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Baseball Instruction

At DNA Sports Center, we believe the foundation of every good athlete is speed and agility. Once an athlete has attained those attributes, sports specific training is the next step toward truly excelling at their game.

Our Baseball Instruction Includes:

  • Hitting Instruction
  • Pitching Instruction
  • Throwing Instruction
  • Fielding Instruction
  • Catching Instruction
  • Base-Running Instruction

DNA's experienced baseball instructors work with athletes of all ages to improve upon their technique and understanding of the game. Great focus is given to the player’s physical and mental conditioning, along with proper body mechanics.

Specific Areas of Focus for Baseball Instruction Include:

  • Stance
  • Footwork
  • Proper Mechanics
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Mental Conditioning
  • Pre-game Preparation

With our youngest athletes, age 4 and up, we use fun, age appropriate instruction to introduce them to the game of baseball. Once a general understanding of the game is learned, we work to help them improve their hitting, throwing, and fielding skills.

Baseball Instructors

Frank Russo - Director of Baseball Operations

Frank has been helping young athletes achieve the next level in their baseball careers for the past 8 years and has directed a variety of baseball teams, camps, showcases and tournaments.

His baseball career began at Ross High School in Hamilton, Ohio, where he was team captain of the district champion team his senior year. He also played for the Midland Summer Team for two years. He continued at Marietta College, where he played on National Runner-Up Team in 2002. Post-graduation, he has coached the St. Ignatius High School Baseball Team and served as the Assistant Director of Operations for the Midwest Pelicans baseball organization, both in Cleveland, Ohio.

Coach Russo emphasizes passion for the game, a strong work ethic, and doing all the little things the right way.

Rocky Curnayn - Baseball and Softball Hitting and Catching Instructor

Rocky started his baseball career at Cincinnati's Moeller High School, where he was named an All-City Player, All GCL, and Moeller Defensive Player of the Year. He also played at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee, which was #1 ranked nationally, and was named All-Conference and All-Region. He played for the Florence Freedom in 2003, and began his career of catching and hitting instruction that same year. Notably, he was the hitting coach for Moeller High School in 2004 (when the team won state) and 2006. Rocky is experienced in helping kids get recruited for college baseball and always encourages them to play to win.

Rocky has worked with many catching players who have gone on to play at D1 College, including:

  • University of Dayton
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Akron
  • The Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • Xavier University
  • Youngstown State University
  • Morehead State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Toledo
  • University of Evansville
  • Furman University

Andy Hurley - Baseball Instructor

Andy's baseball career began in high school, where he played positions of pitcher and third base for his school team, as well as for the elite Midland Indians / Redskins team. He received a partial scholarship to West Virginia University for baseball, but was released before season due to injury. He went on to become a 4-year varsity pitcher at Muskingum University, where he was named OAC player of the week twice.

Todd Montgomery - Baseball Instructor

Todd runs the baseball program at DNA Sports Center by implementing camps, leagues, and tournaments. He also gives hitting and fielding lessons. Previously, Todd was the Marketing Director at Champions Baseball Academy. Todd has been the Varsity Assistant Baseball Coach at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy since 2005. His CHCA teams have won 8 MVC titles, 7 Sectional Titles, 4 District Titles, 1 Regional Title, and 1 DIII State Final Four appearance in 2005. Prior to coaching CHCA, Todd was the Assistant Baseball Coach at Georgetown College KY from 2001-2004. He has also been involved coaching select baseball in Cincinnati for more than 20 years and has coached more than 200 players who have gone on to play college baseball or who have been drafted to play professionally.

Nate Perry - Baseball Instructor

Nate was a collegiate baseball player at many different ranks from Junior College to Division 1 as an outfielder, infielder and closing pitcher. He started his collegiate career at Eastern Michigan University before transferring his freshman year to Columbus State College and becoming an All American Outfielder two years in a row. After finishing 4th in the Junior College World Series two years in a row, he transferred to Northern Kentucky University, where an arm injury cut his career short. Nate truly believes in the Parisi System and understands what an off-season and in-season program can do for an athlete -- he learned this himself the hard way. He has been coaching kids of all ages up to adults in outfield, infield and hitting since 2005. As a coach, he has coached teams to seven winning seasons. Two of his teams have finished in the Top 3 at a National World Series, and five have placed first in the Southwest Ohio League. More than 20 kids Nate has coached have gone on to play college baseball.

Brian Hangbers - Pitching Instructor

Brian's baseball career began in at Edgewood High School in Trenton, where he was named-1st team in the Mid-Miami League. He received a baseball scholarship to the University of Louisville, but transferred to Bowling Green State University when he was redshirted in his first year. At BGSU, he was named freshman of the year. His team won the MAC Championships in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, Brian graduated BGSU with a degree in education and joined BGSU's coaching staff, and the team won the MAC East that year. Along with giving private hitting and pitching instruction, Brian coached at Edgewood High School for two years.

Jacob Janutolo - Pitching Instructor

Philip is a 2009 graduate of Milford High School, where he played both varsity football and baseball. After high school, he continued his baseball career for four years at Union College, and received the Most Improved Award due to his drive and hard work. He received a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Union College in 2013, and is excited to educate youth baseball players in the skills of pitching and fielding at DNA Sports Center.

Parisi Speed School is based in Cincinnati, Ohio; among the areas served are…

  • Milford
  • Indian Hill
  • Landen
  • Loveland
  • Mason
  • Montgomery
  • Anderson
  • Terrace Park
  • Blue Ash