In the Media
By Edward Townsend
April 23, 2016
WHITE MILLS, PA–Former Sullivan County Rock Hill resident and owner of the Monticello based Pro Prospects Training Center Steve Pinto has moved up into the big leagues with his opening of the Pro-Prospects Sports Factory of Northeast Pennsylvania at White Mills, Pa. While moving his family to the Northeastern part of Pennsylvania where his wife Paige is a guidance counselor for Wayne Highlands Central School District the opportunity to expand his athletic training center business became a realty when a large building in White Mills popped up on the horizon. All of this reality became a sports training facility in December of last year in the former Chroma Tube factory building which Pinto transformed into a state-of-the-art 30,000 square foot multi-sport training facility.
Pinto, the sole owner of the sport training complex splits his time between the Monticello baseball-softball complex and the Sports Factory but he admits, “this all would not be possible if I did not have reliable experienced and professional help at both locations.”
The White Mills sports complex provides training and treatment for athletes in a variety of sports, including specialized indoor and outdoor facilities designed for baseball, softball, soccer, football, lacrosse and field hockey.
The Sports Factory brings two of the areas’ established sports skill development services under one roof.
Pro Prospects Training Center is one of the most respected baseball and softball skill development academies in the northeast and was founded in 1997 by former minor league hitting coach Steve Pinto.
Pinto graduated from Monticello High School in 1986, played three years of professional ball, two years with the Catskill Cougars (95 & 96) and later coached them for two years as their hitting coach under former Detroit Tigers Gate Brown and bench coach Wally Backman.
Pro Prospects has helped more than 1,000 players reach the collegiate level and more than 100 of their students have gone on to play professionally. The staff of former pro and college players and coaches have a combined 175 years of coaching and training experience.
Pro Prospects is also the Greater Hudson Valley hub for Prep Baseball Report-NY, one of the top scouting services nationwide and provides area ballplayers education on the recruiting process and comprehensive national college exposure.
Pro Prospects also brings its cutting-edge strength and conditioning service, Athletic Symmetry , headed by Kansas City Royals strength coach Stephen Gamma.
Gamma, a certified CSCS, and his staff provide assessments, sports performance training , athletic training and corrective therapy and are available for private, small group and team strength and conditioning for athletes of all sports.
Pro Prospects’ space at White Mills includes four batting cages, arm-action pitching machines, two pitching mounds, long toss tunnels a regulation indoor baseball and softball infield and a 1,600 square foot state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center for athletes of all sports.
In addition to providing private, small-group and team baseball and softball ball training, this White Mills facility will be available for individual or group and team rentals.
The Sports Factory features a 150′ by 120′ indoor field that can be divided into two 120′ by 65′ fields or a regulation baseball and softball infield, indoor soccer field with indoor soccer leagues, field space also for football, lacrosse, field hockey, wrestling, indoor flag football leagues and ProCare physical therapy.
Pinto pointed out during a tour of this facility that the Sports Factory features a NFL grade turf with turf quality unequaled among indoor facilities.
Presently under construction is a cafe with guest seating area and approximately 14,000-square feet designated for sports programs soon to be added.
High schools presently using the Sports Factory facilities include Sullivan West in New York State and Wallenpaupack School District, Delaware Valley Pa. School District, Honesdale High School, Forest City School District and Western Wayne School District in Pennsylvania.
NFL Flag Football leagues is also a part of the sporting activities at The Sports Factory.