Coach Dan McMaster
Head Coach & Trainer
Shaun Ellis is a professional baseball pitcher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At 9 years old, Shaun started playing baseball for a local recreation center. He continued to play baseball and develop his skills throughout Middle and High School. When it was time for college, Shaun received a scholarship to play baseball at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
After continuing his baseball career throughout college, Shaun Ellis was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. After being released by the Phillies in 2009, Shaun played for numerous Independent Professional teams as a starter and relief pitcher.
In 2013, Shaun reentered affiliated baseball when he signed with the Cincinnati Reds. After being moved to the number one starter role in the rotation, Shaun was selected to participate in the Double A All-Star Game in 2013. In 2014, Shaun was signed by the New Jersey Jackals and played an important role in the bullpen winning the Jackals first place in the season. With the help of Shaun, the team continued on to the Championship series where the Jackals lost in 6 games. During the 2014 season Shaun lead the league in appearances and had more strikeouts than innings pitched. After 7 years as a professional baseball player, this is only a brief snapshot of his accomplishments.
Over Shaun’s lengthy career, he has acquired many coaching philosophies and styles. He is able to take those styles and tailor a program per child versus a one fits all program. Anyone that has a desire to pitch, Shaun is able to put these skills to work to make those he coaches complete pitchers.
Bo never lost a game in his high school career. His winning streak of 30 straight games places him at the top of the record book for South Jersey pitchers. Possibly the greatest high school pitcher of our time, Gray led his team to numerous key victories in national tournaments. He was named Upper Deck Baseball Classic MVP, a16-team tournament in Southern California. The big right-hander was the tourney MVP making the All Upper Deck squad with teammates centerfielder Tom Bianco and catcher Dan Farling. He also led his team to the Olympic titles in 1990, ' 91 and ' 92, and three of their four straight state championship titles. His 14-0 record was instrumental in his being named to the All-American first team and Cherry Hill West to the # 1 national ranking. Locally Gray was the Hot Stovers Most Valuable Player for 1992. Bo was inducted into the SJ Baseball Hall of Fame.
Gray's talents weren't limited to pitching. When he wasn't on the mound he frequently played first base, hitting a respectable .300 with 30 RBIs and 10 extra base hits in his senior year.
The strong right hander was drafted by the Phillies after the 1992 season but Gray opted for college at Temple University where he was a pre-season All-American selection. But Bo's dream of playing major league ball never quite worked out. He returned home and continued his playing career with Cherry Hill in the Tri-County League and in 12 years was named to the all-star squad 10 times.
Bo is currently living in Cherry Hill and has been a member of the Pride Baseball Coaching staff for the past several seasons.
Coach McMaster has served as a history teacher and baseball coach in the Cherry Hill School District for the past 13 years. The spring of 2017 was Coach Mac's 8th year at the helm of the West Baseball Program, after serving as freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity assistant coach at Cherry Hill East before moving across town. Over the course of the past four years, the Lions have qualified for the playoffs each season - and have been selected for the prestigious Diamond Classic Tournament three times - one of only five schools in SJ with that distinction. During the 2015 campaign, CHW was ranked in the Top 10 for the "lions share" of the season - climbing as high as #5 (out of 86 schools in SJ). More importantly, the Lions have also achieved a great deal of success in the classroom, with many players moving on to the collegiate level after graduation.
Coach McMaster founded Pride Baseball 6 years ago, his vision of affordable, high-level instruction for members of the Cherry Hill community has blossomed with more than 1,000 players participating in Pride Clinics & Select teams since its inception. Coach Mac was a NJ All-State 3rd basemen coming out of High School, and a scholarship baseball player at the Division 1 College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA). For the past four years he has served as an associate scout for the Philadelphia Phillies, responsible for Southern New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Northern Delaware. In addition to his responsibilities at West, Coach Mac was recognized as the Camden County All-Star Coach and serves as Carpenter Cup Coach for the Olympic/Colonial Select Team.
Coach Shaun Ellis
Coach & Training
Coach Bo Gray