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Instructors

   
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Marc Deschenes | Program Director

Born in Lowell MA and a resident of Dracut MA , Coach Marc Deschenes played as a college shortstop at UMass Lowell and was drafted by the Cleveland Indians where his pitching potential was recognized and he made the transition as a professional to pitcher. In 1997, he received the prestigious Bob Feller award as the top minor league pitcher in the Cleveland Indian's organization. He has competed professionally in the Arizona Fall League and was selected in the Rule V draft in 1998 by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was signed by the Boston Red Sox and assigned to Portland "AA" in 2004 and after a successful season with the Seadogs he was assigned to the "AAA" Pawtucket Red Sox in 2005. Coach Deschenes has resigned with the Boston Red Sox. Coach Deschenes has provided private lessons and directed his own baseball school for a number of years and he is the Director of the Deschenes Pitching Academy offered to amateur pitchers each year. He has an avid following of loyal students he regularly instructs in pitching, hitting and fundamentals programs.

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Anthony Santos-Baseball Instructor

Coaching History:

Assistant Coach for U-Mass Lowell Riverhawks Nomar Garciaparra Camp Instructor

Player History: Chelmsford High School Umass Amherst UMass Lowell Nashua Pride Jr. Spinners History: Coach Santos returns for his second year with the program. He serves as Director of Player Development and coach to both the 14U Elite and 14U Futures.

Coaching Inspiration comes from: Seeing young athletes improve and being able to teach players how to respect the game.

Favorite Quote: “Protect the Baseball.”

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Adam McCusker-Baseball Instructor

Four year standout at UMass Lowell • Led UML to two NCAA Division II College World Series • Two-time All-Conference Player at UML • Former Chelmsford High Standout • Former Lowell Sun Player of the Year • Greater Lowell Baseball Clinic Instructor • Normar Garciaparra Camp Instructor • Current Merrimack Valley Thunder AAU coach • Coached the Lowell All-Americans in the NECBL in 2006 • Former Freshman coach at Chelmsford High School

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Scott Jaracz-Baseball Instructor

Sacred Heart University • Former Lowell High freshman coach• Lowell Legion coach• Thunder AAU coach

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Ken Connerty-Baseball Instructor

  • Former professional player in the Cleveland Indians organization

  •  Former standout at the University of Lowell • UMass Lowell Hall of Fame Inductee

  • Twenty years of Collegiate Coaching Experience

  •  Former head coach of the NECBL Concord Quarry Dogs and the Lowell All Americans

  • Head Coach at Tyngsboro High School

  • Coached many players who have signed professional contracts.

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Dana Degen

University of Hawaii:

  • 4 Time 1st team all conference
  • 2 Time Second Team All West Region
  • 2 Time 1st Team All West Region
  • 2 Time NFCA All-American
  • 2 Time Easton All-American

 
2000 Western Athletic Conference (WAC)

  • Player of the Year

Womens's Professional Softball League (2000)

 

  • All-Star Catcher

National Pro Fastpitch League (2004)

  • All-Star Catcher

Italian Softball League

  • 2 Time League MVP

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George Roy-Softball Instructor

Future Stars welcomes Mr. Roy as our newest softball program instructor. George brings 30 years of coaching and teaching experience to Game Time! George has been an Assistant Varsity coach at Dracut High School since 1998. In his his first year at Dracut, he aided the team in winning the MIAA Division 11 State High School championship. In addition, George coaches a youth traveling team where, under his coaching, has won the following:

* 6 J.O. State Championships

* 5 New England Championships

* AFA East coast Championship

* 14 Nationals

* 4 time top ten team at Nationals

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Matt Stone-Baseball Instructor

Former Head Coach and former Assistant Coach of Lowell Legion Post 87 Baseball • Led Post 87 to the 2002 and 2003 State Tournament as Head Coach • Former Head Coach of Pelham Memorial Baseball • 4 year pitcher for UMass Lowell • Former Lowell High Standout and Lowell Sun All-Star • Greater Lowell Baseball Clinic Instructor • Current Lowell Cath High School head coach

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Ramcy Lora-Baseball Instructor

Coaching History:

Professional Instructor Future Stars and GameTime Sports and Fitness 2012-Present

2013 Jr. Spinners U11 and U15

Player History

 UMass Lowell Rogers State University Fisher College Jr. Spinners History: 2013 U11 and U15 Coach

Coaching Inspiration comes from: Being able to relate to each player as an individual.

Favorite Quote: “Just play, have fun, enjoy the game.” Michael Jordon

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Joe Young-Strength Training

  • B.S. in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Nutrition
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UMass Lowell.  

Joe is dedicated to having athletes and individuals achieve their best possible performance while maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle.  

Joe has worked in a number of athletic venues, including UMass Lowell Sports Performance working with both Division 1 and Division 2 teams, MBSC, Vantedge Performance, as well as a commercial gym setting helping clients to achieve their goals in both a group and private atmosphere.

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Robyn McDonough-Softball Instructor

 

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April Eringis-Softball Instructor

 

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Thyra Dewey-Softball Pitching Instructor

At Chelmsford High School, Thyra was a 3 year starter and multiple award winner, including 2002 Lowell Sun All-star, 2003+2004 MVP, 2003+2004 Lowell Sun All Conference, and 2003 MIAA Div 1 North Sectional Finalist and State Semi-Finalist.

