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Carmen Fusco Pro Baseball and Softball Academy provides an unparalleled opportunity for players to develop and maximize their potential. Individual instruction is tailored to the players' needs with the purpose of developing their mental and physical skills.

Training takes place in a professional, competitive learning environment with qualified instructors. The challenge for the player is to bring a confident and aggressive attitude, along with a solid work ethic.

Carmen Fusco

Carmen Fusco is the founder, owner and operator of the Carmen Fusco Baseball Softball Academy in New Cumberland, PA.

Coach Fusco has over 40 years of experience in baseball as a coach and player scout. He began as a coach for Austin Peay State University in 1975, moving to Middle Tennessee State in 1976.

While coaching at the college level, Carmen also worked as a scout for three major league teams; the San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, and St. Louis Cardinals. In 1980, he earned the position of regional supervisor for the New York Mets where he had a ten year career in scouting. While servicing as an Advanced Scout, he received his World Series Championship ring in 1986 after the Mets overcame the Boston Red Sox in a 4-3 series.

In 1990, Carmen moved to work with the San Diego Padres as the Special Assistant to the General Manager. In 1993, Carmen returned to the Mets as their Special Assistant to the General Manager. He then became the Director of Pro Scouting in 1994. The team added Assistant General Manager to Carmen's scouting duties in 1995. During this same time, 1995-2002, Carmen also consulted with the Chiba Lotte Mariners, a Japanese Major League team.

Carmen second ring came in 2000 after winning the National League Championship while serving as the Assistant General Manager for the Mets. He left the Met in 2005 after spending a year as their Assistant General Manager/Director of Scouting Development to open the Carmen Fusco Pro Baseball Softball Academy.

While operating the Academy, Carmen was also scouting players for the Milwaukee Brewers and Montreal Expos, which became the Washington Nationals for the 2005 season In 2008, he left the day-to-day of the Academy to serve as Director of Professional Scouting for the Seattle Mariners until the end of the 2010 season. Since then, Carmen has returned to the Academy and served as a Special Assignment Scout with the San Diego Padres.

Lisa Santone Baker

Lisa grew up in Philadelphia where she started playing softball at the age of 4 for the Crispin Gardens recreational league and by the age of 7 began taking private fastpitch pitching lessons from William Gerstadt.

She attended Maternity BVM Grade School where she played on the softball team and then moved on to Archbishop Ryan High School. At 13 years of age while in high school, Lisa began playing for the Philadelphia Spirit, a travel tournament softball team. The team traveled up and down the east coast from Canada to Florida playing softball.

Throughout high school, in between playing on three softball teams, Lisa found time to give back to her grade school and to coach the team. At this time she also began giving fastpitch pitching lessons with her mentor, William Gerstadt.

From 1997-2001, Lisa attended Dickinson College and was recruited as the starting pitcher on the softball team. During her tenure she set numerous individual and team school records, was constantly part of the all-conference team, and was ranked 5th in the nation in 1997. Some of her individual records in 1997 include:

  • Best ERA, Season – 0.68
  • Most Strikeouts, Game – 14
  • Best Strikeouts per 7 Innings Pitched – 7.68
  • Lowest Hits Per 7 Innings Pitched – 3.84

Some of the team records for the 1997 season include:

  • Best Team ERA
  • Lowest opponent’s batting average
  • Lowest walks per 7 innings ratio
  • Lowest hits per 7 innings ratio

While at Dickinson College, in 2000 Lisa was one of fourteen in the nation selected to play for USA Athletes International. She spent two weeks traveling through Belgium and Holland playing softball. The competition included local teams to the best competition of the Belgium National team.

In 2006 Lisa was one of sixteen selected to play for World Sport International. This time she spent three weeks traveling through Germany, Belgium, Holland, France and England playing softball.

