National Pitching East StaffThe coaches below are "official" National Pitching EAST Coaches for 2021 in the following states (MA, CT, RI, ME, NY, NH, ME, NJ, PA and Ontario).
NO OTHER COACH IN THESE STATES ARE RECOGNIZED OR AFFILIATED WITH NATIONAL PITCHING EAST
The National Pitching East STAFF and Coaches
Gardy O'Flynn NPA East Director Ipswich, MA
Gardy was a former pitcher in the Texas Rangers organization 1993-1997 when he had the privilege of being coached by Tom House (National Pitching Association Founder). He has maintained the relationship with Tom and first became an NPA coach in 2008. Gardy was named 2018 ABCA Pitching Teaching Pro of the Year and recently was in Sports Illustrated for his work in helping develop NFL QB’s. O’Flynn founded Pitching Fix in Ipswich, MA in 2008 and National QB in 2019, he is also the throwing specialist and program designer for Ken Mastrole (Mastrole QB).
Gardy, has a Masters Degree in Coaching Athletic Administration (MCAA) and is working on a second Masters in Biomechanics. He works directly with the medical community in the Boston Area. he is the throwing QB and pitching specialist (with good friend Tom Landry) for the 3D Analysis Micheli Center (Boston Children’s). His brother Dr. Hugh O’Flynn (M.S. Biomechanical Engineering/Harvard) is a prominent orthopedic surgeon (Sports Medicine North Chief of Orthopedics) in the area and often assists with NPA East screenings and clinics. Gardy and his wife Claire (both educators) have 4 children and reside in Ipswich, MA.. moc.l1627149651iamg@1627149651ogtsa1627149651eAPN1627149651
Dr. Tom House NPA Founder
Tom House is considered by many to be the “father of modern pitching mechanics.” He is the founder of The Rod Dedeaux Research and Baseball Institute (RDRBI) and The National Pitching Association (NPA). The RDRBI and NPA are renowned for their health and performance research and development involving three-dimensional analysis of human movement, physical preparation and training to support rotational athletes in movement, identifying the metabolic requirements of proper nutrition to fuel human activity, and mentoring athletes’ competition with mental/emotional management skills.
He is also an advisor with the American Sports Medicine Institute, the Titleist Performance Institute, and gives seminars for the American College of Sports Medicine. Tom has also worked with NFL quarterbacks Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Alex Smith and Carson Palmer.
Dr. Hugh OFlynn, NPA East Orthopedic Adviser- SPORTS MEDICINE NORTH
“I enjoy getting to know my patients and working with our team to be able to restore patients’ overall function and quality of life.”
”Dr.O’Flynn has an intense interest in the biomechanics of throwing and on injuries in athletes. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a masters in Biomechanical Engineering from Harvard University and spent a year working in the Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital Orthopedic Biomechanics Lab. He obtained his MD at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He worked with the team physicians for the New York Mets and the New York Football Giants during his Orthopedic Surgery training at Columbia at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He has written a Chapter in Jim Andrew’s textbook “The Athlete’s Shoulder”, written articles on hip, knee and shoulder problems and has been a busy practicing orthopedic surgeon and team physician for over 15 years.
NPA East Coaches
Bill Roberts Chester County, PA West Chester Dragons Baseball
Bill Roberts as been training under the National Pitching Association since 2009. He has attended multiple coach certification clinics in with Tom House at USC and in Ipswich, MA. In addition, Bill has hosted both Tom House and Gardy O’Flynn, NPA East Area Director, for player clinics in the Philadelphia Region.
Bill is an active participant in local youth baseball, having served on the board for the local Cal Ripken league, and currently is the Vice President, Director of Pitching and a Coach for the West Chester Dragons Travel Ball program. The Dragons currently field teams from 9U – 16U. In recent years, Bill also coached teams for Phenom of Pennsylvania and the Steel City Titans.
