Meet The Staff

Mike Pena

Advanced Trainer

Director of Baseball
Mike attended Misericordia University (Dallas, PA) where, as a pitcher, he helped the Cougars win back to back conference titles & earn NCAA tournament berths. His coaching career started in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania where he helped the youth baseball community grow and strive Mike Specializes in Individual Hitting, Pitching and Fielding Instruction.

Availability Hours are: Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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Jason Roberts

Advanced Trainer

GR8 Founder & Operator
Jason Roberts is a former college pitching coach at County College of Morris and was invited to try-out with the Chicago Cubs. He is a Nationally Certified Pitching Coach. Jason is the founder of the GR8 Pitching/Throwing Program and Jefferson Lightning Travel Baseball Program. He holds clinics for baseball players and coaches, and never seems to run out of energy when it comes to his love of baseball or support for local youth baseball teams.

Availability Hours are: Monday & Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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Adam Bonfiglio

Advanced Trainer

Hit and Run Academy Coach & Trainer
Adam is the current Hitting Coach at County College of Morris Baseball and the universal voice of hitting at the Hit and Run Academy. He coached at Morris Knolls High School for 25 years. Adam has consistently displayed his love for the game especially hitting through various camps and clinics he holds on hitting. Adam is a graduate of Iona College (Division 1). Adam Specializes in Individual Hitting and Fielding Instruction.

Availability Hours are: Monday through Wednesday 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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Kyle Warden


Hit and Run Academy Coach & Trainer
Kyle Graduated from Pope John in 2011 after finishing 2nd in the state his senior year. While attending Pope John he also trained with former Cleveland Indian Jake Brooks. Kyle attended Iona College in the fall 2011 as a closing pitcher where during his first year a back injury quickly ended his D1 career. His sophomore year he transferred to Rutgers University and rehabbed enough to play at the club level for his junior and senior year. While playing for the club team he also acted as the pitching coach, one of the captains, and achieved all region status. 

Mike Gramp


Hit and Run Academy Coach & Trainer
Mike Gramp is currently the Head Freshman Baseball Coach at Clifton High School since 2012. Michael is a lifelong resident of Jefferson Township who attended Jefferson Township High School where he was a 3 year starting varsity pitcher and named Co-Captain his senior year.  Michael received all-area honors all 3 years of varsity baseball and helped lead the Falcons to a State Sectional Championship and 2 SCIL Conference Championships.

Michael continued his successful baseball career in college where he played 2 years at Sussex County Community College and 2 years at New Jersey City University.His love for the game led him to pursue coaching and he was named Assistant Pitching Coach for NJCU his last year of college. Michael also spent many years coaching 12U baseball teams in Jefferson and Roxbury.

Gary Ruban


Hit and Run Academy Coach

Scott Paltos

Strength and Speed Trainer

Hit and Run Academy Trainer
Scott is coming to us as one of the most respected Sports Performance Coaches in the Northeast.  After a short stint in the NFL, (a quick stop in Professional Independent Ball too) he started his career off in Strength and Speed becoming one of the original Directors of Elite Training for the Parisi Speed School in Fair Lawn. He then followed that up becoming the Head Strength and Performance Coach for St. Peter’s Prep.  After a number of successful years working with all sports, moved into the general fitness realm building a Trainer Education system for a chain of health clubs.  His next step was building his own training facility in PUMP Barbell.  After 12+ years of his own facility he now works as the Education Director for Parabolic Performance and Rehab. 

Scott has had an opportunity to work with all levels of athletes across all sports.  His main focus has been football and baseball, as those two have been his passion and love. “Football was my life, Baseball was my love,” is something this professional always states to his athletes.  He has been utilized as a consultant and outside voice for a number of NFL and MLB teams. Across his training background and experiences also comes his work with athletes specifically in sport as he has coached in the middle school and high school ranks in both Football and Baseball for some time now.  He continues to play baseball a good part of the year, and makes it a true enjoyment to keep learning about the sport.  “The game is always evolving.  Nowadays, ballplayers are looked at as athletes too.  So who separates themselves, is usually determined who does the little things better when no one is watching.  The weight room, the practice field, and the cages are all places individuals can make themselves better for their team and career.” Scott reiterates

Sean Roberts

Jr. Trainer

Hit and Run Academy Coach
Sean Roberts is a Pope John High School graduate and a collegiate athlete. Throughout high school, Sean received multiple scholarships from Division 1 schools. At Pope John, Sean’s name is in the top 10 for almost every category: innings pitched, ERA, strikeouts, wins, and WHIP. He was named NJ Herald player of the year, county MVP, 1st team all-state, and had a dominating performance in the senior all-star game. Throughout his career, he has pitched in a number of championship and “must win” games. What Sean brings to the table is not only his knowledge of pitching mechanics, but the mentality and awareness of being a dominant pitcher.

Availability Hours are: Tuesday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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Tom Mitchell

Hit and Run Outlaws Coach

Hit and Run Academy Coach

Tom has coached youth sports for the past 19 years (Baseball, Football, Basketball and Wrestling) at all levels from Rec to travel. His main focus and passion is baseball with the core belief that the development of players physically, mentally and emotionally takes priority over wins and statistics.

Tom is married to the love of his life Robyn with 3 boys Aiden, Austin and Ashton. He is the Executive Director of The Rose House, a non-profit organization that provides care and services to developmentally disabled adults. Tom has dedicated the past 27 years providing the care and advocacy necessary for the special needs population in Morris and Sussex County.

Tom’s baseball background consists of playing at Pope John (Class of 89), the University of Scranton and for the past 16 years has played in the Amateur Baseball Association of New Jersey and the Morris Majors Baseball League.


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