Baseball U New Jersey Staff
John Wells - CEO / Founder of Baseball U Email: JohnWells@BaseballU.net
John founded Baseball U in the winter of 2006. Since that time 87 Baseball U Alumni have been drafted that have played for Baseball U and over 500 players have went on to further their education in college. What started out as one team in 2007 has now grown to over 24 teams in 4 different northeast states.
Has acted as an Associate Scout for over 17 years for the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners. John has been coaching baseball since 1989 and in 2001 and in 2002 became the first manager to win back to back ACBL Championships with the NJ Colts in his first and only two years as their head coach.
In 2002 John joined the Brookdale Community College staff where he worked with the pitchers and ran the offense as their Third Base Coach. During his time at Brookdale under Head Coach Johnny Johnson, John helped coach the team to 5 World Series appearances in 8 years as an assistant coach.
His relationship with college coaches only continues to grow and it is important to him to not only help place a player in college but make sure it is a well rounded fit in both the academics as well as baseball end for both the player and the school.
Baseball U has been invited to the largest amatuer baseball scouting event ran by Perfect Game USA in the PG WWBA World Championships in October held in Jupiter, Florida every year since the organization started.
Dennis Van Pelt - Director of Player Development / Coach Email: DennisVanPelt@BaseballU.net
Dennis is entering his 8th year as a member of the Baseball U staff. His indepth knowledge of the game has helped the program become one of the top baseball organizations in the country. During his time with Baseball U he has coached at every level in the organization helping develop the players skills as well as knowledge of the game.
He was the former Head Coach at Manasquan High School as well as Long Branch High School.
Dennis was drafted twice during his high school and college playing days. In 1990 he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of Long Branch High School where he was inducted into the Long Branch HS Athletics Hall of Fame, but choose to attend the U of Kansas to play football where he sustained and injury and transfered to Radford University to play baseball. At Radford he was an All Big South selection and was drafted by the Aneheim Angels.
His college and professional baseball experience bring valuable information to the players and parents seeking the same goals for their son.
Alex Perez - Organizational Pitching Instructor / Coach
Alex is acting as the Baseball U New Jersey Organizational Pitching Instructor as well as coach. Coach Wells and Alex have a long relationship as Alex played for Coach Wells both at Brookdale Community College as well as with the New Jersey Colts in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League.
Alex brings excellent knowledge to the Baseball U pitchers as he has played both at the collegiate and professional level. Alex attended Brookdale Community College where he help lead the Brookdale Jersey Blues to a World Series Appearance and was also named to the First Team All American Team. From Brookdale Alex went on to play for the Miami Hurricanes where he also attended a D1 World Series with Miami. After his college career Alex went on to spend time in the NY Yankees organization as well as play on numerous Independent League teams.
Alex is currently acting as the Head Coach of Perth Amboy where he also played his high school baseball.
Alan Socolow - Coach / Camp Coach
Paddy Matera - Instructor / Camp Coach
Ryan Cohen - Camp Infield Coach
Ryan Wells - Camp Coach