"Athletes who play their sport using proper and healthy mechanics, will have a much better chance of staying injury-free and develop as a player throughout their entire career."
Pete DeLuca was born in Chicago, IL, but by the age 7 he was enjoying the dry heat of Tempe, AZ. He still prides himself on being a Die Hard Cubs fan who had to weather 53 years of personal suffering, until that night in 2016 when he was an eyewitness to history. Cleveland, Ohio, Progressive Field, November 2nd, Game 7, 10th inning, ground ball to third base, Kris Bryant picks it up and throws to first, a slip, a stretch,l and then Anthony Rizzo puts the game ball in pocket after he records the biggest out of his career and maybe Cubs History.
" I remember it like it was yesterday, I weaseled my way down behind home plate for the final out and was standing in the isle looking right down the third base line when it happened, I couldn't make a sound for about 10 seconds. I just stood there in shock. Then after it hit me, that the team I've been loyal to my whole life were now the World Champions, I screamed and cried like a baby."
Even though DeLuca can admit to being a fan,
after his playing days most of his baseball life was spent watching from the dugout. He did all his schooling in Tempe, AZ. He attended Marcos de Niza HS where he lettered 3x in baseball. He then went on to play for Coach Jim Brock's storied baseball program at Arizona State University (1987-1988). DeLuca learned a lot from the legend, and it stuck with him as he continues to impact the game that he loves so much to this day.
After his playing career ended with an injury that he just couldn't find a way to come back from, he went on to spend the next three years working as a local Television Sportscaster for all three network affiliates: CBS- Phoenix, AZ (KTSP), CBS- Hattiesburg, MS (WHLT), ABC- Tupelo, MS (WLOV) and NBC- Tucson, AZ (KVOA). After his short but illustrious career in front of the camera, he found himself in front of CEOs pitching marketing ideas instead of baseballs and one-liners. Bada Bing!
But baseball was always his passion. He knew it would never stop calling his name. So after finding himself as a father of two amazing boys, his coaching career started and continues to enrich his life and those that he coached over his career. In his 20+ years of coaching at all levels, including a year as the Varsity Pitching Coach at Perry HS (Gilbert, AZ), he's coached several young ball players that have gone on to play professionally or are still playing in colleges and universities across the country. Some former players include: Tyler Watson (Washington Nationals), Casey Legumina (Minnesota Twins), Beau Brieske (Detroit Tigers), Cole Bellinger (San Diego Padres), Trevor Hauver (NY Yankees), Aaron Makil (New Mexico), Nick Ohanian (Grand Canyon), Colton Snelling (Fordham), Austin Stump (Alabama- Birmingham), Dominick Hamel (Dallas Baptist), Keaton Glover (Grand Canyon), Brit Graham (New Mexico State), Cody Holtz (Cal State Bakersfield), Willie Cano (Cal Poly) and his favorite player of all-time, his son, Chaz DeLuca (Niagara University).
Recently, Coach Pete made the decision to move from the field to the stands to hold a JUGS gun and laptop as he become a part of the Area Scouts program in June 2020. Mike Medici (current MLB Area Scout) brought him up to speed on the basics of evaluating players and then bringing that to life in written form as a pro scouting report.
"The one thing that really hit home and caused a shift in my thinking, happened shortly after partnering up with Area Scouts. It was something I heard from an Area Scout Evaluator who found a testimonial online written by an athlete that was just coming off of Tommy John surgery. The athlete was overtly praising his physical therapist for all the rehab he had done for him over the years, starting in high school, throughout college and now as a professional baseball player." DeLuca went on to say, "The fact that this guy was constantly in the training room throughout his career, is not good thing to be praised for. Keeping him out off of the training table, now that's a different thing all together"
Will there be injuries? Yes. But at Area Scouts the two things we shoot for is: 1) Improve an athlete's performance, and 2) Stay Healthy! Words to live by.
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