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.
Shari is a Smithtown native where she was a three year All County pitcher for Smithtown East and inducted into the Smithtown Hall of Fame in 1988. She received a Division 1 full athletic scholarship to compete in the Mid American Conference (MAC) at Northern Illinois University. In 1988, NIU rose to the national rankings as high as #10 in the country and was the first team in school’s history to win the MAC tournament and advance to the Division 1 Women's College World Series. They placed 8th in tournament with close games losing to Texas A&M and eventual champion UCLA. She earned All Conference honors in 1989 and was inducted into the NIU Hall of Fame with the 1988 College World Series team in 2002.
During the summer, she was coached by her father, Legendary Hofstra Softball Coach and Hall of Fame member, Bill Edwards. Their 1988 team was the first Long Island team to ever win the ASA Mid Atlantic Regional Tournament and qualify for the ASA National Tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska where they placed 5th in the country. She also competed in the New York State Empire Games where she has won a gold medal, two silver medals and a bronze medal.
Upon receiving her B.A. in Family and Human Resources from NIU, Shari worked alongside her father at Hofstra University as the Pitching Coach from 1990-1993 when she left to pursue her social work career and conduct private pitching lessons on her own. She received her Masters Degree in Child and Family Studies from Stony Brook and served as a social worker for a non-profit child development agency for 25 years.
Since leaving her social work position to pursue her individual/group lessons on a full time basis, she puts an unbelievable amount of time in keeping up to date with pitching techniques and networking with coaches all over the country to ensure her athletes are getting the very latest information and techniques. She also works various college and independent clinics and conducts pitching clinics for various travel organizations. She is also a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Ken Sasso is entering his 11th year as the Head Coach of the Sachem North Varsity Softball Team. Coach Sasso began his coaching career in the SYAG Youth Softball Program in 1994. Ken was one of the first coaches of SYAG’s Inaugural Softball Travel Program, coaching at the 10U level. That team qualified and competed in the Pony Nationals at the 14U and 16U divisions. Ken became an Assistant Coach with the North Shore Rebels team that placed 8TH in the country at the 16U Fast Nationals in Florida. The Rebels also qualified and competed in the 18U ASA Nationals. A student of the game, Sasso attends instructional clinics yearly, presented by Division 1 and Hall of Fame coaches from around the country. Coach Sasso has been teaching pitching and softball skills for over 20 years, always striving to grow the game. Coach Sasso is currently the Recording Secretary of the Suffolk County Softball Coaches Association and 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.