Nation9 offers opportunities for individual, small group, and team training for baseball, softball, lacrosse, field hockey and sports performance. Learn more about our coaches' background and to contact them for more information about lessons and training.

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Baseball Hitting & Fielding

Joe Pesci

Baseball Hitting & Fielding

The current Pennsbury High School Head Baseball Coach and 2017 USA Today High School Sports Pennsylvania Baseball Coach of the Year, Joe has been a part of the Lower Bucks County baseball community his whole life. Joe played at Levittown Continental Little League, Levittown Babe Ruth, Falls Legion Post 834, and Pennsbury High School before moving on to play at Bloomsburg University. Joe has organized many summer & winter camps, and community & coaches clinics while coaching at Pennsbury. If you are interested in booking individual lessons, small group lessons, or team training, email him at You can also register for his Play Ball Baseball Camps for Winter and Summer at

Jimmer Kennedy

Baseball Pitching

  • Former Professional Pitcher and Pennsbury High School Pitching Coach

  • Rider University & Holy Ghost Prep Graduate

  • Former Bucks County Player of the Year while at Holy Ghost Prep

  • Professional Pitcher Spring/Summer ball in the American Association & CAN AM league

  • Played winter ball in the Australian Baseball League for the Canberra Cavalry

  • Jimmer is currently doing Private pitching lessons for players of all ages. He will also being running group pitching clinics and arm care/conditioning programs.

Baseball Hitting/Fielding/Catching

Dan Toner

Baseball Hitting/Fielding/Catching

Coach Dan Toner took over as the Neshaminy Head Varsity Coach starting in 2017 and is Co-Director of the Play Ball Camps. Coach Toner was an assistant coach at Pennsbury from 2011-2016. He was the JV Assistant Coach at Pennsbury for 1 year and the Varsity Assistant coach at Council Rock North for 4 years before joining the staff at PHS. In his 4 years at CR North, Dan helped lead the Indians to a District title in 2010. Dan played for Council Rock North before moving on to play at West Chester University from 2002-2005 while earning All-PSAC honors at 3B in 2005. Coach Toner is also an instructor at Bucks County Baseball Academy in Trevose. Dan is currently a Physical Education teacher at Maple Point Middle School and resides in Levittown with his Wife Shea and children Dylan and Evie.

Baseball Pitching

Brandon Garrett

Baseball Pitching

Played three years of varsity baseball and two years of varsity football at Pennsbury high school from 2011 to 2013. Played two years of college baseball at Mansfield University and one year at Mercer County Community College. In 2017 was the assistant coach for William Penn middle school baseball team before becoming the head 9th grade baseball coach at Pennsbury High School in the 2018 season. Outside of baseball I attend Gwynedd Mercy University and am majoring in education. I am also the color commentator for all Pennsbury High School football games on WBCB 1490am radio. During the fall season I am both the Lightweight and Heavyweight football coach at William Penn Middle School. This spring I will be on the Varisty baseball coaching staff for Pennsbury High School where I will be the pitching coach for Joe Pesci.

Tim Monaghan

Baseball Hitting & Fielding

  • Attended Conwell-Egan Catholic High School 1992-1996

  • Conwell-Egan Freshman Head Coach 2002

  • Harry S Truman Varsity Assistant 2003, 2005-2012

  • Harry S Truman Head JV Coach 2004

  • Harry S Truman Head Coach 2013-present

  • Manager of Bristol Post 382 Blue Jays 2005-present, Lower Bucks Champs 09', 11', 12', PA Region 3 Champs 2011, PA State Champs 2011

Baseball Hitting & Fielding

Dave Howe

Baseball Hitting & Fielding

Dave Howe is a Varsity Assistant Coach with Pennsbury Baseball, helping to win the 2017 SOL National, District 1, and 6A Pennsylvania Titles . He was also an Assistant Coach for Bristol Legion, winning a state championship in 2011 and was a former Varsity Assistant at Truman High School, where he is now the Freshman Football Coach. Dave teaches Health and Physical Education at William Penn Middle School and has earned a Bachelor's Degree from West Chester University and a Master’s Degree from LaSalle University. He previously attended Utica College, where he was a member of the football team and Bucks County Community College playing baseball. Dave currently lives in Hulmeville with his wife Megan.


