Tony Abbatine


Founder, International Director

Tony is responsible for the training program and instructional model used at all Frozen Ropes locations. He is considered one of the leading  experts in the baseball and softball world that can integrate the physical, mental and visual skills needed to perform at a higher level.  Tony is one of only a few coaches who has instructed around the world at both the amateur and professional levels of baseball and softball.

Mike Bertotti


Sr. Baseball Instructor

As a former Major League Pitcher with the Chicago White Sox, Mike has been involved with Frozen Ropes, first as a student and now as a National Instructor, for over fourteen years.

The former Monroe-Woodbury Little League All-star and Cornwall HS grad played his college ball at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY before being selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 1991 Major League Draft. Mike reached the Big leagues in 1995 and pitched for the White Sox for two years before spending time with the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees.

Mike’s instructional wisdom in all aspects of the game has made him a crowd favorite throughout the Hudson Valley and New Jersey. Mike is also a Frozen Ropes National Instructor and travels throughout the U.S presenting the Frozen Ropes teaching model.

“I have seen that the instructors at Frozen Ropes have had instrumental roles in improving the overall skills of all students and it is evident in their individual and team play.”

Bob LaPolla


Instructor/General Manager

Vincenzo is a former Frozen Ropes athlete, playing in the organization for 3 years before playing in college. Vincenzo attended Manhattanville College for 2 years before transferring and playing at Mount Saint Mary College where he graduated. After graduation, Vincenzo attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he received a Masters degree in Sport Psychology.

“Having come up as a young player in the Frozen Ropes program, it completely changed my game for the better. Our focus on vision and mental skills training sets us apart from the competition.”
Jason Powell


Director or Strength & Nutrition/Instructor

The NFA Graduate and former Frozen Ropes student is ACSM certified and spent five years at Team ProEdge, Fitness & Nutrition. He has been doing personal and team training for the last 10 years in the Northeast.

Jason is one of the coaches and the Director of Fitness and Nutrition here at Frozen Ropes, Chester NY. He will be facilitating a simple approach to health and wellness that will have a positive impact on performance on and off the field. When he was a student athlete he would have his fair share of aches, injuries, and inconsistencies in performance. It took research and reflection on what were the causes of these “pangs” of distress. After his investigation, the culprits were lack of good nutrition and strength conditioning. But the journey didn’t end there. These issue had to be addressed. So he immediately started to research “what do the pros do.” Problem solved! Not quite. The information that he would find were small samples of what they would do with very little information of the benefits of applying their approach to nutrition and fitness. As a young student athlete in the later 90’s, nutrition and fitness wasn’t popular or sought by the majority. Just a few elite athletes were conscious of the benefits of nutrition and fitness during that period. So he did his best with what he would learn from televised interviews with athletes and my own beta testing. What were the results? I was better than before but still missed the bar and wasn’t able to maximize his potential as a baseball player. And he wasn’t alone. Other young athletes were experiencing the same obstacles. Lacking true knowledge that revolves around sports nutrition, strength conditioning, and someone to teach proper application. It was at that point my passion went from wanting to play at high level to helping athletes to maximize their potential by applying sports nutrition and strength conditioning. Sports science has grown over the years since he was an athlete but there’s still a gap that’s needs to be bridged between sports science and nutrition and fitness. At Frozen Ropes, we will educate players on nutrition, fitness and application to maximize their potential, durability, and longevity.

“Illustration: I believe in order for an automobile to run effectively and efficient, the owner needs to put the right oil and fuel prescribed by the manufacturer. The owner also needs to do a daily, weekly and monthly maintenance as well. These simple steps will ensure maximum performance, durability, and longevity. The human body is no different. With that same approach that was illustrated, you will be ensuring those same attributes from fitness and nutrition.”

Shane Conner Frozen Ropes Chester, New York Instructor


Baseball Coach and Softball Pitching Instructor

Shane is a 1995 Ellenville High School Grad where he was a part of the wrestling, football, and baseball teams. His baseball team was 4x MHAL baseball champions while his football team was Section 9 Champions. Shane joined the United States Marines after high school.

He has over 15 years of playing and coaching experience with ASA Men’s Fastpitch where he played both as an infielder and a pitcher. He has also served as the former High School Baseball Coach at both Liberty High School and Ellenville High School.

Shane has been offering softball pitching lessons to players of all skill levels for many years.

Shane lives in Minisink with his four children and wife, Sarah. We are excited to have him as part of our Frozen Ropes staff!

Bob LaPolla



Micaela currently instructs our B4 Strength classes while training and coaching the travel softball teams at Frozen Ropes. Micaela plays Division I softball for the Maryland Terrapins in the Big Ten Conference. In 2019, she was named to the first team All-Big Ten Defense in Centerfield. Micaela has international softball experience, playing for the Italian National team in the European Championships in the Summer of 2019. Prior to playing in the Big Ten and internationally, Micaela starred at Warwick Valley High School, where she played five years of varsity softball, as a center fielder and took home
numerous accolades. Micaela played her whole career with Frozen Ropes Force as a young athlete.

Anthony Abbatine



Anthony currently plays junior college baseball at Orange County. Anthony was a Region 15 Golden Glove winner in 2018 (OF). Anthony played high school baseball at Warwick Valley High School, where he was a standout scholar and athlete. He currently instructs our B4 Strength Classes, Turn-and-Burn, hitting and pitching classes.


Instructor & Travel Team Coach

Denis Mclaughlin has been a student and coach with Frozen Ropes for over 20 years. He was drafted 7th round during his junior year at Old Dominion University. He was a minor league baseball player for the Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves and was the 1991 Times Herald Record Player of the Year. He has held the position of Varsity Assistant Coach at Norview High School and Pitching Coach at Fordham University.



Ian joins Frozen Ropes from Maryland. As a middle infielder he played 2 years at the Community College of Balimore County at their Catonsville campus from 2011-2012 winning the Region XX championship in 2012. After graduating he transferred to East Stroudsburg University of PA where he got his B.A. in Recreation and Leisure Service Management in 2015. Upon graduating, Ian returned home to begin coaching. From the summer of 2015-2018 he was an assistant with the Putty Hill Panthers in the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League where he helped coach the Panthers to an MCBL Championship in 2017 and a 2nd place finish in 2018. From the spring of 2016 to the fall of 2019 he was also an Assistant Coach at CCBC-Catonsville where helped the Cardinals win the Region XX championship in 2017. He recently obtained his MBA from the University of Maryland Global Campus.