Hitting, Pitching, Catching & Performance Instructor
In high school Brian Mohr, was a four year starting Catcher for Tarpon Springs, in Florida where he earned all-conference honors his Junior and Senior years. He also started three seasons for American Legion Dunedin Post 256.
Earning a scholarship to NAIA Bluefield College, Brian started all 4 seasons for the Rams. In 1999, Brian helped lead the Rams to a TVAC conference championship and the school’s first regional appearance. He finished his collegiate career and graduated in 2001 with a BS in Recreation Administration and a Minor in Coaching.
Brian signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles Organization in the summer of 2001. He played one season for the Bluefield Orioles, then attended Instructional League in fall. In 2002 he finished his professional career in Gulf Coast League with the Sarasota Orioles.
Before becoming owner of Dugout Baseball & Performance, Brian spent the last 10 years as VP of Operations and National Director at D1 Columbus. During those 10 years, Brian was responsible for training, development and operations of the business. In addition to his managing duties, Brian conducted all baseball and softball specific performance training as well as doing individual lessons and team trainings.
Brian is very passionate about the success of his clients on and off the field. Advancing not just their athletic abilities but helping to build great young men and women who can thrive at the next level and chase their dreams. Outside of the facility, Brian makes his home in Galena with his wife Leslie and 3 children: Karsyn, Kaden and Kelsey.
Pitching and Performance Instructor
In high school left hander Robby Sexton was a starting pitcher for Pataskala’s Watkins Memorial, lettering his junior and senior year. He also started two seasons for American Legion Pickerington Post 283, and was selected by Team Ohio to play in the Heartland Classic in Norman, Oklahoma.
Earning a scholarship to Division 1 Wright State University, Robby started all 4 seasons for the Raiders and was selected 2nd team all Horizon League his first two seasons and 1st team all Horizon League for his junior seasons. Robby rebounded from Tommy John Surgery, and was selected first team all Horizon once again before closing out his college career in the NCAA Regional in Louisville, Kentucky.
Robby was selected in the 14th round of the MLB draft by the Boston Red Sox, and played two season with the Sox, earning a championship ring with the Greenville Drive in 2017 (Low A). In 2018 Robby was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks playing his last two seasons as a professional baseball player with the Visalia Rawhide.
Robby has taught pitching lessons since 2016 and has a passion for helping young baseball players develop both physical and mental strength along with sound pitching mechanics to enable them to reach their goals.
Outside of baseball, Robby is teaching back at his alma mater. He and his wife Kassie live in Pataskala.
Hitting and Fielding Instructor
In high school, Topher was a starting 1st baseman and catcher for Hilliard Darby lettering his sophomore, junior and senior year. Topher was a three-sport athlete lettering in football and wrestling as well. His Junior and Senior year Topher was voted 1st team all OCC and received all-state honorable mention.
Topher was recruited for both baseball and football before landing a scholarship to play D2 baseball at Walsh University. Topher played primarily 1st base and transitioned into a relief pitcher during his two year stint at Walsh University. After his collegiate career, Topher continues to play the game he loves in the MABL in Central, Ohio. Topher plays for the Ohio Bison playing first base and pitcher. This past season Topher was selected to play in the MABL All Star game and was voted Defensive MVP during the 2021 season. During the spring season, Topher is the head freshman coach at Hilliard Darby.
Topher continues his passion for the game doing private instruction since 2018 passing on his knowledge and upbeat energetic coaching style developing younger athletes.
Outside of baseball Topher enjoys weightlifting, photography and spending time with family and friends along with his adopted puppy Maverick.
In High School, Connor started for three seasons in both baseball and football at Hilliard Bradley HS. As a left-handed starting pitcher and outfielder, he was awarded the Cy Young and Gold Glove Award. Connor earned All-Conference, District, and State recognition his Junior and Senior seasons. Connor also became the first pitcher to throw a perfect game in his High School’s history. He played in the summer for Ohio Surge.
Connor went on to play college baseball at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Connor was a starting pitcher, a reliever and closer during his four-year career. He earned Sunshine State Conference “Player of the Week” three times while at Lynn University.
Following his collegiate career, Connor became very passionate about taking his extensive pitching knowledge and applying it when working with young players, to improve their game both physically and mentally. His training goes well beyond the game as he drills the importance of arm care in pitching, to avoid injury and extend the life of baseball careers.
Outside of baseball, Connor enjoys fixing things, the outdoors, as well as spending time with friends and family.
Strength and Conditioning & Sports Performance Coach
In High School Kyle Nowak, was a three sport, four year starter in basketball, football, and baseball for Worthington Christian High School. Kyle was the starting Quarterback and was a 5x Columbus Dispatch Player of the week. He threw for over 3900 yards and ran for almost 1000 yards in high school as well. In baseball, Kyle was a starting pitcher and outfielder.
Kyle walked-on at Malone University and later earning a scholarship at the QB position, leading Malone to one of its highest total yardage games in program history (654). In 2014, Kyle suffered a bad knee injury and the love for the weight room began. Kyle went on to graduate in 2018 with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science with a Strength & Conditioning and Medical Fitness.
