Our Team

The National School of Baseball is an innovative concept of teaching, instructing, and training for the game of baseball and softball. We use the best and most modern information and drills available that are safe, injury preventive and create proper mechanics in all phases of the game.

Our methods are scientifically proven to work — example Biomechanics (The laws of physics applied to the human body.)

We believe in continued education and certifications in coaching — our accreditations will continue to grow as we grow as a company.

Our staff has over 100 combined years of baseball and softball experience and over 45 combined years of coaching & mentoring experience. We all have an unbridled passion for the game and possess a natural born ability to coach/teach/mentor effectively. We love doing it, and always have fun!

We at the NSoB “Dare to be Different.”
We consider our program, and approach. to be unique, which is exactly what we strive to be.
What makes us unique?

  • School room classes
  • Small groups of 4-6 players at a time for lessons
  • The instructors/teachers are the owners
  • Science Proven Methods
  • Biomechanics
  • Sandlot Learning
  • Cross specific drills
  • Tolerance Based Training
  • Perfect Repetition Tracking For Results: 1,000 reps/10,000 reps/10,000 hours
  • Authenticity
  • Psychology of the game
  • Sportsmanship
  • Camaraderie
  • Student’s rights
  • Two-way Commitment
  • Two-way communication
  • Humor
  • Honest feedback
  • Life skills
  • Parent participation &encouragement


NSoB Player’s Bill of Rights

Players have the right to objective, science-based information and instruction.
Players have the right to authentic, patient, caring, unconditional coaching
Players have the right to a positive sports/life skills learning experience
Players have the right to health first preparation, competition and recovery
– this is how we train
Players have the right to ask questions and receive truthful answers
Players have the right to have fun

November 7, 2014


NsoB’s Coach’s Beliefs

Players are born with the need to learn
Players seek experiences that build self-esteem
Optimism enhances a player’s performance and learning
Diversity is the key to a player’s learning and growth
Players learn best when their entire support system is part of the process
Winning at any cost is not healthy for a player, a coach or a team
Majority of Players learn better as part of a team than they do as individuals: Socialization today among our youth is at an all-time low.
Leadership and great coaching is a reflection of who you are and more important than the tactics one chooses.
You cannot just motivate players; you must create an environment where motivated players can excel.

NSoB Coach’s Core Values

Honesty – tell the truth, even when it’s difficult
Trust – Choose to trust, even before trust is earned
Mutual Respect – Treat players with respect and require all athletes and parents to do the same.
Excellence – Strive for excellence with everything in the program
Responsibility – Believe that all athletes must be responsible for their own development
Teamwork – Learning is accelerated when players put the team’s goals first
Passion – Make sure everyone involved with the team is as passionate at the end of the day as they are at the beginning of the day.
Three “I”s: Inform, Instruct & Inspire

NSoB Coach’s Goals

To become the most trusted source for information related to the development of players
To disseminate knowledge regardless of the socio-economic and cultural differences that we may all share.
To facilitate dialogue among all coaches that will help eliminate ineffective unfounded information and instruction.
To stimulate greater passion for the game of baseball
To act as positive role models for young athletes
To coach unconditionally, believing that the Players’ Bill of Rights will lead to more positive and encouraging experiences for players of all abilities
To participate in an education process that will lead to the elimination or desire of performance enhancing drugs in baseball
To help players, coaches, and parents develop more optimistic and positive team environments which makes Baseball FUN.
To help young athletes make choices that will help them become more effective leaders on and off the field.

Repetition Philosophies

I have been asked many times:

“What pitching philosophy do you use?”
“What hitting philosophy do you use?”
“What coaching methods & philosophies do you use?”

My first answer is this:

It takes 1,000 perfect repetitions to create or break a habit
It takes 10,000 perfect repetitions for something to become automatic – wired into muscle memory
It takes 10,000 hours of perfect repetitious work in order to give yourself a chance to make it to the majors.
Our overall philosophy is “PERFECT REPETITIONS”.
Repetitions create muscle memory, which makes mechanics and techniques automatic, which in turn makes you a better player.
In other words, the player must be committed to working their tail off in order to be the best player they can be: 250-400 perfect repetitions per day.

November 6, 2014

Our Guarantee:

“If the player is passionate, remains committed to the process, works hard, does repetitions outside of the lessons he/she will not only be the best prepared player on the field, they will be the best player that their physical abilities allow them to be. ”

Educate, Demonstrate, Motivate, Create

coach pete from the national school of baseball

“Coach Pete” Cimino

Founder/President/Head Instructor

I.H.S.A. Certified Coach / I.H.S.A. State Certified

Certified in Pitching Biomechanics. Trained & Educated in Biomechanics, Human Kinetics & The Kinetic Chain for both pitching and hitting

Pirates of Chicago: Pitching Coach 2015-present

Elmhurst Extreme 10U Pitching & Hitting Instructor (2018)

Venom 16U Softball General Manager (2018)

Swing Baseball & Softball of Montgomery In-House Pitching Instructor (2018)

Plainfield Raiders 14U Pitching Coach (2017)

Elmhurst Extreme 9U Pitching & Hitting Instructor (2017)

Swing Baseball & Softball of Montgomery, IL: In-House Instructor

Over 40 years of baseball experience, including over 12 years of Coaching: TBall, Coach Pitch & Little League

