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Tony Miner founded Miner League Baseball and Softball Academy in 2007. He built MLBSA on the grounds of developing young players and teaching the game. Tony has either coached or played baseball at every level possible. Miner was the hitting coach at Savannah State University for two and a half years. He has also coached at the high school level. Tony currently dedicates his time teaching to youth players and enjoys developing young baseball and softball players.

Possibly the most accomplished player ever to graduate from the University of Southern Maine, Miner was a two time First Team All-American and was also a three time Division III first team All-New England. He was also named 1997 New England Collegiate Baseball Association Player of the Year as well as Little East Conference Player of the Year. In the same year, Miner led USM to the NCAA Division III Baseball National Championship and had a 35 game hitting streak.

After one of the greatest seasons University of Southern Maine has ever had, Tony Miner was drafted by the Cleveland Indians and played a few season professionally within the organization. In 2000, Sports Illustrated named Miner as the 25th Greatest Athlete of the Century from Maine.

Tony Miner is a native of Augusta, Maine and a graduate from University of Southern Maine.

Natalie Mills (Coach Nat) is a native of Screven County. Her love for sports began at age 8 in recreational leagues. She played softball, basketball, and ran track all of her middle school and high school years, but softball became her passion. She was a part of the final four appearance basketball team at Screven County High School in 2006. She graduated from SCHS in 2006 and went to Fort Valley State University where she obtained a scholarship to play softball from 2006-2008 as an outfielder and 1st baseman. She left Fort Valley and came back to play softball in 2010 where they won the SIAC Conference Championship. Following her college playing career, Natalie coached at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, GA in 2011-2013 as the Pitchers, Catchers, and Infielders Coach. Additionally, Natalie served as the Pitchers, Catchers, and Hitting Coach at Voorhees College in Denmark, SC in 2014 and the Pitching Coach for Statesboro High this past season (2015). She started coaching rec league in 2009 at Screven (ages 11-13) as well as Warner Robins Rec Department in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, her team was the Midget Girls’ Champions. In that same year, Coach Nat created her organization “Getcha Goin” to provide fundamental training for young athletes. Her mission is to help create softball players and not just girls who play softball. She has had a successful softball camp in Warner Robins in 2012, along with Statesboro and Millen in 2015.  She plans on holding many more various camps around the area as she works to grow “Getcha Goin”. Through her organization she offers private lessons to young girls around the area. One of Coach Nat’s 1st players (Jada Jackson) is a pitcher from Warner Robins and attends CFCA, a private school in Macon, where she is considered the fastest pitcher in the state of Georgia at age 16.  Jada, who has not yet committed to any of the many colleges interested in her, will become Coach Nat’s first student/pitcher to formally sign as a college softball player.

Stephanie Miner is the Co-Owner of Miner League Baseball and Softball Academy. She is a Nationally Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from The International Sports Science Association.

Stephanie has been a trainer for half of her life and is also studying nutrition. She understands what it takes to play at a high level and the commitment and motivation it takes to achieve success.

Coach Miner has also coached 10U and 12U softball for the last 3 years.

Emanuel Wheeler is in his fourth year as a coach at Miner League Baseball and Softball Academy. Emanuel is also currently employed at Whale Branch Early College High School as the South Carolina Gear UP Graduation Coach. Before becoming the GEAR UP graduation coach at Whale Branch Middle School in Seabrook, SC, Emanuel served as a coach for eight years at the Division 1 collegiate baseball level, three years at his alma mater and Six years at Savannah State University. Coach Wheeler also coached in two summer collegiate baseball league, the CICL Summer League team, Galesburg Pioneers (Galesburg, Illinois) and the Great lake Summer League with Athletics In Action sports ministry the Xenia Scouts. Both leagues are sponsored by Major League Baseball.  While working as a South Carolina Gear UP coach, Emanuel served two seasons at Whale Branch Middle School as the head baseball coach and is entering his second season as an assistant baseball coach for the varsity and head coach of the junior varsity team at Whale Branch  Early College High School.

Wheeler is a native of Chicago, Illinois and is a graduate of Chicago State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Individualized Curriculum with a minor in Physical Education and Coaching. While attending Chicago State, Wheeler played for the University’s baseball team and served as the team captain his senior year. He received academic recognition as an Athletic Director’s Honor Roll student. Wheeler also received his Associate’s Degree in Arts from Morton Junior College in Cicero, IL.

Kevin Russell is currently in his second year as a baseball coach at Miner League Baseball and Softball Academy.  Russell was a standout catcher at Johnson High School from 2003-2007 in Savannah. He signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Savannah State University. After college Kevin joined the Greater Savannah Area Umpires Association and has umpired over 500 baseball games. Kevin was an assistant coach at Johnson High School in 2010 and he continues to play baseball currently for the Savannah Bombers of the Savannah Men’s Baseball League.

Eric McCombie is currently in his first year as Director of Baseball and Softball Operations and second year as an instructor at Miner League Academy. He has spent the previous six years as an assistant baseball coach at Savannah State University, Georgia Southwestern State University and his alma mater of La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In the summers of '12 & '13, he was the head coach of the Myrtle Beach Riptides of The Beach Collegiate League; winning the league championship in 2012. In August of 2014, McCombie was the head coach of the USSSA 15U National Team that won the Mondial Hit World Tournament in Nettuno, Italy.

A two-year captain and four year starter during his playing career at La Roche College (2003-2008), McCombie was a standout centerfielder. He batted .361 with 3 homeruns and 20 RBIs as a senior, which helped the Redhawks finish third in the country in team hitting at .372.

McCombie has given private lessons for the past six years and has worked countless baseball camps up and down the east coast. He has a broad background of teaching hitting, infield and outfield play, catching, as well as pitching.

Eric McCombie is a native of Homer City, Pennsylvania. He graduated from La Roche College with a Bachelor's Degree in Management/Marketing and from Ohio University with a Master's in Coaching Education.

Justin Lott is currently in his first year as a baseball coach and pitching instructor at Miner League Baseball and Softball Academy.

Justin began playing his collegiate ball at Valdosta State University where he was a member of the 2010 Gulf South Conference Championship team and received a berth into the South Regional of the NCAA Division II National Tournament. He then transferred to Georgia Southwestern State University and pitched two seasons. Justin was a Peace Belt Conference starter for the Hurricanes in 2013 where he posted a 3.92 ERA and struck out 68 batters in 72 innings. In the summer of 2012, Justin played for the Douglasville Bulls of the Sunbelt Collegiate League where he was named to the League All-Star team and won the '12 League Championship.

Justin was one of the most decorated players to ever graduate from Albany, Georgia's Deerfield Windsor High School. He was named All-Region and All-State in both his Junior and Senior seasons as well as being named GISA AAA State Player of the Year in 2009. Justin was also awarded the Ray Knight Award as Albany Area Player of the Year in 2008.

Justin has an extensive background in the mechanics of pitching and developing pitchers at a young age. He has worked closely with national pitching professional, Tom House, former pitching coach of the Texas Rangers and the University of Southern California. Tom also pitched in the Major Leagues for eight seasons. Tom House also is the founder of the Rod Dedeaux Research & Baseball Institute in Los Angeles, California and right hand man to Dr. James Andrews.

Justin Lott is from Albany, Georgia. He graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Armstrong State University.

Miner League Baseball and Softball Academy

201 Commercial Court | Rincon, GA 31326

Telephone: Tony 912-658-5516, Stephanie 912- 658-0846

Tony Miner Tony@MinerLeagueAcademy.com