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 accrediations and experience and when you are ready, visit the private lesson page and click on BOOK A LESSON or click on ACCOUNT / BOOKING above. 

BRETT GUBA Senior 2 Instructor


Player: Played two years as an Infielder/Outfielder at Division 1 Elon University in North Carolina competing against some of the best schools in the nation. Prior to playing for the Elon Phoenix, played two years at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) in Mason City, Iowa. Helped lead NIACC to first ever NJCAA World Series appearance, and was a 2nd Team All-Region Award winner. Played two years of Varsity baseball for Eden Prairie High School winning two Lake Conference Championships and two State Tournament Appearances. Member of the 2011 American Legion World Series Championship Team.

Instructor: Instructor at Pine Tar since 2016

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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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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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JAY BAKER | Senior 2 Instructor

Coach: Extensive coaching experience at the youth and high school level. Assistant Head Coach for the 2002 Virginia State Champions Hampton Christian HS. JV Head Coach at Hampton Christian, Coon Rapids and Andover HS freshman coach, Andover JV Head Coach and 14U Blizzard coach. Assistant Coach at Rochester Community and Technical College.  

Instructor: As Blizzard Program Lead, created, coached and oversaw all aspect of the Rochester Blizzard. Created, coached and oversaw all aspects of the SE Minnesota Gladiator Baseball program. 

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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MARIS BLANCHARD Senior 2 Instructor


Player:  Played at Southwest Minnesota State University and Bethany Lutheran College. Played at Wayzata High School and was team captain in 2011

Coach:  Wayzata Legion Head Coach 2018 to present. Wayzata Freshman coach 2016 to present. Assistant Wayzata Junior Legion Coach (2013), Wayzata Senior Babe head Coach (2014), Wayzata Head Junior Legion Coach (2015 -2017). 2017 Wayzata High School Sophomore Assistant Coach

Instructor:  Plymouth Wayzata Youth Baseball Association instructor from 2008 to present. Instructor at Pine Tar since 2019

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ANDY JOHNSON Senior 1 Instructor


Player: Three-year letter winner and 2009 team captain for Wayzata High School. Pitched at Division 1 Bradley University from 2010-2014. Spent the 2014 season with the St. Paul Saints.

Coach: One season as pitching coach for the Alexandria Blue Anchors of the Northwoods League. 

Instructor: Wayzata High School and Plymouth-Wayzata Youth Association since 2014. Instructor at Pine Tar since 2021. After having both Tommy John Surgery (2011) and Labrum/Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery (2015) Andy's mission is to have players increase skill level as safely as possible. There are inherent risks associated with pitching and through proper warmup, programming and recovery, we can reduce the risk. The best baseball memories are the fun ones. Andy's goal is to create fun, long-lasting memories for each player so when reflecting upon their career they can tell people how much fun they had.

Certified Rapsodo Baseball Pitching & Hitting and Driveline Baseball Basics of Pitch Design & Youth Baseball Development.


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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.


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. 

MATT FARLAND Senior 2 Instructor

Player: On scholarship for 2 years at NAIA Iowa Wesleyan College as a 2nd baseman/outfielder. 2010 Midwest Collegiate Conference Regular Season Champion. Started 2 years at North Central University as a middle infielder/outfielder. 2011 NCCAA Academic All American. 2011 and 2012 Regional Champion.

Coach: Currently Assistant Coach at Crown College, MN and in 2nd season as a coach in Edina travel program. Previously spent 3 seasons as an Assistant Coach at North Central University and one season as a head Freshman coach at Edina High School. Responsibilities have included focuses on hitting, infield defense, outfield defense, and strategy.

Instructor: Instructor at Pine Tar since 2016

KEVIN NUNN 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

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