Meet the Team
Located in the Columbia Mall next to Dunham's, MVP Clubhouse is a full-service indoor baseball and softball training facility complete with a basketball court and turf area dedicated to helping players of all ages improve their game through the availability of clinics, camps, and year-round, all-weather practice facilities.
Doug Davis, Owner of the Doug Davis Baseball & Softball Academy as well as a Bloomsburg native and graduate of Central Columbia High School. Attended North Carolina State University (1981-1984), drafted in the 9th round of the 1984 season, 1st-year player draft by the California Angels.
Doug has been in Professional Baseball for 35 years, playing 11 years in the California Angel, Texas Ranger, and Kansas City Royal Organizations. He played in the Major Leagues for both the California Angels (1988) and the Texas Rangers (1992).
He was a minor league manager for 8 years for the NY Mets (1996-2000), and the Toronto Blue Jays (2006-2009) compiling a 515-484 record. In 1997 was named the Sporting News Minor League Manager of the year after leading the Capital City Bombers to the 1997 South Atlantic League Championship.
He was a Minor League Field Coordinator for 10 years with the Montreal Expo, Florida Marlin, and Toronto BlueJay Organizations.
Doug was the Bench Coach for 2 seasons (2003-2004) with the Florida Marlins and a member of the 2003 World Series Champion and presently a minor league coach at the AAA level (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders) for the NY Yankees.
Austin Davis played baseball at the Southeastern University of Lakeland, Florida from 2011-2014 where he won a Conference Championship in 2014. Was signed as a free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014. Played for the Rookie Ball level Bluefield Blue Jays in the 2014 season. In 2015 played for the Low A level Vancouver Canadians where he recorded a 300 batting average.
Played with the Low A full season Lansing Lugnuts to finish the year in 2015 and again in 2016. Has been a personal instructor for the Doug Davis Baseball Academy since 2011 and Railriders University at PNC Field in 2017-2018. Currently in his second year coaching the Keystone Cougars 14U travel baseball team.
Ryan Keefer is a staff member of the Doug Davis Baseball & Softball Academy. Ryan is a former Southern Columbia standout and former 40 man roster pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles. He was drafted by the Orioles in the 13th round after winning the 2000 PIAA state championship at Southern Columbia. Ryan spent ten years with the Baltimore Orioles organization. During 2001, Ryan was the Appalachian League-best reliever (Roland's Relief Award). In 2004 he was the Elrod Hendricks winner. He pitched in Venezuela (2005) and in the Arizona Fall League (2006/2008).
Dave Yost is a 1990 graduate Southern Columbia High School. He played on 1988 District IV Title basketball team. Earned MVP honors in Basketball and Baseball (1990), Dave was a Member of Press-Enterprise All-Star Team (1990). Press-Enterprise Player of the Year Award (Baseball 1990).
He holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University and an M.S. in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University. Was a member of the Bloomsburg University Baseball Team (1991-94)
DAVE YOST COACHING HIGHLIGHTS
● 2009-2013 Southern Columbia Boys Basketball Head Coach (2012 Heartland Conference II Champs)
● 2008-2009 Southern Columbia Boys Freshman Coach (Charles Nesbitt Tourn. Champs)
● 2002-2008 Danville Assistant Coach (5 State Playoff Appearances/ 1 District IV Title)
● 2001-2002 Milton Boys Freshman Coach (19-3 Record)
● 1995-2001 Pocono Mountain Boys Freshman Coach (AAAA competition)
● 1994-1995 Bloomsburg Boys Freshman Coach
● 2019 Head Coach of MVP Clubhouse 12u Travel Team
● 2002-2005 Milton Head Baseball Coach (57-28; four District IV appearances)
● 1999 Wallenpaupack Assistant Coach (Lackawanna League Champions)
● 1998 Lafayette College Pitching Coach
15 Years of Coaching and Training Athletes
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach at Bucknell University
Former- Goalie Coach PSU Hazleton Men’s and Women’s Soccer - NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma
Former- Assistant/Player Coach PSU Hazleton Men’s Soccer
Former- Assistant Coach CCHS Boys' Soccer
Former- Head Coach CCHS Boys' Soccer
2 time Coach of the Year
2 All-State Players
Former- BTSC U-10 Boy’s Head Coach
2 time League Champs
- NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
- USSF “C” License
Master Certified Personal Trainer NPTI
Certified Speed Agility Specialist NESTA
Certified Nutritionist NESTA
Philosophy: Work hard. Win.
Program Technical skill work:
Dribbling, Shooting, Trapping, Passing, Defending
Positional awareness, Attacking, Defending, Decision making
High school- Hazleton Area High School (2007-2011):
-sophomore-senior varsity starter
-sophomore-senior all-conference team player
-sophomore-senior Times Leader all-star team member
-senior year Player Of The Year recipient
Black Widows 2008 – Present
College- Coppin State University (Division I, MEAC Conference; 2011-2015):
-2014 & 2015 First-Team All-Conference
-2014 & 2015 NCAA Division 1 All-Academic Team
-2015 Capital One Academic All-District® Softball Team
-2015 team MVP and Athletic Director's Excellence Award
-Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine
-Semi-professionally in Karlsruhe Germany, 2015 season
-Team won State Gold
Master’s Program- University of Regina (Canadian University, 2016-2018)
-2017 First-Team Shortstop & League Top Hitter
-2017 Team Top Hitter and MVP and Players’ Choice Award
-2018 League Leadership Award and team Players’ Choice Award
-2018 Team Won the National Championships
-Master’s degree in Kinesiology and Health Studies, Completion: May 2019
Coaching and lessons:
. Giving pitching and hitting lessons in the Northeast Pennsylvania area (Drums, PA) 2016-present
-individual to group sessions
. Coached a recreational league 10u team, 2016-2018
. Coached a 10u travel team in 2019
. Coaching a 14u travel team, 2019-present
. Coaching Hazleton Area junior high (paid) and varsity assistant (unpaid), 2019-present
. An instructor at RBI Training Facility in Regina, Saskatchewan, 2016-2018
. Assisted with High-Performance Teams (14u & 16u) 2018
Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from Bloomsburg University, CPT Certified/ACE (American Council on Exercise), NSPA (National Strength Professionals Association)/C.C.S. Certified Condition Specialist), CPR Certified
Strength and Conditioning combined with Speed and Agility