Ray has been involved in amateur athletics since 1995. As a baseball coach, Ray has worked at every level, ranging from junior high school to Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Half Hollow Hills East High School for five years. Additionally, Ray has directed and coached baseball travel organizations that annually compete on the national level. Over 130 baseball players he has coached have gone on to competed at the collegiate level with over a dozen currently in the professional ranks. Ray also has coached interscholastic basketball and football. Ray has served as a Business Education teacher at East Islip High School since 1998.
Andrew or Coach Asch as he is known recently stepped down as the Head Coach of the Rocky Point High School Varsity Baseball team. During his tenure, he amassed over 200 wins including a county championship. Twice he was named as the League VI Coach of the Year. Currently, he is an Assistant Baseball Coach at St. Joseph's College. Coach Asch will serve as one of our Hitting Directors and is the Co-Creator of our 365 Hitting Project.
Kristen Bricker has been coaching softball since 2015 at the middle school, high school, and travel levels. As a three-year starter at Sayville High School, she helped lead her team to three Suffolk County Championships, three Long Island Championships, and a State Championship. After graduating in 2014, she immediately began coaching at Sayville High School at the JV and Varsity level. She has helped guide them to 5 straight playoff appearances and a state semifinal game in 2019. As a travel ball coach, Kristen has worked with all age groups from 12u to 18u as either a head coach or special advisor. She has assisted many players achieve their goals to continue their playing careers as collegiate athletes , including DI, DII, and DIII schools.
Ryan played high school baseball at St. John the Baptist High School, graduating in 2015. He was a part of the 2014 NSCHSAA championship team. In 2015 he won the NSCHSAA league catcher of the year. He went on to play at LIU Post from 2016-2019, where he was a member of the 2017 and 2019 ECC championship teams. He then played a 5th year at Queens College for the 2020 season. He has now been providing instruction for the Long Island Titans organization as a coach of the 15/16u Body Armor teams. He also is now apart of the St. John the Baptist coaching staff as an assistant for JV team.
Neal is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Montreal Expos, Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, and New York Yankees from 1982 to 1993. Neal was drafted by the Indians in the 2nd round of the 1981 amateur draft from the University of Miami. He was selected to the National League All-Star team in 1990 with the Pirates. Neal spent 12 years in the big leagues accumulating over 1500 innings pitched. Heaton was inducted into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
Bruce is a 2006 Bellport High School Graduate. He was named to the All-County team in in his senior year. After high school, he first went on to Suffolk Community College where he was named League MVP. After SCCC, Bruce went on to St. John’s University where he a part of the 2010 Big East Championship team. He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 23RD round of the 2010 MLB Draft and also spent time as part of the Kansas City Royals organization. Since 2015, Bruce has pitched for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League and the China Trust Brothers and Lamigo Monkeys of the China Professional Baseball League. Most recently, Bruce served as the Head Coach of the Hamptons College Summer League.
Jason played baseball at Suffolk Community College for 2 years and then received a scholarship to Mercy college where he was an all conference selection in 1994. Jason signed minor league baseball contract in 1998 with the independent Atlantic league. After winning a softball state championship as an assistant under his father Jim McGowan at Bay Shore high school, Jason became the head coach at Half Hollow Hills HS, Plainedge HS, and currently is the head coach at East Islip HS, where he has been since 2012. In 14 years as a head coach, he has a total of 225 wins, 5 league titles, 4 county final appearances and 2 Suffolk County Titles. Jason was named league coach of the year 5 times.
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Jim was a four-year starter at Marist College and was a 1998 All-Conference Selection. After college, Jim went on to become the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Hauppauge High School. It was there he coached the Eagles to 219 wins including 3 League Titles and 2 Suffolk County Final appearances. He is currently the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Eastport-South Manor High School. He has been in that position since 2015. In 2018, he led the Sharks to the League V Championship and a Suffolk County AA Finals appearance. Jim was named the League V Coach of the Year that same year. In 18 years as a Head Coach, Jim has seen 43 of his players go on to play at the collegiate level.
Frank is a 2014 graduate of Rocky Point HS where he was a standout pitcher who also played shortstop, and centerfield. Frank earned a scholarship to Division II Northeast power St. Thomas Aquinas College. At STAQ he was a 4-year starting pitcher. He compiled a 20-7 record in over 200 innings, in which he tallied well over 200 strikeouts. Frank received multiple honors including All-American recognition in 2017, Conference Pitcher of the Year, and East Region Pitcher of the Year.
