Who are We?

PTW provides guidance and coaching to help you in your college search with the goal to try and find the school(s) best meets your athletic and academic goals. Our mission is to achieve the proper balance of sport and academics. We have the most effective and ethical approach to the recruiting process.

Each of us brings a unique skill set to the table. It is this combination that sets us apart from other companies in this industry. We maintain tremendous relationships with college coaches, present realistic expectations to our clients, offer accurate assessments of your abilities, and understand the difference between an offer versus a solicitation. We are not a factory or database. We are not a recruiting or scouting service. We are your guide, your counselor, your coach through the college search process.

We understand the importance of leveraging your sport to achieve the best academic situation possible.  You can be sure that all the members on our team share this same vision.

Coach Gary Cohn

Gary graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1985 where he played basketball for one year with the Tarheels.

A career entrepreneur, Gary built the leading market research firm in the financial services industry, developed an award winning internet job board, established a well-respected consulting practice, and continues to maintain an active presence in youth and collegiate sports.

Through Play to Win, Gary combines his passion for sports, attention to detail and client services, and his unyielding desire to help the next generation obtain a great college experience and education through sport. Over the past decade, Gary has established himself as the go to guy in dealing with the top academic schools in America.

Gary Cohn is the co-author of one of the most informative books to hit the market in this arena:  Getting Recruited to Play College Baseball – A Practical Guide.

A New Jersey native, Gary has lived in Florida since 1988. Through his own three children, Gary has experienced the college admissions process firsthand. His Daughter Rose graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. His son Aaron was a 2014 All-ACC and All-ACC Academic baseball player at Duke and received his Masters from the Fuqua Business School. And his youngest daughter Hannah is graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and is studying for her Masters at Tel Aviv University.

Coach Jonathan Holt

Coach Holt joins us after seven successful seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. During his tenure at Flagler, Coach Holt had eight of his pitchers turn pro (5 through the amateur draft and 3 through free agent signings).

As a player, Coach Holt led Division II power – the University of Tampa to a National Championship. Holt started and pitched a complete game in the 2007 National Championship against Columbus State University where he was also named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. In that same year, Coach Holt was a 5th Round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in the MLB Amateur Draft.

Coach Holt brings a knowledge of the game matched only by his passion to help student athletes achieve their dream.

Coach Aaron Walsh

Coach Walsh joins the PTW team after 3 season at NYU where he was instrumental in resurrecting the NYU program that had not existed for many years. This year the team broke through as Coach helped guide the team to a 23-13 record including a signature win against national power Emory University. Prior to NYU, Coach Walsh had success at NYU-Poly, Centenary, and Union College. With a real hands-on approach to the game, Coach Walsh focused his attention on catchers, hitters, and recruiting for the Violets.

A 2005 graduate of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, with a Bachelor of Science degree in sport, arts and entertainment management, Walsh is a native of East Greenbush, NY, and resides in Passaic, NJ.  Coach Walsh’s joining with PTW allows him to continue his passion of helping student-athletes achieve the most from their college experience in a very meaningful way.

Coach Walsh brings an incredible background both as a player and coach to PTW.

Coach Doug Jennings

With 21 years of Professional Experience Doug Jennings offers private semi-private, and group lessons. Having achieved the ultimate in Baseball, playing for the Oakland A’s in the Big Leagues, Coach Jennings understands the important role academics plays in the future of our student-athletes.

Doug Jenning’s DJ’s Major League Instruction and American Dream Baseball not only teach the fundamentals of baseball but also the key character traits of discipline, character, respect, perseverance, work ethic and sacrifice. To go far in baseball and certainly life, a student-athlete must embrace all these traits.

Doug has built is post-playing days on those fundamental principles and they are perfetly aligned with PTW.

Coach Roger LaChapelle

Coach LaChapelle started the baseball program at Palm Beach Atlantic College (1985) in West Palm Beach, Florida and remained head coach for nine years.  He is the owner/operator of Linedrive Indoor Baseball – the first indoor training facility in the USA to use HomePlate pitching machines.

Additionally, Roger was recently selected as one of three sites in Florida for installation and use of Smart Kage Technology.  Coach LaChapelle has been a personal hitting instructor since 1995.  His “students” have garnered over 50 baseball scholarships and have been selected as top round draft picks in MLB’s Amateur Draft (as high as the 10th overall pick).  Coach LaChapelle’s unique hitting drills and approach have earned him a tremendous reputation among youth, college, and professional baseball players.

Dan Hutchinson

A native of North Dakota, Dan has been associated with the Athletic Republic Sports Training ® Network since 1994. Dan received his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from North Dakota State and his Masters in exercise physiology from the University of KY.  While at Kentucky, Dan worked as a strength and conditioning coach with the baseball and tennis teams and assisted the football and swimming teams.  Dan holds certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), and is a Level 1 certified coach through USA Track and Field.

In addition, Dan works as an adjunct professor for Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL, and Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, NC, in exercise physiology and biomechanics respectively. Dan’s vision of the high school athlete and his approach to helping them reach their potential is a perfect match for Play To Win.

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