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MARK CHIASSON: Director/Co-Owner/ AAU Head Coach & Hitting/Fielding Instructor

Chiasson is a former University of Lowell Chiefs Baseball player (1979-82). He co-captained the Chiefs in 1982, and was the starting 3rd baseman for the 1981 NE Div II Championship team. Members of that 1981 championship team along with Chiasson were 1987 NL Gold glove winner and 10 yr. MLB player Mike Lavalliere (Pirates/Phillies/Cardinals/White Sox) and Red Sox 9th round draft pick Mike Bryant (father of NL 2015 Rookie of the year, NL 2016 MVP, and 2016 World Series Champion 3B Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs). Mark won the 1982 NE DIV. II batting title (.444). Chiasson, graduated from Hudson High School (Hawks) in 1978, was a 3 sport athlete (football, hockey, baseball) and was twice inducted into the Hudson High School Hall of Fame individually and also as a member of the 1978 Div. 1 State Hockey championship team. 

Mark has coached hockey and baseball since 1993 and was the 12U AAU coach at America's Pastime (2006-2008) and Triple Play All-Star AAU (2010-present), leading his team to the State Semifinals at the U12 level in 2007 and the 2012 12U Triple Play All-Star AAU team to New England Open Championship finals. In 2017, Coach's Chiasson's U13 team made it to the Super Division finals and before losing an intense championship game 8-7. Chiasson has been a hitting/fielding instructor for 15+ years. Many of his current lessons include local high school players, and many have continued on to play college baseball.  He currently offers individual or group lessons/clinics for ages 6 and above, and is co-owner of Triple Play. 

Contact Coach Chiasson for Hitting/Fielding lessons via cell (978-407-1818) or .

 


CHARLIE BUTLER: AAU Head Coach & Head Pitching Coordinator of Player Development

Butler is a former University of Maine player (2013-16) and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. He was a contributor all four seasons for the Black Bears mainly coming out of the bullpen. As a freshman he saw action in 10 games and was posted a 2.79 ERA earing him recognition as a Maine Scholar-Athlete *Rising Star*. Butler was also part of the Worcester Bravehearts organization which won the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) of New England in 2014 & 2015.  Graduated Nashoba Regional High School in 2012. Four year varsity baseball player, Sophomore Year,  first team league all-star, Junior Year was named League Mid-Wach B CO-MVP, Senior Year MVP of Mid-Wach B and Allstate first team and Super-Team. Served as a captain his senior season where he finished with a record of 6-2...had a 0.91 ERA with 90 strikeouts...  he pitched one no-hitter and five one-hit games... his final two season, he hit .382 with 47 RBI, a .483 on-base percentage and 10 home runs. Recruited to Maine as a two-way player for pitching and first base. After freshman year decided to focus on pitching.

Contact Coach Butler for Pitching and Hitting Lessons - (video analysis, band & throwing program) via cell (774-245-2643) or email


RICH GEDMAN: Catching Instructor

Gedman, a Worcester native, is former former Major League Baseball catcher who played 13 season with the Boston Red Sox (1980-90), Houston Astros (1990-91) and St. Louis Cardinals (1991-92).  Coach Gedman was the Sporting News' AL Rookie of the Year (1981), a two time All-Star (1985-86).  In his career, Coach Gedman batted .252 with 88 home runs, 382 RBI, 331 runs, 176 doubles, 12 triples, and three stolen bases in 1033 games. As a catcher, he compiled a .984 fielding percentage with 5274 putouts, 431 assists and 92 errors in 980 games.  In addition, Gedman skippered Can-Am League Worcester Tornadoes from inception in 2005 to 2010, including leading the team to the 2005 Can-Am League Championship in its first year of existence. For his efforts, Gedman was named 2005 Can-Am League Manager of the Year. Gedman is the current hitting coach for Boston Red Sox Triple A affiliate Pawtucket Red Sox.

Coach Gedman does Catching Clinics November thru February.


SCOTT GIUSTI: AAU Head Coach & Instructor/ Head of Player Relations

Giusti is a Waltham native who played baseball, football, and basketball for the Waltham Hawks from 1982 to 1986 where he led the Hawks to four Superbowl’s as their running back and linebacker at Waltham High School. He also played 4 years of baseball for the Hawks and in 1985 played in the Connie Mack World Series in New Mexico.

After earning a football scholarship to Northeastern, Scott played for one year where unfortunately he suffered from a career ending injury. He then served as Assistant Varsity Football Coach at Waltham High School for 5 years, and then served as Assistant Varsity Football Coach at Watertown High School for 8 years. He was proudly inducted into the Waltham High School Hall of Fame for football in 1996.

