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 playing, instructing and coaching. 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 studentâ€™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.
Eric graduated from Pinckneyville Community High School in 1998, where he was a 3 time All-Conference catcher for the Panthers. His college career started at Greenville College from 1999 to 2002. During his freshman year he was named to First team All-Conference, First team All-American, SLIAC Conference Rookie of the Year, and Rawlings Freshman of the Year honors. Sophomore and Junior years also brought forth All-Conference and All-American Honors. After a couple years of various stints, in 2004 he was picked up by the Lexington Blue Sox, where Eric caught for seven years, making six All-Star game appearances, multiple league MVP awards, and six League Championship in seven seasons.
Eric found his calling as a baseball instructor by doing multiple camps, summer and winter clinics, and one on one instruction for players. He decided to pursue his passion and became an instructor at Extra Innings in Woburn, MA where he taught all levels of hitting, catching, fielding. In 2010, Eric became Head instructor for Hitter's Warehouse Baseball Academy in Virginia where he also became the General Manager until the Fall of 2013.
We are very excited to have him in Fort Wayne as a part of The Diamond baseball family and build a long lasting relationship with the vast baseball roots of the area.
Senior Pitching Instructor
Graduated from Bishop Luers High School in 1981, and went on to become a 4 year letterman at Ball State University. Mike signed in the 17th round of the 1985 draft with the Cincinnati Reds. Mike made it to the major Leagues with the Reds in 1989.
He was traded to the Pirates at the end of spring training in 1990, and pitched for them in the majors at the beginning of that season. He finished his career with Kansas City, and retired from professional Baseball in 1993. Mike also played in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Taiwan.
He has been teaching pitching professionally since 1999, and has helped many of his students realize their dream of playing baseball in college.
Mike continues to play amateur baseball in the 18 and over league here in Fort Wayne.
Coach Weaver grew up in Fort Wayne and attended Homestead High School. He began his college career at Taylor University in 2010, played for Vincennes University in 2011 and ended his collegiate career at IPFW in 2012 and 2013.
Weaver was signed by the Florence Freedom of the Independent Frontier League in June 2013 after he finished up his collegiate career. In his rookie season, he posted a 4-2 record with a 3.70 ERA in 14 appearances with 12 starts. Weaver shined in 2014 as he finished the season with a 2.65 ERA with 108.2 IP, good for first on the team and fifth in the Frontier League. Weaver earned his first Frontier League All-Star Game appearance in his second season with the Freedom. In 2015 Coach Weaver was picked up by the Miami Marlins! A huge congrats out to him and we look forward to his return when he is on break!
Coach Weaver brings a positive attitude, great expectations, and a hard work ethic to portray his knowledge of pitching and the game of baseball to his students.
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 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!