Hello, my name is Coach Joe. I am married and have two boys ages 8 and 12 who both play in the Upper Deck organization. I grew up in Connecticut as a two sport athlete since the age of six playing competitive baseball in the summer and competitive hockey in the winter. I was heavily involved in both sports on state and national travel levels for over 10 years until I went to high school. As an incoming freshman, I was recruited by both public and private high schools and played varsity sports for four years, gaining all district and all state player recognition. As a college athlete I received an athletic scholarship to Quinnipiac University for Hockey and had several interests and offers from prep schools, and colleges including Yale University, Boston College, West Point, and Providence College.
I have been coaching for the last nine years at various levels from T-Ball through Majors Baseball and recently coached the Upper Deck 11U team and the Upper Deck 8U team. I have a passion for coaching and the game of baseball and consider it an honor to bring my years of being involved with high level competitive sports and my coaching experience to each and every boy who has the desire to play this great game. I believe in having fun, working hard, being disciplined, developing leaders, and learning what it means to be a team player. My personal goal is to bring out the best in every athlete that I have the pleasure to coach, while teaching life skills that foster success. I live by two quotes when I coach and I want my players to do the same.
“Most people get excited about games, but I’ve got to be excited about practice, because that’s my classroom.” Pat Summitt
“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” Derek Jeter