Private Lesson Instructor Staff

 

Below you will find a list of Pine Tar Academy's active private lesson instructors. Take a moment to learn about each of their accreditations and experience and when you are ready, visit the private lesson page OR Small Group page and click on BOOK A LESSON or click on ACCOUNT/BOOKING above. 

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ROB SCHNEIDER | Owner, Senior 1 Instructor

Player: Captain, leading hitter and team MVP in Senior Season at the University of North Dakota.  2 time North Central Conference All-academic Team.  2 seasons with the Grand Forks Elks amateur baseball club, leading team in batting.  Played 18 seasons with the Minneapolis Angels amateur baseball club, contributing to 3 Minnesota Class A state titles and named to the state all-tournament team two times.

Coach: Youth baseball coach and umpire in East Grand Forks for 6 seasons for players ages 7-18.  Head Coach EGF VFW baseball team (15/6U) for 2 seasons, leading the team to a district championship and state tournament.   Assistant Coach with the EGF American Legion baseball team for 1 season.   Head Coach and Manager of the Grand Forks Elks amateur baseball club for 2 seasons.   Assistant Coach for 5 seasons with players ages 6-12 with Hopkins Area Little League.   Head Coach for 2 season with players ages 10-12 with Hopkins Area Little League.  Head Coach Wayzata Junior Legion for 4 seasons. 

Instructor: Has owned Pine Tar Academy and instructed since 2011

KEVIN NUNN | Owner, Senior 1 Instructor

Player:  U of MN-Crookston (led the nation in batting average); 1986 Team USA player; signed with the San Francisco Giants and played several years in the independent minor leagues

Coach:  Currently Hitting Coach at Century CC where he has developed several All-American players and Associate Scout with the Texas Rangers.  Formerly a Coach and Scout with Baseball Factory and served as a scout for the Twins and Toronto Blue Jays

Instructor:  Hitting consultant for Mississippi State; Hitting Instructor of Minnesota Twins Youth Camps

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MATT WELTERS Co-Owner, Director of Operations, Head of Pine Tar Academy Strength, Speed & Conditioning 

NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Coach, Certified Kettlebell Coach, NSPA-Certified Speed and Agility Coach

In addition to being part owner of Pine Tar Academy Matt also own Fuse Fitness Coaching, a training studio in Champlin MN.   Matt has been a trainer for 15 years and have helped over 80 athletes from various sports play at the next level.   

Matt loves working with baseball players helping them run faster, throw harder, increase exit velo and prevent injuries while improving mobility.

Matt has been working with a lot of Pine Tar Academy athletes over the last years including his two boys, Ray and Jack.  Matt designed the Pine Tar Academy's current warm up program as well as our speed training program.

If you are interested in seeing your player make it to the next level please reach out!

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JOE KVIDT | General Manager, Club Director, Senior 2 Instructor

Player: Four-year letter winner at Sacred Heart High School in East Grand Forks, MN. Played collegiate baseball at Hamline University. Played Amateur Baseball for the EGF Heaters, Crookston Reds, and EGF Mass

Coach: Grand Forks Youth Baseball Coach (2011-2015). 15u All-Star Coach in East Grand Forks, MN (2016). EGF Post 157 Sr. Legion Pitching Coach (2016). Westphal Sr. Legion Assistant Coach (2017). EGF Post 157 Jr. Legion Head Coach (2018). Wayzata Jr. Legion Assistant/Pitching Coach (2019-2021). Pine Tar Academy Coach (2016-Present)

Instructor: Pine Tar Academy instructor since 2016. Specializes in Pitching. Rapsodo Pitching Certified Instructor.

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RONN VAN KREVELEN | Senior 2 Instructor

Player: Played at Cooper High School and was a 4 year started at the University of Minnesota. Played with the 1982 Big Ten Champions Gopher team. Drafted by the Minnesota Twins and played 2 seasons in the minor leagues.

Coach: Assistant coach from 2018 to present with Plymouth New Hope youth programs. Assistant coach with Pine Tar Academy from 2020 to present.

Instructor: Independent instructor specializing in hitting since 2019

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JOHN WEBB | Senior 2 Instructor

Player: Pitched 3 years at Augsburg College earning Honorable Mention All - Conference.  While at Augsburg, was selected to play on a US National team to play over seas in an Olympic qualifying tournament.  Before going to Augsburg, was a varsity pitcher for the Blaine Bengals. 

