MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

Rick RobertsOwner
Home City Sidman
Home State PA
High School Forest Hills H. S.
About
Rick is a 1997 graduate of Forest Hills High School. Rick started all four years of his high school career. During Rick’s senior year he helped lead the Rangers to a 20-2 record. He was 8-1 with 112 strikeouts in only 59 innings. He also led the team in batting average (.476), doubles (16), RBI’s (37), and he only struck out once in 82 at bats. In 1996 Rick was the Johnstown AAABA League’s recipient of the Bill Jenkins Rookie of the Year Award and the Vuckovich Pitching Award. Rick was a member of the Johnstown AAABA League Championship Team, Principal Development. Rick, along with his teammates, represented Johnstown in the 1996 National AAABA Tournament. Rick was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 1997 Amateur Baseball Draft. He played two seasons before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2002, Rick led the AA Jacksonville Suns in winning percentage and also led all Southern League relievers in total innings pitched. He was 8-2, allowed only 66 hits in 87 2/3 innings, and struck out 85. Rick began the 2003 season as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers 40-Man Major League Roster. Unfortunately, at the height of his career, Rick received a shoulder injury that would require two surgeries and would eventually end his professional career. During Rick’s training with the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers he was fortunate to be instructed by many of baseball’s best. Rick’s professional training included instruction by John Matlack, Maury Wills, Tommy LaSorda, Rick Honeycutt, Sandy Koufax, Allan Trammel, and many others. In 2005 Rick began his coaching career with the Richland Rams. Following their 19-2 season, Rick left the Rams to join the coaching staff at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. During Rick’s first season with UPJ, the Mountain Cats set the record for most wins in a season. They comprised a record of 33-18 which gave them a berth in the 2006 NCAA North Atlantic Region Tournament, a first in team history. Rick is the Manager of the AAABA League Delweld Franchise. For the last eight years Rick has dedicated himself to providing area youth with the proper fundamentals and mechanics of baseball. In 2000, Rick created Roberts Pro Baseball School with the aspiration that he could give young ball players the opportunity to increase their skills and lower their risk of serious injury. In 2007 Rick and Mike Holtz joined forces and created E.R.A. Sports, Inc. Together they share the same goal for each of their students; to get the most out of their ability.
Mike ConnollyOwner
Home City Oneonta
Home State NY
High School Oneonta H. S.
About
Mike was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2000 and by 2003 was playing for Class AA Altoona Curve. In 2005, he pitched for two months with Altoona before being promoted to the AAA Indianapolis Indians. After the 2005 season, Mike was invited to pitch in the Arizona Fall League. His 2006 season was spent playing back and forth between Altoona and Indianapolis. At the conclusion of the 2006 season Mike went to play winter ball in Venezuela. While there he was one of the leading pitchers in the league and made the all-star team. In 2007 Mike went to play for the Kansas City Royals AA team in Wichita, Kansas. He then finished the year in Venezuela. Mike attended spring training with Kansas City in 2008, but ended up playing two months in Taiwan. He then concluded the season in the Atlantic League for the Bridgeport Bluefish. Mike ended his professional playing career in the winter of 2008 in Venezuela. During Mike’s time with the Altoona Curve he had ranked in at 2nd place all-time in wins, 1st all-time in strikeouts and games started.
Mike FinleyGeneral Manager
Home City Natrona Heights
Home State PA
High School Highlands/Freeport
About:
High School Mike played 2 years at Highlands HS and 2 years at Freeport Area HS. Mike continued his baseball career at Butler County Community College where he was the Captain of the baseball team for 2 years. After Mike’s time at BCCC Mike transferred to IUP. Mike then became a Volunteer Assistant at IUP under head coach Jeff Ditch. While at college Mike was the pitching coach at Indiana Area HS helping the Little Indianas capture 3 consecutive Section Titles. After IUP Mike went on to help Cal and Bill Ripken run camps and clinics in Aberdeen, MD, and up and down the east coast during the Chevy Tour. After his time at Ripken, Mike went on to help NY Yankee scout Matt Hyde at the Area Code Games. Shortly after Mike joined the Flood City/ERA Staff.