Staff – OLD

Meet your leaders

Our staff takes pride in making sure that the Baseball & Softball Players nationwide are being taught how to not only play the game at a very competitive level but how to learn and have fun while doing it. We will work as hard as we can every single day to make sure the needs of your son are daughter are met. Whether it’s for private training, group training, team training, remote training, or strength & conditioning, we are here to help every one of you get better. Welcome to the Hot Corner Athletics Family!

Ron Bernick

Founder & CEO

Founded Hot Corner in 2016

Impact

400+ College Athletes | 50+ MLB Draft Picks | 1 NPF Draft Pick

Coaching

6th Year at Hot Corner | Area Code Games | Summer Rivalry Game | USA Prime Guest Coach | Joe Mack - 1st Round Draft Pick | Jon de Marte - Team Israel Olympian | Matt Brash - Seattle Mariners | Charles Mack - Minnesota Twins | Matt Cross - Oakland Athletics

Education

Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education from Canisius College
OnBaseU Hitting & Pitching Certified
Rapsodo Hitting & Pitching Certified
K-Motion Certified
Driveline Certified
USA Baseball Certified
Brian Cain Peak Performance Mental Performance Mastery Certified
Dugout Coalition Certified

Family

Married to Katelyn Bernick. Father to Griffey and Maddux. Son to Louise and Scott Wolf. Brother to Nicholas and Amanda.

sam Cumbo

COO & National Director of Human Performance

Impact

National Director of Human Performance | Sports Performance Program Creator | Interfacility Operations

Coaching

4th Year at Hot Corner | Semi-Private Training Coach | Youth Athlete Bootcamp Coach | Adult Fitness Coach

Education

Bachelor's Degree in Health and Wellness from Canisius College
Minors in Strength & Conditioning & Psychology
OnBaseU Hitting & Pitching Certified
Certified L1 SFG & FMS
Dugout Coalition Certified

Family

Married to Bri Cumbo. Father to Mia.

Jake Burlingame

Director of Baseball & Softball Operations

Head Baseball Coordinator | Head Softball Coordinator | Event Manager

Impact

Coaches over 700 athletes monthly

Coaching

1st Year at Hot Corner | Coached over 4000 athletes | Assistant Baseball Coach at Williamsville East High School

Education

Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management
Master's Degree in Sports Administration

Family

Matt Cross

Catching Coordinator & Hitting Specialist

Head Catching Coordinator | Baseball & Softball Hitting Specialist

Impact

4 Years at Hot Corner | Trained over 4000 athletes

Accolades

2018 MLB Draft - 19th Round (Pick #563) by the Oakland Athletics

Education

Family

Jon de Marte

Pitching & Throwing Development Coordinator

Advanced Programming Specialist | Patterning Development

Impact

5 Years in Coaching | Worked with athletes both in-person & remotely

Coaching

2 Years at Hot Corner | Pitching Coach for the Quebec Capitales of the Frontier League

Accolades

2021 Tokyo Olympian - Team Israel | Signed with the Chicago Cubs

Education

Family

Caitlin Attfield

Head Softball Coordinator

Coaching

1st Year at Hot Corner | 4 Years Coaching Privately | Former Assistant Softball Coach at Canisius College

Accolades

NPF 9th Overall Draft Pick by the Dallas Charge | Multiple Offensive Records at the University of Alabama at Birmingham | Conference USA Player of the Year

Education

Family

Nick Hamilton

Hitting Specialist

Youth | High School | College Level Hitting

Coaching

1st Year at Hot Corner | 3 Years Coaching Experience

Accolades

2015 MLB Draft - 11th Round by the Boston Red Sox

Family

Brennen Smith

Baseball Pitching Specialist

Coaching

1st Year at Hot Corner | Trains over 1000 athletes monthly

Accolades

Signed with the New Jersey Jackals of the Frontier League in 2022

Family

Chris Gruarin

Hitting Specialist

Impact

2021 Section VI Coach of the Year | 2021 Section VI Champion

Coaching

2nd Year at Hot Corner | Head Baseball Coach at Williamsville East High School | Former Assistant Baseball Coach at Williamsville North High School | Former Graduate Assistant at Manhattanville College

Education

Bachelor's Degree in Health & Physical Education
Master's Degree

Family

Fiance to Amie. Son to Bobby and Mary Kay. Brother to Kevin, Carly, Katelyn, Casey and Cameron

Casey Gruarin

Hitting Specialist

We will train them to achieve the highest desired outcome whether its travel ball or high school to college or even the MLB.

Impact

NJCAA National Runner-Up

Coaching

3rd Year at Hot Corner | Head Baseball Coach at Niagara Wheatfield Junior Varsity | Head Baseball Coach at Niagara Power Travel Baseball

Education

Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree

Family

Son to Bobby and Mary Kay. Brother to Kevin, Carly, Chris, Katelyn and Cameron

Bailey Briggs

Softball Hitting & Infield Specialist

Coaching

1st Year at Hot Corner

Accolades

Rutgers University Softball Commit

Education

Family

Son to Lee and Kim. Sister to Alexis and Hunter

Charles MAck

Hitting & Catching Specialist

Baseball & Softball Hitting Development | Baseball & Softball Catching Development

Coaching

4th Year at Hot Corner

Accolades

2018 MLB Draft - 6th Round (Pick #184) by the Minnesota Twins | 2018 New York State Gatorade Player of the Year

Family

Son to Alan and Christina. Brother to Christy and Joe.

Joe MAck

Hitting & Catching Specialist

Baseball & Softball Hitting Development | Baseball & Softball Catching Development

Coaching

2nd Year at Hot Corner

Accolades

2021 MLB Draft - 1st Round (CBA Pick #31) by the Miami Marlins | 2022 Miami Marlins Top 10 Prospect | Current Cooperstown King of Swat | 2020 Perfect Game Tournament Player of the Year | Team USA

Family

Son to Alan and Christina. Brother to Charles and Christy.

Mike Huff II

Youth Catching & Hitting Specialist

Coaching

1st Year at Hot Corner

Accolades

Western Michigan University Baseball Commit

Education

Accolades

Son to Mike and Katherine. Brother to Mattingly, Maris and Richard.

Rick Cumbo

Strength & Conditioning Coordinator

Semi-Private Training & Programming | Youth Athlete Bootcamp Coach | Adult Fitness Trainer

Education

Family

Dawn Jelen

Office Manager

Schedule | Team Advisor | Front Office Manager

Impact

2nd Year at Hot Corner | Former Manager at Hard Rock Cafe | 25 Year Experience Professional

Education

FAMILY

Wife to Tom. Mother to Matthew and Derek.

Bri Male

Office Assistant

Front Desk Reception | Schedule | Lead Coordinator

Impact

2nd Year at Hot Corner | Former Social Media Intern at Hot Corner

Education

Family

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