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
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
BALANCE GYMNASTICS moved into its’ new 7,500-sq foot space at The Sports Factory of NEPA in September of 2017, more than doubling its previous training space and offering training for beginners through advanced gymnasts. Balance, which also added a 1,500-sq ft. Pre-K gymnastics studio at the complex, offers Junior Ninja Warrior Training, cheer tumbling, private lessons, open gym and birthday parties. Headed by Katie Monaghan Firmstone, Balance has trained hundreds of area gymnasts in its two years of operation. Firmstone has been involved with the sport of gymnastics for over 35 years, starting as a club gymnast, continuing to the collegiate level, and coaching. She is now a Level 10 & NCAA Judge, is safety certified with USA Gymnastics and continues to attend workshops and clinics to further her knowledge of the sport she loves. For more information about Balance Gymnastics, visit www.balancegymnasticsandwellness.com
ELITE MARTIAL ARTS INSTITUTE, a certified member of the World Tang Soo Do Association (WTSDA), moved into its 3,500-sq ft dojang at The Sports Factory in January of 2018. Elite offers classes in traditional Tang Soo Do Karate, self-defense, kick-boxing, pre-k classes and its 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.
FACTORY FITNESS opened at The Sports Factory in November of 2017 and offers a variety of fitness classes out of its 1,600-sq foot studio, including Spin and “Turf Burn” Cardio Boot Camp. Headed by Angela Booths, Factory Fitness provides our athletes additional fitness options and parents of athletes training for other sports at the complex a convenient opportunity to get and stay fit with private, semi-private and group sessions, including speed and agility training. For a full schedule of classes, visit the Factory Fitness Facebook Page
The Sports Factory of NEPA is a 42,000-sq foot indoor and outdoor training complex located at 8 Riverside Drive in White Mills. Follow The Sports Factory of NEPA on Facebook for updates or visit www.sportsfactorynepa.com . For more information, please contact The Sports Factory at (570) 352-3801.