Barry and Linda have always enjoyed creating opportunities for youth to succeed. Raising two sons who were active in sports, Boy Scouts, band, and many other activities, they wanted to start a foundation to allow other youth to have the opportunity to succeed as well. The 3-2 Count Foundation was created to help underprivileged and disadvantaged youth, young men and women, and baseball and softball programs reach for their dreams. Through inspiring youth to do their best, creating opportunities to play and succeed at baseball or softball, and bringing together the community, Barry and Linda feel the organization can positively influence underprivileged youth and programs in the Philadelphia area.
Andre Butler is the Director of Player Development for All Star Baseball Academy. For over 7 years, Andre has been a baseball coach and recruiter at the collegiate level (D1 and D3) having most recently been an assistant coach at Penn State University. Prior to his coaching career, he was a teacher, counselor, and mentor to younger inner city children. Andre is a graduate of Eastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Education where he also played four years on the baseball team.
Mark Dianno serves as an Executive Board Member and also the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Maxwell Football Club. The Maxwell Football Club was founded in 1935 and honors those that play, coach, manage and officiate the game of football. Annually, they honor a professional, collegiate and high school player of the year. The Maxwell Football Club also hosts annual awards for college coach of the year and college defensive player of the year. Finally, the Maxwell Football Club honors local Tri-State college players and coaches each year at their annual awards dinner in early March. Mark is a former student athlete at University of Pennsylvania graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree and played football and track for the Quakers. He also holds a JD degree from the University of Pittsburg and is currently the Associate Deputy General Counsel at Independence Blue Cross.
An all-around athletic professional, Shannon brings over 20 years of experience as an athlete, a manager, a coach, sports business owner and educator to the 3-2 Count Foundation. Currently, he is co-owner of Ambler Sports Academy, which specializes in baseball and softball instruction and Operating Partner of PhieldHouse Indoor Sports Facility in Center City Philadelphia as well as a science teacher at Wissahickon Middle School in Ambler, PA. Shannon served as Director of Baseball Operations for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Ripken Baseball. He was Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Football Coach at Wissahickon High School. He’s an Operating Partner of USA Quickball, one of the fastest growing grassroots games in the country.
Kevin Manero is a 2002 graduate of LaSalle University where he played 4 years of division 1 baseball for the Explorers. He has been teaching at North Penn High School and coaching American Legion and high school baseball for 17 years. His 2005 Nor-Gwyn Hawks American Legion team won the PA State Championship in his 3rd season, and in 2011 Manero was inducted into the Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame. He served as pitching coach at North Penn from 2003-2011, including during the 2009 season in which North Penn won its first PA State Championship. Manero has been the head coach at North Penn since 2012 and in that time the Knights won PA State Championships in 2013 and 2015. Kevin Manero has his BA in Secondary Education from LaSalle and a M.S in Education from Arcadia University.
Connie Murphy is a fundraising professional with 30-plus years of experience with non-profit organizations at the national and local level. Her span of experience includes leadership roles in the fields of healthcare and education. She has worked with nationally recognized health organizations such as the American Lung Association and the American Diabetes Association as well as with regional hospital systems and educational institutions. Connie is currently the EVP for Partnerships and Community Development with Learning Ally, a national non-profit, ed-tech organization that helps transform the lives of struggling learners. She leads the organization’s major gift philanthropy as well as business development for the Catholic school sector. Connie’s passion for fundraising is focused on driving impact and change and she enjoys working with dynamic, mission-based organizations. Connie lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. She was a high school athlete including softball, volleyball and track and her two sons enjoy a variety of sports including competitive soccer as well as baseball, track, and basketball.
B.J. Schecter is editor and publisher at Baseball America and a Sports Media professor at Seton Hall University, where he is starting an interdisciplinary Sports Media program. He has extensive experience at the highest levels of media, having spent 20 years as a reporter, writer and editor at Sports Illustrated before leaving the brand in September 2016. His responsibilities included running the magazine’s investigative and enterprise unit, managing content and columnists for the website, working closely with editors and writers at the website and magazine to integrate SI and SI.com, overseeing cross-platform projects and managing Sports Illustrated’s internship program. He was also the creator and editor of the college football website Campus Rush, which launched in the summer of 2015 and included a student correspondent program at more than 75 universities across the country. Schecter graduated with honors from Northeastern University in 1996, where he severed as manager for the men’s basketball team for three years.
David is an experienced Certified Public Accountant with a demonstrated history of providing professional advice and services to businesses and individuals in the accounting, consulting and tax industry. He is skilled in Tax Minimization Strategies, Buy-Sell Negotiation, Estates and Trusts, Corporation, Partnership/LLC, Trusts and Individual Tax Preparation, Business Planning and Succession, and Accounting Related Services. David is a strong entrepreneurship professional with a Bachelor of Science focused in Accountancy from Villanova University.
For over 17 years, Kevin Wilson has been one of the most sought after hitting consultants in the game. Kevin currently works with Minor and Major League players from 20 different MLB organizations. In 2013, Kevin was the hitting coach for the USA Baseball 18U National Team. Team USA beat Japan for the Gold medal at the IBAF World Cup in Taichung, Taiwan. Under his guidance, outfielder Adam Haseley (2017 8th Overall Pick, Philadelphia Phillies) was named the 2013 IBAF World Cup Batting Champion.
Mark is currently the Executive Vice President and Director of the Maxwell Football Club and is also the President of the National Collegiate Football Awards Association. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Maxwell Club since 2003 and has been the Executive Director for the Club since 2008. He is a 1980 graduate of Cheltenham High School where he earned 9 varsity letters in football, wrestling, and baseball. Mark was also a varsity letterman in wrestling and football at West Chester University where he earned a BS degree in Education with an concentration in Kinesiology & Sports Performance. He has 30 years of coaching experience in football, wrestling, and baseball and currently focuses on player analysis at the collegiate and NFL levels. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, the American Football Coaches Association, National Football Foundation, and is a voter for the Biletnikoff Award, Davey O'Brien Award, Jim Thorpe Award, and Heisman Trophy.
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