Keith Beach

Keith Beach

Lead Pitching Instructor

A Fairport graduate and first-team Section Five pitcher, Keith was scouted and went on to pitch for Ithaca College under the guidance of legendary coach and professional pitcher, George Valesente. A four year record of 120-52 and three consecutive appearances in the College World Series, Keith has been exposed to some of baseball's greatest moments. For the last seven years, Keith has coached players of all ages in both little league and travel baseball. Specializing primarily in pitching, both players and families rely on Keith to bring their son to the next level, learning and utilizing skills to master the art of pitching.

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Ryan Sullivan

Ryan Sullivan

Lead Catching Instructor

A Hilton graduate and first-team Section Five catcher, Coach Sullivan then played at Monroe Community College under the guidance of Pete Dawes. After two regional championships at Monroe and a 76-32 record, Coach Sullivan then went to the University of Rochester where they finished with a school record 30 wins in 2009. After graduating, Coach Sullivan spent 3 years as a coach in the NYCBL coaching some of the best young players in the country. During this time he also began individual lessons, which he has continued for the last 7 years. Coach Sullivan uses his experiences as an instructor and coach to help his catchers understand the complexities of the catching position, while laying a solid foundation of fundamentals his catchers rely on when the game gets tough.

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MK Wheat

MK Wheat

Softball

A Brockport graduate, Mary Karen “MK” played on four sectional championship teams. She was recognized as the Section V tournament MVP three consecutive years, named to the Section V and all-state teams and was awarded Monroe County Player of the year in 1998.
Playing her collegiate years at Binghamton University under NYS Softball Hall of Fame coach Ron DeCosse, MK learned coaching philosophies and principles still influencing her teaching today. Following graduation, MK immediately moved into the coaching role and has been doing so for the last fourteen years. During this time, she has worked at the travel, high school and collegiate level. During her tenure as the Red Jacket varsity coach, MK coached her team to a sectional championship in 2010.

Currently, the pitching coach at the Rochester Institute of Technology, MK also serves as the Director of Operations for Power Fastpitch, an elite, local travel softball program. MK emphasizes on the key fundamentals of windmill pitching which will allow for continual growth throughout the entirety of a pitcher’s career. With an intense passion for the sport, MK strives to continue her education and growth so her athletes are able to reach their max potential.

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Warren Bacon

Warren Bacon

Pitching Instructor

Coach Bacon worked professionally for the Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Organization for over 40 years- scouting high school, collegiate, and university baseball prospects.  He realizes exactly what it takes for young players to succeed at every competitive level… from Modified, JR- Varsity, Varsity, and through their Collegiate/University development.  Coach Bacon came on board with us in 2016 to fuel his passion for implementing the mechanical and mental components to the game of baseball.  A 1968 RIT Graduate, he was a Collegiate Baseball All-American Pitcher and played in the San Diego Padres Organization, under the managerial tutelage of MLB legends Don Zimmer and Earl Weaver.
 
The ultimate goal of everyone connected with the Black and White Baseball Academy Organization is to build upon every players’ natural ability, implement guidelines of arm care and development, and deliver consistent and proven methods of instruction and fitness- laser focused on all the connected components of Baseball, Softball, and Physical Fitness/Health.
 
Players will hear the same things from administrators, coaches, trainers, and instructors at every level as they progress through the ranks at the Academy:  
 
‘Consistency, Command, and Control-every position, every pitch, every at-bat!’
 

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Dan Hurlimann

Dan Hurlimann

Hitting Instructor

Dan Hurlimann is a Hilton graduate and an All Greater Rochester shortstop. Dan played Division I baseball at Youngstown State University, consistently earning the Horizon League player of the week honors. After his sophomore year, Dan transferred and completed his college career at SUNY Brockport where he was an all SUNYAC and an ECAC first team selection. After graduating from Brockport, Dan joined the SUNY Brockport baseball coaching staff as an infield and hitting coach.
Dan combines his baseball with his extensive knowledge of strength and conditioning including an understanding of how the body is designed to function optimally, creating a unique style of training to getting players results FAST!
Combining the two allows him to more effectively instruct hitters, giving them the most gain possible.

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Brian Dupra

Brian Dupra

A Greece Athena graduate Brian played under the guidance of Coach Jason Bunting and Lou Izzo. Brian was recognized as a multiple first-team Section Five player, All Greater Rochester Player of the Year, Gatorade NYS Player of the Year, and selected to multiple Empire State Games. He was drafted for the first time by the Texas Rangers in 2007 before deciding to attend the University of Notre Dame where he was a four year starter and two time Captain. During his college career he also had the chance to play in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League where he won a championship and also had an All-Star appearance. Brian was selected twice more in the MLB draft during his time at Notre Dame. First by the Detroit Tigers in 2010, and then as the 7th rounder for the Washington Nationals in 2011 where he signed to begin his professional career. Throughout his professional career Brian reached as high as Triple A as a member of the Nationals for five seasons. Following his time with the Nationals he pitched for the New Britain Bees in the Atlantic Professional Baseball League. All while learning the intricacies of pitching through performing and instruction from some of the most forward thinking minds in the game. This passion for teaching and learning drives him to continued growth as a player and instructor.

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Karen DiTucci

Karen DiTucci

Softball

Karen DiTucci has been coaching and giving private hitting instruction for Power Fastpitch since 2013. Previously, DiTucci joined the University of Rochester coaching staff in mid-summer, 2010. She coached as the full-time assistant coach for two seasons.
DiTucci started her coaching career at Central Michigan University as a volunteer assistant in 2007 before becoming the full-time Assistant for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

She earned four letters in softball (2003-06 seasons) at Central Michigan University, an NCAA Division 1 Institution participating in the Mid-American Conference. DiTucci started 185 of her 188 career games played, and most of the time she was CMU’s leadoff hitter and second baseman. She graduated in May 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

A native of Morton Grove, Ill., DiTucci prepped at Niles West High School. Karen earned varsity letters in softball (four), basketball (four) and cross country (four).

Jenna Modic

Jenna Modic

Jenna Modic

Jenna started her career at Division I Miami University of Ohio, before transferring to the University of Pittsburgh for her final two years. At Miami, Modic earned 1st Team All-MAC honors and was named to the All-MAC teams in 2013 and 2014. Modic was also named MAC east Player of the Week in both seasons as a Redhawk.

At Pitt, the honors continued, earning ACC player of the Week in her very first outing. She earned 1st Team All-ACC in 2015, followed by 2nd Team All-Conference honors the following year. Jenna was also an All-ACC Scholar Athlete, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Media and Professional Communications while minoring in Corporate Communications.

Jenna was recently added to the The University of Rochester softball coaching staff for the 2018 season. She comes to the River Campus after spending the last two seasons coaching travel teams and leading several camps and exhibitions at University of Pittsburgh for the last three years.

BETTER TOGETHER

The relationship between pitchers and catchers is vital to a baseball team's success. Keith & Ryan are coming together, combining their talents to start Rochester’s only baseball academy devoted to the unique skills and talents of catching and pitching. The goal of this academy is to develop young pitchers & catchers to not only understand the basics of their position, but to also develop the skills to master the technical, physical and mental components all essential to help lead their team to success.

Coach Sullivan will be joining forces with his top students Nick Bunce and AJ Kehlenbeck. Both of whom were awarded All Americans in college. Kehlenbeck also collected the Rawlings Gold Glove Award while attending MCC. Other instructors will include current Monroe Community College student athletes Nick Ficarella Jr. and Morgan Boyce along with 2016 high school standout Dominic Palma Jr.