Phil Solitario

IVL Instructor

Phil Solitario, 1976 graduate of Chesterland West Geauga HS, lettered in baseball and basketball. Phil pitched at the University of Akron graduating with a Bachelors of Education. Phil retired from 30 years of teaching, coached baseball, basketball and football, which included 7 years as head baseball coach.  Phil coached several elite travel programs (Ohio Thunder, Canton Jackson Select, Brownlee Lookouts). Prior to becoming a private pitching instructor, he was the pitching coach at the University of Akron.  For the last 17 years, Phil has tutored over 1,000 students, including 1 professional and many college pitchers. Phil’s lessons are focused primarily on 1 on 1 highly instructional training, including video analysis, placing emphasis on basic pitching mechanics, arm strength improvement and functional training for pitchers. Phil resides in Wadsworth with his wife Pam. His two sons Nick and Brian both played baseball at Akron University and Youngstown State respectively.

Upcoming Clinics

IVL ProTips

  • The Most Wasted 20 Minutes in a Catcher’s Life
    It seems that many players and coaches recognize how little time is allocated during practices for catchers to work on their catching skills, like blocking, exchange drills, pickoff throws, and proper handling of passed balls with a throw to the pitcher covering home plate, just to name a few. Often times it has been said to me that ...
  • Having A Pitch Plan
    How many times within a game do you as a coach ask yourself this question: Why is my pitcher throwing that pitch in that situation? We wonder numerous times throughout games how can pitch selection be so misguided. Therefore, a generic “pitch plan” is important, not only so the correct pitch is called in greater frequency, ...
  • Change Up: The Pitch for a Strong Arm’s Lifetime
    I have a vivid recollection of a great coach, John Scolinos of Cal Poly Pomona (CA), teaching our star national team Australian pitcher a change of pace pitch in about one minute. The reason the scene stays with me is because a week later the pitcher beat the World Champion Korean National Team at the ...
  • Batting Fundamentals
    1.   Don’t grip your bat at the very end. Leave, say, an inch or two. Also, leave at least an inch or more space between your hands; that gives you balance and control of bat, and also keeps hands from interfering with each other during the swing. 2.   Take position at plate, especially against right-hand pitchers,back of ...
  • Bunt Young, Bunt Often
    Bunting is a very big part of the game of baseball. And when a bunt is laid down the right way, it is very difficult to defend. I have always been big on bunting and feel it can be taught at a young age. There are basically two types of bunts: the square bunt and the ...