Following his collegiate career, Kyle worked at Georgia Southern University where he was a strength and conditioning intern with the football program. While at GSU, Kyle was in charge of training athletes for their NFL Pro-Day and NFL combine. He worked with Kindle Vildor (starting CB, Chicago Bears), Tyler Bass (starting K, Buffalo Bills), and Raymond Johnson III (starting DE, New York Giants). Kyle then went on to The Ohio State University as the strength & conditioning intern predominantly with the football program. While at OSU, Kyle worked with athletes such as (Chase Young, Justin Fields and J.K Dobbins), men’s basketball team (Andre and Caleb Wesson, Dwayne Washington JR. and more). Kyle also worked with the swimming, track & field, and baseball teams.
After his contract was not renewed due to COVID-19, Kyle became the Head Adult Strength & Fitness coordinator at D1 Columbus. He trained all adult members along with personal training high school, college, and professional athletes. In addition to his coaching duties, Kyle was responsible for event planning and all marketing.
Kyle is a passionate, driven, out-going coach who wants nothing more than his athletes to have success on the playing field. Kyle not only wants his athletes to be strong in the weight room and on the field, but be strong-willed, passionate, elite young people in today’s society; who not only excel at their sport but excel at life and leave a positive impact on anyone they compete against or meet.
Kyle makes his home in Dublin with his wife Julianna and his dog Sienna.
Hitting and Fielding Instructor
In high school Damon started at shortstop for four years for the Vandalia Butler Aviators. He played under his father Trent Dues, who has coached the Aviators for 27 years and won over 550 games. Damon was first team all-conference for three years and named First-Team All-State his senior year and broke the school record for all-time hits and runs. Damon played two seasons with the national power Cincinnati Midland Redskins winning the Connie Mack National Championship in 2017.
Damon earned a scholarship to Division 1 Wright State University and started four years for the Raiders. He hit a career .321 for the Raiders. He was an all Horizon League shortstop and named to NCAA Division1 East All Region 2nd team.
His senior season he had a 5 hit game against Milwaukee, hit for the cycle in the Horizon League Championship game and won Tournament MVP. Damon was also a member of the Horizon League Academic honor roll.
Following his senior season, Damon signed with the San Francisco Giants. Dues just completed his first professional season and looks forward to the upcoming year.
Damon has taught hitting lessons since 2016 and loves helping players reach their full potential. He enjoys learning everyday about this great game and being able to pass it on to younger players.
In the offseason, Damon enjoys spending time with friends and family back in Vandalia and is an avid Bengals fan.
In high school Stephen Larkin starred at Archbishop Moeller lettering both baseball and football. Stephen played summer ball for the national power Midland Redskins winning Connie Mack championship.
Stephen went on to play baseball at the University of Texas earning swc honors as an outfielder, was a 3 year starter and played in the College World Series in 1992-93.
Stephen was drafted in the 10th round by the Texas Rangers and later traded to the Cincinnati Reds. Stephen played 9 years in professional baseball. Larkin played in one Major League Baseball MLB game during his career for the Cincinnati Reds going 1-for-3. During that game Stephen Larkin played first base and his brother Barry played shortstop, while fellow Reds Bret Boone played second base and his younger brother Aaron Boone played third base making it the only time in MLB history that two sets of siblings were on the field at the same time.
During his 14 year coaching career, Stephen had coaching stints at Moeller HS, MLB International, Great Lakes, and Prospect summer collegiate league. Stephen currently is the manager of the Cape Catfish garnering coach of the year honors in 2019 and 2021 winning the Prospect League Championship in 2021.
Stephen comes from a very athletic family: Brothers Mike played football at Notre Dame, Byron played basketball at Xavier and Barry played 19 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Larkin also has an older sister, Robin.
Stephen resides in Cincinnati during the off season and enjoys hanging out with family and friends and volunteering at the Reds Urban Youth Academy.
Hitting and Catching Instructor
In high school, Derek Helbing was the starting catcher for Pataskala’s Watkins Memorial, lettering his junior and senior year. He also started two seasons for American Legion Pickerington Post 283.
Derek was recruited by Washington and Jefferson College (Washington, PA) and started all 4 seasons for the Presidents. He achieved 2nd team and 1st team All-Conference his sophomore and junior year, accordingly and had a breakout senior season being named 1st team All-Conference, Conference Player of the Year, 1st team All-Region, and 2nd team All-American. Derek helped lead the Presidents to their best season in school history by placing 2nd in the DIII College World Series, while personally breaking both single season and career school records for both offense and defense.
Derek has taught both catching and hitting lessons since 2017 and enjoys giving back to not only the game he loves but the kids that have the same passion for baseball as him.
Outside of baseball, Derek is a Sr. Income Tax Analyst for Greif, Inc. When not working he enjoys traveling the country and enjoying his time with friends and family back in Pataskala.