Scott started coaching at the Little League level in 2004 and managed the 12U Hudson Hawks All-star team, where his Hudson Junior Hawks won the 12U State Championship. He has also coached the 9U-14U AAU baseball teams for the Worcester Warriors as well as the 13U and 14U Triple Play Batting Cages teams.  Scott resides in Hudson with his wife Julie, where he has lived since 1999.  They have 2 boys, Scott and Justin who are active in Baseball and Football at Assabet Valley Technical High School.

Scott’s coaching philosophy is simple yet very effective.  He looks for each of his players to work hard, be dedicated, focused, show leadership, teamwork, and mental toughness in all they do.  He always looks forward to having fun with his teams and his main objective is to develop his players and get them ready to play at the next level

Contact Coach Giusti via cell (978-265-4744) or .


AIMEE LEE: Softball Coach & Director

Lee is a graduate of Holy Name High School where played varsity field hockey and softball, and brought her softball team to the State finals in 1998.  She was a Telegram and Gazette Super Team, a 3 year Central Mass Conference All-Star, and was the recipient of the District E athletic director award.  From there, she went to Clark University where she was the NEWMAC rookie of the year in 1999 and NEWMAC player of the year in 2001. She was also the member of the NEWMAC All Conference first team all 4 years of her college career. Aimee is also a member of the NCAA all regional first team. She still holds career records in total hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, and total bases. She also holds several career pitching records including shutouts and strikeouts.

Aimee went on to Anna Maria College to be the Senior Women’s Athletic Administrator, and coach field hockey and softball. She was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference softball coach of the year in 2010. She also served on the NCAA ranking committee from 2008-2010. She returned to Holy Name in 2011 to teach physical education and coach field Hockey, and softball. She led the 2014 Varsity Softball team to a district title and the state finals. Aimee was also the Pitching Coach at Brandeis University from 2010-2012. Aimee has been teaching Pitching and Hitting to numerous students throughout Massachusetts for 15 years.


JASON ZAKREWSKI: AAU Head Coach

Zakrewski is a Marlborough native, played 4 years of varsity in football, hockey and baseball for Marlborough High School Class of '82. He twice played in the Central Massachusetts Division 1 Super Bowl winning once. Captained and represented MHS as a member of the Central Mass Div 1 T&G Hockey Super Team ('81-'82).  Jason played college hockey at Bentley College (82-84) earning Most Improved Player honors while there.

Starting coaching in 1996 in Marlborough Youth Baseball Little League (97-00). Moved to Pelham New Hampshire where he continued with Pelham Babe Ruth Baseball (2006 - 2009) winning League Championship in 2006. Coached Pelham Little League from 2010 to 2017 making the League Championship series every year but the first. Was elected as District All-Star Coach (2011-2017) leading the team to Little League Nationals in Myrtle Beach, SC in 2016. Returned to coaching Babe Ruth in 2019 where he coached Southern NH District 2 Babe Ruth (18-19) to back to back League Championship Series appearances. Most recently has served as Pelham Memorial Middle School Coach winning the regular season championship in 2019 and finishing as League Runner-ups.

Contact Coach Zakrewski via cell @ 978-857-9298 or .

 


JAKE ZAKREWSKI: AAU Coach

Zakrewski is a 2011 graduate from Central Catholic High School where he played varsity football and baseball and was part of the baseball team what won the Merrimack Valley Champions 3 out of 4 years. He was also a 4-year varsity special teams and middle linebacker for Central Catholic football team. Played Babe Ruth baseball for Clinton, MA in the Leominster BR League (2004-2007) and pitched in the division 2 BR title victory in 2006 while tallying MVP and post season MVP honors. Played for the New England Rebels 16u AAU program where he started second base and held the #2 role in the starting rotation on the pitching staff. During that year, traveled to Cocoa Beach, FL to compete in the 16u AAU Nationals where the team a silver medal losing in the championship game.

He worked as assistant coach for Pelham (NH) middle school (2015, 2019) where they were the Tri-county middle school championship runner ups 2019, posting a overall 10-2 record. Also worked as Pelham baseball Extreme team assistant coach/pitching coach (2018) and was District 2 Babe Ruth League assistant coach and pitching coach which posted a 10-3-1 record.

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ERICH VINACCO: AAU Coach

Vinacco will be a 2021 graduate from Emerson College where he is majoring in film. He played baseball for two season compiling a 0.375 batting average while playing catcher. Prior to college he was a Ashland High School varsity baseball starter both years he attended and was recognized as an outstanding player by the league and scholor-athelete by the Boston Globe both seasons.