She competed on multiple Junior Olympic ASA travel softball teams in Massachusetts and New Hampshire from 2001-2006.

Prior to Chelmsford, Thyra grew up in Mountain View, CA and played 12 + years of softball in youth little league and Junior Olympic ASA travel teams.

After graduating from CHS, Thyra went onto play 2 years at Div 2 Florida Institute of Technology and competed against some of the top Div 2 schools in the Southeast.

Currently, Thyra has been providing pitching lessons at Game Time since 2014 and is an Assistant/Pitching Coach for Chelmsford High School.

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Julie Patno Softball Instructor

Julie was a four year starter and NE-10 All-Conference Catcher/2nd baseman at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Setting numerous team and career records, she also helped lead UML to a Northeast-10 Championship Title. She was a three time MVP of Chelmsford HS Softball, Lowell Sun Player of the Year, and Boston Herald and Boston Globe All-Scholastic. Julie has served as a Chelmsford High School assistant varsity softball coach for the past 5 years and has provided individual and group instruction for over 10 years.

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Derek Favreau--Baseball Instructor

At Tewksbury High School, Derek Favreau served as the baseball team's 2 time conference all-star where he earned the Lowell Sun all star and the MVC league MVP for 1999. At Bridgewater State College he was the 2003 team captain and became assisstant coach in 2004. He also played for the Chelmsford Merchants from 2000 to 2004, where he became the team's coach in 2004. He became coelh of the Diamond Dawgs team now the Lowell Jr. Spinners, in 2004.

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Mark Rurak--Baseball Instructor

Born in Lowell, MA, Coach Rurak played high school at Lowell High for 4 years. After graduating from Lowell, Coach Rurak was a 3 year starter at the University of Mass, Lowell. He was elected a tri-captain in his senior year and also was selected second team ALL-NECC his junior and senior season. Currently Coach Rurak is the head coach of the junior varsity at Lowell High where he has coached the past 8 years. Coach Rurak will enter his 3rd season as head coach of the New England Diamond Dawgs, now the Lowell Jr. Spinners.

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Janai Jackson-Basketball Instructor

Janai Jackson a native of Prince George's county Maryland, began playing basketball at the age of six. With a start in county leagues, she would eventually go on to play AAU basketball.  Janai was scouted by Dianne Richardson, current George Washington University Women's Basketball assistant coach, to play point guard at Riverdale Baptist School in Upper Marlboro,MD.  In 2005, her senior year, the Riverdale Crusaders were ranked No.1 by the "Washington Post" and No.2 by the "USA Today". Janai earned an athletic scholarship to Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC. In 2009, Janai  led her team to the first CIAA conference championship in school history. After graduating with a Bachelors degree in Physical Education, Teacher Education, Janai returned to Prince George's County, where she taught middle school physical education.  Janai gained coaching experience coaching girls AAU 7th grade, 9th grade boys AAU, and 6th grade girls county league. In fall of 2012, Janai became the head coach of the girls varsity program of High Point High School in Beltsville, MD. The Eagles would have their best record since the 1970's. At the end of the season, the "Prince George's County Gazette" featured an article on Janai's exceptional coaching skills, basketball success and ability to have a positive and powerful impact with student athletes. In addition to her passion for basketball, Janai loves God, her family and friends and refers to them as her motivation.

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Richie Manzi-Baseball Instructor

Rich was a 4-year starter at shortstop and second base for Saint Anselm College (2010-2013). As a senior at St. A’s, he was voted team captain and named team M.V.P. In 2012 he was a member of the St. A’s team that won the Northeast-10 regular season championship and he was named to the East Regional All-Tournament team. Rich currently holds the Saint Anselm College record for most career singles and was the recipient of the BoSox scholarship award entering his senior season. In high school Rich was a 4-year starter, a 1st team All-State selection as a shortstop for his junior and senior year, and named the Most Outstanding Athlete for his high school’s graduating class. Upon graduation in 2013, Rich has been the head coach of a middle school baseball team, coached multiple all star teams, and has been a baseball instructor for players 8-15 years of age.

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Carrie Ladebauche--Softball Instructor

Carrie Ladebauche is a resident of Dracut, Ma and has many years of player, teacher and coaching experience. She had an outstanding pitching career for Dracut High, where she won many awards and holds the current record for strikeouts in a single game. Carrie continued her softball experience at Merrimack College, where she was named to the Northeast-10 All Conference Team three consecutive years and the All-Regional Team. While at Merrimack College, she helped the Warriors to the Division II Northeast Regionals and the College World Series, including a Final Four appearance as a senior. Carrie has coached in several summer travel programs and at the high school level. Most recently she is the Assistant Coach at Dracut High School. She has a solid reputation for her instruction and has provided individual and team pitching instruction at many clinics in the Merrimack Valley for over 10 years.

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Steve Botto-Baseball Instructor

At Lowell High School, Steve Botto stood out as a 3-year starter (2nd base) on the school's baseball team. He continued his status as a 3-year starter (2nd base) at U-Mass Lowell as well as becoming team captain for two years. He continued his baseball career by serving as assistant coach for Lowell Legion Baseball from 1998 to 2001. He also served as head coach (2003-2005) for Greater Lowell Northeast Baseball and assistant varsity coach (1998-present) and a baseball camp instructor (11 years) for Greater Lowell Baseball. Mr. Botto is available for private hitting and fielding lessons.

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Kirk Monbleau-Baseball Instructor