Vin brings more than 23+ years of baseball coaching experience (LL/Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth, AAU, Legion, and college), 30+ years of playing experience, and 20 years of personally training players. He has privately coached all levels of players from LL/Cal-Rip to the professional levels and specializing in Hitting, Fielding/Throwing, Infield/Outfield, and the position of Catcher.
Vinny was a High School prospect scouted by the Tigers, Indians, Reds, and was offered a professional contract by Angels scout Jon Alietta. He played his High School Baseball at Danbury High for coaches Mike Cioppa and Shawn Ratchford. He was recruited at the D1 level and decided to play at Pace University after recovering from a knee injury where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in business. Throughout his college career, he competed in various summer collegiate leagues. He continues to “moonlight” in various men’s adult leagues and play for some tournament teams.
Throughout his extended coaching career; Vin has achieved many milestones. He is also recognized as having helped create the Westchester Rockland Wood Bat League. He held positions on the Board from 2000-2005 and then on the Board of Trustees from 2006-2010. Vin has organized player development clinics, presented at local youth and High School Baseball Functions, and also has run Coaching Development Clinics for many local youth and senior organizations. He currently holds positions on many local youth organization Boards to help guide their respective leagues to achieve their development goals.
Rich Sammon delivers more than 30 years of baseball and practitioner knowledge along with coaching experience at both the youth and high school levels. Rich specializes in quality baseball instruction primarily with pitching as well as hitting, infield/outfield and catching positions of the game.
Rich was a high school prospect scouted by former head major league scout Ralph DiLullo and recruited to an NJCAA baseball program whose team reached the State Regional Finals to the College World Series both seasons and where nine teammates were drafted during that time. Rich also played at the D2 level and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. Rich played summers in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League (ACBL). Rich continues to play baseball for various men’s adult baseball teams in CT as well as various tournament teams notably in the men’s annual Roy Hobbs Tournament in Fort Myers, FL.
Rich instructs using the latest scientific research from Tom House Sports, LLC. (National Pitching-East) for throwers/strikers (e.g. Baseball, Softball, Football- QB) (https://www.nationalpitching.com/national-pitching-partners/east/) as well as other methods of athletic training along with local/national industry memberships from the following organizations/associations. Rich also maintains his permit from the CT CIAC as an approved Coach with training in CPR/AED, First-Aid & Concussion Training requirements.
Derek Natalie brings 15 years of coaching experience at the youth, intermediate, and high school age levels including Little League, Cal Ripken, Junior & Senior Babe Ruth, and AAU travel from 12U to 19U.
During that time Derek has served on the board of local Little League and Babe Ruth organizations and has organized and run many in season / off season player development clinics and workouts as well as coaches clinics on their behalf. Derek’s coaching philosophy is simple. He wants to give his players the physical and mental tools that they need to prepare for their next level of play, whatever that may be.
Before joining the WBSA, Derek ran a Babe Ruth house league program where he was instrumental in converting the program from the traditional format to one focused on skillset development and proper preparation for high school baseball. Most notably, Derek helped to design a “spring training” program for non-high school players that focuses on fundamentals like hitting and throwing mechanics, footwork, conditioning and baseball IQ rather than the historical “draft your team and play ball” mindset. The league continues to run their early spring season this way and many other towns in Fairfield County are following suit.
Off the field, Derek is a respected property & casualty insurance professional and entrepreneur. Derek also has 20 plus years of athletic training experience including powerlifting, strength and conditioning, and circuit training and has completed training in First-Aid and Concussion protocols.
Scott is a Weston native, former WBSA player and rising junior student baseball athlete at Piedmont University. Scott will be playing with our Baron’s collegiate team and working as assistant coach sharing his infield/hitting skills with our team this season. Scott brings the kind of positive work ethic and player role model both on and off the field so we are fortunate to have Scott with us this summer!