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
MICK SAWINSKI | Senior 2 Instructor
Player: Played 4 seasons of Division 2 baseball at Concordia University - St. Paul (2009-2013) as a utility infielder, competing in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). Sawinski spent 5 seasons with the Minnesota Twins working within the Visiting Clubhouse and Baseball Operations - Professional and Advanced Scouting department.
Instructor: Instructor at Pine Tar since 2008
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
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
RICKY REED | Junior Instructor
Player: Played with Pine Tar in fall of 2014. 3-time letter winner for baseball at Armstrong High School. Section 6AAA champion 2014 and 2015. All-Section 2015. Played 2 years of collegiate baseball as a shortstop at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Coach: Assistant legion coach for Westphal-Armstrong during the summers of 2016 and 2017. Part-time assistant coach for Pine Tar fall of 2016, full-time fall 2017.
Instructor: Instructor at Pine Tar since 2017
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
NICK DINKEL | Junior Instructor
Player: Two year varsity starter at 2B/SS for St. Michael Albertville high school, was awarded all conference senior year, and finished with the fourth most RBIs in the state of Minnesota. Played with fall 2016 PTA team that finished 2nd in the Siebert League. Played one year at St. Ambrose University in Iowa before an injury put his career on hold.
Coach: Volunteered at multiple youth camps put on by STMA baseball throughout high school. Assistant coach in the fall of 2017 for PTA, mainly worked defense and hitting.
Instructor: Learning something new about baseball every day, can use my experiences as a player to relate with young athletes and help them to get to the next level. Also, can provide input and knowledge on how to become better off the field. Instructor at PTA since 2019.
JIMMER NUNN | Senior 2 Instructor
Player: Edina High School
Coach: Student Coach/Manager at Gustavus Adolphus College 2011-2015. Head Baseball Coach Westphal-Armstrong Legion Baseball 2013-2018, General Manager 2018-present. Cleveland Junior High Head Coach 2017-2018. Edina Day Baseball Coach 2005-2018.
Instructor: Instructor at Pine Tar since 2015
KEVIN NUNN | Senior 1 Instructor
Player: U of MN-Crookston (led the nation in batting average); 1986 Team USA player; played several years in the minor leagues
Coach: Currently Asst Baseball Coach at Century CC, Coach and Scout with Baseball Factory; 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
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