  • Head Coach 2017 WAA “AA” Competitive League: Lugnuts (Champions)
  • Plainfield Raiders 14U Pitching Coach
  • Elmhurst Extreme 9U Pitching and Hitting Instructor (2017)
  • Swing Baseball and Softball of Montgomery (2017
  • Head Coach 2016 WAA 8-9 Year Old Fall Baseball: Kentucky Wildcats
  • Head Coach 2016 WAA “A” Rec. League: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Assistant Coach 2016 WAA “AA” Competitive League: Sand Gnats
  • Manager of 2015 Wheatland Athletic Association 8-9 year old Fall Baseball League: Wildcats
  • Manager of 2105 Naperville Little League “A” Division Vision Art Eye Care – Green Eyed Monsters
  • Coach 2015 Naperville Park District Coach Pitch League Marlins
  • Manager of 2014 Naperville Little League “A” Division Summer Tournament Nationals (Tournament Champions.)
  • Manager of 2014 Naperville Little League “A” Division Charleston RiverDogs
  • Head Coach of 2014 Naperville Park District T-Ball Yellow Sharks
  • Head Coach 2013 Naperville Park District Coach Pitch – Tan Tigers
  • Head Coach 2012 Naperville Park District B-Ball – Purple Dinosaurs
  • Haledon PAL Little League Head Coach 1979-1984


Coach Troy at the National school of baseball

“Coach Troy” Baker

Partner/Business Manager

Over 17 years of baseball experience, playing and coaching. And, over 20 years of teaching/mentoring with Big Brothers of America.

Joe S, Pirates

Joey Strem

Assistant Pitching Instructor

Megan Tews

Web Site & Graphics

Megan Tews graduated from Loras College in December 2016. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management accompanied with minors in Business and Public Relations. After graduation, Megan relocated to Minneapolis, MN where she works remotely for the NSOB&S.

coach sarah at the national school of baseball

Sarah Burke

Head Softball Instructor

Sarah Burke is an I.H.S.A. State Certified Coach and a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. She has four years of experience as both an instructor and a coach. Additionally, Sarah has 12 years of experience as a softball player through the college level. She specializes in softball pitching but also teaches hitting, fielding, catching and the catcher position. 

Cameron Wicker

Assistant Coach Girls Softball 16U

Coach Cameron Wicker is currently a student athlete (softball) at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and she is majoring in Criminal Justice. She is also a part-time softball instructor and coach.

Last season (2016-2017) she was an assistant coach for the 14U Naperville Diamonds as well as a hitting and catching instructor for the organization.

Coach Cam has almost 15 years of playing experience. For the past two seasons she has been Roosevelt’s starting catcher. At Yorkville HS Cameron started playing Varsity as a freshman. She earned several honors including 2015-2016 Defensive Player of the Year, 2015-2016 All-Conference Team, and 2014-2015 Defensive Player of the Year.

Coach Katie Lankford at the national school of baseball

Katie Lankford

Softball Pitching Instructor & Head Softball Instructor

Katie attended Trinity High School where she broke many school pitching records, was named all-conference three of her four years and was named pitcher of the year as a senior by the Chicago Sun Times.

Katie attended and played for Robert Morris University. She was named All Conference all four years. She led the conference in strike outs, innings pitched, and was in the top three in ERA all four years. She was also invited to represent the USA in Lyon, France to play in the European Cup. In 2013 RMU entered Katie as the first ever softball player into the Robert Morris Hall of Fame.

In summer ball, Katie became a member of the Lemont Rockers. The Rockers organization was one of the elite travel teams in Illinois. Each year the team traveled to Nationals in Illinois, Ohio, Texas, and Florida. Along with receiving all-tourney notoriety, Katie was nominated for ASA All Conference and All Tourney.

After 18U she joined Illinois women’s major team, the Elite Force from Palos Heights, IL. There she led the Force to the 2003 Canadian Cup, where teams from USA, Australia, Canada and China competed. Elite Force was one of two non-national teams invited to compete.

Coach Katie has a passion to teach the sport she loves. She was the JV Head Coach at Trinity High School (2000-2002), Head Coach at Immaculate Heart of Mary (2002-2004), Head Coach for LT Blazers (2007-2012) and now pitching coach for Robert Morris University (2017-Present).

Katie’s knowledge, experience and innate ability to teach is a winning combination to enhance any player’s ability in the game of softball.
Here biggest goal is to make every player the best they can be.

Coach Alyssa Avino at the national school of baseball

Alyssa Avino

Head Coach 16U Softball Team

Alyssa’s softball career spanned 15 years playing at every level all through high school, including playing on several elite travel teams. As a player her main positions were catcher and center field, starting and excelling at both. She is a teacher and instructor first, with an unbridled passion to improve players and coach. She has been giving lessons for several years.

Alyssa is also a biology major at JJC and will be transferring to Lewis University going into their pre-med program with a goal of going to medical school . 

Coach Danielle Hubbard at the national school of baseball

Danielle Hubbard

Assistant Coach 16U Softball Team

Danielle played softball for 13 years. She started pitching at a very young age and was the #1 starter on every team she played for including elite travel and high school. Her passion now is not only teaching and coaching the game she loves, but to do it in a way that that does not demean, degrade or break a player, something she had to endure during her high school career. Her goal as a coach and instructor is to not only make every player the best player they can be, but to bring joy and fun back into the game.

Danielle attends the College of DuPage and is also a technician at Momentum Physical Therapy. She still has an inkling to play and is considering trying out for CoD’s softball team next season.