Dante Bichette Sr- Baseball Operations Advisor
Former 14 year Major League Player with a career average of .299, 4 time All Star, Silver Slugger Award Winner and 2013 Colorado Rockies Hitting Coach is our Special Baseball Operations Advisor.
Ken Winkle- Chief Pitching Instructor / 9 Year Professional Player / Mike Epstein Certified Hitting Instructor
A long time Pinellas County resident, Ken comes to Team Stance Doctor with over 10 years of professional baseball experience. From the time at Cross Bayou LL through his days as a professional, Ken has never lost the passion for the game. Ken works with all ages and specializes in all aspects of pitching; fundamentals, strategies, situational, strength and conditioning and of course mental.
During his years as a professional, Ken has played for and learned from some of Major League Baseballs great players and coaches including; Ron Guidry (NY Yankees), Wally Backman (NY Mets), George Brett (Royals), Rafael Santana (NY Mets), Charlie Kerfield (Houston Astros), Edgar Renteria, Juan Nieves (Current Red Sox Pitching coach) and others.
In 1994- after a stellar season at Saint Leo College where he set a school record with 159 strikeouts, Ken was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 15th round of the amateur baseball draft. During his time with the Royals, he played for former New York Met Raphael Santana and all time Royals great, George Brett.
In 1996 - Ken had one of his best years as a pro with 29 saves and a 1.36 era. The saves were a league record and earned him an All Star appearance in the Texas-Louisiana League.
In 1997 & 1998- he had the opportunity to play in the Taiwan Major Leagues with Don August (Brewers), Steve Wilson (Cubs & Dodgers), Sam Horn (Red Sox) and many others.
1999 – 2000 Played for former NY Mets great Wally Backman and NY Yankees Pitcher Ron Guidry and helped the team win the Western League Championship.
In 2002- Ken earned another All Star appearance in the Central League after playing winter ball for Edgar Renteria in Columbia, and former LA Dodgers catcher Steve Yeager.
In 2003 Ken finished his professional career as a player/ coach of the Central League and has been teaching others what he was taught during his years in pro baseball.
Steve Schwarz- Mike Epstein Certified Hitting Instructor (Baseball & Softball) - Infield/ OF Specialist
Steve comes to Stance Doctor Baseball & Softball Academy as a 2x Certified Mike Epstein Hitting Instructor (www.EpsteinHitting.com ), a 4x Doyle Baseball Alumni and showcase player, a Doyle baseball certified coach, and a Cal Ripken Advanced Certified Coach.
Steve’s extensive playing career spans from high school through college and includes 2 seasons in the California Wood Bat Collegiate Summer League in 1990 & 1991. Here is were he played with some of the nations best prospects and had the opportunity to work with Long Beach State coaches and players in addition to former professional players during the 1990 Winter Baseball Season at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California.
Post playing career, Steve continues to be a student of the game and is constantly adapting to new technology and methods that will allow his students to become the best possible players they can be. In the last 3 years, Steve has logged over 5,000 hours of video analysis, over 2,500 individual and team lessons and has worked with everyone from little league through college players in both baseball and fast pitch softball.
Eric Fountain- Hitting & Infield Specialist / Recruiting Coordinator
Eric comes to the Stance Doctor Baseball and Softball Academy as an instructor in hitting/ fielding and as the After School Coordinator.
Eric spent 8 years as a baseball/softball instructor at Pro Performance in Morgantown, West Virginia. At this facility, Eric worked with youth travel baseball teams of all ages, high school players, college players, professional players, and showcases. He has worked with hitters from West Virginia University, Fairmont State University, and West Wesleyan College. He also worked with Jedd Gyorko (San Diego Padres) Andy Altmus (Director of Baseball Pro Performance), David Carpenter (Washington Nationals), Joe Agreste (Texas Ranger Scout) Ernie Galusky (Director of Baseball Operations for the Black Bears Minor League Team), Jerry Mahoney (West Virginia Univeristy), and Ed Santa (Colorado Rockies Scout and Showcase). Eric has coached youth baseball in Delaware and West Virginia for numerous years and spent six years as a coach in the Morgantown Post 2 American Legion program.
Fountain played his college baseball at Potomac State College and then West Virginia University. He was also an All-State player in Delaware and played for team Delaware in the Big League World Series in 1996. His goal is to help players achieve their maximum potential and prepare them for college.
n Dayton, Ohio and raised in Tampa, Florida, TJ Wharton comes to the Stance Doctor with an expansive baseball backgroun
Andrew Don- Hitting & Fielding Instructor- Current Eckerd College Player
Position: First Base/Pitcher
Hometown: Scituate, Mass.
Previous School: Scituate High School/Franklin Pierce University
Sophomore (2015): Appeared in 14 games and made nine starts...Went 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored in a 14-7 victory over Clearwater Christian (April 7)...Hit a three-run homerun in the first inning against Webber International (April 1)...Stole a pair of bases on two attempts against Thomas (March 10) during a 4-1 victory.
Prior to Eckerd: Was a 2013 ESPN Boston Preseason MIAA All-State Honorable Mention…Received 2013 Perfect Game Northeast Region Honorable Mention accolades…Participated in the NE Yankees Area Code Tryouts.
Current Professional Player- Off Season Instructors
Jaycob Miller- Hitting Instructor
Jaycob Miller- Focusing on youth baseball- Jaycob specializes in the younger players development. Hes great at getting the players to understand how to feel the correct components of the swing while having fun doing it.
Ashley Holmes - Hitting - Softball Coordinator- Softball Catching
Ashley offers the world of Softball her vast knowledge of playing and coaching experience. Formerly a High School Head Coach and the Owner of Holmes Softball Academy, Ashley is the go to person when it comes to fastpitch here at Stance Doctor
Joe Hudson- Catcher in the Los Angeles Angels Organization
One of the top defensive catchers available in the 2012 draft, Dayton’s Joe Hudson (Reds) has proven to be an easy plus defensive catcher in pro ball. The former Notre Dame backstop, a sixth-round pick, draws praise for his blocking, receiving, leadership, quick transfer and arm strength. Joe has been a regular in the off Season at Stance Doctor and will help with camps and clinics before Spring Training in 2018.