike and Sara Whiting of Winter Park, FL.
To Contact Sal: [tel] +1 (407) 492-0236 or [e] email@example.com
NPA Great Lakes
Dean Taylor, MA, AT, is a state of Ohio licensed athletic trainer whose passion for baseball and working with athletes helped lead to the development of the OhioHealth Thrower’s Clinic after Dean attended his first certification class with the NPA in Chicago. “I’ve always worked in athletics and the more I helped athlete’s in their rehab, the more I studied biomechanics and how the injuries could be avoided. It wasn’t until I left the college setting, that I had the flexibility to chase a dream. With a supportive leadership group behind me, my passions became a reality when I was given the opportunity to be a Regional Director with Tom House and the NPA.”
Based out of Columbus, OH, and with an office in Mansfield, Dean is a Sports Medicine Supervisor for a program with partnerships at over 45 high schools, 7 Colleges and Universities, and 2 professional teams. “We’ve been able to combine a trusted brand in OhioHealth, with the best, science based information on the planet, to create a mobile program to live up to the NPA philosophy of Inform, Instruct, and Inspire.”
For information about the NPA Ohio and upcoming events, contact Dean.Taylor@ohiohealth.com