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.
Pitching is not for all players. It takes a high level of mental strength to succeed on the mound. We simplify pitching mechanics into 3 phases - balance, using the lower half and extension.
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.
Jim Feely has been a therapist for over 40 years. Jim has worked with both youth and adults and brings to us the ability to address the mental aspects of finding success in athletics as well as the classroom.
Jim brings with him his own unique blend of humos, understanding, and direct observation to best tailor to each individual those issues that need to be addressed and how best to accomplish those tasks.
Jim is also a successful coach having done so far the past ten years at Hilton High School.
Jim's teams went from having little success to winning 8 division titles, 4 section V titles, 3 times representing section V in the States finishing as high as second place.
Jim as well as the staff at Black and White understands the importance of addressing the mental side of the game and we are fortunate to have the talents Jim has in this area for all to tap into.
You can reach Jim at (585) 820-9919 to directly set up appointments which last 45 min and cost $75.00 paid directly to Jim at time of your session.
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).
A Fairport graduate and 2nd team all-county selection, Andy was recruited to play at Elmira College where he would be a 3 time captain of the Soaring Eagles and an all-conference honorable mention. Coach Andy was a utility left handed pitcher amassing over 200 innings while pitching as a starter, reliever, and closer. Andy had the ability to spend 2 summers in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League with the Geneva Red Wings and 1 summer in the Valley Baseball League with the New Market Rebels, where the Rebels won the league championship. Andy has a bachelors degree in Biology from Elmira College, and is aiming to get a doctorate in physical therapy. Coach Andy is excited to share his knowledge of pitching, both mechanically and mentally, as well as helping pitchers develop and grow.
Madisen started her collegiate carrer at Mt Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. Her fresman year, her and her team had an outstanding season winning their region as well as the Northwest Athletic Conference. She was awarded Second Team All League for offense as well as the Academic All - Star team.
After finishing her sophomore After finishing her sophomore year at MHCC, she transferred to the Rochester Institute of Technology, in the college of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where she finished her last two years of softball. There, she earned the starting catcher spot and caught in every
conference game of her career there.
As an ASL Interpreting major at NTID, Madisen is fluent in ASL and can offer lessons to Deaf softball players and offer the same beneficial one-on-one instruction. Her passion for the sport is what drives her to learn anything and everything and pass it on to the new generation of softball players.
A Fairport graduate and played under Coach Pete Granger. He was recognized on multiple all county teams and was 2005 Section V Division I Co-Player of the Year. Post-graduation he went on to play at Ithaca College where he played three seasons under legendary coach George Valesente. At Ithaca, he was named 2008 Empire 8 Pitcher of the Year and recognized on numerous all-conference/regional teams. He was drafted by and signed with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008 and begin his professional career. Completed two seasons in the Reds organization in the GCL and Pioneer League. Following his time with the Reds he pitched for the Traverse City Beach Bums in the Frontier League.
Bryan has a bachelors in athletic training and a master degree in kinesiology. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy. He is looking to spread his wealth of knowledge of the human movement and how it connects with the mechanical aspect of pitching.
"If you're not assessing then you're guessing"
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!’
Warren Bacon is no longer available for private lessons. However, Warren is a consultant to our schools and teams, sharing his 40 years of professional scouting experiece.
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.