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 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 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 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 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 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.