Daniel Crabtree LePera

Owner & Co-Founder

I am the owner and founder of Top Notch Trainers. We have been in business since 2010, and everything you see here and inside our facilty has been developed right here in Columbus. In addition to running the daily operations at TNT, I serve as a Strength & Conditioning, Hitting, and Catching Coach. I also run our summer teams and summer developmental programs. I am originally from Gahanna, Ohio. I grew up working for a hitting facility from the age of 14 and at 16 I started working Baseball camps as an instructor. I've been very fortunate to be around great baseball coaches, college and pro players during my playing career. In high school I started every game game but 1 during my 4 year career. During that time I served as team captain and received all conference and district awards as a Junior and Senior. I began my collegiate career at Coastal Carolina University where I suffered a shoulder injury and transfered to the University of Rio Grande. I currently live in Blacklick with my wife, Amanda, 15 month old, Emory June, and our dog, Sox. I am a certified trainer through the National Strength & Conditioning Assocaiation (NSCA). Being a collegiate athlete served as a great foundation for my particular personal training style. I beleive a training program should be fun, challenging, varried, based on scientific principle, have balanced programming, and focus on all aspects of fitness and movement. I am very proud and passionate when it comes to the quality of information and training we provide here at TNT. My goal is to provide the athletes and adults of Central Ohio with the best Coaches and Trainers available, along with a great atmosphere and experience.

  • Assistant Baseball Coach Ohio Dominican University
  • NSCA-CPT (National Strength and Conditioning Association)
  • American Heart Association-AED/CPR certified
  • Studied Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Rio Grande
  • 3 year Letterman in Baseball at the University of Rio Grande
  • Coastal Carolina University Baseball 2001 Big South Conference Champions

Matt Smith

Hitting and 1B/OF Coach

Coach Smitty has been with us at TNT since 2015 and is a great compliment to our coaching staff. Coach Smitty grew up in Dublin, OH playing for Tim Saunders of Dublin Coffman Baseball program where he now serves as an Assistant Coach.

  • Former Assistant Coach at Southwestern University
  • Current Assistant Coach at Dublin Coffman
  • 2 year letterman at Southwestern University
  • 2 year letterman at the University of Rio Grande

Josh Campanella

Infield and Hitting Coach

I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pa where I attended Hampton High School as a 3 year starter, All Section, and All WPIAL selection my senior year. I graduated in 2006 and attended the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown a member of the WVIAC the largest conference in Division II where I was a 4 year starter and Team Captain. As a true freshman I batted .438 which ranked 9th in NCAA Division II and 1st in the country for freshman. In 2008 as a sophomore we won a school record 37 games and advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament. We finished 1 game shy of the winner take all championship with a bid to the College World Series. I finished at Pitt-Johnstown with a career .360 average and amassed over 200 hits and 100 RBI’s. Including a sophomore season of 66 hits, 45 runs, and 56 games played which are all listed in the top 5 single season records of their categories. After graduation I became an Assistant Coach at Capital University prior to the 2013 season. During my first year I assisted with hitting and fielding which helped us win 21 games, the schools highest win total since 1996. I have been giving private 1 on 1 instruction for a total of 6 years now and have been with TNT since 2015.

  • Former Capital University Assistant Baseball Coach
  • University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Baseball 4 year starter & Team Captain

Kasey Nafzger

Pitchin Coach

Kasey is originaly from Westerville, OH. A 4 year starter for NCAA DII West Alabama University. Former Assistant Pitching Coach at NCAA DII Millersville University in PA. Kasey also worked for the Washington Nationals in Baseball Operations. Kasey has been instructing at TNT since 2015 and like most pitchers, really enjoys golfing!

  • 4 year starter at West Alabama University
  • Former Assistant Pitching Coach at Millersville University in PA
  • Baseball Operations for the Washington Nationals

Summer Bourcier

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Coach Summer started with us in January of 2015 as an intern and has been with us ever since. Coach Summer also trained under Coach Austin Addington-Strapp (Assistant Strength Coach at PITT and former TNT Coach) during her 4-year soccer career at Ohio Dominican University. Coach Summer was the perfect fit for our program and athletes. She does a fantastic job with our ballplayers and is an important asset to our team.

