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

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 ball players, 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.

PAUL MITTURA

PITCHING

Paul was a 4-year letterman for MTSU’s baseball team, finishing is college career in 2014. As a freshman, sophomore, and junior Paul pitched out of the bullpen and joined the starting rotation his senior year.  He recorded a career ERA of 3.70 and is the current saves leader among MTSU pitchers.  His last outing at MTSU earned him Conference USA honors as pitcher of the week.
After graduation he continued to play at a professional level by pitching for the Frontier Greys where he pitched in 34 innings and recorded a 2.1 ERA.  Most recently Paul has pitched for the Gary South Shore Railcats in Gary, Indiana.
Now on the path to receive his Masters in physical therapy and teaching at Siegel High School; Paul uses his experience, love of baseball, and desire of teaching to instruct players from all ages on how to become more effective on the mound.