Director of Pitching and Arm Care
Coach Smith joined The Dugout staff in 2016 after a well-traveled professional career spending time in the Pecos League, American Association and Frontier League. Tony began his playing career at Cal State Stanislaus before transferring to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico where he was named first team all league and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Psychology. Tony has spent previous off-seasons coaching at Twentynine Palms High School, in his hometown in CA. While at Twentynine, he helped propel the team to a league title and a playoff berth for the first time in seven years. In 2014, Tony helped local Frontier League team, The Schaumburg Boomers win their 2nd championship as a key member of the team’s bullpen, with a 6-2 record. Currently, Tony works as the Boomers Pitching Coach leading the 2017 pitching staff to the lowest ERA in the league and breaking the single season strikeout record by 120 with a grand total of 820. With this success the Schaumburg Boomers went on to win the 2017 Frontier League Championship. A true testament to Coach Smith's ability is having six of his pitchers from this past season signed by affiliated teams.
Tony has spent a majority of his career learning the art of pitching from all aspects including (but not limited to) biomechanical analysis and adjustments, personalized arm care and maintenance, increasing throwing velocity through more efficient bodily movements, various arm strengthening methods and also the mental development of pitchers and pitching. He accomplishes these through the use of innovative techniques that are guaranteed to show progress without unneeded stress on the shoulder, elbow, and body making it safer to throw. Coach Smith also employs a “chalk talk” session through which pitchers and coaches are each allowed to discuss their approaches to different types of hitters.