Stance Doctor Baseball & Softball Academy Staff

Dante Bichette Sr- Baseball Operations Advisor
Former 14 year Major League Player with a career average of .299, 4 time All Star, Silver Slugger Award Winner and 2013 Colorado Rockies Hitting Coach is our Special Baseball Operations Advisor. 




Ken Winkle- Chief Pitching Instructor / 9 Year Professional Player / Mike Epstein Certified Hitting Instructor



A long time Pinellas County resident, Ken comes to Team Stance Doctor with over 10 years of professional baseball experience.  From the time at Cross Bayou LL through his days as a professional, Ken has never lost the passion for the game. Ken works with all ages and specializes in all aspects of pitching; fundamentals, strategies, situational, strength and conditioning and of course mental.   

During his years as a professional,  Ken has played for and learned from some of Major League Baseballs great players and coaches including;   Ron Guidry (NY Yankees), Wally Backman (NY Mets), George Brett (Royals), Rafael Santana (NY Mets), Charlie Kerfield (Houston Astros), Edgar Renteria, Juan Nieves (Current Red Sox Pitching coach) and others. 

In 1994- after a stellar season at Saint Leo College where he set a school record with 159 strikeouts, Ken was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 15th round of the amateur baseball draft.  During his time with the Royals, he played for former New York Met Raphael Santana and all time Royals great, George Brett. 

In 1996 -  Ken had one of his best years as a pro with 29 saves and a 1.36 era.  The saves were a league record and earned him an All Star appearance in the Texas-Louisiana League.   

In 1997 & 1998- he had the opportunity to play in the Taiwan Major Leagues with Don August (Brewers), Steve Wilson (Cubs & Dodgers), Sam Horn (Red Sox) and many others. 

1999 – 2000 Played for former NY Mets great Wally Backman and NY Yankees Pitcher Ron Guidry and helped the team win the Western League Championship.  

In 2002- Ken earned another All Star appearance in the Central League after playing winter ball for Edgar Renteria in Columbia, and former LA Dodgers catcher Steve Yeager.  

In 2003 Ken finished his professional career as a player/ coach of the Central League and has been teaching others what he was taught during his years in pro baseball. 

Steve Schwarz- Mike Epstein Certified Hitting Instructor (Baseball & Softball) - Infield/ OF Specialist



Steve comes to Stance Doctor Baseball & Softball  Academy as a 2x Certified Mike Epstein Hitting Instructor (www.EpsteinHitting.com ), a 4x Doyle Baseball Alumni and showcase player, a Doyle baseball certified coach, and a Cal Ripken Advanced Certified Coach.   

Steve’s extensive playing career spans from high school through college and includes 2 seasons in the California Wood Bat Collegiate Summer League in 1990 & 1991.   Here is were he played with some of the nations best prospects and had the opportunity to work with Long Beach State coaches and players in addition to former professional players during the 1990 Winter Baseball Season at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California.    

Post playing career, Steve continues to be a student of the game and is constantly adapting to new technology and methods that will allow his students to become the best possible players they can be. In the last 3 years, Steve has logged over 5,000 hours of video analysis, over 2,500 individual and team lessons and has worked with everyone  from little league through college players in both baseball and fast pitch softball.

Erin Dixson (Fastpitch Pitching Instructor and  Eckerd College ALUM 


All-America Scholar Athlete, NCAA,
September 2015All-American Nominee,
NCAA May 2015 Second Team All-South Region,
NCAA May 2015 Second Team All-Region,
 NCAA May 2015 Second Team All-Sunshine State Conference ,
SSC May 2015 Broke the All-Time Single Season Win Record for pitchers at Eckerd College, 2014.
National Pitcher and Player of the Week, NJCAA February 2013
Mississippi State Pitcher and Player of the week, NJCAA February 2013  

Eckerd College Single Season Records:
Season Best ERA – 2nd
Season Best  Pitched Wins – 2nd
Season Best Homeruns – 3rd
Season Best Games Pitched – 3rd
Season Best RBI – 3rd
Eckerd College Career Records (Only attended for two seasons)
All Time ERA – 2nd
All Time Slugging Percentage – 3rd
All Time Homeruns – 3rd
All Time Pitched Wins – 4th


Doug Every- Certified Mike Epstein Hitting Instructor (Baseball & Softball) /  Operations Manager



Darin Laster - Certified Mike Epstein Hitting Instructor (Baseball & Softball) 



Eric Fountain- Hitting & Infield Specialist

Eric comes to the Stance Doctor Baseball and Softball Academy as an instructor in hitting/ fielding and as the After School Coordinator.

Eric spent 8 years as a baseball/softball instructor at Pro Performance in Morgantown, West Virginia. At this facility, Eric worked with youth travel baseball teams of all ages, high school players, college players, professional players, and showcases. He has worked with hitters from West Virginia University, Fairmont State University, and West Wesleyan College. He also worked with Jedd Gyorko (San Diego Padres) Andy Altmus (Director of Baseball Pro Performance), David Carpenter (Washington Nationals), Joe Agreste (Texas Ranger Scout) Ernie Galusky (Director of Baseball Operations for the Black Bears Minor League Team), Jerry Mahoney (West Virginia Univeristy), and Ed Santa (Colorado Rockies Scout and Showcase). Eric has coached youth baseball in Delaware and West Virginia for numerous years and spent six years as a coach in the Morgantown Post 2 American Legion program. 

Fountain played his college baseball at Potomac State College and then West Virginia University. He was also an All-State player in Delaware and played for team Delaware in the Big League World Series in 1996. His goal is to help players achieve their maximum potential and prepare them for college.

Jim Smith- Titan Training / Individual & Team Professional Trainer





Certifications: N.A.S.M Certified. (National Academy of Sports Medicine)  PES Certified (Performance Enhancement Specialist) American Red Cross CPR and AED CertifiedT.I.T.A.N stands for:  TOTAL INTEGRATED TRAINING AND NUTRITIONJim Smith is a NASM certified personal trainer and fitness expert.  His expertise extends the full range of the fitness world, including but not limited to:  stretching and flexibility, cross fit training, body-building, strength and conditioning, weight loss, diet and nutrition, and post rehabilitation.Jim has been actively involved in the fitness world most of his life. If it wasn’t dominating his weight class in competitive wrestling it was training passionately in mixed martial arts.  His life revolves around sports and fitness including football, baseball, and track and field.  As Jim’s passion for fitness progressed he became curious as to how to help others achieve their fitness goals.  His curiosity became the spark that would eventually build the fire that is T.I.T.A.N training.Jim’s drive comes not only from his personal sporting experiences, but from the feeling he gets from adding years to someone’s life or helping someone achieve the results they aimed for.  For many people a healthy lifestyle is hard to achieve because of a lack of fundamental fitness knowledge.  T.I.T.A.N training not only provides the exercises and motivation but also the diet and nutrition knowledge to become a new and better you!He enjoys training all levels of fitness from the first time gym member to professional athletes.  His friendly personality and energetic motivational skills make him very fun to work with and be around!  But don’t take our word for it, come experience yourself how great it can be to become a part of the T.I.T.A.N family!