Baseball Instructor Bio’s

Owner/Instructor – Nick Di Ponio

  • Coach Di Ponio is a 1998 graduate of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. While at St. Mary’s, Coach Di Ponio led the 1998 baseball team to its first state championship in school history. As a senior, he was named to the All State Dream Team, and USA Today All-American honorable mention. After high school, Coach Di Ponio continued his baseball career at Oakland University where he finished with a career .339 batting average, and currently ranks in the top ten all time in several offensive categories. Following his collegiate career at Oakland University, Coach Di Ponio continued his baseball career overseas in the Italian Professional Baseball League for four seasons. In 2002 he was a member of the San Marino Baseball Club that participated in the European Cup in Barcelona, Spain. Following his baseball career, Coach Di Ponio was the varsity head coach at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s from 2005-2010. In six seasons as head coach, Coach Di Ponio led OLSM to six district titles, three regional titles, and State Runner-Up finishes in 2007 and 2009. Several of his players at OLSM went on to play in college and professional baseball. Coach Di Ponio currently coaches the West Oakland Wings youth travel baseball program.

Director of Sports and Programming – Matt Humenay

  • Coach Matt is a 2002 graduate of Livonia Churchill High School. While at Livonia Churchill he was a 3-year starting shortstop and pitcher. As a senior, he was named to the All-Conference team and was named team MVP. After high school, Coach Matt continued his baseball career at Madonna University, where he played shortstop and second base. Following his collegiate career at Madonna University, Coach Matt spent 11 years at the YMCA of Metro Detroit. He started out as a part time Sports Coordinator and grew that to a full time position, he also spent time as a Youth and Family Director and most recently as the Regional Director of Sports overseeing eight branches in total. Three and a half years out of the 11 were spent at the Carls Family YMCA in Milford. Coach Matt has run clinics, camps, programs and leagues for kids from the age of 3 to 18. He has experience coaching and running programs for basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, and baseball.  He also coaches in the West Oakland Wings youth travel baseball program, and is certified as a USA Baseball Coach.

Director of Baseball – Pat Misch

Mar 23, 2015; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Pat Misch (47) delivers a pitch against the New York Mets at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Pat graduated from Western Michigan University and played four seasons for the Broncos. He was then drafted in the 7th round by the San Francisco Giants. He has played over 14 seasons of professional baseball, parts of six seasons in the Major Leagues with the Giants and New York Mets. Also, making stops with the Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, Santurce Cangrejeroes (Puerto Rico), Lamigo Monkeys (Taiwan), and Orix Buffaloes (Japan). His goal is to provide workouts and routines designed for each individuals needs and goals, develop habits to stay healthy and strong, create positive mindsets with mental training, help understand how your pitches work, and help reach your greatest potential.

Instructor – Jake Lee 

  • Jake Lee is a 2013 graduate of Milford High School where he was a 4-year letter winner for the Mavericks baseball team. After high school, Jake continued his baseball career at Hillsdale College where he started as an infielder and pitcher during his freshman season. He then transferred to Oakland University to finish his collegiate career. At Oakland, Jake was a starting pitcher who as a senior was an All-Horizon League second team selection. He led the Horizon League in strikeouts in 2017 and 2018 with 86 and 112 respectively. During his Senior season, Jake’s 112 strikeouts broke the single-season school strikeout record at Oakland University, and ranked fourth nationally in strikeouts per nine innings. He pitched a one-hit complete game against UIC with 14 strikeouts which earned him the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division 1 National Pitcher of the Week, one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week, and the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week. Jake was then drafted in the 9th round by the Los Angeles Angels. His first professional season was played in Utah with the Orem Owlz where he was named a Pioneer League All-Star.

Instructor – Steve Buglione

Steve graduated from Milford High School in 2009. He played two seasons at Sinclair Community College from 2010-2011 finishing the 2011 season with a .368 BA and winning an OCCAC Title. He played 2 more seasons at Western Michigan University finishing the 2013 season second on the team and 15th highest in the MAC with a .323 BA.