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Area Scouts Board Member Bios

Lance Baldwin

CEO

Lance Baldwin knows that it requires a professional, talented, and educated team behind him, in order to create and implement an industry changing program. This is his 10th year designing and developing the Area Scouts™ Platform, which specializes in developing athletes through efficient movement and metrics. Lance possesses 35+ years of experience in business, client relations, technology, software design, and development. As a 15+ year multi-sport coach, most recently coaching youth sports the past 10 years, he quickly recognized the urgent need for health awareness, professional resources, and ongoing education, that could be offered to every athlete / parent, at an incredibly affordable price.

Lance is excited to lead the future of Area Scouts, with an optimal team behind him that will help to prevent countless injuries, and to be able to provide every athlete, in all sports, with the foundation, guidance, and resources to achieve success at the next level.

Josh Zeid

CSO

Josh Zeid enjoyed a 10-year professional career spanning six different organizations. He played for the Houston Astros in the Major Leagues in 2013 and 2014. Josh may best be known for his 2017 appearance on Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic where he threw 10 innings and did not allow a run while striking out 10. Josh began his collegiate career at Vanderbilt University where he studied Human Organization and Development, and completed his studies at Tulane University, graduating with his Degree in English and Political Science.

Josh is excited to take on the role as Strategy and Operations Officer to help build out Area Scouts partnerships, brand awareness, marketing strategies, and Area Scouts positional director leadership.

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Anthony Inzillo

Director of Sports Medicine and Performance

Anthony Inzillo is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, while also holding certifications as Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sports Certified Specialist who excels in the rehabilitation of high-level athletes. Anthony has most recently worked as a Physical Therapist in the Alliance of American Football, and with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League, and the XFL.

Prior to working full-time in professional football, he was the primary Physical Therapist for world-renowned orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Andrews. With his mentorship, he provided world class care for countless high school, college, and professional athletes and was a leader in developing guidelines and protocols for rehabilitation, interval sports programs, and functional testing.

With Anthony’s background and versatility within all stages of rehab from immediate post-op through the return to play phase he is spearheading our B.A.S.E. Assessment, which will set the foundation for all of our athletes. His main interests are injury prevention, assessing and resolving movement dysfunction, rehabilitating injuries and their underlying causes, and optimizing athletic performance. He has helped hundreds of athletes successfully return to sports and is eager to continue doing so.

Anthony earned his Bachelor’s degree from University of Delaware in 2009 and graduated in 2012 from the University of Delaware as a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Fred McGriff

BASEBALL – Senior Director of Hitting

Fred McGriff is a 5-Time MLB All Star, 3-Time Silver Slugger, MLB World Series Champion, 2x Home Run Leader, a career .284 hitter who had 2,940 hits with 493 home runs. Fred comes to Area Scouts with 19 years of Major League Baseball playing experience as one of the best Home Run hitters in the history of the game.

Fred was born in Tampa, Florida in 1963. Was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 9th round in the 1981 amateur baseball draft. He made his Major League Debut in 1986 for the Toronto Blue Jays. Fred is extremely excited to give back to the Athletes on the Area Scouts Platform and share his extensive knowledge about hitting, approach, and the mental toughness it takes to be a star.

Gregorio Petit

BASEBALL – National Director of Fielding

Born in Venezuela and currently living outside of Houston, Texas, Gregorio Petit played seven different positions over the course of his Major League career and finished with a career fielding percentage of (.978). Gregorio entered professional baseball in 2003 as an 18-year-old and played 16 seasons including parts of 6 of those seasons in the Major Leagues with five different teams. He made his Major League Debut with the Oakland Athletics in 2008.

Gregorio is excited to share his knowledge with the Area Scouts family as we look to build the most efficient and consistent fielders all over the world. He believes that pre-pitch routine is vital to becoming the best fielder possible.

Lenny Dinardo

BASEBALL – Assistant Pitching Director (Northeast)

Born in Miami, Florida, Lenny Dinardo was drafted in 3rd round of the 2001 MLB Amateur player Draft to the New York Mets. Lenny made his Major League debut with the Boston Red Sox during their World Series run of 2004. Over the next five years Lenny played for the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals throwing in more than 250 innings as a Major Leaguer.

Lenny brings extensive experience to his role as Assistant Pitching Director as he has pitched as a starter, reliever, and lefty specialist at the highest level. Lenny has also played baseball on the international stage for both Team USA and Team Italy throughout his career. Lenny attended Stetson University out of high school, and he currently works for NESN as an in-studio baseball analyst.

