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 James Baker, NPTI, NPA


Professional Profile:

  • Former Professional Baseball Player for 7 years

  • Founder of North Shore Performance Training

  • Founder of NSPT Pitching Lab- Complete Pitching Development 

  • National Pitching Association-East Certified Instructor 

  • Rapsodo Pitching 2.0 Certified 

  • Current Colby College Pitching Coach

  • Experience working with professional, college, high school and youth athletes


James Baker graduated from Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, MA in 2002.  There, he played varsity baseball and basketball and received the Coach's Award and Scholar Athlete Award in both sports.  James also was named to the Cape Ann League All League Team and the Agganis Shriners All Star Game.

James graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, MA in 2006.  There, he played baseball for 4 years and was the captain his senior year while playing in the 2006 National Championship game in the Division 3 College World Series in Appleton, WI.  Also in 2006, James was named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All League Team, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All League Team, the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-League Team, NEIBA All Star Game at Fenway Park and the All New England Team.  At Wheaton, James was 10-1 in his college career with 10 saves. James and the rest of the 2006 baseball team was inducted into the Wheaton College Hall of Fame in 2019.

After graduation, James signed with the Nashua Pride, a professional baseball team in the Can-Am League and began his professional career as a relief pitcher. With Nashua, James went 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA. After one season, James signed with the San Diego Padres and went to minor league spring training in 2007.  James has also pitched for the North Shore Spirit of the Can-Am League (4-1 record and a 1.37 ERA), the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League, the York Revolution of the Atlantic League and the Gary South Shore Railcats of the American Association for two seasons. In 2011, James went 3-1 in 42 appearances with 68 strikeouts and a 2.57 ERA in 49 innings. James finished his career with the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association in 2012 after compiling a 2.49 ERA and helping the “Nuts” to the League Championship Series.

Outside of baseball, James graduated from the National Personal Training Institute in 2008 as a certified trainer and nutritional consultant. There, James completed hours of study in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and program & business development (same textbook as CSCS Certification).

James is the Founder, Manager and Lead Performance Training Coach of North Shore Performance Training, located inside the New England Premier SportsPlex building in Danvers, Ma. As a performance training coach, James specializes in athlete specefic training, functional baseball training, pitching development, corrective exercise and educating clients on proper movement patterns that reduce the chance of injury.

James is also the Founder and Pitching Coordinator for the NSPT-Pitching Lab. He is biomechanics certified by the National Pitching Association (NPA) and is currently the Pitching Coach at Colby College, a NESCAC school in Waterville, Maine. Read more about NSPT-Pitching Lab HERE.

Please contact James with any questions or comments regarding future training possibilities. Thank you!     Email:


Melissa Lubas, BS, CSCS



Melissa graduated 3rd in her class from Beverly High School in 2016. In high school, she was a 4 year member and 2 year captain of the varsity basketball team. She was also a 3 year member and 1 year captain of the track and field team as well as a 2 year member of the Varsity volleyball team. For basketball, she was named a 2x team MVP, 2x NEC All Conference Player, and 3x NEC all star. For track, she broke the school record in the javelin throw her senior year. She was a 3x student-athlete of the year at BHS, awarded Moynihan Lumber Student-Athlete of the Month in January 2016, and was nominated for the Salem News Student-Athlete of the Year Award in the Spring of 2016. 

After high school she pursued a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology. She earned her National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification in the summer of 2019 before beginning her last semester of college. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in December 2019 with a 4.0 GPA. During her time at UML, Melissa interned at Velocity Sports Performance in Norwood, Massachusetts where she gained valuable experience as a strength and conditioning intern coach. 

After completing her undergraduate degree, Melissa chose to continue her education in Merrimack College's Masters in Sport and Exercise Science program. As a current student, she is taking a number of classes pertaining to strength and conditioning such as Sports Nutrition and Advanced Strength and Conditioning Principles. She also earned a fellowship position as a graduate assistant at Phillips Exeter Academy in their strength and conditioning program where she assists with coaching and programming for many high school athletes. 


Theresa Coughlin- Recharge: NSPT Wellness Program

Registered Nurse/Certified Strength Coach/Nutrition Consultant



Theresa is a Registered Nurse, received her BSN from University of Tampa in 2007 and was been working as a RN in the Northshore area ever since. 

She has always enjoyed fitness and has completed Boston Marathon in 2014, Chicago Marathon in 2015, and the Tough Ruck in 2019, 2020 and soon to be 2021. She has been coaching strength and conditioning, kettlebell and bootcamp classes in Salem, Ma since February 2021 and received her certification in Strength and Conditioning through ISSA in Aug 2021.

Theresa also has her certificate in Nutritional Coaching from Working Against Gravity (WAG) since June 2019. WAG is well known in the fitness/nutrition industry as they provide nutrition coaching for people who are ready to make a physical, mental and emotional transformation by way of wholesome, fuel-focused nutrition, for the 9-5 desk jockey, the weekend warrior, the Olympic lifter, the quarter-to-mid life crisis-er or even the person who just sees no harm in a little self-improvement. 

Theresa owns FUEL UP- Nutrition with Theresa and has assisted many on their journey of healthy living!

Welcome to the NSPT Family!