Baseball Coaches

Andy Bortz Baseball Coach
Andy Bortz (Hall of Fame induction Class of 2011)  A West Chester University star on the diamond during the Golden Rams’ Division I years, Andy Bortz graduated ranked among the school’s top 15 players in 12 offensive categories. He still holds both the school and conference record for consecutive hitting streak at twenty six (26) straight games. The Rams’ outfielder batted .339 during his college career with a .503 slugging percentage. He was named second team All-PSAC South in 1985 (the only year during his career where West Chester competed at the District II level) and led the Golden Rams to the NCAA District II South Atlantic Regional Championship Game. In 1988, as team captain, the Pottstown, PA native had a team leading nine (9) homeruns and legged out six (6) triples, falling one short of the school record. Andy is still active in the game of baseball and served 26 seasons as the Director of Operations for the Reading Phillies. Schedule a lesson HERE.
Travis Fuchs Baseball Coach
Travis Fuchs Travis is a specialty Pitching Coach for SlugFest. Having played for William Floyd High School, two (2) time All-County player followed by a semi-professional baseball career, Travis has been involved in baseball his entire life.  At the Little League level, he led the Western Berks League to a championship as well as being named Head All-Star coach during this time. His coaching focuses on the fundamentals of Pitching and is adjusted to all levels of baseball to afford the athlete the best opportunity to succeed and build for their future baseball success.  Travis is currently the SlugFest Steel Director of Coaching as well as the head coach for our 16U team. Schedule a lesson HERE.
Pat Smith Baseball Coach
Pat Smith A high school teacher by trade, Coach Smith embodies a passion for learning and instruction that is surpassed only by his large personality and attention to detail. As a umpire and member of the Amateur Athletic Union, he has significant experience in pitching, catching, hitting and all areas of game awareness. Pat has been involved in coaching for nearly 15 years. He has coached for several organizations including Upper Perk travel baseball and is currently the Head Coach at Arcola Middle School. Pat is also involved in the SlugFest Steel program and currently serves as an Assistant Coach for our 16U team.  Coach Smith offers sessions for hitting, pitching and catching. Schedule a lesson HERE.
Matt Thompson Baseball Coach
Matt Thompson Matt has been coaching youth baseball for several years and has been involved in children’s ministries for over twenty years. He is currently the League Representative for High Point Youth Baseball in Geigertown and is a member of the Southern Berks Youth Baseball League. Matt enjoys coaching the fundamentals of baseball and instilling a love of the game in his players.  He also serves as an Assistant Coach for our SlugFest Steel baseball Program.  Matt offers sessions in basic baseball fundamentals for our 5 to 8 year old players. Schedule a lesson HERE.
Zach Brightbill Baseball Coach
Zach Brightbill Zach is currently a senior at Daniel Boone High School and has been a varsity player for three (3) years now. He has recently decided to continue his baseball career after high school by playing collegiate baseball for Penn State. Zach’s recent accolades include the 2016 Mercury All Area 1st Team and Berks Underclassmen Legion All Star. He has also played for the Senior Legion, Daniel Boone Orioles and continues expanding his baseball experience by playing for Walk Off Legacy. Zach also volunteers his time as an Assistant Coach for a DBYS 8u team. As a coach at SlugFest, Zach focuses his skills as a pitching and hitting coach for our 15 and under clients. Schedule a lesson HERE.
Tyler Everett Baseball Coach
Tyler Everett Tyler has been around baseball most of his life. A varsity player for both Governor Mifflin and Antietam High schools, Tyler excelled both on and off the field. In 2011 he helped lead his team to a County Championship. Outside of school ball, Tyler has contributed to numerous other organizations including Berkshire, City County, All-Star Baseball Academy and Elite Baseball. In 2011, he received a Cy Young award as a member of Governor Mifflin’s City County team. He has attended a number of college camps and played for college coaches in Maryland (Towson), Virginia (Virginia Tech), North Carolina and South Carolina (Coastal Carolina). Tyler has been proficient at all positions but mainly focuses on pitching. His arsenal includes a 3 finger change, curveball, forkball, and both a 2 & 4 seam fastball that has been clocked in excess of 87MPH. Schedule a lesson HERE.

