Meet the Staff
President / Founder NPBA
His baseball career started in Taylorsville, Utah where his age group accomplished 6 state titles, 3 regional titles, 2nd place in LL World Series from age 9 till 14. Tommy was selected AAU National Team 3 times, at the high school level lettered in 3 sports and was drafted by the Houston Astros in the Corpus Christi Leagues. Coaching has been his passion and he has developed a well rounded understanding of what different organizations have to offer by managing ages 7 thru 18 for the past 7 years.
He has had a wonderful opportunity to coach side by side with some of the best and has learned others approaches and styles as well as being able to experience what works and what does not. Sense moving to the Bay Area Tommy has be blessed to manage young athletes with great success in the travel ball world with a record of 185-44, 8x NIT Championships, 2X World Series Champions as well as top national ranking in USSSA/NCTB/NCS in their class, as well as LABC USA Team Assistant coach 2021.More importantly he has focused on the technical and development side of sports with the goal of long term development and overall health of the player through their career. He is devoted to teaching proper mechanics and strives in being a positive impact on young athletes.
NPBA is his way of giving players an opportunity to play as a baseball family and to enjoy the experience in travel baseball while being competitive at a top National level. While helping them understand the cutting edge training programs that are utilized and how it can impact their athletic careers, all while building a foundation for good character, sportsmanship and team unity.
President / Founder Black Diamond Baseball
David is a USA Baseball Level A, B, and C certified coach as well as Driveline Certified for Youth Programming. He has been coaching youth baseball in the Bay Area for the past 4 years. Prior to that, David has a long history of success in youth sports with a strong focus on player and team development, performance development, and strength and conditioning. He has helped players go on to play collegiately in D1 and beyond as well as won a High School 4A State Championship team as the Assistant Coach.
Prior to coaching, David was a standout two-sport athlete in High School playing baseball under AZ HoF coach Hal Eustice as a catcher and soccer with recognition at the city and state levels. At the close of HS, David put his opportunities and passion for baseball on hold to pursue soccer within the USISL Professional League (now USL), All-Army and All-Armed Forces teams, which ultimately lead to earning a spot on the CISM Military World Games representing the US with over 100 nations competing. David continues to apply his professional training, military world class athletic program knowledge and coaching experience to the youth field with a focus on developing kids for success both short and long term.
Shawon Dunston Jr.
COACHING ASSISTANCE PROFESSIONAL PLAYER
Shawon joined our coaching staff as professional baseball opted out due to the pandemic in 2020 and brings a wealth of experience as a player and coach. His eye for hitting has enabled all of our players to benefit as well as instilling discipline and work ethic required for growth and success. Shawon grew up in a baseball household and on MLB fields across the US learning from esteemed coaches such as Ron Washington and many others - knowledge he continues to pass along to our players.
An 11th-round pick of the Chicago Cubs in the 2011 MLB Draft out of Valley Christian High School in San Jose, Calif., Dunston Jr. played for four Cubs minor-league affiliates over five years. Dunston Jr. later joined the San Francisco Giants’ system and played parts of the 2016 and 2017 seasons with their Class-A affiliate, the Augusta (Ga.) GreenJackets. He currently plays in the Independent League with the Gateway Grizzlies.
Dunston Jr.’s father and namesake, Shawn Sr., was drafted by the Chicago Cubs No. 1 overall in 1982 and went on to play 18 seasons in the big leagues with the Cubs, Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, and New York Mets.
VELO PRO DIRECTOR AND AFFLIATE TO NPBA
I have coached Baseball and Softball for over 30 years.
Former MLB Associate Scout 3 years
Regional Developer VeloPro NorCal 4years
Prospect United NorCal (Program Director)
Coach USA-LABC 8 years with 4 Championships
Whitney High School Baseball and Softball 9 years
Have worked with Baseball players on hitting and pitching.
Worked with softball players on hitting.
NFCA Convention, ABCA Convention, and MLB Winter meetings.