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Rey Garcia, Owner of Garcia Hitting Academy & Founder of NE Pride

Rey was born in the Dominican Republic where he excelled as a shortstop and a second baseman.  

Rey is one of the most prominent hitting instructors for the past 19 years and has sent numerous baseball players to division I, II, III colleges around the country.   Players from all over New England, US,  and recently visiting international players seek out Rey in his Garcia Hitting Academy to train with him.    

Rey spent 1987 at the Oakland Athletics Baseball Academy in the Dominican Republic and at the age of 17, he signed with the New York Yankees as a free agent.  His first team with the Yankees played in the Gulf Coast League and he batted .289 and .340 in his first and second years, consecutively.  In 1992, his Yankee team played in the AA Eastern League in Albany, NY.

Following Rey’s professional years, he played fast-pitch softball and he made the All-American team for 4 consecutive years.  In 2002, he received the Outstanding Defense award for his play at shortstop.  Also in that year, Rey was nominated Athlete of the Year as part of the Golden Glove Award.  In 2004, he played for the Runner-Up team in the ASA Softball National Title Tournament.  Rey played in the 2005 World Fast-Pitch Tournament in Milwaukee and was invited to play shortstop for the US Olympic Softball Team.  In 2006, the USA went undefeated and won the Gold Medal in an International Tournament in which Rey won the Batting Title with a .583 average.

Rey is the founder and owner of Garcia Hitting Performance, LLC  that Garcia Hitting Academy, NE Pride Softball, and NE Pride Baseball operate under to enjoy the great game of softball & baseball.     

Nelson Silverio

Nelson Silverio was a minor league catcher and first baseman who later became involved in player development in the Dominican Republic. He is the son of former major league outfielder Tom Silverio.

Silverio first came stateside in 1985 as a 17-year-old with the Pocatello Gems of the Pioneer League, in the Oakland Athletics' organization. He played 56 games, hitting .280 with 11 doubles as a first baseman; he also pitched in a couple of games with no record and a 6.75 ERA. In 1986, he moved up to the Madison Muskies in the Class-A Midwest League and hit .188 with 27 walks in 42 games as a catcher and first baseman. Let go by the A's after the season, he was out of organized baseball in 1987, then came back with the Charleston Rainbows of the South Atlantic League, a San Diego Padres affiliate, in 1988. He played 83 games, hitting .245/.314/.330 with 15 doubles and his only professional home run. He resurfaced briefly in 1996 with the Campeche Pirates, hitting just .218/.273/.297 in 28 games as a backup catcher to end his Organized Baseball career.

After his playing career, Silverio became involved in player development in the Dominican Republic. He was a minor league hitting instructor for the New York Mets organization for several years, including a stint as a bullpen catcher in 2003 and a major league coach in 2004 for the Mets. He was a coach for the St. Lucie Mets in 2005-2006, Binghamton Mets in 2007, and the Dominican Republic national team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He has also coached in the Dominican League, for the Aguilas Cibaenas and has been General Manager of the Gigantes del Cibao in the same league.

In 2011, he was named by Major League Baseball as one of four team managers for El Torneo Supremo, an alternative venue for player development in the D.R.  Since then he has worked with various Dominican winter league teams, including the league champion Aguilas.

(Credit: Baseball Reference)

Mike Walsh, Head Coach 17U Select Team & Showcase Events

Mike manages and coaches our 17U team in the tournaments season. His team had a successful 2018 season wining the Summer Vacation Beach Bash tournament in Mystic CT,  and they competed well in other tournaments around New England at the New England Baseball Complex, Firecracker Baseball Showcases (Maine, RI),  and Diamond Nation, NJ.   

 

Ramcy Lora , Head Coach 13U Select team and Instructor

Ramcy's playing career started in the Dominican baseball development program where he learned baseball fundamentals, attended the Dominican Pan American team workouts, Dominican Professional Summer League MILB development programs and academy.   He attended Rogers State University and competed in the 2013 NAIA College World Series where he was a Catcher and Infielder.

He is currently the Concord Academy Head Varsity Baseball Coach with a variety of other recent coaching experiences -  Jr. Spinner’s tournament teams,  Concord Carlisle Bay State program,Concord Carlisle Lou Tompkins, Instructor for AAU, and Central Catholic High School freshman and varsity fall baseball coach.     

