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About the Coaches at The Academy
Carmen Fusco

The founder, owner and operator of the Academy. He has worked in professional and collegiate baseball since 1975. Originally founding the academy in 2005, Carmen left to serve as Director of Professional Scouting for the Seattle Mariners from the offseason of 2008 through the 2010 season. Preceding his stint with the Mariners, he also scouted for Montreal and, immediately prior to joining Seattle, Milwaukee. Most recently he has served as a Special Assignment Scout with the San Diego Padres.

Carmen began his scouting career with the Padres, Reds and Cardinals while coaching Austin Peay State University (1975) and Middle Tennessee State (1976-80). In 1980, he was named a regional supervisor with the New York Mets, and he spent the next decade in a variety of scouting roles with them.

From 1990-93, he was a Special Assistant to the GM in San Diego, and he returned (with Joe McIlvane) to the Mets in the same role. He was appointed Director of Pro Scouting with New York in 1996, and worked as Assistant GM/Director of Pro Scouting from 1997-2003. After spending one season (2004) as Asst. GM/Director of Scouting Development, he resigned to open the Carmen Fusco Professional Baseball and Softball Academy.

A New Castle, PA native, Fusco graduated from Middle Tennessee State University.


Sam Nott

Attended Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland. Graduated in 2013 with a degree in Business. Played Division I baseball for four years as an outfielder and first baseman. Led Division I Northeast Conference in homeruns and finished second in RBI’s. Has been learning from and working with Carmen Fusco for over 10 years. Will be serving as the Director of Baseball Operations and Hitting coach for the Fusco Academy. Originally from Harrisburg, PA.

Mike Toomey

Serves as the Director of Pitching Development at the academy. Mike was a 4-year starting pitcher at Wilkes University 2002-2006. He then served as Assistant Coach at his alma mater from 2007 to 2008 before moving on to become the Pitching Coach for Rappahannock Community College from 2010 to 2011. He has worked with some of the best pitching minds in the game including Tom House, and was named a certified coach by both the Dedeaux Baseball Research Institute (2011) and the National Pitching Association (2011).

Ryan Nealon
Ryan Nealon is one of the assistants at the Academy. He assists with indoor teaching and outdoor practices specifically, with the catchers and defensive positioning. In addition to teaching he is one of the coaches for the academy teams. He was a catcher for the Mercyhurst North East Saints a Division II Junior College located just outside of Erie, PA. He graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration. He also earned his Master’s in Business Administration in Operations Management from the University of Scranton in 2011. 

Jason Munns

Works with softball pitchers at the facility. He has also been the Head Coach of Red Land’s varsity softball team since the beginning of the 2012 season. Jason also coaches in the Alley Cats softball organization throughout the year.


Stephanie Reese

Stephanie attended Lock Haven University and was an outfielder for the Lady Eagles softball team; she graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology. She is in the process of working on her masters in Science and Sports Psychology. In 2006 the Lady Eagles won the Division II National Championship and was named to the all-tournament team. Stephanie is currently the assistant varsity coach at Central Dauphin High School where she has coached the past 5 years. Central Dauphin has won the District Championship 3 years in a row (2011, 2012, and 2013). She will be serving as the Director of Softball Operations as well as the head coach for one of the academy’s travel softball teams. Stephanie is originally from Harrisburg, PA. tephanie attended Lock Haven University and was an outfielder for the Lady Eagles softball team; she graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology. She is in the process of working on her masters in Science and Sports Psychology. In 2006 the Lady Eagles won the Division II National Championship and was named to the all-tournament team. Stephanie is currently the assistant varsity coach at Central Dauphin High School where she has coached the past 5 years. Central Dauphin has won the District Championship 3 years in a row (2011, 2012, and 2013). She will be serving as the Director of Softball Operations as well as the head coach for one of the academy’s travel softball teams. Stephanie is originally from Harrisburg, PA. 









The Carmen Fusco developmental plan will be a cooperative effort from all staff members. As a staff, we must be devoted to bridging the gap between potential and performance. We must never lose sight that all players within our system are potential collegiate prospects. The following specific goals and objectives detail our mission: 
1.To achieve the highest standards in amateur baseball.
2.To develop the complete player- mentally, physically, and fundamentally, one who reaches his full potential and plays to the top of his tools. 
3.To make decisions that will be based on the betterment of individual player using applicable criteria. 
4.To create a positive learning environment and atmosphere that will be disciplined yet fun.
5.To implement and foster my three core principles to a player’s success:
Quality Preparation
Sustained Follow Through
Accurate Self-Evaluation
6.To teach with a plan:
Lecture on the skill
Show or walk the player through the skill 
Allow the player to do the skill
Encourage the use in games
Be creative.
7.To teach baseball skills in an organized progression, understanding what needs to be done from level to level to achieve positive results. 
8.To provide individual drills which separate baseballs skills into component parts which will allow the player to make necessary physical adjustments
9.To always teach with attention to simulating game speed and intensity 
10.Be committed to baseball excellence 
LOYALTY: Loyalty to anyone associated with the Carmen Fusco Baseball & Softball Academy will be achieved by the success of the system and not of any individual
PEOPLE: People will make our plan successful. We must treat our colleague and players with respect and dignity they deserve. WE will have no second class citizens
WORK ETHIC: We will out-work every sports organization in any league.

Mission Statement