Instructors

RYAN DONAHUE

LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Hitting & Defense

Ryan spent the majority of his life on a baseball diamond and learned from some of the games all-time great players and coaches.  Since the end of his playing career, Ryan has been an ABCA member and instructing players of all experience levels.  His desire to help youth players better develop their swing earlier in the playing career is now his passion.  By providing thousands of hitting lessons over the years he has a way of connecting with each player in a way that make every lesson enjoyable.
Ryan went into private instruction with the desire to find out what stopped him from making it to the next level of the game.  Through studying the great hitters of today Ryan has come to understand the proper mechanics and kinetics of the swing as well as the work and preparation that is required to coninue each player’s growth.
By understanding the proper kinetics Ryan is able to teach players of all ages and experience levels to hit more consistently and with more power.  Ryan combines both the mental side of hitting with teaching proper mechanics that work for each player’s personal ability and swing.

JOSH GIRDLEY

Pitching Instructor

Josh’s passion for playing baseball started at a very young age and by Junior High, there was no doubt in his mind he wanted to play professional baseball.  Josh’s dedication and hard work paid off and during his High School Career, he was selected for First Team All American and First Team All-State.  Out of High School, he was drafted as the 6th pick in the 1st round of the 1999 draft by the Montreal Expos, now the Washington Nationals, playing 6 seasons.

Josh recently married and is currently living in Smyrna TN.  Along with personal instruction and teaching the mechanics of pitching, one of Josh’s passions is teaching proper techniques in stretching and warming up.  He believes what is learned now at an earlier age will educate and create a solid and healthy foundation for future ballplayers, as his baseball career as a professional was cut short due to injury.  He also believes his professional experience and extensive knowledge of the game can benefit players of all ages emphasizing how hard work, dedication and motivation is the key for any athlete who wants to take their athleticism to the next level.

Josh is very passionate about giving back to the game that offered him so many opportunities throughout his life.  He is very honored to share his knowledge with younger athletes who share the same love for the game of baseball.

Aaron Antonini

Hitting, Catcher Instructor

Aaron Antonini brings a high level experience to the LBA training staff.  Aaron played for MTSU from 2017 to 2019 During his time with MTSU, Aaron started all 55 games in 2019, led all conference catchers in baserunners caught stealing.  In 2019 Aaron was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 18th round of the MLB Draft.  Since being drafted,

Aaron has quickly moved from A+ to AAA, and received an invite to Spring Training with the Cardinals.  This past season (2022), Aaron lead all minor league catchers in catching runners stealing at 50%.  Playing within the Cardinals organization Aaron has been mentored by Yadier Molina.
Aaron is now in his 5th year of giving baseball lessons to youth players around Middle TN.  His passion and experience are what drives Aaron to give back to the game through youth training.

Bo Whitlock

Catching, Fielding, Hitting Instructor

Bo Went to Watertown High School in Watertown, Tennessee where he was a four year varsity starter primarily at the position of catcher but also would play 1B, 2B, and 3B. Senior year of high school he was selected to the District 8A all-district team as well as selected to the MidTN Senior All-Star Classic for Single A high school baseball in Tennessee played at Vanderbilt University. He went on to commit to and play for Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee as a catcher in the NCAA Division II. After two years in Memphis at CBU He took a step back from baseball and then got back into the teaching and coaching side of the game. Catching is an area of expertise that he has due to his head coaches in high school and in college both being collegiate catchers themselves. However he tries to help any up and coming baseball player refine their skills in catching, hitting or other defensive positions in the field.

Michael Rosati

Hitting & Fielding Instructor

I am 23 years young, I grew up in Southern California moving to Murfreesboro Tennessee back in 2020. Played year round since I was a young boy. I play center field and I’m also a closer.

I graduated from high school in 2016 and went to junior college at la mission and continued on to a scout team in Southern California until I had a shoulder injury that has placed me in a time of rest until I’m able to take the field again. During that time of rest I would love to show your son what I have learned, ways that I’ve seen I can grow myself continually, through hard work, dedication, sweat, grit, passion, and most of all perseverance. Building character on and off the field, cause as you know one day these young men will turn in to grown men, carrying some of what they’ve learned into the real world. and as I’ve seen, the game of baseball has a big way of showing you who you really are. Thank you for your time, I highly look forward to meeting you and your son and starting this journey of becoming a better ball player, one day at a time.

Anthony Parry

Hitting, Fielding, Pitching

Anthony Perry – Bio Coming Soon

Pitching & Hitting Instruction

Hayden Lewis

Hitting Instructor 

Hayden Lewis is a former Union University graduate (2019) & Center FIelder.  Baseball has been his passion since his early childhood days and has given him joy and purpose throughout his life.  He is beyond excited and blessed to be able to pass some of the knowledge he has gained throughout his baseball career.

Hayden’s Mission is to create a hard-working environment that brings the best of your player, while still enjoying the game they love!!