Coaching Staff

Michael Manning, Jr. - Coach

Mike is currently the Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach at NCAA Division III MacMurray College. He will serve this position through the 2020 Spring season.

Coach Mike Manning was a member of St. Bonaventure’s Division I baseball team, where he developed his passion for Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting and speed training.  After graduating from St. Bonaventure University, Coach Manning played professional baseball in the Cleveland Indians Baseball Organization.  Following his career with the Indians, Coach enjoyed being a Special Education Teacher in both New York City and Pittsburgh.

Chris Bardakos -Player Development Director

​​Chris became the Head Baseball Coach at Avonworth High School in January 2020.


Coach Chris ​Bardakos joined Core Athletics as the Player Development Director,where he is instrumental in developing individual, team and group programs to enhance players abilities, understanding and love for baseball. 

Baseball has been a passion of coach Bardakos his entire life, and he loves teaching the game to young players.  Over the past 20 years, Coach Bardakos has served as manager or coach on teams at various levels instructing players ages 5 to 19.  In 2005, Coach Bardakos was part of the WPIAL Champion North Catholic Trojans coaching staff and served as manager during the title game at Falconi Field where the Trojans beat Riverside 5-2.  Coach Chris has served as a volunteer with Pine Richland Baseball Association as a coach and director of player development.  Coach Bardakos stresses fundamentals critical to baseball success and spends time with players to build an understanding of the game.

Joe Manning - Coach

Coach Joe joined CORE Athletics as the General Manager and handles all the scheduling of lessons, team rentals and other day to day functions.  Coaching youth baseball has been a passion for Coach Joe as he began in Olean, NY which gave him the opportunity to begin offering baseball lessons under the name ‘Boys of Summer’.  He brings to CORE Athletics a wealth of experience in the sporting goods industry and has carried his knowledge into designing the CORE Athletics merchandise.  Coach Joe is dedicated to coaching youth athletes through baseball and fitness.  He currently holds a High School Strength and Conditioning Certification through the world renowned International Youth Conditioning Association.  ​

Joe is the owner of Little King Lawn Care, LLC.

Shawn Manning - Coach

Shawn serves as an assistant coach for Core Athletics. He loves the history of the game, bullets from right field and hard slides into third. Keep moving forward.

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