Brendan Roberts is owner and president of the Frozen Ropes training center in Albany, NY. Brendan has a wealth of baseball experience both as a player and a coach. After graduating from Shenendehowa in 1997, Brendan took his talents to SUNY-Oswego, where he graduated in 2001 with a Business Degree and Athletic Coaching Minor.
Coach Roberts career continued as a member of the Colonie Knights and Capital City Canes where he was a 17 time All-Star and perennial League Champion. The outfielder/catcher is the all-time leader in every major statistical category including Home Runs (78), RBIs (289), 2B’s (88), Runs (450), SB’s (333) and consecutive games played (329) for the NABA/MABL. After finishing up his MABL career, Brendan moved on to become a player coach for the Albany Thunder in the Albany Twilight League. In his 3 seasons there, he was a 2 time league All-Star and All League Player. In 2016 Brendan was inducted into the CDMABL Hall of Fame. Brendan currently plays for the Frozen Ropes Indians in the CDMSBL League. Frozen Ropes has won back to back to back league championships while compiling a record of 104-9 in the last 3 seasons. Brendan was the 2015 Playoff MVP and 2016 League CY Young award winner.
Brendan is also the catalyst behind the Frozen Ropes teaching model. He has brought his vast experience, knowledge and outstanding communication skills to Frozen Ropes in 2004. He has spent hundreds of hours dissecting his own swing on video and his cerebral approach to hitting allows him to easily identify pitfalls in other athletes. Coach Roberts provides instruction on all phases of the game thru private, semi-private and group lessons and leads our clinic and advanced training programs. Brendan is extremely effective training players of all ages on the Frozen Ropes teaching philosophy and curriculum.
Quentin started out as an instructor in 2009, and then quickly moved into the General Manager and Director of Operations role in 2010. After excelling in these positions he decided In January 2015 to buy in and become Co-Owners with Brendan Roberts.
Quentin is responsible for the training program and instructional model used to prepare Frozen Ropes Albany students for success.
After his playing days at SUNY Cortland, Quentin has remained a vital part of the Capital District’s Baseball and Softball Community. He has successfully coached at Shaker, Tamarac, Bethlehem, Bishop Maginn, Albany, Colonie (Travel), Braves (Travel), Green Tech and Outlaws (Travel).
Most recently he has created a Baseball Program at Green Tech High Charter School where he is currently the Varsity Head Coach, Health/Physical Education Teacher as well as the Athletic Director.
A sought after clinician and teacher of the game, Quentin’s playing skills had earned him top accolades such as Batting Champion in 2010 (.463), 2011 (.575), 2012 (.535), and 2014 (.641). He has also won numerous MVP honors in (2010, 2012, and 2014) in the CDMSBL.
Combining his experience as a player, coach and nationally certified Baseball Instructor, Quentin will provide players with an individualized program designed to get the most out of their ability and get them to there desired level.
Bill comes to us from the Dan Duquette Sports Academy in Massachusetts. At the Academy he was the lead Softball and Baseball Pitching Coach since 2004. In addition, Bill has coached both Baseball and Softball at the High School Level.
Bill played High School Ball at Lenox HS and then played Collegiately at North Adams State as a Pitcher. After graduating, he worked in the Front Office for the AA Pittsfield Cubs for 2 years.
Along with his coaching and playing experience, Bill is also certified as an umpire in both baseball and softball. He has called games from the youth level all the way up to the Canadian-American League Professional Baseball Games. Bill will use his vast experience of playing, coaching and umpiring to teach all phases of the game with a focus on pitching to softball players of all ages. Bill has been with Frozen Ropes since 2011.
Bill is the current coach of the Lady Outlaws 16U Travel Team and Pitches in the CDMSBL for the Cyclones in the 45+ Division as well as the Pirates in the 55+ Division.
When not at the facility or on the field, Bill does Play-by-Play broadcasting for High School Football and Basketball games on WBEC, AM1420 out of Pittsfield, MA.
Zack Breen – Head of Baseball Pitching Development
The newest addition to our staff comes to us via Shaker High School. After Graduating from Shaker in 2011, Zach went on to pitch at Schenectady CC and then on to Division 2, Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina, graduating with a degree in Sports Management. At Barton, he was an All-Conference Pitcher and stills holds the schools all time E.R.A. record.
After his college playing career concluded, he Pitched in Independent Pro Ball for both the Watertown Bucks and the Plattsburgh Redbirds. Now back in the area, he’s pitching in the Twilight League for the Albany Athletics. Zach brings to us his vast knowledge of pitching, mechanics, conditioning and mentality to our staff.
Steve has a great love for baseball and enjoys sharing his knowledge and coaching with the next generation of ball players. He has been a New York State certified baseball coach since 2013. He graduated from New England College in 2015, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport and Recreation Management and Outdoor Education. In his 2 years as a catcher for the New England Pilgrims, he put up career numbers of .324 batting average, with 59 hits: 14 doubles, 5 home runs, 30 RBIs and 32 runs scored.
Steve was an original Attendee of the Frozen Ropes High School Prep class from age 15 through college and is the first ever Frozen Ropes student to join the Frozen Ropes full time staff. He began his coaching career at the Frozen Ropes summer camps in 2011.
In December 2015 Steve signed his first professional contract to play independent rookie ball with the Topeka Train Robbers in the Pecos League where he batted .308. In 2016 and 2017 Steve played professional ball in Kentucky. Steve comes back to Frozen Ropes in the off-season to use his experience to help the new generation get to the next level.
John “Pep” Ripepi Jr. began working for Frozen Ropes in 2016. John was a graduate of Amsterdam High School, Class of 2007. John was a 3-Sport star for the Rams, playing 3 years of Varsity baseball and soccer, receiving all league accolades in both sports.
After consideration of many local junior colleges, John decided to continue his education at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA). While at MCLA, John spent four years in the baseball program where he started at shortstop for three plus seasons. He completed his playing career as the All-Time leader in steals in a season with 20. He continued his career at MCLA as an assistant coach while completing his degree.
A special opportunity occurred during this time, when John decided to pursue coaching as a minor. He latched on with Drury Regional HS as an assistant coach to the JV program, where he worked with fielders and hitters, as well as serving as the pitching coach for the team.
As an instructor, John has been working to help improve on hitting, fielding, and base-running aspects of the game. In addition to instructing, John is currently the Assistant Coach at Hudson Valley CC Baseball Team.
Lead Softball Pitching Instructor
Rebecca is the newest addition to the Frozen Ropes Staff. After a successful pitching career at Niagara Catholic, Rebecca moved to the Albany area and took a job as a teacher and Varsity Coach at Watervliet HS. She joined FR in 2018 and leads our Softball Pitching classes. Her knowledge of Softball Pitching is perfect to take your player to the next level.