At The Diamond, we strongly believe that our instructors are the best in Northern Indiana. What separates us from the competition is the level of experience each of our instructors has obtained not through classes or watching the game, but by playing, instructing and coaching.
All of our current senior instructors for baseball are former PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYERS! They have LIVED the game and are eager to share that knowledge and experience with players of all ages and skill levels.
Owner/Senior Baseball Instructor/Director of Player Development
Coach Lopez has a long and involved history in baseball. Originally from the Dominican Republic, he was signed by the Minnesota Twins organization in 1996 and came to the US to play the game he loves. During his four years in the Twins organization, Coach Lopez played two years here in Fort Wayne for the Wizards, now the Tin Caps. He then moved on and played with the Fort Myers Miracle.
From 2000-2003, Coach Lopez played independent professional baseball for teams such as the Fort Worth Cats, Rio Grande Valley Whitewings and the San Angelo Colts. During those years he was a member of the Texas-Louisiana League All-Star Team twice, CBL Batting Champion in 2002, and was a member of the Texas Louisiana League Championship Team with the Whitewings.Coach Lopez has been offering private instruction since 2000 and coaching summer travel teams since 2004. He is currently the recruiter and Director of Player Development for the Fort Wayne Cubs, a not-for-profit travel ball organization. The Cubs have had great successes and continue to grow each year under his direction. There is no instructor or coach more dedicated to his student's training in the area for hitting and fielding.
Senior Softball Instructor
Coach McCoy is unsurpassed in his ability to develop softball player's skills and abilities. He has a long history in teaching and coaching the game. Nine years were spent as the head coach for Ayersville High School in Ohio, where he is originally from. During his time there, the softball program dominated the state of Ohio pulling in three state championships and one state runner- up title.
From 2000 to 2005, Coach McCoy lead a travel team based out of Toledo, OH and continues to coach travel teams at this time. He served as the assistant coach for Saint Francis University in Fort Wayne from 2007-2015. Most recently he has accepted a Head Coaching position with Wright State University Lake Campus. In addition to this big move, Coach McCoy has accepted a position as Assistant State Director for the USFA! We are very excited and so proud of Coach McCoy! He has worked very hard in the softball community, and we wish him continued success!
Coach McCoy is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and is a 2- Star Master Coach in the 4-Star program. He brings intense, focused instruction and a winning personality to the team. His number one priority is to give his students the skills to succeed.
JAVIER De JESUS
Senior Pitching Instructor
Coach DeJesus was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico where he learned to love the game of baseball. His parents moved to Beaumont, TX where he had a lucrative high school career and earned a scholarship to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 1989.
With a 23-1 record, four All-American Teams and Sun Belt Co-Pitcher of the Year award, he captured the attention of the Minnesota Twins who drafted him in 1992. He played 10 years in the minors with a record of 54-33 and a 3.99 ERA. He retired in 2001.
For the past 10 years, Coach DeJesus has been offering personal instruction specializing in pitching and coaches summer travel ball.
LEONEL 'VILO' VILORIO
Senior Baseball Instructor
Coach Vilo has loved and played baseball since he was a very young man. In 1996 he was signed by the Minnesota Twins along with Coach Lopez. Coach Vilo played for them between 1996-1999. After that, he became very involved in travel baseball teams in the Fort Myers, Florida area. He has been coaching travel teams for the past 15 years. His other area of great expertise is in individual instruction. He has been giving personal lessons in hitting and fielding for 10 years and is a valuable asset to our team!
Senior Baseball Instructor
Coach McClain began his collegiate career at Xavier University, however, after having three surgeries, his career looked like it was coming to an end. That was until Indiana Tech gave him a chance. From 2014-2019 McClain was a four-year starter for the Warriors. During his time at Indiana Tech, Coach McClain had a very successful baseball career.
He holds multiple records at Tech including: career hits (343), single season hits (102), single season average (.457), career at bats (830), and career triples (14).
He also holds second in multiple records including: career batting average (.413), career runs scored (198), games played (231), doubles (62), total bases (553), home runs (40), RBIs (215), and HBP (48).
Coach McClain was also a three time NAIA All-American, three time CoSIDA Academic All-American and was the WHAC player of the year twice. McClain also won the Rawlings Gold Gove for 1B in 2017 and the WHAC Gold Glove for catching in 2019.
In 2019, Coach McClain started his professional career playing 1B and catcher with the Milwaukee Milkman. Sadly, after having hip surgery McClain resigned from the Milwaukee Milkman.