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 Wolfpack in the CDMSBL League. Frozen Ropes has won 5 Straight league championships while compiling a record of 144-13 in the last 5 seasons. Brendan was the 2015 Playoff MVP and 2016 League CY Young award winner, where he had the lowest ERA (0.14) in league history.
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.
Brendan uses an old school approach with new school tech to reach all type of athletes. Well versed in the use of Hit Trax, Blast Motion and Video Analysis, coach Roberts can help athletes of all ages improve.
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).
Previously he has created a Baseball Program at Green Tech High Charter School where he was the Varsity Head Coach, Health/Physical Education Teacher as well as the Athletic Director. Currently he is teaching Physical Education at Greenwich HS, where he is also the Varsity Baseball Coach. Q has also created a Greenwich Travel program for the High School athletes, ages 13-18.
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. In 2019, Q was inducted into the CDMSBL Hall of Fame for his illustrious playing and coaching career.
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 their desired level.
Coach Q offers free coaching clinics for local leagues. He can also help set up clinics for hitting and pitching for any leagues interested.
Zach 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.
Peyton is currently a sophomore at Hudson Valley Community college studying marketing. He’s currently taking an athletic gap year and has played outfield in high school for CBA, and recently made the switch to become a Pitcher. Peyton is available for hitting and pitching lessons. By using his experiences as a two way player, he works hard to make each player a well-rounded athlete to prepare them for the next level.
Maggie played varsity softball at Maple Hill High School until graduation in 2012. After high school attended HVCC and played there for two year. Where she received the team MVP her freshman year and her sophomore year was the recipient of the Lester Higbee Award, which is best female athlete at HVCC.
For her last two seasons she attended the College of St. Joesph. Her junior year she received all defensive team and 1st team all conference. Also, throwing a perfect while in playoffs. Her senior year she was named to the 1st team all conference and won player of the year. Both year she was named to the all American academic team and her senior year she made 2nd teams all American.
After graduating in 2016 she continued to be part of the sport she became the assistant coach at the College of St. Joesph. The following year was named to head coach at the College of St. Joseph mid season and was able to take a team with a losing record to a winning record and placing second at the conference tournament.
Ned Monthie recently joined the Frozen Ropes team in November 2019. He comes to the facility after spending the Summer and Fall months coaching a High School 18U showcase team in Denver, Colorado. Before that, he was the Pitching Coach for two years at Houghton College, a Division III school in western NY. He also played 4 years of College baseball at Houghton College where he was a 4-year starter and Captain of the team during his senior year. He holds the school record for most pitching appearances in a career.
He prides himself on his open-mindedness and willing to learn everyday. His goal is to help the next generation of young pitchers be as successful as they can be while simultaneously having a positive impact on their lives. He has a strong knowledge of weighted ball and ballistic training and places a huge emphasis on warm-up, recovery, and arm care. He believes the mental side of pitching is very important and incorporates that into all the lessons and classes that he runs.