Meet Our Trainers
Like you, I have a love and passion for the game of baseball and softball. I am the leading expert in hitting and have been nicknamed the “Bill Belichick” of baseball when coaching one of my many teams and kids. I often ask myself, “Why do I do this?” Because I am absolutely crazy about the game and I get to continue my work doing something that I love.
Unlike most coaches and hitting instructors, I have a keen eye to spot small actions/movements that can make a huge impact. I also work well and understand that not an all size fits all works and adjust based on my athlete’s ability and determination. While coaching, I have a keen awareness of several plays ahead and can make adjustments and moves. My goal is to communicate constantly with my players so they can understand the purpose of the moves with the situations and ensure that my knowledge is passed down. Communication, teamwork, and integrity by always respecting the game – that’s why I do this.
You can be assured, that if you have noticed a “Big Al” player that hits dingers, they have been working with me.
I come well accomplished in my field and have helped athletes who have never swung a bat before, to playing on elite travel teams after lots of hard work. I have been playing for over 30 years, and have been coaching for 10 years, that included a sting, while Active Duty in the Air Force.
Joe Mazzuca earned an athletic and academic scholarship to Northern Illinois University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in sport management in 2003.
During his senior year as a Huskie, Joe was named the team’s MVP while posting very impressive numbers and set multiple records within the program. He hit .357, racking up 76 hits, 13 doubles, 10 home runs, 57 runs batted in, while slugging .587, setting program records for RBI and hits in a season, while leading the Huskies to the most wins in a single season. He was also selected to the All-MAC Tournament Team for the 2003 campaign. After his impressive senior season, Mazzuca was selected in the 12th round of the 2003 Major League Draft by the Florida Marlins.
After playing within the Marlins Minor League system for two years, he went overseas and has been playing professional baseball in Italy since 2005. While in Italy, Mazzuca has helped lead his teams to three Italian League Championships in 2009, 2012 and 2013. Immediately after moving to Italy, he was named to the Italian National Team in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2014.
Played 4 years of college baseball at Indiana State University. Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 16th round of the 2003 draft. Played 11 professional seasons including parts of 5 years in the Major Leagues all with the Milwaukee Brewers. Set an MLB record recording 15 straight outs by strikeout. Currently a pitching coach in the Kansas City Royals organization.
13 years of professional baseball in Europe 2001-2013 (Bologna, Italy)
- 2001 – 2007 Italian National Team (Team Italy)
- 2001 Intercontinental Tournament with Team Italy-Taipei (World Cup)
- 2004 Olympics – Athens – Team Italy
- 2006 World Baseball Classic – Team Italy
- 2013 Asia Series with Bologna – Taiwan
- 3 championships with Bologna
- 3 European championships with Bologna
- 1 European championship with Team Italy
- 4 Italian cup championships with Bologna
- 33 wins • 15 losses • 60 saves • 2.41 era • whip; 1.18 • k/9 innings; 10.43
- k/9 innings; 10.43 • bb/9 innings; 2.76 • 395.1 innings pitched
Voted best reliever 3 times – 3 time Allstar – All time saves leader for Bologna, Italy
(3 short of All-Time Italian baseball history)
- Pitching with proper mechanics will lead to a long and healthy career.
- Control mental aspect of the game to carry a player to the next level.
Baseball has always been a big part of my life. I have played competitive baseball all through
I am from Brandon, Florida, where I worked for a well known baseball summer camp in the area, called Saladino Baseball Academy. I was a coach there for 5 years. During that time I have coached ages from 6-15 years of age, ranging from tee ball to travel ball. I am very passionate with the game of baseball and enjoy spreading the knowledge of the game and teamwork to everyone I can.
Shelby is a former NCAA Division I Softball Player with 13+ years of pitching coach experience. Growing up in the Quad Cities, she started playing travel softball at age 11 and competed at State, Regional, and National levels, earning several state and regional titles.
She received a full scholarship to pitch at Eastern Kentucky University, where she won two Ohio Valley Conference titles and appeared in the NCAA tournament her freshman year. During her college career, Shelby competed and pitched against the nation’s best talent from teams like Alabama, UCLA, Kentucky, Louisville, Georgia, Kentucky and other top Division 1 schools.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Shelby began to teach 2nd grade, coach high school softball and taught pitching lessons. Since moving to Chicago, she has continued doing private lessons with girls’ ages 7 to 18. In addition, Shelby has worked as the main pitching instructor with several travel organizations including Windy City Thunder, Top Tier, Chicago Fireworks and Park Ridge Jr. Hawks. She Runs many camps with the Chicago Bandits and park districts around the city and is now the Assistant Coach and Pitching Coach at Roosevelt University.