Lisa has coached every level of softball from college, high school, tournament and recreation. Today, Lisa has an M.Ed. in Sports Management from Millersville University and is the Director of Baseball and Softball Operations at the Carmen Fusco Pro Baseball Softball Academy where she gives private lessons and runs the tournament teams. In her spare time, when she is not coaching, Lisa spends time with her nine year old twin boys and traveling to their sporting events.

Christopher Abner 

Christopher was born in Hamilton, Ohio and grew up in Mechanicsburg, PA where he attended Mechanicsburg Area High School from 1983-1986.  While in high school he was an All-star 2nd basemen for Upper Allen and selected to participate in the Pennsylvania American Legion East West classic in both 1985 and 1986. 

Christopher played at Georgia Southern University 1987-1990 under legendary coach Jack Stallings who won 1,258 career games, which was the most in D1 at the time of his retirement in 1999. Stalling was also the Head Coach for the US Olympic team (1984) and Assistant Coach (1988 and 1992).

Some of Chris’s accomplishments while in college include

  • All Trans American Athletic Conference selection in 1989 while hitting .326.
  • Topped league in hits with 79 and stolen bases 39 which broke the single season record for Georgia Southern University.
  • 2nd in runs scored with 53.
  • Earned TAAC All-Tournament honors hitting .353 with 3 stolen bases in 3 games
  • Played Centerfield going errorless with 119 PO and 3 assists

In Chris’s senior season at Georgia Southern in 1990 they went to the College World Series for only the 2nd time in school history.

They had won regionals beating Wichita State (winner of 1989 CWS), South Alabama twice and UCLA.  Chris hit .333 going 8-24 in 5 games with 4 SB's.

He had the game winning hit vs South Alabama in regional championship game.

During the college World Series Chris hit .333.  He ended season hitting .301 with 29 SB's and 59 runs scored. 

Christopher has more than 20 years-experience coaching AAU and Little League Teams.

Chris also hails from a great baseball family as his brothers Ben and Shawn were both drafted in 1984. Shawn went #1 overall to the Mets and Ben went in the 5th round to the Montreal Expos.

Mike Bowles

Mike is a former coach of Ottawa University of Arizona where he worked with outfielders on a daily basis. Game day duties included all aspects of pregame activities from batting practice, to hitting fungos, as well as filling out lineup cards and making sure every outfielder has his chart on where to play each hitter. He kept outfield charts on where each ball is hit and to who. He coached first base during game days as well. 

Mike, at Chapparel HS in Scottsdale, AZ for the 2017 and 2018 seasons,was an assistant coach where he helped the team win back-to-back regional championships. While there, he workded with outfielders and coached first base. During his tenure at Chapparel he coached two 2017 MLB draft picks, as well as four players who went on to play Division I baseball. 

Mike was the freshman baseball coach at Pinnacle HS in Phoenix, AZ for the 2016 season. During the 2014 and 2015 seasons he was the head varsity coach for Wiscasset HS in Wiscasset, ME. He led the school to its first ever Western Maine Class D Regional Championship, earning a berth into the Class D State Championship game in 2014. 

In 2013 he was the assistant coach for Lewiston HS in Lewiston, ME working specifically with pitchers and outfielders. He helped lead the team to a berth in the Eastern Maine Class A playoffs. 

During 2012 Mike coached was the assistant coach for Central Maine Community College in Auburn, ME. 

From 2009 to 2012 he coached at St. Dominic’s Academy in Auburn, ME. In four years there, he won two Class C State Championships, two Western Maine Class C Regional Championships. 

He was a volunteer assistant coach in 2008 at St. Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish, ME. While there, the team won the GNAC Conference Championship during their first year in the league. He assisted in the team earning a berth into the NCAA Division III New England Regionals. He coached catchers and worked with outfielders. 

In 2007 he served as the head JV coach for Gray-New Gloucester in Grey, ME. Mike played two years as a walk-on at Pima Community College. Prior to attending Pima CC he was in the United States Air Force for four years. He played High School baseball at Waterville HS in Waterville, ME. He is originally from Evanston, IL.

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