Away from baseball, and as a father of 5, Bill keeps busy attending a variety of basketball, wrestling, football, and field hockey games. He was a competitive rower in a nationally ranked high school program, St. Joseph’s Prep, as well as Rutgers University (BA Economics). In addition, Bill received an MBA from the Johnson School, Cornell University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Sam Wernick Warrington, PA All-American Baseball Academy
All-American Baseball Academy Warrington, PA
In 1998, Sam co-founded the All American Baseball Academy in the Philadelphia area, located in Warrington, PA. The Academy is an NPA East designated training facility. Hundreds of players have come through Academy programs and have moved on to collegiate and professional careers. Sam is a former MLB Scout with the Milwaukee Brewers (2005 to 2015) and has had the privilege of studying and working with Tom House, (National Pitching Association Founder) Gardy O’Flynn, NPA East Area Director, and Tom Landry of the NPA East. He has been an NPA Coach since 2014 and has attained NPA Level 1, 2 and 3 coach certifications in Biomechanics, Functional Strength and Nutrition. Sam and his son Josh Wernick have worked as Affiliates of the NPA East implementing the NPA protocols to numerous players from the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Sam and Josh have managed numerous Academy championship and tournament travel teams. Sam has a Masters Degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in the photographic arts and relies heavily on video motion analysis to evaluate and train all rotational athletes.
Josh Wernick Warrington, PA All American Baseball Academy
All American Baseball Academy Warrington, PA
In 2013, Josh became a co-owner of the All American Baseball Academy located in the Philadelphia area, in Warrington, PA. Thousands of players have come through the Academy with hundreds of them moving on to the college and professional ranks. Josh is a former NCAA Division I player at Temple University where he graduated with honors with a degree in business from the Fox School of Business. Josh has had the privilege of studying and working with Tom House, (National Pitching Association Founder) Gardy O’Flynn, NPA East Area Director, and Tom Landry of the NPA East. He has been an NPA Coach since 2014 and attained NPA Level 1, 2 and 3 coach certifications in Biomechanics, Functional Strength and Nutrition. Josh Wernick and his father, Sam Wernick have worked as Affiliates of the NPA East implementing the NPA protocols to numerous players from the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Josh practices what he preaches. After graduating from college in 2005, he began working at the Academy. After throwing batting practice for many years, Josh lost about 10 m.p.h. on his fastball. In 2014 He decided to join his students and train with them and since that time, he has safely worked his velocity up to the low 90s. He sets a great example for those he mentors. Both Josh and his father Sam believe: if you want to be a great mentor, you must never stop learning. You must seek the best information from the most credible sources. The NPA protocols are medically defendable and IRB certified. The Academy is an official orthopedic partner with the Rothman Institute, a division of Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. The goal is to prevent injuries, promote health, maximize performance and prolong careers.
James Baker NSPT
James Baker graduated from Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, MA in 2002. There, he played varsity baseball and basketball and received the Coach’s Award and Scholar Athlete Award in both sports. James also was named to the Cape Ann League All League Team, Cape Ann League All Star Game and the Agganis Shriners All Star Game.
James graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, MA in 2006. There, he played baseball for four years and was the captain his senior year while playing in the 2006 National Championship game in the Division 3 College World Series in Appleton, WI. Also in 2006, James was named to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All League Team, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All League Team, the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-League Team, NEIBA All Star Game held at Fenway Park and the All New England Team. At Wheaton, James was 10-1 in his college career with 10 saves (he became a full-time pitcher his Junior Year). As a senior he was 4-0 with 10 saves and carried a 1.80 ERA. He also played in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) in 2005 for the Mill City All-Americans.
After graduation, James was signed by the Nashua Pride, a professional baseball team in the Can-Am League. With Nashua, James went 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA. After one professional season, James signed with the San Diego Padres and went to minor league spring training in 2007. James has also pitched for the North Shore Spirit of the Can-Am League where he posted a 4-1 record and a 1.37 ERA, the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League for two seasons, the York Revolution of the Atlantic League and the Gary South Shore Railcats of the American Association for two seasons. In 2011, James went 3-1 in 42 appearances with 68 strikeouts and a 2.57 ERA in 49 innings. James finished his career with the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association in 2012 after compiling a 2.49 ERA and helping the “Nuts” to the League Championship Series.
Outside of baseball, James graduated from the National Personal Training Institute in 2008 as a certified trainer and nutritional consultant. There, James completed hours of study in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and program development. As a performance training coach, James specializes in functional group training and personal training, athlete training, functional baseball training, corrective exercise and educating clients on proper movement patterns that reduce the chance of injury. James is also a strength and conditioning consultant for the Wheaton College baseball team.
James is the Co-founder, Manager and Performance Training Coach of North Shore Performance Training, located inside the Route One SportsPlex building in Danvers, Ma. This gym accommodates athletes, non-athletes, beginners to performance training and workout enthusiasts of all ages and abilities in both individual and group training settings. James enjoys working with clients from ALL backgrounds and takes pride in having personal, rewarding relationships with each client. He stresses proper technique and the use of the latest functional training and corrective exercise methods in all of the strength and conditioning and group training packages.
