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

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; 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

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