Softball Coaches

Courtney Memmo Softball Coach
Courtney Memmo Courtney, a specialty hitting coach at SlugFest, is a Wilson High School graduate (Class of 1998) and two (2) time, All-County Designated Hitter. Following high school, Courtney attended Bloomsburg University and later transferred to Kutztown University. In 2001, while attending Kutztown, she was awarded All-Conference East PSAC (1st Team and Eastern College Athletic Conference) (ECAC) and All-Star Team (2nd Team as a Designated Hitter). In 2002, Courtney was awarded All-Conference, East PSAC (1st Team), Atlantic All-Region National Fast Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) (2nd Team) and ECAC All-Star Team (1st Team as a Designated Hitter). Courtney is passionate about coaching and enjoys watching athletes develop the fundamentals necessary to grow into better players. Schedule a lesson HERE.
Ernie McKim Softball Coach
Ernie McKim Ernie’s took to the field at the early age 6. His passion for the game continued to grow through his teen years. He dominated his position as catcher during his tenure at Daniel Boone High School. In 2003, Ernie turned his attention to Softball. Captivated the subtle competitive strategies of the game, he would spend the next 10 years coaching girls travel softball from ages 8U through 18U. He has also been involved with both 12U and 14U softball for Daniel Boone Youth Sports (DBYS). In 2014, Ernie would head up the first SlugFest Steel girls travel softball team. He has been pivotal in the program’s expansion and in 2015 was named Softball Program Director for the SlugFest Steel Softball Program. Coach McKim specializes in hitting, pitching, catching and situational fielding. Schedule a lesson HERE.
Michael Smith Softball Coach
Michael Smith With parents who not only played but coached softball, Michael has been surrounded by both baseball and softball his entire life. As a coach, he has been involved with several middle and high school programs including Reading, Wilson, Muhlenberg and currently Daniel Boone. Michael not only considers himself a teacher but also a student of the game. He is continuously studying and striving to improve himself as a coach and leader. His goal is to not only make athletes better players but also instill a sense of teamwork and other ideals they can carry throughout life. Coach Smith specializes in softball hitting and catching. Schedule a lesson HERE.

Affiliate Coaches

Greg Edge Baseball Coach
Greg Edge (Former Professional Baseball Player)  A graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento, CA, Greg attended Sacramento City Junior College where he was selected as a 3rd round draft pick by the Huston Astros. Greg decided to decline the Astro’s offer and enrolled at Oklahoma University. Following college, Greg was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies. After two (2) years with the Phillies he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates where he played an additional two (2) years. Greg played some additional seasons at the Triple A level before retiring. During his career, Greg was a solid position player at Short Stop and Second Base. Greg is currently still involved in local baseball and works with young up and coming players.
John (Jake) McGeary Baseball Coach
John (Jake) McGeary John played baseball at West Chester University from 1983 to 1987. He was an all-conference PSAC catcher in 1985 and Middle Atlantic Regional first team. In the 1988-1989 season, John played for two Independent minor league teams. In 1988 he attended Spring Training with the Baltimore Orioles and St. Lois Cardinals as both a bullpen and batting practice catcher. From 1994 through 2002, John fulfilled several rolls in baseball including playing in the Blue Mountain League (Lehigh Valley, PA) and serving as Assistant Baseball Coach at North Hampton, Allentown Central Catholic and Bethlehem Catholic High Schools. He also served as a Recruiter for half a dozen colleges throughout the Northeast and Maryland. In 2013, John was an Associate Scout for the Oakland A’s organization and also offered his time as a Volunteer Assistant at East Stroudsburg University.
Ryan Gerber Baseball Coach
Ryan Gerber Selected to the Berks High School All County Team in 2002 and 2003, Ryan was named “Player of the Year” in 2003. He attended West Chester University from 2004 to 2007 where he was a starting pitcher. Ryan was also part of West Chester’s roster during the 2006 season when they attended the Division II College World Series. In recent years, Ryan has been an assistant coach for Shillington Legion Baseball (2006) and has been a volunteer assistant at Harriton High School in Rosemont, PA since 2011.