Private Lessons
The Yard Sports Academy preaches professionalism and fundamentals in all of their training! We specialize in baseball and softball training. Our instructors have years of professional baseball experience, professional scouting experience, and/or profession & collegiate coaching experience. You are getting a high quality training experience that cannot be matched! Call (631) 667-9273 to schedule your lesson

Hitting & Fielding Instructors


Jon Kourie Hitting & Fielding

Owner of The Yard Sports Academy

  • Assistant Coach - Maritime (2016-2018)
  • Long Island Ducks (2012,2016)
  • Washington WildThings (2012)
  • Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (2005-2007)
  • Briarcliffe College (2003-2004)
  • Oceanside High School (Grad 2002)
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Dan Lyons Hitting & Fielding

Current Long Island Ducks Player

  • Has been with Ducks since 2011
  • Nationals Minor Leaguer (2007-2010)
  • Drafted by Nationals in 2007 (14th RD)
  • University of Minnesota (2004-2007)
  • Century HS (2004)
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Elvis Pena Hitting & Fielding

Current Atlanta Braves DSL Coach

  • Long Island Ducks (2006)
  • Colorado Rockies (2004-2005)
  • Milwaukee Brewers (2001-2002)
  • Colorado Rockies (1994-2000)
  • Signed as a Free Agent at 17 years old
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Pitching Instructors


Pat Shortt Pitching

Current Pitching Coach at SUNY Old Westbury

  • Atlanta Braves - Pro Scout
  • MLB Scouting Bureau - Northeast Supervisor
  • Minor League Coach - Milwaukee Brewers
  • College Coach - NYIT & Lamar University
  • Milwaukee Brewers Professional Player
  • Played Collegiately at Lamar University & E. Arizona CC
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Bryan Tatelmen Pitching

Current Freedom Baseball 17u Head Coach

  • Pitched 4 years at Stony Brook University
  • Starred at Avon Old Farms Prep School
  • Three-year letter winner at South Windsor HS in South Windsor, CT
  • All-conference selection in both his junior and senior year
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