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John Novinsky - Pitching Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 1997-2000 pitched for Iona College
  • Pitched in prestigious Cape Cod Summer League for Yarmouth - Dennis Redsox
  • 1999 Division I All-American
  • 2000 MAAC Pitcher of the Year. Posted an 8-1 record with a 1.86 ERA , 79 strikouts in 67 innings
  • 2000 - Ninth round Major League draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals
  • 2001 - Received strikeout Award with the "A" Peoria Chiefs of the Midwest League
  • 2001 - Pitched in the Midwest League All-Star Game
  • 2002 Rolaids Relief Pitcher of the month for July and August while pitching for the Potomac Cannons of the Carolina League
  • 2003 - Posted 19 saves pitching for the Double AA Huntsville Stars
  • 2003 - Traded to the Milwaukee Brewers
  • 2004 - Posted 17 saves in 18 attempts pitching as the closer for the Double AA Huntsville Stars
  • 2004 - Promoted to the Triple AAA Indianapolis Indians
  • 2005 - Milwaukee Brewers AAA roster

Andy Coleman - Hitting and Fielding Coach



 

 

 

 

 

  • Played at Seneca Valley High School 
  • 1988 Montgomery County All-County 
  • 1989 Montgomery County All-County 
  • 1989 Washington Post All-Met 
  • 1989 Home Plate Club Maryland High School Player-of-the Year 
  • 4-year starter at UMBC 
  • 2nd All time in career RBI's (154) 
  • 5th All time in doubles (54) 
  • 8th All time in hits (219) 
  • .335 career hitter 
  • Hit .305 for the Shenandoah Valley Collegiate League 1992 Champion Winchester Royals
  • Springbrook HS Head Varsity Baseball Coach

Anthony Sosnoskie - Hitting, Catching, Pitching, and Fielding Coach



 

 

 

  • Starter Virginia Tech 2007-2010
  • Virginia Tech Baseball Rookie of the Year
  • 2008: Hit .315, 6 Homeruns
  • Summer 2008: Played for Lake Norman Copperheads and was named Top Prospect by Perfect Game, Player of the Week 3 times, Mid-season All-Star, Runner-up League MVP, Hit .368 with 7 HR.
  • 2009: Hit .314 with 7 HR, 51 RBI, 18 2B, 39 BB, 0 Passed Balls, ACC Player of the Week 1, National Player of the Week 1
  • Summer 2009: Played for Harwich Mariners in the Cape Cod League
  • 2010: Preseason All-ACC, hit 5 HR
  • 2011: Professionally has played for the Sussex Skyhawks and Worcester Torandoes of the Can-Am League, OBP of .417
  • 2012 - Pitching Coach for Landon HS
  • Current Varsity Head Coach at Bishop McNamara HS

Brady Bassford - Hitting, Fielding, and Pitching Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Played at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
  • 2011 Pre-Season Rawlings High School All American
  • 2011 Pre-Season Perfect Game High School All American
  • 2011 Named to Perfect Games Top Ten Maryland High School Prospects List
  • 2011-2013 Played at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • 2012 Named to Perfect Games High Follow Prospect list
  • 2013 Beach Collegiate League Top Fielding Prospect
  • 2014 Carolina Virginia Collegiate Baseball League All-Star
  • 2013-2015 Played at Coker College
  • 317 College Career Batting Average

Jason Aquilante - Hitting, Fielding, and Catching Coach



 

 

 

 

 

  • Played at Archbishop High School in Radnor, PA
  • 2-Time Philadelphia HS Player-of-the-Year
  • Played at Wake Forest University
  • Member of 3 ACC Championship teams
  • Played in 4 NCAA tournaments
  • Played in College super regional in 1999
  • Voted by Baseball America in 2000 as the ACC's Best Defensive Secondbaseman
  • 2001 ACC Second Team Catcher
  • Assistant Coach at William and Mary for two years

Stephen Bull - Hitting and Fielding Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Played outfield (primarily center-field) for four years for the University Of Maryland Eastern Shore

  • 2012- MEAC All-Tournament Team (.333 BA, .400 OB)

  • 2014- All-MEAC Preseason Second Team Selection

  • UMES Baseball MVP (.349 BA, .406 OB)