Coach: 10th grade coach at Blaine High School since 2017. I have been coaching at the high school level since 2007.  Also, head American Legion coach for Blaine / Ham Lake; where in the summer of 2017 they took second in state and went to regionals in Dickinson, ND.   I have been coaching American Legion baseball since 2012.

Instructor: Instructor at Pine Tar since 2018

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ERIC CARPENTER Senior 2 Instructor

 

Player: Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Clair Wood Ducks Amatuer Baseball, Mankato West High School/Mankato National American Legion.  Primary position: catcher.

Coach: Mankato Summer Travel coach, Assistant Coach at Pine Tar since 2018. 

Instructor: Mankato Area Youth Baseball Association instructor 2016-present, Consultant for South Central MN area HS programs, Instructor at Pine Tar since 2018. Specializes in teaching youth and high school players the basic and advanced skills required to be an elite catcher.

JIM NUNN Senior 1 Instructor

 

Player:  All-American pitcher at Concordia St. Paul; 3-year legion starter in East Grand Forks

Coach:  24 years experience as a HS baseball coach; Currently in fourth season as Fire Club head coach; 3 seasons as St. Louis Park HS Head Varsity Baseball Coach; 9 seasons Minnetonka HS Head Varsity Coach; 4 seasons Breck School Head Varsity Coach; Also served 4 years as college baseball coach

Instructor:  Runs youth baseball programs for Edina Baseball Association and Pine Tar Academy

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JACOB ZWAK Senior 2 Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Sports Nutritionist 

Born and raised in Minnesota, I grew up in the Oakdale/Maplewood area. I graduated from Tartan Highschool in 2016 where I spent 3 of those years on the varsity baseball team. I'm a 2x All Conference selection and a 1x All Section selection. I played collegiality for 2 years at Riverland CC where my team and I finished runner up in the regional tournament my freshman year. Currently, I play amateur baseball for the Saint Paul Hops.

 

In the summers of 2016 and 2017 I assisted as a little league coach for Parkway Little League. I also spent the past year as a coach at Starters Sports Training in Shakopee before I found my home with Pine Tar 

 

In addition to my experience and love for baseball, I'm a certified personal trainer as well as a certified general and sports nutritionist. 

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TREVOR SCHILTZ Senior 2 Instructor

 

Player:  Four-year letter winner and Captain, Team-voted MVP, and Ace of staff Senior season at Hibbing High School

Instructor:  Driveline-certified Youth Baseball instructor and trained athletes ages 10-16 at Driveline Baseball in Kent, WA.  Trained pitching, hitting, and defense utilizing cutting-edge baseball technology.

Other:  Extensive experience with data and analytics in baseball.  Baseball scout for Inside Edge Sports Analytics.  Driveline-certified in Foundations of Hitting.  

 

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AARON SPERL Senior 2 Instructor

 

Player: Played in high school for Maple Grove and in college for SMSU and St. Thomas. Played baseball in Germany for the Paderborn Untouchables. Currently plays for the St. Michael Saints. 

Coach: Minnesota Blizzard 14U (2021) and 15U (2020).

Instructor: Joined Pine Tar in 2021. 

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MATT MOSIMAN Senior 1 Instructor

 

Player: Played college baseball at Gustavus Adolphus

Coach: Currently the 10th grade coach for Wayzata High School. Previously worked with the Minnetonka, Edina and Hopkins HS programs. Longtime coach for the Minnetonka Baseball Association (including recent 1st and 2nd place finishes at the 14/15A Metro State Baseball Tournament). Still active in providing youth clinics for area programs.

Instructor: Instructional expertise spans hitting, pitching, fielding and catching

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DOUGE SCHILDGEN Senior 2 Instructor

Player: Played at DeLaSalle High School, North Hennepin CC and Augsburg College. Played and managed the Minneapolis Warriors men’s amateur team.

Coach: Presently Assistant Baseball Coach at St. Anthony HS. 25 years of head coaching experience at DeLaSalle HS, North Hennepin CC and Augsburg College. 19 years as JV Basketball Coach at DeLaSalle and Brooklyn Center HS.

Instructor: 20+ years of running or working youth camps and clinics. 500+hours of individual and small group baseball instruction. Instructor at Pine Tar since 2021

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SCOTT FINBERG  | Senior 2 Instructor

I was born and raised in Stillwater, MN. I graduated from Stillwater Area High School in 2016. After High School I attended Century Community College for two years and helped them go to a NJCAA world series my freshman year. I then transferred to the University of Minnesota-Crookston and played my final three years there. I Just started coaching in 2021.