Craig Albernaz

Baseball/Softball Hitting & Catching

Professional Coaching/Managing: 2018 - Bowling Green Hot Rods - Manager (A Rays) / 2017 - Pert Heat - Assistant Coach (Australian Baseball League) / 2017 - Hudson Valley Renegades Manager (A Short Season Rays), Durham Bulls 3rd base coach (AAA Rays), 2016 - Tampa Bay Rays Fall Instructional League Manager, Hudson Valley Renegades - Hitting coach (A Short Season Rays) / 2015 - Princeton Rays - Hitting coach (Rookie League Rays)

Professional Playing: Detroit Tigers Organization for 2014, Tampa Bay Rays Organization from 2006-2013, 4 League Championships, 2009, 2013 - Durham bulls, 2007 - Columbus Catfish, 2006 - Montgomery Biscuits

Collegiate Playing Career: 4 Year starter at Eckerd College


Matt Petrizzi

Baseball Hitting, Fielding & Pitching

Matt is a graduate of West Chester University where he was a starter for the Golden Rams both as an infielder and a pitcher for two years (2014-2015). He posted a career .331 batting average and 3.10 ERA. Matt earned many accolades in the two years with the Golden Rams such as PSAC All-Conference and All-Region teams for shortstop and utility. He also earned National Honors as All-Atlantic and All-America for utility, infield and starting pitcher. Prior to transferring to West Chester University, Matt was a starter for the Harford County Community College Fighting Owls in Bel-Air, MD both as an infielder and a pitcher for two years (2012-2013). Matt had a successful career with the Fighting Owls and still holds the single season pitching record with a .70 ERA in 2012 and the career pitching record with a 1.98 ERA for the 2013 season and posted a career .310 batting average. During his two years with the Fighting Owls, he threw two no-hitters and received Maryland Conference and Regional XX honors as a pitcher and a shortstop as well receiving the coveted Gold Glove.

Matt spent the summer of 2014 playing for the Martinsville Mustangs in the Coastal Plains Collegiate League, which is ranked #2 in all baseball summer leagues. He was a member of the 2011 Pennsylvania State American Legion Championship team and was named MVP of the championship game as the team’s starting shortstop. Matt grew up in Levittown, PA where he played for Conwell Egan Catholic High School (2008-2011). He achieved All-Catholic and All-Area honors for his fielding and pitching and played in the Carpenter Cup Classic in his Junior and Senior year. Matt was also a member of the Conwell Egan Catholic Varsity Basketball Team (2008-2011).

Matt coached two years for the PA Playmakers where he also offered private lessons.

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John Crane

Baseball Pitching, Hitting, Fielding, Base Running

Private Baseball Instructor for 20 years, focusing on pitching, hitting, fielding and baserunning instruction.

Coached at collegiate level for 18 seasons:

  • Assistant Baseball Coach, Rider University 2016-2019

  • Head Baseball Coach, Stevens Institute of Technology 2001-2011

  • Assistant Baseball Coach, Monmouth University 2000

  • Assistant Baseball Coach, Wagner College 1999

  • Assistant Baseball Coach, Front Royal Cardinals Summer 1999

  • Assistant Baseball Coach, Gloucester County College 1998

42nd round draft pick by Philadelphia Phillies 1996

Played Division I baseball at Rider University 1993-1996

All-State and All-South Jersey Pitcher/1B at Kingsway (NJ) Regional HS

Master of Science in Sport Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University

Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Rider University

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John Khantzian

Softball / Baseball

An area softball and baseball coach for the past 10 years. John previously served as a hitting coach for New Hope Solebury HS, and was a College Assistant Baseball Coach at MIT.

During his college baseball career at Brandeis University, John earned several honors including: Honorable Mention All American, All Northeast Region 1st Team, All New England 1st Team, ALL ECAC 1st Team, Greater Boston League All-Star and League MVP. When John graduated from Brandeis he held the all time doubles record and is still among the career leaders in Batting Average, Hits, Home Runs, Doubles, Slugging Percentage, and Outfield Assists.

John currently provides both softball and baseball instruction: Softball Pitching - girls ages 8-18 and Baseball and Softball Hitting - ages 7-18

Karyn Wire

Softball Pitching

Karyn Wire was a Pennsbury High School Varsity Softball standout pitcher from 1997 through 1999. In her Junior Year, the team ranked 23 out of 32 teams in the District and climbed over top teams throughout southeastern Pennsylvania to end up Pennsylvania State semi-finalists. Karyn also played Pennsbury Travel from the age of 11 until she was 18, including playing for the famed Pennsbury Gems. Karyn spent summers between her college semesters at Penn State coaching local softball teams. After graduating she moved onto coaching pitchers full-time. She has been coaching local pitchers for the past 15 years. Karyn is doing private lessons, group clinics, & team training.

