Chas Pippitt: Founder/CEO/Lead Hitting Instructor
Chas Pippitt is the founder of Baseball Rebellion and creator of the Baseball Rebellion Hitting System. Chas has invented four hitting products, the Launch Angle Tee, the Drive Developer, the Rebel’s Rack, and the Bat Drag Buster, currently used in all 50 states and internationally in over 12 countries. When not working on articles for www.BaseballRebellion.com, Chas Pippitt is the owner/head hitting instructor at Baseball Rebellion. Baseball Rebellion is a baseball & softball training facility, in Durham, North Carolina, which offers in-person lessons and acts as the research facility for BaseballRebellion.com research articles. Chas has done over 20,000 lessons, giving him the unique ability to develop powerful and adjustable hitters, using his proprietary drills and special ability to explain and improve hitting techniques to hitters of all ages through technology & video.
Dave Shinskie: Lead Pitching Instructor
Dave Shinskie is the only certified Baseball Rebellion throwing/pitching instructor and writer. Dave is the leader of the pitching rebellion and will continue to research & develop training concepts for Baseball Rebellion. Dave experienced a high level of success as a professional baseball player and a Division-1 Starting Quarterback. His experience as an athlete, as well as his educational background, has been vital to the ongoing development of both baseball pitchers and throwers.
Dave was selected out of high school in the 4th round of the 2003 MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins, with his last MLB assignment in 2009 with Double-A Toronto Blue Jays. Following Dave’s minor league career. he accepted a full athletic football scholarship at Boston College at age 25. He set BC Freshman passing records with 2,049 yards and 15 touchdowns. In 2013, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College where he majored in Human Development with a Minor in Communications.
JK Whited: Hitting/Catching Instructor
JK Whited is the 1st instructor to be certified in Baseball Rebellion’s Hitting System. JK has done over 9,000 lessons in his career and has worked at Baseball Rebellion since 2011. Since beginning writing articles for Baseball Rebellion in 2013, Jk Whited has worked with thousands of clients from all over the world, in person and through Online Lessons as well. JK Whited works alongside Chas Pippitt, Tyler Zupcic, and Eric Tyler every day, to create the most current baseball and softball hitting techniques and drills to improve hitters at any age. Alongside Eric Tyler, JK also is the c0leader of the Baseball Rebellion Catcher Program and instruction. JK had a standout career at UNC-Asheville, where he started 4 years behind the plate and was a captain his junior and senior year. As a junior, JK was on the watch-list for the Johnny Bench Award, the best catcher in college baseball. JK graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in Marketing from UNC-Asheville.
Tyler Zupcic: Hitting Instructor
Tyler Zupcic, a former Division 1 baseball player at Appalachian State University, comes to Baseball Rebellion from East Carolina University, where he spent the past two years as the Director of Baseball Operations. At ECU, Zupcic was responsible for a variety of administrative duties including team travel, game-day organization, budget coordination, community service outreach and served as the baseball team’s liaison with the athletic department. Prior to his time at ECU, Zupcic spent a year and a half as an assistant baseball coach at Providence High School in Charlotte, NC. He helped guide the Panthers to a No. 21 national ranking and a NCSHAA 4A state title in 2015, the school’s first in 20 years. At Providence, Zupcic worked directly with the hitters and outfielders. A four-year starter at Appalachian State, Zupcic was a part of the most successful team in school history, reaching the Charlottesville Regional title game in 2012. They picked up wins over No. 23 Oklahoma and host No. 15 Virginia, before falling to Oklahoma in the title game, just three wins shy of the College World Series. After graduating from Appalachian State in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Zupcic had a short stint in the Frontier League with the River City Rascals out of O’Fallon, MO. Zupcic comes from a baseball family, his father Bob played 12 years of professional baseball including MLB stops with the Boston Red Sox (1991-1994) and the Chicago White Sox (1994).
Eric Tyler: Hitting/Fielding Instructor
Eric Tyler comes to Baseball Rebellion from East Carolina University, where he spent the past year as the Volunteer Assistant Coach. Eric led the outfielder and assisted daily with the hitters. Tyler, a 4-year starter for the ECU Pirates (2014-2017), played 5 different positions throughout his time at ECU including third base his final two years. Eric was a part of teams that won the 2015 AAC Conference Tournament championship, as well as the 2016 Charlottesville Regional championship. The 2016 regional championship team also accounted for the schools first ever win in a Super Regional beating Texas Tech 8-6. Eric was named a team co-captain prior to his senior year as well as being awarded First-Team All-American Conference honors. Tyler graduated from East Carolina in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Parks Management with a minor in Business Administration. Eric is a native of Landis, NC.
Chris Gennaro: Director of Business Operations
Chris Gennaro joined the Baseball Rebellion team in April 2017. Chris helped transition the business into its new 12,500 ft² facility in Durham, North Carolina. Chris has also been vital in the development of new business relations and the development of the Launch Angle Tee