Associate Head Baseball Coach – Yale University (2001–2008)
Bill served as the Associate Head Baseball Coach at Yale in 2008 and the Assistant Baseball Coach from 2000–2007. In that time he served as the hitting coach, defensive and team fundamentals coach, baserunning coach, and recruiting coordinator. In 2006 the program boasted 26 wins which is second all time in the programs 150 year history. Over the course of his 8 year tenure his national recruiting effort has produced a number of players who’ve rewritten many of the Yale’s individual and team records. Most recently 6th round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox, Ryan Lavarnway, broke Yale’s all-time career home runs record as well as the Ivy League home record in only 3 seasons (33). Ryan also owns the single season mark for homeruns (14), as well as the single season mark for doubles (17), batting average (.467), and RBI (55). Also, 15th round draft pick of the Chicago Cubs, Marc Sawyer '07 owns the career record for hits at Yale (218), while center fielder Josh Cox '08 owns the single season mark for hits in a season (72) and at-bats (191). During Bill’s tenure a new team record for homeruns was set in 2008 (44). All tolled in his 8 years at Yale 9 players signed professional contracts, 2 players were elected player of the year in the Ivy League, 2 players were elected pitcher of the year in the Ivy league, while 34 players boasted All-Ivy honors, 14 of whom were first team selections.
Pitching Coach – NY Tech (1998–2000)
Here is where the original seeds were sewn for the Northeast Baseball School. Bill spent two years here as the pitching coach, while coming into contact with the two of the most influential figures in his coaching career. Working for Bob Hirschfield, Head Baseball Coach at NYIT, Bill first learned the art of running a comprehensive youth baseball program as Coach Hirschfield’s New York baseball Academy boasts over 35 years of service to many of Long Islands best baseball communities. In addition, most of what Bill brings to his teaching on the mound comes from Coach Hirschfield’s mentoring. In his more than 30 years at NYIT, Coach Hirschfield has had more than 60 of his players sign professional contracts with more than two-thirds being pitchers. The other major influence on Bill and NBS came in his brief yet vital relationship with current Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. Don is one of the finest clinicians as well as one-on-one teachers of young pitchers in the game. Beyond teaching mechanics and implementing pitching philosophies on the mound, Don introduced Bill to the most important fundamental we can teach young baseball players looking to develop and perform – self-confidence.
NY Tech is also where Bill began his career doing individual lessons with young hitters and pitchers. In his two years there he worked with over 75 different players delivering over 500 hour long lessons. One of the best young players with whom Bill worked was 4th round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals, Dan Christensen. Bill describes him this way, “Danny’s a big strong kid with a power left handed arm. In my time working with him we made some huge physical gains on the mound, but more importantly he taught me as a coach the importance of understanding that each player has different emotional needs. Once I understood and accepted this fact, his performance on the field skyrocketted.”
Bill played two years in Professional baseball. The first came in 1993 as he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Orioles. He played one season in Bluefield for former Oriole catcher Andy Etchebarron. He later played and managed one season overseas in Vasteras, Sweden for the Vasteras Baseball Club in the Swedish Baseball Federation.
Bill played for 4 years at Yale University and was elected captain during his senior season in which the Bulldogs won a program record 33 games. During his time there, he and his Bulldog teammates won two league championships and attended two NCAA Regionals in 1992 and 1993 at Mississippi State and Texas A&M respectively. He was an All-Ivy selection three times and an All-Northeast selection once. Bill was a ’93 graduate with a B.A. in Sociology.
Summer Camp Coordinator
Matt is currently a sixth year physical education teacher at Newtown Middle School in Newtown, CT. Matt is entering his second year as the head baseball coach at Newtown High School. At age 25 he led the Newtown Nighthawks to a 17–7 record and the quarterfinals of the state tournament. In 2009 Matt was a volunteer assistant baseball coach at Yale University where he worked with the hitters, outfielders, and infielders.
Matt completed his undergraduate studies at Central Connecticut State University where he majored in Physical Education, minored in Psychology, and earned a cross endorsement in Health Education. While at Central, Matt was a two-year captain on the baseball team, an all-conference player and part of two conference championships. During Matt’s tenure at CCSU, the team earned two automatic bids to the NCAA tournament and competed against some of the top Division I baseball programs in the nation, including Arizona State and the University of Florida. During his sophomore year, Matt ranked fifth in the Northeast Conference in hitting with a .359 batting average. Matt ranks sixth on the all-time hit list at Central Connecticut State with 173 and seventh in runs batted in with 103 for his career.
Matt earned his master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University in School Health and is currently earning his Sixth year certificate in Educational Leadership.
Head Baseball Coach – University of Bridgeport (2009–2012)
Joe is currently the Head Baseball Coach at the University of Bridgeport handling the pitching staff as well as the team defense. Joe also assists with the recruitment of qualified players for the program.
Assistant Coach – Quinnipiac University (2004–2009)
At Quinnipiac, Joe handled the infield and team defense. He assisted the team to a League Championship in 2009 and the first ever NCAA Regional Tournament. In his 5 years there, three of his infielders were drafted.
Head Baseball Coach – Albertus Magnus College (1991–2004)
Joe was the first ever head coach for the Albertus Magnus College Baseball program. Possibly one of the youngest head coaches ever at the age of 23. During Joe’s years, they captured 3 league championship, 2 ECAC Championship births and the school’s first ever NCAA Regional appearance. Joe was named the league’s Coach of the Year twice during his tenure.
Joe played his college baseball at Assumption College and captained the team his junior and senior seasons. Playing only 3 years because of an injury, Joe started every game at third base during those three years. Twice selected to the All Conference Team during his sophomore and junior seasons, Joe was selected First Team All New England for the junior season. He was a ’90 graduate with a BA in English and a minor in Education.
Jacki lives in Orange, CT with her husband Tom and their four children. She is a former high school English teacher who is now a stay at home Mom to Hannah, Brett, Brady and Brandon. She is an active PTA member at both Mary L. Tracy and Turkey Hill Schools. Her 3 boys are playing in the Orange Little League every spring and her daughter plays travel softball.
Jacki has excellent organizational skills and leads the organization in executing its seven core customer service principles.