  • UMES Male Athlete of the Year

  • College Sports Madness All-MEAC First Team

  • All-MEAC First Team

  • All-MEAC Tournament Team

  • Two National Player of the Week Awards- NCAA National Player of the Week, & Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (May 14)

  • ECAC Corvias Player of the Week (May 14)

  • Division I record of 11 straight hits

  • Completed number 2 on UMES single season hits list (68-2014), Number 2 on UMES all time hits list (199)

  • 2015- Played one season with the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball  

Brett Daly - Hitting, Fielding, and Pitching Coach



 

 

 

 

 

  • Outfielder at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, PA (2008-2011)
  • 4 year starter at Mount Aloysius College. Centerfielder with a career batting average of .265. Centerfielder for 3 years and 1 year in right field.
  • Junior year batted.292 leading the team in walks (18). Had 9 Stolen bases, 16 RBI’s, 21 runs, and 1 Homerun.
  • Outfielder for Sherwood High School, Sandy Spring, MD (2005-2007)
  • 2 year starter at Sherwood HS. Senior year record was 21 and 1 (lost state championship). Ranked 8th in the east coast in 2007. Batting average was .400 with 15 stolen bases and 23 walks. 0 errors in 2 years.
  • Instructor at Maryland Baseball Academy/ Baseball Zone, Rockville, MD (2009-present) Has helped to run clinics that included throwing, hitting, and catching.  An outstanding coach and communicator.
  • Brett's Favorite Quote - "Never give up what you believe in, if that's what you truly love."

Peter Bowles - Hitting and Fielding Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Played High School baseball at Quince Orchard High
  • 2010, All Montgomery County selection (Utility)
  • 2011, All-State selection (Shortstop)  
  • 4-year starter at Towson University
  • 2012, Named as CAA Rookie of the Week mid-April
  • 2013, All CAA selection (Left-field)
  • CAA tournament Champions. Played in NCAA tournament (2013), Chapel Hill Regional.
  • 2014, All CAA selection (First-base), Led Towson in Hits.
  • 2015, All CAA preseason selection (Shortstop), Led Towson In Hits.
  • Named CAA Player of the week April 6th 2015.
  • Towson Career Totals .311 batting average, 49 doubles, 18 homeruns, 222 hits and 148 RBI.
  • 2015, One season with the Sonoma Stompers, of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball.

Jerry Shank - Pitching, Hitting, and Fielding Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Division I Baseball coach 8 years (University of Hartford, North Carolina Central University, Canisius College
  • Recruiting Coordinator for 6 years
  • 10 years of coaching experience at the college level
  • Coached or recruited 16 players that have moved on to professional baseball
  • Including 2014 1st Round Draft Pick Sean Newcomb (15th Overall)
  • Two draft picks from University of Hartford were the 1st and 3rd highest picks in school history
  • 4 North Carolina Central Players moved on to professional baseball which were the first in the schools Modern Era History
  • Coached or Recruited 6 All-American selections
  • Coached Two Conference rookies of the year, One conference Player of the Year
  • Coached One Conference Pitcher of the Year
  • Coached 15 all Conference Players
  • Was a part of the three winningest seasons in North Carolina Central school history
  • Set the then school record while at Canisius College and won first ever conference Regular season championship
  • Utility position player (2B, 1B, LF, RF) and Right Handed pitcher at Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA ) in two years
  • RHP at Hampden-Sydney College (Farmville, VA) for two years

Dominick Ruscitti - Pitching, Hitting, and Fielding Coach

 

 

 

 

  • 2006 - Washingtonville HS Rookie of Year
  • 2006 - Washingtonville HS MVP
  • 2007 - New York State Empire Team - 2nd Team
  • 2007 - 2010 Dominican College, New York
  • 2010 - 2012 Kutztown University, PA
  • 2011 - Perfect Game Collegiate All Star Team / Named All Star Game Starter
  • 2011 - Perfect Game Collegiate All-League First Team
  • 2011 - Perfect Game Collegiate All-American Team
  • 2011 - PGCBL Pitcher of Week Award
  • 2011 - PGCBL Pitcher of the Year Award
  • 2011 - PGCBL Record = 6-1 with a 1.82 ERA in 59.1 innings. Accumulated 2 more wins in Postseason
  • 2012 - Kutztown University 1st Starter - "Ruscitti was Kutztown's number one option with a 7-3 record and 2.83 ERA in 70 innings. He struck out 45 and walked just 18."
  • April 2012 - PSAC Pitcher of the Week
  • 2012 - PSAC Baseball Championship - led the team to the championship game
  • 2012 - NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament
  • May 2012 - All-PSAC East First Team
  • June 2012 - ABCA / Rawlings All-Atlantic Region
  • June 2012 - NCBWA All-Atlantic Region
  • 2013 - Signed professionally with the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League

