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Instructors

Adrian Abrahamowicz

Adrian played at Lorain Catholic High School graduating in 1989. After high school, he continued his playing career as a pitcher at Tiffin University, graduating in 1998. Adrian went on to coach several travel teams in the Lorain County area at the Connie Mack and collegiate levels, winning championships in the Cuyahoga County AAA and Erie Shore Collegiate leagues. 

After coaching high school baseball and basketball for many years at Lorain Catholic, Elyria Catholic. Avon Lake, and Columbia High Schools, Adrian became the assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator at Oberlin College in 2006. Adrian was named the head baseball coach at Oberlin College in the fall of 2010.

As Oberlin College’s head baseball coach, Adrian led the team to its first North Coast Athletic Conference title in 2015, and its first ever regional appearance finishing in the top 25.  They also set several new statistical school records, including the records for the most wins and most conference wins in a single season. 

Adrian specializes in the college recruiting process, helping athletes attain their athletic and academic collegiate goals. This season he will coach the 15U Mizuno team.  Over the past four seasons, Adrian’s teams featured several standout players, including: Andrew Abrahamowicz (Nebraska), Antonio Bennett (Toledo), Drew Compton (Toledo), Clay Cooper (Malone), Sean Darmafall (Sinclair), Xavier Moore (Texas Rangers), Spencer Mraz (Miami), Ryan O'Malley (Findlay), Collin Romel (Kent), and Caleb Waller (Lake Erie). Adrian resides in Lorain with his wife, Teresa, and has two children, Taylor and Andrew.

 

Todd Mezlak

Todd played under Bob Symonds, the legendary coach of Triton College. In 1996, Todd was a pre-season All American and led the team with a .419 batting average. He also led Triton to a top 5 national ranking and a 1996 JUCO World Series.

Todd also attended the University of Akron on a baseball scholarship. He was a 2-year starter at shortstop and served as the team’s closer. Upon graduation, Todd played professionally for the Richmond Roosters of the Frontier League.

Todd Has been with the Lake Erie Warhawks since the club’s inception in 2014, providing players with top-level instruction and college recruitment guidance. 14 players from Todd’s 2017 summer team have already committed to play in college. He coaches the 17U Mizuno team, which plays a loaded schedule across the country. Todd is an assistant baseball coach at Oberlin College and works primarily with hitters and infielders. Under Todd’s tutelage, Oberlin College set a new team record for batting average in a single season (.326), and most hits in a season (326). Todd is married to Brooke Mezlak, and their son Ian attended Ohio University on a baseball scholarship. 

 

Mike McClure

Mike helped create the Warhawks in 2014 and guides every aspect of the program, including coaching, training and promotions. Mike coaches at Elyria Catholic High School and has led several of the Warhawks most high-performing teams.  He has also spent time coaching at Oberlin College as well.  He currently coaches our 18U team that has numerous committed players. Some of those players include, Yianni Skeriotis (Ohio State), Trey Wright (Toledo), Mason Montgomery (Bowling Green) and Leighton Banjoff (Nebraska). Mike is married to Alisa and has two children.

Mike is responsible for the 8U to 14U roster and tournament formation including many other responsibilities for the Warhawks.

 

Dave Pastors

Dave turned down a professional contract after high school to play Division 1 baseball at Oklahoma State and Coastal Carolina. Although his playing career was shortened because of a shoulder injury, he coached Division 1 baseball for 17 years at both Coastal Carolina and Liberty University. Dave won 162 games in 5 years as the head coach at Liberty.

Dave and his wife Kate have three children, Adam, Elea and Maggie, and reside in Strongsville. Dave coaches our 22U Collegiate team that will play in the Tri-State League in 2019. During the offseason, Dave works with infielders and catchers to develop their defensive skills.

 

Brandon Jossey

Brandon is the lead assistant coach and hitting instructor for the Oberlin College baseball team. In the summer he coaches the 16U Warhawks Mizuno team. Brandon also oversees the Warhawks’ hitting development program. In his first season at Oberlin, Brandon's hitters finished fourth in the NCAC with a team batting average of .313. Oberlin produced its second most hits in a season all-time (441).  

Prior to Oberlin, he spent the fall working as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of South Carolina Upstate, where he worked closely with the Spartans' outfielders and catchers, while also instructing the hitters. Brandon previously served as a graduate assistant coach at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. While with the Griffins, Brandon coached hitting and outfield play and was the first base coach. On the diamond, he played in two super regionals at Ohlone College and was then part of a College World Series appearance with Seton Hill in 2014 as an outfielder.

 

Phil Brua

Phil is the current Head Baseball Coach at Hiram College . He worked at Pomona Pitzer College in California as the pitching coach, recruiting coordinator and most recently as the associate head coach. Phil was a huge key to the success at Oberlin College prior to that as a player and a coach.  He was the pitching coach on the 2015 NCAC Championship team.  Phil brought in a structured pitching plan that included arm maintenance, a consistent workout/running program and a defined pitching strategy. He introduced a new off-season workout/throwing plan that was tailored specifically to pitchers and preparing them for the upcoming season. 

Phil played two seasons of professional baseball in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, pitching between short-season Class A Vancouver and full-season Class A Lansing. Phil compiled a record of 12-2 to go along with six saves and a 3.80 ERA. He appeared in 56 games as a professional, and in 2011 he helped the Vancouver Canadians win the North West League Championship.

Phil was a four-year player at Oberlin where he holds the records for all-time saves (11) and appearances (65), and ranks second all-time with 15 career wins. Phil coordinates pitching for the Warhawks program during winter training.