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.
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.
Hitting and Fielding Instructor
In high school Ryan Peltier was a four year starter at Chaminade Julienne High School. Ryan was first team All-Conference for 3 years, while helping the Eagles to two consecutive state championship appearances in 2017 and 2018, winning a state championship his senior year in 2018. Additionally, Ryan was a 3-year starting quarterback for Chaminade earning an All-Conference and All-State honors.
Ryan earned a scholarship to Division 1 Ball State University and has started 136 games over 3 full seasons for the Cardinals. He earned All-MAC Third Basemen honors in 2021 and 2022. He was also named to the All-MAC Defensive team in 2022 while earning MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2022 helping the Cardinals to a MAC Championship. Ryan was voted top 3rd Baseball in the country by American Baseball Conference Association and Rawlings Gold Glove.
Ryan spent the 2022 summer season as an assistant coach on the Dugout Baseball Club 14U. He plans to continue his passion for the game for young ball players who are looking to develop their fundamental skills. He would like to pass on his knowledge and personal experiences of the game to prepare young ball players for the next level.
Ryan will return to Ball State for his last year of eligibility in 2023 and work to earn his MBA during that time.
Outside of baseball Ryan enjoys spending time with his 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.