Karissa Hovinga

SOFTBALL – National Director Of Pitching

Karissa Hovinga is a current member of the Canadian National Team, and one of 20 players competing for a 2021 Olympic roster spot. She has played on the Senior National Team since 2012 and she has been to four World Championships and one Pan American Games. Karissa played collegiately at the University of Oregon from 2012-2015. At Oregon, she contributed to three Pac-12 Championships and three trips to the Women’s College World Series.

Karissa also earned her master’s degree at the University of Minnesota where she served as a graduate manager for the Gopher softball program from 2016-2018. During her time with the Gophers, she served as interim pitching coach for the 2017 non-conference season and boasted a record of 25-2. Karissa broadened her coaching experience from 2018-2020 when she served as the Volunteer Assistant for the Stanford Cardinal softball program.

Karissa is excited for the opportunity to be able to reach students all around the country and beyond through the Area Scouts platform.

Mike Medici

BASEBALL – National Director of Scouting

Mike Medici has worked in Major League Baseball for over 10 years as a Major League Scout. In January of 2020, created an unmatched scouting training and certification program that is currently being used by Area Scouts Evaluators and Scouts to learn the ins and outs of on-field player evaluation. Mike’s years of experience provides an invaluable resource to our Evaluators to be able to objectively and fairly provide our athletes with Professional Grade Scouting Reports.

Mike also worked as First Assistant Coach for the Canisius College Baseball team from 2007-09 and got his start at the College of Saint Rose as Assistant Coach in 2006. Mike graduated from Niagara University in 2006 with his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. Receiving two different master’s degrees from Canisius College in Sports Administration and Education Technologies & Emerging Media.

Mike is also the Regional Evaluator for the State of Indiana.

Ryan Lavarnway

BASEBALL – National Director of Catching

California native Ryan Lavarnway is currently in the middle of an 8-year Major League Baseball career. He has played in the Major Leagues for 7 teams including the Red Sox where he was part of the World Series winning team in 2013. Ryan has caught almost 700 games in his professional career and is eager to share his knowledge in framing, blocking, receiving, throwing, and pitch-calling with all the evaluators and Area Scouts athletes.

Ryan also played Outfield at Yale University where he hit .476 as a sophomore and paired that with an All-Time Ivy League Record 33 home runs in 2007. In 2017 Ryan played for Team Israel World Baseball Classic and was named MVP of the South Korea Regional in the opening round of the tournament.

Ryan is also the Regional Evaluator for the State of Colorado.

Josh Zeid

BASEBALL – National Director of Pitching

Former Major League Pitcher Josh Zeid comes to Area Scouts with more than 12 years of experience both playing and working in professional baseball. Josh played in the Major Leagues with the Houston Astros in 2013 and 2014 and was also a pivotal member of the Team Israel World Baseball Classic team that went 4-2 in the 2017 WBC. Josh was named to the All-World Baseball Classic Team in that tournament along-side Marcus Stroman, Yadier Molina, and Javier Baez after throwing 10 scoreless innings and striking out 10 as well.

Josh is the perfect fit for our National Director of Pitching position as he pitched 347 career games professionally, 70 of those as a starter, and 277 as a middle reliever, set-up man, and closer. He has also worked in professional baseball the last two years as a rehab pitching coordinator and has focused his attention and studies on return to play protocols, return to play throwing programming, and the biomechanics of the pitching delivery.

Josh played collegiately at both Vanderbilt University and Tulane University and graduated with his degree in English and Political Science. He was drafted in the 10th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 Major League Baseball Amateur Player Draft after going 6-0 as a senior as a Green Wave.

Josh is also the Regional Evaluator for the State of Arizona.

Joey Lye

SOFTBALL – National Director Of Fielding

Proud native of Toronto, Canada, Joey Lye joins the Area Scouts team with more than 10 years of professional and international experience as both an outfielder and infielder. Since joining the Canadian National Team in 2010, she has played multiple infield and multiple outfield positions and was Team Captain from 2013-2017. Joey is an active athlete within three professional organizations- the brand-new Athletes Unlimited, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, and Team Canada.

Following her graduation from Williams College in 2009 with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Joey began her NCAA coaching career in both softball and ice hockey spending two years at her alma mater before landing her first head softball coach position in 2011. Joey is excited to use her six years of NCAA Division III and three years of NCAA Division I softball head coaching experience to help her thrive in her role as the National Director of Fielding for Softball.

Currently living in Pennsylvania, Joey is actively training for the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Joey is excited to impact the next generation of softball players. She believes strongly in mental approach, pre-pitch preparation, and building solid muscle memory to develop championship-level defense.

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