Hello, my name is Coach Ryan Pryor and my journey to return to baseball the past 14 years came unexpectedly while dabbling in personal training as I had a client that had a son that needed some help playing baseball at age 8, so I considered helping him out. Well the stories ends with that kid playing in college and throwing 90+ and Dave is still a valued long time friend.
But like all stories there is always a part two so Dave then asks if I could come help with his recreational team at Wesley Chapel District Park (WCAA). Well I broke down and said yes to coming out to a practice or two. Prior to landing here in Wesley Chapel I was working and coaching in England with the British National team. I spent about 10 years in England opening Bars and Night Clubs and coaching for a spell. When I returned to good old USA and went to this first practice I was in shook how underdeveloped the players were for their age and began to watch everything around the park and was in complete shock and went home and discussed with my wife Liz of now 26 years that there may be a huge opportunity in the area to offer training to youth players as I had an extensive background within the game .
So the birth of Rockstar Baseball started and of course I ended up coaching with Dave at the local Wesley Chapel park and after a very successful season the park asked if I would manage a Storm 8U travel ball team and I figured since getting back into youth baseball I had better figure out what the local travel ball looked like so off we went for 11 months of 8u travel ball even though I did not have a son on the team. It was an eye opener in many areas of the game on and off the field, however the players worked very hard that year and finished something like 46-12 and won the district park championship 5-0 stuffing the Springhill powerhouse twice as they had two teams, along with, outscoring our opponents 42-7. Many of the players are now playing in college like Alex at Barry University who’s dad was a longtime board member at the park and put endless hours into the park for the kids and another name Ethan Petry who just finished his freshman year at South Carolina. As a freshman he was lighting it up and as a semi-finalist for the golden spikes award and was also named SEC player of the week. During the time I spent at the park I was involved with local high school softball and baseball at Wharton, Wiregrass, Bishop McLaughlin and Brooks Debartolo. Also helped with juniors/ senior division at Dade city Little League also at San Antonio Dixie League. Helped another client out at Lutz Little League and Land O Lakes and lastly seniors at New Tampa (NTAA). So, I got to see how every league operated and the culture they set for training the kids in the community.
Our coaches are required to complete the following certifications to participate at the Pryor Baseball Farm. This includes background checks, coaching certifications, CPR/First Aid and concussion training, and Pryor Baseball Farm certified. These certifications are important to us as they set a baseline for what you can expect from our coaching staff here at The Farm.
We pride and dedicate our training on good ol' school foundations for playing the game. We continue to build players from the ground up allowing players to truly reach their full potential and create new opportunities along their journey. We are excited to develop players of all ages and skill levels. Pryor Baseball Farm has a proven winning record at all levels, however, we get great joy when all our players excel at their league or make their high school roster, win playing time, and ultimately open doors for college opportunities.
We get results and the most out of every player. We teach solid mechanics, and life lessons all while having some fun. It is supposed to be fun while working on the dream or goal within the game. Having FUN and DEVELOPING is the key. My good friend Ty said this to a group of parents once here at the farm and I have echoed it ever since, “Put your player in the oven and not the microwave when it comes to training”. Everything that comes out of the oven is so much better!
Coach Pryor has mounted a local high school record of 123-34 with varsity softball at Wharton HS and Wiregrass Ranch HS, plus baseball at Wiregrass Ranch HS and Bishop McLaughlin Catholic HS. With 20+ game winning seasons, 3 time District Champions (2014,15,16), Regional Final (2013), Regional Champions (2015) and State Championship Final Four appearance. (2015)
Pryor gets results both on and off the field!