  • Ohio Dominican University 4-year Soccer
  • B.S. Exercise Science

Shane DeFranco

Hitting, Infield, and Strength & Conditioning Coach

Coach DeFranco has been with us at TNT since 2015 and is a great compliment to our coaching staff. Coach DeFranco grew up in Gahanna, OH.

  • B.S. Exercise Science
  • 16U Head Coach
  • Played NCAA DII Baseball at Notre Dame College
  • Gahanna Lincoln Baseball Alum
  • ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Certified Trainer

Ryan Robertson

Speed Coach/Trainer

Ryan is a fitness and sport enthusiast born and raised in Columbus Ohio. He has served as the strength and conditioning coach for footbal and track & field both high school and collegiately. He has a bachelors in Exercise Physiology and his masters in health science and education from Emporia State University in Kansas where he served as graduate assistant track and field coach. In his first year as a high school track coach he helped coach a regional championship team as well as 5 All-Ohio Athletes in Division 1 high school. As a college coach at ESU,he helped coach a mens program to a 4th placed finish at the nation championships which was the highest in school history.In addition, he has coached 10 NCAA Qualifiers and 7 NCAA All-Americans with one of his athletes going professional and becoming the USA Indoor Champion in triple jump in 2013. As an athlete himself, Ryan earned 4 All-American honors in the sprints and jumps as well as All-Conference honors as a defensive back.

  • Emporia State University Master of Science (M.S.), Health and Physical Education/Wellness
  • Ohio Northern University Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc), Exercise Physiology
  • Certified Personal Trainer National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT)
  • Assistant Track and Field Coach Pickerington Central High School

Phil Brumbaugh


HI, my name is Phil. Most of my life has been centered around the basis of exercise and sport. I've been involved in a multitude of sports including soccer, swimming, rugby, and many more. This wide array of activity has given me great insight into the different functional uses of the body. I've been training since 2008 after I graduated from Denison University. My priority is not only to help individuals reach their goals but also to help build strength and confidence in themselves.

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer (American Council on Exercise)
  • B.S. Economics Denison University
  • Denison Rugby

Joe Church

Pitching Instructor

I was born and raised in West Virginia and just recently moved to the Columbus area. In WV I played 4 sports through high school golf, football, basketball, and baseball. Lettered varsity in every sport. I graduated in 2008 and was recruited by Marshall University as a pitcher. I majored in secondary education going for a double major in PE and in Health. I had UCL Reconstructive surgery (Tommy John) my sophomore year and received a medical redshirt. I was drafted the following year by the Angels but chose to go back to school for another year. I was then drafted again in 2012 by the Padres and have been apart of their organization since then. I am currently an active player and report to spring training in 2015.

  • 2014 played for the Lake Elsinore Storm (SD Padres High A)
  • 2013 played for the Fort Wayne Tincaps (SD Padres Low A)
  • 2012 played for the Eugene Emeralds (SD Padres Short Season)
  • Drafted in 2012 by the San Diego Padres in the 17th round, signed
  • Drafted in 2011 by the L.A. Angels in the 40th round but chose to go back to school
  • Scholarship to D1 Marshall University where I played 3 years with a medical redshirt my sophomore year (Pitcher)

Scott Peterman

Trainer. Outfield and Hitting Coach

Originally from Westerville, OH where he attended Westerville South High School. Played at the University of Rio Grande, Ohio (USA). 2x NAIA All­American Selection. 2x NAIA All­Region Selection . 2x NAIA First Team All­Conference Selection. Played 6 years of professional baseball in Italy. Career pro batting average of .342 . Played 4 years of winter baseball in Australia

  • Italian Profesional Baseball League
  • Australian Profesional Baseball
  • 3 year letterman at the University of Rio Grande
  • 2x NAIA All-Conference, All-Region, and All-American selection

Nate Campbell

Outfield, Baserunning, and Hitting Coach

  • 4 year starter at Capital University
  • Current Assistant Coach at Upper Arlington