In addition to training and managing at NSPT, James spends his time coaching, motivating and developing baseball players in the Northeast, especially pitchers, from Little League to the professional level. James helps young athletes understand the game of baseball by developing and sharpening their physical, mental and emotional frameworks as prospective athletes. He is currently a baseball coach at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA.
James is also a pitching coordinator for The Academy AAU baseball program. His pitching lessons focus on the universal fundamentals of pitching, the mental side of the game, situational awareness and biomechanics that create less stress on a pitcher’s arm to create the greatest force in delivering the baseball while also reducing the risk of injury. James is biomechanics certified by the National Pitching Association (NPA).
Please contact James with any questions or comments regarding future training possibilities. Thank you! Email: james@
Rich Sammon Ridgefield, CT Pitch4Life
Pitch4Life, LLC. – Baseball Training
Ridgefield, CT 06877
moc.l1627149651iamg@162714965143efi1627149651l4hct1627149651ip1627149651 / 203-994-4336 / @pitch4life34
Rich Sammon delivers more than 30 years of baseball and practitioner knowledge along with coaching experience at both the youth and high school levels. Rich is partnered with The Factory in Norwalk, CT (327 Main Ave.) to deliver quality baseball instruction primarily with pitching as well as hitting, infield/outfield and catching positions of the game as well as youth-based strength/conditioning.
As a Player Rich was a high school prospect scouted by former head major league scout Ralph DiLullo and recruited to an NJCAA baseball program whose team reached the State Regional Finals to the College World Series both seasons where nine teammates were drafted during that time. Rich also played at the D2 level and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. Rich played summers in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL). Rich continues to play baseball for various men’s adult baseball teams in CT as well as various tournament teams notably in the men’s annual Roy Hobbs Tournament in Fort Myers, FL.
As a Coach Rich coaches at the High School & American Legion levels and has also coached in Little League, Babe Ruth, and AAU Levels.
As a Practitioner Rich established the Director of Player Training & Development position for Ridgefield Little League. Rich has also organized player development clinics, presented at league safety clinics on pitching, facilitated pre-season winter workouts for youth and high school players and also was a formal Pitching Instructor for the Athletes Performance Zone (APZ) 360 Program at the Golf Performance Center in Ridgefield and served on the Ridgefield Babe Ruth Board of Directors as the Director of Travel Baseball.
As a Body of Knowledge Rich has attended multiple NPA coaches certifications out at USC with Tom House. He instructs using the latest scientific pitching research as a current 2018 Associate Coach “in training”with Tom House’s National Pitching Association (NPA-East Region) as well as other methods and athletic training. Rich also has standard CT CIAC approved Coach Training, CPR, First-Aid & Concussion Training.
On the Home front Rich is married to his wife Dianne and has two college sons who attend Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and both played collegiate baseball for the Tigers during their tenure at RIT.
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What is the importance of working with an NPA instructor?
The instructor has been personally trained and tested by Tom House and staff
The instructor is qualified to teach all levels of the NPA Pitcher’s Health and Performance Matrix Platform: Biomechanics, Functional Strength, Nutrition, and Mental/Emotional Management
Get your kids on the right path with correct mechanics and information that will keep them healthy as they grow and mature through their baseball lifetime. These days, too many pitchers get injured thus limiting their opportunity to continue playing. Many times the desire to win has superseded what is best for an athlete’s development and future potential. This combined with general misinformation about what is good, better, or best for the development of pitchers has seriously impaired or injured pitchers beyond rehabilitation. We’ve brought together the best advisory team to help us learn more about how and when to pitch. Through scientific research we are continually updating the basics of pitching, and passing on that knowledge to pitchers, coaches and parents so that we can bring out the best in each and every player. For details and to register, please view our Events Calendar ➔
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Individual & Small Group Lessons
TRAVEL/National Pitching EAST & National QB CLINICS goes to you Coaches Education & Player Clinics
We will come to your location to conduct coaches’ education clinics and coach/player clinics to show both the health first approach of NATIONAL PITCHING & Tom House Sports on the East coast. This is perfect for AAU/Travel Organizations as well as town/city programs. Clinics involve evening coaches education presentation and camp. Ask about our Everybody Pitch training clinics. To set up a clinic, please send us a message through our Contact Page or contact Gardy O’Flynn directly at 978-500-0148 or moc.l1627149651iamg@1627149651OGtsa1627149651eAPN1627149651.