 

INACTIVE INSTRUCTOR AT THIS TIME

JJ Brock - Hitting, Fielding, and Pitching Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • University of Notre Dame team captain in 1997, 1998
  • Started 238 games at SS, 2B, and 3B for nationally ranked Irish teams from 1995 to 1998 after walking on as a freshman
  • Knute Rockne Student-Athlete Award for baseball 1996, 1997
  • Notre Dame Team MVP and First Team All-Big East shortstop in 1998
  • Hit .341, 13 HR, 54 RBI overall, and .444, 6 HR, 27 RBI in Big East Conference games in 1998
  • Signed as a free agent shortstop with the Arizona Diamondbacks in May 1998
  • Played for the South Bend Silverhawks (A)
  • Promoted to the El Paso Diablos (AA) in 1999
  • Assisted with hitting instruction on Ohio University team that hit 122 HR, the most in NCAA Division 1, and batted .331, which ranked 11th in the nation in 2001
  • Coached Mark Teahen, 3B (supplemental 1st round pick, Oakland A’s) at St. Mary’s College of California in 2002
  • Former Assistant Coach at the University of Toledo from 2004-2007, and Georgetown University from 2007-2010

Derek Hacopian - Hitting Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Inducted into the Churchill High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995
  • All Conference First Team at James Madison University in 1991
  • Led James Madison team in Homeruns and RBI's in 1991
  • Played at the University of Maryland in 1992
  • 1992 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year
  • 1992 ACC Triple Crown
  • Batted .490 with 23 Homeruns and 83 RBI as a senior at the University of Maryland in 1992
  • Holds ACC single season records in Batting Average (.490), On-Base Percentage (.618), and Slugging Percentage (.943)
  • 1992 Mizuno NCAA Division I All-American
  • 1992 American Baseball Coaches Association NCAA Division I All-American
  • 1992 Baseball America Division I All-American
  • Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1992
  • 1992 Appalachian League All-Star with the Burlington Indians
  • 1993 South Atlantic League All-Star with the Columbus Redstixx
  • Led South Atlantic League in Homeruns in 1993
  • 1995 Midwest League All-Star with the Beloit Snappers
  • Career .312 hitter as a professional
  • Retired in 1996 due to injury
  • 1999-2004 managed the Bethesda Big Train of the Clark Griffith Collegiate Baseball League

 

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Charles Devereux - Pitching Coach / Fall and Winter Pitching Camp Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


               

  • Pitched for 4 years at the University of Maryland
  • Captain Senior Year at UMD
  • Pitched professionally with the Baltimore Orioles for 4 seasons
  • Pitched one year in the CPBL for the Taipei Tigers
  • 17 years coaching experience (13 years with BCC, 12 years with Landon HS)
  • Has coached over 30 players that have gone on to pitch in College
  • Has coached 6 players that have gone on to pitch professionally, including Danny Hultzen, the 2nd overall pick by the Seattle Mariners in the 2011 draft

 

Fall and Winter Pitching Camp Lead Instructor...does not teach private lessons

Jimmy Reed - Pitching Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals
  • ·2013 – Finished fifth in innings pitched for Cardinals’ Short-Season A Affiliate State College Spikes
  • ·Played at the University of Maryland from 2010-2013
  • ·2013 University of Maryland – led the team in wins (6), ERA (2.33) and strikeouts (74) en route to earning All-ACC honors ... had the seventh-lowest ERA in the ACC among qualifying pitchers ... was one of five pitchers in the league to toss two or more complete games in conference action
  •  2012 University of Maryland – drafted in the 21st round of the 2012 Draft by the New York Yankees… in 60 innings pitched, struck out 52 batters while only surrendering 16 walks ... held opponents to a .226 batting average, the eighth-best mark in the conference
  • Summer 2012 – pitched in Cape Cod Baseball League
  • Played four years at St. John's College high school ... second-team All-WCAC in 2008 and 2009 ... All-Metro honorable mention in 2009

 

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