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Jason Wilson

Head Coach Jason Wilson

Current Team
UD 10u – Wilson
Past Teams
Upper Deck 9u

Jason grew up in Spartanburg, SC where he played baseball and football through high school. He has been coaching youth baseball for the past 14 years – coaching UD’s 10u team in 2020-2021. As a coach, Jason believes it’s not about the trophy, its about the experience! He focuses on teaching these boys good sportsmanship and to enjoy the game!

Joel Buchko

Head Coach Joel Buchko

Current Team
UD 12u – Buchko
Past Teams
11u Canes – Buchko, Upper Deck 11u

Joel Buchko played collegiately for four years at Cecil College, a Junior College in Maryland, and at Palm Beach Atlantic University, a NCAA Division II program in the Sunshine State Conference. He was the starting catcher of the 2011 Junior College World Series team that finished 5th in the nation.  Buchko Received ICAA Player of the year in 2013 while playing at Palm Beach Atlantic.  He finished his degree in Early Childhood Education at Millersville University where he was a Student Assistant Coach for 2 years, working with the catchers, 1st basemen and hitters.  He has been giving weekly catching and hitting lessons with players aged 6-18 for the last 3 years.

Mike Sgaramella

Head Coach Mike Sgaramella

Current Team
UD 13u – Sgaramella

Mike played 3 years of Varsity baseball at Seton Hall Prep. He won 3 county championships during his tenure along with 1 NJ Non-Public A North title. He was selected to be second team all conference his junior year and went on to play college baseball at the division I level at Villanova University where he was a four year starter. He was Big 5 player of the week twice and was in the Big East weekly honor roll twice as well. He co-holds the single game strikeout record as a freshman. After college, Mike started coaching and giving pitching lessons for the NJ Nationals, and now joins us as a knowledgeable coaching and pitching instructor.

Bob Stanek

Head Coach Bob Stanek

Current Team
UD 14u – Stanek
Past Teams
14u Aces – Stanek, Brevard Kings 13u – Stanek, Upper Deck 14u

Vice President / Coach

Bob Stanek was a 3-sport athlete at Niagara Catholic High School in Niagara Falls, NY. (1989-1993) Playing basketball, football and baseball, Stanek was a 4 year Varsity player in baseball earning All Catholic 1st Team honors 2 of the 4 years. Interest from D1 Marist University and D3 Monroe Community College, Stanek elected to work on his business degree at Niagara County Community College in his hometown. In 2001, Stanek started his coaching career and has worked with kids ages 4 thru 19. Coaching early in Little League and following up with Elite Travel Teams throughout the Western New York area with teams playing in 7 states along with Canada and bringing teams to Cooperstown and the Ripken Facility in Maryland. Stanek has had the pleasure of seeing many former players move on to play college ball. Since moving to Florida in 2016 Bob has been with Upper Deck working with our 13u and 14u teams. Bringing a style of discipline, dedication, development, teamwork, organization and hard work. Stanek has over 17 years of coaching kids and adds a tremendous amount of value to the organization. Bob is our 2018-2019 14u Baseball coach.

Chris Heston

Head Coach Chris Heston

Current Team
UD 15u – Heston
Past Teams
16u Select – Stidham/Heston/Link, 18u Select – Heston/Stidham/Link

Jason Stidham

Head Coach Jason Stidham

Current Team
UD 16u – Stidham
Past Teams
16u Select – Stidham/Heston/Link, 18u Select – Heston/Stidham/Link

As a player Jason Stidham played at Melbourne High School under Coach Pete Donovan. As a Bulldog Stidham was a two-time Space Coast Player of the Year (2005 and 2006). In 2005 he was FSWA All-State first team and in 2006 FSWA All-State second team. Stidham was selected in the 2006 MLB Draft in the 43rd round with the 1286th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Out of high school Stidham attended Florida State University in 2007. Stidham made the All-ACC First-Team and earned Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American recognition as well as first-team Freshman All-American accolades. Stidham posted a .366 batting average in his first season with the Seminoles collecting 86 hits, 17 doubles, six home runs and 48 RBIs and was named the ACC and NCBWA National Player of the Week for his performance (.581 batting average) against Georgia Tech to close out the regular season. Stidham started at third base in all 61 games that he saw action, while going a season-high 17 games without committing an error at the hot corner.

In 2008 Stidham was a Brooks Wallace Award Preseason Watch List candidate. His sophomore season he moved from third to second base where he made 62 of his 64 starts. Stidham hit .324 with 82 hits in 255 at-bats and was one of only three Seminole players to register double-digit home runs finishing the season with 11. Stidham was the top hitter for the Seminoles in the NCAA postseason posting 21 hits and a .477 average in 10 games, while registering at least one hit in nine of 10 games. Stidham started both games of the College World Series and hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth against Stanford erasing a three-run deficit to tie the game at 5-5.

During the 2008 Summer Stidham was selected to play in the premier Cape Cod Summer League. His was a member of the Harwich Mariners that finished in 1st place that Summer. Stidham was named Co-MVP of the Cape Cod Championship Series.

In 2009 Stidham was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth round (249th overall) of the 2009 amateur entry Draft. He played three seasons with the Cardinals before ending his career due to injuries.

Stidham has worked for multiple baseball/softball facilities before returning back to his hometown here in Melbourne. His passion is working with youth baseball and softball players. He is owner of the Upper Deck Sports Facility and will take over the hitting/fielding department. Stidham is the President of the Upper Deck Travel-Ball organization. He is currently coaching our 16U & 13U teams.