DIRECTORS/INSTRUCTORS

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Matt Antonelli - Director of Baseball

Matt played high school baseball at St. John's Prep from 2000-2003 before receiving a baseball scholarship to play collegiately at Wake Forest University. He was a 1st round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his Major League debut in 2008 and played eight seasons for the Padres, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, and Cleveland Indians. After his playing career ended, he coached one season at Wake Forest University before becoming the Recruiting Coordinator and Assistant Coach at Holy Cross. In 2013 he founded Antonelli Baseball to develop youth baseball players ages 10U - 18U. Matt also joined the varsity baseball coaching staff at St. John's Prep in 2016. He has helped hundreds of high school baseball players sign college scholarships and earn roster spots using his first-hand knowledge of the college recruiting process and utilizing his relationships with hundreds of college coaches around the country. 

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James Baker - Director of Strength & Conditioning

James is the Co-founder, Manager and Performance Training Coach of North Shore Performance Training, located inside the New England Premier Sportsplex building in Danvers, Ma. This gym accommodates athletes, non-athletes, beginners to performance training and workout enthusiasts of all ages and abilities in both individual and group training settings. James enjoys working with clients from ALL backgrounds and takes pride in having personal, rewarding relationships with each client. He stresses proper technique and the use of the latest functional training and corrective exercise methods in all of the strength and conditioning and group training packages.

 

In addition to training and managing at NSPT, James spends his time coaching, motivating and developing baseball players in the Northeast, especially pitchers, from Little League to the professional level. James helps young athletes understand the game of baseball by developing and sharpening their physical, mental and emotional frameworks as prospective athletes. He is currently a baseball coach at St. John's Prep in Danvers, MA.

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John Garofalo - Director of Soccer

John is the Owner and Executive Director of True Soccer Enterprise.  Founded in 2010, TSE has organized over 400 youth and adult indoor tournaments with one simple concept: provide a safe, competitive and exciting game a "true" soccer player will love.  At New England Premier Sportsplex, John will be expanding soccer activities to include leagues and clinics.  From November through March, TSE will host over 50 tourneys for age groups Under 8 up to Over 50 for the Northeast Futsal Qualifying Series with an exciting new tournament format "futsal on Turf".  In addition, TSE has partnered with World Class Soccer Academy and former professional player, Soren Balea, to run soccer clinics for technical and tactical training. 


Website: www.truesoccerenterprise.com

Email: johndgarofalo@gmail.com  Tel: 978.836.0268

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Colleen Newbury - Director of Softball

Colleen attended Bishop Fenwick High School from 1992-95, and was a standout player for legendary coach Ed Henry.  During Colleen's four years at Bishop Fenwick, the softball team compiled a 92-7 record and won 4 consecutive state championships.  Colleen was named 1st Team All-American as a shortstop while at Bishop Fenwick.  After high school Colleen continued her standout career at Salem State College, where her .616 batting average led the nation in 1998.  She was named 1st Team All-Conference and 1st Team All-American in 1997 and 1998 while playing for Salem State as well.  Colleen has served as the Varsity Softball Coach at St. Mary’s in Lynn for the past 13 years, where her teams have qualified for the State Tournament every season.  During her tenure at St. Mary’s her teams have won 4 Division III North Titles and 2 State Championship (2009, 2010), and 2 of her players have been named Division III Player of the Year. 

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Pete Soteropolous - Instructor

After an outstanding career at Peabody High School, Pete also had a stellar career at the University of Connecticut, where he was named the team MVP in 2003 and was selected as an All-Big East conference player as well.  He was drafted by the St Louis Cardinals in 2003, and spent 3 years in their minor league system.  Pete played for the Greek Olympic team in 2004 in Athens. Pete was inducted into the Peabody High School Hall of Fame in 2014. 

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Afton Dean - Instructor

Afton was a 4-year softball starter at Lynn Classical High School. She was a 3-time Northeastern Conference All-star at shortstop and Conference MVP her senior year. Afton continued her softball career at Division II Bentley University where she saw action as both a middle infielder and outfielder. Afton has almost seven years of experience as a professional softball instructor. During that time, she has worked with some of the top players in the area who have excelled at the high school and college level. 


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Scott Bevan - Instructor

Scott (better known as "Grease") is a Danvers High School graduate and has been involved with youth baseball for over 35 years.  Bevan spent 13 years as the assistant varsity coach at Danvers High School, and before that had an instrumental role in developing the Danvers Little League and Legion programs for 15 years.  Bevan founded The Tribe AAU baseball program, which he ran successfully for 8 years before joining forces with The Academy Baseball organization.  Bevan is regarded as one of the premier hitting instructors in this region, and has developed numerous division 1 athletes over his 20+ years of working with young hitters. 

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Vito Mastrangelo - Instructor

Vito is currently the 10U American Academy Baseball organization head coach.  Has been coaching amateur baseball for over 20 years.  Attended Bishop Fenwick High School, then continued his baseball career at North Adams State.  Part of the coaching staff at Bishop Fenwick when they won the 2004 state championship.  Owned and operated the Extra Innings franchise in Salisbury, MA and program director for the Thunderbirds AAU program.


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Rob Ciarlo - Program Director

Rob has an extensive background as a baseball and soccer coach at both the high school and college level. Ciarlo spent two years as the head coach of the baseball and soccer team at Rivier College (09'-10').  Ciarlo is a 1988 graduate of New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University) where he earned a degree in Business Administration and was a varsity letter-winner for the Penmen program. He moved on to the Northeast Soccer Club traveling to England and Wales in 1989.   Rob completed his master's degree in sports administration from Saint Thomas University (Miami, Fla.) in 1990.


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Lynda Yiakas - Director of Party/Events

Joe Faira - Facility Manager

Joe Faria - Facility Manager

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Joseph Yiakas - General Manager