Baseball/Softball Hitting & Catching

Genevieve Albernaz

Softball Hitting & Fielding

2011-2012 Philadelphia Phillies Ballgirl

2012 - Espn Top 10 / Comcast Sportsnet Play of the Game

2012 MLB Best Ball girl/Ball Boy 2012

Hofstra University - 2008 : 4x CAA Title Champions, 4x NCAA Regionals, 2x NCAA Regional Finalists, 4x CAA Academic Recipient

Conwell - Egan Catholic Softball and Field Hockey Hall of Fame 2016

Softball Varsity Athlete - 2001 - 2004. Team member of 3 PCL Championship Teams: 01, 03, 04. 1st Team All Catholic - 2003/2004. 2nd Team All Catholic - 2002. PCL All-Star Team 02, 03, 04. Bucks County Courier Times Golden Team Shortstop 2002, 2003, 2004.

2004 - MVP of the Philadelphia Catholic League, PCL All Star Team, 1st Team Bucks County Courier Times


Melissa Hodge


Melissa Hodge, a graduate of Hamilton High School West (2005), has always loved the sport of softball from a young age. In her high school years, she was a four-year Varsity starter. Melissa moved on to Hofstra University where she received a division 1 full softball scholarship, playing under head Coach Bill Edwards. Throughout her 4 years of pitching, hitting and defense in left field, she contributed to 3 NCAA appearances and in her senior year she received 2nd team all Colonial Athletic Association. She graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences. Melissa will be giving lessons on Tuesdays and Saturdays

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Field Hockey

Tracey Arndt

Tracey Larson Arndt is a Pennsbury HS and Penn State Alumni. As a former student of Penn State University, Tracey was an All-American, Academic All-American, Big 10 Freshman of the Year (1996), and Big 10 Player of the Year (1999). She made her international senior debut for the Women's National Team in 1999. She was a member of the team that won the silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games as well as a member of the 2002 World Cup team. Her coaching experience includes Varsity Coaching at both Pennsbury HS and Princeton Day School, where she led both teams to state tournament berths. She has also run many local programs that work with young athletes as well as aspiring college athletes. Currently, she is a USA Level 2 coach and a Level 1 instructor as well as a coach for the Princeton Field Hockey Club.

Traci Curtis

Traci currently serves as the head coach at Pennsbury High School and was the coach at Charles Boehm Middle School the previous 5 years. She grew up in the area and attended Neshaminy High School where she was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame for her standout field hockey career. Traci played her college hockey at The Ohio State University where she was a 4-year starter and Academic All-American her senior year. She brings her passion for the sport and for seeing players each their potential on and off the field.

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Dean Curtis

Dean has more than 30 years of lacrosse experience. A native of Liverpool, NY he currently resides in Yardley. Dean is a graduate and former standout player at The Ohio State University where he was a four year starter and ranks in the top 20 all-time leading scorers. Dean has coached at every level from youth to high school. He served for seven years as the Pennsbury Boy’s Varsity Coach and currently coaches for Lower Bucks Lacrosse and for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


Mike Walczak

Lacrosse & Soccer

Mike Walczak is a lifelong athlete with over 7 years of lacrosse playing experience with Harry S Truman High School (4) in Levittown, PA and Kutztown University (3) in Kutztown, PA. Mike has over 15 years of soccer playing experience spanning from club soccer to NCAA and military base programs. 1 year of NCAA DIII at Gwynedd Mercy, and 3 years while serving at Seymour Johnson AFB and Keesler AFB. He also was an assistant coach for Wayne County United Soccer Club, Goldsboro, NC.

Currently, Mike is the Head Coach at his former high school, Harry S Truman High School. He also coaches for Lower Bucks Lacrosse and is an Arrowhead Lacrosse Instructor. Mike’s passion for the game and athletic involvement create an entirely unique learning experience for players of all ages and any skill level.

Andy Gehlhoff

Andy has over 20 years of playing and coaching experience in both field and box lacrosse. Growing up in Oswego, NY, Andy learned the sport playing for the Oswego Lacrosse Club. Upon graduating from Oswego High School in 1997, Andy finished 10th in career points. Andy went onto play at Le Moyne College where he contributed as a midfielder and face off specialist for the Dolphins. Andy also played box lacrosse for the Oswego Hawks of the Can-Am Senior B Lacrosse League. After relocating from Long Island, Andy currently resides in Yardley, PA and coaches for Lower Bucks Lacrosse.


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