After college, Frank received a contract to play for the Rockland Boulders of the CanAm League. The next season frank played for Gary South Shore Railcats of the American Association, and the Southern Illinois Miners in the Frontier League.
Frank is currently doing private pitching lessons as well as taking part in our 365 Pitching Project. Frank is efficient in the use of Rapsodo Pitching technology.
Dwayne played his high school baseball under Long Island coaching legend Bob Ambrosini, at Connetquot High School. He earned All-league honors there in 2013. Dwayne went on to play college ball at Dowling College college in 2015 & 2016 where he was a catcher. After Dowling College closed, Dwayne transferred to SUNY-New Paltz where he played the 2017 & 2018 seasons. Unusual for a transfer, but Dwayne made an immediate impact on the coaching staff and was named team captain for both seasons. He earned Team MVP honors in 2017 as a catcher, who also played elsewhere at times to keep his bat in the lineup. Currently Dwayne is the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at his alma mater, Connetquot HS. Dwayne also is the Head Coach for the nationally recognized 2020 13U HDMH Titans.
Starting his career at Shoreham Wading River High School, Ryan received All League, All County, and the Gold Glove Award for second base during the years 1999 through 2003. In 2002, Shoreham baseball won a Suffolk County Championship. Moving from high school to college, Ryan played collegiate baseball at Teyiko Post University. Transferring from Teyiko Post University, he moved his skills over to St. Joseph’s College for the 2004-05 seasons. During the 2004 season, SJC were Conference Champions and went on to make a NCAA Regional Appearance. Ryan ended his college career at Farmingdale State College from 2006 to 2007. There he was a named Conference Player of the Week, and a 2x Captain for his team. Continuing his career as a professional baseball player for 7 years, he spent time with the New York Federals of New York State League and the Coastal Kingfish of Continental Baseball League. In the post season of 2008, Ryan received an All-Star award for second base while playing for the New York Federals. Then in 2010, he received another All-Star award for second base but with the Coastal Kingfish. From there, Ryan made the transition to coaching. From 2007 to present day Ryan has been giving private hitting and fielding lessons all throughout Long Island. Possibly his best achievement, Ryan became a Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the East Coast Lumberjacks in 2015. The East Coast Lumberjacks have garnered 85 players to collegiate baseball, 75 of the 85 received athletic scholarships and 55 of the 85 went on to play at the Division 1 level.
Amanda played 3 years of varsity softball at St. John the Baptist HS before attending Farmingdale State University, where she played shortstop for the Rams. Amanda began her coaching career as a travel coach in the LI Surge organization in 2014, and is currently the head coach of the 14u Surge. Interscholastically, she coached at SJBDHS as the JV assistant, and then was promoted to Head JV coach. In 2020, Amanda accepted the Varsity Assistant Coach position in the prominent East Islip HS program.
Bill is a former professional baseball player who was drafted out of high school in the 2nd Round of the 1991 MLB Draft by the New York Mets. He pitched in the Major Leagues for the New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals over six seasons from 1995 to 2005.
Rich played college baseball at St. Joseph’s College where he helped the team capture an ECAC Tournament Championship. After he graduated, Rich stayed on and served as an Assistant Coach at SJC. Rich has been coaching travel softball for over 15 years. Currently, Rich is the Head Varsity Softball Coach at Center Moriches High School. During his tenure, he has lead the program to 10 County Finals appearances, 8 League Championships, 4 Section XI Classification Championships, 2 Long Island Championships, and a New York State Final Four appearance. He has 297 career wins and 4 League Coach of the Year awards. He currently serves as Vice President of the Suffolk County Softball Coaches Association and is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
Starting her softball career at a young age, Olivia played for the Islip Little League for 10 years, and then for the Long Island Hurricanes for about 7 years. Entering the 18U Showcase team when she turned 15. As a 7th grader, Olivia was asked to move up to the varsity team for Islip High School. She played every year there, becoming a starter in 9th grade, playing the outfield. In the 10th grade, moving to short-stop she received the Coaches Association MVP award. In the 11th grade, she received All-League. Finishing out her high school career, Olivia was given the All-State award and MVP award for the Exceptional Senior Game. Transitioning from high school to college, Verderosa decided to continue her career at the University of Lynchburg, in 2017-2018 season ranked in the top 10 for division 3, in Virginia. After having to make some difficult decisions, she decided to transfer over to Farmingdale State College where she will be finishing up her softball career. As a freshman in college, Olivia did volunteer to help coach for a local team in Lynchburg, and gave private lessons on the side. During the summer, she coached for a Little League team and continued giving pitching, hitting and fielding lessons.