Ramcy will be one of the NE Pride Baseball head coaches in the Garcia Hitting Academy also available for coaching, private lessons and assisting in the NE Pride Baseball off-season winter workouts planned as well.    

Josh Kieffer, Instructor

Josh Kieffer begins his first season coaching at Amherst College (Amherst, MA) after spending the last 3 in the dugout at Clark University (Worcester, MA). Kieffer’s primary responsibility is working with the catchers although he also works with the hitters and assist with the pitching staff.

“Having Josh on our staff is a real luxury,” said head coach J.P. Pyne. “His ability to develop young catchers makes a big impact on our program. He is an excellent young coach and I believe he has a bright future in this business.”

The Millheim, PA native has extensive coaching experience at a variety of levels. During the summer of 2018 he was the Pitching Coach and Catching Instructor for the Sanford Mainers (Sanford, ME) in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). Kieffer spent the prior two summer '16 and '17 on the coaching staff of the Chatham Anglers of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League, under legendary skipper John Schiffner. In his role, he worked with top College players from around the nation.

Kieffer has also worked with the New England Blazers AAU program, serving as both an instructor and as a head coach. His 19u team traveled to the Dominican Republic to compete internationally. 

The Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA) alum '11 was a four-year letter winner behind the plate, helping lead the Titans to the postseason in three of his four years.

Eric Schnepf

2018 (Junior): Third year starting games at catcher...Played in 16 games...had nine walks and a .388 OBP...two hits, two runs, two rbis in a victory at Lynchburg...did not make an error.

2017 (Sophomore): Schnepf played in 18 games batting .196 with an OBP of .373 collecting 9 hits, 9 BB, and 5 RBI...went 2-3 witha run scored and an RBI in win versus Colby College.

2016 (Freshman): played in 25 games with a batting average of .278 with an OBP of 4.66 collecting 14 RBI and 14 BB with 3 extra base hits...went 2-4 with a double, BB, 2 RBI and run scored in win versus Averett.

Before Tufts: Was on the baseball team at Bridgewater Raritan Regional High School...was a four year varsity letter winner...was on the team that won the 2015 Skyland Conference Championship.

Personal: Son of Brian and Elizabeth...has one sibling, Emily (24)....father, Brian, played baseball at St. Francis University.

Casey Santos-Ocampo

2018 (Junior): Had two hits and four walks with four runs and two rbis in NESCAC East win over Colby...3 for 4 with three runs and two rbis in a NESCASC Tournament win over Wesleyan...scored three or more runs in a game five times...tied for seventh in NESCAC with 32 total runs...led team and conference with 32 walks...his 9 doubles were also a top 10 mark in the conference...started the season with and eight-game hitting streak.

2017 (Sophomore): Santos-Ocumpo played in 33 games posting a .278 batting average and .423 OBP with 22 RBI, 22 runs scored, 7 doubles and a homerun..went 6-12 with a triple, 4 runs scored, and 5 RBI on March 18th in wins versus St. Vincent and Apprentice School.

2016 (Freshman): played in 9 games witha .385 batting average, .429 OBP with 5 hits and 2 RBI...went 2-5 with a run scored and an RBI in win versus Oswego State.

Before Tufts: Was on the baseball and football teams at Barron Collier High School...was a 2014 Perfect Game All-American Honorable Mention selection....was selected as the 2015 Barron Collier Male Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year...was named to the 2014 Florida League High School Invitational All-Tournament Team...was an All-Conference selection in 2014 and 2015...was a 2015 SWFL All Star nominee...was a five-year varisty starter...was selected to the All-Conference team for football in 2012...was a two-year varisty starter for football...was a member of the National Honor Society...was a Barron Collier Academic Excellence selection in 2014 and 2015...was on the Community of Naples Honor Roll in 2012 and 2013.

Personal: Son of Carlo and Joanna...has one sibling, Carl (31)....brother, Carl, played golf at the University of Notre Dame and is now a professional golfer

Michael Buonomo, Baseball Strength & Agility Coach

Michael Buonomo is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, who will be leading NE Pride fitness training.   Michael has been in fitness and strength/conditioning for the past 10 years, most recently with Longfellow Health Clubs and Wolfpack and other AAU Baseball clubs as an independent fitness consultant.

Mike has a passion for training ever since he excelled in high school at shortstop for St Johns and WPI. He still plays in various mens leagues in Metro West Boston.