Carmen Fusco is the founder, owner and operator of the Carmen Fusco Baseball Softball Academy in New Cumberland, PA.
Coach Fusco has over 40 years of experience in baseball as a coach and player scout. He began as a coach for Austin Peary State University in 1975, moving to Middle Tennessee State in 1976.
While coaching at the college level, Carmen also worked as a scout for three major league teams; the San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, and St. Louis Cardinals. In 1980, he earned the position of regional supervisor for the New York Mets where he had a ten year career in scouting. While servicing as an Advanced Scout, he received his World Series Championship ring in 1986 after the Mets overcame the Boston Red Sox in a 4-3 series.
In 1990, Carmen moved to work with the San Diego Padres as the Special Assistant to the General Manager. In 1993, Carmen returned to the Mets as their Special Assistant to the General Manager. He then became the Director of Pro Scouting in 1994. The team added Assistant General Manager to Carmen's scouting duties in 1995. During this same time, 1995-2002, Carmen also consulted with the Chiba Lotte Mariners, a Japanese Major League team.
Carmen second ring came in 2000 after winning the National League Championship while serving as the Assistant General Manager for the Mets. He left the Met in 2005 after spending a year as their Assistant General Manager/Director of Scouting Development to open the Carmen Fusco Pro Baseball Softball Academy.
While operating the Academy, Carmen was also scouting players for the Milwaukee Brewers and Montreal Expos, which became the Washington Nationals for the 2005 season In 2008, he left the day-to-day of the Academy to serve as Director of Professional Scouting for the Seattle Mariners until the end of the 2010 season. Since then, Carmen has returned to the Academy and served as a Special Assignment Scout with the San Diego Padres.
Lisa Santone Baker
Lisa grew up in Philadelphia where she started playing softball at the age of 4 for the Crispin Gardens recreational league and by the age of 7 began taking private fastpitch pitching lessons from William Gerstadt.
She attended Maternity BVM Grade School where she played on the softball team and then moved on to Archbishop Ryan High School. At 13 years of age while in high school, Lisa began playing for the Philadelphia Spirit, a travel tournament softball team. The team traveled up and down the east coast from Canada to Florida playing softball.
Throughout high school, in between playing on three softball teams, Lisa found time to give back to her grade school and to coach the team. At this time she also began giving fastpitch pitching lessons with her mentor, William Gerstadt.
From 1997-2001, Lisa attended Dickinson College and was recruited as the starting pitcher on the softball team. During her tenure she set numerous individual and team school records, was constantly part of the all-conference team, and was ranked 5th in the nation in 1997. Some of her individual records in 1997 include:
- Best ERA, Season – 0.68
- Most Strikeouts, Game – 14
- Best Strikeouts per 7 Innings Pitched – 7.68
- Lowest Hits Per 7 Innings Pitched – 3.84
Some of the team records for the 1997 season include:
- Best Team ERA
- Lowest opponent’s batting average
- Lowest walks per 7 innings ratio
- Lowest hits per 7 innings ratio
While at Dickinson College, in 2000 Lisa was one of fourteen in the nation selected to play for USA Athletes International. She spent two weeks traveling through Belgium and Holland playing softball. The competition included local teams to the best competition of the Belgium National team.
In 2006 Lisa was one of sixteen selected to play for World Sport International. This time she spent three weeks traveling through Germany, Belgium, Holland, France and England playing softball.
Lisa has coached every level of softball from college, high school, tournament and recreation. Today, Lisa has an M.Ed. in Sports Management from Millersville University and is the Director of Baseball and Softball Operations at the Carmen Fusco Pro Baseball Softball Academy where she gives private lessons and runs the tournament teams. In her spare time, when she is not coaching, Lisa spends time with her nine year old twin boys and traveling to their sporting events.