Pro Prospects Training Center, one of the most respected baseball and softball skill development academies in the northeast, opened its facility at The Sports Factory in December of 2015. Founded in 1997 by former minor league hitting coach Steve Pinto, Pro Prospects has trained more than 10,000 ballplayers and helped more than 1,000 reach the collegiate level. Pro Prospects is also the Northeast Pennsylvania and Greater Hudson Valley (NY) hub for Prep Baseball Report, one of the top scouting services nationwide, providing area ballplayers education on the recruiting process and comprehensive national college exposure.
Pro Prospects will bring its cutting-edge strength and conditioning service, Athletic Symmetry, headed by former Kansas City Royals strength coach Stephen Gamma. Gamma (ATC, CSCS), a former strength coach for the World Champion Kansas City Royals organization, and his staff will provide assessments, training and corrective therapy. Coach Gamma and his staff will be available for private, small-group and team strength & conditioning for athletes of all sports. For More Information about Pro Prospects and Athletic Symmetry, call (570) 352-3800 or visit them at www.pro-prospects.com & www.athleticsymmetry.com.
NEXT LEVEL SOCCER, headed by Director Scott Bonagura, offers technical and tactical, individual, group and team training, goal-keeper training, striker training, travel team opportunities and tournaments for ages 3 through 18.
Coach Bonagura holds both a National and State Soccer Coaching Diploma from the NSCAA and has his USSF “D” Soccer Coaching License. This fall, he starts his thirteenth season as head coach for the Wallenpaupack Area High School varsity boys program. Previously Coach Bonagura spent seven years coaching boys and girls soccer at Delaware Valley School District at the middle school and high school level. Coach Bonagura has traveled overseas with the People to People Sports Ambassador Program to coach USA youth teams in Europe. He is the director of Buckhorn Soccer Academy, which runs youth soccer camps and clinics and is also the Director of Coaching for the Wallenpaupack Youth Soccer League.
Next Level Soccer’s staff also includes Erin M’Liss Bonagura, Shawn Knash and Katie Schkolenko. Coach Erin M’Liss Bonagura, a former assistant women’s soccer coach at East Stroudsburg University, will be starting her ninth season coaching girls soccer at Wallenpaupack Area Middle School. Coach Knash was a goalkeeper at Kutztown University and is assistant varsity, head junior varsity and goalkeeper coach at Honesdale High School. Coach Schkolenko holds NSCAA Level 1 and Level 2 goalkeeper certifications and is in her ninth year coaching soccer at Wallenpaupack. For more information on Next Level Soccer training, tournaments and programs, visit: www.nextlevelsoccernepa.com or call (570) 493-4623
ProCare Physical Therapy, considered the ‘gold standard’ throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania since 2000 for providing cutting edge physical therapy, sports medicine and wellness services in a caring, supportive environment, has opened its twentieth set of doors at The Sports Factory. Facility director, Dr. Kristina Wulff (PT, DPT, OCS, ATC), offers a comprehensive variety of rehabilitation services as well as injury-risk and performance screens and Golf Performance through Titleist Performance Institute-certified trainers. To learn more about ProCare, visit www.ProCarePhysical.com or call at (570)228-2142
Greco Sports, a Sullivan County NY-based entity, has partnered up with The Sports Factory to organize and run indoor and outdoor leagues and tournaments for a variety of sports at the new complex starting in January of 2016. This alliance gives athletes in the area the ability to stay close to home for league play year round. Director Michael Greco will run adult soccer and flag football winter leagues and plans to offer indoor and outdoor leagues for other sports. For league schedules and registration, details and updates, visit the Leagues page on our website.
Elite Martial Arts Institute, a certified member of the World Tang Soo Do Association (WTSDA), will open it’s 4th location at The Sports Factory and will be offers classes in traditional Tang Soo Do Karate, Self Defense and their new Hyper Pro program. Elite is headed by Rick Harsche, a WTSDA internationally-certified 5th-Degree Master instructor and an international tournament judge training and teaching for more than 28 years, and chief instructor John Potratz, 3rd degree. For more information and class schedules, contact Elite at (570) 470-1818.
Pursuit Field Hockey joined The Sports Factory’s team of training services in December of 2015. Pursuit Co-Directors Rebecca Maciejewski and Grace Manzione offer comprehensive training services and club teams for players of all ages and levels. Coach Becca just finished her 14th season coaching at the Varsity level at Honesdale High School. Under her guidance, 21 of her players have moved on to play at the collegiate level and Honesdale earned its’ best record in 32 years in 2012, making the district championship game. Coach Becca, a Certified Level 2 USA Field Hockey coach and USA Field Hockey-certified Futures Coach, played at East Stroudsburg University and in 2001, as her team’s Most Valuable Player and a 1st team All-American, helped ESU earn a National Championship berth. She was inducted into the ESU Hall Of Fame in 2012. Coach Grace was a four-year starter at East Stroudsburg University and is a former high school coach. Her playing experience includes a trip to the NCAA tournament and playing against professional players in Holland and Europe. For more information on Pursuit and their training programs at The Sports Factory visit www.pursuitfieldhockey.com or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
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