Played AAU for Triple Play in the inaugural season as an 11U through to 15U and then for East Coast Eagles for 16U-18U. In 2017 was chosen to particate in the Boston Red Sox Lindos Suenos program out of hunderds of applications.

 

 


CHAD GARNER: AAU Coach/ HS Baseball Coach/ Hitting, Pitching, Fielding Instructor

Garner has over 20 years of experience coaching baseball at the high school, American Legion and youth levels. He played high school baseball at Narragansett Regional High School and was a four-year college player at North Adams State College and Fitchburg State College and is currently the varsity assistant coach at Fitchburg High School. Coach Garner has been an assistant at Fitchburg High School since 2018. As an assistant under legendary coach Ray Cosenza, Garner helped the Red Raiders tie for the Mid-Wach C league championship in 2018, which was the program’s first league title since 2000.

 

Garner was a Mid-Wach All-Star his senior year at Narragansett Regional High School and was named the team MVP after hitting .500 with a 2.07 ERA as a left-handed pitcher. He was a member of the Narragansett 1991 Division 3 state championship baseball team. He played 3 years for Gardner American Legion Post 129, winning “Rookie of the Year” honors in 1992, before going on to play collegiately and graduating from Fitchburg State College in 1999.

  

In addition to coaching at Fitchburg High, Coach Garner served as the pitching coach at his alma mater, Narragansett, along with stints as an assistant coach at North County (Gardner) American Legion baseball before taking over as manager for two seasons (1999-2000). Garner also worked as an assistant at one of the top Legion programs in the state, under head coach Sid Rafuse, for 4 years at Leominster Legion Post 151. Post 151 advanced to the prestigious Elite 8 State Tournament in 2002 with Garner on the staff. He has had tremendous success as a head coach at North Leominster Little League. He managed the 11- and 12-year-old All-Star team that won the District 3 championship in 2019 (the 1st district title for North in 9 years), while also leading North to a Leominster City Championship and Jimmy Fund Sinclair District 3 champion in the same year. North also won Minor League and City Championships in 2015 and 2017, the Jimmy Fund Open Division title in 2017 and Leominster Invitational Tournament (2016), with Garner as either the head coach or top assistant.

 

Coach Garner, a member of the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association, prides himself on being a teacher of the game, first and foremost. He is passionate, a great communicator, a positive role model and loves to help players reach their maximum potential with proper instruction, discipline, hard work and commitment.

 

Coach Garner is available for hitting, pitching and fielding lessons. He can be reached at 508-596-8816 or via


DAVID TINGLOF: 16U Showcase Coach

Coach Tinglof has been coaching at the high school and youth level for 26 years in Baseball, Football and Hockey.  Coach Tinglof was a Varsity Baseball Coach at Hudson Catholic HS for 7 years where HC teams qualified 6 years for the District Playoffs. Tinglof also was an Assistant Coach for Marlboro American Legion Baseball for 2 years and Head Coach of the Hudson Senior Babe Ruth team for 2 years and during those 2 years Hudson Sr. Ruth won a Central Mass State Championship and qualified for the Sr. Ruth playoffs both seasons.  Coach Tinglof was also the Head Coach of the Hudson All Star Tournament Team for 4 years and his teams played in the Cal Ripken State Championship all four years and also played in the New England Regionals two of those four years. 

Coach Tinglof has been coaching AAU Baseball for 6 years.  This past summer coaching 15U Tournament Team which competed in some great tournaments and played a competitive schedule through this tough pandemic summer.  Last season Coach Tinglof’s 14U Super Team was the Top Seeded team in all of New England and played in the NEAAU New England Championship and battled to a 1 run loss in the final. The season before qualifying for the NEAAU Playoffs for the 4th straight year and played in the NEAAU Semi-finals.  In the 2017 season his 12U team won the NEAAU 12U New England Championship with a record of 28-1 and #1 Seed in New England.  The 2016 11U team finished as the 3rd best Team in New England AAU.  All his teams qualifying for the NEAAU playoffs competing with over 60 teams throughout New England during the regular season. Coach Tinglof has also been a high school football coach with 26 years’ experience and the last 15 years as a Head Varsity Football Coach. 

Coach Tinglof’s most recent baseball team was the 2020 Hudson HS Fall Baseball team which finished tied for 2nd place in the 16-team high school league with a 10-2 record Hudson HS played into the semi-finals eventually losing to the Fall League Champions Leominster HS.  Hudson beat Littleton HS in the first round of the 2020 playoffs

Besides his coaching qualifications Coach Tinglof holds certifications in Speed and Agility Training, Concussion Awareness, CPR/AED, National High School Baseball and Football Coaching Certifications and he is also a Certified Health and Wellness Fitness Trainer.